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|52nd Shadow Division|
|Unit Profile (as of 3077)|
|Parent Formation||Shadow Divisions|
The 52nd Shadow Division was an elite combat division formed under the aegis of Word of Blake that supposedly first appeared during the first year of the Jihad. The Shadow Division was staffed with cyberneticly augmented warriors known as the Manei Domini. The Division was commanded by the Manei Domini's leader, Precentor Apollyon, who selected only the Word of Blake Militia & Shadow Division's finest to form the Fifty Second. Apollyon's Chosen were known for their ruthless and fanatic devotion to the Master. The Division also served as the parent unit for the special independent operations unit known as the Opacus Venatori.
First Appearance and Domination of Gibson
The unit first appeared to the public in 3068, though not in its entirety. It was not until Precentor Apollyon was given sovereignty of the late Sir Paul Masters' world of Gibson by the Word of Blake influenced member of the Marik government, Paul Marik.
When the entire Apollyon's Chosen arrived on planet, they begun to put down any resistance against Precentor Apollyon ruthlessly. The Division's actions led to the world being converted to a principle stronghold for the Word of Blake and Manei Domini. Refuge camps sprang up across the globe outside the surviving cities on Gibson, where intelligence reports suspected Apollyon was using citizens of the planet as raw-materials to make a next generation of his expendable cybernetic warriors.
Campaign of 3073-3074
In April 3073, the unit deployed in a campaign responding to various needs of the Word of Blake. This took them throughout the Word of Blake Protectorate and eventually into House Steiner space. The unit first arrived on Hall, where they were called in by an urgent request for assistance by the planetary militia. The Word of Blake had employed the Martian Cuirassiers to garrison the planet. The 52nd was requested to discuss contract terms for their duty there. For unknown reasons, instead of discussing terms, the Apollyon's Chosen eradicated the mercenary unit and the city the unit was stationed in.
In June, they struck the Free Worlds League world of Alphard where they destroyed the remains of the Legion of the Rising Sun mercenary unit. Having received word of the Principality of Regulus dispatching an invasion force to Gibson, the Division moved with incredible speed back to Gibson to assist the 49th Shadow Division to repulse the invasion in August. The Regulan Task force, lead by Fourth Regulan Hussars's General Kinchuhuara, struck the former Gibson Federated BattleMechs' factory complex. Unknown to them the 52nd lay hidden among the buildings of the complex. As the Fourth Regulans entered it, Apollyon's Chosen launched their ambush on the General's leading forces and mauled them. After killing General Kinchuhuara, Precentor Apollyon demanded that all opposing forces surrender. A number of the smaller mercenary commands attached to Regulan's task force surrendered unconditionally, but the Fourth, along with several mercenary commands, refused to give up so easily. The 52nd chased the 4th back to their dropships in a vicious firefight that destroyed large portions of the factory complex. 
Within a month, the 52nd Shadow had once again mobilized and struck Caledonia together with elements of the 40th Shadow Division. They eradicated the 22nd Skye Rangers, whom were preparing to invade the Blake held factory world of Hesperus II. During this fight, the 52nd received heavy damage and casualties. However, despite this setback, the Division was still on the move, conducting the last part of its almost 12 month long campaign. In February of 3074, the Division struck Bolan, where it destroyed the 2nd Regiment of Brion's Legion. After destroying the mercenary regiment, the Chosen destroyed the capital city of the planet, sending the Lyran region into chaos. Afterward, the Division returned to Gibson where it once again arrived in time to assist the 49th Shadow Division to repulse yet another Regulan raid. By 3075, intelligence reports indicated that Division has returned to full strength.
The 52nd Shadow died during the Principality of Regulus assault on Gibson in 3079. The Regulans subjected Gibson to an extended nuclear bombardment from orbit before dispatching forces to the remaining irradiated wasteland to ferret out and destroy any surviving Blakist forces, particularly Manei Domini forces.
Information used to write this article was from printed canon intelligence reports. These reports are not always accurate, thus the information may not be exact. This is why article has such words as "reportedly" in it. Information on the unit should not be taken as completely true about the unit, only what is known.
When using the scenario specific rules; The controlling player may choose all of their desired units from the Random Assignment Tables for the Free Worlds League, Lyran Alliance, & the Word of Blake. The unit has access to SD Rated Equipment and is considered elite.
When rolling to determine which warrior/pilot are augmented, controlling player should apply +3 to their roll.
The Division force specific includes immunities to all opposing unit's abilities, the standard Shadow Division force specific abilities, and has Overrun Combat, Force the Initiative, and Off-Map Movement special abilities as well.
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 26, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 51, "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 31, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents p. 51 - "Bloodless Coup - Details of the Regulan invasion and actions of the 52nd Division & its commander".
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 48, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 52, "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 125, "Shadow Divisions"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 108 - Unit Profile - size and whom the unit is attached to.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents - Rules Annex - 52nd Shadow Division - Apollyon's Chosen's special abilities, rules, and immunities.