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Had enough of fighting for king and country? Sick of being told what to do and who to kill, and hanging your butt out on the line every day just so some career-climbing general can reap the benefits of your hard work? Do you think you can measure up in the big leagues, and carve your name into the history books for all time? Well, bud, now it’s time to put up or shut up, because not everyone is cut out for the rough and tumble life of today’s mercenary! War’s a dangerous business, and for the professional soldier, survival ain’t as simple as coming out of the firefight alive!

The Inner Sphere is home to more mercenary commands than any one volume can hope to count, with more forming—and dying—every day. Throughout the Succession Wars, many of these forces—be they remnants of the original SLDF, disgruntled House troops, battlefield orphans or even the dreams of the idle rich—have been a mainstay of the armies of the Successor States and their Periphery neighbors, taking part in conflicts from major to minor. The past few years, however, have seen some of the most extraordinary events ever to affect the modern mercenary trade.

Mercenaries are an important part of the BattleTech fictional universe; the Inner Sphere and Periphery have many private military companies. As the various mercenary factions are independent and competing businesses, it is quite rare for them to work as a faction together. Nonetheless, some of the companies are quite powerful and their actions have influenced the history of the known universe.

Employing a mercenary command has always been subject to many varying requirements depending on employer, ranging from simple agreement to complex prerequisites and discussions just to begin talks on a contract. However there are a few requirements that are common across the Inner Sphere and Periphery:

* Combat Actions - Will the mercenary command follow the Rules of War and limit their attacks to armed combatants? Will they avoid attacking civilians? Have they ever used and would they consider WMDs?
* Employers - Every employer knows mercenaries are soldiers for hire, but some nations view mercenaries critically, especially if they have worked for the Word of Blake, the Free Worlds League, or the Draconis Combine.
* Rating - The independent Mercenary Review and Bonding Commission rates units based on the quality of their personnel, their equipment and experience. Higher ratings attract higher rates of pay and more favourable terms in contract negotiations.

Mercenary Units vary in size from very small platoons or lance-sized units up to forces comprising multiple regiments with supporting warships and large weapons backed by arms-manufacturers and the like.

Attitudes differ among mercenary units. Some like to live in the spotlight, actively pursuing battle, whether for fame or for money, such as Ace Darwin's Whipits, the Bad Dreams, the Black Heart Roses, Blanc's Coyotes, Black Omen, the Fighting Shamrocks, etc. Others prefer to avoid the limelight, like Vinson's Vigilantes, the Broadstreet Bullies, Black Angus’s Boys, Clifton's Rangers, The Furies, Heavyhell Raisers, the Hsien Hotheads, etc. Still more serve the wishes and commands of tyrants.

Important planets for mercenaries include Outreach, Galatea and in the last decade Terra, the capital of the SL. Though not as famous as these places, run-down mercs and guns-for-hire can also be found lurking down dark alleyways, waiting for their next pay check.

