Lavigny’s Legion - Prima Justitia
Lavigny’s Legion Lore
Lavigny’s Legion was forged in the fiery crucible of Achenar’s first conflict with the Federation, during the 2320s. Funded and fielded by the prestigious Lavigny family, those first Legionaries swiftly built a reputation for valor and ferocity in battle.
During those harrowing days for the Empire of Achenar, Lavigny’s Legion served as the both the vanguard and the rearguard of the early fleets. The tip of the spear, the point of the sword, first into the breach, and last out of the fray. In many ways, they were the pride of the Empire. Their devotion to the Emperor and to the Lavigny family was
absolute. This zeal, this fervour, however, would eventually be their downfall.
In the final months of that first conflict, the Lavingy family flagship - The Indomitable - and her escort were ambushed on their way to rejoin the rest of the Legion at the main fleet. Upon hearing the distress call, Legion commanders pleaded with the fleet admiral for permission to send a rescue party. Their requests fell on deaf ears, however, as the admiral refused to send aid, and ordered them to continue the mission. Unwilling to abandon the ship and their patron to their fate, the Legion disobeyed this order and rushed away to save their beleaguered brethren.
They arrived to find The Indomitable in fierce close quarters combat, her escort nowhere to be seen. She was heavily damaged, drifting to port, swarms of fighters savaging her hull and desperately attempting to limp away from the fight. Enraged at the sight, the Legion lept into the fray, intent on saving The Indomitable. But in their haste, they fell into a trap, and were themselves ambushed. Without warning, hundreds of Federal ships powered on their systems and started venting heat. The Legion was surrounded on all sides, boxed in and vulnerable. Mass locked and unable to flee, the Legion knew they were in trouble.
But they were not being fired upon; even the fighters buzzing around The Indomitable had stopped shooting. Everyone was drifting, silent, in space, until the Federal commander demanded the surrender of the Legion, stating they would be treated fairly and would not be harmed. The Legion, ever zealous, answered this with a salvo of cannon fire and an attempt to break through the line. These were the opening shots of a battle that would, for all intents and purposes, crush the Legion beyond recovery.
Though the Legion was heavily outnumbered and surrounded, they held strong. First they cleared the fighters from The Indomitable’s hull, and then fell into a protective formation around her. Again and again the Federal forces attacked the Legion, and the Legion pushed them back. Whenever a legionary ship was destroyed, the Legion reformed and closed ranks. But as the battle continued, gaps started forming in their formation; the Legion was spread too thin, and couldn’t keep adequate cover around The Indomitable. Ships started getting isolated and picked off, but the Legion refused to flee.
As ships were destroyed, their wrecks began to choke the battlefield, providing a much needed advantage to the desperate Legionaries; they would dart between the hulks, spraying cannon fire and lasers, then disappear behind another. After ten long, bloody and arduous hours, the Federation cut and ran, having sustained too many casualties to maintain the attack. While victorious, the Legion had suffered even greater losses. Eight out of every ten ships had been destroyed; among them was Indomitable and all hands, including the Legion’s patron, Alexius Lavigny. Bruised, beaten, and with only enough power to reach the nearest friendly port, what was left of the Legion limped off to lick their wounds.
In the coming months, the Legion was honored for their bravery in battle by the Lavigny family, and reprimanded by Imperial High Command for their haste and their apparent inability to follow orders. For this they were forbidden from reconstituting and officially disbanded.
The Lavigny family, however, invited the remaining Legionnaires to continue their term of service to the family, not as soldiers, but as elite household guards. Unwilling to abandon the family, or perhaps because they had nowhere else to go, all of the 511 remaining Legionaries accepted. No longer, strictly speaking, a legion, they kept the name to honor their fallen comrades as a witness that they would never be forgotten. Every year, on the anniversary of that battle, the Legion holds a ceremony to commemorate that bloody day.
