9th Lyran Regulars

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9th Lyran Regulars
Unit Profile (as of 3062)
Nickname "Karilon Magicians"
Parent Formation Lyran Regulars
Formed unknown

The 9th Lyran Regulars, known as the "Karilon Magicians" [1] was a battlemech regiment in service to House Steiner.

Contents

History

Formation

The insignia of the Rim Worlds Republic

The Ninth Lyran Regulars were formed during the First Succession War by the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces. It was originally composed of former Rim Worlds Republic warriors who had sided against Stefan Amaris during the Amaris Coupe, when the Usurper assassinated First Lord Richard Cameron and seized control of the Star League. Gathering on the planet Karilon, they were soon attacked by a division of the Amaris Dragoons, resulting in the deaths of most of the brotherhood. Those who survived joined with General Aleksandr Kerensky against the Amaris Empire during the drive towards Terra. When Kerensky and the Star League Defense Force departed on the Exodus, they decided to enter the service of the Lyran Commonwealth rather than follow General Kerensky into the Periphery. [2]

With their vast experience, the Ninth were very successful during the early Succession Wars, achieving many victories. Attrition and turnover, however, eventually reduced their collective ability, and they were considered a regular unit during the Second Succession War. They spent most of their existence on the Free Worlds League border.[2]

Marik Civil War

During the Marik Civil War in 3014, the Ninth were sent to attack the planet Uhuru alongside the mercenary Narhal's Raiders, where they engaged the 31st Marik Militia. It was part of a plan by the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces to take advantage of Anton Marik's revolt, and by tying up the 31st Militia, the Ninth allowed smaller Lyran raids to proceed at will. The 3rd and 5th Oriente Hussars reinforced the 31st Milita before matters could come to a conclusion, and the Lyran forces withdrew. [3]

Fourth Succession War

As of 3025, the Ninth was based on Cavanaugh II. By this point, their quality rating had fallen to green. [4] They would remain there throughout the Fourth Succession War, waiting for an attack by the Free Worlds League Military that would never come. [5]

Andurien Secession and War of 3039

During the Andurien Secession, the Ninth launched an apparently unauthorized attack on Marik industral centers nearest the Terran Corridor in mid-3038, most notably on Irian in a raid that was reportedly unsuccessful. The Ninth spent the War of 3039 back on their homeworld of Cavanaugh II, seeing no combat. in the aftermath of that conflict the Ninth was assigned to garrison Main Street in the newly-formed Periphery March, following the reorganization of the Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth. There they were confined primarily to pirate hunting activites and providing escort. [6] [7][2]

Clan Invasion

The Ninth saw no action during the Clan Invasion, remaining on Main Street, far from the front lines.[8][9]

Lyran Alliance

Like most other traditionally Lyran units, the Ninth Lyran Regulars became part of the Lyran Alliance Armed Forces with the secession of the Lyran Alliance.[2]

During the Clan Jade Falcon incursion of 3058, the Ninth was called up to reinforce the 22nd Skye Rangers on Engadine, only to discover the raiders had already defeated the Rangers and moved on to Coventry by the time the Ninth arrived.[2]

In 3062, the Ninth were back on Main Street, which was now part of the Melissia Theater of operations. By this time, the unit's quality rating had finally returned to regular. [10] They had stepped up their pirate hunting operations, and were pursuing one group that was apparently searching for a Star League-era cache.[2]

FedCom Civil War

When the FedCom Civil War finally broke out in 3063, the Ninth were deployed to Inarcs, held by elements of the elite 7th Crucis Lancers. Though they boasted a large numerical advantage in 'mechs, they faced a major disparity in ability and they were forced to leave one of their Aerospace wings on Main Street to protect commercial shipping interests. Problems erupted almost as soon as the Ninth entered the system. The Lancers' 405th Federation Interceptor Wing destroyed a Union-class DropShip, destroying an entire company of 'mechs in space and damaging several other DropShips. The Ninth landed on Inarcs scattered and disorganized, and came under immediate fire from Lancers' armor. The Regulars' commanding officer was killed by a freak shot to her cockpit, and all three battalions soon faced enemy fire. Under the belief the Department of Military Intelligence had been wrong and they were facing the entire RCT, the Ninth Regulars' acting commander ordered a retreat, with his surviving force totalling little more than a reinforced battalion. [11] [12] The Regulars returned to Main Street. [12]

The Ninth Regulars were called to action again during the Jade Falcon Incursion of 3064. Summoned to help defend the Theater capital of Melissia by General Sharon Bryan, the 9th Regulars found themselves assigned as part of a massed static defense by Bryan, over the objections of General Adam Steiner. The invading Jade Falcons, lead by Khan Marthe Pryde, picked away at the defenders, drawing them out of their defensive positions while cycling her own troops to keep them fresh. After whittling the Lyran forces down, Khan Pryde delived her Coup de grâce by dropping two of her clusters directly onto General Bryan's fortified base, killing her and throwing the defenders into complete disarray. Acting quickly, General Adam Steiner gathered all the survivors he could, including the Ninth Regulars, and ordered a retreat, regrouping on Chapultepec. [13] The Ninth managed to survive with only moderate losses. [14]

Adam Steiner, who commanded a taskforce that included the 9th Lyran Regulars

Chapultepec was soon attacked by the Falcons' pursuing Omega Galaxy. Reinforced by the 2nd Crucis Lancers and Archer's Avengers, General Steiner's taskforce managed an orderly withdrawal.[15] The Ninth took moderate losses.[14]

