The Blackhearts
Previous Designation(s) 77th Special Operations Group
Affiliation Mercenary;
Star League (originally)
Parent Command Independent;
Star League Defense Force (originally)



The unit began life as the Seventy-seventh Special Operations Group (SOG), an elite anti-terrorist unit in the Star League's Special Armed Services. The Seventy-seventh SOG recruited only from the Terran Hegemony and operated primarily in the Taurian Concordat. There they gained a reputation for brutally rooting out terrorist cells. Regular army soldiers who knew of their operations called them the Blackhearts because of the calling card they left on the bodies of their victims. Their unofficial motto was "in hoc signo vinces", or "by this sign you will conquer."[1] Lisa Buhallin, who would go on to become the first Loremaster of Clan Jade Falcon, was a member of the Blackhearts during the Amaris Civil War.[2] After the Exodus the Blackhearts operated as mercenaries in the Periphery until 2866 when they were hired by Archon Elizabeth Steiner.[3]

Third Succession War[edit]

In 3027, the Blackhearts were on Hesperus along with the 26th Lyran Guards, when the system came under attack by the elite 2nd McCarron's Armored Cavalry. The Blackhearts began to bunker in and defend into the main Defiance Production line, as nearly every attack ever made against Hesperus had been over those factories. But instead of hitting the factories, Colonel Marcus Barton sacked the shipping and receiving section of the facility, looting vital equipment that was scheduled to be shipped out to the rest of the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces. The 26th broke out of the defensive formations when they realized what Barton was doing, and immediately moved to counterattack, but the Blackhearts held firm and did not go into pursuit of Barton until they realized Barton genuinely was not going after the factories. The delay in the Blackhearts allowed Barton to return to his DropShips, load with themselves and their looted goods, and escape.[4]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

In 3028, Lyran Intelligence uncovered evidence of the Blackhearts' origins. Colonel Sandra Johnson confirmed these reports and was rewarded with a position in Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG.[3] Jumping off from Ridderkerk, they landed on Basiliano with the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Arcturan Guards. There the Night Stalkers outmaneuvered them for three weeks, until caught in a pincer between the two Lightning Companies from the Arcturan Guards regiments. The Blackhearts and the heavier 'Mech elements of the Twenty-fourth encircled the Night Stalkers, and their heavier 'Mechs destroyed a company of 'Mechs, which bought time for the rest of the Night Stalkers to escape.[5]

Following Basiliano, the Blackhearts successfully invaded Kufstein.[3] In June of 3029, the Blackhearts landed on Engadin to reinforce the 26th Lyran Guards. While the Twenty-Sixth Lyran Guards fought the St. Cyr Heavy Assault Group, the Blackhearts seized the cliffs overlooking the capital city. Setting up an artillery barrage, they circled down into the 5th Sun Zhang Academy Cadre, who were forced to surrender.[6]

War of 3039[edit]

The Blackhearts remained in LCAF employ through the War of 3039, where they were redeployed to Lost. At the end of the War of 3039, the Blackhearts left Lyran employ.[7]

FWL Service[edit]

During the Clan Invasion, the Blackhearts were under contract with the Free Worlds League. In 3050, at the height of the war, they were stationed on Cronulla.[8] In 3057, during Operation Guerrero, the Blackhearts defeated the Lyran garrison on Capolla. When they discovered their Capellan allies were actually Zhanzheng de Guang terrorists, they departed the planet.[3]


In November of 3068, the Blackhearts deployed on Wasat for training exercises. DropShips carrying Raymond's Armored Cavalry and the HeavyHell Raisers landed in the planetary capital of Wasat Prime. Duke Howard Long, the governor of Wasat, summoned Colonel Marcus Johnson to an urgent meeting. At the meeting, also attended by a Word of Blake Demi-Precentor, the Blackhearts were instructed to stand down or Raymond's ACR and the HeavyHell Raisers would be forced to attack them. Colonel Johnson refused, stating that the Blackhearts' contract with the LCCC did not allow the Governor or Blakists to alter their orders. An argument ensued, during which both Colonel Johnson and the Blakist were killed, but not before Johnson was able to relay the wiretapped conversation to his XO, Major Glen Stryker, who enacted Operation BLACK FURY: an emergency protocol in case of betrayal by an employer.