In the ensuing centuries, the Legion maintained membership of no more and no less than 511. Whenever a Legionary died or retired, he or she was replaced almost immediately. They recruited mainly from the military, but outstanding individuals from local militias or police forces were not turned away. Service to the Lavigny family, a family of senators, consuls, legates, and courtiers was good. They had the benefit of the best training, the best equipment, the best food and the best accommodations. What they didn’t have, however, was the renown of the past. Their great deeds of yore were fading into distant memory, the heroism and bravery of the Legion of Old had been all but forgotten. The new generation of Legionaries had become complacent in their role as glorified bodyguards, scoffing at the “pomp and ceremony” and the hallowed traditions.
But no longer!
Brothers and sisters, our glorious Empire is beset on all sides by her enemies, requiring all who are loyal to step up and defend her. No longer can we sit in our homes, insisting that this is not our problem, convinced that someone else will take care of it. The barbarian hordes are at the gates, my friends; the Federation circles us like a carrion bird, pirates kidnap and murder our citizens, the Alliance, it’s true intentions unknown, waits in the shadows. And now we are faced with a new threat from within - Emperor’s Dawn. This vile faction of assassins, spies and saboteurs murdered our beloved Emperor on the day of his wedding to our great patron’s mother.
Proud sons and daughters of Achenar, I implore you, do not stand idly by while the Empire is dismantled from within, do not mill about like sheep while your home comes crashing down around your ears. Stand up tall and proud, ready to fight for your Empire! Fight for something with more meaning than a handful of credits! Join us, join the Legion, pledge your life to the true heir to the Throne of Achenar: Arissa Lavigny-Duval. Together with your brothers and sisters in a new, reconstituted Legion, you will re-write the course of history.
Even now, our numbers swell; patriotic citizens and Independent pilots flock to Senator Lavigny-Duval’s cause, their hearts filled with the righteous fury of a thousand burning suns. Soon our numbers will be in the tens of thousands, each a loyal and devoted soul ready to fight and die for our patron.
We are not blind; we know that only a united Empire is a strong Empire. Our enemies would see us divided, squabbling amongst ourselves. They seek to sow chaos and discord amongst our people, bleed us dry until there is nothing left but smoking wreckage and charred bones. They fear a united Empire, as they should. We have shown them, and will continue to show them, that our mighty Empire will not falter. We will smite the enemy from our skies, blast them from our worlds, and plant our flag, the glorious Soaring Eagle, on their still warm bodies!
For Lavigny-Duval! For the Empire!
-Former Praetor Cassius Fox
GalNet Articles Featuring Lavigny's Legion:
Imperial Powers React to Discovery
In recent days, a number of pilots have reported being pulled from hyperspace by alien-looking ships. Reactions have ranged from shock and fear to curiosity and excitement.
Influential Imperial groups the Chapterhouse of Inquisition, Lavigny's Legion and the 9th Legion have issued strict no-fire orders to their pilots in the event that they are confronted by these mysterious vessels. The orders follow reports that the ships are not acting aggressively and are simply scanning ships they encounter.
"Under no circumstances should any of our pilots engage these vessels," said Governor Shelby Ortega, speaking from Chapterhouse of Inquisition headquarters in Kamadhenu.
"We do not know their motivations, so to act rashly could have dire consequences. Be mindful that these vessels can seemingly disable ship systems on a whim. We should avoid making enemies of beings we know nothing about."
Origins of the Velites Squadron
The ancient proverb, “necessity is the mother of all invention,” remains true, even in 3301.
Commander Na’Qan came from humble beginnings as a miner in distant Imperial colonies. Piracy being rife in those systems, he found himself in their sights regularly. Knowing he could not outrun them in his unshielded Type-6, he learned to elude them. Like Br’er Rabbit’s briar patch, the asteroid fields offered him shelter. He learned to manoeuvre silently among the chaotic rocks and metals.
When war broke out in the Pancienses system, Na’Qan joined the fray. He recounted being interdicted by three Fer-de-Lances, and noticed they could not get weapons lock on his craft. Immediately recognizing the relevance of his mining experience, Na’Qan approached his superiors with an idea. Shortly thereafter, Na’Qan began training wings for what would become the Velites Squadron. The stealthy, precision strikes of the Velites are already becoming legend.
