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1st Kell Hounds

1st Kell Hounds
First Kell Hounds Regiment
Affiliation Mercenary
Parent Command Kell Hounds


The First Kell Hounds regiment is the core of the Kell Hounds. Founded by Morgan and Patrick Kell with money left to them by Arthur Luvon, their first contract was with the Lyran Commonwealth.

They served on Mallory's World, recovering First Prince Ian Davion's body after he was killed. In 3026 the Kell Hounds were responsible for rescuing Melissa Steiner and the DropShip Silver Eagle from the Genyosha on what came to be known as the Silver Eagle Incident.[1]

The Hounds have also trained extensively with and against Clan Wolf-in-Exile forces on Arc-Royal.[1]


During the liberation of Tharkad in 3072, the First Kell Hounds fought the 37th Division.[2] After the 37th Division decided to withdraw from Tharkad the First Kell Hounds kept the pressure on, fighting the Word of Blake soldiers even as they tried to enter their DropShips. The fighting was so intense that only a third of the Blakist unit was able to leave the world.[3]

In June 3077 the First Kell Hounds Regiment led by Akira Brahe raided Marcus as part of Operation SCOUR and engaged the Marcus Protectorate Militia in several cities. The unit was also able to take and destroy a WoB arsenal hidden under stored grain in three of the buildings of a hidden firebase.[4]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 1st Kell Hounds
Lieutenant Colonel Akira Brahe 3067[5]
Lieutenant Colonel Akira Brahe 3069[6][7]
Lieutenant Colonel Christian Kell 3073[8]


The unit uses highly complex maneuvers to confuse an enemy. They are known to harass an enemy's flanks with smaller units. Each Battalion contains a specially trained company:[1]

  • The Dragon Dogs - 3rd Company: The unit is trimmed for urban operation.[1]
  • The Wild Dogs - 3rd Company: The unit prefers amphibious operations and can surprise an enemy from unexpected directions.[1]
  • The Mutts - 3rd Company: This unit can fight in jungle environments.[1]


The regiment can count on an experienced technical staff, provided by the Arc-Royal MechWorks and the Wolves-in-Exile.

Composition History[edit]


1st Kell Hounds (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical) [9]

Note: At this point in time two battalions of the unit were stationed on Summer. [9]


1st Kell Hounds (reinforced Regiment/Elite/Fanatical) [10]

  • CO: Lt. Colonel Akira Brahe [10]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Arc-Royal. [10]


The Wild Hunters (Reinforced Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[1]

  • CO: Lieutenant Colonel Akira Brahe
XO/ 1st Battalion
(The Dragon Dogs) : Major Christian Kell
2nd Battalion
(The Wild Dogs) : Major Sara O'Cathain
3rd Battalion
(The Mutts) : Major Tomas Rochefort
Note: The unit contains a company of clan mechs and the entire regiment is completely upgraded.

The Bird Dogs (Wing/Elite/Fanatical)[1]

Note: The three squadrons, Raven, Crow, Blackbird, are supported by the command element. All 22 fighters are fully upgraded.

The Pit Bulls (Battalion/Elite/Fanatical)[1]

  • Troop Commander: Major Michlan Finn
Note: The unit contain a mix of infantry forces, with 1 command squad (10 troopers), 1 jump infantry company (50 troopers) and 2 battle armor companies (24 troopers => 2 clan squads + 1 squad of Fenrir)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Field Manual: Mercenaries Revised, p. 79, "1st Kell Hounds Regiment: The Wild Hunters"
  2. Jihad Turning Points: Tharkad, p. 10
  3. Jihad Turning Points: Tharkad, p. 11
  4. Total Chaos, pp. 169-170 "HOUNDS OF WAR"
  5. Historical: Reunification War, p. 131, "The Rim Worlds Army Loyalties"
  6. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 91
  7. Jihad Turning Points: Tharkad, p. 7
  8. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 37, "Kell Hounds Attacked on New Exford" - Christian Kell killed by WoB head hunter units.
  9. 9.0 9.1 20-Year Update, p.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 109