Gray Death Legion

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Description
The Gray Death Legion was the elite mercenary unit of military mastermind Grayson Death Carlyle and employed mostly by House Steiner. Starting as an offshoot of the Trellwan Lancers, an ad hoc militia unit set up by Carlyle for the defense of Trell I in 3024, the unit grew to regimental size. The Legion became famous for the discovery of the Helm Memory Core, which sets off a technological renaissance throughout the Inner Sphere, as well as for the most effective use of combined arms tactics, culminating in the development and production of own Battle Armor models.

After the discovery of the Helm Memory Core the industrial wing and the research and development wing of the legion has become a small corporation known as Gray Death Technologies. The 3050 mission to Atlantia in the Federated Suns is a joint venture between the Gray Death Legion and Gray Death Technologies, while the front-line forces of the legion have been deployed elsewhere.

History
Founding
In 3024 the Planet of Trell I was garrsioned by the House Steiner unit of Carlyle’s Commandos when forces on behalf of Duke Hassid Ricol of the Draconis Combine tried to seize the world. The invaders, mercenaries disguised as bandits of the Oberon Confederation, shattered the garrision and drove the survivors off planet. Grayson Death Carlyle, the son of the Commandos commander and the sole remnant of the unit left on Trell I, was hired by the planetary government to build a military force to defend the world against the bandits. Under his skilled command and because of his great knowlegde about BattleMechs the new Trellwan Lancers achieved some astonishing victories and managed to capture several Mechs and MechWarriors from the enemy. One of this prisoners was Lori Kalmar, who Carlyle was able to recruit for his Lancers and who would be his future Executive Officer and wife. Furthermore he made friends with Renfred Tor, the captain of the bandits JumpShip and Dropship. Both individuals were pressed into service by the Combine troops. Despite the victories the situation got even worse when Duke Ricol appeared personally with a whole company of heavy BattleMechs to “rescue” the planet and Trell I’s government was overthrown from within, branding the Lancers a rogue unit. But at last Grayson managed to uncover Ricol’s plot and inform the Commonwealth, forcing the Duke to leave Trell I after the Combine forces were unable to destroy Carlyle and his troops in a final battle. Carlyle took the remains of the Lancers, that swore allegiance to him, to create a new mercenary unit: The Gray Death Legion.

Verthandi Campaign
Emerging from the campaign against Duke Hassid Ricol on Trell I with a small unit consisting of several ‘Mechs, veteran ground troops and own Jump- and Dropships, the Grey Death Legion traveled to Galatea, known as the Mercenary’s Star, seeking employment. There they recruited new members and were hired by a representative of the Verthandi Revolutionary Council. The planet had been traded to the Draconis Combine several years earlier by House Steiner as part of a treaty obligation and many people were engaged in a guerrilla war against the Combine forces. The Legion was hired to provide training for the rebels, especially in anti-‘Mech infantry combat. The contract was for 900 hours of training, but no combat engagements. The unit traveled to Verthandi and barely succeeded in running the blockade. The DropShip Phobos was severely damaged while trying to evade the blockade and was converted to a steam-powered ocean-going vessel and actually sailed on the Azure Sea to safe harbor for repairs. Two of the Legion’s members – Captain Ilse Martinez and Davis McCall – were primarily responsible for enabling this transformation.
The unit soon began training the rebels. It quickly became clear to Carlyle that the Legion forces would not be able to simply train the rebels, but would need to participate to ensure that the rebellion was successful. Several members of the rebel council were against the Legion’s participation (primarily due to concerns of the ability to pay the mercenary unit), but Carlyle succeeded in reassuring them that his forces were committed to fighting the injustices on the planet regardless of their mercenary status.
While the Legion trained the rebel pilots and infantry, Governor-General Masayoshi Nagumo struggled to locate the mercenary unit. His lord, Duke Hassid Ricol (the same Duke that Carlyle had beaten on Trell I) was pressuring him to crush the rebellion. Through the capture of Sue Ellen Klein, one of the two Gray Death aerospace pilots (the other was killed while running the blockade), Nagumo learned of the location of the rebel stronghold. He arranged a Draconis Elite Strike Team (DEST) raid on the complex which resulted in many of the rebels being killed or captured, including rebel leaders and the Legion’s technicians. The Legion ‘Mechs were on a raid elsewhere when the base was attacked and avoided the ambush relatively unscathed. They then launched a prolonged, yet accelerated, guerrilla campaign, increasing their attacks on outposts whenever possible and encouraging outright rebellion by the populace.
The rebellion was concluded successfully when Carlyle led a raid to free Lori Kalmar who had been captured by the Kuritan forces. The raid freed Kalmar and several of the rebellion’s leaders. During the raid, Carlyle was able to secure a Marauder which later became strongly associated with him. The Legion forces caught the Combine ’Mechs in a cross-fire during the final moments of the rescue and, despite heavy casualties, the rebel forces emerged victorious. The Governor-General was presumed dead following the raid though his body was never recovered.

House Marik
After the Verthandi campaign, the Legion signed on with House Marik. The unit performed admirably during several operations and was well-respected within the Free Worlds League. Following a successful campaign on the planet of Sirius V, the unit planned to return to its landholding of Helm. A rogue ComStar Precentor named Rachan created a byzantine plot involving a Free Worlds League noble whereby the Legion was framed for the merciless slaughter of the planet’s inhabitants. Once the Legion had left Sirius V, ’Mech forces disguised as the Gray Death Legion and under the command of Lord Garth, Duke of Irian, destroyed domes protecting the cities on Sirius V and killed millions of inhabitants. The unit was kept uninformed about the atrocities committed following their departure, yet, sensing something amiss and despite orders from the Duke to go to Marik, Carlyle instead led the Legion back to Helm. The general outrage produced by repeated airings of holovids of the massacre resulted in the Legion being declared as outlaws.

