4th Defenders of Andurien

Insignia of the Defenders of Andurien brigade
Fourth Defenders of Andurien
Disbanded 3037[1]
Nickname The Crossbowmen[2]
Affiliation Free Worlds League
Parent Command Defenders of Andurien

The Fourth Defenders of Andurien were one of the Duchy of Andurien's provincial military units.



The Defenders of Andurien brigade formed in 2514, just two short years ahead of the start of the Fourth Andurien War between the Capellan Confederation and the Free Worlds League.[2] It is likely that the Fourth Defenders of Andurien were formed at the same time.

Although it was a new formation, the Defenders performed well in battle, but soon found hemselves in political hot water because of the Defenders loyalty to House Humphreys and the Duchy of Andurien, rather than to the Captain-General of the Free Worlds League. With the loss of Andurien to the Confederation as a result of the Treaty of Geneva in 2556 the Defenders adopted a position of civil disobedience towards the federal government that would persist for centuries.[2]

Star League Era[edit]

When the Marik Civil War erupted the Fourth Defenders chose to support Oliver Marik; their hope was that the usurper would allow the Defenders to go to war with the Confederation and recapture their homeworld, but those dreams vanished when Oliver was captured and executed. Following the attack on the Timothy Leary by the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces in 2745.[3] the Fourth Defenders found themselves in troubled political waters once more. Captain-General Ewan Marik mustered a large contingent of federal and provincial forces on Solaris in the wake of the attack, and as a part of his buildup Marik demanded that a regiment from the Defenders join the task force. President Radford Humphreys refused to acknowledge the order, and as Humphreys was the brigade commanding officer Marik was forced to attempt to contact each of the regimental commanders directly, breaking the chain of command. Just as with the other regiments, the commanding officer of the Fourth Defenders refused the order, citing the twin problems of tension on the border with the Confederation and bandit raids as factors that would destabilize the Duchy if any of the Defenders of Andurien deployed outside the region. The standoff continued until the SLDF navy forced the Captain-General to disperse his gathered forces.[2]

Whereas most of the provincial forces received some degree of federal funding from the Free Worlds League during the Star League era the Defenders' role as secessionists left them in last place when it came to obtaining materiel from Free Worlds League industries and with no access to federal funding. Forced to rely solely on funding from the Duchy of Andurien the Defenders generally fielded equipment that was less advanced than both federally-controlled forces and the provincial forces of the other League provinces, but the Fourth Defenders managed to maintain both high operational readiness and a remarkably high level of morale nevertheless. If anything, the lack of advanced equipment and federal funding served as a clarion call for the Fourth, highlighting for them yet another reason why the Duchy should seek further independence from the federal government.[2]

Andurien Secession[edit]

At the end of the Fourth Succession War, Captain-General Janos Marik established a hospital for CCAF wounded on Scarborough. Catherine Humphries arranged a bombing at this hospital in 3028. Other CCAF troops on world rose up, and the Fourth suppressed them.[4]

During the Andurien Secession the Fourth Defenders landed on Sigma Mare in April 3031. There they destroyed the 2nd Confederation Reserve Cavalry.[5] In 3032 they moved from Sigma Mare to Betelgeuse to assist the 1st Defenders of Andurien and Tooth of Ymir[6] against Warrior House Kamata[7], Warrior House Hiritsu[8], and the Prefectorate Guard.[6] The Andurien forces had destroyed the Prefectorate Guard and they were pressing the Warrior Houses when all five regiments of McCarron's Armored Cavalry dropped on Betelgeuse. The mercenaries quickly drove the Andurien forces off the planet.[6]

To rebuild, the Fourth relocated to Shiba. After eighteen months they were ready to return to the field. Before they could ship out however, the Nightriders and The Wild Ones dropped on Shiba. The McCarron regiments forced the Fourth off world once again.[9] The Fourth relocated again, this time to Cursa. There they fought the 1st Free Worlds Guards and the 25th Marik Militia. A bomb in the FWLM command center cost the Guards their command staff, and the Fourth was able to inflict heavy losses on both formations. The 25th was reduced to a battalion, and was withdrawn to Oriente to rebuild. However other Andurien units were not so fortunate and the Fourth had to withdraw from Cursa.[10]

The Fourth moved to Andurien in May 3037. Three months later, the First Free Worlds Guards landed on Andurien, and destroyed the Fourth Defenders completely.[11]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of 4th Defenders of Andurìen
Lieutenant General Farrel Nogales 3025[12]



Composition History[edit]


Fourth Defenders of Andurien (Regiment/Green/Questionable)[13]

- At this point the Fourth was based on Butzfleth.[13]

2786 - 2821[edit]

4th Defenders of Andurien (Regiment/Green/Questionable) [14]

Note: At this point in time the light-weight unit was stationed on Butzfleth. In 2821 the command was reduced to 46 of its strength and was deployed at Villanueva. [14]


4th Defenders of Andurien (Regiment/Green/Questionable) [15]

Note: At this point in time the light-weight unit was stationed on Villanueva with an operational readiness of 96 percent. [15]


4th Defenders of Andurien (Regiment/Green/Reliable) [15]

Note: At this point in time the light-weight unit was stationed on Cursa with an operational readiness of 24 percent. [15]


Fourth Defenders of Andurien (Veteran/Questionable)[12]

  • CO: Lieutenant General Farrell Nogales


4th Defenders of Andurien (Regiment/Veteran/Questionable)[16]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Scarborough. [16]


  1. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 81
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 17, "Defenders of Andurien"
  3. Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 4, "Strategic Update"
  4. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 45
  5. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 59
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Historical: Brush Wars, p. 63
  7. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 56
  8. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 60
  9. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 66
  10. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 77
  11. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 81
  12. 12.0 12.1 House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 109, "Deployment Table"
  13. 13.0 13.1 Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 17, "Regimental Status"
  14. 14.0 14.1 ’’ First Succession War’’, p. 138
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 ’’ Second Succession War’’, p. 98
  16. 16.0 16.1 Historical: Brush Wars, p.87