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Sorenson's Sabres

This article is about the military company. For the scenario pack, see Sorenson's Sabres (scenario pack).


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Jisatsu Company
Unit Profile (as of 3075)
Nickname Sorenson's Sabres
Parent Formation Otomo
Formed
3rd Company, Tarwater's Battalion
Unit Profile (as of [[]])
Nickname Sorenson's Sabres
Parent Formation 5th Sword of Light
Formed April 3021
3rd Company, Tarwater's Battalion
Unit Profile (as of [[]])
Nickname Silversteen's Stallions
Parent Formation 5th Sword of Light
Formed unknown

Unit DescriptionEdit

Sorenson's Sabres was an elite independent thirty-first century BattleMech Company for the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery.

HistoryEdit

Third Succession WarEdit

RedesignationEdit

Late in the Third Succession War the commanding officer of 3rd Company, Tarwater's Battalion, Captain Abraham Silvereen, was killed in a food riot on Worrell. Then Tai-i Daniel Sorenson was placed in command of the company by Tai-sho Palmer Conti, commander of the 5th Sword of Light Regiment. Tai-i Sorenson then officially re-designated 3rd Company, Silvereen's Stallions to Sorenson's Sabres as of April 3021.[1]

Shortly after Tai-i Sorenson took command the DCMS reassigned all but one of his aerospace fighters to support the Galedon V campaign. Daniel Sorenson re-organized the company to follow a unique tactical doctrine. The Sabres’ use of an aerospace fighter and a LAM as part of their 'Mech force made them the most unusually-configured company in DCMS service at the time.[2]

The 3021-3022 Raids of the Lyran CommonwealthEdit

In July 3021, the unit was deployed on its first mission as Sabres. Conducting raids on the House Steiner worlds of Fatima, Fort Loudon, and Morningside. During these raids, the Fifth's doctrine of hitting fast and hitting hard served the unit well. The Sabres typically by-passed the defenders' positions to hit unguarded civilian complexes. These strikes were aimed to demoralize the opposition. On Fort Loudon and Fatima, the unit city fighting proved highly successful, especially with use of unit's rare Phoenix Hawk LAM conducting pinpoint strafes when needed.

The most noted action during the campaign was on Fatima, where in the city of Nueve Lisbon. Tai-i Sorenso, used tactical trickery to fool the defenders into believing the Sabres were a much larger force. By fooling the Lyran troops into retreating from the Sabres' "regimental" size, they were able to hit their city targets with ease.

By the time the unit pushed as far as the world of Pandora, the unit had depleted its resources and badly needed refitting. Fortunately, despite its weakened condition, the unit caught House Steiner defenders by complete surprise. In January 3022, the unit would return to the Galedon Military District stationed on Bad News. There the unit began a year worth of refit and relaxation from their long and successful string of raids..[3]

Garrison duty and PiratesEdit

In August, the unit was assigned to serve with its parent Battalion and Regiment on Luthien as part of the world's garrison force.

The unit near boring garrison duties ended as it and rest of the Tarwater's Battalion were deployed to Principality of Rasalhague. world of New Caledonia May 3023. On world, the battalion spread out to protect world's assets from constent pirate raids on planet.

During December their seemingly boring garrison assignment was interrupted by a battalions worth of troops arriving on other side of planet, besieging the isolated city of Llyddwich. In response, the Sabres were deployed hastly by dropship to the scene. The raiders of this commanded Bandit King Corvin “Scourge” Scantoli. The what appeared to be a water raid, but unlike other pirate attacks it was well coordinated. Using force of Light BattleMechs, raids had pinned the Llyddwich's defenders. Tai-i Sorenson, and his force arrived and was able free beleaguered militia's infantry force able help to take down the raiders.[4]

Further pirate raids culminated in the Bandit King Scantoli's death at the hands of Tai-i Daniel Sorenson on New Years Eve raid in December 3023.[5]

