4th Skye Rangers

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Fourth Skye Rangers
Unit Profile (as of 3028)
Nickname Albion
Parent Formation Skye Rangers
Formed 2504


The 4th Skye Rangers, later the 4th Skye Rangers RCT, was an elite Lyran BattleMech regiment and later a Regimental Combat Team in the nominal service of House Steiner. As the top regiment of the Skye Rangers, the historic army of the Federation of Skye, they became well-known for their ties to the Free Skye Movement in the thirty-first century.

Their nickname "Albion" stems from the JumpShip freighter of the Federation's merchant-founder, Ian McQuiston. The Albion originally brought McQuiston to the world of Skye, which became his home and eventually the seat of his power. The Albion itself received its moniker for the ancient name of the island of Great Britain on Terra, which also became the source of the Fourth Rangers' insignia.[1][2][3]


The Fourth Rangers were formed by Duke Connor Gilderoy of Skye during the reign of Archon Margaret Olsen, employing recently trained MechWarriors drawn from all over the Federation.[4]

The Lyran Civil War[edit]

Gilderoy formed the unit to help support Olsen's claim to the throne, which had been challenged by her nephew Robert Steiner, the illegitimate son of Archon Steven Steiner, Olsen's deceased brother-in-law. Robert agreed to challenge his aunt's reign only after years of mis-rule, which saw Olsen rely on psychics and soothsayers, and the advice of Gilderoy and Duke Samuel Natesh of Tamar. The two Dukes had effectively taken advantage of Olsen's insanity, ruling the Commonwealth for their own benefit while the realm suffered severely. The result was the Lyran Civil War, as Olsen and the two Dukes fled Tharkad in 2503 ahead of Robert and his supporters, regrouping on Skye. Knowing Robert would inevitably follow them, Duke Gilderoy hurriedly formed the Fourth Skye Rangers, equipping them with top-of-the-line machines.[4][5][6]

In late 2504, Robert Steiner, recognized as Archon by the Estates General, arrived in the Skye system at the head of several Lyran regiments that had pledged their loyalty to him, including the elite 1st Royal Guards.[7] Despite representing a newly-formed unit, the Fourth Rangers reportedly gave a good accounting of themselves, mastering the so-called "Squatter’s Strike" strategy, deploying away from the enemy and withdrawing every time the opposing forces engaged them. The Rangers continuously chose the field of battle, lulling their foes into a chase-and-fight mentality before finally catching the enemy forces off-guard when the situation was ideal, inflicting heavy damage.[8] Despite some successes, numbers and momentum slowly saw the Rangers and other units loyal to Olsen pushed back to the capital city of New Glasgow. Just as Robert's forces had surrounded the capital and seemed poised to capture Olsen, reinforcements from Tamar arrived, interceding against Robert's troops and giving Olsen, Duke Gilderoy and their remaining forces the chance to escape to Tamar.[9] With the aid of Duke Nels Reynolds of Fatima (and the timely intervention of the Terran Hegemony), Archon Robert Steiner proved victorious on Tamar, capturing Olsen and both treacherous Dukes.[10][11]

Despite their ultimate defeat, the Fourth Skye Rangers remained active, transferring their loyalty to Archon Robert Steiner and to House Lestrade, a prestigious family who had supported Robert and were now raised to the Dukedom vacated by Gilderoy (who was later executed for treason).[12][13]

The Star League Era[edit]

The Fourth Skye Rangers were stationed on Vega in 2765. There they defended the system from "unauthorized raiders" from the Draconis Combine. The command suffered serious losses, but refused to leave to rebuild. They preferred to remain in place until the end of their original tour.[14]

The Fourth Skye Rangers would take their place among the elite regiments of House Steiner during the Star League era, although they were apparently not chosen to participate in the Reunification War. They continued to specialize in the "cautious-aggressive warfare" doctrine, and by the mid-2700s, nearly two-and-a-half centuries after their formation, the Rangers were defending several worlds along the border with the Free Worlds League while they continued to receive the most advanced BattleMechs and equipment the Commonwealth could produce.[8]

The Succession Wars[edit]

The Fourth Skye Rangers continued to serve the Federation and the Commonwealth with distinction during the Succession Wars, although flare-ups of Skye separatism prevented the unit from being held in the same regard as units such as the Royal Guards.

In 2990, the Fourth Rangers were based on Deia when a group of pirates attacked the planet and caught them unawares. The Rangers lost three Catapults, among other losses, and the raiders escaped.[15]

By the end of the Third Succession War in 3025, the Fourth Rangers were still considered an elite regiment, based on Ryde and commanded by Hauptmann-Kommandant Kathleen Heany, a Sanglamore Academy graduate.[16] The Fourth Rangers' quality and performance during this time was acknowledged even by their enemies in the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery, although Heany's own performance was described as "spotty".[17]

In the buildup to the Fourth Succession War, and as had been done with many other Lyran units, conventional regiments were permanently attached to the Fourth Rangers, officially building them up to Regimental Combat Team (RCT) level, the same formation that had proved so successful for House Davion. In addition, AFFS officers were brought in to "advise" Lyran units in the field, particularly in combined-arms tactics.[18]A Lightning Company was also attached to the regiment, composed of light and medium 'Mechs and staffed by warriors who had been trained in mobile tactics in the Federated Suns so they could take advantage of their superior mobility.[19][20] None of this seemed to meet with approval by the traditionalist Heany, who preferred the standard Lyran practice of direct assaults with the heaviest 'Mechs available.

Fourth Succession War[edit]

In August 3028, Operation GΓΆtterdΓ€mmerung, a massive invasion of the Draconis Combine, was launched under the overall command of General Nondi Steiner. Aware that the Skye Ranger regiments and other units native to Skye were fountains of Skye separatists, Archon Katrina Steiner seeded these regiments with intelligence operatives beforehand to monitor their activities and loyalty. In this way, she helped prevent Duke Aldo Lestrade from starting a rebellion during the war.[21]


The Fourth Skye Rangers, along with 25 conventional regiments, were assigned to invade Marfik. Though a valuable world in and of itself, Marfik was defended by the 11th Legion of Vega, commanded by Tai-sa Theodore Kurita, the Heir-designate of the Draconis Combine. Capturing Kurita, the only son and heir of Coordinator Takashi Kurita, could potentially devastate the Combine for years to come. The Eleventh Legion of Vega, supported by 12 supporting regiments, was composed of the dregs of the Combine military, castoffs and malcontents using inferior, second-hand equipment, and it was believed the superior quality of the Fourth, combined with the AFFS tactics and plans, would be more than enough to easily crush the defenders and claim Theodore Kurita (whose assignment here followed a falling-out with his father) as a prize.[22] So determined were the Lyrans to trap the Dragon's heir on the planet that they used a pirate jump point, quickly making planetfall and seemingly reducing the chance for Kurita to make his escape.[23]

Theodore Kurita, the Fourth Rangers' primary target on Marfik

The original battle plan had called for joint use of 'Mechs, infantry and armor against the Legion. However, when the Eleventh were not encountered at Netaltown, as Davion Intelligence had expected, but were still in Massingham, Heany abandoned that strategy and ignored all AFFS advice. Leaving her armor and infantry behind, she lead her heavy and assault 'Mechs in a direct, frontal attack on the Eleventh in the Massingham valley on 29 August, 3028. Kurita responded by leading his second battalion in a charge, all the while his own support regiments were withdrawing into DonnerBrau forest. The charge was a feint, designed to buy the DCMS forces enough time to escape. The Legion withdrew into the forest in good order, though twelve 'Mechs were lost against the heavier machines of the Rangers. Heany overconfidantly ordered her 'Mechs to pursue, where her slower machines and lack of knowledge of the terrain soon led her forces to become lost, having lost contact with the Legion.[24][25][26][27] Meanwhile, Kurita led his Legion 'Mechs against the unprotected support regiments in Gether's Jewel. Still leading second battalion, Kurita wiped out several Lyran conventional regiments there though he faced heavy resistance from the elite 13th Assault Regiment, who spent themselves bought the remaining Lyran forces enough time to take up defensive positions. The Legion then pulled back, having seriously bloodied the Lyrans.[27][28][29]

After this, Heany reluctantly returned to the original strategy, including her conventional forces in the campaign and using aerospace fighters to help track the Legion down. This proved effective, and the Rangers slowly began pushing the Kurita forces further east on the North Galfree continent. Clashes between the two sides were brief, as the numbers and quality of the Fourth Rangers took a toll on the Eleventh Legion, which was running low on supplies and spare parts to keep their equipment operational. Theodore Kurita, for his part, did a masterful job keeping his force intact, using guerilla warfare tactics and repeatedly striking at the Lyrans and fading away back into the forest.[30]

By 26 September, the battlefield losses and lack of supplies had forced the Legion and supporting units to prepare for their last stand in the hills of Sitika, a small coastal city. The Rangers and their own troops had been damaged, but had the overwhelming advantage in numbers, supplies, territory and air support.[31][32] The following day, the Fourth Rangers began their final push. The Legion seemed to be holding its remaining 'Mechs in reserve, even as the Lyrans used 'Mechs, armor, infantry and AeroSpace support to push the Combine troops back. In fact, most of the supposed remaining Legion 'Mechs were harmless scrap metal mock-ups. The real 'Mechs only appeared when Lyran armor breached the Legion's lines. When Heany spotted Tai-sa Kurita's Orion leading less than a company of active Legion 'Mechs, she ordered an artillery strike to bring it down, confidant she had finally succeeded in her mission. She was surprised to find that Sho-sa Esau Olivares, the Legion's first battalion commander, was in fact piloting the machine. The entire defense was planned to buy Theodore Kurita enough time to escape Marfik on a DropShip disguised with Lyran colors.[33][34]

Heany and the Fourth Skye Rangers had successfully taken Marfik, but it had taken weeks longer than was expected and, more importantly, they had failed to capture or kill Theodore Kurita. As a result of the Gether's Jewel incident and the losses incurred there, Heany and several of her command staff were at one point placed under house arrest pending an inquiry by a furious Colonel Randolph J. Thompson of the Thirteenth Assault Regiment, acting under the orders of General Nondi Steiner.[35] Kurita himself escaped to Vega, where he rallied two Legion of Vega regiments to a stunning victory. The Kurita heir continued to represent a major thorn in the side of the Lyran invaders for the remainder of the war.

