The Lyran Royal Guards are the best equipped and most prestigious brigade within the LAAF, but mostly serve as the protectors of the Lyran government. Each unit within the Royal Guards recruits by invitation only from soldiers of a particular parent state, meaning that each of the Royal Guards regiments represents the pinnacle of military prowess for either the Protectorate of Donegal, the Federation of Skye, or the Tamar Pact. The Royal Guards are also tasked with the protection of the Archon or Archon-Designate, and the Triad. In fact, the BattleMechs that stand constant garrison over the Lyran throne room are elements of the 1st Royal Guards.
The unit was long held to be the best of the best of the LCAF. Their warriors were highly skilled and motivated, and loyal to the Archon. Soldiers who tended to "buck the system" were barred from the Royal Guards to maintain their professionalism.
During the Word of Blake's assault on Tharkad, the Royal Guards were largely destroyed. The Royal Guards ceased operating as regiments and instead broke into smaller formations and waged a guerrilla war against the Blakists. The Archon referred to anyone who fought alongside him as a Royal Guard. Once the Blakists were pushed off Tharkad, the Royal Guard regiments were rebuilt quickly by transferring in troops from other commands. Even with these transfers, it will be several years before the Royal Guards are back to full strength.
|Commanding Officers of the Royal Guards|
Different per Unit.
Units of the Royal Guards
Color Scheme and Insignia
The Royal Guards paint their machines a base of Lyran blue, with gold painted on the left and right side.
Manticore in Royal Guards colors.
Thunder Hawk in Royal Guards colors.
Banshee in Royal Guards colors.
- Field Report 2765: LCAF, p. 17
- Field Report: LAAF, p. 14
- House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 89