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Commanding Officer Executive Officer
Lieutenant General Major
Zhao Zi Long John Kelly
Current Roster: 6 Players Overall Public Reputation: 47
Current Employer: UNASSIGNED Current Contract: UNASSIGNED
Game Type: Play By Forum Board Unit Founded: 7th of June, 3078
Unit Description
From the Succession Wars to the Clan Invasion, from the FedCom Civil War to the current chaos of the 5th Succession War. Constant and increasingly escalating warfare destroyed worlds and killed billions. What many failed to account for, and was indeed ignored when reported, was that the years of fighting decimated something else. Something intangible - a soldier's soul. Most soldiers persevered, barely retaining their sanity by loosing themselves among their brethren and unit. Some commit suicide. Others flee, searching for a place to rediscover their direction, humanity and soul - or simply to escape from court martial charges of desertion, cowardice and mutiny.

A group of such warriors from all over the Inner Sphere and Periphery met on New Hedon, the capital of Herotitus and formed the unique and unconventional Black Stars mercenary command. Though technically a single command, the Black Stars operate like no other mercenary unit. It is basically a collective of small units ranging from individual soldiers, to an entire Battlemech lance or more. These small units sub-contract jobs from the Black Star leadership that runs the operations that is simply called the 'Cell'. Consisting of soldiers and sub-unit commanders who have stayed the longest with the Black Stars, the 'Cell' negotiates all contracts after filtering through suitable ones and getting a majority vote from the current sub-contracted units.

The Black Stars make no preference for their recruitment. They would just as readily hire a retired Colonel from the AFFS as they would a washed out Periphery Mechjock seeking to escape gambling debts. There have been been cases of former Word of Blake soldiers fighting alongside former ComGuards within the unit. The Black Stars offer autonomy and a safe haven to individuals in the very eye of the turmoil in the current universe. The founding members of the Black Stars decided to gave the fragmented members of the unit at least a passing sense of unity and belonging by deciding on a simple black star outline as the unit insignia. It also reflected the fact that the unit's loyalty was to itself, which may change from battle to battle hence the preclusion of a traditional 'House' or 'Unit' colours. It may also be noted that being a simple to spray and/or stencil on design, a new unit sub-contracting under the Black Stars can put up the small logo quickly, and remove them just as easily when they inevitably decide to leave. However, as long as one is a member of the Black Stars, the unit always takes care of their own.

With uncountable number of sub-units signing up and leaving, below are the currently active sub-unit commands enrolled under the Black Star banner:

Sharp Shooters: a tank unit led by Zhao Zi Long, the current nominated representative for the Black Stars since 3078, the Shooters possesses of two reinforced companies of C3 linked Vampire medium OmniTanks, supported by a pair of Fensalir WiGEs. Badger tracked IFVs support Level Is of Battle Armour troops armed with Demon series suits, while a platoon each of Nighthawk and Tornado PA troopers provide further flexibility to the sub-unit.

Trouble Inc.: one of the last remaining founding sub-units next to Zhao's Sharp Shooters, Trouble Inc. had grown massively since those decade ago, although the unit still maintained its focus on its large VTOL fleet. At the peak of its strength, Trouble Inc. could boast of running some of the heaviest Battle Armour suits available, and can also currently lay claim to having a full star of Clan tech 'Mechs within its ranks. Unfortunately, Trouble Inc. has recently been dissolved, breaking up into several smaller units, which went their separate ways. Colonel James Lockheart has been appointed as the Commander of Pharos Station, the Black Stars' Snowden orbital Mining Station.

The Risen: Legate Gaius Marius who currently leads The Risen once commanded the Mortuus Legio Victrix. The latter was a strange, and some say downright eerie unit said to be of Marian origin, where every single piece of equipment, from Battle Armour, to vehicles, to BattleMech and aerospace fighters were chosen for one reason above all others - speed. When Marius was out injured, Legio politics saw him lose his place as the sub-unit's leader. Rethinking how his new unit should be shaped, the Marian formed the Risen, an appropriately christened unit that literally rose from the ashes.

Taking a totally different direction as his former unit, all the Risen's military hardware spots plasma rifle, further supported by inferno missile fed SRM launchers.

