Iota Galaxy (Clan Hell's Horses)
|Unit Profile (as of 3072)|
|Nickname||The Ninth Ring of Hell|
|Parent Formation||Clan Hell's Horses Touman|
 Unit Description
The Iota Galaxy is a Clan Hell's Horses military formation, it was created as a dumping ground for warriors designated as Solahma and political opponents. Iota is used as pirate/bandit hunting unit, which despite its lack of displine, take pride in doing.
 Hell's Horses Exodus to the Inner Sphere
In 3070, Khan James Cobb decided Inner Sphere would be a better home for Hell's Horses than Clan space. He decided to invade Clan Wolf's space as part of payback for past transgression against the Clan.
The galaxy would be split with some Clusters being retained in the Homeworlds territories until last envoys would be completed. However, fighting among Homeworld Clans intensified and caused considerable damage to the Iota and its fellow garrison force, Eta Galaxy.
Number of Clusters were disbanded and consolidated to other Clusters when Galaxy finally arrived in Inner Sphere.
 Ice Hellion Invasion
Elements of the Galaxy noted in participating in the fighting against Clan Ice Hellion in 3071, where in November the Galaxy would noted in participation in taking worlds of Von Strang's World, Bensinger, Apollo and Toland.
The elements of Iota would be part of a joint Jade Falcon-Hell's Horses Task force to take Vantaa from the Hellions. Iota along with Jade Falcon Galaxies of Alpha and Gamma Galaxies would engage in heavy fighting with Khan Khan Montose her forces for control of the planet. Battle to end the Clan Ice Hellion's Invasion would be successful. However, Iota would heavily damaged from the Hellion WarShip, CIH Cage's Pride.
The units of Iota Galaxy follow none of the normal conventions observed by the Hell's Horses or other Clans, with non-existent bidding practices and no qualms about fighting in urban environments. Their success on the battlefield is often guaranteed by the use of headhunters, infantry tasked with seeking out and destroying the enemy's command structure, even while the main force is otherwise engaged.
 Composition History
- 61st BattleMech Cluster
- 67th BattleMech Cluster
- 69th BattleMech Cluster
- 74th BattleMech Cluster
Conflicting Information: Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers and Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents. This due in part, the older publication, Jihad Secrets, would list Iota as part of the forces fighting Ice Hellion in Clan Jade Falcon's Occupation Zone. Where Iota, participated in the final battle of that conflict. However, later Masters and Minions would list the unit as part of garrison force in the Homeworlds. The Galaxy's clusters would be so damaged that they would be disbanded, however it unclear if the entire galaxy or fragments of it were present there. Technical Readout: 3085 would list one of its Clusters, the 67th BattleMech, as part of a garrison for on Toland in 3085. However, no mention if entire galaxy still exists or not.
Writers would later confirm Iota Galaxy was split into two elements, with half the galaxy journeying to the Inner Sphere, while the rest would remain in Home Worlds, being mauled by the fighting there.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 73 Iota Galaxy - Unit info to describe unit and what function in the Horses's touman.
- ↑ Jihad Hot Spots: 3072, p. 25 Time Line / November 3070 - Hell's Horses return noted in 3070.
- ↑ CBT Writers confirm that Iota Galaxy was indeed split for duty in the Inner Sphere and at Clan Space.
- ↑ Masters and Minions, pp. 144-145 - The Raging Horsemen - Iota galaxy history includes it being damaged in Clan Homeworlds as Hell's Horses left.
- ↑ Jihad Secrets: The Blake Secrets, p. 29 - Iota galaxy noted in the capture of Toland in November 3071.
- ↑ Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 30 Vantaa - final battle against Ice Hellions would severely damage Iota galaxy.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Field Manual: Update, p. 71, "Crusader Clans Deployment Table"
- ↑ Technical Readout: 3085, p. 134 - 67th BattleMech Cluster list as garrison force in 3085.
- ↑ Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, pp. 28-30 Operation Ice Storm - Clan Hell's Horses Iota Galaxy noted in participation in capturing number of Ice Hellion held worlds and fighting the last battle of the conflict.
- ↑ Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 144-145 The Raging Horsemen - Iota Galaxy listed as part a garrison force during the Horse's exodus and Iota's Clusters being listed destroyed and disbanded after their arrival in the Inner Sphere.
- ↑ Writers confirm that Iota splited fight in both Inner Sphere and Homeworlds.