The Fourth Succession WarEdit

NorthwindEdit

In the Fourth Succession War, the Sabres had been stationed with the Fifth Sword. Initially, the unit had not seen much action, being garrisoned along the House Steiner border. However, in 3029, the Fifth Sword deployed on Northwind with other elite regiments in the effort to assist House Liao's plight against House Davion. The Fifth Sword's commander assigned the Sabres to a special mission on planet. The unit was under strict orders, having its 'Mechs painted in special coating. They were ordered to walk through city of Cromarty's water reservoir. Unknown to them, Tai-sho Conti and ISF had painted the unit's 'Mech with special paint that released a virus that would disable and kill thousands, including the planet's principle defenders. The sickly, 5th Deneb Light Cavalry barely was able to fight, with its mercenary support throwing itself against with suicidal effort. The Sabres, with the Genyosha and Fifth Sword would be forced to withdraw when the entire mercenary brigade of the Northwind Highlanders arrived to save the Davion forces.[6][7]

NusakanEdit

On Nusakan, the Sabres were used as flankers, while the majority of the unit engaged in Tai-sho Conti's gamble to attain glory for himself by destroying the Kell Hounds. However, the elite mercenary unit devastated the Fifth Sword, with the Sabres being spared heavy damage due to them being on the fringe of the battle. Conti's duel would soon be lost, and the war's end would mark disgrace for the Fifth Sword of Light.[8]

The Sabre's Crisis and its fall from GraceEdit

The devastation to the Fifth Sword of Light would not effect the unit's status. Over the course of seven years, it would be used to execute quick strikes and fades across the House Davion border.

The formation of the Free Rasalhague Republic in 3034 sent the Sabres into chaos. Half of its numbers were of Rasalhagian descent, which caused a clash of loyalties while stationed on Togura. Two of the unit's MechWarriors, Izora Soderstrom and Cedrick Sveinson, turned on their long-time commander who was also a fellow Rasalhagians. Tai-i Daniel Sorenson was forced to arrest them. Over the night, with effort of unknown party, would escape with number of other Rasalhagians where part of unit's support staff.

Tai-i Sorenson, would lead his remaining loyal warriors in pursuit of their wayward soldiers. He pleaded them to honorably resign, but instead they fired on him. With no choice, he and rest would begin fight now Ronin elements. The battle would turn ugly, both are killed in exchange of fire. A wayward laser would from Vernon Marrone's Stinger would cause Eleanor Rubach, friend of Sveinson to smash Vernon's cockpit with her Mech's fist. Sorenson would too, have turn his Marauder guns on her for turning against one his own people.

Ragged and reduced to two lances worth of 'Mechs, the unit returned to base to discover they had orders to deploy to aide the KungsArmé on Damian as part to shore the new Republic up. The orders from Kanrei Theodore Kurita would also include orders to that allowed for any personnel whom wish leave the DCMS to so with no problems.

The unit arrived on Damian in February of 3035. By this time, the morale of the unit was shattered. Replacement personnel did not arrive until they reached the planet. When pirates under the command of Bandit King Hendrik Grimm came to raid the planet, the Sabres in their demoralized state were unable to prevent the pirates from making their way stolen goods. The fight would mark the death of the unit's LAM pilot, Clay Moretti and unit fall from grace.

The unit was then pulled from the active roster of the Fifth Sword of Light and exiled to garrison duty on the Periphery border.[9]

Exile and RebirthEdit

The Sabres were assigned to Enif, as part of defense of a Armor production complex. On world, Tai-I Sorenson was determined to rebuild his unit. With raw recruits and determination he had his new people and machine face each other in lance vs. lance training Excerises. These proved to aide in rebuilding the camaraderie,, improved its new member's skills. However, it was in 3042 where unit was put to the test when pirate arrived to raid the stocked food warehouse on the planet. The Sabres were able to intercept the raiders, and unit was able capture the pirates and their under-armed Union Class DropShip. Unit moral soared as the only damage was an actuator on unit's Jenner.

Three months after the battle, unit was caught by surprise by pirates while in middle of mock fighting exercises. The Fire Lance, only lance which was not armed with training ammunition and weapon configurations stalled for time. While the rest of the company withdrew to rearm with live ammunition and make shift repairs. The raiders nearly cut unit's force in half, but last minute action took down two of Pirate's assault class BattleMechs. This triggered the pirates to flee the field, with tell-tail sign that leader had just been taken down.

