The Robinson Ranger Brigade is a Battletech (Canon) based, military structured family unit focused on the game, Mechwarrior Online. Our chain of command is modeled after a modern day military structure and is influenced by the way House Davion and the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns set up their military units.
Our goal is to provide a friendly family environment where we can all enjoy Mechwarrior Online together. Unlike most units or clans, we support both "casual” and "hardcore” play styles. We achieve this by treating our military structure like a modular system. Each company level sub-unit is self governing and chooses their own tempo and play style based on the members within it. This allows our Rangers to find a Company that best suits their outlook on gaming and gives them the ability to find other Rangers that play at the same times they do.
Above the Companies are senior officers and a High Command staff that assist the Companies administratively and ensures that the RRB as a whole runs relatively the same way to enable cross-unit play compatibility. High Command promotes events, runs community operations, and has overall control over everything that affects the Robinson Rangers Brigade as an organized Unit.
Entering production during the Third Succession War, the Raven
was built to be a 'kitchen sink' Electronic Warfare battlemech meant to
designate targets for artillery and airstrikes. Created as a joint
venture between Hellspont 'Mech Works (who supplied the chassis and
armor) and Ceres Metals Industries (who supplied the equipment), the
initial Raven prototypes would prove to be a disappointment. However, later versions of the light mech - such as the 3L variant upon which Darkness is built - would prove to be much more effective.
Built on a Custom Endo Steel Skeleton, Darkness sacrifices the
stock Beagle Active Probe and Harpoon-6 SRM Launcher to free up tonnage
to make room for the enormous Hermes 295 XL Engine. This engine is a
custom model, built off of a Hermes 300 XL and modified to meet
Brigadier General Finn "Dnarvel" Harmund's specifications. The Light
Mech retains the remainder of the Apple Churchill EWAR Suite, including
the Golden Seed ECM Suite, the 442x Target Acquisition Gear and the
Guiding Light Narc Missile Beacon. The last of these has had it's
ammunition supplies significantly augmented, allowing Darkness to
continue launching beacons well into the fight. For self-defense the
mech retains its original pair of Ceres Arms Medium Lasers.
When paired with any mech carrying Long Range Missile racks, Darkness
is an incredible force multiplier. The combination of TAG and Narc
Beacons can make any battlemech run for cover as the inevitable storm of
LRMs swarms over the horizon in their direction. When not providing
targeting information for fire support, Darkness can be found
conducting reconnaissance under the cover of its ECM Suite - provided
the enemy is capable of seeing the jet black chassis sprinting in the
Darkness saw heavy action during Operation Mercury in November
3049. Despite participating in some of the fiercest actions of the raid,
it was one of the few mechs able to emerge still functional. BGen.
Harmund used Darkness across three different actions: first
gathering valuable intelligence during a forward reconnaissance mission,
allowing the commander of the DCMS garrison to be identified, then in
the assault on a bridge, then finally in an all-out assault on a DCMS
Research and Development Facility where the RRB was able to recover
Confidential DCMS Documents detailing incursions by an unknown enemy
force in the Periphery, along with schematics for several unidentified
All told, Darkness has proven to be an exceptional reconnaissance
and support battlemech, vastly increasing the effectiveness of the
Robinson Rangers Brigade's fire support and striking fear into the
hearts of its opponents.