Ace Darwin's WhipIts
|Ace Darwin's WhipIts|
Ace Darwin's WhipIts are best described as a non-traditional mercenary unit or perhaps as a loose mercenary cartel. Ace Darwin was a MechWarrior who re-formed his command every time he accepted a mercenary contract, assembling the people he could gather on Outreach and en route for individual contracts. The loosely organized unit has varied in size from six 'Mechs to two companies plus armor and aerospace fighters.
Rather than repaint their entire 'Mechs, "unit members" paint a pink paw on their 'Mech's heel. Darwin himself piloted a Panther he painted pink and named Pink Panther, which the unit insignia references. Although Darwin had no formal command training and relied on his charisma, the WhipIts' overall performance was good.
The WhipIts were among the defenders when Warrior House Hiritsu conquered Kaifeng in 3058. The attackers assumed their strength on Kaifeng to be two lances of BattleMechs. The WhipIts fought alongside the Sarna Supremacy Militia (the Kaifeng SMM regiment) and other mercenary units that included Jacob's Juggernauts and Carlton's Brigade. After a final battle on July 27th, the mercenaries admitted defeat and requested standard terms of withdrawal. It was noted that the mercenaries had fared better than the Kaifeng SMM, which was obliterated almost to the last 'Mech.
The WhipIts nearly ceased to exist when Ace became a famous, yet momentary, darling of the media. When the fickle hand of fate passed him by and the media found new personalities, he was left broke and on his own. His true friends stepped forward and helped bring him back into the mercenary fold around 3065.
Ace Darwin was reportedly killed during the fighting on Outreach in 3067. He had assembled a unit, but was ambushed by elements of the Waco Rangers and his infamous pink Panther was destroyed by a Warhammer in Waco Rangers colors. With his reported death, his mercenary unit ceased to exist.
|Commanding Officers of Ace Darwin's WhipIts|
|Ace Darwin||3059 - 3067|
- Mercenaries Supplemental II, p. 20
- Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 11