Rhonda Snord

Rhonda Snord (2999 – 22 January, 3073[1], aged 73 years) was the daughter of Cranston Snord. She succeeded her father as commander of the Snord's Irregulars mercenary unit.

Rhonda Snord

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[edit] Early Life

Rhonda and her father departed from Clan space in 3005 when she was six years old as part of the Wolf's Dragoons compromise. During the journey, Jaime Wolf and Cranston agreed that it would be best if Snord split off from the main group to form an independent mercenary unit that would focus on locating old Star League technologies and artifacts. Snord's Irregulars were the result of this plan.

[edit] Early Career with the Irregulars

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Having grown up with the unit, it was only natural Rhonda would follow her father as a MechWarrior. Although she was readily accepted by the unit, during her first action on Phecda, she was seriously wounded in both legs, and would have been rendered incapable of piloting a 'Mech if not for the medical assistance of Wolf's Dragoons.

[edit] Taking Command and the War of '39

In 3037 having already suffered one heart attack, Cranston stepped down as commander of the Irregulars. He turned command over to Rhonda. She built the unit into a full battalion, completely equipped with Star League Defense Force BattleMechs. The unit would go on to serve with distinction in the War of 3039, all the while continuing to seek Star League-era technology.

[edit] The Clan Invasion and Operation : Merlin

In 3051 during the Clan Invasion, Rhonda led her unit on a mission into Clan-occupied territory, seeking the location of Camelot Command, an ancient Star League outpost. On Apollo, the Irregulars won a Trial of Possession against Clan Jade Falcon for the information they needed, absorbing the captured Clan warriors as bondsmen. After fighting their way off planet, they found the SLDF base in the Dark Nebula. At the base, they made numerous discoveries and were able to activate several of Camelot Command's defenses.

It was not long before the Falcons came calling, determined to take the base from the mercenaries. After a long fight, the Irregulars emerged victorious, incorporating the captured Clan warriors and equipment into their unit roster. At this time, Rhonda reorganized the Irregulars into two full Clusters.

[edit] FedCom Civil War

During the FedCom Civil War, the Irregulars were stationed on Odessa in 3063 with a contract that was about to expire. Archer Christifori and his Avengers soon arrived, seeking to offer the Irregulars a contract to join Victor's forces. A Loki operative was able to start a brief conflict between the Irregulars and the Avengers. When the deception was discovered, the Irregulars agreed to leave Katherine's employ, effectively leaving Odessa in Victor's hands. Not wanting to fight in the Civil War, the Irregulars instead relocated to the clan border where they later opposed the Clan Jade Falcon incursion into the Lyran Alliance.

[edit] Death during the Jihad

During the Word of Blake Jihad, Rhonda was among the high-ranking dignitaries killed by the Donner Bomb on Arc-Royal in early 3073. [1] [2] [1]

[edit] Children

Rhonda adopted a young girl who was orphaned during a Free Worlds League raid. She named the child Alexandria Natasha Snord, and as of 3051 she was being raised on Clinton by her godmother, Misha Auburn. She later joined the unit and became Rhonda's second in command by the time of the FedCom Civil War.

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[edit] Battlemechs

Rhonda Snord piloted a Highlander BattleMech for most of her career, and was known to play Elvis Presley music over its external speakers. Earlier in her career, she piloted a Shadow Hawk.

[edit] Additional Quote

A swift kick to the knee gets 'em every time, but I always end up on the ground. That's just not as much fun as it used to be.

--Colonel Rhonda Snord, 3052

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, pp. 36-37 "Around the Sphere - The Lyran Alliance - Bombings and Barbarism"
  2. Jihad Hot Spots: 3072, p. 118

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