2nd Viper Guards (Clan Steel Viper)

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Second Viper Guards
Disbanded by Feb 3076[1]
Nickname The Sidewinders
Affiliation Clan Steel Viper
Parent Command Alpha Galaxy



In September 3053, the Second Viper Guards assaulted Antares in conjunction with the First Viper Guards as a diversion from the main Viper attack on Graus. Here the Guards faced the Second Falcon Jaegers and the 5th Battle Cluster with the assistance of the planetary population. The latter factor allowed the Guards to gain the upper hand and force the Jade Falcon forces off world.[2]

In 3054[3] the cluster was stationed on Jabuka but were defending Blair Atholl in 3060.[4]

By 3067 the cluster had moved to Homer.[5]

The Wars of Reaving[edit]

At the end of 3072 Alpha Galaxy arrived at Hellgate surprising a small Coyote fleet. The Vipers won the ensuing naval battle and landed the Second Viper Guards on planet to investigate why the Coyotes had been interested in the world.The Second landed on the outskirts of Gehenna City having received no replies to their hails. Star Colonel Geoff Mercer moved to take the city. As the Guards approached through the only mountain pass they were ambushed by Society bandits. The bandits brought down part of the mountainside on top of the Guards, blocking the pass and killing a third of the Second's warriors including Star Colonel Mercer. The second was forced to withdraw. Galaxy Commander Hoskins then ordered the orbital bombardment of Gehenna City and other settlements across the planet, leaving few alive when Alpha departed.[6]

While the final fate of the Second Viper Guards is not detailed, Alpha Galaxy was among the Steel Viper forces that defended New Kent, the last Steel Viper holding, during the Trial of Annihilation that saw the Steel Vipers destroyed. As the Trial was declared to have been completed on 10 February 3076, the Guards had been destroyed by this point in time.[1]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 2nd Viper Guards
Star Colonel Geoff Mercer 3057-3072[7][8][5][6]



Composition History[edit]


Second Viper Guards[7]


Second Viper Guards - Elite/Fanatical[8]

  • 5 Trinaries


Second Viper Guards - Elite/Fanatical[5]

  • 85% full strength and fully equipped with OmniMechs


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Wars of Reaving, pp. 150–151: "Focused Aggression"
  2. Invading Clans, p. 90
  3. Objective Raids, p. 30
  4. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 165
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Field Manual: Updates, p. 79
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Wars of Reaving, pp. 111–112
  7. 7.0 7.1 Invading Clans, p. 92
  8. 8.0 8.1 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 143: "2nd Viper Guards Profile"