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13th Marik Militia

The Thirteenth Marik Militia was a BattleMech regiment serving in the Free Worlds League.

Thirteenth Marik Militia
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname Lucky Thirteenth
Parent Formation Marik Militia
Formed 2755-2760[1]
2980 [2]



The Marik Militia brigade was formed in the early twenty-third century as the primary offensive and defensive brigade of the newly-formed Free Worlds League and mustered nineteen regiments in strength when the Star League Council issued the Council Edict of 2650.[3] The Marik Militia then expanded to twenty-eight regiments in strength[3] between 2755 and 2760[1] following the repeal of the Council Edict of 2650,[3] and the Thirteenth Marik Militia was one of the nine new regiments formed in this five-year period.[1]

Like the other regiments of the brigade, the Thirteenth was dedicated to serving and defending the people of the League, rather than serving the Captain-General, a distinction that separated the Militia from other federal formations such as the Atrean Dragoons and Free Worlds Guards.[3]

The Thirteenth remained a popular unit with both the commoners within the Free Worlds League and the peerage because of their public dedication to the people of the League, and like the other regiments of the Militia often acted as training grounds for troops across the League. A significant number of the personnel who would serve in other more prestigious federal units and various provincial forces within the League would actually begin their careers in the Thirteenth or another of the Marik Militia regiments.[3]

First Succession WarEdit

During the First Succession War the Thirteenth performed as part of the vanguard of the FWLM's operations, successfully striking the Aldebaran shipyards in the Capellan Confederation as a part of the first Free Worlds League offensive of the War.[1] The Militia continued to receive favorable recognition throughout the war. Following near-destruction on a failed raid on Hesperus II at some point during the First Succession War,[4] the Thirteenth was either disbanded or deactivated as a combat command prior to the end of the War.[5]

Second Succession WarEdit

The Thirteenth was completely reconstituted utilizing the remnants of other forces devastated in the just-concluded ComStar War (waged between 2837 and 2838). Following a decade of stellar performance, the Thirteenth regained its previous reputation.[4]

Third Succession WarEdit

In June 3012 two mercenary units in the employ of the LCAF, Snord's Irregulars and the Kell Hounds launched a joint attack on Castor. The mission was to find and destroy a rumored stockpile of old nuclear weapons, and to give the Kell Hounds some combat experience in the process (their first combat mission in fact);[6] Cranston Snord also intended to try and acquire a collection of Fabergé eggs believed to be on Castor, and to have the Irregulars humiliate the Thirtieth Marik Militia. According to subsequent commentary from Captain Jonathan Taylor, Thirteenth Marik Militia, Second battalion, First company, Cranston Snord personally destroyed his Centurion during that joint raid, indicating that at least elements of the Thirteenth Marik Militia were involved in the fighting.[7] The attackers managed to identify and destroy the weapons cache just before the defenders could use the nuclear weapons on the attackers with the intent of framing them for using them. By lucky chance, Cranston Snord, while looking for the Fabergé eggs, apprehended Colonel Nage of the Thirteenth Marik Militia in the open market of Alfagemini City and also ultimately managed to secure nine Fabergé eggs for the Irregulars' museum on Clinton.[8]

Anton's RevoltEdit

Prior to the outbreak of the Marik Civil War (3014-3015), the Thirteenth was stationed on Dieudonne, from where they first engaged the rebel forces in November 3014, sustaining light casualties.[9][10]

Fourth Succession WarEdit

In 3029 during the Fourth Succession War, the Thirteenth saw action once more against Snord's Irregulars, unsuccessfully defending against a raid on Bordon.[11][4]

Andurien SecessionEdit

By 3028, the Thirteenth Marik Militia was stationed on Irian.[12] In 3033, during the Andurien Secession, the Thirteenth took part in operations on the world of Wasat. This wasn't a serious attempt to take the world, but rather a way for Thomas Marik to gain political support at home and disrupt the Sarna March by interrupting the Lyran Commonwealth's attempts to absorb the world.[12][13] In 3036 the Thirteenth Marik Militia led forces loyal to Duncan Marik onto Andurien soil by attacking Ingonish. They were supported by the Third Free Worlds Guards and the Iron Guard regiments against a few rebel regiments.[14][15][4]

