The Life Dragoons have a dual role as both the Personal Guard of the Serenity and elite urban specialist fighting forces. There are five Life Dragoon Battalions, one of which is tasked with acting as the personal ceremonial guard for the Serenity and her residence of choice, a second operate as a defence battalion, permanently in residence in the Imperial capital city, Victoria; where the Dragoons not only complete round the clock city wide patrols, but also training manoeuvres, honing their skills as urban combat specialists. The third Battalion safeguard Imperial and Brotherhood assets on Luna, while the remaining two are mobilised to Imperial warzones across the inner planets as the higher Imperial echelons see fit. Every Luna year the Battalions rotate, ensuring that each receives an equal share of frontline battle and the honour of guarding the Serenity. The first Dragoon Battalion, known as the Grenadiers due to their initial tactical reliance on various grenade types to control and defend, were born of necessity, when it became clear that the rank and file battalions were not up to the job of protecting the Serenity and Imperial concerns. Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery Young handpicked twenty trusted veterans, but it quickly became clear that just twenty Grenadiers or Young’s Guard as they became know was not sufficient, especially after most were killed defending Victoria from a guerrilla attack by the Capitolians. The ranks were swollen and then further battalions commissioned as required to the five Young Guard Battalions we have today. Each selects from a designated group of battalions depending on their geographical or familial origin using specific criteria depending on their need. To the casual onlooker each battalion of Her Serenity’s Guard can barely be distinguished. To make
such statement to any soldier in the Dragoons is to ask for a black eye, at the very least. Each of the five battalions has a very proud history and rich set of traditions and iconography, especially when in a guardian roles. For example, the buttons on the scarlet tunics of the Endotherm Tribute Guard (ETG) are clumped in pairs whereas for the Gallic Guard groups of three. The number represents the chronology of their battalions inception, but also induces almost a fixation on the number in question for the troops and officers alike. There is a healthy camaraderie and competition between each of the battalions, although the Pality Guard and Emerald Guard do frequently come to blows in the public houses of Luna or Victoria when the guarding gauntlets are passed. The Life Dragoon uniform includes black trousers with either a gold, red, navy, brown or green stripe, and a scarlet red (or green in the case of the Emerald Guard) tunic made of state of the art bullet proof
and fully insulated and breathable materials. Occasionally, if the warzone warrants it the guards will wear a camouflaged version of the uniform, but to do so is always a last resort as they consider their iconic uniform a badge of honour. Their tunic forms the basis both the dress and battle uniform and will be complemented with body armour, customised from the Mk.II Medium Combat Armour of the Imperial Special Forces as appropriate. In the theatre of war the guards wear titanium-woven black berets, whereas in ceremonial situations an animal skin covered helmet is worn. The majority are armed with Invader Assault Rifles with bayonets, an Aggressor Pistol, various grenades and a standard issue gas mask. Every Life Dragoon is a proud and dedicated veteran happy to lay down their life to protect the Serenity or their Corporation. In fact the Life Dragoons have collectively earned more posthumous Serenity Crosses of Valour in the face of the enemy than all the other Imperial armed forces combined.
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