23rd Arcturan Guards

Twenty-third Arcturan Guards RCT
Nickname The Frost Giants
Affiliation Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces
Parent Command Arcturan Guards


Succession War era[edit]

Originally composed of the descendants of Arcturan Northern Nomads and Tharkan woodsmen, making the unit highly skilled at traveling through rough terrain and cold-weather survival,[1] the Twenty-third was one of the three Arcturan Guard units formed during the hellish First Succession War. While they'd ultimately survive that conflict, the green Twenty-third would lose over half its combat strength in the process.[2] Rebuilt to full strength during the lull between the First and Second Succession Wars, this equally brutal conflict would mold the Twenty-third Arcturan into a seasoned and fanatical unit. During this period the unit would call Cebalrai home. [3]

At the end of the Third Succession War, the Twenty-third Arcturan Guards were stationed on Carse with its headquarters in the city of New Bonholm.[4]

The Twenty-third Arcturan Guards were actively involved in Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, the major Lyran Commonwealth offensive of the Fourth Succession War. During the opening wave of attacks in August 3028 the Twenty-third captured Ramsau.[5][6]

War of 3039[edit]

In mid-April 3039 the Twenty-third was one of two major Federated Commonwealth units assigned to capture the Combine world of Alrakis. Landing on the 16th of April under the command of Leutnant-General Jacqueline Fincher, the intention in taking Alrakis was two-fold; firstly, it would act as a stepping stone to worlds further into the Combine interior, and secondly, it presented the opportunity for a moral victory over a unit personally associated with Theodore Kurita, the Eleventh Legion of Vega.[7]

The decisive, aggressive drop by the Twenty-third caught the Eleventh Legion by surprise, quickly forcing them out of their barracks and onto the back foot. Even as the advance contingent of the 23rd was pushing the more numerous Legion back, a second contingent landed on the shores of Lake Carantha and seized Sigmundrac, the planetary capital. The Eleventh did not take long to regroup; the commanding officer of the Legion, Tai-sa Esau Olivares, was well-known for his resourcefulness and determination, and had fought alongside the Kanrei during the Fourth Succession War in the fighting on Marduk. Olivares counterattacked in an attempt to gain an the initiative, forcing the Twenty-third into a bloody series of battles. Sensing that Olivares was striking from a weak position, Fincher and the Twenty-third launched their own offensive, pushing and harrying the Legion back and attempting to pin them up against the Caradhradene Mountains. On Marfick in the previous war, Olivares had personally led the rearguard action that allowed Theodore Kurita to escape; acting with the same insight, Olivares knew that to be trapped against the mountains would result in the destruction of the Legion, and he ordered a retreat to save as many of his troops as possible.[7]

The Legion evacuated Alrakis shortly after.[7] Key to the Legion's defeat on Alrakis was a battle on the morning of the 17th of April, where the lead company of the Twenty-third's second battalion managed to seize the Talumac Bridge system, the last clear bridge network crossing the Carantha River and a major route into Sigmundrac. If the Legion had retained control of the bridges, it may have been able to keep the Twenty-third out of Sigmundrac.[8]

Operation REVIVAL[edit]

After the Clan invasion, the Twenty-third fell victim to lapses of the Lyran bureaucracy several times. During the Clan Invasion the unit was stationed on Carse. They received orders to return to Coventry for training, and after confirming the orders they left behind a quarter of their force until the new garrison unit arrived. The new garrison unit was the 10th Donegal Guards, who had been destroyed earlier in the Clan invasion. This left the detachment of the Twenty-third on Carse in a poor position when Clan Wolf's Red Keshik, 11th Wolf Guards, and 37th Striker Cluster arrived. The Guards were either destroyed or taken as bondsmen. The rest of the unit was assigned to A Place and instructed to raid the Wolf and Jade Falcon occupation zones.[9]

The bureaucratic error that resulted in the Twenty-third's rotation off Carse was repeated in some smaller scale incidents, which pushed the officers of the regiment into a pro-Victor Steiner-Davion stance.[9]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

Actions during Operation Scatter[edit]

As part of Victor Steiner-Davion's plan to overload LAAF ability to respond, the 23rd Arcturans were assigned to Operation Scatter's planned raids from allied controlled Arc-Royal Defense Cordon. The RCT struck three lightly defended worlds; Aristotle, Gallery, and Thuban with lightning swift raids.

While on Gallery, they struck a nerve with the House Steiner's General of the Armies and acting regent of Lyran Alliance, Nondi Steiner. They struck her estate on Gallery directly, which prompted her, unknown to them, to have 11th Arcturan Guards to "neutralize" them.

