Jade Falcon Guards (Clan Jade Falcon)
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|Jade Falcon Guards Cluster|
|Unit Profile (as of 3072)|
|Nickname||Pryde's Pride (since 3052)|
|Parent Formation||Gamma Galaxy|
Formed in the immediate aftermath of the Culling, the Falcon Guards were one of the oldest and most respected units in the Clan Jade Falcon touman. Until 3050, command of the Falcon Guards was seen as a prerequisite for Khanship and freeborns were not allowed in the unit's ranks.
The Falcon Guards were one of the premier units in the Jade Falcon Touman at the beginning of the Clan invasion of the Inner Sphere. In the first three waves of Operation Revival they captured five worlds and destroyed four enemy regiments, including the 17th Skye Rangers, 2nd Grave Walkers, and 12th Star Guards second regiment. They also nearly captured Victor Steiner-Davion on Trell I. Those foes they captured and the civilians they administered were surprised at the level of mercy they showed.
Twycross and rebuilding
In 3050, the Guards were single-handedly destroyed at the battle of the Great Gash on Twycross by Kai Allard-Liao. The magnitude of the defeat was so great that the Guards were disgraced. Khan Crichell wanted to wipe the unit from the rolls, but his saKhan intervened, arguing that doing so would be a waste of the long and storied history of the unit. Joanna was mentioned as the only survivor of the Guards. After Twycross, the Falcon Guards were slowly rebuilt and command was given to Star Colonel Aidan Pryde, the Khans viewing it appropriate to give a dezgra Cluster to a disgraced Star Colonel. Unlike the unit that landed on Twycross, the new Falcon Guards were filled with freeborns, troublemakers, solahma, and other dezgra troops.
The Falcon Guards regained a great deal of their prestige under Pryde's command on Tukayyid. During that battle, Trinaries Alpha, Beta and Gamma served as main attack force. Trinary Delta served as Scouts, while Trinary Echo was stretched along the whole battleline to serve as flank-cover. They held off the advancing ComGuard, allowing many Falcon warriors to escape that would otherwise have been killed or captured. Following Tukayyid, the Falcon Guards were nicknamed "Pryde's Pride". In fact the Falcon Guards were the only Jade Falcon unit to achieve any sort of success during the battle, though Aidan Pryde was killed covering the retreat of his troops.
Being considered a prestige unit only elite warriors were assigned to the Falcon Guards. After the heavy losses on Tukayyid most remaining elite and veteran warriors were freeborns. In later years, mainly warriors fresh from the sibkos were assigned to the Falcon Guards.
During the Refusal War the Jade Falcon Guards faced the 13th Wolf Guards on Twycross. There a warrior, Star Commander Joanna, from the Guards killed Natasha Kerensky. The Falcon Guards fought the Wolf Guards to a standstill.
The Falcon Guards also fought against the Steel Vipers in 3061. The Steel Viper Warrior caste has a strong distaste for freeborns even by the standards of Clan trueborns in general, and tried to wipe out the Falcon Guards, with their heavy contingent of freeborn warriors. However, the Falcon Guards proved to be a tough opponent, even for the elite Triasch Keshik. Though they were outmatched, the freeborn Diana Pryde managed to destroy the 'Mech of Khan Perigard Zalman. Upon seeing this, the rest of the Steel Vipers fled. For this action, Diana Pryde was promoted to the rank of Star Captain.
In 3064 a Trinary of the Falcon Guards was stationed on Twycross as an honor guard. Archer Christifori knew that defeating this unit on this planet would enrage a host of other Jade Falcon units enough to leave their positions and hunt him down, thus taking pressure off the Lyran Alliance. He attacked that Trinary, which accidentally broke zellbrigen. Several Clusters, including the rest of the Falcon Guards, attacked Christifori's combat group, but were defeated as reinforcements arrived. Star Captain Diana Pryde was among the few survivors.