Clan InvasionEdit

In 3047, the Militia saw action against the Seventeenth Arcturan Guards RCT.[16] By 3050, the Militia was stationed on Irian again.[17] They were still on Irian as of 3054.[18]

Operation GUERREROEdit

During Operation GUERRERO the Thirteenth Militia returned to Wasat, this time accompanied by the Fourth Oriente Hussars, Second Sirian Lancers, and Twenty-first Centauri Lancers. They captured the world, destroying the Second Republican in the process. Following two weeks of combat, they provided a company to perform security operations due to the ramping up of tensions between the near-mutinous Lancers and the LCCC.[4] After these events they returned to their homeworld, Irian.[19]

In 3059, SAFE rated the loyalty of the Thirteenth as "questionable", primarily due to the twenty-years previous support for Duncan Marik but also for the lack of political support many members showed to Captain-General Thomas Marik due to his overtures of peace to neighboring states. Their view tended towards the expansionist during what was seen as a time of opportunity to do so.[4] By 3067 SAFE maintained this "questionable" rating, though with the caveat of their complete loyalty when it came to the FWL overall.[20]


As of 3067 the Thirteenth were still guarding Irian BattleMechs Unlimited on Irian.[20] At some point during the Jihad the Thirteenth joined the Word of Blake. Stationed on Chara in September and October 3077 alongside the Fourth Free Worlds Legionnaires and the Steel Guard, the Thirteenth faced off against Clan Wolf in Exile's Beta Galaxy when the Free Worlds League front of Operation SCOUR deployed Group IV to seize Chara. The Thirteenth inflicted serious losses on the Wolves before the coalition forces retreated off-world.[21]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 13th Marik Militia
Colonel Oliver Nage 3011 - 3012[22][8]
Colonel Chang Janewicz 3025[23]
Colonel Lloyd Reissing 3050 - 3067[24][25]


The Militia was adept in covert-landings and small-unit operations behind enemy lines, as well as liberation missions, siege operations and riot control.[4][26]

Composition HistoryEdit


Thirteenth Marik Militia (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[3]

- At this point in time the Thirteenth was stationed on Mackenzie.[3]


Thirteenth Marik Militia (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[5]

- At this point in time the Thirteenth was a medium-weight regiment operating at full strength and based on Rochelle.[5] The unit was destroyed during the war. [5]


13th Marik Militia

Note: At this point in time the unit was reformed. [27]


13th Marik Militia (Regiment/Regular/Reliable) [27]

Note: At this point in time the assault-weight unit was stationed on Acubens with an operational readiness of 27 percent. [27]


Thirteenth Marik Militia (Regular/Questionable)[23]


13th Marik Militia(Regiment\Regular\Questionable)[28]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Irian. [28]


Thirteenth Marik Militia (Regiment/Veteran/Reliable)[29]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Menkalinen. [29]


Thirteenth Marik Militia (Regiment/Regular/Questionable)[24]

Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Irian. [24]>


Thirteenth Marik Militia (1 Regiment/Regular/Questionable)[4]

Thirteenth Militia Aerospace (1 Wing/Regular/Questionable)[4]

Seventeenth Irian Armor (1 Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[4]

  • Armor Commander: Force Commander Leon Schaech
  • Note: the heavy armor of the Seventeenth supports the Thirteenth in on-Irian operations only, as its primary mission is the defense of the Irian BattleMechs Unlimited facility.[4]

Forty-third and Forty-forth Irian Mechanized Infantry (2 Regiment/Green/Reliable)[4]


Thirteenth Marik Militia (1 Regiment/Regular/Questionable/95% strength)[20][25]

  • CO/1st Battalion: Colonel Lloyd Reissing
  • Second Battalion
  • Third Battalion
  • Fourth Battalion

Thirteenth Militia Aerospace (1 Wing/Regular/Questionable/110% strength)[25]

Seventeenth Irian Armor (1 Regiment/Regular/Reliable/100% strength)[25]

