52nd Shadow Division
|52nd Shadow Division (Apollyon's Chosen)|
|Unit Profile (as of 3077)|
|Parent Formation||Manei Domini|
The 52nd Shadow Division was an elite combat formation under the aegis of Word of Blake that first appeared reportively in the first year of the Jihad. The Shadow Division was staffed with cyberneticly augmented warriors known as the Manei Domini. The Division was commanded by the Manei Domini's leader, Precentor Apollyon, who selected only the Word of Blake Militia & Shadow Division's finest to form this unit. They were known for their ruthless and fanatic devotion to the Master. The Division also served as the parent unit for the special independent operations formation known as the Opacus Venatori.
First Appearance and Domination of Gibson
The unit first appeared in public 3068, though not in its entirety. It was not until Precentor Apollyon was given the rulership of late Sir Paul Masters' world of Gibson by Word of Blake influenced member of the Marik government, Paul Marik.
When the entire Apollyon's Chosen arrived on planet, they begun to put down any resistance against Precentor Apollyon's governorship ruthlessly. The Division's actions lead to the world being converted to a factory world for the Blake & Manei Domini. Camps sprung across the globe outside the surviving cities of Gibson, where intelligence reports suspect Apollyon is using citizens of the planet as raw-materials to make a next generation of expendable cybernetic warriors.
Campaign of 3073-3074
In April 3073, the unit deployed in a campaign responding to various needs of the Word of Blake which brought them through the Word of Blake Protectorate and House Steiner space. The unit first arrived on Hall, where they were called in by an urgent request for assistance. The Word of Blake employed mercenary units to garrison the planet, the Martian Cuirassiers and it was requested to send someone to discuss contract terms for their duty there. Instead of discussing terms, the Apollyon's Chosen eradicated the mercenary unit, eradicating the city the unit was stationed in while at it .
In June, they struck the Free World League world of Alphard where they destroyed the remains of the Legion of the Rising Sun mercenary unit. Having received word of the Principality of Regulus dispatching an invasion force to Gibson, the Division moved with incredible speed back to Gibson to assist the 49th Shadow Division to repulse the invasion in August. The Regulan Task force, lead by Fourth Regulan Hussars's General Kinchuhuara, struck the former Gibson Federated BattleMechs' factory complex. The 52nd lay hidden among the buildings of the complex. As the Fourth Regulans entered it, the Apollyon's Chosen launched their ambush at the General's leading forces and mauled it. After killing General Kinchuhuara, Precentor Apollyon instructed all opposing forces to surrender. A number of the smaller mercenary commands attached to Regulan's task force surrendered, but the Division fought on a nasty fight against the retreating Fourth Regulans and their major mercenary command allies.
Within a month, the 52nd Shadow had mobilized and then struck Caledonia together with elements of the 40th Shadow Division. They attacked and destroyed the 22nd Skye Rangers whom were preparing to invade the Blake held factory world of Hesperus II. During this fight, the Division received heavy damage during its annihilation of the Skye regiment. However, despite this damage the Division was still on the move, conducting last part of it’s almost 12 months long campaign. In February of 3074, the Division struck Bolan where it destroyed the 2nd Regiment of Brion's Legion. After destroying the mercenary regiment, the Chosen destroyed the capital city of the planet, sending the Lyran region into chaos. The Division returned to Gibson where again it arrived in time to assist the 49th Shadow to repulse yet another Regulan raid. By 3075, intelligence reports indicated that Division returned to full strength.
Information used to write this article was printed from canon intelligence reports. These reports are not accruate, thus information not exact. This is why article has such words as "reportively" in it. Information on the unit should not be completely taken as entire truth about the unit, only what is known.
When using the scenario specific rules; The controlling player may choose all of their desired from the Random Assignment Tables for the Free Worlds League, Lyran Alliance, & the Word of Blake. The unit has access to SD Rated Equipment and is elite Skilled.
When rolling to determine which warrior/pilot are augmented, controlling player should apply +3 to their roll.
The Division force specific includes immunities to all opposing unit's abilities, the standard Shadow Division force specific abilities amd has Overrun Combat, Force the Initiative, and Off-Map Movement special abilities as well.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents p. 51 - "Bloodless Coup - Details of the Regulan invasion and actions of the 52nd Division & its commander".
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents page 108 - Unit Profile - size and whom the unit is attached to.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents - Rules Annex - 52nd Shadow Division - Apollyon's Chosen's special abilities, rules, and immunities.