Jade Falcon Guards (Clan Jade Falcon)
|Jade Falcon Guards Cluster|
|Unit Profile (as of 3072)|
|Nickname||Pryde's Pride (since 3052)|
|Parent Formation||Gamma Galaxy|
Formed in the immediate aftermath of the Culling, the Jade Falcon Guards were one of the oldest and most respected units in the Falcon touman. Until 3050 command of the Falcon Guards was seen as a prerequisite for Khanship, and freeborns were not allowed in the unit's ranks.
The Falcon Guards were one of the premier units in the Jade Falcon Touman at the beginning of the Clan invasion of the Inner Sphere. In the first three waves of Operation Revival they captured five worlds and destroyed four enemy regiments, including the 17th Skye Rangers, 2nd Grave Walkers, and 12th Star Guards second regiment. They also nearly captured Victor Steiner-Davion on Trell I. Those foes they captured and the civilians they administered were surprised at the level of mercy they showed.
Twycross and Rebuilding
In 3050, the Guards were single-handedly destroyed at the battle of the Great Gash on Twycross by Kai Allard-Liao. The magnitude of the defeat was so great that the Guards were disgraced. Khan Crichell wanted to wipe the unit from the rolls, but his saKhan intervened, arguing that doing so would be a waste of the long and storied history of the unit. After Twycross, the Falcon Guards were slowly rebuilt and command was given to Star Colonel Aidan Pryde, the Khans viewing it appropriate to give a dezgra Cluster to a disgraced Star Colonel. Unlike the unit that landed on Twycross, the new Falcon Guards were filled with freeborns, troublemakers, solahma, and other dezgra troops.
The Falcon Guards regained a great deal of their prestige under Pryde's command on Tukayyid. During that battle, Trinaries Alpha, Beta and Gamma served as main attack force. Trinary Delta served as Scouts, while Trinary Echo was stretched along the whole battleline to serve as flank-cover. They held off the advancing ComGuard, allowing many Falcon warriors to escape that would otherwise have been killed or captured. Following Tukayyid, the Falcon Guards were nicknamed "Pryde's Pride". In fact the Falcon Guards were the only Jade Falcon unit to achieve any sort of success during the battle.
Being considered a prestige unit only elite warriors were assigned to the Falcon Guards. After the heavy losses on Tukayyid most remaining elite and veteran warriors were freeborns. In later years, mainly warriors fresh from the sibkos were assigned to the Falcon Guards.
During the Refusal War the Jade Falcon Guards faced the 13th Wolf Guards on Twycross. There a warrior, Star Commander Joanna, from the Guards killed Natasha Kerensky. The Falcon Guards fought the Wolf Guards to a standstill.
The Falcon Guards also fought against the Steel Vipers in 3061. The Steel Viper Warrior caste has a strong distaste for freeborns even by the standards of Clan trueborns in general, and tried to wipe out the Falcon Guards, with their heavy contingent of freeborn warriors. However, the Falcon Guards proved to be a tough opponent, even for the elite Triash Keshik. Though they were outmatched, the freeborn Diana Pryde managed to destroy the 'Mech of Khan Perigard Zalman. Upon seeing this, the rest of the Steel Vipers fled. For this action, Diana Pryde was promoted to the rank of Star Captain.
In 3064 a Trinary of the Falcon Guards was stationed on Twycross as an honor guard. Archer Christifori knew that defeating this unit on this planet would enrage a host of other Jade Falcon units enough to leave their positions and hunt him down, thus taking pressure off the Lyran Alliance. He attacked that Trinary, which accidentally broke zellbrigen. Several Clusters, including the rest of the Falcon Guards, attacked Christifori's combat group, but were defeated as reinforcements arrived. Star Captain Diana Pryde was among the few survivors.
Jihad Era and Destruction
The Falcon Guards were destroyed in March 3072 during Operation ICE STORM, the Clan Ice Hellion invasion of the Jade Falcon Occupation Zone. Acting as a part of a combined Jade Falcon and Clan Hell's Horses force mustered to battle the surviving elements of the Clan Ice Hellion touman which had retreated to the Waystation in the Dark Nebula, the Falcon Guards were serving alongside the Jade Falcon Delta Galaxy and several Stars of AeroSpace Fighters and assault DropShips and the Hell's Horses Theta Galaxy.
Opposing the Jade Falcon and Hell's Horses forces were the remnants of the Ice Hellion Beta Galaxy along with two WarShips, the Fredasa-class corvette CIH Whelp and the badly-damaged Lola III-class destroyer CIH Cold Hunter all under the overall command of the Hellion's saKhan, Connor Rood. The Cold Hunter was in no condition to fight, and surrendered before the Falcon forces reached firing distance; the Potemkin-class cruiser CIH Coterie arrived at the nadir jump point shortly after the allied Falcon and Horses launched their assault, leaving it too far away to assist. That left the Whelp and the minimal fighter presence to defend Beta Galaxy, and the Whelp did her best to disrupt the attack, gutting a part of the incoming wave of enemy forces before being savaged by assault DropShips.
The Whelp was responsible for the destruction of the Falcon Guards when she destroyed both DropShips transporting the Guards, but one of the two Falcon Guards DropShips, the CJF Falcon Xi, managed to reorientate itself as it began breaking apart, and launched a final volley against the underbelly of the Whelp. While the Falcon Xi was destroyed, that last parting shot penetrated the Whelp's armor, venting a substantial portion of the ship into space. A Star of Jade Falcon fighters took advantage of this, launching an attack that destroyed the Whelp's bridge.
In the 3050 fighting on Twycross the Jade Falcon Guards were commanded by Star Colonel Adler Malthus. As of 3053 the commanding officer was Star Colonel Aidan Pryde, who commanded the Guards on Tukayyid. After he was killed he was replaced by Star Colonel Ravill Pryde, who was killed on Twycross. In 3064 Star Colonel Diana Pryde commanded the Falcon Guards.
- Adam Calbot, first commander.
- Adler Malthus, killed on Twycross.
- Aidan Pryde, killed on Tukayyid.
- Ravill Pryde, killed on Twycross.
- Diana Pryde, killed on Arc-Royal.
- Jade Falcon Guards Cluster
- Jade Falcon Guards Cluster
- Era Report: 3052, p. 46
- Era Report: 3052, p. 48
- The Battle for Twycross, p. 7
- Bred for War, p. 290
- Era Report: 3062, p. 133
- Era Report: 3062, pp. 93, 132
- The Falcon and the Wolf, p. 30
- Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 144
- Era Report: 3062, p. 24
- Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 126
- Wars of Reaving, p. 85, "Icy Fire"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 30 - March 3072 - At Dark Nebula the Whelp is destroyed by Combined Horses/Falcon Aerospace forces.
- The Battle for Twycross, p. 7
- Era Report: 3062, p. 92, 160
- Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 56
- Field Manual, Crusader Clans, p. 100
- The Battle for Twycross, pp. 18-19