  • Armor Commander: Force Commander Leon Schaech

Forty-third Irian Mechanized Infantry (1 Regiment/Green/Reliable/95% strength)[25]

  • Troop Commander: Colonel Mykelti Winston

Forty-fourth Irian Mechanized Infantry (1 Regiment/Green/Reliable/100% strength)[25]

Regimental Mech Paint SchemeEdit


  • The Thirteenth was recorded as having been "decimated during a disastrous raid on the Lyran world of Hesperus" in the years following its First Succession War debut, per Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 61. The unit was then rebuilt following FWLM operations during the ComStar War (2837-38). The Thirteenth Marik Militia unit article in the Field Manual specifically references the decimation as occurring during a 'raid', but that may refer to the Third Battle of Hesperus II of March 2789, where the FWL lost the FWLS Devastator, though no ground units are mentioned in that particular event in House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth). Until further clarification as to the date of the unit's near-destruction, this historical point will be noted here.
  • It should be noted that different years have been given for the 3011/3012 raid on Castor conducted by Snord's Irregulars and the Kell Hounds. The history section of the Kell Hounds sourcebook is ambiguous, noting on p. 5 that the raid was planned in 3011 and then narrating how Snord's Irregulars and the Kell Hounds approached Castor from two directions around 7 June, without stating a year. On page 7, however, it is narrated that the Kell Hounds only returned from the mission in the fall of 3012. In the sourcebook's scenario section, the two scenarios referring to the Clinton battle on pp. 30-31 ("Lowering the Boom") and 56- ("Delta Romeo") are both dated 15 June 3012. Similarly, Cpt. Taylor states he fought the Kell Hounds and Snord's Irregulars on Clinton in 3012.[7] When Lowering the Boom was re-published via BattleCorps in 2008 the timestamp was changed to 7 June 3011; whilst this seems to be an oversight based on p. 5 of the Kell Hounds sourcebook, the reprinted BattleCorps scenario is the more recent publication, and the dates in that source have been given primacy in this article.


First Succession WarEdit

  • As a Marik Militia regiment the Thirteenth receives no modifiers to die rolls when generating forces on RAT tables during the First Succession War.[30]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 90, "Marik Militia"
  2. The Kell Hounds, p. 6
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Field Report 2765: FWLM, p. 10, "Marik Militia"
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 61, "13th Marik Militia: Lucky 13th"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 First Succession War, p. 138, "Free Worlds League Military (FWLM)"
  6. The Kell Hounds, p. 5
  7. 7.0 7.1 Rhonda's Irregulars, p. 38 ("Raid on Bordon" sidebar)
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Kell Hounds, p. 5
  9. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 33, "Free Worlds League Military (April-July 3014)"
  10. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 36, "Free Worlds League Military (August-December 3014)"
  11. Rhonda's Irregulars, pp. 38-39, "Raid on Bordon"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Historical: Brush Wars, p. 86, "Phase One: 3030 - 3034"
  13. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 65, "Wasat and Oliver (October)"
  14. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 88, "Phase Two: 3035 - 3040"
  15. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 72, "Ingomish (January)"
  16. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 57, "17th Arcturan Guards RCT: The Kezla Rams"
  17. 20 Year Update, p. 56, "Marik Militia"
  18. Objective Raids, p. 38, "Marik Militia"
  19. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 112, "Marik Militia"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Field Manual: Updates, p. 149, "13th Marik Militia"
  21. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 48, "Chara Operational Report"
  22. BattleCorps Scenarios: Scenario: Kell Hounds Scenario - Lowering the Boom
  23. 23.0 23.1 House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 108, "Marik Militia"
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 20 Year Update, p. 56, "Marik Militia"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 Field Manual: Updates, p. 160, "Marik Militia"
  26. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 130, "13th Marik Militia (D)"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Second Succession War, p. 98
  28. 28.0 28.1 Historical: Brush Wars, p.86
  29. 29.0 29.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 140 >Historical: War of 3039, p. 140
  30. First Succession War, p. 147, "RAT Die Roll Modifiers by Combat Command Table"