Tau Galaxy (Clan Wolf)

Tau Galaxy
Formed c. 3053
Nickname The Shadow Wolves (3057)
Hellions' Nightmare
Affiliation Clan Wolf
Parent Command Clan Wolf touman

Tau Galaxy was a second-line formation. It was raised by Ulric Kerensky after the Battle of Tukayyid and prior to the beginning of the Refusal War.[1][2]


The Refusal War[edit]

The Galaxy at the time comprised exclusively of Clan Wolf Warriors with Crusader beliefs, which fell in line with Ulric Kerensky's plan of pitting Crusader against Crusader.[2]

They assaulted the Clan Jade Falcon world of Zoetermeer in 3057.[2] This was followed by a visit to Evciler where they faced the 73rd Striker (Clan Jade Falcon), 6th Provisional Garrison (Clan Jade Falcon), 51st Garrison (Clan Jade Falcon) and 9th Provisional Garrison (Clan Jade Falcon).[3]

The survivors of the Evciler campaign later jumped to Wotan, where the Jade Falcon Khans were located. By 10 December, just prior to landing on Wotan, the best of the garrison pilots from Tau Galaxy had been transferred to reinforce front-line units. Only two full Garrison Clusters were left, the Fifth Wolf Regulars and the First Cavalry; these were to be used as reinforcements.[4] On Wotan they engaged the defending Gyrfalcon Galaxy. The fighting was brutal, with Tau Galaxy and the defending Falcon forces suffering losses of over 80%.[5]

Redesignation and Reformation[edit]

Tau survived the Refusal War as part of the short-lived Clan Jade Wolf. Tau Galaxy warriors were transferred to the new Beta Galaxy with now saKhan Marialle Radick at its head.[6] However, Tau Galaxy was soon re-formed for Homeworlds defense. The Galaxy spent most of 3065 and 3066 engaged in Trials with Clans Ice Hellion and Fire Mandrill.[7]

The Wars of Reaving[edit]

In November 3067 its Clusters defended the enclaves on Tiber, Roche, Dagda, Paxon and Hoard.[8] The Red Keshik faced Clan Hell's Horses in a Trial of Possession on Tiber in December. The Keshik broke zellbrigen and the Horses annihilated them with four Clusters and took most of the planet.[9] In 3071 the remaining Star of the Seventh Wolf Dragoons on Dagda was attacked and destroyed by Clan Cloud Cobra.[10] In December 3071 the last remaining Wolf enclave fell and the last Wolf warriors in the Homeworlds were wiped out by orbital bombardment from the Clan Steel Viper WarShip Snake Leader.[11]

The Jihad[edit]

The understrength Sixth Wolf Garrison Cluster arrived on Wheel in the Clan Occupation Zone during the early stages of the Jihad; the rest of the Galaxy had not been accounted for by 3079.[12]

Tau Galaxy is recorded, perhaps erroneously, as a part of the Draconis Combine front during Operation SCOUR in 3077 serving under the overall command of Gunji-no-Kanrei Kiyomori Minamoto. Tau spent several weeks trying to liberate Quentin, facing a determined guerrilla campaign from the 47th Shadow Division. They were involved in the final battle for the planet which involved them working alongside the 1st Sword of Light to trap the Manei Domini in a pincer move around the Blakists' hidden mountain base near the planetary capital on the 10th of July. This action crushed the Shadow Division and left just a few stragglers to escape to a nearby Word of Blake WarShip.[13]

Wolf Empire[edit]

After the formation of the Wolf Empire, Tau Galaxy was rebuilt with the graduating classes from Allison MechWarrior Institute and Lloyd Marik-Stanley Aerospace School. Practically every graduate from the 3139 through 3142 classes were assigned to Tau. These graduates still felt some loyalty to the Marik-Stewart Commonwealth, and were annoyed at having to be on the peaceful border with the Free Worlds League. Posting them to the Empire's Lyran Commonwealth border could've led to a diplomatic incident, so the Tau Galaxy soldiers remained on the League border.[14]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of Tau Galaxy (Clan Wolf)
saKhan Marialle Radick 3057[15]
Galaxy Commander Nowa Vickers 3067[8]
Commanding Officers of Tau Galaxy (Wolf Empire)
Galaxy Commander Victoria Conners 3145-3151[16][17][18]



Composition History[edit]


Tau Galaxy[1]


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Falcon and the Wolf notes the 11th Wolf Regulars attacked Zoetermeer in the Refusal War, while Bred for War states it was the 11th Wolf Guards. Falcon and the Wolf also notes the Eleventh Regulars as being the same formation as the Red Keshik in 3057.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Objective Raids, p. 32
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Falcon and the Wolf, p. 21
  3. The Falcon and the Wolf, p. 27
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Bred for War
  5. The Falcon and the Wolf, pp. 31–32
  6. The Falcon and the Wolf, pp. 45–46
  7. Field Manual: Updates, p. 53
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Field Manual: Updates, p. 75: "Crusader Clans Deployment Table - 3067"
  9. The Wars of Reaving, p. 32
  10. The Wars of Reaving, p. 67
  11. The Wars of Reaving, p. 83
  12. Field Report: Clans, p. 20
  13. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 33: "Official Update 3"
  14. Field Manual: 3145, p. 161
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Falcon and the Wolf, p. 45
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 Field Manual: 3145, p. 171: "Clan Force Deployments - Wolf Empire"
  17. IlClan, p. 31
  18. Hour of the Wolf, ch. 8
  19. 19.0 19.1 The Falcon and the Wolf, p. 22
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Falcon and the Wolf, p. 46