II Legio

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II Legio Cataphracti
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname The Caesar's Own
Parent Formation Marian Legions

II Legio Cataphracti is a military unit of the Marian Legions.


In 3054 the II Legio was sent to invade the Lothian League. They and other supporting units fought for a year, but by 3055 the Lothian League was a part of the Marian Hegemony. The II Legio was left in place to enforce the will of the Caesar. Despite this, there was great deal of resistance to Marian rule, and the population was primed for a rebellion.[1] The II Legio was stationed on Lordinax in 3055, when the Caesar's heir was assigned to command the unit. He took command in 3060.[2]

The II Legion had been facing a protracted guerilla campaign for several years. The constant fighting had crushed the unit's morale despite receiving constant reinforcements from the core of the Hegemony. Julius O'Reilly was able to negotiate a peace agreement with the leader of the resistance movement, thus earning his unit's loyalty. The II Legion then followed Julius to the Illyrian Palatinate, where they forcibly integrated that nation into the Hegemony.[2]

In 3063 the Second Legion arrived on Alphard to support their commander.[3] They cut down the loyal members of the I Legio who attempted to defend Sean O'Reilly.[4] After the new Caesar had raised all the plebian members of the Legion to patrician status, the Second Legion returned to the Illyrian District, where they were assisted in the ongoing integration efforts. Taking a page from their former commander, the members of Second Legion were using understanding and peaceful integration tactics rather than punitive assaults. Despite this, II Legio was forced to put down some armed resistance.[5]

In 3066 the Second Legion was one of several Legions assigned to invade the Circinus Federation. Unlike its fellow legions, the Second was unable to take their assigned world due to heavy resistance. They did salvage a lot of advanced technology from their battlefields, however, and also seized a Mule-class DropShip full of weapons that were supposed to go to the Black Warriors.[6] In 3067 the Second Legion was assigned to garrison Ballalaba.[7]

When the Marian Hegemony invaded several Free Worlds League worlds on the 11th of November 3077 II Legio was one of the Legions assigned to the campaign. II Legio attacked the planet Kendall, where the defending FWLM forces resorted to desperate tactics to defeat II Legio - tactics which included the use of tactical nuclear weapons. As a result of the tactics used by the defenders II Legio was largely destroyed and thousands of civilians were killed. The few survivors of II Legio retreated to the nearby world of Landfall in early December.[8] The nuclear strike reduced the Second Legion to a mere 20% of its original strength, but they were stationed on Illyria to rebuild.[9]

After rebuilding their strength, the soldiers of the Second Legion were split into two groups and used to garrison the former Circinus Federation worlds of Maximillian and Blantleff. Though mostly quiet, the Second had responded to several raids by former Federation soldiers who had turned to piracy. The Second was able to repel these strikes easily, and the lower level conflict allowed the new troops to gain some experience.[10] These two battle groups were still on Maximilian and Brantleff in 3085.[11]

In 3117 the planet Landfall was the site of an open rebellion against the Marian Hegemony rule of the planet, instigated by groups and individuals looking to see Landfall rejoin the Free Worlds League. Named the Free Leaguers, the rebels were able to gather resources from other nearby systems that used to be members of the League and launched their rebellion, swiftly gaining control of large portions of Landfall. The rebellion was ultimately put down by forces from II Legio, in part because of a significant defeat for the rebels at the town of New Erewhon when Marauder battle armor suits attached to II Legio fought a close-quarters battle with rebel 'Mechs in the streets, a battle that saw the local rebel leader captured alive after being pulled out of the broken remains of his Cadaver. The subsequent treason trial and execution of that leader, T. "Pony Man" Harris, was broadcast throughout the Hegemony.[12]

They spent most of the Lothian Rebellion showing the flag in the former Illyrian Palantate worlds. In 3128 they destroyed ten 'Mechs that had killed the planetary governor of Illyria and his family, despite being outnumbered two to one.[13] In 3145 the Legion was spread across the Illyria, Trasjkis, and Trondheimal systems.[14]


As of 3064 to 3067 the commanding officer was Prefect Theodore Penn.[5][7]

As of 3085 the commanding officer was Prefect Darina Snyders.[11]

In 3145 the commanding officer is Prefect Colby Pritchard.[14]


The II Legio prefers overwhelming forces to strike down enemy forces.[5]

Composition History[edit]


II Legio (Regular/Fanatical)[15] Prima Cohors (1 Cohort/Veteran/Fanatical)[5]

- The Prima is the heaviest Cohort of the legion, fielding a full assault Maniple of upgraded designs.