On Thuban, the unit had finished its operations and begun to move out when the 11th Arcturan hit one of their combined arms battalions left behind for repairs. The battalions in midst of repairs were destroyed, and setup final confrontation between it sister unit, which turn in to a bloody affair on slopes of Scorpiuus Mons it and its sister unit inflicted considerable amount damage on one another.[10]


The 23rd Arcturans managed to hookup with Victor Steiner-Davion's main task force on route to Tikonov. They arrived on planet in November of 3064. They then helped fight loyalist on planet with Victor's task force. However, the allies suffered series losses from December onward due to Victor being struck with news of the loss of his lover, Omi Kurita. The Twenty-third fought several Capellan Confederation sponsored units on Tikonov, and in 3067 the warriors of Warrior House Dai Da Chi arrived.[11]

It was during this period that the mysterious Bounty Hunter publicly captured the Twenty-Third's CO Nadine Killson for the Lyran Alliance, delivering her to the Katherine Steiner-Davion government.[12] [13]

Victor decided to attempt to keeping Tikonov from becoming a possible mass grave decided to pull out, bringing the 23rd Arcturans along with Outland Legion & ex-ComGuard 244th ComGuard Division with him.[citation needed]

The Twenty-third Arcturan Guards later joined the final assault on New Avalon, but sustained heavy losses during the fight to liberate New Brunswick. The survivors were withdrawn to rebuild.[14] After the FedCom Civil War ended, they were stationed on Graus to rebuild.[15]

The Jihad[edit]

The 23rd was stationed on Graus When the Jade Falcons invaded in October 3068.[citation needed]

Like the other surviving members of the Arcturan Guards, the 23rd formed a part of the Lyran Alliance contribution to Operation SCOUR. Before deploying on the extensive campaign, the 23rd's numbers were bolstered when the remaining elements of the 20th Arcturan Guards who had managed to survive the Word of Blake counterattack at the Ruins of Gabriel were assigned to the 23rd as casualty replacements. This was a boon to the 23rd, who had been doing sterling service as a rapid-response force and who had been constantly undermanned throughout the Jihad. Battling through the Word of Blake Protectorate, the 23rd went on to take part in the assault on Terra, landing as a part of the group responsible for taking Tokyo.[16] The 23rd proved themselves instrumental in the Tokyo campaign, breaching the Castle Brian and destroying a full Level II of Blakist forces as the allied forces moved to take advantage of the breach.[17]

Post-Jihad Era[edit]

In the wake of SCOUR and the liberation of Terra, the 23rd was the first of the Arcturan Guards units to be rotated back through Arcturus from their combat postings. The 23rd had high hopes of leaving Arcturus as a full-strength RCT, but instead found themselves being rebuilt as one of the new Light Combat Teams before being dispatched to fight on the border between the Lyran Alliance and the Duchy of Tamarind. After a number of clashes with Tamarind units the morale of this elite unit began to suffer, particularly within the ranks of the MechWarriors.[18]

The Twenty-third was stationed on Furillo for most of the early 32nd century. They dealt with several raids, but did not face any serious opposition. In January 3145 they gathered at Canonbie for Operation JOTUNHEIM with other LCAF units. The task force dropped on Hesperus II between the forces of Clan Jade Falcon and Clan Wolf. The combined task force drove the Clans off Hesperus II. The Twenty-third has remained on Hesperus, rebuilding from battlefield salvage and the output from Defiance Industries.[19]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 23th Arcturan Guards
General of the Armies Edward Regis Third Succession War[20]
Leutnant-General Jacqueline Fincher 3039[7]
Hauptmann-General Nadine Killson 3050[21][22]
Kommandant-General Nadine Killson 3062 - 3066[9][23]
Leutnant-General Candace Silbar 3067[15]
Hauptmann-General Candace Silbar 3085[24]
Leutnant-General Carolyn Phillips 3145[25]


The command can fight under condition (Cold weather as example) where others give up or simply surrender to the environment.[1] [9]

Composition History[edit]

2786 - 2821[edit]

23rd Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Green/Questionable) [26]

Note: In 2821 the medium-weight command was reduced to 40 percent of its strength and was deployed on Cebalrai. [26]


23rd Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Green/Reliable) [27]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Cebalrai with an operational readiness of 100 percent. [27]


23rd Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Regular/Fanatical) [27]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Cebalrai with an operational readiness of 65 percent. [27]


23rd Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[28]

Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Carse.


