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|Sub-Command(s)|| First Dragonlords
Originally intended to be a short-term garrison formation while the Davion Guards were deployed elsewhere, the Dragonlords became a permanent brigade during the Reunification War and served until its destruction during the Succession Wars.
The origins of the Dragonlords lay in the formation of the Star League and the establishment of the Star League Defense Force. With the significant drawdown of military forces in the wake of the formation of the SLDF, large quantities of military personnel - including some of the best and brightest - found themselves unemployed. Many carried on with the only skills they had, engaging in piracy and brigandage; as a result, the Star League initiated the United Triumph Military Exercises (UTEs) in 2572 as an attempt to deal with some of the problems.
The Davion Brigade of Guards were due to be dispatched to take part in the UTEs; as the Guards were responsible for protecting the five core Golden Worlds of the Federated Suns - New Avalon, Argyle, Belladonna, El Dorado and Torrence - the Davion clans on those five worlds funded the creation of five temporary garrison units, supplying them with the best and heaviest equipment and recruiting the finest of the recently-discharged veterans from the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns as manpower. These five temporary units were never disbanded, as the outbreak of the Reunification War saw the AFFS in need of trained combat formations.
The various regiments of the Dragonlords were all deployed against various of the Periphery States during the Reunification War, with all of the brigade seeing heavy action. The performance of the various regiments earned them a fixed place in the AFFS as front-line commands.
Star League Era
When the Star League Council issued the Council Edict of 2650 limiting the size of the military each Great House was allowed to maintain, the AFFS was required to drawdown in strength sharply, as were the other militaries of the Inner Sphere. The AFFS High Command chose not to deactivate any of the regiments within the Dragonlords, but did draw three regiments - the Third, Fourth and Fifth - down to just a single battalion each in strength.
When the Star League Council repealed the Edict of 2650 in 2752 the Dragonlords quickly returned to full strength as a brigade. The Dragonlords' quick return to full strength was made possible by the rearmament program put in place by Richard Davion, which had seen each active MechWarrior within the Dragonlords issued two BattleMechs, and the strong and active training program for reserves on each of the Golden Worlds, which generated a pool of trained manpower to draw upon.
As tensions in the Periphery rose almost the entire of the Dragonlords were deployed to worlds along the border between the Federated Suns and the Taurian Concordat. The only regiment within the brigade not to have been deployed to the border by 2765 was the Fifth, who remained in place on the relatively quiet world of Talcott.
|Commanding Officers of the Dragonlords|
Different per Unit.
Units of the Dragonlords
Colors and Unit Insignia
- Field Report 2765: Federated Suns attributes the Preparedness Act of 2735 to both Richard Davion and Roger Davion. Because other sources indicate that Richard Davion was First Prince in 2735, and that Roger Davion died in 2703, the latter attribution is probably an error.
- Field Report: Federated Suns 2765, p. 15, "Dragonlords"
- Field Report: Federated Suns 2765, p. 3, "Strategic Update"