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Narhal's Raiders

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Narhal's Raiders unit insignia
Narhal's Raiders
Unit Profile (as of 3025)
CO Leutnant-General William Matthews
JumpShips No
DropShips Yes
Aerospace Unknown
Armor Yes
Infantry No
Unit Disposition - 3025
1st Reg. Poulsbo - Regular
2nd Reg. Poulsbo - Regular
Narhal's Raiders
Unit Profile (as of 3059)
CO Colonel Pedro Antonio Giraudoux
JumpShips No
DropShips Yes (auxiliary)
Aerospace Wing
Armor No
Infantry No
Unit Disposition - 3059
Narhal's Raiders Kilmarnock - Regular
Narhal's Flock Kilmarnock - Veteran
NarhalsRaiders.gif
Narhal's Raiders
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
CO Colonel Pedro Antonio Giraudoux
JumpShips No
DropShips Yes
Aerospace Wing
Armor No
Infantry No
Unit Disposition - 3067
Narhal's Raiders Fellanin II - Regular
Narhal's Flock Fellanin II - Veteran
Narhal's Raiders
Unit Profile (as of 3071)
CO Colonel Pedro Antonio Giraudoux
JumpShips No
DropShips Yes
Aerospace Yes
Armor No
Infantry No
Unit Disposition - 3071
Narhal's Raiders Royal - ???

The Homeworld of the Raiders is Kilmarnock. Narhal's Raiders are a medium-sized mercenary unit in the Inner Sphere. In the Third and Fourth Succession Wars the unit was employed by the Lyran Commonwealth.

Contents

History

During the First Succession War, a Marik regiment fled from the League and into the Periphery. Teaming up with the remnants of a BattleMech regiment in the Rim Worlds Republic, the two formed Narhal's Raiders. The unit was named after both the commanding officer, Tyilik Narhal, and the Narhal Rover, a predator from Tyilik's homeworld. For nearly a decade, the unit plundered Free Worlds League and Capellan Confederation worlds to sustain itself.

In 2799[1] , the descendant of Tyilik Narhal was ousted as commander of the unit by Ustinov Matthews. Matthews had soured of raiding and sought official contracts with the Capellan Confederation and the Federated Suns. Shortly before the Second Succession War, the unit signed a contract with the Lyran Commonwealth where they remained through the Fourth Succession War, except for a brief and disastrous contract with the Capellan Confederation from 2849 to 2859.

By 2866, the unit's finances were in shambles. In that same year, however, the unit's finances began to improve, primarily due to the intervention of Archon Elizabeth Steiner who wished to improve the unit's equipment and morale. By the beginning of the Fourth Succession War, however, the unit was still in a poor financial situation due to the previous manipulations by the Commonwealth and others to keep the unit in debt.

Narhal's Raiders took a pounding during the Clan Invasion; a pounding that reduced them to a reinforced regiment.

Following the secession of the Lyran Alliance from the Federated Commonwealth, Colonel Giraudoux was released from their contract after threatening to attack the LAAF in Prince Victor's name. They went to Outreach, where Giraudoux rather loudly--and publicly--explained to the LAAF's representative about his low opinion of Archon Katherine. They quickly accepted a contract with the Draconis Combine to garrison Kilmarnock so the veteran DCMS regiments that were there could participate in Operation Bulldog.

They were reassigned to Rockland when Clan Ghost Bear invaded the Combine. The Raiders launched a counter-attack against the Bears on Thule, where they took heavy damage. Though they bloodied the Bears, Colonel Giraudoux was forced to disband the fourth battalion, so the Raiders began to look more like a traditional regiment.

Following the end of the Ghost Bear War, the unit was reassigned to the Draconis March front after that province attacked the Combine. Giraudoux still felt loyal to Prince Victor and had no desire to fight units that could be used to help against Katherine, so they garrisoned Fellanin II. Giraudoux was forced to watch as the FedCom Civil War raged just across the border. He accepted another contract with the Combine, as it was clear by that point that the war was winding down.

In December 3067, an operative from the Federated Suns' Ministry of Information, Intelligence, and Operations alerted Colonel Giraudoux that there were prisoner-of-war camps located within the Draconis Combine. When Giraudoux attempted to confirm or deny these rumors with his employer, he was stonewalled and threatened. No longer able to trust the Combine, Giraudoux decided not to renew the Raiders' contract when it expired.

In July 3068, the MIIO operative made contact again and informed Giraudoux that there was actually a prison camp adjacent to the base of the DCMS regular unit on Fellanin II, the First Ghost Regiment. As the unit lifted off-world to redeploy, he ordered a reconnaissance flight to find out for sure. The flight took fire, but was able to confirm the information. Giraudoux ordered Narhal's Raiders into action. They were able to liberate the POW camp, while the MIIO team ordered an extraction. After fighting a brutal rear guard against the 1st Ghost, a Federated Suns JumpShip came in-system via a pirate point and took the Raiders and their charges across the border.

In the Draconis March, the mercenaries were hailed as saviors who heeded their consciences over their wallets. Duke Tancred Sandoval quickly offered them a new contract even as the DCMS lodged a complaint with the Mercenary Review and Bonding Commission over their desertion. The Raiders have since had to fend off raids from Combine troops.


Composition

3025

Narhal's Raiders (2 regiments)(Regular/Reliable)

- LCAF [2]
  • CO.: Leutnant-General William Matthews [3]

3040

- AFFC
1st Narhal's Raiders (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[4]
2nd Narhal's Raiders (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[4]

3054

Narhal's Raiders (1 Reinforced Regiment) (Regular/Reliable)[5]

  • CO: Leftenant General Pedro Antonio Giraudoux [5]

3059

'Mech

  • Narhal's Raiders (1 Reinforced Regiment)
    • CO: Colonel Pedro Antonio Giraudoux
    • XO/1st Battalion: Lt. Colonel Luigi Froeze
    • 2nd Battalion: Major Geraldine Tolly
    • 3rd Battalion: Major Brett Marionetti
    • 4th Battalion: Trey Sun Lok


Aerospace

  • Narhal's Flock (2 understrenght squadrons)
    • Wing Commander: Major Jesse Hastings


Unit Emblem

Narhal's Raiders uses the stylized skull of a Narhal Rover for its emblem.

Notes

References

  1. House Steiner Book, FASA, 1987, http://cf.sarna.net/docs/products/house_books/house_steiner_text_only.pdf  Note: The date provided in the House book of 2899 cannot be correct given the other information in the unit profile. The date given above of 2799 is an estimate of what may have been intended.
  2. House Steiner p.119
  3. House Steiner p.119
  4. 4.0 4.1 Historical: War of 3039 , p. 141
  5. 5.0 5.1 Objective Raids, p. 22

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