Alexia Rhyde

Alexia Rhyde
Affiliation Clan Wolf-in-Exile
Profession Acting Galaxy Commander

Alexia Rhyde was a Clan trueborn during the Jihad.

History[edit]

The Jihad Era[edit]

Pacifica had been incorporated into the Word of Blake Protectorate during the early years of the Jihad, and the first attempt to liberate the world in September 3077 turned into a bloodbath for the attacking allied coalition forces. Faulty intelligence on the Chara system led to the Clan Wolf-in-Exile forces who made up the bulk of the assault force being savaged, with three allied WarShips included in the losses, victims of the functioning SDS network placed in the Chara system by the Blakists.[1] The plan for attacking Chara was dependent on information from the intelligence operative known as "Damocles", but the information supplied to the allied coalition forces was either lacking or deliberately misiniformative. The coalition forces arrived in the system to discover that the Word of Blake had not only placed a functioning SDS network in the system, but that the network was equipped with nuclear weapons. The damage inflicted by the SDS was enough to destroy the flagship of Clan Wolf-in-Exile, the McKenna-class battleship CWS Werewolf, as well as the largest WarShip in service with the Lyran Alliance Armed Forces, the Mjolnir-class battlecruiser LAS Fylgia, and a Carrack-class transport,[2] the NCS Perilous Vision,[3] operated by Clan Nova Cat during the initial approach to Chara.[2]

Despite the losses in space, the coalition forces managed to land Beta Galaxy of Clan Wolf-in-Exile on the surface of Chara. However, rather than facing just the anticipated two battalion Militia size[4] units known to be stationed on Chara (elements from the Zosma Protectorate Militia Division and the Chara Protectorate Militia[4]), the Clan forces found themselves also facing three line regiments from the former Free Worlds League - the 4th Free Worlds Legionnaires, the 13th Marik Militia and the Steel Guard. Beta Galaxy divided their forces in an attempt to fight against the much more numerous Blakist forces; the 16th Wolf Guards engaged the 4th Legionnaires and the 2nd Wolf Legion attacked the Steel Guard, while the remaining Clan Wolf-in-Exile forces concentrated on routing the Protectorate Militia forces. Despite inflicting heavy losses on the Blakist units, the Wolf-in-Exile forces simply couldn't hold against the overwhelming numbers, were ground down and forced to retreat. The Clan forces took significant losses, many of whom were not recovered; the highest-ranking casualty was Star Colonel Ranna Kerensky, slain by a hit to the cockpit of her 'Mech. Following the loss of their field commander, Beta Galaxy retreated in some haste, with Alexia Rhyde assuming temporary control of the galaxy as the task force retreated to Talitha to regroup and await reinforcements.[2]

References[edit]

  1. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 57, "The Jihad in Review"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 48-49, "Chara Operational Report"
  3. Field Report: Clans, p. 16, "Fleet Assets"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Total Chaos, p. 166-167, "CHARA"

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