Helm Memory Core
While the unit was off-world, Free Worlds League militia units had invaded Helm, believing the story of the atrocity at Sirius V. They killed or captured many of the unit’s dependents who had remained, believing them to be members of an outlaw unit. When the Legion returned, they found themselves under constant attack from League forces. They learned about the possible existence of a Star League cache on the planet. Carlyle determined the likely location of the cache and led his forces on an expedition to secure the site. The League units attacked in force, but the Legion secured the BattleMech stockpile and, more importantly, the Star League library core and got off planet through the unlikely assistance of Duke Hassid Ricol. They copied the core and gave one to Duke Ricol who promised to copy and disseminate it; the Legion retained the other. More copies were made and one eventually made its way to the New Avalon Institute of Science.

War of 3039, Altais
The LCAF had special interest in Altais, as a staging point for further invasion and also to block any counter strikes from the DCMS. The task force invading the planet consisted of the 8th Donegal Guards supported by two mercanery commands, 1st Dragonslayers and the Gray Death Legion. Offical reports suggest that the planet should be undefended despite rumors of two unknown formation were on planet. The 1st Ghost were tasked with the defense of vital space ports. That was also the target of the Gray Death Legion how landed as second unit of the task force on the world. The mercaneries staged simultanlous strikes at the two space ports. The first combat drops were uncontested but the second where difficult for the steiner force. The 1st Ghost started 3 assault on that position in short order but were alway beaten. The other half of the mercaneries travel over 150km from their landing point to their belaguered comrades. Unexpected by the 1st the flanking raids were devasting. The Legion chased the Ghost and barely three companies could retreat off planet.

Notable Members

Basalt Company
Name: Aleksander Salomon Hansen
Rank: Captain
Sex: Male
Age: 42
Battlemech: Cyclops (Model Unknown)

Name: Geneviève Délia Bonner
Rank: Mechwarrior
Sex: Female
Age: 36
Battlemech: Atlas (Model Unknown)

Name: Jonathan Thorben Salomon, DEFECTOR
Rank: Mechwarrior
Sex: Male
Age: 27
Battlemech: Awesome (Model Unknown)

Name: Momoka Masami Matsuoka
Rank: Mechwarrior
Sex: Female
Age: 24
Battlemech: Dragon (Model Unknown)

Field Lance Mechwarriors
Name: Michiko Youko Takahashi, KIA
Rank: Leftenant
Sex: Female
Age: 24
Battlemech: Catapult (Model Unknown)

Name: Signy Anika Lange
Rank: Mechwarrior
Sex: Female
Age: 20
Battlemech: Enforcer (Model Unknown)

Name: Pauli Samu Herschel
Rank: Mechwarrior
Sex: Male
Age: 21
Battlemech: Hunchback (Model Unknown)

Name: Shin Naoki Yukimura
Rank: Mechwarrior
Sex: Male
Age: 23
Battlemech: Panther (Model Unknown)

Aerospace Pilots
Name: Gisselle Loren
Rank: Flight Commander
Sex: Female
Age: 20
Aerospace Fighter: Corsair Medium Aerospace Fighter

Name: Genette Kassia
Rank: Pilot
Sex: Female
Age: 19
Aerospace Fighter: Corsair Medium Aerospace Fighter

Granite Company
First Platoon

  • Captain Edan Fraser Rutherfurd (Male)
  • Corporal Glenn Ivor Lennox (Male)
  • Corporal Kohaku Yoko Watanabe (Female)
  • Corporal Angus Egbert Fairchild (Male)

Second Platoon

  • Sergeant Lim An Zhao (Male)
  • Corporal Lan An Kwan (Female)
  • Corporal Jia An Jiang (Male)
  • Corporal Bo Chin Yu (Male)

Third Platoon

  • Sergeant Renata Mirjam Breiner (Female)
  • Corporal Keegan Enda Carran
  • Corporal Naoise Bruce Dunn (Male)
  • Corporal Fiona Innes Maccrumb (Female)

Dropship Pilots

  • Dropship Captain Sheree Joselyn Sanford (Female)
  • Dropship Commander Bailey Gaylord Hawking (Male)

Science and Technical Staff

  • Dr Juro Yuu Akiyama (Male), Technical Director

Forces present on Atlantia
Base of Operations, Atlantia Military Base

Dropship

  • Charon, modified Union class dropship (removed 4 ’mech bays to mount 3 VTOL bays, and 3 battle armour platoon facilities (each 12 battle armour bays, 6 standard quarters, 18 ton cargo dedicated to the platoon). Dropship capacity 2 aerospace fighters, 8 battlemechs, 3 VTOLs (used for battle armour transport and cargo transport), three platoons of 12 battle armour.

Command Lance Battlemechs

  • Cyclops (Model Unknown)
  • Atlas (Model Unknown)
  • Awesome (Model Unknown)
  • Dragon (Model Unknown)

Field Lance Battlemechs

  • Catapult (Model Unknown)
  • Enforcer (Model Unknown)
  • Hunchback (Model Unknown)
  • Panther (Model Unknown)

Additional Battlemechs

  • Assassin (Model Unknown)

Aerospace Fighters

First Platoon

Second Platoon

Third Platoon

Gray Death Legion Battle Armour Designs
Gray Death Scout MkII Light Battle Armour
Gray Death Standard MkII Medium Battle Armour

Gray Death Legion

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