The Ninth then joined General Steiner's taskforce as part of Operation Audacity, a bold counter-attack against the Jade Falcon Occupation Zone. Along with the 14th Donegal Guards and the reinforced 15th Arcturan Guards, the Regulars struck at Black Earth and were opposed by the 3rd Talon Cluster. Facing heavy Aerospace opposition and a bogged down campaign, General Steiner called upon the 1st Wolf Strike Grenadiers for reinforcements. The Lyrans and their Clan Wolf-in-Exile allies were soon victorious, and the Taskforce moved on. [16] Although overall losses to the Ninth were moderate, [14] the fighting resulted in the death of another commanding officer. Command fell to then-Hauptmann Annabeth Patrick. [17]

The Taskforce then struck at Malibu, where they engaged the 8th Falcon Regulars in a zero-gravity fight on one of Malibu's moons for the right to the system's recharge station, as the civilian government wanted no part of the battle. The Falcons surrendered after a few hours of fighting. [15] The Ninth took moderate losses.[14]

On Hot Springs, General Steiner's forces faced the 5th Battle Cluster, which chose to run a hit-and-run campaign as opposed to a stand-up fight. After weeks of pursuing the Falcons in vain, Steiner pulled off the planet, leaving it to the Jade Falcons. [15] The Ninth Regulars took moderate losses.[14]

Next, they attacked Blackjack, where they reinfoced General Archer Christifori's taskforce, which was already on-planet fighting against the 8th and 10th Provisional Garrison Clusters. After putting the Falcons on the defensive, Falcon SaKhan Samantha Clees arrived, ordering both Clusters off-planet and inviting both Inner Sphere Generals to parley with Khan Pryde on Blair Atholl. [18] Once again, damage to the Ninth was moderate. [14]

With the Blair Atholl Accords, the Jade Falcon Incursion came to an end. The Ninth Regulars returned to Chapultepec to serve as its permanent garrison. [14] They would see no further significant fighting through the end of the war. [12]

By late 3067, the Ninth Lyran Regulars were still based on Chapultepec, under the command of newly promoted Leutenant-General Annabeth Patrick. They were at approximately 55 percent strength with nearly half of that considered upgraded with new technology. [19]

Jihad

The Ninth Lyran Regulars spent most of the Jihad fighting pirates and each other. Leutenant-General Patrick used many administrative tricks to hamstring the Regulars who were under the command of Hauptmann-Kommandant Floyd Wood in retaliation for his constant complaints to theater command about his superior officers.[20]

Officers

As of 3050, their commanding officer was Leftenant General Lawrence Marlowe.[8]

By 3054, Leftenant General Jeanette Scarlett had taken command. [9] Scarlett came to the Ninth from the 26th Lyran Guards RCT, where she had served as XO and with whom she had seen combat against Clan Wolf on Tamar during the Invasion. Originally intending to retire from the service after her twenty years of service, Scarlett received a personal audience and was decorated by Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion, thus ensuring her loyalty and continued service.[2] Scarlett remained in command until her death in 3063 on Inarcs.[11]

Kommandant Lee Faulks then took command, holding it until his death on Black Earth in 3064.[17]

Hauptmann Annabeth Patrick then assumed command, holding it until after the end of the FedCom Civil War. She was formally promoted to Leutenant General by 3067 and held the command of the unit in 3085.[17][21]

Tactics

The Ninth employs small-unit tactics to successfully defend against and hunt down pirates from the Periphery. They are also accustomed to fighting in zero-gravity conditions. [2]

Composition History

3025

9th Lyran Regulars (Green/Reliable)[22]

3040

9th Lyran Regulars (Green/Reliable)[23]

3050-3054

9th Lyran Regulars (Green/Reliable)[8][9]

  • CO: Leftenant General Jeanette Scarlett

3062-3067

9th Lyran Regulars (Battlemech Regiment/Regular/Reliable) [2][17]

  • CO: Leutenant General Jeanette Scarlett

9th Regulars Aerospace Group (Two Aerospace Wings/Regular/Fanatical) [2]

  • 1119th Alliance Fighter Wing - Co: Hauptmann Lissette Kim

3085

9th Lyran Regulars (Regular/Reliable)[21]

  • CO: Leutnant-General Annabeth Patrick

Notes

  • The Ninth Regulars' insignia is the head of a shark skewered on a dagger, an obvious reference to their beginnings as a group opposed to Stefan Amaris. [2]

References

  1. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 77
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 91, "9th Lyran Regulars Unit Profile"
  3. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 24
  4. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 119, "Deployment Table - 3025"
  5. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 44
  6. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 77
  7. Historical: War of 3039, p. 137
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 20 Year Update, p. 28, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Objective Raids, p. 21, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  10. Shattered Sphere p. 49
  11. 11.0 11.1 FedCom Civil War (sourcebook) p. 87
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 FedCom Civil War (sourcebook) p. 183
  13. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 116
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 185
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 114
  16. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 117-118
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Field Manual: Updates, p. 171, "9th Lyran Regulars"
  18. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), p. 118
  19. Field Manual: Updates, p. 178, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  20. Field Report: LAAF, p. 13
  21. 21.0 21.1 Field Manual: 3085, p. 108, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  22. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 119, "Deployment Tabel"
  23. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 137

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