Later Actions[edit]

In the follow up attacks, the Fourth split into two groups. First and Third Battalions invaded Kimball II, but were unexpectedly opposed by the 3rd Dieron Regulars. Second Battalion and the attached Lightning Company struck at Komephoros, where they were attacked by the 17th Benjamin Regulars. Although they held their own on both fronts, being split up and outnumbered demoralized the Fourth Rangers.[36]

This was the status quo when the war went into a "lull", an unofficial cease-fire that saw fighting even on contested planets reduced to a stand-still. The Fourth Skye took full advantage of the lull, resting up and preparing new battle plans. By the time the lull ended, the Fourth Skye Ranger elements on Kimball II were ready to take full advantage, going on the offensive and driving the Kuritans back. On Komephoros, the Rangers managed to push the Seventeenth from their defensive positions, taking the advantage. Despite superior numbers, both Kuritan regiments withdrew from their worlds in late July,[37] and were eventually rerouted to participate in Operation Contagion, an attempted counter-assault against the Commonwealth.

Overall, the Fourth Skye Rangers performed admirably during the conflict, capturing three worlds on their own. However, the failure to capture Theodore Kurita on Marfik and possibly the Gether's Jewel blunder would reflect on Kathleen Heany for the rest of her career, and she would be reassigned some years later.

War of 3039[edit]

The Fourth Rangers faced two Sun Zhang Academy Cadre units on Kessel

In 3039, First Prince Hanse Davion would launch the inevitable joint invasion of the Draconis Combine in an effort to destroy the ancient enemy of both the Commonwealth and the Federated Suns. The resulting conflict would be known as the War of 3039. The Fourth Skye Rangers were by this time listed as a permanent RCT on the rolls of the LCAF,[38] and more importantly were under the leadership of a new commander: Hauptmann General William Harrison von Frisch.[39] Although a native "son of Skye", von Frisch, a veteran of the fighting on Marfik, fully embraced the new combined-arms strategies, soon whipping the Rangers into a truly formidable unit.[40] Finally, as they were considered a prestigious command with vital objectives, the Rangers were among those units issued experimental Listen-Kill Missiles, a rare new technology that was intended to give them a further edge in combat.[41]

The Fourth Rangers, already based on Ryde,[38] a major jump-off point for the Lyran invasion, would find themselves joining the 2nd Donegal Guards RCT and 11th Lyran Regulars in the allied attack on Kessel, a key industrial and political capital that had long been disputed between the Commonwealth and Combine. Under the overall command of the Guards' commander, Leutnant-General Caesar Steiner, both allied RCTs assaulted the planet after jumping into the system from a pirate point, catching the 12th Sun Zhang Academy Cadre by surprise. Converging on the capital city of Sverdlovsk, the defending Kurita training cadre fought well against the Lyran forces, but von Frisch skillfully drew them out of position, feigning a retreat and pulling the Kuritans away from their fortifications. At that point, the Rangers and the Guards lit into the cadets, destoying a battalion's worth of the cadre. The Twelfth Sun Zhang retreated into the northern woods of the continent, and soon thereafter their DropShips were seen boosting into orbit. Despite having apparently conquered the planet, the Lyrans faced a spirited insurgency from the supposed civilian population, facing acts of sabotage and civil disobedience. A number of soldiers were killed, and both units were forced to remain on planet for months longer than was expected, making them unavailable elsewhere.[42] The fighting with the Cadre had inflicted only light damage on the Rangers.[38]

On 12 July, Kuritan yakuza loyalists, with the support of the ISF and elements of the Twelfth Sun Zhang, began a series of terrorist acts against the occupying force, killing hundreds of Lyran soldiers. When the Diverse Optics plant was raided by 'Mechs, the Lyrans realized the Twelfth Cadre had never left the planet. On 16 July, Kuritan reinforcements arrived. Not only would the Twelfth be joined by the 5th Sun Zhang Academy Cadre, but the elite 2nd Sword of Light, one of the most infamous regiments in the history of the Inner Sphere, joined the defenders. General Steiner, fearing for the planetary life-support infrastructure at the capital, instead challenged the Kuritans to face him at Gershtad spaceport on the southern continent. Steiner had a slight numerical superiority in his forces, and had several days to prepare defenses. They were disadvantaged, however, by the climate of Kessel, which effectively neutralized their infantry regiments. On 1 August, the Second Sword of Light began the main assault on the entrenched Lyran positions. This time, the Rangers found their LK missiles less effective, as the DCMS troops had developed an ECM jammer to neutralize the new guidance system. At the same time, the Steel Dragon used LK missiles themselves, against which the Lyrans had no defense. After over a week of sparring, the Skye Rangers fell back from their positions on the right flank, giving the Fifth Cadre an opening into which they charged. The Rangers and the Donegal Guards promptly turned on the Cadre, virtually destroying it while taking significant losses themselves. Meanwhile, the Second Sword used artillery and air strikes to smash the lines of the Eleventh before General Steiner and a relief force of Donegal Guards arrived to help push the Kuritans back. Both sides had been bloodied by the fighting, but the DCMS troops still had the support of the yakuza, the ISF and much of the civilian population. Over the next few weeks, both sides settled into a siege mentality, testing each other with pinprick attacks. On 3 September, ISF commandos successfully blew up their main ammunition dump, severely limiting the Lyrans' operations. When no reinforcements or support was forthcoming a month later, General Steiner recognized that victory was not achievable, and he ordered his troops to evacuate.[43] Overall damage to the Fourth Rangers was heavy, but their successful tactics on Kessel helped the unit to maintain its elite standing even in defeat.[38]

After retreating back to Ryde,[38] the Fourth Rangers were rotated to Komephoros,[38] another planet they were already familiar with.

Clan Invasion[edit]

When the Clan Invasion struck in 3050, the Fourth Skye Rangers RCT were still based on Komephoros, in the newly reorganized Ryde Theater of the Skye March under the new Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth. Still under the command of von Frisch, they retained their elite status, as well as their questionable loyalty rating.[44] After the Truce of Tukayyid, the Rangers were rotated to the Clan front, and in February 3054, they headed to Morges as part of a task force to counter-attack against an invasion by Clan Jade Falcon's Peregrine Galaxy. In addition to the Fourth Rangers, the 20th Arcturan Guards along with Beta Regiment and the Black Widow Battalion of the elite mercenary Wolf's Dragoons, including the legendary Colonel Jaime Wolf, formed the relief force. The Rangers spear-headed the drive to force the Falcons from the planet in a series of intense clashes over a two-day period that saw three-quarters of the Falcon 'Mechs knocked out of the fighting with damage. Although they lost a battalion's worth of their own troops during the battle, the Rangers gained invaluable experience against the Clans. The entire campaign was considered a glowing success for the Rangers and the AFFC, and a humiliating defeat for the Falcons. The Fourth Rangers would remain on Morges afterwards, taking the place of Morges' destroyed garrison.[45][46][47][48][49][50]

Second Skye Rebellion[edit]

Main article: Second Skye Rebellion

In 3056. the Fourth Skye Rangers were relocated back to the Isle of Skye at the order of Duke Richard Steiner, who had ascended to the Duchy of Skye through marriage and was already Field Marshal of the Skye March.[51] Duke Steiner had entered into a pact with his cousin Ryan Steiner, Duke of Porrima and leader of the Free Skye Movement, to secure the independence of Skye from the Federated Commonwealth.[52] The Fourth Skye Rangers deferred to Duke Steiner and the Free Skye movement over the AFFC High Command, and the entire Skye Rangers brigade combined was seen as a strong foundation for the rebellion to build upon.[51] As his first target, Duke Steiner chose to eliminate the mercenary Gray Death Legion on Glengarry, the only formidable "pro-Davion" force remaining in the March. The task force he sent would fall under the overall command of General-Kommandant Wilhelm von Bulow, one of Duke Richard's closest supporters and the hereditary heir to the defunct Barony of Glengarry, and would be composed primarily of the 10th Skye Rangers (who officially had defected as individuals). For conventional assets, elements of the Fourth Rangers' armor and infantry brigades also "defected" and were attached to the task force. Designated the 4th Skye Guards and under the command of Hauptmann-General Leonidas Brannock, an officer formerly on the Duke's staff, the Free Skye rebels arrived in the Glengarry system on 1 April.[53][54] Despite being outnumbered three-to-one by their enemies and with most of their leadership off-planet, the Legion responded with an effective guerilla campaign against the separatists, pushing back the Duke's time table several months. In December, loyalist reinforcements arrived in the form of Grayson Carlyle and elements of the Northwind Highlanders. Unsupported, low on supplies and exhausted after a long campaign, the separatists were forced to surrender.[55] With Ryan Steiner's death, the revolt would sputter and die. The Fourth Skye Rangers would return to the Clan front.