In one of the downed BattleMech was piloted by Florence "Tap" Tappis, Consort to notorious Pirate Slaver, "Mad" Max Smythe whom was based out of Periphery world of Antallos. The unit's resident integrator, Sharron Burgoz managed to reveal previous raid months early were elements of the Band of the Damned pirate band and they were planning a major strike against the Combine. In July, ISF interrogators arrive to work over Taps, However they gave new orders to Sorenson and his Sabres directly from Warlord of Galedon. They were ordered to secretly deployed to seek out the both Symth's Slavers and the Band of Damned. Seeking growing confidence in his unit, Tai-i Daniel Sorenson saw this as good sign for the unit. With a limited area work with, the Sabres over the months sought out the slavers and Damned. They only managed to intercept the slaver vessel with its escorts, within a year of searching they were ordered to Tabayama as a garrison force. However, notably, they were also re-attached to the 5th Sword of Light's TO&E, they had finally risen from disgrace at last.[10]

3048-49 Border RaidsEdit

In late 3047, border raids against the Draconis Combine gradually increased. Concerned of pending action, Sorenson Sabre's received orders from the Warlord of Galedon to probe Davion space to collect information regarding the Federated Commonwealth's actions. [11] From their base Fort Jinjiro on Capra in May 3048, the Sabres set off to check preparedness of the Draconis March.

In August, the unit made burn towards Udibi, to investigate the planet's status. Intelligence so-far gathered revealed AFFC had been stocking up on provisions. On the ground, the Sabres clash with defending Merc unit known as the Fuchida’s Fusiliers. Sabres were surprised to find Mercenaries on an unimportant world. In the battle in Outer Gorge area, they managed to inflict considerable amount damage against the large mercenary force. The Fusiliers pulled back to the city of Paulo Bay, loosing two their men to the Sabres as they withdrew from the planet. Sharron Bugroz interrogation of the captured mercenaries revealed nothing of value was occuring in Robinson Operational Area.[12]

After three months of probing the Davion border, the unit would soon return to Capri, where rendered refit and resupply of their force. In November, Capra came under attack by raiders, where the Sabres responded to repel the attack. The raiders turned out to be elements of the Band of the Damned. Tai-i Sorenson is able contact Warlord of Galedon, which dispatches the 7th Pesht Regulars respond to deep raids by the Band.

Shortly after Sabres once more resume their probing of the Davion border.[13]

With information from the ISF, Sabres execute a deep raid against world of Brundage in February of 3049. There instructions were to stall, while intelligence mole can be recovered. The battle on outskirts of New Boyceton, turn out to be elements of the 3rd Lyran Regulars. Sabres managed to stall for time, so the ISF forces could extract their spy. Unit taking damage, but was able make good their escape and allowing the spy be retrieved. The ISF spy revealed Fox's Teeth Company had been behind the raids in Galedon District. Sorenson's decides go after the Foxes, on Benet III.[14]

In June, 3049, the two units clash outside of Foxes' base in Aurora Badlands. Sabre's battle with Foxes proves battle with where both side claims victory. As each other were wearing down, Sorenson calls for withdraw. In their fighting withdraw from the planet their comrade Busosenshi Burgoz is killed covering the Sabre's withdraw from battle. The battle would proves to the DCMS High Command that Davions were not setting up for new conflict. Sabres would return home with score settled between them and the Raiders.[15][16]

Advance Equipment Trial UnitEdit

For its service to House Kurita, Kanrei Theodore Kurita awarded the unit with the status of a true independence unit. No longer attached to the 5th Sword of Light and other frontline regiments, the Sabres faded from TO&E and became a black ops unit, secret force.

