94th Battle (Clan Steel Viper)

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94th Battle Cluster
Unit Profile (as of 3074)
Nickname The Cottonmouths
Parent Formation Gamma Galaxy
Formed
Disbanded 3074 (Destroyed)

History[edit]

Operation Revival[edit]

Wave Five[edit]

The Ninety-fourth Battle Cluster emerged victorious from a Trial of Possession against Clan Jade Falcon to win the right for Clan Steel Viper to attempt to retake Twycross from the Federated Commonwealth forces.[1] The actual attack was undertaken by the 423rd Assault, 428th Assault and Ninety-Fourth Battle Clusters. Landing under the cover of the Diabolis sandstorms, the 423rd and 428th defeated the Tenth Lyran Guards RCT by using the Viper's Maw tactic, while the Ninety-fourth engaged the Ninth Federated Commonwealth RCT and forced them back to the spaceport. The battle was over in a matter of hours.[1]

Tukayyid[edit]

The Ninety-fourth engaged the Sixth Division at Devil's Bath. Taking heavy losses it and the rest of Gamma Galaxy had to be rescued by Zeta Galaxy. Subsequently it moved against the fresh 321st and 401st Divisions. This time it was shattered holding the ComGuards at bay, and received over 60% casualties. [2] [3]

Post Invasion[edit]

In 3054[4] the cluster was stationed on Twycross with the bulk of Gamma Galaxy. After several years of inactivity the Ninety-fourth attacked Jade Falcon forces on Trinity, initially winning, but were forced off world when reinforcements arrived.[3] By 3060 the cluster had been posted to Trell I.[5]

Ejection from the Inner Sphere[edit]

During the withdrawal from the Inner Sphere the Ninety-fourth took heavy casualties along with other clusters of Gamma Galaxy. This prompted the Khan to disband the Fifty-first Battle Cluster and reinforce the Ninety-fourth with the survivors.[6] By 3067 the cluster had moved to Arcadia.[7]

War of Reaving[edit]

On Londerholm in 3072 Gamma Galaxy, including the Ninety-fourth, ran up against forces of Clan Coyote and the Society. After a prolonged battle, the Steel Vipers emerged victorious, but at woeful cost. The populace of the planet was found to have been subject to experiments by the scientists, and sometimes showed physical signs of genetic tampering and mutation. [8][9]

In September 3074 a large Viper force of four Galaxies arrived at Tokasha. Finding Clan Blood Spirit forces in a position to take the entire planet the Vipers called their own Trial of Possession for it. The Blood Spirits had three Galaxies on planet and the Vipers landed all four of their to oppose them. The Vipers moved against each Galaxy in turn first crushing Zeta in Koche Mountains. Beta Galaxy found itself outflanked by the Spirits' Omicron Galaxy, but the timely arrival of Nu Galaxy crushed the defenders. Only the arrival of aerospace fighters bombing the Viper lines allowed a few of the warriors to escape. The assault by Gamma Galaxy overran the defensive line of Omega Galaxy allowing Alpha Galaxy to push on to the Blood Spirits headquarters killing their Khan, although the Ninety-fourth was destroyed in the action.[10]

Officers[edit]

As of 3067 the Commanding Officer was Star Colonel Ivan Sinclair, who had been in command since at least 3057.[3][7]

Tactics[edit]

The cluster was experienced in the use of the Viper's Maw tactic and fought in conjunction with the other clusters of the galaxy effectively.[3]

Composition History[edit]

3057[edit]

Ninety-fourth Battle Cluster [11]

  • Cluster Command Star (1 OmniMech Star)
  • Trinary Alpha (3 OmniMech Stars)
  • Trinary Bravo (3 OmniMech Stars)
  • Trinary Charlie (1 OmniMech/Elemental Nova, 2 Elemental Stars)
  • Trinary Delta (3 OmniMech Stars)
  • Trinary Echo (3 OmniFighter Stars)

3061[edit]

Ninety-fourth Battle Cluster - Veteran/Reliable [3]

  • 5 Trinaries

3067[edit]

Ninety-fourth Battle Cluster - Veteran/Reliable [7]

  • 100% full strength and fully equipped with OmnMechs

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 88, "Fift Wave" - Twycross
  2. Invading Clans, p. 86-87
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 145, "64th Battle Cluster Profile"
  4. Objective Raids, p. 30
  5. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 165
  6. Field Manual: Update, p. 67
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Field Manual: Update, p. 80
  8. The Wars of Reaving, p. 106-107
  9. The Wars of Reaving, p. 111-112
  10. The Wars of Reaving, p.138-139
  11. Invading Clans, p. 95

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