Lyran Secession[edit]

When the Lyran Alliance seceded from the Federated Commonwealth in 3057, the Fourth Rangers remained on Morges. Khan Phelan Ward arrived in the Morges system in November of that year with two Wolf Clan Galaxies in tow, bringing the Refusal War to Inner Sphere space, and they were granted safe passage by the Khan's father, Duke Morgan Kell.[56] The Falcons would soon arrive and engage the Wolves and Kell Hounds in a climatic battle, but the Rangers and the Twentieth Arcturan Guard would apparently be kept out of that conflict. Meanwhile, the former Skye March was reorganized into the Skye Province, nearly matching the borders of the old Federation of Skye. Little changed for the Fourth Skye Rangers, although from their base on Morges they would become part of the Arc-Royal Defense Cordon, a semi-independent state formed by Grand Duke Morgan Kell, to defend against the Clans and unoffically to oppose Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion's rule. The Fourth Rangers and their commander, Leutnant-General von Frisch, were particularly disturbed by the Archon designating their sister regiments in the Tenth and 22nd Skye Rangers as "sink" units, filling them with incompetent officers and warriors with questionable loyalties, and primarily arming them with second-rate equipment.[57] There were even reportedly attempts by the High Command to do the same to the Fourth Rangers,[58] but their placement in the ARDC apparently prevented the LAAF from carrying through with that plan.

The Fourth Rangers were again disturbed that the LAAF command did not decide to rebuild the Tenth Rangers after their sacrifice on Coventry during the Falcon incursion of 3058, instead folding them into the 22nd Rangers. The Fourth themselves, as part of the ARDC, were not directly impacted by the LAAF's policies. The Rangers were also disturbed Duke Kell did not release them to raid the Jade Falcon occupation zone, despite the protests of von Frisch, who proposed many offensive operations.[57]

As part of the ARDC, the LAAF refused to send the Fourth Rangers any of the Alliance's new 'Mech designs or equipment, and they were forced to rely on Duke Kell for their logisitical needs. Despite this, they continued to boast a high equipment quality, even fielding a small number of captured Clan OmniMechs.[59] They were reportedly back up to full-strength as an RCT by this time, with no indications of being short from either the battles against the Falcons or from elements of their conventional assets "defecting" to the Skye Guards back during the rebellion of 3056.[60] They were once again stationed on Morges, and were considered likely neutral in the simmering dispute between Katherine and her brother, deposed Archon-Prince Victor Steiner-Davion.[61][62] They played no role in Operation Guerrero or in the destruction of the Smoke Jaguars by Operation Bulldog.

FedCom Civil War and the Third Skye Rebellion[edit]

Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner, the Rangers' liege lord

In late 3062, FedCom Civil War erupted across both realms of the former Federated Commonwealth. Officially neutral, the Fourth Rangers remained on Morges in the opening months of the war.[63]

Early Actions[edit]

Before the first wave of the conflict ended, Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner, the son of Ryan Steiner who had succeeded his father as leader of the Free Skye Movement, called all three regiments of the Rangers home to the Skye Province. Although they lacked a command circuit of JumpShips and making their way to Skye would take months, the progress of the war would allow them to make their way through the Alliance while drawing little attention to themselves from either the Lyran High Command or the Allies. In their first relocation, the Fourth Rangers made their way to Summit.[64][65] Leutnant-General von Frisch had an easy time concealing the Rangers' movements as they made their way to Mesa Verde during the second wave.[66][67] 10 June, 3064, the Fourth Rangers finally arrived on Skye, greeted by Duke Kelswa-Steiner who honored them with a parade.[68][69] There are indications that Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner also helped equip the Fourth Rangers with some of the new Lyran 'Mechs and equipment they had previously been denied in the ARDC, such as the Hauptmann OmniMech.[70]

On 16 April, 3065, Duke Kelswa-Steiner was arrested by Archon Katherine on charges of sedition and treason. The Duke had planned for this, however, as nominal command of the Free Skye Movement fell to his top aide, General John Claverhouse Dundee. With the situation in the Skye Province further inflamed, the situation was ripe for the rebellion that Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner had planned.[71] The Third Skye Rebellion had begun.

Hesperus II[edit]


On 28 June, the Fourth Skye Rangers arrived in the Hesperus system, accompanied by two Fox-class WarShips, the LAS Illustrious and the FCS Indefatigable, both under control of the Free Skye military. Their ultimate objective was the Defiance Industries complex on Hesperus II, the largest BattleMech factory in existence. Fourteen times opposing powers had attempted to seize Hesperus, and fourteen times the Lyrans had rallied to push back the invaders. With Hesperus in its hands, Free Skye would have the military industrial base needed to win its independence from the Alliance. Albion and its Free Skye allies intended the fifteenth occasion to be the charm, with their commanding General, von Frisch, in overall command of the operation, and the Fourth Rangers designated the primary attack force. The Twenty-second Skye Rangers were already on-planet, having used Hesperus III for cover. The Fourth Rangers' flotilla was confronted by the FCS Simon Davion, an Avalon-class cruiser easily outmassing the two Fox-class corvettes accompanying the Rangers.[72][73] The Simon Davion destroyed the Illustrious, but a surprise attack by the Indefatigable allowed a successful boarding action, giving the rebels control of the ship and opening the door for the Fourth Skye to approach the planet.[74] Defending the planet were 15th Lyran Guards, the 36th Lyran Guards, the corporate Defiance Self Protection Force, and the infamous mercenary Gray Death Legion, who had earned the enmity of Free Skye ten years earlier on Glengarry.[75]

Defiance Industries, the Rangers' primary target

Von Frisch's plan called for the Fourth to launch their opening assault on Doering Electronics in the Caran River basin, far from the planet's capital city of Maria's Elegy and further still from the main objective of the Defiance mountain complex,[76][77] hoping to lure the defenders away from their base. Indeed, once the Fourth's opening target became clear, the Loyalists, commanded by Leutnant-General Gina Ciampa, sent the Legion and a battalion of her own 'Mechs from the Fifteenth to defend Doering, along with two Lyran Guard conventional regiments.[78] On June 30, the two forces clashed, with von Frisch boldly dropping two companies of light and medium 'Mechs on the facilities themselves in a combat drop while the rest of the Fourth Rangers landed and engaged the main enemy force.[76][79] The Loyalist forces attempted to hold Doering, but took serious losses once Albion was able to bring its full strength to bear, scattering the Lyran Guards battalion and driving Legion back. The defenders were forced to retreat to their DropShips and withdraw back to the capital, effectively ceding the facility to the rebels.[76][80] General Von Frisch left an armor regiment and two infantry regiments to hold Doering,[81] then set his sights on his primary objective. The rest of the Fourth Rangers loaded back into their DropShips, and headed towards Defiance Industries.[82]

The Defiance Self Protection Force found themselves under attack by Skye aerospace fighters and artillery, looking to clear the way for both Ranger units to attack. Skye Ranger 'Mechs soon followed, as the Fourth and Twenty-second began their first push. Although the corporate force couldn't match the skill of the rebels (and certainly not the Fourth Rangers) they, equipped with some of the best 'Mechs Defiance could offer, were well-entrenched with their own artillery support, and used stationary defenses and minefields to good effect. With a six-to-one advantage, however, the Rangers drove the DSPF back. It would be up to the Fifteenth Guards and the Gray Death Legion to stop the rebels from taking the factories.[83][84] The Gray Death Legion desperately attempted to make it back to the Myoo Highlands using MagLev trains, but Skye Rangers were able to ambush the train and scatter much of the Legion.[85] The commander of the Fifteenth, Leutnant-General Gina Ciampa, attempted to send a call for reinforcements from the LAAF High Command through ComStar.[86][87] The Simon Davion, with its advanced sensors, detected the signal, and alerted von Frisch. Realizing the danger, von Frish ordered the Simon Davion to bombard the ComStar HPG station from orbit in order to prevent the transmission. Von Frisch understood the danger, but intended a surgical strike.[88][89] The WarShip Kaptain, Elena Cerlenko, inadvertently exceeded this, however, destroying not only the HPG station but much of the entire spaceport of Maria's Elegy, where both the Fifteenth Guards and the Legion had been based.[88][90] Thousands were killed, including much of the Fifteenth Guards' conventional forces along with several 'Mechs. The barracks the Gray Death Legion had been using was also destroyed, as well as several Legion aerospace fighters.[91] This action could be considered a war crime under the Ares Conventions, and a horrified Von Frisch resolved himself to capturing the planet to ease the dishonor done to his command and to Skye.[92][93]

For a full week, the loyalists and rebels sparred. The GDL raided Free Skye positions, attempting to harass and harry them. Despite some successful strikes by the Legion, longtime legionnaire Lieutenant Colonel Davis McCall, the unit's executive officer, was killed during the fighting on 8 July, crippling the Legion's morale and forcing them to retreat.[94][95] A few days later, the Rangers received reinforcements when the 32nd Lyran Guards RCT, who had been negotiating with Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner and his representatives for some time, arrived in system under Skye's banner. Also arriving were the 17th Skye Rangers, who had finally made it back to their home province. Von Frisch ordered the Thirty-second, which would make planet-fall on the 18th, to make a low-altitude drop directly on the Defiance complex. The Fourth and Twenty-second Rangers would support the landings, and the entire force would then attack in force. He further ordered the Seventeenth to head to Maldon to keep the Thirty-sixth Guards from joining the other defenders in the Myoo Highlands.[96][97] This gave the three remaining Free Skye units, led by the elite Fourth, a distinct numerical advantage over the other defending units - the Fifteenth, the Legion and the HSPF - who had all already taken serious damage during the campaign.

