|Unit Profile (as of 3074)|
|Nickname||The Dragon's Warders|
The Otomo are the Palace Household Guard of the Draconis Combine. Slightly more than a regiment in size, their sole purpose is to protect Unity Palace on Luthien and the Coordinator. Members of the Otomo are taken from Sword of Light regiments and the five military districts. The Coordinator assembles a list of potential members, who are then investigated by the ISF. Unit composition is a mix of 'Mechs, armor, and infantry. Traditionally, only a member of the Kurita family can become commander of the Otomo.
As a young officer, future Coordinator Takashi Kurita rose to fame in the Second Sword of Light with his leadership and battlefield prowess, inspiring the already elite unit to even greater heights. Takashi eventually rose to command the regiment's heavy assault battalion prior to his promotion to the Otomo in 3000.
Fourth Succession War
As the Coordinator's bodyguard unit, the Otomo spent the Fourth Succession War on Luthien.
The Otomo fought in the battle of Luthien. In the course of the fighting the Otomo separated into company-sized units and opened lines of retreat, stalled enemy breakthroughs, and filled gaps that appeared in the DCMS lines. When outnumbered and isolated, they fought multiple foes at once to insure that the Dragon would face fewer enemies. As a result of this, they took heavy casualties. The regiment was not rebuilt to complete strength until 3054.
The kokuryu-kai elements of Otomo turn on Coordinator Theodore Kurita. However, the mercenary company Camacho's Caballeros and the 9th Ghost Regiment intervene and stop the traitors. Also, the Coordinator's illegitimate son, Franklin Sakamoto, had arrived to defend his father. The Otomo went through a brutal purge, with Sakamoto becoming the commander of the Otomo infantry companies.
In December in 3067, forces loyal to the Black Dragon Society invaded Luthien. On New Year's Day, 3068, the Kokuryo-kai 2nd Sword of Light surrounded and then attacked the Imperial Palace. The Otomo and their fellow samurai Izanagi Warriors fought a delaying action while the Loyalist 3rd Luthien Guards retreated, taking heavy casualties (including the loss of Griffon Meshune) in the process. 
The coup devastated the Otomo and the Izanagi Warriors. The two units' survivors joined the 1st Genyosha in fighting the traitors, operating under the control of Sho-sho Sajori Mitsotisa. They performed as raiders, noted for their precision and later salvage operations.
On 23 August 3072, the joint unit - in a concerted effort alongside the Xi Galaxy of Clan Nova Cat - assaulted a large Blakist supply base defended by the Forty-second Shadow Division, in the Battle of the Kyoto Zen Arcology Project. The DCMS flanking attack was intended to sow confusion within the Blakist defenses, and though deflected, did just that. A Star was able to breach the rear of the base and set off an enormous chemical explosion, resulting in the destruction of multiple units on both sides and a significant loss to the Blakist ammunition supply.
On March 14th 3074, the Word of Blake ROM had leaked information regarding the presence of Buda Weapons Chief Researcher Hideoshi Yamika and his prototype Large X-Pulse Laser to the Kokuryu-kai as a means of wearing down Loyalist defenders in Skytower City. The resulting battle ended with Yamika and his prototypes being hustled aboard a Blakist DropShip.
The Otomo relocated to New Samarkand when the Coordinator moved the Draconis Combine capital to that world. Though they were highly skilled raiders, the Battle of Luthien inflicted heavy casualties on the Otomo. They could have avoided many of these casualties, but they refused to sacrifice Combine civilians.
The commanding officer in 3059 of the Otomo was Sho-Sho Oda Hideyoshi.
The units commander in 3067 was Tai-Sa Griffon Meshune.
In 3068, Tai-sa Franklin Sakamoto become the command of the unit.
The Otomo specialize in defensive tactics, performing like an elite support unit. The regiment is always the last to leave any battlefield.
- CO/1st Battalion: Sho-sho Oda Hideyoshi
- XO: Tai-sa Ling Sayamoto
- 2nd Battalion: Chu-sa Griffon Mashune
- 3rd Battalion: Chu-sa Date Tadakatsu
- Troop Commander: Chu-sa Minoro Hamitsu
- CO: Tai-sa Griffon Mishune)
- CO: Chu-sa Franklin Sakamoto
The unit's insignia is a gold shield with the official Kurita crest painted on the 'Mech's upper left torso. The Otomo 'Mechs use a flat black paint scheme with gold highlights in battle and on parade.
- Era Report: 3052, p. 28
- Black Dragon, p.?? - "Camacho's and their friends from the 9th stop the Black Dragons at nick of time".
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 119, "Pesht Prefecture"
- Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, p. 6, "Combatants"
- Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, p. 8, "Traitor's Kiss"
- Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, p. 9, "Feline Ferocity"
- Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, pp. 10-11, "Light Machine"
- Field Report: DCMS, p. 12
- Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 80, "Unit Profile"
- "Dawn of the Jihad", p. 66
- Historical: War of 3039 , p. 139