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The Honourable Eclipse Company was originally established as a subsidiary organisation by the East India Trading Company, with the role of overseeing and maintaining the Company’s military forces in the American Colonies and elsewhere.

The Eclipse Company first made its reputation during the Napoleonic and Prussian Wars, when East India Trading Company troops under its command played a vital role as part of Wellington’s campaigning armies in the Iberian Peninsula. They also fought numerous battles with French-led raiding forces operating in southern India itself.

When the East India Trading Company’s land forces were suborned by the Crown earlier in the nineteenth century, the Eclipse offices were closed down, and it seemed that the outfit was destined to be consigned to history. However, a substantial number of former East India Trading Company soldiers did not wish to serve in the armies of the Crown; they wanted to preserve the lifestyle they had enjoyed under Company command and felt that their freedom of spirit and action would be suffocated by the stifling imposition of Crown military order.

Aided and abetted by Colonel William Sands, the Eclipse Company’s last commander, the group re-established their organisation in West Africa, basing its new headquarters in the city of Freetown. It did not take long for the new outfit, now called the ‘Honourable’ Eclipse Company to distinguish itself from its predecessor, and to build up a substantial reserve of experienced troops. The new company recruited all over the world, although for practicality’s sake it conducted all official business in English. 

One of Sands’ founding principles for the Honourable Eclipse Company was meritocracy; advancement in the company was dependent upon ability, first and last. The new outfit initially built up its reputation with contracts issued by its former parent. Honourable Eclipse Company troops served with distinction alongside regular Crown units – some even composed of their own former East India Trading Company comrades – during the Anglo-Burmese Wars against a resurgent Celestial Empire.

However, it wasn’t long before Sands and his successors began to look further afield for opportunities. Eclipse Company troops were soon seen on many battlefields around the world. Contingents of the Eclipse Company served on both sides during the Mexican-American Wars of the mid-nineteenth century, in skirmishes between Sultanate and Commonwealth forces around the Black Sea; in South America, the Mediterranean and in countless other conflicts around the world.

Throughout these conflicts, Eclipse Company forces gained a reputation for fighting prowess, steadfastness, reliability and professionalism. The company itself also became an attractive draw for prospective recruits. It quickly became known for looking after its staff well, offering pay and side benefits much better than a great many national armed forces, especially for veteran soldiers.

As the years passed, the Honourable Eclipse Company developed a distinctive operational doctrine. The company eschewed heavy ground armour as too great a cost in manpower and resources. However, Eclipse Company contingents quickly became adept at commandeering or ‘acquiring’ such assets as needed for the duration of a campaign. Surplus machines and materials would be sold off or scrapped on a contract’s conclusion, increasing the company’s return and generating additional income for the participating soldiers; a tradition which became known as ‘scrap money’ and is still carried out today.

However, in order to deploy their forces quickly and efficiently to their contracts worldwide, the Honourable Eclipse Company maintains a powerful aerial fleet; an armada of airships and heavy long-range aircraft. These vessels also functioned as the Honourable Eclipse Company’s primary heavy fighting forces, capable of holding their own against any similarly sized opponents. The diverse mix of machines used by the Eclipse Company provided both heavy fire support to their ground forces and local air superiority.

Nonetheless, Eclipse forces were mainly sought after for contracts which required well-trained infantry forces; often for special operations, security for scientific expeditions and similar ventures.  Guarding precious material extraction areas for the Union became a lucrative option during the Civil War under their current leader Commander-General David Hodge. Once the Union had emerged from that terrible conflict, Hodge ensured his Honourable Eclipse Company was well placed to take advantage and today the vast majority of the Company's operations and assets are deployed in support of the Union's global holdings.

The Civil War provided a fresh influx of new recruits for the company, especially from among veterans of the shattered Confederate forces. Though a former Union officer himself, Hodge has an inner circle of advisors and comrades-in-arms from all over the world including those that served in the Confederacy. He is a hands-on leader, often taking to the field personally in operations of all sizes, from close protection to major battles. Below the Commander-General, the Honourable Eclipse Company virtually runs itself, requiring direct intervention from Hodge only in exceptional circumstances. The Eclipse Company’s Board of Deputies administers its various Brigades from the organisation’s Freetown headquarters. 

Each Brigade is commanded by a Captain-General and consists of a flotilla of airships and aircraft, which house battalions of well-equipped infantry. Eclipse Company forces are renowned for their rapid response times, boasting of being able to ‘darken the sun’ above their allocated targets within seventy-two hours of being called in, regardless of the location concerned.

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