First Assault on Defiance[edit]
The Gray Death Legion opposed the Rangers on Hesperus

On 18 July, the rebels launched their main assault, with the relatively fresh Thirty-second Guards leading the main drive, supported by the Skye Rangers. The result was the bloodiest fighting of the campaign.[98] The Red Arrows pushed directly into the Gray Death Legion while the Rangers pressured the Fifteenth Lyran Guards, driving them back towards the mountain facility.[99] The Fifteenth managed to destroy the Twenty-second Rangers as a cohesive unit, though with heavy losses.[100][101] The Legion, however, was forced to hold the line against the turncoat Thirty-second, supported by elements of the Fourth Skye Rangers.[102][103] Despite massive casualties to all sides, the defenders were driven back into the mountain complex. Lead elements of the Thirty-second Guards actually drove deep into the Defiance cavern in a running battle with the loyalists.[104] In the end, the Legion successfully checked the assault, capturing the Thirty-second's commander, Leutnant-General Alice Day, when her Axman was destroyed by Captain Brewer and his lance.[105][106][107] The loss of their commander led the Thirty-second Guards to withdraw, and the Skye Rangers were forced to follow suit. The Legion, however, had been all but obliterated themselves. Colonel Lori Kalmar-Carlyle, the Gray Death Legion's commander, was killed by Free Skye infantry after ejecting from her Victor.[108][109] Less than a company of 'Mechs had survived, with other combat elements suffering even worse casualties. With most of their ranking officers killed, the Gray Death Legion, one of the most respected mercenary units in the Inner Sphere for fifty years, had effectively been destroyed, their survivors - led by Duke Daniel Brewer, Captain in the Legion and CEO of Defiance - incorporated into the HSPF.[108][110]

Despite destroying the Legion and heavily damaging the Fifteenth Guards, the Fourth Rangers and their allied units had all been mauled over the course of the fighting.[111]The Thirty-second Lyran Guards, without their commander, were completely demoralized with internal dissent, despite having only suffered moderate damage overall.[111][112] The Seventeenth Rangers had been mauled opposing the Thirty-sixth Guards,[111][113] and the Twenty-second Rangers, who had spear-headed the campaign to begin with, were down to a few survivors, a unit existing mostly on paper.[111][114] The Fourth Rangers, for their own part, had escaped with moderate damage,[111][115] but could not capture the vaunted factories themselves. As the defending loyalist units lacked the strength to drive the rebels from the planet, however, the campaign fell into a lull. Months passed, with neither side able to do anything to dislodge the other. Meanwhile, the Loyalists of Katherine Steiner-Davion were denied the 'Mechs of Defiance Industries.

Second Assault on Defiance and Withdrawal[edit]

On 3 March, 3066, General Dundee was able to send reinforcements in the form of the 14th Lyran Guards, another RCT defecting to the Free Skye movement. The Fourteenth, despite being under orders to wait for Maria Esteban to arrive, immediately assaulted the Thiry-sixth Guards at the Maldon mining complex. Although the Fearsome Fourteenth were successful in smashing the Air Surfers and driving them away, the Fourteenth took significant losses themselves during a counter-attack by the Air Surfers.[116] Overall, losses to both Lyran Guard units were moderate at that point.[117] Meanwhile, Leutnant-General von Frisch and his troops, seemingly recharged by the Fourteenth's actions, rallied and drove on Defiance once again. The Fifteenth Guards and the HSPF were pushed nearly to the brink with serious losses, but the Free Skye forces were once again forced to retreat.[118] This time, losses to the Fourth were heavy.[119] This last setback convinced von Frisch that the Free Skye forces could not achieve a victory on Hesperus, and that his troops had shed enough blood in the name of independence. He ordered his Fourth Rangers to begin withdrawing on 11 April,[120][121] heading back to Skye. Ironically, General Esteban was already in-system, burning towards the planet, along with the newly-formed Skye Guard as further reinforcements.[122][123] The question of whether Esteban could have won if the Fourth Skye Rangers had remained would be left to the historians.[124]


On 19 June, the Fourth Rangers arrived back in the Skye system. Their arrival proved seemingly fortuitous to the rebels, as Skye was under attack by the elite 11th Arcturan Guards RCT. Although Skye had been defended by the Skye Jaegers and numerous planetary militias, they proved no match for a unit that had previously chased Prince Victor's allied task force halfway across the Inner Sphere. At the direction of General Dundee, the Jaegers had been forced to abandon the capital of New Glasgow, engaging in a mobile defense all over the continent of New Scotland. When they heard the arrival of the Fourth Skye Rangers, the Eleventh Arcturan, commanded by Leutnant-General Linda McDonald, broke off pursuit of the Jaegers and focused instead on the capital, which was still loyal to the Free Skye movement and full of insurgents.[125] General von Frisch, however, contacted McDonald, informing her he intended to remain neutral in the battle, having already lost too many men in the name of independence during the crucible of Hesperus. Before McDonald could resume her pursuit of the Jaegers, however, she received a recall order from General Nondi Steiner on Tharkad. Allied forces were gathering with a presumed strike against the capital, and every loyalist unit available was needed for the defense. The Eleventh soon boosted off Skye, headed to Tharkad.[126][127][128] Meanwhile, Robert Kelswa-Steiner decided to hedge his bets by sending word from his prison cell for the Fourth Rangers to join Peter Steiner-Davion and his "Pan-Lyran" allied coalition at Tharkad. Although effectively ending his war for independence, it would earn the Duke a much better political position in the Alliance in the coming new order.[127][128][129] Not long thereafter, Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner was released from Garvinny prison on Donegal in October, a feat achieved by the 25th Arcturan Guards RCT at the direction of Morgan Kell.[130]


The Fourth Rangers made planet fall on Tharkad in mid-January 3067, joining allied forces already on-planet.[131] These included the first regiment of the Kell Hounds, the 21st Rim Worlds and 1894th Light Horse Regiments of the mercenary Blue Star Irregulars, the 4th Wolf Guards of Clan Wolf-in-Exile, and the Fourth Rangers' old ally from the fighting on Morges, the Twentieth Arcturan Guards RCT. They were opposed by the First and 2nd Royal Guards RCTs, the Alarion Jaegers, the 24th Lyran Guards RCT, the Eleventh Arcturan Guards RCT and ComStar's 66th Division, all under the command of General Nondi Steiner, Katherine's Regent on Tharkad.[132] By the time the Rangers arrived, both sides had taken losses, with the Alarion Jaegers destroyed by the Kell Hounds and the Twenty-first Rim Worlds having been savaged by the Eleventh Arcturan.[133] The task force was based at the Nagelring, where Peter Steiner-Davion held a meeting of the unit commanders, including von Frisch, on 19 January. Steiner-Davion made it clear that he was not pleased with the Fourth Skye Rangers, given their actions on Hesperus in support of Free Skye. He expressed the belief that the Fourth Rangers were on Tharkad to salvage Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner's political position. Nevertheless, given the massive stakes of the coming battle, Steiner-Davion, in his bid to become Archon, could not decline the offer.[134] The allies settled in, skirmishing with the loyalists over the next month and waiting for his great-aunt to make the first mistake.[135][136]

On 23 March, the Regent made her move, leading most of her units against the allies and engaging them at the Wash. The Fourth Rangers played a key role, using their specialty and leading the elite Eleventh Arcturan out of position as Linda McDonald attempted to hunt Albion down. This forced Nondi Steiner to commit her reserves, the Com Guards, to prevent her flank from being exposed. Steiner-Davion exploited this, pressuring the Sixty-sixth and Twenty-fourth Lyran Guards until they were pushed back so far that the First Royal Guards were split in two. The loyalists were routed, with Peter and his allies taking a decided advantage.[137][138][139] Four days later, the allies moved on Tharkad City, eventually emerging successful.[140] Casualties to the Fourth Rangers were considered serious,[141] though they fared better than most allied units and certainly better than the loyalist forces.

After the war, the Fourth Rangers relocated back to Skye for rebuilding. Their rather odd actions during the conflict led to them being watched not only by the Lyran Intelligence Corps but by its fellow units in the Skye Rangers brigade, suspicious over their departure from Hesperus.[142] By 1 August, the Fourth Rangers' 'Mech regiment was up to 55 percent strength, with 65 percent of those machines boasting advanced technology. Their AeroSpace and armored vehicle brigades were at similar levels. Their infantry brigades claimed only 35 percent strength. Yet all units of the RCT continued to merit an elite rating. Hauptmann General von Frisch retained command.[143]


In December 3067, with the dissolution of the Second Star League, the Word of Blake Jihad struck the Inner Sphere.

