|Unit Profile (as of 3145)|
|Nickname||The Dragon's Claws|
The Izanagi Warriors, also known as 'Dragon's Claws', were founded by Takashi Kurita as an bodyguard unit loyal to him personally. This was done to safeguard against the possibility of a coup against him. It was initially formed from retired veterans.
- 1 History
- 2 Officers
- 3 Tactics
- 4 Composition History
- 5 Rules
- 6 References
- 7 Bibliography
Originally formed by Takashi Kurita as a secret bodyguard against potential betrayal by his son Theodore. It was initially made up with retired veterans. These veterans swore an oath of loyalty to Takashi Kurita. When he died, the Warriors underwent a crisis of faith until Theodore offered to put them on the DCMS rolls as part of the Coordinator's personal bodyguard.
Battle of Luthien (3052)
In 3059, the Warriors were deployed to take the Clan Nova Cat worlds of Teniente and Juazeiro under the command of Shin Yodama. They undertook simple token Trials of Possession for these worlds, essentially absorbing the Nova Cats into the new SLDF. Teniente and Juazeiro were absorbed this way. They aggressively attacked the Clan Smoke Jaguar's occupied world of Outer Volta along with the 8th Sword of Light and the 39th Division of the ComGuards. They destroyed the First Jaguar Guards in a series of fights. After Bulldog was complete, they returned to Luthien to resume their protection of the Coordinator.
Federated Suns Incursion
Battle of Luthien (3067-3074)
In December 3067, forces loyal to the Black Dragon Society invaded Luthien, in the beginning of the Jihad's Battle of Luthien. On New Year's Day, 3068, the Kokuryo-kai 2nd Sword of Light surrounded and then attacked the Imperial Palace. The Izanagi Warriors and their fellow samurai Otomo fought a delaying action while the Loyalist 3rd Luthien Guards retreated, taking heavy casualties.
The coup devastated both the Izanagi Warriors and the Otomo. The two units' survivors joined the 1st Genyosha in fighting the traitors, operating under the control of Sho-sho Sajori Mitsotisa. They performed as raiders, noted for their precision and later salvage operations.
On 23 August 3072, the joint unit - in a concerted effort alongside the Xi Galaxy of Clan Nova Cat - assaulted a large Blakist supply base defended by the Forty-second Shadow Division, in the Battle of the Kyoto Zen Arcology Project. The DCMS flanking attack was intended to sow confusion within the Blakist defenses, and though deflected, did just that. A Star was able to breach the rear of the base and set off an enormous chemical explosion, resulting in the destruction of multiple units on both sides and a significant loss to the Blakist ammunition supply.
On March 14th 3074, the Word of Blake ROM had leaked information regarding the presence of Buda Weapons Chief Researcher Hideoshi Yamika and his prototype Large X-Pulse Laser to the Kokuryu-kai as a means of wearing down Loyalist defenders in Skytower City. The resulting battle ended with Yamika and his prototypes being hustled aboard a Blakist DropShip.
After the Jihad ended, Hohiro Kurita found a new purpose for the Izanagi Warriors. By hand-selecting warriors who had shown unswerving loyalty to the Combine, the Coordinator used the posting as a living award, equivalent to the honor shown a Knight of New Samarkand. The rebuilding Izanagi Warriors were based on New Samarkand in 3079.
The Coordinator uses the Izanagi Warriors as a parallel regiment for the Otomo. Where the Otomo uses the ISF to investigate candidates, the Izanagi Warriors rely on the Order of Five Pillars to investigate their potential recruits. Like the Otomo the Izanagi Warriors are rebuilding slowly and for much the same reason: They do not wish to strip the line regiments of their elite warriors.
In 3145 there is a slight amount of friction between them and the Otomo. The tension is at most minor, however there has been several honor duels between them. The Coordinator has in this matter, elected to allow them to settle the issues between themselves rather then intervene. 
The units commanding officer was Coordinator Takashi Kurita in 3052. In 3059, the unit commander was Sho-sho Shin Yodama. Yodama was given this command following the Clan Invasion, although his rank was Tai-sa at the time, and he held the command also in 3067..
The Izanagi Warriors have no signature tactics. All its MechWarriors are expected to be adept at combat inside or outside of a 'Mech. This allows them to function as bodyguards in any environment.
Dragon's Claws (Regiment/Veteran/Fanatical) At this time the Dragon's Claws were mostly made up of retired veterans loyal to Takashi Kurita. Most of their 'Mechs were family-held units that received upgrade kits. As these warriors retired, new warriors brought new 'Mechs to the force, including OmniMechs.
- CO/1st Battalion: Tai-sa Shin Yodama
- XO: Chu-sa Sajori Mitsotisa
- 2nd Battalion: Chu-sa Tanos Jiro-matsu
- 3rd Battalion: Chu-sa Yeng Sum Lee
- CO: Tai-sa Shin Yodama
- CO: Sho-sa Peter Tokaydo
- CO: Chu-sa Gavin Bjornsson
Approximately one battalion in strength.
Izanagi Warriors (Elite/Fanatical)
- CO: Tai-sa Michi Tachibana
- CO: Sho-sa Michi Yukimura
1st Luthien Battlesuit Infantry (Veteran/Fanatical)
- CO: Tai-sa Sylvester Raynerson
Izanagi Warriors (Elite/Fanatical)
- CO: Sho-sho Kitsuju Teramoto
41st Luthien Aerospace (Wing/Elite/Fanatical)
- CO: Sho-sa Haldor Struan
2nd Luthien Battlesuit Infantry (Elite/Fanatical)
- CO: Tai-sa Rudolph Dunlap
- Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 79, 81
- Era Report: 3062, p. 37
- Luthien, p. 25
- Lost Destiny, p. 103
- The Dragon Roars, p. 10
- The Dragon Roars, p. 44
- The Dragon Roars, pp. 46, 60
- Field Manual: Update, p. 110, "Izanagi Warriors"
- Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, p. 6, "Combatants"
- Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, p. 8, "Traitor's Kiss"
- Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, p. 9, "Feline Ferocity"
- Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, pp. 10-11, "Light Machine"
- Field Report: DCMS, p. 12
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 43
- Field Manual: 3145, p. 56, "Izanagi Warriors"
- Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 81, "Unit Profile"
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 119, "DCMS Deployment Table"
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 51, "DCMS Deployment Table - 3085"
- Field Manual: 3145, p. 67, "DCMS Deployment Table - 3145"
- Field Report: DCMS, p. 12