2nd Royal Guards

Second Royal Guards RCT
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname The Pride of Skye
Parent Formation Royal Guards

The Second Royal Guards were an elite military formation in service to the Lyran Commonwealth and Lyran Alliance, as well as the united Federated Commonwealth during its brief existence. Usually based on the capital of Tharkad, the Second Royal Guards were often assigned to the less-glamorous assignments as opposed to the First Royal Guards, such as protecting Tharkad's military industries and coordinating with planetary militia units. Although rarely seeing significant combat, the Second were able to maintain a high experience level through the regular rotation of veteran officers and soldiers into and out of its ranks, with the exception of top commanders. [1]


Historically, the Second Royal Guards drew its soldiers from the Federation of Skye region. Despite the political difficulties of that region, the Second have been regarded as fanatical as the other Royal Guard commands to the Lyran state. During and after the Federated Commonwealth era, this policy was relaxed. [2]

Star League Era[edit]

The Second Royal Guards were one of the many Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces units revealed to have extensive ties to criminal cartels during Operation CATALOG, with the regiment's executive officer, his lance mates and half the Second's regimental supply officers all arrested or dishonorably cashiered. Aside from the blow to the regiment's prestige, the Second's readiness was below par thanks to the large influx of new recruits and abrupt promotions in the wake of CATALOG, additionally hampered by the LCAF's efforts to ensure the loyalty of the newcomers to Commonwealth as a whole and House Steiner ahead of Skye.[3]

As of 2765, the Second was stationed alongside the First Royal Guards on Tharkad.[3]

Third Succession War[edit]

Prior to Archon Giovanni Steiner's death in 2980, his son, Alessandro Steiner, was a battalion commander with the unit. [4]

In 3001, Katrina Steiner, Alessandro's niece, was transferred in to command the Second Royal Guards. She commanded the regiment for three years before she was transferred to the Strategies and Tactics Division. [5] [6]

Edward Regis, who would eventually become General of the Armies under now-Archon Katrina Steiner, once commanded the Second Royal Guards, during which time he was awarded the McKennsy Hammer for his leadership of the unit. [7]

The unit defeated House Davion's Third Ceti Hussars in a mock battle during Operation Thor in 3027.[8]

As of 3025, the Second Royal Guards were based on Tharkad. [9]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

The Second Royal Guards spent the entire Fourth Succession War protecting Tharkad, even as the First Royal Guards were temporarily relocated to Skye. [10]

War of 3039[edit]

The Federated Commonwealth raised the Second Royal Guards to Regimental Combat Team level, peramnently attaching brigades of armor and infantry as well as Aerospace assets. During the War of 3039, they remained on Tharkad with the First Guards. [11]

Clan Invasion and Lyran Alliance[edit]

As of 3050, the Second Royal Guards were based on the Lyran capital of Tharkad. [12] They remained on Tharkad through 3054, though by then, their quality level had improved to veteran. [13] The Second seemed to experience no reservations in transferring their loyalty from Archon-Prince Victor Steiner-Davion to Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion and the Lyran Alliance Armed Forces.

FedCom Civil War[edit]

The Second Royal Guards saw very little action in the early stages of the FedCom Civil War, instead forming an armed camp on Tharkad along with the First Guards and the ComGuards' 66th Division.

In August 3066, when Morgan Kell and Peter Steiner-Davion arrived in-system with a pan-Lyran invasion force to stake Peter's claim to the throne, the Loyalists would be joined by the by the battle-tested Eleventh Arcturan Guards and the First Alarion Jaegers. The invaders neutralized the defenders WarShip defenses and landed their ground forces, including the First Kell Hounds, the 20th Arcturan Guards RCT, the 1894th Light Horse Regiment and 21st Rim Worlds from the Blue Star Irregulars, the Golden Keshik and Fourth Wolf Guards from Clan Wolf-in-Exile. The Second engaged the Wolves in the Methow Valley. Despite outnumbering the Clan warriors, the Second pursued Khan Phelan Kell led his warriors into Stahlwurzel Forest, where the Wolves spent a week brutally mauling the Loyalists. The Second fell back to Tharkad City. [14]

Both sides were reinforced before the campaign reached its conclusion. The Fourth Skye Rangers, after the failure of the Skye Rebellion, joined the Allies while the 24th Lyran Guards arrived to aid the Loyalists. The Second was held back in Tharkad City when Nondi Steiner attempted to take the offensive against the Allies, and when the Loyalists began collapsing, Nondi attempted to hold out with the Second, engaged in steet-to-street fighting in the capital city itself. Vastly outnumbered, the Second refused to surrender, and was effectively destroyed as a combat effective unit. Nondi Steiner herself was killed on 2 April, 3067. [14][15]