Storm Riders: It was once declared by one of ancient Terra's leader that Artillery is "the God of War". The Storm Riders certainly seem to adhere to that as a unit founding policy, specializing in providing artillery support by deploying a lance of Onager artillery vehicles to deliver its main punch. However, the unit has since swelled its ranks with a short lance of non-artillery BattleMechs.

Bloody Marauders: the Marauders are another indication of how far the Black Stars had come from its rag tag beginnings. Previously filled with sub-units that possessed little, or no BattleMechs, the Black Stars Mercenary Command now see more BattleMech centric units like the Bloody Marauders flying their colours. The Marauders are a hard-hitting, fast response and scout/recon unit. It is of reinforced 'Mech battalion strength supported by a Wing of ASF plus considerable combat and support vehicles, Battle Armour and infantry. The Marauders also stand apart from others due to them consisting of quite a large number of Clanners compared to most other units, with their unique mix of Clan and Inner Sphere styled formation reflecting that fact.

Celestyna's Winged Legionnaires: one of the newest sub-units to join the Black Stars, the Legionnaires were founded on Herotitus with the majority of the unit being former Confederated Majestracy Armed Forces solders. The current CO Karen Celestyna intends to set up a couple of combined-arms assault companies while searching for information relating to where her brother was taken by Taurian forces when they briefly took the ConMag system of Herotitus.

Glengarry Independents: Led by John Kelly, a former Captain from the famed Hellstorm Hussars Mercenary Regiment, the Independents started off with virtually zero hardware when they left their homeworld. The unit has picked up more personnel and equipment, first operating together with the Black Stars on the ConMag Periphery world of Huanghuadian, before eventually joining the mercenary command as one of its sub-units. Kelly intends to grow his fledgling unit to a full 'Mech company with armour, mechanised infantry and support.

Commanding Officer Executive Officer
Lieutenant General Lieutenant General
Ravenna Nelson James Black
Current Roster: 3 Players Overall Public Reputation: 53
Current Employer: Federated Suns Current Contract: CC-PA-06-06
Game Type: Play By Forum Board Unit Founded: 27th of November, 3079
Unit Description
The Black Wolf Rangers was formed on 1st Nov 3079 by the unification of a small group of dissatisfied Taurian Concordat soldiers Led by Captain James Black, and the remnants of a small ‘down-on-their-luck’ mercenary unit brought together by Lt Cheryl Wolfe. Cpt Black along with a few close members of his former unit, fed up with the political manoeuvring and Anti-Davion propaganda in the Taurian Concordat, set forth to create a mercenary command that they could control ‘who’ they fought for ‘when’ and ‘why’. While travelling to Terra the two groups led by Black and Wolfe agreed to form the BWR.

Organized into a uniquely named Latin/Wolf unit and rank structure, the Ranger’s became well known for their Pack-like tactics and strategies. Adept at hit and run tactics, ambushes and deep recon, the BWR has served all Inner Sphere Realms save the Draconis Combine. Awarded the planet of Cimeron by the Federated Suns, the BWR stands ready to repulse the dragon in the spin-ward section of the Draconis March.

Special training on Cimeron has begun at the New Academy of Military Studies near the Units mountain stronghold ‘The Fang’. Multiple venues of military arts can be studied but concentrates on the mech warrior, Armour and infantry lines. Aerospace fighter studies as well as specialized avenues such as artillery and engineer training is conducted as well.

The Black Wolf Rangers have grown to a full Division of combined arms force. Consisting of one Mercenary Regimental Combat Team of one regiment each of mech, Armour and Battle Armour, 5 Rapid Expeditionary Forces (REF's) Combined arms Regiments created for rapid deployments and self sustaining support. The Cimeron Defence Force that defends their home world, is a large contingent having a mech Regiment 3 armour regiments and 7 Infantry Regiments along with Two Aerospace wings and a convnentional Fighter wing.