For his service to the Empire, Commander Na’Qan is to be awarded the Imperial Order of Merit, First Class, from Senator Arrissa Lavigny-Duval at her headquarters in Kamadhenu this weekend.
Citizens Show Support for Arissa
Support among the citizenry for Princess Arissa Lavigny-Duval has risen considerably since she led the charge to find the conspirators responsible for the attack on Emperor Hengist. Thousands have answered the call to join Lavigny's Legions, her unofficial supporters group.
Both Senators campaigned last week to win support from Patrons in the Vaka system, as well as along the Imperial border in the Ceti sector. While support for Patreus was strong to begin with, a number of key Patrons moved to support the Princess. Support amongst CMDRs, however, was much stronger for the Princess.
Results were similar along the frontier. Arissa's agents set up a base of operations in Kamocan, while Patreus's supporters attempted to sway the residents of Mandh to the Senator's side.
Rumours have surfaced that Patreus is concerned about the swing of support, and he is planning to strengthen his standing with CMDRs as well as the general population, though the form this will take is not yet clear.
United Imperial Offensive into Pegasi Sector
Apathy toward the Kumo Crew’s activities on the fringes of Federation space was replaced by the full wrath of Senators Patreus and Lavigny-Duval as the Imperial system of Cuchua came under attack this week.
A high ranking officer of Lavigny’s Legion offered the following words as the Legion deployed to assist Patreus’ forces in Cuchua:
"We ask all who are loyal to Princess Arissa to join with us in bringing Imperial justice to these barbarians that think us weak like the Federation.”
The call has been heeded by pilots in every major Imperial power.
The expeditionary forces launched a two-pronged attack, spearheaded by the Velites Squadron of Lavigny’s Legion, targeting Kumo ships in Cuchua and Harma. The operations, code named “Charybdis” and “Davy Jones,” have led to the downing of hundreds of pirate vessels and dozens of Kumo Commanders. Imperial casualties have been minimal, but the fighting continues.
Operation Davy Jones - Frontline report
It has been over two weeks since the Kumo Crew's attempted expansion into the Imperial system of Cuchua was answered with 'Operation Davy Jones’. With Imperial Commanders combining their efforts to contain and eventually wipe out the pirate organisation, the Pegasi Sector has been under siege. With an end to the conflict nowhere in sight, we asked Commanders on both sides for their views on the offensive and their forces' efforts.
Commander Stateira "Starcloak" Eleshenar, aligned with Senator Patreus, said: "It has been a slow start in the Pegasi Sector, but the offensive is just gearing up. Our ultimate aim is not only to free Imperial citizens from unlawful bondage, but to liberate all persons held in branded slavery by the Kumo Crew."
Her sentiment was echoed by Commander Corrigendum of Lavigny's Legion: "Since the first wave of Operation Davy Jones, Archon's forces have been routed from Imperial space. Some milestones were not met as anticipated, but we anticipate greater results as the full might of the Imperial fleet is brought to bear."
In keeping with those statements, the Imperial offensive shows no signs of relenting, with heavy clashes in the systems of Anedjete, Sopontet and Huichi, amongst others . While the Kumo Crew continues to rule some 5.6 billion Imperial citizens, attempts to conquer more Imperial systems have been countered. However, the pirates' stern resistance to Imperial undermining of their territory has given many of their pilots a boost of confidence.
In a brief interview, Commander GluttonyFang, one of the pirates coordinating the Kumo Crew's efforts against the Empire, said: "What we lack in number we make up with our indomitable spirit to fight against imperial oppression. The Kumo Crew will not relinquish its grip on the galaxy. Even if our mortal vessels fail us, we'll haunt our enemies with the wrath of our spirit."
Commanders on both sides appear to agree on one thing: that the fate of the Pegasi Sector will be decided in battle. In response to a question about the possibility of a diplomatic settlement, Commander Corrigendum said: "The Empire refuses to negotiate with any who hold its people captive. Our people will be set at liberty or their captors will face annihilation." With Archon Delaine continuing to defy Imperial demands, it would seem peace is a distant prospect for the once-quiet Pegasi Sector.