Archon Peter refused to disband either Royal Guard commands, instead beginning a crash rebuilding program. Despite this, some of the Second's survivors continued to resent owing fealty to Peter, who had shattered them months earlier. Many of its members chose to resign. [16] By the beginning of August, the Second had been rebuilt to only 20 percent strength overall, with barely a company of 'Mechs. [16] [17]


Peter Steiner Davion, who the Guards opposed and later defended

When the Word of Blake attacked Tharkad after the Fourth Whitting Conference, many of the Lyran units on planet were shattered by the orbital bombardment. Archon Peter merged the survivors of both Royal Guards into a single command, and they defended him throughout the campaign. Suffering severe losses over the course of years of guerilla fighting, the Royal Guards were constantly reinforced by soldiers from other commands on planet who the Archon transferred in, refusing to disband his illustrious unit. Despite being reduced to less than a ghost of their prior selves, the Guards did successfully protect the Archon from death or capture. [18] In the aftermath of the fighting on Tharkad, the Second essentially existed only on paper, composed of a single lance of the best MechWarriors that defended the capital. By September 3079, they were still at only five percent strength, even while their sister unit, the First, was rebuilt by absorbing militia units. [19]

By 3085, the Second had grown. The LCAF High Command forwarded many elite soldiers to the unit for consideration. These soldiers then took a series of tests to see if they had what the Second Guards were looking for. Anyone who failed these tests didn't make it into the unit. The 4th Royal Guards performed the same tests, but out of respect for the Second's history, the Fourth didn't recruit many soldiers from Skye. Instead they went to the Second for their evaluations.[20] Even with these high standards, the Second had managed to rebuild to over a third of its nominal strength.[21]

Unlike previous iterations of the Second Royal Guards, the Pride of Skye of 3085 is expected to perform more than ceremonial duties. To prepare to join their sister units in the field, the Second trains against the Fourth Royal Guards.[20]

Dark Age[edit]

In 3143 Clan Wolf invaded Tharkad. The Second Royal Guards defended the Nagelring from the Wolves, but lost two companies of machines.[22] In addition to the Nagelring fight, they also defended Tharkad City. After the fighting on Tharkad the unit was reduced to fifty percent of its nominal strength. With the creation of the Wolf Empire so near Tharkad, the LCAF High Command left the Second to reinforce the First Royal Guards on Tharkad.[23]


The Second Royal Guards have claimed several illustrious individuals among its commanders and officers during their history.

Archon Alessandro Steiner was a battalion commander prior to taking the throne. [4]

Archon Katrina Steiner commanded the entire regiment some years prior to removing her uncle from power. [5]

In 3007, when Katrina Steiner took the throne as Archon, Hermann Steiner, brother to Alessandro, had been in command of the Second Royal Guards. When loyalists to his brother attempted to use Hermann against the new Archon, Hermann resigned his commission, eventually becoming the Abbott of St. Marinus House on Zaniah, where he would meet Morgan Kell and other MechWarriors who had withdrawn from combat. [24]

General of the Armies Edward Regis commanded the unit sometime prior to taking command of the entire LCAF. [7]

Leutnant-General Christopher Malvin led the unit for many years from well before the Fourth Succession War [9] until a few years before the Clan Invasion. He was eventually promoted to command the entire Royal Guard brigade. [25]

During the Clan Invasion Era and FedCom Civil War, the Second were commanded by Marshal Richard Regis II, the nephew of Edward Regis. [12] [13] [26] In 3055, Regis, suffering from a lack of political connections, was replaced by Richard de Gambier as commander. Regis then began an impressive campaign of building connections and allies with top Lyran officals, and by 3059 he had retaken command of the unit. A firm supporter of Katherine, Regis was critical in persuading ComStar's 66th Division to side with the Loyalists during the FedCom Civil War. [26] Despite his loyalty to Katherine, Archon Peter Steiner-Davion retained Regis as the Second's commander after the war, putting aside the objections of his advisers. The LIC nevertheless monitored Regis. [16]

Alexander Carlyle, son of Grayson Carlyle of the famed mercenary Gray Death Legion, was a company commander in the Second during the FedCom Civil War, having previously served in the First. [27] Carlyle survived the war but was unable to rebuild the Legion.

As of 3085 the commanding officer was Leutnant-General Luke Patterson.[21]

In 3145 the commanding officer is Hauptmann-General Judith Kelly.[28]


The Second Royal Guards specialized in defensive operations, both mobile and static. Their Engineering battalion includes several IndustrialMechs and vehicles skilled at creating defensive emplacements. [29]

Composition History[edit]


Second Royal Guards (Veteran/Fanatical)[3]


Second Royal Guards (Regiment/Regular/Fanatical) [9]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Christopher Malvin [9]


Second Royal Guards RCT (Regiment/Regular/Fanatical) [11]


Second Royal Guards RCT (Regular/Fanatical) [12]

  • CO: Marshal Richard Regis II [13]


Second Royal Guards RCT (Veteran/Fanatical) [13]