The Burning of Skye[edit]

On 4 February, 3068, a Free Worlds League fleet led by the FWLS Percival, an Eagle-class WarShip, arrived in Skye's orbit using a pirate point. The Marik ships ignored hails and quickly detached their DropShips. Although the AeroSpace elements of the Skye Jaegers had some success blunting the initial landings, all that changed when the Percival turned its naval guns on the planet, as a devastating orbital bombardment rained down upon New Glasgow and the Fourth Skye Rangers. Landing north of the city, the invaders wore the colors of the 2nd Sirian Lancers.[144] Although at full strength, the Lancers were quickly attacked by the Rangers and the Jaegers, who contained the FWLM troops. Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner conscripted all militias and mercenary units on planet, including Gannon's Cannons, to help defend the heart of the Federation. Within a day the Seventeenth and Twenty-second Rangers arrived as reinforcements, supported by the Fox-class LAS Katrina Steiner, forcing the Marik troops to retreat. Although Skye and the Fourth Rangers had survived, tremendous damage had been done to heavy industry and agriculture, leaving millions on Skye impoverished.[145][146][147][148][149] As Archon Peter Steiner-Davion was incommunicado on Tharkad, Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner wasted little time unilaterally declaring war on the League on behalf of the Skye Province,[149] with the Bolan Province following suit a month later.[150] The Free Worlds League would later insist the Lancers and the Percival had gone renegade in their attack on Skye. Only later would it be revealed that the Word of Blake had engineered the entire event. The Sirian Lancers were actually Word of Blake troops flying under false colors, and their actions were supposedly in response to the assassination of Helen Thrall by the Word in December of 3067, an event blamed on the Lyrans in general and Skye agents in particular.[151][152] For their own part, the Fourth Rangers went to bold lengths to remain combat-effective after the bombardment of Skye, including conscripting qualified field mechanics into crewing their combat vehicles, including such machines as the Typhoon. Although their combat performance may have been relatively poor, these crews helped maintain units that would otherwise have been unsalvageable.[153]

Operations Überschatten and Broken Fist[edit]

Main article: Operation Broken Fist

The Fourth Skye and their fellow Rangers spear-headed Operation Überschatten, the invasion of the Free Worlds League, capturing many worlds. These included Cascade, Megrez and Togwotee in the first wave. Albion, despite being under-strength, distinguished themselves particularly well, capturing Thermopolis in the second wave during three weeks of fighting and destroying the proud 5th Fusiliers of Oriente.[154][155][156] However, as Jeremy Brett, Marshal of Tamarind, and the FWLM rallied, commencing Operation Broken Fist, the Lyran forces were quickly driven back. Within three months, the LAAF troops had not only been forced to give up their gains, but had lost many under-defended Lyran worlds as well. The Rangers and their allies were forced to retreat, desperately trying to defend their own worlds.[157][158] Although the Lyrans were able to retake some of those planets, the Jihad had by then heavily impacted both nations, who were no longer in position to launch major offenses against each other. By December 3069, it had bogged down, and by 3071 the fighting had reached a complete halt.[159] During the conflict, the Rangers continued to receive the best equipment Duke Kelswa-Steiner could acquire for them, such as the redesigned Condor Hover Tank, produced by the Quickscell Company.[160][161] Nevertheless, the Fourth Rangers took approximately over 50 percent losses during the conflict with the League,[162][163] and with so many military production facilities destroyed or captured by the Blakists by this point, there would be great difficulty in recovering from those losses.[159]

Defending the Homeland[edit]

The Fourth fought alongside Devlin Stone on Skye

Over the next few years, the Rangers and other Skye forces did the best they could to recover from their losses, but found themselves trying to defend the Isle of Skye from the expanding Word of Blake Protectorate. Outnumbered, all the Rangers' regiments were forced to give up ground, often rotated from the front as they desperately attempted to rebuild. The Fourth Rangers, while continuing to serve as the vanguard of the brigade, where somewhat limited in their movements, perhaps due to their RCT status. They opposed the Blakists whenever they could, however, taking heavy losses along the way.[164][165]

In 3073, word reached Devlin Stone's Coalition that the Word of Blake Precentor Martial Cameron St. Jamais was preparing to launch a massive invasion of Skye itself.[166] Stone proposed personally leading a coalition force to reinforce Skye, an offer Duke Kelswa-Steiner was forced to accept given the projected enemy forces he would face.[167] Stone's Lament, Stone's personal command, would join their commander in combat,[168] along with the 13th Wolf Guards from Beta Galaxy of Clan Wolf-In-Exile,[169] the 1st Wolf Lancers from Delta Galaxy of the parent Clan Wolf,[170] along with elements of the Com Guards.[171][172] In total, these troops represented approximately three regiments,[172][173] with the addition of a small number of coalition WarShips in orbit. These reinforcements would join the forces already on planet, including the Fourth Skye Rangers RCT[174] and the hastily rebuilt Skye Jaegers,[175] as well as surviving elements of other Skye Ranger and Skye Guard forces. All of the LAAF troops were under-strength, however, having been through the meat-grinders of the civil war, the conflict against the Free Worlds League and finally the defense against the Word of Blake.

Stone and his troops arrived on 21 March,[173] and had barely enough time to engage in preparations with the Skye troops when the Word of Blake task force arrived on 27 June using a pirate point to avoid most of Skye's orbital defenses.[176] The task force included the 3rd[177] and 18th Divisions,[178] a Light of Mankind special forces unit[179] and two regiments of mercenaries.[180] Four WarShips (armed with nuclear weapons) would support the invasion.[181] Though outnumbered, the defenders formed a hard defensive line around New Glasgow, and inflicted heavy losses on the invaders when they struck. For over a month the battle stalemated. The coalition fleet then attempted to force the issue and drive the Blakist ships away, only for the Blakist armada to respond by unleashing their WMDs. Clan Wolf-in-Exile lost their flagship, the Cameron-class CWS Ulric Kerensky in the onslaught, and Clan Wolf lost their Texas-class CW Nicholas Kerensky. Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner attempted to order his forces to respond in kind with their own hidden cache of nuclear weapons, and it was only Devlin Stone's intervention that stayed his hand. The following day, Stone led a mixed battalion against the Third Division, capturing their commander. This broke the morale of the remaining invaders, and they soon retreated off-planet. Not before, however, an orbital bombardment destroyed much of the Sanglamore Academy, as well as the on-planet facilities for the Shipil Company and Avanti Industries. Despite the vast damage, most of Skye's industry and population survived intact.[182][183]

Later Jihad[edit]

Continuing to work to rebuild as they had for nearly a decade, the Fourth Skye Rangers continued to defend the Isle of Skye.[165] They were apparently not chosen to participate in Operation SCOUR, Stone's liberation of the Protectorate, and drive on Terra.

By 3079, they were up to only 40 percent strength, but retained their elite status. It is possible their rebuilding was slowed by a desire to maintain their quality. Regardless, they had been rotated to garrison Graceland on the Jade Falcon border.[184]

Republic of the Sphere[edit]

After the formation of the Republic of the Sphere and the Sphere wide down-sizing of military assets, the Fourth was among those commands formally "gifted" by the Lyran Alliance to the new Republic Armed Forces, along with much of the surviving Skye brigade.[185] This was naturally accepted by the Rangers, as Skye and most of the old Federation worlds would become part of the Republic, realizing Free Skye's long held dream of "independence" with Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner emerging as Lord Governor of Prefecture IX. The Fourth Rangers were broken up, with many of its units becoming the foundation of the 18th Auxiliaries. In the wake of the Capellan Confederation's attack on the Republic in 3081, the Eighteenth Auxiliaries were combined with the 4th Auxiliaries (built from the former Nova Cat Grenadiers Cluster), to form the new IV Hastati Sentinels. The Fourth, one of the most elite commands in the new RAF, soon saw action on Tikonov and Algol, emerging successful despite facing heavy fighting on both occasions.[186]

Dark Age Legacy[edit]

By 3130, many descendants of the original Fourth Skye Rangers were part of the Republic Skye Militia, protecting their "native" world of Skye. After the fall of the HPG network in 3132, Landgrave Jasek Kelswa-Steiner, the grandson of Robert Kelswa-Steiner, seized the opportunity to try and break away from the Republic, forming a new command out of the Skye Militia in the tradition of the old Skye Rangers. Known as the Lyran Rangers, this new unit would help champion Jasek's position that Skye and its worlds should return to the Lyran Commonwealth. The Lyran Rangers reportedly favored the "traditional" Lyran approach of heavier 'Mechs.[187] Unlike the traditional emblems of Skye, the Rangers brigade or the Fourth Rangers in particular, the Lyran Rangers incorporated an insignia showing the white blade of a stylized halberd against a blue disk,[187] an obvious homage to the Lyran Regulars brigade of the Succession Wars era.


As of 3025, the commanding officer was Hauptmann-Kommandant Kathleen Heany.[188] Although an inspirational leader and competent administrator, Heany proved herself an "old school" Lyran General, with little willingness to adjust to modern military strategies.[189] In 3039, Hauptmann General William Harrison von Frisch took command. A Sanglamore Academy graduate like Heany and most Rangers officers, he otherwise stood in stark contrast to his predecessor. Von Frisch fully embraced the tactics and strategies of the new AFFC, and his Rangers were skilled in a wide variety of tactics. Commanding the Rangers for at least 30 years, von Frisch was a loyal "son of Skye", ultimately supporting supporting his Duke's push for independence.[40][190]


At their creation and for centuries afterwards, the Fourth Skye Rangers employed a "cautious-aggressive" strategy, waiting for their opponents to make mistakes and avoiding direct confrontation with the enemy until then. Pulling back whenever an engagement was forced and constantly driving their opponents to give chase tended to result in fighting on territory of Albion's choosing, giving them a decisive advantage.[8][191] At the time of the Fourth Succession War, under Hauptmann-Kommandant Heany, the Rangers, although still an elite unit, seemed to have become more reliant on "traditional Lyran" tactics, leading with heavy and assault 'Mechs and consigning conventional elements to their rear areas. They showed little signs of their previous innovation, largely as a result of their leadership.[192] Under von Frisch, however, the Rangers became effective in a wide range of imaginative combat tactics, fully employing the diverse range of units in the RCT. Like the original Fourth Rangers, they preferred to lure an enemy into over-extending themselves before attacking at a time of their choosing.[193]

Composition History[edit]

Fourth Skye Rangers (Regular/Questionable)[14]


Fourth Skye Rangers (Elite/Questionable)[188]

  • CO: Hauptmann-Kommandant Kathieen Heany


Fourth Skye Rangers RCT (Elite/Questionble)[38]

  • CO: Hauptmann General William Harrison von Frisch


Fourth Skye Rangers RCT (Elite/Questionable) [49]

  • CO: Hauptmann General William Harrison von Frisch
  • The Fourth Rangers had been reduced to two 'Mech battalions due to fighting the Jade Falcons.