While chasing the Blackhearts through the Caledon Valley, Raymond's ACR was ambushed by the Blackhearts and effectively destroyed. The HeavyHell Raisers were battered, reduced to less than forty percent of normal strength, and retreated to Wasat Prime to await reinforcements. In early 3069, the 3rd Division (Word of Blake) (Pure Thoughts and Actions IV-Mu) arrived.[9]

For the next two years the Blackhearts waged a guerrilla war against the Blakist forces. The commander of the Third Division, Precentor David Fellers, became frustrated and paranoid at his inability to defeat the Blackhearts, and issued them an ultimatum in January 3071: Surrender unconditionally or Wasat Prime would be destroyed by nuclear weapons. Major Stryker, unwilling to doom his command, chose to evacuate the planet via its hidden DropShips, commandeering a Blakist JumpShip. Enraged, Fellers obliterated Wasat Prime after the Blackhearts had left.[10][9]

The Blackhearts laid low for several years, eventually relocating to Zion, where they spent eight years rebuilding in that world's wilderness. During that time they infiltrated various levels of local government to collect intelligence, while also recruiting and training special forces operatives from the local populace. These formed insurgent groups that could operate independently against the Blakist forces. Colonel Stryker then began operations to destroy the Blakist administration and disable local defenses. So well entrenched and trained was the insurgency that it took just two months for Zion to be liberated, with no mercy shown to any Blakist personnel or sympathizers - those caught were summarily executed.[11]

After Zion's liberation, Colonel Stryker confirmed that he still considers his contract with the Free Worlds League to be valid and plans to link up with Duchess Alys Rousset-Marik's command.[11] By the time of Operation SCYTHE, one year later, the Blackhearts are not included in General Rousset-Marik's operational group, so their final destination is unknown.[12]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 77th Special Operations Group
Commanding Officers of the Blackhearts
Colonel Sandra Johnson 3028[3]
Colonel Marcus Johnson 3059 - 3068[13][9]

Other Officers[edit]


The unit is trained in a variety of tactics, ranging from small-unit to full regiment operations. They excel at nighttime operations.


The unit is fully self-sufficient and owns enough transport assets for the entire unit (three Overlords, two Fortresses, two Seekers, a Vengeance and two upgraded Triumph-class DropShips prior to the Jihad).

Dragoon Ratings[edit]


Dragoon Rating: B

Composition History[edit]


Seventy-seventh Special Operations Group

2786 - 2821[edit]

Blackhearts (Regiment/Elite/Reliable)[14]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Sterope. In 2821 the command was reduced to 23 percent of its strength and was deployed on Sterope.[14]


Blackhearts (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Colonel Sandra Johnson[15]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Anywhere.[15]



- During the attack on Basiliano the Blackhearts' 'Mech contingent consisted of one light 'Mech company, four medium 'Mech companies and four heavy 'Mech companies.[5]


Blackhearts (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[16]

Contract: AFFC[16]


Blackhearts (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[17]

  • CO: Colonel Marcus Johnson[17]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Cronulla.[17]


Blackhearts (Regiment//Regular/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Colonel Marcus Johnson[13]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Cronulla.[13]


The Blackhearts (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)

-Every battalion is led by an independent command lance

  • XO/7th Striker: Major Glen Allen Stryker

- Composed of medium/heavy and acts as command unit

  • 21st Light Horse: Major Tammie La Franc

- Composed primarily of light 'Mechs and serves as a screen/recon force.

  • 35th Dragoon: Major Bekkard Jamieson

- Uses heavy and assault 'Mechs.

Blackhearts Armored Cavalry (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)

  • Cavalry Commander: Major Thaddeus Cameron
  • Fourteenth ACS: - Fast hover and tracked vehicles for cavalry tactics.
  • Fifty-sixth Artillery: - The unit contains Long Toms and other artillery pieces.
  • Seventy-seventh: - The unit is the special operation force supported by hovercraft and VTOLs.

Blackhearts Flying Lions (Wing/Veteran/Reliable)

  • Wing Commander: Major Ariel Summerfield

- The fighters provide excellent close air support, and are organized in its classic SLDF scheme, with 54 fighters in 9 squadrons.

Color Scheme[edit]

The Blackhearts paint their equipment in black, white, and gray as a tiger-stripe pattern.[3]


  1. The Star League, p. 71
  2. Technical Readout: 3039, p. 278
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 45
  4. McCarron's Armored Cavalry, p. 9
  5. 5.0 5.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 47: "Basiliano"
  6. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume II, p. 62
  7. Historical: War of 3039, p. 140
  8. 20 Year Update, p. 57
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 34
  10. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 97
  11. 11.0 11.1 Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 45: "Zion Freed"
  12. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 96
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 108
  14. 14.0 14.1 First Succession War, p. 140
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 118: "LCAF Deployment Table"
  16. 16.0 16.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 140
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 20 Year Update, p. 57: "Free Worlds League Deployment Table"