  • CO: Marshal Richard Regis II


Second Royal Guards (Regiment/Veteran/Fanatical)[1]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Richard Regis II

Second Royal Guards Aerospace Brigade[1]

  • CO: Colonel Saffron Olivery
  • 3rd Royal Guards Wing
  • 4th Royal Guards Wing

Second Royal Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Veteran/Fanatical)[1]

  • CO: Colonel Leo Mitchell-Heggs
  • 3rd Royal Tharkad Panzer Regiment - CO: Colonel Haikel Mertl
  • 4th Royal Tharkad Panzer Regiment - CO: Colonel Owen Frear
  • 1st Royal Tharkad Armored Cavalry Regiment - CO: Colonel Lindsey Holby

Second Royal Guards Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments/Veteran/Fanatical)[1]

  • CO: Colonel Anfa Shou
  • Aide: Leutnant-Colonel Victor Duong-Cheng
  • 5th Royal Tharkad Light Infantry Regiment - CO: Colonel Victoria Jordan
  • 6th Royal Tharkad Light Infantry Regiment - CO: Colonel Anton Merrick
  • 3rd Royal Tharkad Mechanized Regiment - CO: Colonel Nick Meyer
  • 4th Royal Tharkad Mechanized Regiment - CO: Colonel Edwin Chan
  • 1st Royal Tharkad Jump Regiment - CO: Colonel Ewan Lindstrom


Second Royal Guards (Veteran/Fanatical)[16]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Richard Regis II

Second Royal Guards Aerospace Brigade[16]

Second Royal Guards Armor Brigade[16]

  • CO: Colonel Leo Mitchell-Heggs

Second Royal Guards Infantry Brigade[16]

  • CO: Colonel Anfa Shou


Second Royal Guards (Lance/Elite/Fanatical) [19]


Second Royal Guards RCT (Elite/Fanatical)[21]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Luke Patterson

Second Royal Aerospace (Elite/Fanatical)[21]

  • CO: Kaptain Thad Travieso

Second Royal Armor Brigade (Veteran/Fanatical)[21]

  • CO: Colonel Theodar Brooks

Second Royal Infantry Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[21]

  • CO: Colonel Antono Stenet


Second Royal Guards RCT (Elite/Fanatical)[28]

  • CO: Hauptmann-General Judith Kelly

Second Royal Aerospace (Elite/Fanatical)[28]

  • CO: Kaptain Alice Walker

Second Royal Armor Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[28]

  • CO: Colonel Lawrenche Mitchell

Second Royal Infantry Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[28]

  • CO: Colonel Keith Williams


  • The insignia of the Second Royal Guards is a kicking donkey against the blue shield of the Royal Guard bridge. [1]

Game Rules[edit]

The Second possess the 'banking initiative' special ability, and gain a +1 initiative bonus when acting as the defender. If acting as the defender in a non-chase situation, 50 percent of all units may begin in improved positions. [30]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance p. 97, 2nd Royal Guards RCT: The Pride of Skye
  2. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance p. 95, Royal Guards: Lyran Pride
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 17, "Royal Guards" - Regimental Status
  4. 4.0 4.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth) p. 77, Alessandro Steiner
  5. 5.0 5.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth) p. 151, Katrina Steiner: Brief Personal History
  6. Historical: War of 3039 p. 17, Katrina Steiner
  7. 7.0 7.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth) p. 90, Edward Regis
  8. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 8 "Operations Galahad and Thor"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth) p. 121, Deployment Table
  10. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1 p. 45, Operation Götterdämmerung
  11. 11.0 11.1 Historical: War of 3039 p. 138, Deployment Table
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 20 Year Update p. 29, Deployment Table
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Objective Raids, p. 21, Deployment Table
  14. 14.0 14.1 FedCom Civil War (sourcebook) pp. 175-177, Tharkad
  15. Endgame, p. 235
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 Field Manual: Updates p. 172, Second Royal Guard
  17. Field Manual: Updates p. 178, Lyran Alliance Armed Forces Deployment Table: Donegal Province
  18. Jihad Turning Points: Tharkad p. 6, Combatants
  19. 19.0 19.1 Field Report: LAAF p. 14, Royal Guards
  20. 20.0 20.1 Field Manual: 3085, p. 104
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 Field Manual: 3085, p. 108, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  22. Technical Readout: 3145 The Clans, p. 52
  23. Field Manual: 3145, p. 124
  24. Warrior: Riposte, p. 46, Hermann Steiner commanded the Second Royal Guards before retiring
  25. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance p. 95, Royal Guards: Lyran Pride, Commanding Officer
  26. 26.0 26.1 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance p. 97, 2nd Royal Guards RCT: The Pride of Skye, Officers
  27. The Dying Time (novel), p. ??
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 133, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces - Donegal Province"
  29. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance p. 97, 2nd Royal Guards RCT: The Pride of Skye, Tactics
  30. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance p. 134, Royal Guards: 2nd Royal