Fourth Skye Rangers (BattleMech Regiment)

Fourth Skye Rangers AeroSpace

  • 91st Skye Air Wing
  • 113th Skye Air Wing

Fourth Skye Armor Brigade (3 Regiments)

  • 19th Skye AR - CO: Colonel Duggan Brennan
  • 44th Skye LA(R) - CO: Colonel Archibald Myles
  • 22nd Eaton AC(R) - CO: Colonel Louis Badogilo

Fourth Skye Infantry Brigade (5 Regiments)

  • CO: Colonel Dwayne Corelli
  • 191st Skye LI (R) - CO: Colonel Candance Lawhead
  • 21st Summer HI (R) - CO: Colonel Harper Timmons
  • 11th Skye MR (R) - CO: Colonel Morgwen Luchenko
  • 19th Alphecca MTR - CO: Colonel Rowan Thomas
  • 3rd Skye CMR - CO: Colonel Shane Welsch


Fourth Skye Rangers (BattleMech Regiment)[143]

  • CO: Hauptmann General William Harrison von Frisch
    • The Fourth Rangers 'Mechs was at 55 percent strength

Fourth Skye AeroSpace

  • CO: Kaptain Alman Jackson
    • The Fourth Rangers AeroSpace assets was at 60 percent strength, with 70 percent of those units considered upgraded

Fourth Skye Armor Brigade

  • CO: Colonel Hanson Lourdes
    • The Fourth Rangers Armor brigade was at 55 percent strength, with half of those units considered upgraded

Fourth Skye Infantry Brigade

  • CO: Colonel Dwayne Corelli
    • The Fourth Rangers Armor brigade was at 35 percent strength


Fourth Skye Rangers (Regiment/Elite/Questionable)

  • The Fourth Rangers had been reduced to 40% of full strength by 3079, although 75% of their equipment featured upgraded technology.

Insignia and Color Scheme[edit]

The Fourth Skye Rangers' regimental insignia shows the green island of britain against a sea of blue, in reference to McQuiston and Skye's Scottish settlers.[1] Their standard color scheme is primarily dark red with 'Mech arms, vehicle turrets and AeroSpace fighter rudders painted black.[194] The Fourth's signature on the traditional Skye Ranger scheme are green highlights.[195] Infantry dress uniforms employ dark green in contrast to Lyran blue.[194]


  • According to Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, the pirates who attacked Deia in 2990 was commanded by Redjack Ryan.[15] This seems impossible, as Ryan would have been two at the time according to other sources. Most likely, it was some other "bandit king".
  • There is some discrepancy as to when the Fourth Skye Rangers fought the Jade Falcons alongside Wolf's Dragoons on Morges. Many sources support the assertion that the battle took place in 3054, well before the Lyran Secession, and involved Beta Regiment and the Wolf Spider Battalion.[45][46][47][48][49][50] Meanwhile, Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised clearly states unnamed elements of the Falcons attacked Morges during the incursion of 3058, also facing the Fourth Rangers, the Twentieth Arcturan Guard, and elements of the Dragoons, namely Alpha Regiment. (Again, resulting in a victory for the Inner Sphere forces.)[196][197] However, most sources chronicling the Falcon Incursion of 3058 make no mention of the Falcons attacking Morges during that conflict, and seem to contradict it. The developers, as of this writing, have suggested that mention of the 3058 conflict was in error, confused with the supported 3054 battle.[198] Therefore, this article assumes that the second conflict did not take place.
  • According to the Storm Hammers MW:DA Dossier originally posted on the WizKids website, the Fourth Skye Rangers were never disbanded but instead became the Republic Skye Militia, a unit that was technically part of the Republic of the Sphere but still owing its loyalty to the Duke of Skye.[187] This obviously contradicts the account given in Field Manual: 3085.[185][186] Because the Field Manual takes precedence in canon, this article assumes the view that the Fourth Rangers were ultimately broken up into the Hastati Sentinels as explained above, but that the relevant descendants of those soldiers were inevitably drawn home to join the Skye Militia, ultimately explaining their origins before joining the Lyran Rangers.

Game Notes[edit]


The Fourth Rangers possess the Banking the Initiative special ability. In addition, they can choose half (round down) of the mapsheets in a scenario, as opposed to rolling. They are limited by whatever map sheets are allowed for the scenario.[191]


By 3062, under von Frisch' leadership, the Rangers had been restored to their abilty of old, able to Bank the Initiative. As before, they can choose half (round down) of the mapsheets in a scenario, as opposed to rolling. They are limited by whatever map sheets are allowed for the scenario.[199] In addition, like all Skye Rangers characters, members of the Fourth gained the "Stigma/Free Skye" and "Well-Connected/Free Skye" traits under MechWarrior, Third Edition rules.[200]


