45th Shadow Division
|45th Shadow Division (Arioch’s Avengers)|
|Unit Profile (as of 3075)|
|Parent Formation||Shadow Divisions|
- 1 Unit Description
- 2 History
- 3 Officers
- 4 Tactics
- 5 Composition History
- 6 Notes
- 7 Rules
- 8 Reference
- 9 Bibliography
The 45th Shadow Division was a veteran Word of Blake combat unit that first appeared during the early days of the Jihad. The 45th Shadow was composed of cybernetically augmented warriors known as the Manei Domini.
Raid on Buckminster
The unit made its first reported appearance in 3070, during an assault on the Draconis Combine world of Buckminster. The 45th Shadow, along with the 28th Division, attacked the Delta Regiment of the Wolf's Dragoons. The Blakist task force inflicted heavy casualities on the elite mercenaries. However, in the course of the fighting the 45th Shadow suffered heavy damage as well and its commanding officer was killed. The 28th Division's commander, Precentor XI Dave Baughman, took over command of the Blakist forces and ordered a withdrawal from the planet under fire.
Rebuilding into the Arioch's Avengers & taking of Benjamin
The 45th Shadow Division was rebuilt by its new commander, Precentor Arioch. The unit re-emerged on the battlefields of Benjamin in May 3072 with the 28th Division. The 45th Shadow's task force which included small fleet of Pocket WarShips. They first destroyed small number of artificial suns orbiting the planet and provided it with normal sunlight. They're Pocket Warships fired their Capital class missiles at the Benjamin's defense forces, which included the 6th Ghost BattleMech Regiment. After making their landing on the planet, the battered 6th Ghost surrendered to the 28th Division. Though they held the planet, guerrilla warfare had broken out and those forces were taking shots at 45th Shadow's assets.
Draconis Combine's Counter Attack & Destruction
The 28th Division leaves planet for raids missions. The 45th Shadow assigned as a garrison forces with a single Level III formation of the 28th to provide additional support. In November, the Draconis Combine conducts assault to try re-take the Military District capital, however the 45th Shadow Division manages to hold. During this time, the Blakist Command dispatches a mercenary force to attempt to aide with guerrilla forces.
In December, Clan Nova Cat Galaxy assaults Benjamin, with blitzkrieg effort. The 45th Shadow was reportedly annihilated by the Clanners, with only single Level III escaping the carnage. The 28th Division's main force manages to rescue survivors of the battle in January of 3073.
In April 3078 the 45th and 47th Shadow Division arrived at New Home to counter the Coalition assault on that world. The two units came close to reinforcing the 43rd Shadow Division and capturing Devlin Stone, but a last minute bombardment from the Coalition ship Promise destroyed the 45th and 47th Shadow Division. Stone's Lament, Ryuken-roku, 2nd Federated Suns Armored Cavalry, Battle Corps Legion, and Clan Nova Cat's Sigma Galaxy proceeded to hunt down the surviving Blakists and destroyed them. The Blakists didn't go quietly, destroying Ryuken-roku and the Second FedSuns AC, and destroying nearly three-quarters of Sigma Galaxy and the Battle Corps Legion.
- As of 3069 and into April 3070, the commanding officer of the unit was Precentor Tunrida, and the unit's nickname was "Tunrida's Terrors".
- Word of Blake Division
The Unit was rated with SD for its Equipment.
- One Word of Blake Level III formation
Source of majority of the information supplied for this article come from canon in-game intelligence reports and sometimes scattered civilian news reports. Thus information supplied for this article will not be accurate.
Under the Force Specific rules, The 45th Shadow Division suffers negative 1 modifier when rolling to check how many warriors have cybernetic augmentation. This to reflect heavy losses it suffered in 3072 against Wolf's Dragoons on Buckminister. The player generating the force may roll from Clan Wolf Random Assignment Table, one out of six units of their force. This to reflect salvage collected from the Dragoon's encounter. The 45th Division only has 1 elite pilot out of 6 fielded in any scenario due to combat losses.
The 45th Division also receive the standard Force Specific abilities all Shadow Division are endowed with. These are: Immunity from Forced Withdrawal Rules, they can negate Overrun Combat, Forcing the Initiative abilities an opposing force may have.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 105 - "45th Division profile" - Raid of Buckminster goes wrong for 45th.
- Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 208 - "Exterminator BattleMech profile/notable pilots" - Precentor XI Dave Baughman actions during the Buckminister raid.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 100 - "28th Division profile" - 28th Division's profile provides more details on the Benjamin conquest.
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3072, p. 79 - "Benjamin Falls" article with some details of the fight gleamed by civilian reports.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 100 - "28th Division profile, includes the info regarding mercenary forces aiding 45th Shadow's problems with the guerrilla forces on Benjamin".
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 105 - "45th Shadow Division profile" - 45th Shadow devastated by Clan Nova Cat forces.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents p. 100 - "28th Division profile" - Reports indicate the 28th Division picks up survivors of the the 45h Shadow Division in Jan 3073.
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 86
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 132
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 74
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 125, "Shadow Divisions Status"
- Battle News: "Word of Blake strikes Buckminster! Dragoons Defeated!", 28 December 3072 (posted 17 August 2007)
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 142 - "Rules Annex/Force Specific Rules" - Shadow Division (General) Force Specific abilities & 45th Shadow Division.