Pegasi Intervention Sparks Debate at Home
Unaffiliated supporters of Arissa Lavigny-Duval have today voiced concerns at rumours of an escalating intervention in the Pegasi Sector on the part of Lavigny's Legion.
Discussion of the the highly publicised plight of Imperial citizens living in volumes of space controlled by Archon Delaine's Kumo Crew dominated newsfeeds and social media throughout Kamadhenu over the weekend. Opinion is split on the humanitarian value of an intervention in a region perceived by some as extremely remote.
Speaking anonymously one commander said: "I don't understand why the Legion is wasting time with a foreign backwater like the Pegasi Sector. I'd never even heard of it before. We've got our own problems with corrupt Dictatorships and greedy Corporations right here at home. We need to clean up the Empire before we try cleaning up the whole Galaxy!".
Anger erupted when it was revealed that diplomatic overtures had been made towards the Federation in regards to confronting the Kumo Crew.
It was later made clear that Lavigny's Legion itself took no part in any talks with envoys of Shadow President Felicia Winters or President Zachary Hudson. A diplomat for Aisling Duval's Aisling's Angels confirmed their own attendance at talks.
The suggestion that Arissa Lavigny-Duval's supporters might be pulled into joint operations with either Hudson or Winters has resurfaced deeply held anti-Federation sentiment, with reports of at least one commander plotting a course to Sol in a well armed vessel in response to the rumours.
Operation Davy Jones - The Voices of Dissent
The efforts of the Imperial forces engaged in “Operation Davy Jones” have continued this week, with the attackers keeping up the pressure on Archon Delaine’s stretched and battered forces. However, while the pilots engaged in the operation remain optimistic after a series of local successes, the campaign has attracted its share of detractors.
"When I talk with my peers about the issues of the day, it isn't far away systems in the back of beyond that we concern ourselves with”, Commander Edgar Starwalker, aligned with Arissa Lavigny-Duval, said in a brief interview. “Many of us know there is corruption right on our doorsteps, with dictators and credit-beholden corporations in charge of so many Imperial worlds. I think something should be done to bring about change at home!"
While the operation is being carried out by combined Imperial forces of varying allegiance, the core of the fleet is provided by Arissa Lavigny-Duval. As such, concerns about turmoil in the princess’ territory have lead some to question the decision to commit large forces to an offensive against the Kumo Crew. More recently, outrage has been sparked by the attempts, initiated by supporters of Aisling Duval, to solicit the help of Federal Commanders in “Operation Davy Jones”.
When asked for comment, Commander Great Gig of Lavigny Legion’s Velite Squadron had this to say: "When news travelled that Imperial Commanders were contacting the Federation for cooperation and help, I was saddened. Aren't we the mighty Empire of Achenar? Doesn't our history oppose their political and institutional corruption, their mind control through relentless propaganda and consumerism?"
For the past month, the eyes of the galaxy have been on the Pegasi Sector and “Operation Davy Jones”. Whether the Imperial forces manage to maintain their resolve in the face of stalwart defence and dissent at home remains to be seen.
Federal and Imperial Diplomats Discuss the Pegasi Sector
Historically, areas of mutual interest have resulting in cooperation between the Empire and the Federation. Now it seems that the humanitarian crisis in the Pegasi Sector represents one such mutual interest.
In a meeting between Federation and Imperial commanders, Commander Nyluss of the Merchant Marines offered these words: "We must re-establish liberty in those zones that have become lawless. The Kumo Crew and its vagabond leader will no longer be tolerated in our space. I call upon all Federation pilots. How can you tolerate this encroachment upon our worlds?”
Commander Corrigendum of Lavigny’s Legion added: “We welcome all those who want to oppose the tyranny of Archon Delaine, and ask that Federation and Imperial commanders operating in the Pegasi sector give one another a wide berth as they work toward the common goal of bringing Delaine to justice."