Commanding Officer Executive Officer
Duke Broken Wheel Captain
Xavier Steele Tatiana Donatella
Current Roster: 4 Players Overall Public Reputation: 62
Current Employer: Federated Suns Current Contract: CC-OC-12-01
Game Type: Play By Forum Board Unit Founded: 27th of April, 3069
Unit Description
Xavier Steele has been the commander of The Restless Souls Mercenary Unit since its inception in 3069. Although plagued by a shortage of 'MechWarriors, he has grown the unit into a full strenth Division with combined arms of tanks, infantry, VTOLs, Battle Armor, AeroSpace Fighters, BattleMechs as well as 'WarShips. The only unit to have its own JumpShip transportation. Some at the MRBC have suggested that he resign due to his getting along in years and allow new blood circulate through the ranks. This is unlikely to happen. Steele considers himself a mentor to all the Souls Colonels and Majors and so will stay on until he thinks one of his Senior Staff is ready to pick up the controls. "After that," as he always says, "I'll consider retirement."

Senior Lieutenant Brandi Rodriguez, the units former-Executive Officer, has turned around the moral of the unit from an all-time low to above average high. This has been attributed to her background, that having been a lowly grunt herself, and her unorthodox style of command. The XO position has hit some hard times. After Brandi redirected her efforts to Battalion Adjutant, Nariko Matsuhita was recalled, however; within four short months she was Court Marshaled. With the serious injury that was sustained by Brandi in combat she was no longer an option for the XO position. Nariko's replacement was Christian Levesque who within a month of becoming the Restless Souls Executive Officer accepted an alternate posting to a Davion Guard Unit. Then came one of the Soul's lieutenants, namely Alex McCray. Alex took the reins of the XO seat and seemed to grab on to it for the long haul. He impressed by the sheer hours he spent every day deep into paperwork or at the controls of his mech. He was the winning ticket, but Lady Luck had something else in store for the Restless Souls and Alex succumbed to a terrible disease that kept him away from his posting for a long time. Without an XO for a long time Steele had to replace Alex with the Chief Logistics Officer, Anakin, an 'adopted' Wolf clanner. Anakin became one of the first clanners to obtain a senior posting in a DMM unit. He 'rejuvenated' the unit with new training programs that were a reminder of the enemy that almost conquered the Inner Sphere years back. He was the XO for over eleven years, but opted out to join to rejoin a Clan unit. The newly promoted Field Marshall turned back to his old friend Alex McCray for yet another replacement.

Each Regiment of the Restless Souls excels in a particular art of warfare. Diablo Regiment, Foxtrot, can defend a piece of property like it was an entire Brigade all by itself, and is considered the Souls' defensive experts. The Assault Regiment, called Sledgehammer, does best on the attack, using its massive size and long range firepower to blast through enemy positions. The Recon Regiment, nicknamed Eagle Eye, is best at raiding and recon. The 'Hunter-Killer' Regiment, Heaven's Fist, is feared around the Inner Sphere for the notorius ability to root out and apprehend high profiled enemy units. The Strike Regiment, Manticore, has mastered the art of long range fire power from behind cover with the resources to bring well over 2,000 long range warheads in on a target in a single salvo. With the increased size to Brigade and then to Division the Regiments have grown in size and in numbers. Their AeroSpace Fighter Support now full Aero Regiments, Iron Falcon, can appear behind enemy lines at will and wreck havoc, even through the most heavily defended strong points. The Restless Souls Vehicle Regiment, commanded by Colonel Jason Fosdick.

The Restless Division consist of two BattleMech Regiments as well as an Infantry Regiment, a VTOL Regiment, a support Regiment, an AeroSpace Fighter Regiment, its DropShip Fleet, and JumpShip Armada, and four WarShips provide the Souls with the independence and staying power they need to stay viable.

With the acquisition of six Landholds, Landgrave of Baxter, Baron of Quentin, and the Duke of Broken Wheel, the Restless Souls now have several places to call home and places where they can leave their dependents and draw upon for new recruits, perform training, garner yearly revenue, and control three Military Hardware Depots across three Landholds. They have constructed the Regina Entrprise Orbital Factory and Shipyard around their primary Landhold, Quentin in the Federated Suns. And have repaired an place at the jumppoints of Quentin and Baxter fully armed Bastion class space stations protected by Caspar MK III System Defense Systems.

The Division as a whole is considered a leader when it comes to defense. The Restless Souls have an uncanny ability to use the terrain and resources around them to their best advantage. Enemies who think a field is empty find themselves shocked when Restless Souls 'Mechs suddenly spring up around them.