VIII Triarii Protectors
|VIII Triarii Protectors|
|Unit Profile (as of 3145)|
|Nickname||The Exultant Eighth|
|Parent Formation||Triarii Protectors|
The VIII Triarii Protectors (also known as the Eighth Triarii), are the garrison unit for Prefecture VIII. In 3085 the unit was stationed to Denebola in an effort to run down any Word of Blake holdouts who might be hiding on the world.
The Eighth spent most of their time on Denebola in a quiet garrison post. They only moved to the Republic's border with the Capellan Confederation and Oriente Protectorate after the Blackout. They garrisoned Suzano and stopped their opponents from taking the world during the Capellan Crusades. They lacked the manpower to pursue the attackers though. When the order to execute Fortress Republic was issued, the Eighth refused to return. Instead they chose to remain on Suzano. After Fortress Republic was executed, the VIII Triarii Protectors remained on Suzano until 3143 when it became clear the Capellan Confederation was determined to take the system. At that point they joined the Republic Remnant outside The Wall. Before they left, though, Colonel Oisin Fegan negotiated with the Confederation to have Suzano enter the Confederation. This spared the population a fight on their world.
They were the garrison of Alhena in 3145. In May 3149 the 103rd Striker Cluster of Clan Wolf attacked Alhena intent on conquering it for the Wolf Empire. Colonel Oisin Fegan dug in his forces around the planetary capital of Focci's Point, forming a wall of 'Mechs and armor in front of artillery batteries. The 103rd's Star Colonel Maurice Radick realized that his Cluster would not win in a long-distance duel against artillery and ordered a trinary of Linebackers under Star Captain Rhea to reconfigure for close assault and strike the Triarii's flank, relying on their speed to avoid being targeted by the artillery. Breaching the artillery park, the Linebackers silenced the guns and struck the Protectors from the rear as the rest of the 103rd launched a frontal assault. Mauling the RAF troops, few of the Eighth Triarii survived the 103rd's attack to withdraw off-world. 
Linking up with the lone surviving battalion of the Third Principes on Marcus, in March 3150 the Eighth Triarii would be attacked by the Wolves Ninth and 328th Assault Clusters. Still bitter over being ejected from Castor during Operation SHOFAR, the 328th hit the Eighth Triarii hard and fast from the start, the Eighth almost shattered during the initial charge. Ultimately with the Third Principes broken within three hours, after forty-eight hours of combat the vestiges of the Eighth abandoned the last Republic Remnant world to the Wolf Empire.
|Commanding Officers of the VIII Triarii Protectors|
- CO: Colonel Steven Holt
830th Armor Brigade (Green/Questionable)
- CO: Colonel Anunciacion Romina
830th Infantry Brigade (Green/Fanatical)
- CO: Colonel Wolfram Peterson
VIII Triarii Protectors (1 Battalion/Veteran/Questionable)
- CO: Colonel Oisin Fegan
830th Armor Brigade (Veteran/Reliable)
- CO: Colonel Maria Larsen
830th Infantry Brigade (Veteran/Questionable)
- CO: Colonel Olena Smith
- Era Report: 3145, p. 42
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 181
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 182
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 187, "RAF Deployment Table - 3085"
- Technical Readout: 3145 Draconis Combine, p. 30
- Field Manual: 3145, p. 145, "Republic Armed Forces - Republic Remnant"
- Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 6, p. 12 "Linebacker"
- Shattered Fortress, p. 69 "3149: The Dam Breaks - Reuniting with the Remnant - The Vanishing Remnant"
- Shattered Fortress, p. 85 "3150: The Predator Strikes - Chasing Down the Herd - Collapse of the Remnant"