Captain Maximillion “Zeus” Stryker is the commanding officer of the Schattenjägers. Stryker is a grizzled veteran of the Lyran Armed Forces. He and Sergeant Clumley came up through the ranks together and participated in most of the same campaigns (but good luck trying to get Clumley to open up about those past experiences). Stryker is not royalty but is fairly well connected politically. When forced to step from behind the scenes (where he prefers), Stryker pilots a Zeus battlemech with veteran skill. While having the political savvy to steer the Schattenjägers through the gray waters of the black-ops, military scene, Stryker seems to play it straight with the mechwarriors in his company regarding orders and information.