Canon Mercenary Units and their last known station

Unit Name Current Employer Stationed
Always Faithful Capellan Confederation Unknown
Gael's Grinders Capellan Confederation Unknown
Gregg's Long Striders Capellan Confederation Unknown
Harcourt Destructors Capellan Confederation Unknown
Hell's Black Aces: Aero Regiment Capellan Confederation Unknown
Kraken Unleashed Capellan Confederation Unknown
Lethal Injection: 1st Battalion Capellan Confederation Unknown
Little Richard's Panzer Brigade Capellan Confederation Unknown
Lockhardt's Ironsides Capellan Confederation Unknown
Marksons Marauders Capellan Confederation Unknown
Northwind Highlanders: MacLeod's Regiment Capellan Confederation Kiamba
Northwind Highlanders: Northwind Hussars Capellan Confederation Unknown
Olson's Rangers Capellan Confederation Unknown
Ramilie's Hussars Capellan Confederation Unknown
Rubinksy's Light Horse Capellan Confederation Unknown
The Green Machine Capellan Confederation Unknown
Bullard's Armored Cavalry Circinus Federation Zorn's Keep
Crater-Cobras Draconis Combine Wapakoneta
Dragon's Breath Draconis Combine Kiesen
Killer Bees Draconis Combine Unknown
Northwind Highlanders: 1st Kearny Highlanders Draconis Combine Unknown
The Black Outlaws Draconis Combine Unknown
12th Vegan Rangers Beta Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
12th Vegan Rangers Gamma Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
1st Cunningham's Commandos Federated Suns Unknown
1st Khorsakov's Cossacks Federated Suns Unknown
1st Screaming Eagles Federated Suns Unknown
21st Centauri Lancers Federated Suns Unknown
2nd Cunningham's Commandos Federated Suns Unknown
2nd Dismal Disinherited Federated Suns Unknown
2nd Screaming Eagles Federated Suns Unknown
3rd Dismal Disinherited Federated Suns Unknown
Blue Star Irregulars Federated Suns Unknown
Federated Freeman 1st Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
Goshen War College Training Battalion Federated Suns Unknown
Hampton's Hessens 1st Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
Harlock's Warriors Federated Suns Unknown
Narhal's Raiders 2nd Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
New Avalon Cavaliers Federated Suns Unknown
Northwind Highlanders: Stirling's Fusiliers Federated Suns Unknown
The Arcadians Federated Suns Unknown
The Medusans Federated Suns Unknown
The Regulators Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
Vanguard Legion Federated Suns Unknown
Wilson's Hussars Federated Suns Unknown
Wolf's Dragoons: Alpha Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
Wolf's Dragoons: Beta Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
Wolf's Dragoons: Epsilon Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
Wolf's Dragoons: Gamma Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
Wolf's Dragoons: Wolf Spider Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
Wolf's Dragoons: Zeta Regiment Federated Suns Unknown
Barrett's Fusiliers Free Worlds League Zion
Legion of the Rising Sun Free Worlds League Fatima
Lindon's Battalion Free Worlds League Unknown
O'Gordon's Rifles Free Worlds League Unknown
Ramille's Raiders Free Worlds League Cygnus
Redfield Renegades Free Worlds League Unknown
Romanov's Crusaders Free Worlds League Connaught
Smithson's Chinese Bandits Free Worlds League Unknown
The Bad Dream Free Worlds League Kendall
The Blackhearts Free Worlds League Wasat
The Fist of Mokal Free Worlds League Unknown
The Furies Free Worlds League Unknown
Vandelay's Valkyries Free Worlds League Cerillos
1st Kell Hounds Lyran Alliance Graceland
2nd Kell Hounds Lyran Alliance Arc-Royal
Blackstone Highlanders Lyran Alliance Unknown
Brion's Legion: 1st Regiment Lyran Alliance Crimond
Brion's Legion: 2nd Regiment Lyran Alliance Tomans
Crimson Crusaders Lyran Alliance Marfik
Devil's Brigade Lyran Alliance Son Hoa
Gabhardt's Carabineers Lyran Alliance Unknown
Group W Lyran Alliance Rigil Kentarus
Kirkpatrick's Invaders Lyran Alliance Kaumberg
Knights of St. Cameron Lyran Alliance Borghese
Longwood's Bluecoats Lyran Alliance Unknown
Mobile Fire Lyran Alliance New Earth
Periphery Star Guard Lyran Alliance Poulsbo
Raging Horde Lyran Alliance Skye
Snord's Irregulars Lyran Alliance Blair Atholl
Storm's Metal Thunder Lyran Alliance Blue Hole
The Dioscuri Lyran Alliance Morges
The Grave Walkers Lyran Alliance Arc-Royal
Thor's Hammers Lyran Alliance Unknown
Avanti's Angels Magistracy Of Canopus Joppa
Caesar's Cohorts Magistracy Of Canopus Lockton
Canopian Highlanders Magistracy Of Canopus Gallis
Green Mountain Boys Magistracy Of Canopus New Abilene
Griffin's Pride Magistracy Of Canopus Wildwood
Harcourt's Destructors Magistracy Of Canopus Addasar
Markson Marauders Magistracy Of Canopus Thraxa
Grim Determination Marian Hegemony Unknown
Head Hunters Marian Hegemony Lummatii
The Dragonslayers Marian Hegemony Valerius
Winfield's Regiment Marian Hegemony Blantleff
Black Heart Roses Niops Association Unknown
Bannockburn's Bandits Taurian Concordat MacLeod's Land
Gordon's Armored Cavalry Taurian Concordat Amber Grove
Langendorf Lancers Taurian Concordat Unknown
Prey's Divisionals Taurian Concordat New Vallis
Summer's Storm Taurian Concordat New Vandenberg
The Battle Corps Taurian Concordat Unknown
The Clean Kill Taurian Concordat Althea's Choice
The Thumpers Taurian Concordat Mithron
1st Republican Guards (Baranovsky) ULTRA Atreus
2nd Republican Guards (Khariton) ULTRA Tikonov
3rd Republican Guards (Luczenko) ULTRA Capolla
4th Republican Guards (Padorin) ULTRA Rigil Kentarus
5th Republican Guards (Alentova) ULTRA Chara
6th Republican Guards (Demichev) ULTRA Atreus
Black Angus Boys Word Of Blake Unknown
Blanc's Coyotes Word Of Blake Unknown
Broadstreet Bullies Word Of Blake Unknown
Burr's Black Cobras Word Of Blake Unknown
Heavyhell Raisers Word Of Blake Unknown
Hsien Hotheads Word Of Blake Unknown
Jacob's Juggernaughts Word Of Blake Unknown
Khasparov's Knights Word Of Blake Unknown
Lone Star Regiment Word Of Blake Unknown
Martian Cuirassiers Word Of Blake Unknown
Stealthy Tigers Word Of Blake Unknown
Swann's Cavaliers Word Of Blake Unknown