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Crowe's Bloody Buccaneers was an Inner Sphere mercenary command formed at the tail end of the Third Succession War, originally by Walter Vandrel as Vandrel's Buccaneers. Under the leadership of Vandrel, the outfit made a respectable name for itself during its first few decades, coming to comprise more than a full BattleMech company by 3018, when Vandrel was killed in the Battle of Ensirion. Rather than dissolve, the Buccaneers decided to offer Bayard Crowe, a young MechWarrior of the 22nd Avalon Hussars who placed his career on the line to help aid the Buccaneers during the battle and ultimately saved them from outright total destruction, a place as their new commander. Crowe accepted, changing the name of the outfit with the Mercenary Review Board to Crowe's Bloody Buccaneers to reflect both the change in leadership and the losses they had suffered.

Under Crowe's leadership the Buccaneers flourished, gaining an impressive degree of fame and renown in just a few short decades. By the outbreak of the Clan Invasion, the Bloody Buccaneers comprised nearly two entire BattleMech battalions as its main force along with an assortment of security forces and a small army of support personnel, and by the start of the FedCom Civil War would even possess several JumpShips. While Bayard would retire from command of the outfit at the Clan Invasion's end in 3052, the Bloody Buccaneers would continue on over the next century, passing down command to the eldest Crowe descendant each time leadership has changed hands, with each inheritor proving to be a capable leader and MechWarrior in their own right.

Unfortunately, the Buccaneers would suffer greatly during the Jihad. While the Buccaneers would not join the Allied Mercenary Command, mostly thanks to having minimal affairs in the Chaos March, Halvorson Crowe would nevertheless align himself against the Word of Blake after witnessing his father Bayard's death at the hands of Blakist invaders during their brazen attack on New Avalon in December of 3067. Like the AMC in the preceding years, this would paint a target on the backs of the Buccaneers, and while they would not fare as badly as much of the AMC did during the Jihad, they would still be reduced to less than 60% of the strength they possessed at the outset of the conflict. In a desperate bid to ensure the Buccaneers' survival, Halvorson would accept a lucrative deal with Clan Diamond Shark, agreeing to take contracts carrying out the Sharks' dirty work and to help market the Clan's products to fellow mercenary groups, in exchange for heavily discounted access to Clan technology as well as a limited degree of protection from the Clan itself.

This deal would indeed help ensure the Buccaneers' survival through the Jihad, and the agreement would continue on into the Republic Era as the Diamond Sharks reformed as Clan Sea Fox once more, following on into the Dark Age well, with the Buccaneers taking full advantage of their access to affordable ClanTech to secure a reputation as some of the premier mercenaries of the southeastern Inner Sphere. Despite this, not all would be well behind the scenes, with cracks slowly forming as the more liberally-minded Buccaneers increasingly clashed with the authoritarian nature of Clan sensibilities. Ultimately, the Buccaneers' working relationship with the Clan would be shattered in 3151 when the Sea Foxes declared their support for Alaric Ward of Clan Wolf as the ilKhan and First Lord of the Third Star League, a risky proposition for the Buccaneers as Clan Sea Fox moved to fill the vacuum left by the destruction of ComStar as the preeminent mediators of the Inner Sphere's mercenary trade.

Colors & Heraldry[]

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A CN9-A Centurion in the standard colors of the Bloody Buccaneers.

As Vandrel's Buccaneers, the company's standard BattleMech heraldry consisted of a pale brown base with stone grey markings. When rebranding the outfit as the Bloody Buccaneers, Bayard Crowe had the grey replaced with a vivid crimson. The arrangement and placement of the markings was left up to the preference of the individual MechWarrior, subject to the approval of administrative-level staff. Later on, this policy would be extended to aerospace fighters and battle armor.

Lance commanders were permitted to use two shades of red as well as more extensive markings, once again subject to the approval of administrative staff. Bayard also chose to allow members of his personal command lance to mark their BattleMechs in this fashion, and this tradition would be carried on by his successors.

Finally, company and squadron commanders were permitted to add white markings.

Composition History[]

3015[]

Vandrel's Buccaneers (Expanded Company/Veteran/Reliable)

3020[]

Crowe's Bloody Buccaneers (Expanded Company/Veteran/Reliable)

3025[]

Crowe's Bloody Buccaneers (Battalion/Veteran/Reliable)

