Stone's Lament

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Stone's Lament
Unit Profile (as of 3143)
Nickname unknown
Parent Formation Stone's Brigade
Formed 3073

Stone's Lament was the premiere military combat unit of the Republic Armed Forces, originally formed as a force loyal to Devlin Stone himself.

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[edit] History

[edit] Origin

The Stone's Lament was military combat unit formed in fires of Kittery's Resistance group in 3073.[1] Members of the resistence force which were allied was lead by Devlin Stone breaking out of Word of Blake re-education camp RBMU 105. Survivors of the resistance group, formed Stone's Lament, with Belle Lee as its commander.[1]

The Stone's Lament prides themself in having fought in the hardest and bloodiest battles in all wars waged by Devlin Stone.

Of all the hammers Stone swang, they were the biggest.

[edit] 3075

Stone's Lament were directly involved in the battle for Ascella in December 3075. Forces from Clan Ghost Bear had already tried to liberate Ascella once and been thwarted by Word of Blake Pocket WarShips, which had destroyed half of the Ghost Bear DropShips as they burned towards the planet. Shortly after this, Devlin Stone and a small diplomatic party negotiated with the Ghost Bears, gaining their support for the coalition; the Ghost Bears in turn sent a party into the Outworlds Alliance to negotiate for support for the coalition from Clan Snow Raven. When the Snow Ravens agreed a second Ghost Bear task force struck at Ascella, this time with support from Snow Raven assets. This second strike hit Ascella at roughly the same time as an allied coalition force led by Stone and which included Stone's Lament. While the Ghost Bears fought a bitter two-week campaign against the Word of Blake Militia over the planetary spaceport and industrial complexes in the face of continued scorched earth tactics, Stone's Lament managed to capture both the planetary HPG compound and capital in just a week.[2][3]

[edit] 3077

After the various battles to liberate Chara Major Nancy Smith of Stone's Lament reported that her battalion had at one point been assisted in breaking through the Blakist forces by Hauptmann Cassandra Lightfoot of the 25th Arcturan Guards and her company; despite having been dismissed by Major Smith as a Social General in the making with little grasp of tactics, Hauptman Lightfoot evidently used her company with considerable skill to breach the Blakist line and give the Lament a large hole to exploit.[4]

[edit] 3078

In 3078 the Lament was expanded to incorporate a fourth battalion, and Devlin Stone personally promoted Bethany Barrett, then considered something of a hero, to command the battalion. This attracted a degree of criticism from Belle Lee, who apparently displayed a degree of personal dislike for Barrett, something supporters of Barrett portrayed as anything from petty jealousy to the stereotypical disdain MechWarriors held for most infantry personnel. Local press within the Duchy of Oriente presented Barrett's promotion as a reward for her actions during Operation SCOUR, which not only included securing the surrender of Hall with minimal bloodshed but also leading her infantry unit as they prevented an assassination attempt on Stone's life by Manei Domini agents. The popular support for Barrett and her promotion was at least partly influenced by Barrett's personal history, which recorded her as having been born on Loeches but raised on Oriente.[5]

On the 1st of August 3078 during the buildup to the attack on Terra several members of the Lament were interviewed by Nigel Holmgren, with their interview transmitted across the Inner Sphere by INN. The three soliders interviewed - Sergeant Kennon McDaniels, Bryce Ruggieri and Vijay Jagadamma - had been members of the Lament since Kittery and Scituate; also interviewed briefly was one of the newer members of the unit, General Andrew Redburn.[6]

[edit] Dark Age

After the Jihad ended, Stone's Lament fought the CCAF on several worlds. They served as the spearhead of the Republic forces that took Tikonov inflicting heavy losses on Warrior House Imarra and Warrior House Ijori.[7] They faced Warrior House Imarra on Liao[8] and forced the Capellan unit to withdraw. On Styk they inflicted heavy losses to Warrior House Dai Da Chi and Warrior House Tsang Xiao, as well as on Laurel's Legion.[9] In 3085 they were stationed on Terra.[10]

[edit] Officers

From 3073 to 3085, Stone's Lament was led by General Belle Lee.[1]The Inheritance of Duty, date extrapolated from her daughter-in-laws statement that she lead the Lament for seventeen years.[10]

In 3085 the Lament was led by Brigadier General Hardin McMasters.[10]

In 3145 the commanding officer is Brigadier Andrew Turner.[11]

[edit] Tactics

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[edit] Composition History

[edit] 3073

Known Members:[1]

[edit] 3085

Stone's Lament (Elite/Fanatical)[10]

  • CO: Brigadier General Hardin McMasters

1st Lament Air (Wing)/Elite/Fanatical)[10]

1st Lament Armor (1 Battalion/Veteran/Fanatical)[10]

  • CO: Major Hilde Gulnes

1st Lament Battle Armor (1 Battalion/Elite/Fanatical)[10]

  • CO: Major Drenvar

[edit] 3145

Stone's Lament (Elite/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO; Brigadier Andrew Turner

1st Lament Air Wing (Elite/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO: Major Freda Simms

1st Lament Armor (1 Battalion/Elite/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO: Major Juan Smith

1st Lament Battle Armor (1 Battalion/Elite/Fanatical)[11]

  • CO: Major Preston Lee-White

[edit] Notes

All members of Stone's Lament have a unit-tattoo on their biceps. Stone's Lament is such a legendary unit, that sometimes fakers show up, presenting such a tattoo and claiming being a former member. If real members of Stone's Lament stumble upon such a faker, they personally remove the fake tattoo via laser surgery – with a laser-pistol.[12]

[edit] Rules

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 228
  2. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 19, "Timeline of the Jihad"
  3. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 55, "The Jihad In Review"
  4. Field Report: LAAF, p. 3, "Social-Killer"
  5. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 79, "Bethany Barrett: Oriente Hero"
  6. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 93-94, "Stone's Elite"
  7. Field Manual: 3085, p. 183
  8. Field Manual: 3085, p. 24
  9. Field Manual: 3085, p. 27
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Field Manual: 3085, p. 187, "RAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 145, "Republic Armed Forces - Stone's Brigade"
  12. Ghost War, p.??[citation needed]

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