The 13th Penal Legion, also known as the Last Chancers, is an official Penal Legion of the New Imperial Federation. However, rather than being simply a general punishment unit aimed at achieving the redemption of all the souls unlucky enough to enter it's ranks, the 13th Penal Legion is specifically used to create elite squads of soldiers for use in extremely hazardous top secret special operations missions. Members of the Last Chancers are all convicted criminals facing various punishments. While most of those inducted into the 13th Penal Legion are done so at the deliberate behest of Captain Drake Garon, a small minority are random transfers. All are given one 'last chance' at redemption by fighting in the worst combat zones possible. If they manage to survive an unspecified number of these missions, which is highly unlikely given the nature of the operations they undertake, they earn a pardon, being forgiven of their crimes in the eyes of the Emperor. A Last Chancer who dies fulfilling his duty is pardoned posthumously by the Captain, who takes it upon himself to provide redemption to all of his troops, sometimes by his own hand. Garon's dedication to his cause is unparalleled and he has never failed a mission yet with his Last Chancers.
The Last Chancers are kept in a constant state of battle-readiness, being sent from war zone to war zone across the Galaxy to protect the Federation and earn their redemption. There is perhaps no suicidal action which the Last Chancers have not undertaken, including but not limited to suicide assaults on sieged cities, rear-guard actions against overwhelming foes, daring commando raids into enemy territory, human shield operations, and holding the breach throughout unrelenting assaults. It is the Last Chancers' duty to the Emperor to die defending his realm and many accept this as the depressing truth of their situation. Escape attempts are surprisingly low, perhaps due to the Captain's reputation for delivering the Emperor's redemption personally to those who cannot stand the fires of battle. When not in combat, active Last Chancers are held on-board starships, heavily guarded by MPs or Naval Ratings. Captain Garon also keeps a separate penal facility in an anonymous location to which he transfers convicted NIF troopers he has selected as potentially useful for future missions. These prisoners (no matter their actual original sentence) are kept in life imprisonment until the time they are offered their 'last chance'.
CO: Cpt Drake Garon
XO: Lt Niun Intel