13th Lyran Guards
|13th Lyran Guards BattleMech Regiment|
|Unit Profile (as of 3066)|
|Parent Formation||Lyran Guards|
The 13th Lyran Guards were formed during the First Succession War.
In 2806 the 13th along with the 20th Lyran Regulars successfully captured the planet of Bella I from the defending 30th Marik Militia. They held the planet until 2817 when a massive Marik assault force of three 'Mech regiments escorted by two warships forced them to retreat from the planet after several months of fighting.
The Guards were sent to Keid around 3057 to 3058 in response to Duchess Arice Hunsen's rise to power and her declaration of her loyalty to Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion and the newly formed Lyran Alliance.
At some point between 3058 and 3062, the unit went rogue in the Chaos March. The 13th Lyran Guards surrendered after a six-month-long fight against Clifton's Rangers and Hannibal's Hermits on Keid in 3066. By using the terrain and their superior mobility, the two units outmaneuvered the heavier Lyran unit, ambushed it at every opportunity, and finally captured their base.
The 13th Lyran Guards first appeared in the Chaos March sourcebook but that seems to be an error. The writers may have typed the wrong number, the wrong name, or even both, because there is no sign of its formation and no entry in any deployment table. In this case, the unit was likely meant to be the 13th Donegal Guards or the 30th Lyran Guards. The unit's short mentioning in the Mercenaries Supplemental sourcebook seems to be an attempt to correct this error by simply destroying the unit. The novel Double-Blind also mentions the 13th on New Home but that seems to be an error by the author as the 30th Lyran Guards were stationed on New Home not the 13th, who were on Keid. Another mix up occurs in the novel during which the CO of the Lyran unit is mentioned as Dolores Whitman, the Chaos March (sourcebook) states that after their mutiny the CO is Delores Whitman, the former Second-in-Command of the 30th Lyran Guards. Despite the minor difference in the name, that could be a typo, as they seem to mean one and the same person. A mix-up of the planet names is unlikely as the planetary ruler on New Home is named Shienzé, who isn't the same as Duchess Arice Hunsen, the planetary ruler of Keid. Also the New Home Regulars are mentioned as the enemy, so a mix up of Keid and New Home can be completely excluded. All this leads to the assumption that this is another mix up concerning the numbering.
The 13th was erroneously listed as defending Bella I in 2821 in the First Succession War (Source Book) page 139, but had previously been forced from the planet in 2817. The Eridani Light Horse was defending the planet on behalf of the Free Worlds League at this point.
- First Succession War, p. 139 "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces".
- First Succession War, p. 71 "Bolan Thumb Campaign".
- First Succession War, p. 75 "Once More, With Feeling".
- Chaos March (sourcebook), pp. 42-43
- Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 74
- Mercenaries Supplemental, p. 28
- First Succession War, p. 138 "Free Worlds League Military".