The unit's role as a Advance Equipment Trial unit for Experimental Technology became mainstay of Sabre's mission. Since 3040s, the Sabr's 'Mechs had been fitted out with experimental equipment or prototypes. Due to this status, the unit never fought in front lines of the Clan Invasion of 3050. Working with scientists, the unit would be first try C3 Computer and Combine's first generation of OmniMechs.[17]

The Combine-Ghost Bear WarEdit

In 3061, unit's founder and commanding officer Tai-i Daniel Sorenson of the Sorenson's Sabres retired from service. Command was handed to long time unit member, Albert Benton. In moving change of command speech, Tai-i Benton announced Sorenson's Sabres would retain its name instead of changing it as old 5th Sword of Light tradition decrees. He had said retention of the name was to honor the man who led the unit through good times and bad.

As after taking command of the unit, was ordered to the Ghost Bear Dominion border with the combine. By 3062 the unit deployed into the conflict with Ghost Bears, that Black Dragon Society influenced Alshain Avengers triggered. Unit for first time since 3049, saw active combat. The unit took independent actions raiding the Dominion border, gaining reputation the Bears. So much so, that Tai-i Benton and Sabres were specifically request to attend war's Trial of Possession for Courchevel to end the war. Benton, had single handily taken down Kingfisher Assault OmniMech in one-on-one combat.

After the war, the unit was recalled to Luthien where it was reassigned as part of the Otomo by request of Coordinator Theodore Kurita, as part his body guard unit.[18]

JihadEdit

The Sorenson's Sabres were assigned to operate as an independent company under the command of the 1st Genyosha as of December 3067 and were used to flank opponents and provide a reserve force in the Battle of Luthien. The unit departed the planet in 3071 and were seen under contract to Chandrasekhar Kurita on Arcturus in 3073.[19]

OfficersEdit

TacticsEdit

3021-3034Edit

When the unit first formed in 3021, the unit original configuration of LAM and Aerospace fighter in place of conventional BattleMechs. This composition allowed for unique tactics to be employed. One which Aerospace Fighter of the Command lance would work closely with them, while Phoenix Hawk LAM would be used conduct quick strafing runs. They would be able pin down and out maneuver enemy's fasted 'Mechs. The Sabres during this era had developed their skills as Urban city fighters and masters of deception. Many occasions which the unit deceived less experience defenders into thinking they were large force, instead of a Company worth of units. It was felt that the smaller size allowed for more flexibility in combat situations. Unit principally specialty attack and fade attacks for independent actions such raids or probes. In very early days, unit would not attack highly defended targets and go for the less defended locations. [24]

Composition HistoryEdit

3021[25]Edit

3030[25]Edit

  • Command Lance
    • Tai-i Daniel Sorenson MAD-3R Marauder
    • MechWarrior Colin Toronagi CRK-5003-O Crockett
    • Pilot Elden Berardinelli SL-25 Samurai
    • MechWarrior Izora Soderstrom PHX-1K Phoenix Hawk
  • Fire Lance
    • Chu-i Cedrick Sveinson LGB-OW Longbow
    • MechWarrior Emory Wilk RFL-3N Rifleman
    • MechWarrior Sharron Burgaz TBT-7K Trebuchet
    • MechWarrior Albert Benton PNT-9R Panther
  • Pursuit Lance
    • Chu-i Dana Utsonomiya ARC-2K Archer
    • MechWarrior Clay Morreti PHX-HK2 Phoenix Hawk LAM
    • MechWarrior Eleanor Rubach HER-4K Hermes II
    • MechWarrior Vernon Marrone WSP-1K Wasp

3036[25]Edit

  • Fire Lance
    • Chu-i Dana Utsonomiya LGB-0W Longbow
    • Busosenshi Regent Ryal SCP-1N Scorpion
    • Busosenshi Sharron Burgaz TBT-7K Trebuchet
    • Busosenshi Seyla Teresa Martinez PNT-9R Panther

3049[25]Edit

  • Fire Lance
    • Chu-i Dana Utsonomiya LGB-0W Longbow
    • Busosenshi Andrew Martin CGR-1A9 Charger
    • Busosenshi Sharron Burgoz TBT-5K Trebuchet
    • Busosenshi Seyla Teresa Martinez PNT-9T Panther
  • Pursuit Lance
    • Chu-i Albert Benton MON-67 Mongoose
    • Busosenshi Jasmine Rubach HER-4K Hermes II
    • Busosenshi Elden Berardinelli SDR-5K Spider
    • Busosenshi James MacParland WTH-1 Whitworth

3062[25]Edit

3070[25]Edit

  • Command Lance
    • Tai-i Albert Benton BHKU-0F Black Hawk
    • Busosenshi Grace Shiro JR7-K Jenner
    • Busosenshi Hohiro Utsonomya HBK-5P Hunchback
    • Busosenshi Mark Kisomita DRG-9K Grand Dragon
  • Pursuit Lance
    • Chu-i Jasmine Rubach MON-66 Mongoose
    • Busosenshi Wendell D'arnon FS9-0F Firestarter
    • Busosenshi Evette Sorenson SDR-9K Venom
    • Busosenshi James MacPartland WTH-2 Whitworth

NoteEdit

During 3049 campaign into FedCom space, the Sorenson's Sabres utilized a Dropship, named Marrakesh Express.[26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 33 For the Glory of the Golden Pillar - Actual order to Daniel Sorenson take command of 3rd Company, announcement of the creation of Sorenson's Sabre after dissolving Stallions.
  2. Sorenson's Sabres (scenario pack), p. 12 – Brief History.
  3. Sorenson's Sabres (scenario pack), p. 12 Sorenson's Sabres - Original raid against House Steiner after its formation in 3021.
  4. Sorenson's Sabres (scenario pack), p. 13 Sorenson's Sabres (History) - Water Raid of New Caledonia's Llyddwich city.
  5. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 33 Fourth Succession War & Death of a Pirate - New Caledonia pirate raids info expanded with date, name of Bandit King and his timely death by Dan Sorenson.
  6. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 78 Northwind - 5th Sword of Light battle on Northwind.
  7. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 34 - Details of Sabre's actions on Northwind.
  8. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 34 - Sabres' action on Nusakan.
  9. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 35 War of the Ronin - Sabres are shattered in the wake of the formation of the Free Rasalhague Republic.
  10. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, pp. 35-36 Border Guards/The Path of the Damned - Sabres return from disgrace by stumbling on lead on dangerous pirate band.
  11. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 36,65 - Orders to probe FedCom received.
  12. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 76-77 Touchpoint Udibi - Recon/Probe mission on Udibi, the unit's action on planet.
  13. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 77-78 Touchpoint Capra - Band of the Damn raided Capra while Sabres are resupply/repairing their equipment in November 3049.
  14. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 79-80 Touchpoint Brundage - Extraction raid in FedCom leads Sabres to Fox's Teeth base.
  15. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 80 Touchpoint: Dust Up - Sorenson's Sabres raid the Fox's Teeth's base on Benet III to settle the score between their two nations.
  16. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 44 Sharron Burgoz profile - Burgoz's death notes how the battle ended for the Sabres.
  17. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 37 Serving the Dragon - Unit made independent, Clan War years and role as new equipment trial unit.
  18. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 37 Bears and Beyond - New Commanding officer, Ghost Bear War, and position of honor as body guard unit to the Coordinator.
  19. Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, pp. 6-7, "Combatants"
  20. 20.0 20.1 Sorenson's Sabres (scenario pack), p. 16 - Daniel Sorenson named as Commander in original publication of book.
  21. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 38 - Daniel Sorenson refirmed as Commanding officer of the Sorenson's Sabres from its conception.
  22. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 36-37 Command Lance (3062), (3070) - Albert Benton named as Tai-i (Captain) of Sorenson's Sabers in Starterbook.
  23. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 68 Albert Benton's profile - Albert Benton shown as Commanding Officer of Sorenson's Sabres as of 3075.
  24. Sorenson's Sabres, pp. 13-14 Sorens's Sabres, Composition and Tactics - basic organic make up for 12 units, instead independent company that at time usual 14 (including 2 Aerospace Fighters).
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, pp. 32-37, "Unit Compositions"
  26. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon, p. 65 - Daniel Sorenson mentions in his personal journel his unit's impending mission into FedCom and ship they'd be using.

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