Jihad and destruction
The Falcon Guards were destroyed in March 3072 during Operation ICE STORM, the Clan Ice Hellion invasion of the Jade Falcon Occupation Zone. Acting as a part of a combined Jade Falcon and Clan Hell's Horses force mustered to battle the surviving elements of the Clan Ice Hellion touman which had retreated to the Waystation in the Dark Nebula, the Falcon Guards were serving alongside the Jade Falcon Delta Galaxy and several Stars of AeroSpace Fighters and assault DropShips and the Hell's Horses Theta Galaxy.
Opposing the Jade Falcon and Hell's Horses forces were the remnants of the Ice Hellion Beta Galaxy along with two WarShips, the Fredasa-class corvette CIH Whelp and the badly-damaged Lola III-class destroyer CIH Cold Hunter all under the overall command of the Hellion's saKhan, Connor Rood. The Cold Hunter was in no condition to fight, and surrendered before the Falcon forces reached firing distance; the Potemkin-class cruiser CIH Coterie arrived at the nadir jump point shortly after the allied Falcon and Horses launched their assault, leaving it too far away to assist. That left the Whelp and the minimal fighter presence to defend Beta Galaxy, and the Whelp did her best to disrupt the attack, gutting a part of the incoming wave of enemy forces before being savaged by assault DropShips.
The Whelp was responsible for the destruction of the Falcon Guards when she destroyed both DropShips transporting the Guards. One of the two Falcon Guards DropShips, the CJF Falcon Xi, managed to reorient itself as it began breaking apart, and launched a final volley against the underbelly of the Whelp. While the Falcon Xi was destroyed, that last parting shot penetrated the Whelp's armor, venting a substantial portion of the ship into space. A Star of Jade Falcon fighters took advantage of this, launching an attack that destroyed the Whelp's bridge. It is unknown if Diana Pryde, the Guards' commander, was aboard the DropShips, but she survived her unit's destruction, later dying in the Fritz Donner bombing on Arc-Royal in 3073 when assisted to a summit to fight the Word of Blake Jihad.
The Falcon Guards weren't reconstituited as unit until the year 3150 in the Dark Age, as part of the Falcon's Gamma Galaxy, probably as part of the Falcon's growing to the campaign of Terra. A year later,m they received its baptism of fire in the battle for Geneva, Terra's capital. The urban fight took a heavy toll in the unit. The Guards didn't appear to be fanatical followers of Malvina Hazen's Mongol Doctrine. In Mexico, the guard saved malvina's life agianst the Old Guard Regiment, winning themselves a great reputation, but, like all Falcon unit, suffered heavy losses in the campaign, and were all but destroyed in the final trial against the wolves, though at least his leader, Marv Roshak, survived. It is unknown if the Guards were recomposed after the trial.
|Commanding Officers of the Jade Falcon Guards|
|Star Colonel||Adam Calbot||First Commander|
|Star Colonel||Cynthia Helmar|||
|Star Colonel||Adler Malthus||3050|
|Star Colonel||Aidan Pryde||3052|
|Star Colonel||Ravill Pryde||3053|
|Star Colonel||Diana Pryde||3064|
- Jade Falcon Guards Cluster
- Jade Falcon Guards Cluster
- Era Report: 3052, p. 46
- Era Report: 3052, p. 48
- The Battle for Twycross, p. 7
- Operation Audacity p. 10
- Bred for War, p. 290
- Era Report: 3062, p. 133
- Era Report: 3062, pp. 93, 132
- The Falcon and the Wolf, p. 30
- Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 144
- Era Report: 3062, p. 24
- Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade, p. 126
- The Wars of Reaving, p. 85, "Icy Fire"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 30 - March 3072 - At Dark Nebula the Whelp is destroyed by Combined Horses/Falcon Aerospace forces.
- Hour of the Wolf p.119-120
- Hour of the Wolf p.348
- Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 56
- Field Manual, Crusader Clans, p. 100
- The Battle for Twycross, p. 7
- Era Report: 3062, p. 92, 160
- The Battle for Twycross, pp. 18-19