  1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 100, "4th Skye Rangers RCT: Albion", Fourth Skye Rangers' name and insignia are explained
  2. ↑ House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 63, "Regimental Nicknames (continued)", Fourth Skye Rangers' nickname
  3. ↑ Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 99, "Skye Rangers: Bravehearts", the Skye Rangers are described as the original army of the Federation of Skye
  4. ↑ 4.0 4.1 Era Report: 2750, p. 52, "Fourth Skye Rangers (Albinon)", the Rangers are formed
  5. ↑ House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 28, "Eagles Cry", Margaret Olson holds power with the support of the Dukes of Skye and Tamar
  6. ↑ Handbook: House Steiner, pp. 20-21, "Civil War", Robert Steiner challenges his Aunt's claim for the throne
  7. ↑ Handbook: House Steiner, p. 21, "Civil War", Robert Steiner attacks Skye
  8. ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Era Report: 2750, p. 52, "Fourth Skye Rangers (Albion)", the Rangers' tactics on Skye
  9. ↑ House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 28, "Repaying Old Debts", Robert's forces attack Skye while Olsen and her supporters escape to Tamar
  10. ↑ House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 29, "Repaying Old Debts", Robert's forces are victorious on Tamar
  11. ↑ Handbook: House Steiner, pp. 21-22, "Civil War", Robert Steiner is victorious
  12. ↑ House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 29, "Repaying Old Debts", House Lestrade now rules the Federation of Skye
  13. ↑ Era Report: 2750, p. 52, "Fourth Skye Rangers (Albion)", the Rangers remain active after the civil war
  14. ↑ 14.0 14.1 Field Report 2765: LCAF, pp. 18-19, "Skye Rangers" - Regimental Status
  15. ↑ 15.0 15.1 Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 80, "Catapult: Deployment", Redjack Ryan reportedly raids the Fourth Rangers on Deia in 2990; see Notes section regarding the fact that Redjack Ryan was two years old in 2990
  16. ↑ House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 119, "Unit Deployment Table (as of 3025)", Heany commands the Fourth Skye Rangers based on Ryde
  17. ↑ Heir to the Dragon, p. 130, Theodore Kurita reviews a report on the Fourth Skye Rangers
  18. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 42, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces", the LCAF attempts to adapt AFFS tactics
  19. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 42, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces", on Lightning Companies
  20. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 61, "End of the Offensive", the Fourth has a Lightning Company that joins Second Battalion on Komephoros
  21. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 21, "Skye", Katrina has intelligence operatives infiltrate the Rangers
  22. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 49, "Marfik", the Fourth Skye Rangers attack Marfik in the first wave of Operation GΓΆtterdΓ€mmerung
  23. ↑ Heir to the Dragon, pp. 126-127, the Lyrans use a pirate point to attempt to trap Kurita on Marfik
  24. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 49, "Marfik", Heany abandons her conventional forces and Kurita uses a feint attack against the Skye Rangers
  25. ↑ Heir to the Dragon, pp. 135-136, Heany orders her troops to pursue the Legion
  26. ↑ Heir to the Dragon, p. 139, Heany loses contact with the Legion
  27. ↑ 27.0 27.1 The Fourth Succession War Scenarios Volume One, p. 40, "A Bold Prince - Situation: Marfik, 27 August 3028", Heany abandons her support regiments which are then attacked by Tai-sa Kurita
  28. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 50, "Marfik", Heany's conventional forces are attacked
  29. ↑ Heir to the Dragon, pp. 137-139, the Lyran conventional forces are attacked in Gether's Jewel
  30. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 50, "Marfik", the campaign progresses
  31. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 50, "Marfik", the Rangers prepare to finish off the Legion
  32. ↑ Heir to the Dragon, pp. 148-149, Heany prepares for the final assault
  33. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 50, "Marfik", the Battle of Sitika
  34. ↑ Heir to the Dragon, pp. 157-159, the Battle of Sitika
  35. ↑ The Fourth Succession War Scenarios Volume One, p. 40, "Valiant Defenders", Thompson holds Heany under house arrest after the Gether's Jewel debacle
  36. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 61, "End of the Offensive", the Fourth's follow-up attacks face resistance
  37. ↑ NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 71, "Ryde Theater", both contingents of Skye Rangers are successful
  38. ↑ 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 38.5 38.6 Historical: War of 3039, p. 138, "Deployment Table: Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces", 4th Skye Rangers RCT status and movements during the war
  39. ↑ Historical: War of 3039, p. 30, "Kessel (April - June)", von Frisch takes command
  40. ↑ 40.0 40.1 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 100, "4th Skye Rangers RCT: Albion - Officers", William Harrison von Frisch is described
  41. ↑ Historical: War of 3039, p. 30, "Kessel (April - June)", "advanced munitions" mentioned refer to Listen-Kill missiles
  42. ↑ Historical: War of 3039, p. 30, "Kessel (April - June)", the Battle of Kessel
  43. ↑ Historical: War of 3039, pp. 74-75, "Kessel (July - December)", the Battle of Kessel continues
  44. ↑ 20 Year Update, p. 26, "Skye March: Ryde Theater", Fourth Skye Rangers stationed on Komephoros, unit quality, loyalty and commander listed
  45. ↑ 45.0 45.1 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 100, "4th Skye Rangers RCT: Albion", Fourth Skye Rangers fight on Morges
  46. ↑ 46.0 46.1 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 33, "Tukayyid Aftermath", Peregrine Galaxy fights the Fourth Rangers and other units on Morges
  47. ↑ 47.0 47.1 Wolf Pack, pp. 82-89, the Dragoons help the Fourth Rangers and the AFFC drive off the Falcons at the Battle of Morges
  48. ↑ 48.0 48.1 Era Report: 3062, p. 12, "Timeline of Events: 3053-3062", February - Battle of Morges
  49. ↑ 49.0 49.1 49.2 Objective Raids, p. 23, "Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth (Deployment as of 3054) - Tamar March - Tharkad Military District", Fourth Skye Rangers RCT strength at two battalions based on Morges
  50. ↑ 50.0 50.1 Natural Selection, p. 28, Victor comments on the Jade Falcon invasion of Morges
  51. ↑ 51.0 51.1 Blood of Heroes, p. 57, Fourth Skye Rangers return to Skye space
  52. ↑ Blood of Heroes, pp. 56-57, Robert and Ryan Steiner enter a pact
  53. ↑ Historical Turning Points: Glengarry, p. 8, "Combatants: Fourth Skye Guards", Fourth Skye Guards are amalgamated from Fourth and Tenth Skye Rangers
  54. ↑ Day of Heroes, p. 60, "Campaign: The Second Skye Rebellion", Skye rebels attack Glengarry
  55. ↑ Historical Turning Points: Glengarry, p. 15, "To the Pipes: Aftermath", Carlyle and the Highlanders arrive and end the campaign
  56. ↑ Bred for War, p. 262, Fourth Skye Rangers on Morges at two battalions
  57. ↑ 57.0 57.1 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 100, "4th Skye Rangers RCT: Albion", the Fourth Skye Rangers after the secession
  58. ↑ Shattered Sphere, p. 46, "Military Assets", the Fourth Skye Rangers are listed as a "dumping ground" unit for "Davion loyalists"
  59. ↑ Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 100, "4th Skye Rangers RCT: Albion - 4th Skye Rangers", Fourth Skye Rangers' equipment situation
  60. ↑ Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 100, "4th Skye Armored Brigade", "4th Skye Infantry Brigade", Fourth Skye Rangers RCT boast a full three armored regiments and five infantry regiments
  61. ↑ Shattered Sphere, p. 49, "Lyran Alliance Armed Forces - Deployment as of 30 December 3061", the Fourth Skye Rangers' deployment
  62. ↑ Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 125, "Lyran Alliance Forces - Deployment as of November 3062", the Fourth Skye Rangers' deployment
  63. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Skye Rangers", 4th Skye Rangers RCT remain neutral on Morges
  64. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 69, "Strategic Movements", Fourth Skye Rangers RCT reach Summit under the orders of Duke Kelswa-Steiner
  65. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Skye Rangers", Fourth Skye Rangers RCT reach Summit
  66. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 89-90, "Strategic Movements", Fourth Skye Rangers RCT reach Mesa Verde under concealment
  67. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Skye Rangers", 4th Skye Rangers RCT reach Mesa Verde
  68. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 105, "Strategic Movements", the Fourth Skye Rangers RCT reach Skye and are given a parade by Duke Kelswa-Steiner
  69. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Skye Rangers", 4th Skye Rangers RCT reach Skye
  70. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 137, Colonel Kalmar-Carlye engages a Fourth Rangers' Hauptmann on Hesperus
  71. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 130-131, "The Free Skye Revolt", Duke Kelswa-Steiner is arrested
  72. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", the Fourth Skye Rangers arrive in-system with WarShip support
  73. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 49, Von Frisch named commander of the primary attack force
  74. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", WarShip battle results in the Skye Rangers' capture of the Simon Davion
  75. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 146-147, "Hesperus II", Loyalist defenders of Hesperus II
  76. ↑ 76.0 76.1 76.2 FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", the Fourth Rangers land at Doering, forcing the defenders to withdraw
  77. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 133, the Rangers' DropShip head towards the Doering plant
  78. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 134, Ciampa sends forces to defend Doering
  79. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 136, the Fourth drop two companies of 'Mechs on Doering before landing
  80. ↑ The Dying Time, pp. 140-142, the Skye Rangers drive the defenders away from Doering
  81. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 149, Von Frisch leaves a holding force to defend the Doering pland
  82. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", the Fourth Rangers liftoff and begin moving on Defiance Industries
  83. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", Free Skye fighters attack the DSPF
  84. ↑ The Dying Time, pp. 153-162, the Skye Rangers meet the DSPF in battle, driving them back
  85. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", Loyalists ambush Maglev trains taking the GDL to Defiance
  86. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", Ciampa issues request for reinforcements through ComStar
  87. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 198, Ciampa attempts to send an HPG message
  88. ↑ 88.0 88.1 FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", Von Frisch orders the HPG station destroyed
  89. ↑ The Dying Time, pp. 198-199, Von Frisch orders bombardment of the Hesperus HPG station
  90. ↑ The Dying Time, pp. 199-200, Kaptain Cerlenko orders a broadside
  91. ↑ The Dying Time, pp. 200-202, the HPG station is destroyed along with the GDL barracks, GDL fighters, Lyran 'Mechs and vehicles
  92. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", Von Frisch believes redemption will only come in victory
  93. ↑ The Dying Time, pp. 203-204, Von Frisch believes he must win the battle of Hesperus to avoid political ramifications
  94. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", Lieutenant Colonel Davis McCall is killed
  95. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 248, McCall is killed fighting a Rakshasa and a Guillotine
  96. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", reinforcements arrive in the Thirty-second Lyran Guards and Seventeenth Skye Rangers
  97. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 259, Von Frisch orders the Thirty-second Guards to join in the main offensive and the Seventeenth Rangers to Maldon
  98. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", the Rebels assault Defiance itself on July 18
  99. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 266, the Skye Rangers hit the Fifteenth
  100. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", the Fifteenth Lyran Guards crush the Twenty-second Rangers
  101. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Lyran Guards", 15th Lyran Guards take heavy damage during Wave Five on Hesperus II
  102. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", the Legion faces two Free Skye regiments
  103. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 266, a Skye Ranger Salamander is seen among the Free Skye 'Mechs attacking the Legion
  104. ↑ The Dying Time, pp. 266-268, the Rebels drive the defenders into Defiance