Secunda Cohors (1 Cohort/Regular/Fanatical)[5]

  • CO: Legatus Christopher Brown
- The Secunda was recently commanded by Julius O'Reilly.

Tertia Cohors (1 Cohort/Regular/Reliable)[5]

  • CO: Legatus Michael Hutchisson
- The bulk of older assault 'Mech designs, are used by the Tertia.

II Auxilia Loricatus (1 Legion/Regular/Reliable)[5]

  • CO: Prefect David Hudson

II Auxilia Mobiliaris (1 Legion/Veteran/Fanatical)[5]

  • CO: Prefect Ryan Smyth


II Legio (Veteran/Fanatical)[7]

  • CO: Prefect Theodore Penn

Prima Cohors (1 Cohort/Elite/Fanatical)[7]

  • CO: Legatus Crosby Ton

Secunda Cohors (1 Cohort/Veteran/Reliable)[7]

  • CO: Legatus Eren Tloth

Tertia Cohors (1 Cohort/Elite/Reliable)[7]

  • CO: Legatus Michael Hutchisson

Quarta Cohors (1 Cohort/Regular/Fanatical)[7]

  • CO: Legatus Meinhard Tubbe

Quinta Cohors (1 Cohort/Regular/Reliable)[7]

  • CO: Legatus Geddy West

II Auxilia Loricatus Legio (1 Legion/Veteran/Fanatical)[7]

  • CO: Prefect David Hudson

II Auxilia Mobiliarius Legio (1 Legion/Veteran/Fanatical)[7]

  • CO: Prefect Wilma Bohn

II Caelum Wing (1 Wing/Veteran/Reliable)[7]

  • CO: Legatus Troy Eichmenn


II Legio (Veteran/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO: Prefect Darina Snyders

Prima Cohors (Elite/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO: Prefect David Hudson

Secunda Cohors (Elite/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO: Prefect Haakan Westlund

Tertia Cohors (Veteran/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO: Prefect Crosby Ton

Quarta Cohors (Regular/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO: Prefect Wilma Bohn

Quinta Cohors (Regular/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO: Prefect Gorman Tuman

II Auxilia Loricatus Legio (Veteran/Reliable)[11]

  • CO: Prefect Milena Macon

II Auxilia Mobilarius Legion (Regular/Reliable)[11]

  • CO: Prefect Adonis Bentley

II Caelum (Wing/Elite/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO: Prefect Wum Nemeth


II Legio (Veteran/Fanatical)[14]

  • CO: Prefect Colby Pritchard

Prima Cohors (Elite/Fanatical)[14]

  • CO: Prefect Toney Booth

Secunda Cohors (Veteran/Reliable)[14]

  • CO: Prefect Long Blanchette

Tertia Cohors (Veteran/Fanatical)[14]

  • CO: Prefect Dick Ahrens

Quarta Cohors (Regular/Fanatical)[14]

  • CO: Legatus Jackon Kent

Quinta Cohors (Veteran/Fanatical)[14]

  • CO: Prefect Vaughn Maetas

II Prima Auxilia Legio (Regular/Reliabl)[14]

  • CO: Legatus Eldon Woodworth

II Secunda Auxilia Legio (Regular/Fanatical)[14]

  • CO: Prefect Rocky Whitley

II Caelum Wing (Elite/Fanatical)[14]

  • CO: Prefect Morgan Casas




  1. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 70
  2. 2.0 2.1 Field Manual: Periphery, p. 71
  3. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 72
  4. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 77
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Field Manual: Periphery, p. 78, "II Legio Unit Profile"
  6. Field Manual: Updates, p. 195
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 Field Manual: Updates, p. 202, "Marian Hegemony Armed Forces Deployment Table - 3067"
  8. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 58, "The Jihad in Review"
  9. Field Report: Periphery, p. 15
  10. Field Manual: 3085, p. 143
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 Field Manual: 3085, p. 151, "Marian Hegemony Deployment Table - 3085"
  12. Technical Readout: 3145 Mercenaries, p. 6, "Marauder Battle Armor"
  13. Field Manual: 3145, p. 196
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 Field Manual: 3145, p. 202, "Marian Hegemony Armed Forces"
  15. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 143