Elite Special Operations Unit #0501 Gamma (nicknamed "Vanguard"), is a paramilitary special forces group under the Non-Standard Warfare division and Sagittarian Interests. It consist of 24 teams with a total of 623 operatives, with team #13 "Södon" being the most well known, consequentially being erroneously identified as the sole members of Vanguard, as though the organization were a single team. The unit is named for the 4th Generation of the 501st Legionary Force, the most decorated military company in the Grand Ran'Corian Empire's military history, originally "Sarajestiva".
Founded in 1024.BC (Greg.Cal), "Vanguard" is the 32nd ESOU put together and contracted by SI and the NSW. Each of the 24 teams are overseen by a high-ranking official such as a Rise Commandant of the NSWD, or a member of the SI Board of Directors. Each Team's roster changes periodically, as they do not have a set transfer pattern, for the sake of "keeping things fresh", with the exception of Södon and Yamate, which have not changed since 1632.AD. Each of the teams may have anywhere from 4 to 25 operatives, depending on situational necessities.
Sychainian Interstellar OperativesEdit
From 1024.BC to 173.BC, the ESOU existed as a temporary enforcement and localized information-based warfare group, assigned to maintain security within an at-the-time turbulent galactic community. Upon founding, the unit consisted of only 3 teams of 23 members each, spread across the various conflict "hot zones" within the galaxy. Such is the case with the Kombai Guerilla Uprising in the Cepheralii constellation on the borders of Kreel and Ritosian space. In 927.BC, team Makra (the first of the 3 original teams to be established) went rogue for a period of 47 general rotations (87 Gaean rotations (Days)) in protest of the occupation of Xilianma, an Etrighan outpost world, by the Matrion.
Ranco-Ritosian United Military ClauseEdit
Södon is a forward operations and recon sub-unit directed by Cammandant-Prime Zhang Ro ei Deimos, added to the Vanguard in 1589.AD. Södon is by far the most well-known team in the public eye, having been involved in several dozens high-profile campaigns against extra-galactic threats such as the Twilight War and the Dimension War.