Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
1st Taurian Rangers
Baron Sarne's personal strike force
1st Taurian Rangers
The mission of the 1st Taurian Rangers is to perform as a rapid-response force, reacting quickly to enemy moves to reinforce the defenders of an attacked world. The first four battalions operate for the most part independently, combining only with each other (and with the command company) for major actions (such as strikes against large pirate bases). The unit is based from System – Serenity, where it maintains a landhold and its dependents.
A mixed regiment of Mechs, Armor, Infantry, Artillery and Aeros, pieced together by Baron Kenton Sarne from Periphery origins. This unit is known to have extensive experience dealing with pirate forces in the Systems Constellation – “The Taurian Outback”, and has proven capable of complex engagements such as planetary invasions, provided they are supported by mercenary BattleMech forces. It is rumored the entire organization was the brainchild of Brigadier Karolina Kross “Cover Girl”, and she still wields considerable influence over its day-to-day operations.
The 1st Taurian Rangers are considered to be a Regular Reinforced, Mixed Regiment. In certain matters, such as piracy suppression, they are known to have elements of Veteran status. Rumors abound that there is a 2nd Taurian Rangers regiment being formed back in the Reaver’s Rift, though its assets remain small and its organization likely still in its infancy.
To date, most of the action the 1st Taurian Rangers has occurred in the Systems Constellation – “The Taurian Outback”, reinforcing Colonial Marshals whose worlds are under attack by pirates. They recently engaged in an invasion of the System – Dunkelheim, where they eliminated 80% of the pirates in the Capellan Marches, that had bound themselves together in a coalition under Colonel “White Death”.
The unit is fiercely loyal to Baron Sarne and despite a professional appearance, often reveal themselves to be strongly independent and having Periphery origins.
The unit consists of a mixed Command Company, two mixed Line Attack Battalions, another battalion of Armored Cavalry, and a final battalion of Air Assault troops. A fleet of DropShips is assigned to the regiment, consisting of an Excalibur-Class DropShip, a pair of Union-Class DropShips, a pair of Condor-Class DropShips, and a single Mule-Class DroipShip to provide supplies and salvage. Assigned to these are a pair of Invader-Class JumpShips, and the fleet command is aboard “The Renegade”, an ancient Explorer-Class JumpShip, with a rich history and legacy in Taurian service.
The unit is based from System – Serenity, and operates in battalion-sized operations across the Constellation, only gathering as a single unit to fight when a bandit group or other large force raises its head. This relative inactivity as a cohesive unit may have taken some of the edge off their combined combat ability.