  • CO: Colonel Bayard Crowe
First Company (Company/Veteran/Reliable)
  • Command Lance
    • Colonel Bayard Crowe BLR-1G BattleMaster / AS7-D Atlas / BL-6-KNT Black Knight
    • Captain Chelsea Vandrel KGC-000 King Crab / MAD-3R Marauder
    • Major Andrei Chekhov STK-3F Stalker / CPLT-C1 Catapult
    • Major Booker Harris AWS-8Q Awesome / WHM-6R Warhammer
  • Heavy Lance
    • Lieutenant Colonel Jorge González AWS-8T Awesome
    • Captain Thomas Malcolm TDR-5S Thunderbolt
    • Staff Sergeant Cynthia Katzwell JM6-A JagerMech
    • Sergeant Terrence Coleman CN9-A Centurion
  • Medium Lance
    • Major Rebecca Worton WVR-6R Wolverine
    • Lieutenant Florence Engel HBK-4P Hunchback
    • Sergeant Reynold Muller GRF-1N Griffin
    • Corporal Frida Stroud CRB-20 Crab
Second Company (Company/Veteran/Reliable)
  • Command Lance
    • Lieutenant Colonel Killian Norberth HGN-733 Highlander / ARC-2R Archer
    • Captain Abhishek Tamboli GHR-5H Grasshopper
    • Lieutenant Violet Winter SHD-2H Shadow Hawk
    • Sergeant First Class Spencer Forrest KTO-18 Kintaro
  • Heavy Lance
    • Major Nathaniel Murphy CHP-1N Champion
    • Captain Guillaume Renaud CPLT-K2 Catapult
    • Lieutenant Lukas Vollermann TDR-5S Thunderbolt
    • Sergeant Jules Sandoval QKD-5A Quickdraw
  • Medium Lance
    • Captain Ewan Montague ENF-4R Enforcer
    • Lieutenant Alexei Kopalyev WVR-6M Wolverine
    • Sergeant Amanda Tambor TBT-5N Trebuchet
    • Corporal Francisco Gutiérrez GRF-1N Griffin
Reconnaissance Company (Demi-Company/Veteran/Reliable)
  • Demi-Company
    • Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Underwood PXH-1 Phoenix Hawk
    • Major Belinda Hershell FS9-H Firestarter
    • Captain Leon Alberquet COM-2D Commando
    • Lieutenant Olaf Steegensson JR7-D Jenner
    • Sergeant Dylan Ward LCT-1M Locust
    • Sergeant Franz Richtofen JVN-10F Javelin

3039[]

Crowe's Bloody Buccaneers (Reinforced Battalion/Veteran/Reliable)

  • CO: Colonel Bayard Crowe
First Company (Company/Elite/Reliable)
  • Command Lance
    • Colonel Bayard Crowe BLR-1G BattleMaster / AS7-D Atlas / BL-6-KNT Black Knight
    • Major Chelsea Vandrel KGC-000 King Crab / MAD-3R Marauder
    • Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Chekhov STK-3F Stalker / CPLT-C1 Catapult
    • Lieutenant Colonel Booker Harris AWS-8Q Awesome / WHM-6R Warhammer
  • Heavy Lance
    • Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Worton BNC-3S Banshee
    • Captain Lukas Vollermann ARC-2R Archer
    • Sergeant Major Marcus Bernstadt HCT-3F Hatchetman
    • Master Sergeant Cynthia Katzwell WHM-6R Warhammer
  • Medium Lance
    • Major Florence Engel WVR-6M Wolverine
    • Lieutenant Theodore Morshower HBK-4P Hunchback
    • Staff Sergeant Frida Stroud CRB-20 Crab
    • Sergeant Alec Reyes TBT-5N Trebuchet
Second Company (Company/Veteran/Reliable)
  • Command Lance
    • Lieutenant Colonel Jorge González AWS-8T Awesome
    • Major Abhishek Tamboli GHR-5H Grasshopper
    • Captain Lewis Thurgood QKD-5A Quickdraw
    • Master Sergeant Spencer Forrest KTO-18 Kintaro
  • Heavy Lance
    • Major Guillaume Renaud CPLT-K2 Catapult
    • Captain Horatio Vanderbilt ON1-VA Orion
    • Sergeant First Class Franklin Portsmith RFL-3N Rifleman
    • Sergeant Pierre Aguillard VL-5T Vulcan
  • Medium Lance
    • Major Alexei Kopalyev WVR-6M Wolverine
    • Lieutenant Jens Dufort SHD-2H Shadow Hawk
    • Sergeant First Class Francisco Gutiérrez GRF-1N Griffin
    • Corporal Andrew Ferdinand PNT-9R Panther
Third Company (Company/Regular/Reliable)
  • Command Lance
    • Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Murphy CHP-1N Champion
    • Captain Alexis Frank GHR-5H Grasshopper
    • Lieutenant Raymond Hoover CN9-A Centurion
    • Sergeant Blake Beauregard JM6-A JagerMech
  • Medium Lance
    • Captain Felix Vernier WVR-6R Wolverine
    • Lieutenant Richard Weller CN9-AL Centurion
    • Sergeant Sean Mitchell DV-6M Dervish
    • Corporal Clint Sanderson VND-1X Vindicator
  • Medium Lance
    • Lieutenant Aaron Grant GRF-1S Griffin
    • Sergeant Abdirizak Longowski SHD-2D Shadow Hawk
    • Corporal Anne Polk TBT-5N Trebuchet
    • Corporal Griffith Sturrock CN9-A Centurion
Reconnaissance Company (Expanded Company/Elite/Reliable)
  • Command Lance
    • Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Underwood PXH-1 Phoenix Hawk
    • Captain Stewart Redmoor FLE-15 Flea
    • Sergeant Major Dylan Ward LCT-1M Locust
    • Sergeant First Class Morgan Sherwood LCT-1M Locust
  • Reconnaissance Lance
    • Lieutenant Colonel Belinda Hershell-Underwood WLF-1B Wolfhound
    • Major Kyle Green FS9-H Firestarter
    • Sergeant First Class Michael Rickenbacher COM-1D Commando
    • Staff Sergeant William Owens JVN-10F Javelin
  • Reconnaissance Lance
    • Major Leon Alberquet RVN-1X Raven
    • Captain Natasha Tupolev FS9-H Firestarter
    • Sergeant First Class Franz Richtofen JVN-10N Javelin
    • Staff Sergeant Anton Fontagne COM-2D Commando
  • Reconnaissance Lance
    • Major Olaf Steegensson JR7-D Jenner
    • Captain Samuel Watkins CDA-3C Cicada
    • Sergeant First Class Ryuko Masada SDR-5D Spider
    • Sergeant Peter Thorpe LCT-3V Locust
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