24th Lyran Guards
|24th Lyran Guards|
|Unit Profile (as of 3067)|
The Slashers (3025)
|Parent Formation||Lyran Guards|
Star League Era
During the Star League era the 24th Lyran Guards was one of six regiments within the 3rd Lyran Guards Division, one of five Divisions of active regiments within the Lyran Guards brigade in the closing decades of the Star League's existence.
Like the other regiments of the Guards during this era, the 24th lacked any particular political ties - either regional or familial - unlike regiments in other brigades; commonly assigned to garrison postings, the 24th Lyran Guards and their sister regiments were postings of choice for those who wanted to work for the Commonwealth without either regional loyalties or particular ambitions. This led to the 24th and her sister regiments being manned by soldiers who were professional, but without the close-knit ties found in more parochial regiments. The LCAF was intent on generating more camaraderie and esprit de corps amongst the Twenty-fourth and the other Guards regiments, but with little success by 2765.
As a part of the 3rd Division the unit was considered a regiment for up-and-coming personnel and rising stars during the 2760s, a consequence of Leutnant General Kirsty Kirrlund's tenure as commanding officer of the 3rd. The 24th Guards took part in the Division-level deployment of the entire 3rd Division to the Circinus system in the mid-2760s to conduct Operation HOUND DOG, a determined effort to track down and destroy bandit elements and groups believed to be operating out of the otherwise-uninhabited Circinus system. Despite the Free Worlds League declining to commit any troops or observers to the Operation - the League military considering the Operation to be nothing more than a "Snipe hunt" - the mission was accompanied by a team of Star League Defense Force observers and was a success. The 24th had taken up a garrison post on Tainjin by 2765 and recovered completely from the few casualties taken during HOUND DOG.
The unit earned its modern nickname while stationed on Suk II during the Second Succession War. When a local nobleman threatened and harassed the unit and its dependents, heavily disguised soldiers assumed to be from the 24rd Guards broke into the noble's mansion and cut off his ears in the ensuring scuffle. While there was not enough evidence for anyone in the unit to be officially accused or charged of the crime, the unit adopted its new nickname and insignia in its wake as if to simultaneously mock and confirm them.  
When Wolf's Dragoons landed on Hesperus II in 3019, the 24th Lyran Guards formed the core of the defenders. The 24th stopped several attacks cold, and when the Dragoons were finally pushed off-world the Slashers maintained the pressure on the Dragoons as they evacuated, suffering losses of over 50% but taking pride in their performance. 
While reduced to green status with the influx of so many replacement troops after its battle against the Dragoons, the 24thwas deployed to take Sabik in 3029 during the Fourth Succession War. Having succeeded in pushing the Barrett's Fusiliers off-world to retake it Draconis Combine at the start of the war, Kingston Caballeros fared less well against the Twenty-fourth, the Caballeros able to destroy a company of Lyran 'Mechs before being forced to withdraw. 
Federated Commonwealth Era
Save for a brief redeployment back to Sabik during the War of 3039, after the Fourth War the unit spent most of their time during the years of the Federated Commonwealth on garrison duty on Donegal, a posting that allowed them to act as test pilots for the TharHes Industries and Lockheed/CBM facilities on-world.
The 24th Guard's sole mission of note during this period was a deployment to Cumbres. Nominally there to evaluate a number of new technologies, on April 5 3057 elements of the 4th Viper Guards of Clan Steel Viper launched in a raid against the Lyran command facility on-world. Despite their lack of experience against the Clans, the 24th inflicted notable losses on the Vipers until their battle was interrupted by the seeming arrival of the Knights of the Inner Sphere. Later revealed to be Periphery raiders, the false-Knights took advantage of their shock appearance to shatter the Twenty-fourth's Alpha Battalion and kill its commanding officer, Orpheus Thomas.  
FedCom Civil War
During the FedCom Civil War the 24th Guards held their position until summoned to Tharkad in Wave 6. There they served mostly as Nondi Steiner's mobile force. After skirmishing with Allied forces for a month, they faced off against the Kell Hounds. Nondi Steiner ordered them to attack a fortified position and "damn the casualties", at which point their commander contacted the Allies and asked for terms of surrender. General Riskind then resigned his commission. They remained on Tharkad.
Fought a bitter resistance campaign on Tharkad against the Word of Blake December 3067 - January 3072, during which its strength declined to two combined arms companies. The unit spent five years fighting a guerrilla action against the Word of Blake on Tharkad. To rebuild, an entire battalion from the Teyvareb TMM was transferred to the 24th Guards. The new 24th Guards was sent to Main Street to train. After rebuilding the unit, the unit participated in several pirate hunting missions near the Lyran Commonwealth/Circinus Federation border area which allowed the unit to become a cohesive fighting force. While was stationed on Galisteo in 3085 they were reorganized into a Light Combat Team.
|Commanding Officers of the 24th Lyran Guards|
Having held the post from at least 3019, Thomas was killed during the brutal three-way fight on Cumbres.  
Thomas's XO and mastermind of the 24th Guard's evacuation on Cumbres, Riskind was promoted to command of the unit. Considered self-righteous by many, he amply proved his critics right by choosing to surrender rather then sending his unit to a meaningless death. 
Daughter of Quartermaster General Lisa Steiner and an extremely talented tactician and strategist, Sabine served as an aide to Riskind, promoted to command the unit upon his resignation.  
The unit can react to many battlefield events with the right maneuver, but is skilled to counter clan units.
24th Lyran Guards (Regular/Reliable)
- - At this point in time the 24th Guards was based on Tainjin.
24th Lyran Guards RCT (Green/Fanatical)
24th Lyran Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Regular/Fanatical)
CO: Colonel Justin Barry
Aide: Leutnant Colonel Flint Killoran
- 2nd Donegal Artillery Group: Colonel Hyacinth Sheehy
- 344th Lyran Heavy Armor: Colonel Valentin Petrayla
- 87th Lyran Recon Regiment: Colonel Demetria Terry
24th Lyran Guards Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Regular/Fanatical)
CO: Colonel Jade O'Conner
Aide: Leutnant Colonel Garfield Kalu
- 57th Lyran Infantry Regiment: Colonel Morton Groome
- 212th Lyran Mounted Rifles: Colonel Bernice Massey
- 745th Lyran Light Infantry: Colonel Katheryn Merteuil
- 9th Lyran Armored Infantry: Colonel Garth Manchester
- 4th Donegal Commando Regiment: Colonell Sebastian Berne
Their homeworld is Donegal.
They have been known to take justice into their own hands, especially when friends or relatives are in danger.
- Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 13-14, "Lyran Guards"
- House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 56 "Regimental Nicknames (continued)"
- Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 81, "Twenty-fourth Lyran Guards Unit Profile"
- Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 25
- Hector (short story), p. 20
- NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 77
- Star Lord, p.??
- FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 175-177
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 170
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 178, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3067"
- Jihad Turning Points: Tharkad, p. 6, "Combatants"
- Field Report: LAAF, p. 12
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 101
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 107, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
- Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 24
- House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 121 (pdf version), "Unit Deployment Table - 3025"
- 20 Year Update, p. 29, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
- Objective Raids, p. 21, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
- Historical: War of 3039 , p. 137
- 20 Year Update
- Endgame (novel)
- FedCom Civil War (sourcebook)
- Field Manual: 3085
- Field Manual: Lyran Alliance
- Field Manual: Updates
- Field Report: LAAF
- Field Report 2765: LCAF
- Hector (short story)
- Historical: War of 3039
- House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth)
- Jihad Turning Points: Tharkad
- Star Lord (novel)
- Objective Raids
- Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook)