17th Crimson Guards (Clan Blood Spirit)

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Seventeenth Crimson Guards Cluster
Disbanded 3084[1]
Affiliation Clan Blood Spirit
Parent Command Tau Provisional Galaxy


In the aftermath of the Burrock Absorption, the Seventeenth, along with the Seventy-ninth Crimson Guards drove the Third Falcon Velites off York and claimed the former Jade Falcon enclave on that planet.[2]

The Guards acted as part of the reserve for Alpha Galaxy during the fighting against Clan Star Adder between 3060 and 3067, as such its forces have engaged a number of Adder Galaxies. [3]

In 3075 the Guards and Tau Galaxy dropped on to Circe as part of the multi-Clan force of the Clan Steel Viper Annihilation. They had taken heavy casualties in the approach by hidden gun batteries and during the ground fighting the Galaxy was over run and broken by the Viper's Beta Galaxy, but was saved by a counter attack by Delta Galaxy of Clan Cloud Cobra.[4]

After the Viper annihilation the Guards were rebuilt in 3082 they were stationed with their Galaxy in the Colleen system, on the planet Honor. Here in 3083 they came under attack by forces of both Clan Stone Lion and Clan Coyote; taking heavy casualties as they were pushed out of defensive enclaves. They stood at roughly twenty five percent strength in 3084 when the Star Adders called for a Trial of Absorption and by the end of the year Clan Blood Spirit had been effectively destroyed, the 17th Crimson Guards being the last Spirits standing. They were destroyed by orbital bombardment.[1]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 17th Crimson Guards
Star Colonel Geoff DeLuca 3059[2]
Star Colonel Werner Lewis 3067[5]





17th Crimson Guards[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Wars of Reaving, p.155-157
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 35, "17th Crimson Guards Profile"
  3. Field Manual: Updates, p. 41
  4. The Wars of Reaving, p.150
  5. Field Manual: Update, p. 70