8th Sword of Light

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8th Sword of Light BattleMech Regiment
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname "The Jade Dragon"
Parent Formation Sword of Light
Formed unknown

Unit Description

The Eighth Sword of Light regiment was known as "The Jade Dragon" and represented the economy of the Draconis Combine.

First Succession War

In 2787 the 8th Sword of Light participated in Operation Broken Blade.[1]

Third Succession War

A raid on the Federated Suns world of Errai in 2901 went wrong for the Eighth Sword of Light when their dropping 'Mechs were attacked by defending AFFS fighters. The DCMS forces had to withdraw from the system.[2]

The Eighth Sword of Light and 4th Proserpina Hussars fought the Davion Heavy Guards in 3002's Third Battle of Harrow's Sun. The Federated Suns ultimately prevailed but not before the Eighth had inflicted serious losses.[3]

Fourth Succession War

In 3028, they took part in the Battle of Misery against Wolf's Dragoons. Though they took serious losses, they were perhaps the only Kurita unit to remain relatively intact and combat worthy. It was later discovered they were intentionally held back by Warlord Grieg Samsonov so that he could eventually claim the credit for destroying the Dragoons after the nascent Ryuken Regiments softened them up, a strategy that ultimately failed.[4] The Eighth lost a battalion of troops to Epsilon Regiment[5] and Zeta Battalion crushed most of their rearguard during a fighting withdrawal from the world, but the better part of the regiment was able to withdraw intact.[6] Several officers from the Eighth were transferred to less-prestigious units, like the 27th Dieron Regulars.[7]

War of 3039

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Ronin Wars

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Clan Invasion

During the Clan Invasion the DCMS High Command held the Eighth Sword of Light in reserve because the unit was so tactically flexible. They were ready to repel the sixth wave of invaders, but the Battle of Tukayyid rendered that moot. The Eighth was then called upon to rebuild other Sword of Light regiments by transferring half their forces. The Eighth rebuilt with new academy graduates.[8]

Operation Bulldog

During Operation Bulldog the Eighth (along with allied forces) drove Clan Smoke Jaguar troops off of Byesville and Outer Volta. After the fighting ended, they were stationed on Luzerne.[9]

Dominion War

The Eighth launched raids on Jezersko and Last Frontier, both of which were garrisoned lightly by second-line troops. The damage the Eighth did to these units helped dissuade the Ghost Bears from launching a second wave of attacks.[9]

Federated Suns Incursion

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During the Jihad the Eighth Sword of Light assisted the 7th Sword of Light in the attack on Albeiro. After that they spent the rest of the Jihad harassing the Federated Suns Draconis March. They used many tactics that would be considered dishonorable, including repainting their units to look like other DCMS commands. In 3079 they were assigned to Harrow's Sun.[10] They were still in the Albeiro Prefecture in 3085 but they were conducting a "show the flag" goodwill tour of the Prefecture. This also allowed them to be ready to respond to a Ghost Bear incursion.[11]

Dark Age

The Eighth Sword of Light participated in the assault on Robinson in 3144.[12] They fought against the 20th Avalon Hussars and alongside the 7th Sword of Light.[13] The Eighth lost 30% percent of their BattleMech regiment, their aerospace regiment lost 90% of its fighters, their infantry regiment was reduced to just a company, and their tank regiment lost an entire Battalion in the fighting. [14]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 8th Sword of Light
Sho-sho Jagawen Torisobo 3025 - 3028[15][16]
Tai-sa Wendall Boutri 3050[17]
Tai-sa Kevin Awano 3059 - 3067[8][18]
Tai-sa Dorotheus Bai 3085[19]
Tai-sa Lincoln Marovitch 3144 - 3145[20]


The Eighth Sword of Light was one of the busiest DCMS regiments. They have performed garrison duty, participated in large assaults and small raids, and stopped rebellions. For this reason they have no particular tactical specialty, they simply perform well in all environments.[8]

Composition History


8th Sword of Light (1 Expanded Regiment/Regular/Fanatical)[16]

  • CO: Sho-sho Jagawen Torisobo


8th Sword of Light (Regiment/Regular/Fanatical)[21]

  • Armor Regiment[22]
  • Infantry Brigade[22]


8th Sword of Light (Regiment/Regular/Fanatical)[17]

  • CO: Tai-sa Wendall Boutri


8th Sword of Light (2 Battalions/Regular/Fanatical)[23]

  • CO: Tai-sa Kevin Awano

3059 to 3067

8th Sword of Light (1 Expanded Regiment/Regular/Fanatical)[8][18]

  • XO: Tai-sa Moki Nagoya
  • 2nd Battalion: Chu-sa Uroga Breshnot
  • 3rd Battalion: Chu-sa Chin Sung Lee
  • 4th Battalion: Chu-sa Toshido Harotoga

- The 36 OmniMechs provide the unit with a great flexibility. All machines are upgraded with advanced technology.

243rd Aerospace (Persuasion of Greater Wisdom) (1 Wing/Veteran/Fanatical)[8][18]

  • Wing Commander: Sho-sa Jeremy Kiyama

- The unit is organized like normal Inner Sphere air forces and not like the standard DCMS scheme.


8th Sword of Light (Veteran/Reliable)[19]

  • CO: Tai-sa Dorotheus Bai

243rd Aerospace (Wing/Elite/Fanatical)[19]

  • CO: Sho-sa Bijoy Petes


8th Sword of Light (Veteran/Reliable)[20]

  • CO: Tai-sa Lincoln Marovitch

243rd Aerospace (Regular/Reliable)[20]

  • CO: Sho-sa Della Henderson

77th Armor (Veteran/Fanatical)[20]

  • CO: Tai-sa Jon Melton

Savage Dragons (Veteran/Reliable)[20]

  • CO: Tai-sa Marius Orr


  1. Broken Blade
  2. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 134
  3. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 104
  4. Wolves on the Border, p. ??[citation needed]
  5. Historical Turning Points: Misery, p. 13
  6. Historical Turning Points: Misery, p. 15
  7. My Father's Sword, p. 3
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 88, "8th Sword of Light Unit Profile"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 111
  10. Field Report: DCMS, p. 13
  11. Field Manual: 3085, p. 44
  12. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, p. 12
  13. Technical Readout: 3145 Draconis Combine, p. 44
  14. Field Manual: 3145, p. 58 "Eighth Sword of Light"
  15. Historical Turning Points: Misery, p. 9
  16. 16.0 16.1 House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 134 , "Deployment Table"
  17. 17.0 17.1 20 Year Update, p. 41, "DCMS Deployment Table"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Field Manual: Update, p. 119, "8th Sword of Light"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Field Manual: 3085, p. 51, "DCMS Deployment Table - 3085"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 65, "DCMS Deployment Table - 3145"
  21. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 139
  22. 22.0 22.1 Historical: War of 3039 , p. 53
  23. Objective Raids, p.28