  105. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", Alice Day, the Thirty-second's commander, is captured
  106. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 273, Alice Day is captured after ejecting from her Axman by GDL infantry
  107. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 276, Alice Day identified
  108. ↑ 108.0 108.1 FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 147, "Hesperus II", Colonel Kalmar-Carlyle is killed along with most of the Legion; survivors join DSPF
  109. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 269, Lori Kalmar-Carlyle is killed by a grenade
  110. ↑ The Dying Time, pp. 275-276, less than a dozen damaged 'Mechs still standing at the end
  111. ↑ 111.0 111.1 111.2 111.3 111.4 FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 163-164, "Hesperus II", the Free Skye forces had taken damage
  112. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Lyran Guards", 32nd Lyran Guards RCT takes moderate damage during wave five
  113. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Skye Rangers", 17th Skye Rangers take moderate damage during Wave Five on Hesperus II
  114. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Skye Rangers", 22nd Skye Rangers listed as destroyed during Wave Five on Hesperus II
  115. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Skye Rangers", 4th Skye Rangers RCT take moderate damage during Wave Five on Hesperus II
  116. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 164, "Hesperus II", the Fourteenth Lyran Guards RCT arrives and attacks the Thirty-sixth Lyran Guards
  117. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Lyran Guards", The Fourteenth and Thirty-sixth Lyran Guards both take moderate damage during wave five
  118. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 164, "Hesperus II", the Fourth and their Free Skye allies again attack Defiance, but cannot breach the defenses
  119. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Skye Rangers", The Fourth Skye Rangers take heavy losses during the sixth wave
  120. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 164, "Hesperus II", Von Frisch orders the Fourth Rangers to retreat
  121. ↑ Field Manual: Updates, p. 173, "Skye Rangers: Fourth Skye Rangers RCT", the Fourth Rangers abandon Hesperus
  122. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 164, "Hesperus II", Maria Esteban arrives just as the Fourth has left
  123. ↑ Field Manual: Updates, p. 173, "Skye Rangers: Skye Guards", the Skye Guards on Hesperus
  124. ↑ Field Manual: Updates, p. 173, "Skye Rangers: Skye Guards", the 'what if' debate if the Fourth hadn't pulled out
  125. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 164, "Skye", the situation on Skye between loyalists and rebels
  126. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 164, "Skye", the Fourth Rangers arrive at Skye but declare themselves neutral
  127. ↑ 127.0 127.1 FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Skye Rangers", The Fourth Skye Rangers RCT move to Skye where they see no combat, then on to Tharkad
  128. ↑ 128.0 128.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 173, "Fourth Skye Rangers RCT", the Rangers hinder the fighting on Skye then move on to Tharkad
  129. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 164, "Skye", the Fourth Rangers head to Tharkad to declare themselves for Peter Steiner Davion
  130. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 177, "Free Skye Revolt", Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner is released from prison
  131. ↑ Field Manual: Updates, p. 173, "Skye Rangers: Fourth Skye Rangers RCT", the Fourth Rangers arrive at Tharkad to support Peter Steiner-Davion
  132. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 175-176, "Tharkad", roll call for allies and loyalists
  133. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 176, "Tharkad", Alarion Jaegers and Twenty-first Rim Worlds are knocked out of the fight
  134. ↑ Endgame, pp. 202-203, Peter Steiner Davion addresses von Frisch and the presence of the Fourth Rangers
  135. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 176, "Tharkad", allies and loyalists settle in
  136. ↑ Endgame, pp. 204-205, Peter Steiner Davion decides to wait his aunt out
  137. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 176, "Tharkad", the battle of the Wash results in an allied victory
  138. ↑ Endgame, pp. 216, the Fourth Rangers lure the Eleventh away from the loyalist formation
  139. ↑ Endgame, pp. 215-225, Peter and the allies route Nondi's loyalists
  140. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 176, "Tharkad", the battle of Tharkad City results in an allied victory
  141. ↑ FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 183, "Deployment Tables: Skye Rangers", the Fourth Skye Rangers RCT join Peter Steiner-Davion at Tharkad; take serious damage
  142. ↑ Field Manual: Updates, p. 173, "Skye Rangers: Fourth Skye Rangers RCT", the Fourth Rangers are watched by their fellow Skye Rangers
  143. ↑ 143.0 143.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 177, "Lyran Alliance Armed Forces: Skye Province", Fourth Skye Rangers RCT based on Skye, current strength levels
  144. ↑ Dawn of the Jihad, pp. 45-46, "Skye Assaulted!", the Second Sirian Lancers and a FWL fleet assault Skye
  145. ↑ Dawn of the Jihad, pp. 46-47, "Skye Assaulted!", Skye is bombarded as the Fourth Rangers and their allies fight to drive the Free Worlders away
  146. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 52, "The Skye Is Falling!", Gannon's Cannons are among the mercenary units called on by Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner
  147. ↑ Dawn of the Jihad, pp. 148-149, "The Skye Is Falling!", a lance from the Fourth Skye Rangers RCT accompanies IE mercenaries in an attack on a "Marik" airfield
  148. ↑ Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 21, "Flashpoint", Sirian Lancers' attack devastate Skye in February attack
  149. ↑ 149.0 149.1 Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 14, "Timeline of the Jihad", the Percival and the Second Sirian Lancers attack Skye on 4 February, leading Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner to declare war
  150. ↑ Dawn of the Jihad, p. 77, "Bolan Declares War", the Bolan Province declares war on the Free Worlds League
  151. ↑ Dawn of the Jihad, p. 75, "Assassins Gun Down Head of Sirian Concordance", Helen Thrall is killed with Free Skye implicated
  152. ↑ Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 13, "Timeline of the Jihad", Helen Thrall is assassinated on 26 December, 3067, supposedly by Skye agents
  153. ↑ Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade, p. 106, "Typhoon Urban Assault Vehicle: Notable Crews", Specialist Sunshine Reagan, Reagan dragooned into crewing a Typhoon
  154. ↑ Field Report: LAAF, p. 15, "Skye Rangers: Condition", the Fourth Skye Rangers capture Thermopolis and destroy the Fifth Fusiliers of Oriente
  155. ↑ Dawn of the Jihad, p. 50, "Alliance Under Siege - Day 115", LAAF forces attack Thermopolis
  156. ↑ Dawn of the Jihad, pp. 78-80, "Steiners Launch Second Wave", the Fourth Rangers are inbounds on Thermopolis as of late March 3068
  157. ↑ Dawn of the Jihad, p. 73, "Eagle Screams", Jeremy Brett rallies the FWLM, driving the Lyrans back over the border and taking former Lyran worlds
  158. ↑ Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, pp. 21-22, "Turning Point", Operation Broken Fist forces the LAAF troops to retreat
  159. ↑ 159.0 159.1 Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 22, "War Derailed", fighting bogs down in part due to loss of military infrastructure
  160. ↑ Technical Readout: 3075, p. 54, "Condor Hover Tank (Upgrade): Deployment", Fourth Rangers received large shipments of Condor Hover Tanks
  161. ↑ Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, pp. 136-137, "Condor Hovertank (Upgraded): Deployment", Fourth Rangers received large shipments of Condor Hover Tanks
  162. ↑ Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 22, "Turning Point", Skye's forces took 53 percent casualties in the heaviest fighting
  163. ↑ Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 98, "Skye Rangers", all Skye Rangers units have taken over 50 percent losses
  164. ↑ Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 98, "Skye Rangers", the Skye Rangers are outnumbered defending their homes against the Word of Blake
  165. ↑ 165.0 165.1 Field Report: LAAF, p. 15, "Skye Rangers: Condition", the Fourth Skye Rangers are limited in movements after cease-fire
  166. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 55, "Skye", St. Jamais prepares for another attack on Skye
  167. ↑ Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 96, "Skye", Duke Kelswa-Steiner is forced to accept help from Devlin Stone
  168. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 54, "Skye: Combatants", Stone's Lament participates
  169. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 54, "Skye: Combatants", CWiE Beta Galaxy participates
  170. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 54, "Skye: Combatants", CW Delta Galaxy participates
  171. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 55, "Skye", ComStar forces are among Stone's multi-national force
  172. ↑ 172.0 172.1 Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 96, "Skye", Com Guards are part of the coalition force that represents roughly three regiments
  173. ↑ 173.0 173.1 Total Chaos, p. 55, "Skye", roughly three regiments arrive on 21 March
  174. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 54, "Skye: Combatants", Fourth Skye Rangers RCT participates
  175. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 54, "Skye: Combatants", First Skye Jaegers participate
  176. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 55, "Skye", invasion force uses a pirate point
  177. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 54, "Skye: Combatants", Word of Blake Third Division participates
  178. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 54, "Skye: Combatants", Word of Blake Eighteenth Division participates
  179. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 54, "Skye: Combatants", Word of Blake Light of Mankind special forces participate
  180. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 55, "Skye", two regiments of Word of Blake mercenaries participate
  181. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 55, "Skye", WarShips with nuclear weapons support the attack
  182. ↑ Total Chaos, p. 55, "Skye", the battle of Skye
  183. ↑ Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 96, "Skye", the battle of Skye, damage from bombardment
  184. ↑ Field Report: LAAF, p. 15, "Skye Rangers: Regimental Status", Fourth Skye Rangers are at 40 percent strength on Graceland
  185. ↑ 185.0 185.1 Field Manual: 3085, p. 167, "Forces Gifted to the Republic: LAAF", the Fourth Skye Rangers are among the units transferred to the Republic
  186. ↑ 186.0 186.1 Field Manual: 3085, p. 166, "Forging the RAF", the Fourth Skye Rangers form Eighteenth Auxiliaries, eventually the Fourth Hastati Sentinels
  187. ↑ 187.0 187.1 187.2 Storm Hammers MW:DA Dossier, "Lyran Rangers", formed from the Republic Skye Militia which had been formed from the Fourth Skye Rangers
  188. ↑ 188.0 188.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 119, "Unit Deployment Table", Heany commmands Fourth Rangers
  189. ↑ Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 62, "Donegal Guards: Commanding Officer", Kathleen Heany described
  190. ↑ The Dying Time, p. 147, Von Frisch graduated from the Sanglamore Academy in 3028, a year ahead of Ciampa
  191. ↑ 191.0 191.1 Era Report: 2750, p. 142, "Battletech Rules: Lyran Commonwealth - Fourth Skye Rangers", the Rangers' tactics at the time of the Star League
  192. ↑ Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 62, "Commanding Officer", Kathleen Heany's leadership and "strategic thinkinking" are described
  193. ↑ Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 100, "4th Skye Rangers RCT: Albion - Tactics", the Fourth Rangers' tactics
  194. ↑ 194.0 194.1 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 99, "Skye Rangers: Bravehearts", "Colors and Insignia", the color scheme used by the Skye Rangers and their support units
  195. ↑ Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 100, "4th Skye Rangers RCT: Albion", Fourth Skye Rangers use green highlights
  196. ↑ Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 112, "Wolf's Dragoons: Wolf Pack", the Dragoons fight alongside the Fourth Skye Rangers on Morges during the Falcon Incursion
  197. ↑ Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 114, "Alpha Regiment: Dire Wolves", Alpha Regiment fights alongside the Fourth Skye Rangers and Twentieth Arcturan on Morges during the Falcon Incursion
  198. ↑ CBT Forum Battle of Morges questioned
  199. ↑ Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 134, "Rules: Skye Rangers - 4th Skye Rangers RCT", special rules for the Fourth Rangers
  200. ↑ Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 134, "Rules: Skye Rangers", special rules for all Skye Rangers