Messages From the Past
Arts: in the visual arts, Armitageans find all pursuits meaningful, but generally like them more if they convey an understandable, interpretable message. Due to this, abstract and surrealist art in Armitage is rare and considered of a lesser quality than classical realism. Despite the dominance of Realist-style art in Armitage, impressionist art is strong. While all visual arts are considered worthy, Armitgeans typically like oil paintings the most, although woodblock prints are popular in many rural areas. Weaving and tapestries are also considered impressive.
Despite Armitage’s respect of visual art, they consider it of a slightly lesser caste than their true artistic love: the written word. While Elves invented poetry (except epic-style) and Halflings philosophy, almost every other style of literature originated from Armitagean pens. The novel, the biography, the play, fiction writing, and the epic were all born in Armitage. The Armitagean literary tradition began with oral stories and commonly-held traditions being recorded in writing in 433 C.T. during the Warring Cities Era. This work came to be called the Book of Epics, as much of the recorded material was epic-style poetry. After the formation of the Republic of Armitage, writing exploded, with fiction, biographies, and novels all appearing within 20 years of the signing of the Articles of Formation. Today, Armitagean literature dwarfs all other national traditions, and even Cilesian nobles read Armitagean classics such as the Agincourt cycle, This Bloodstained Earth, The Life and Times of Gaius Caster, and Somewhere South of Heaven.
Armitagean serials (a regularly-published series of short stories) are very widely read as a sort of pop literature throughout the continent. The most successful of these is The Adventures of the Magnificent Five which is an ongoing series of stories about the “Magnificent Five”—an elite mercenary group of 5 heroes including a self-described “flame-boyant” mage, a mischievous thief, a world-weary cleric, a heroic but lecherous knight, and an erudite spirit-conjuror battling evil monsters and kings in a faraway land. The series mythos was only further cemented when a scandal in Urarail occurred in 1594, when it was found that a small enclave of wanna-be necromancers were trying to actually create the undead wraiths that serve as the main antagonists of the series—several back issues of the serial were found to be their primary “blueprints.” This series is quite likely the best-selling and most widely read work of writing in modern history.
Despite the tradition of attending the recitation of epic poetry by a Word Sage (literary scholar) dating to the formation of human settlements in Armitage, it is still quite popular to attend such events. Even small villages turn in en masse for such performances.
The oddest and most unique development in Armitagean art history is the elevation of cooking to art form. Armitageans consider chefs not mere cooks, but artists painting with knife and pepper shaker. See the FOOD entry for more. It is often said that the only artist an Armitagean writer respects is a chef. Indeed, one could argue that cooking is the highest prized art form in Armitage.
Musically, Armitageans enjoy all varieties of music, especially stringed instruments. However, an Armitagean will listen to any musical style by any instrument if he/she has the time. While not as vaunted as the writing or culinary arts, musicians have no trouble finding listeners in Armitage.
An emerging art from in Armitage is the “musical epic.” Such an event has the Word Sage reciting the epic, and at certain key points in the epic, a small group of musicians usually playing stringed instruments will provide background music or musical interludes
Food: while other nations consider cooking a nice skill, in Armitage it is elevated to an art form. The Gourmet Academy in the capital is world famous for turning out new elite chefs and culinary masterminds. A master-rank chef in Armitage is given the same prestige and accolades awarded to a master artisan.
In terms of actual dishes, Armitageans tend towards one rule only: go big with flavor or don’t cook. Forgoing the heavy creams of Cilesian cooking and the subtleties of Urarailian food, Armitagean cooks like to bring the heat. Spice rubs, peppers, and chilies often figure into Armitagean preparations. Armitagean cooks are also adamant about “only fresh” food—that is to say, the use only local, fresh ingredients, believing preserved food to be inferior in quality.
Additionally shocking to Cilesian and Odessan palates is the fact that both seafood and pork are wildly popular up and down the social strata in Armitage. Wood grilled, slow-smoked pork and beef are very popular in interior areas of Armitage, while seafood tends to barely eclipse such dishes in coastal areas. Shellfish and fish are both frequent ingredients in costal and near-coastal areas.
In terms of fruit and vegetables, Armitagean dishes usually include at least one of either to any dish. Corn is the most common vegetable and plums are the most consumed fruit.
Unlike Forenza and the Cilesian Empire, buffalo is rarely consumed in Armitage due to the higher price from importing it.
