The Rosenritter
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The Rosen Ritter were a special infantry batallion in the Free Planets Alliance military, composed exclusive of former-Imperial citizens and their children. Though renouned for their exceptional combat ability, the Rosen Ritter were never truly trusted by their Alliance comrades, a distrust not helped in the least by the many former Rosen Ritter commanders who betrayed the FPA in order to return to their homes in the Empire. Of the 13 regimental commanders before Walter von Schenkopp, four died in battle against the Empire; two were promoted to flag officers and later retired; and six betrayed the FPA and went back to the Galactic Empire.

The 13th FleetEdit

The Iserlohn InfiltrationEdit

When the 13th Fleet was formed after the battle of Astate, the regimental commander of the Rosen Ritter, Walter von Schenkopp, caught Yang Wenli's eye. Yang then had the Rosen Ritter transferred to the 13th Fleet, under his command. Despite rumors that Schenkopp, too, would betray the Alliance, Yang Wenli decided to trust him completely, and to use the Rosen Ritter as the crux of his plan to capture Iserlohn Fortress. Yang Wenli said, "If he turns traitor, they'll say I was no judge of character. The 'one man hero' will disappear from this world."

At the Fifth Battle of Tiamat, Walter von Schenkopp, led the Rosen Ritter, including Kasper Lintz and Linier Blumart, on an infiltration mission onto Iserlohn Fortress. Pretending to be wounded Imperial officers, they managed to infiltrate Iserlohn's command center and sieze it by taking Imperial admiral Thomas von Stockhausen hostage. Once they took control of the command center, they allowed the 13th Fleet inside the fortress. While Yang Wenli convinced the Iserlohn Fleet commander, Hans Dietrich von Seeckt, that the fortress had already been completely pacified by his forces, the Rosen Ritter swept through the fortress, fighting off the remaining Imperial forces in brutal hand-to-hand combat.

"As a close combat squadron formed from children of Imperial exiles they have unmatched skill in battle, but no fleet can control them."

-Admiral Alex Cazelnu

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