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|Unit Profile (as of 2765)|
The origins of the Fourth Dragonlords - nicknamed the "Basilisk Eaters" - lay in the formation of the Star League and the establishment of the Star League Defense Force. With the significant drawdown of military forces in the wake of the formation of the SLDF, large quantities of military personnel - including some of the best and brightest - found themselves unemployed. Many carried on with the only skills they had, engaging in piracy and brigandage; as a result, the Star League initiated the United Triumph Military Exercises (UTEs) in 2572 as an attempt to deal with some of the problems.
The Davion Brigade of Guards were due to be dispatched to take part in the UTEs; as the Guards were responsible for protecting the five core Golden Worlds of the Federated Suns - New Avalon, Argyle, Belladonna, El Dorado and Torrence - the Davion clans on those five worlds funded the creation of five temporary garrison units, supplying them with the best and heaviest equipment and recruiting the finest of the recently-discharged veterans from the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns as manpower. These five temporary units - of which the Fourth was one - were never disbanded, as the outbreak of the Reunification War saw the AFFS in need of trained combat formations.
The Fourth and the other regiments of the Dragonlords were all deployed against various of the Periphery States during the Reunification War, with all of the brigade seeing heavy action. The performance of the various regiments earned them a fixed place in the AFFS as front-line commands.
Star League Era
When the Star League Council issued the Council Edict of 2650 limiting the size of the military each Great House was allowed to maintain, the AFFS was required to drawdown in strength sharply, as were the other militaries of the Inner Sphere. The Fourth was one of three regiments within the Dragonlords to draw down to just a single battalion as a result of the manpower and unit reductions mandated by the Council Edict.
When the Star League Council repealed the Edict of 2650 in 2752 the Dragonlords quickly returned to full strength as a brigade. The Dragonlords' quick return to full strength was made possible by the rearmament programme put in place by Roger Davion, which had seen each active MechWarrior within the Dragonlords issued two BattleMechs, and the strong and active training programme for reserves on each of the Golden Worlds, which generated a pool of trained manpower to draw upon.
As tensions in the Periphery rose almost the entire of the Dragonlords - including the Fourth - were deployed to worlds along the border between the Federated Suns and the Taurian Concordat. Morale within the Fourth and the other regiments climbed steadily following their deployment as a result of the prospect of fighting old enemies once more. For the Fourth, that opportunity came very quickly after their deployment to Brockway - a bandit force struck at the world just seven days after the Fourth had deployed. The raiders had clearly expected to find Brockway defended by just the planetary militia, and the presence of the Fourth was an unpleasant surprise. The Fourth quickly wiped out the raiding party, and dispatched a small force to hunt through local uninhabited systems in an effort to find out where the raiders had originated.
Fourth Dragonlords (Regular/Reliable)
- - The Fourth were stationed on Brockway at this point in time.
The Fourth Dragonlords and the other regiments of the brigade were presumably destroyed or disbanded during the Succession Wars.
- Field Report: Federated Suns 2765, p. 15, "Dragonlords"
- Field Report: Federated Suns 2765, p. 3, "Strategic Update"
- Field Report: Federated Suns 2765, p. 15, "Regimental Status"