The origin of the Ronin began in 3039. A battalion of MechWarriors from the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery mutinied, seized a JumpShip and four DropShips, and journeyed to the Free Rasalhague Republic to offer their services as mercenaries. Commanded by Sho-sa Donald Trent, the unnamed mercenary unit chose to take on the name “Ronin” following a comment from one of the Rasalhaguian contract negotiators.
The Clan Invasion
The mercenary unit would continue to be known as the Ronin for over a decade, and garrisoned the world of The Edge on the Periphery border of the Republic until the arrival of forces from Clan Wolf in March 3050. The Ronin found themselves facing elements of the 16th Battle Cluster on the Plains of Torneträsk in what the Ronin intended to be a set-piece battle, but which instead turned into a rout that saw just two companies of Ronin forces escape.
The Ronin forces retreated to Rodigo, but in May 3050 found themselves facing forces from Clan Wolf again, with similar consequences; the few battered survivors of the Ronin were forced to fall back again, this time to Memmingen. Unlike the retreat to Rodigo, the Ronin were able to replace some of their losses and rest on Memmingen, although a lack of HPG communications left their employers under the impression that the Ronin had been destroyed.
On Memmingen the Ronin met up with a mercenary unit named Smokin’ Aces, which had been mauled by Clan Ghost Bear forces on Damian and forced to retreat; the two commands felt it would be in their best interests to form a temporary alliance, the wisdom of which was proved when Clan Wolf forces jumped into the Memmingen system in November 3051. Defending Memmingen at the time alongside the two mercenary units was the 3rd Drakøn and an armored division, and during the battle with the Clan forces the mercenaries managed to overrun a Wolf supply cache. This cache brought them not just some much-needed supplies, but also four second-line Clan warriors, a Highlander IIC and a Warhammer IIC.
Soon after capturing the cache the Ronin retreated offworld when Sho-sa Trent received word from the commander of the 3rd Drakøn of the Wolf forces attacking civilians in response to the campaign being waged by the planetary defenders. The Ronin managed to retreat to Ueda, but without Sho-sa Trent, who was killed in action just after issuing the order to retreat.
The most senior officer to survive the campaign on Memmingen was Major Edwina Forrest of the Smokin’ Aces. Forrest was made overall commander of both units on Ueda, where the mercenaries would spend four years rebuilding from their losses against the Clans. It was during this period that the Ronin renamed themselves to the Oni, although a group of warriors from the Smokin’ Aces chose to leave the new unit and instead continue under the original banner of the Smokin’ Aces, and working as a freelance sub uint.
Sho-sa Donald Trent was the original commander of the Ronin, serving from the Ronin’s beginnings until his death on Memmingen in 3051. Trent was succeeded by Major Edwina Forrest,