8th Lyran Guards

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Eighth Lyran Guards
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname Rüts[1]
Parent Formation Lyran Guards

The Eighth Lyran Guards were a regiment of the Lyran Guards brigade active during the Star League era.[1] Destroyed during the Succession Wars, the Eighth was reactivated during the Dark Age.[2]


The Eighth Lyran Guards were a regiment of the Lyran Guards brigade active during the Star League era.[1]


Star League Era[edit]

During the Star League era the Eighth Lyran Guards was one of ten regiments within the First 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. By the mid-twenty-eighth century the First Division was the only Division of the Lyran Guards to be at full strength, and while the Lyran Guards were supposed to be loyal to the Lyran Commonwealth first and the Archon second, the various regiments of the First had been used at various points to keep powerful nobles in line.[1]

Like the other regiments of the Guards during this era, the Eighth lacked any particular political ties - either regional or familial - unlike regiments in other brigades; commonly assigned to garrison postings, the Eighth 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 Eighth and her sister regiments being manned by soldiers who were professional, but without the close-knit ties found in more parochial regiments. The Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces was intent on generating more camaraderie and esprit de corps amongst the Tenth and the other Guards regiments, but with little success by 2765.[1]

In 2765 the Eighth was one of the more experienced regiments within the Lyran Guards, and was stationed on the Koniz.[1]

The Dark Age[edit]

The Eighth was reactivated as a part of the Dark Age era military buildup of the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces initiated by Archon Andrew Steiner. Like other regiments of the Guards reactivated during this era, the Eighth was reactivated as a Regimental Combat Team; the LCAF avoided the treaty restrictions linked to the Republic of the Sphere by deliberately keeping the BattleMech forces in each RCT understrength.[2] The Eighth was one of the commands to be directly involved in Operation HAMMERFALL in late 3137, and saw action on Tamarind, the capital world of the Duchy of Tamarind-Abbey.[3]

Many of the Lyran Guards regiments and RCTs were destroyed during the Clan Wolf invasion of the Commonwealth, or were disbanded with the remaining personnel and equipment reassigned to other commands. The Eighth was more fortunate than some of its sister commands; stationed on Porrima during the brief tenure - described by some as the "Acting Archonship" - of Duke Vadet Brewer on the Lyran throne, the Eighth was reluctant to leave its post within the Donegal Province and ended up taking losing almost three quarters of its strength during the Clan Jade Falcon invasion of Porrima.[2]

Following the battle for Tharkad, the Sixth Lyran Guards was disbanded, with elements of the surviving forces merging into the Eighth in an effort to maintain the Eighth as a combat-ready formation. With the Commonwealth reeling from the invasions, the Eighth was one of the commands assigned to defending a region known as the Enkoping Corridor, a narrow wedge of worlds between the Jade Falcon Occupation Zone and the Wolf Empire, and in 3145 the Eighth was based on Veckholm.[2]


In 3145 the commanding officer is Hauptmann-General Paul Ramirez.[4]


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Composition History[edit]


Eighth Lyran Guards (Regular/Reliable)[1]

- At this point in time the Eighth was based on Koniz.[1]


Eighth Lyran Guards (Regular/Reliable)[4]

Eighth Lyran Armor Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[4]

Eighth Lyran Infantry Brigade (Regular/Questionable)[4]

  • CO: Colonel Chris McDaniels
- At this point in time the Eighth was based on Veckholm.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 13-14, "Lyran Guards"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 126, "Lyran Guards"
  3. Field Manual: 3145, p. 120, "Andrew and Melissa"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Field Manual: 3145, p. 133, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces - Donegal Province"