At this point, the 23rd held a flagship, the Fortress-class Astringent Beauty.[29]


23rd Arcturan Guards RCT (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[30]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Talcott. [30]


23rd Arcturan Guards RCT (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable) [31]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Nadine Killson [31]
Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Carse. [31]


23rd Arcturan Guards RCT (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable) [22]

  • CO: Hauptmann General Nadine Killson [22]
Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on A Place. [22]


23rd Arcturan Guards (1 Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[9]
CO: Kommandant General Nadine Killson
Aide: Colonel Wilhelm Hebl

23rd Arcturan Guards Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings)[9]
CO: Kaptain Karl Markus Goessel
- 51st Attack Wing
- 112th Marine Air Wing

23rd Arcturan Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[9]
CO: Leutnant General Candace Silver
Aide: Kommandant Ling Mortellaro
- 217th Alliance Panzer Regiment: Colonel Rory LePine
- 700th Arcturan Combat Auxiliary Regiment: Colonel Colin Nissenbaum
- 474th Arcturan Artillery Battalion: Leutnant General Edna Bins

23rd Arcturan Guards Infantry Brigade (4 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[9]
CO: Kommandant General Siddig Lev-Er
Aide: Leutnant Colonel Bruce Carman
- 35th Eaton Infantry Regiment: Colonel Absalom Dirksen
- 242nd Bolan Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Colonel Jeb Krueger
- 601st Federation Mechanized Infantry Regiment: Colonel Saille Anteau
- 1st A Place Volunteers Regiment: Leutnant General Angel Lex


23rd Arcturan Guards (1 Regiment/Elite/Reliable)[15]
CO: Leutnant General Candace Silbar

23rd Arcturan Guards Aerospace Brigade (2 Wings/Veteran/Reliable)[15]
CO: Kaptain Karl Markus Goessel

23rd Arcturan Guards Armor Brigade (3 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[15]
CO: Colonel Colin Nissenbaum

23rd Arcturan Guards Infantry Brigade (4 Regiments/Veteran/Reliable)[15]
CO: Colonel Saille Anteau


23rd Arcturan Guards (Regiment/Elite/Reliable)[17]

  • At this point, the 23rd was at 30% of full strength, although 85% of the 23rd's equipment utilized advanced technology.


23rd Arcturan Guards LCT (Elite/Reliable)[24]
CO: Hauptmann General Candace Silbar

23rd Arcturan Aerospace (Elite/Reliable)[24]
CO: Kommandant Finn Vipond

Twenty-third Arcturan Armor Brigade (Veteran/Fanatical)[24]
CO: Colonel Ellar Antoniou

Twenty-third Arcturan Infantry Brigade (Elite/Reliable)
CO: Colonel Conri Lacey


Twenty-third Arcturan Guards RCT (Veteran/Reliable)[25]
CO: Leutnant General Carolyn Phillips

Twenty-third Arcturan Aerospace (Veteran/Reliable)[25]
CO: Kommandant Adam Cooper

Twenty-third Arcturan Armor Brigade (Regular/Fanatical)[25]
CO: Colonel Shirley Bryant

Twenty-third Arcturan Infantry Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)[25]
CO: Colonel Janet Powell


  1. 1.0 1.1 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 69 "Regimental Nicknames (continued)"
  2. First Succession War, p. 139 "Deployment Table - Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces (LCAF)"
  3. Second Succession War, p. 99 "Deployment Table - Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces (LCAF)"
  4. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 171 "A Brief Atlas - The Tamar Pact - Carse"
  5. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 44-45, "Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG"
  6. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 51, "Other Early Action"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Historical: War of 3039, p. 28-29, "Alrakis"
  8. Scenario: Fall of the Hammer
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 60, "23rd Arcturan Guards Unit Profile"
  10. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook) p. 104, "Operation Scatter" - 11th Arcturan under the command of Linda McDonald is sent hunt down the 23rd Arcturans Guards.
  11. Field Manual: Updates, p. 19
  12. Interstellar Players, p. 86 "The Bounty Hunter - The Legend Reborn"
  13. BattleTech Dossiers: The Bounty Hunter, p. 5 "History"
  14. Field Manual: Updates, p. 168
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Field Manual: Updates, pp. 177-178, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  16. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 96
  17. 17.0 17.1 Field Report: LAAF, p. 10, "Arcturan Guards"
  18. Field Manual: 3085, p. 102, "Lyran Regulars"
  19. Field Manual: 3145, p. 125
  20. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 156, "Personalities: Edward Regis"
  21. 20 Year Update, p. 26, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3050"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Objective Raids, p. 22, "AFFC Deployment Table - 3054"
  23. Endgame, Ch. 19
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Field Manual: 3085, p. 107, "LAAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 133, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces - Donegal Province"
  26. 26.0 26.1 First Succession War, p. 139
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Second Succession War, p. 99
  28. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 118
  29. Fighting Withdrawal
  30. 30.0 30.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 137
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 20 Year Update, p. 26