Crimson Crusaders

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Crimson Crusaders
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
CO Major Brent Matis
JumpShips no
DropShips no
Aerospace no
Armor no
Infantry yes

Born of Clan Jade Falcon's invasion of the Tamar Pact world of Dompaire, the Crimson Crusaders were formed to ultimately defeat the invaders and liberate that world.

History[edit]

After the Baron von Dompaire and his only son and heir were killed during the Jade Falcon's 305th Assault Cluster invasion of Dompaire in August 3050 [1], his multi-million C-Bill estate passed to Brent Matis, a disant relative and MechWarrior in the 8th Lyran Regulars. Rather than retire to a life of luxury, Matis instead chose to use his newfound wealth to fund the creation of a mercenary unit to ultimately liberate Dompaire.

Matis himself was able to quickly attract many experienced troops to the Crusaders thanks to his offer of new BattleMechs and Combat Vehicles to Dispossessed veterans and the promise of landholds after the liberation of Dompaire. As of 3059 the unit was uncontracted on Outreach.[2]

In 3062, the unit raided Dompaire without order of the LAAF and rescue a member of the former ruling family. The First Falcon Jaegers were the defending force and make the life for the mercs difficult.

During the FedCom civil war the unit relocated to Outreach to rebuild and rest. After a number of short-term contracts, the unit signed again another contract with the Alliance, where they were held in reserve to counter FWL incursions. At the outbreak of the Jihad, the Crusaders were on Marfik, garrisoning that world against possible Free Worlds League counterstrikes during the Skye-Bolan offensive into the League.[3]

Officer[edit]

The Crusader's cool-headed CO, Major Brent Matis is adept at thinking on his feet and improvising as the situation demands. His XO and former 8th Lyran Regular lancemate Captain Jurell Nahibra is an excellent strategist whose planning and tactical skills complement Matis's improvisational abilities. [2]

Tactics[edit]

The Crusaders prefer leverage their advanced weapons to attack the enemy at long ranges, against the Clans they attempt to use special terrain and movement tactics to avoid falling prey to the same tactics at the hands of the Clans superior weaponry. Their focus on longer ranges is unfortunately at the cost of their close-quarter combat ability. [2]

Artillery supports the mobile mechs when they engage the enemy.

After the raid on Dompaire, the unit reorganized itself. First company consists of heavy and medium 'Mechs that are fast and equipped for both long range and close combat. The Second and Third Companies consist of fast, heavy armor, long range artillery, and battle armor infantry units.[3]

Dragoons Rating[edit]

3059[edit]

B-[2]

3067[edit]

B-

Composition History[edit]

3059[edit]

Crimson Crusaders(Company/Regular/Reliable)[2]

Armored Crusaders (2 Lances/Veteran/Reliable)[2]

  • Armor Commander: Captain Josh St. Andrews

The Bloody Feet(Company/Regular/Reliable)[2]

  • Infantry Commander: Captain Talia Reskovichia

3067[edit]

Crimson Crusaders(Company/Veteran/Reliable)

  • CO/1st Lance: Major Brent Matis
  • 2nd Lance: Lieutenant Troy Montgomery
  • XO/3rd Lance: Captain Juell Nahibra

The Bloody Feet(2 Companies/Veteran/Reliable)

  • Infantry Commander: Captain Talia Reskovichia

- The unit suffer heavy losses through fighting the Jade Falcons. As a consequence they field now 2 companies of battle suits for better protection.

3070[edit]

  • 1st Company
The mech element includes fast medium and heavies.
  • 2nd + 3rd Company
The other two companies contains artillery, tanks and battle armor infantry.

Notes[edit]

  • The unit's crest is the flag of Dompaire, a pair of crossed golden cutlasses and a gold key over a black triangle. The Crusaders paint their machines a deep crimson with gold trim. [2]
  • Thanks to Matis' wealth, the unit's 'Mechs are primarily brand new post-3050 designs supported by small volume of heavily upgraded pre-3050 models. The unit's vehicle company consists of older designs refitted with advanced weaponry. [2]
  • Recognizing from the start if the Crusaders were to defeat the Falcons that they would need top-flight technical staff, Matis assembled a team skilled with advanced Star League technology and large enough to meet 90% of the unit's required maintenance needs. He also generously spread money to acquire a DropShip and JumpShip for the unit, succeeding in securing an Overlord-class in 3059, modifying it to carry the entire unit comfortably. [2]
  • The unit is similar but different to the Crimson Crusaders used as a "unit creation example" for the Mercenary's Handbook 3055. That version was built around the Crusader 'Mech much as Miller's Marauders focused on the Marauder.

References[edit]

  1. Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 42
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 52
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 46
  • Field Manual: Mercenaries Revised, p. 58 - "Unit Profile"

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