Common Superstitions/Traditions: Before leaving on deployment, it is customary for a legionnaire to receive 1) a kiss on the cheek from his mother, so that he may know he has his family’s love, 2) a kiss from his beloved, so he knows he has something to return to, 3) his shield is presented to him by his father (or son, depending on his age), so he knows he is being counted on
If one spies an eagle while on a journey, then the journey is supposed to have good luck
If someone breaks his word or vow, then he will break a bone soon after
For those who live near them, the ancient forests of Armitage are sacred—as the people there believe in and respect the Forest Spirits (groups of semi-mythical creatures that reside in the ancient groves of central and southern Armitage’s forests)
Architecture: Armitageans like lots of windows (tendency to use natural light) and favor both geometric shapes and more progressive designs. Armitgeans also believe that buildings of function can also have beauty. Examples of such philosophy include the North Point Fortress (Portico of Horses, Court of the Eagles) and Picon Fleet Headquarters—both are military command buildings that have aesthetic touches merely for the sake of looking nice.
Favored building materials in Armitage are brick, stucco cement, and stone—wood is used in smaller buildings or when the other materials are not readily available
The principal and most foundational rule of Armitagean architecture is to never disturb the natural area—the most famous example of this is the Alabaster Hall (capitol building of the republic)
Police/Laws: Armitagean police are reserve legionnaires. While some legions are always on active duty, others are on reserve. While on reserve, legionnaires act as policemen, search-and-rescue services, firemen, and medics.
Laws are written and passed by the Senate, which elections are held for every 10 years. Each province of Armitage has 3 Senators representing it, and a Senator that has sufficiently displeased his constituency might face an Accounting, which is a political convention in which the people of the Senator in question’s province order him to return to his home province and answer their questions at an open meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting, the people then vote on whether to remove him from office or send him back to the capital.
Each province is administrated by a Proconsul, who is appointed by the Senate from a group of candidates from the province in question. Like Senators, a Proconsul is also subject to Accountings if he proves sufficiently incompetent or unpopular.
Laws are enforced by the 2 Consuls. Both Consuls are elected biannually and have wide-ranging powers varying from military command to policy making. There are 2 Consuls as the Republic’s founders feared a single powerful executive leader, as it would be easy for such a leader to make himself a king.
Laws are checked and approved by the Grand Court. The Grand Court is made up of 3 Hashaan Judges. The Hashaan Judges are charged with keeping the people’s best interests in mind when legislation is debated and passed in the Senate. If any Judge finds a proposed law or bill to be unacceptable on behalf of the Armitagean people, he will veto it, instantly killing the proposed bill. Each Judge has veto power, and the other 2 Judges most vote to override the 3rd Judge’s veto. The Grand Court also acts as the highest legal court in the land, trying cases that affect the whole of Armitage or hearing appeals cases that have reached them. Hashaan Judges are elected by the people and hold their offices for life.
Armitagean political office is somewhat unique in that while it is considered an honor to hold elected office, it is primarily considered a civic responsibility. That is to say, Armitagean politicians exercise their powers with a grave sense of responsibility and duty, and to abuse their powers would be considered a violation of the entire nation’s trust and punished most severely. This idea of what a politician should be is reflected in the salary: every Armitagean politician is paid the exact same amount, and their salary is always identical to an average Armitagean day-laborer’s pay.
Armitage has the legendary Legions at their command. Invented shortly after the foundation of the Republic, the Armitagean legionnaire is the foremost soldier in the world today. Despite being badly outnumbered by their Cilesian rivals, Armitage is by far the ascendant military power, due to their well-trained, well-equipped soldiers led by the greatest military minds in the world.
There are 20 legions, and at any given time, approximately 11 of the legions are deployed on active duty, and 9 are kept on standby reserve and can be deployed in a crisis
- 1 legion = 6,000 legionnaires—4300 heavy infantry, 500 Regal Dress Cavalry, 800 archers, 30 battle mages, 20 clerics, 350 support personnel (physicians, engineers, etc.)
- 1 legion = 6 cohorts of 1,000 legionnaires = 6,000 legionnaires
- 1 cohort = 5 echelons of 200 legionnaires = 1,000 legionnaires
- 1 echelon = 20 squads of 10 legionnaires = 200 legionnaires
- 1 squad = 10 legionnaires
The Armitagean military names its equipment, formations, and special titles in Old Common, the language that was spoken in the southern plains from about 300-700 CT. That language was a combination of early human dialects arising from tribal languages and Dwarvo-Elven. The legions maintain its use out of tradition. Ranks and orders are given in Common.
Important words in Old Common:
Imperator: “one with imperium”—loose translation: great leader
Early Military History
After the formation of the original human city-states in the southern plains, each city formed a militia to police the city and guard its borders. These militias were volunteer forces drawn from the citizens of each city, and early on there was no standardized equipment.
By 400 CT, several of the city-states, most notably San Salvacion, Thade, and White Horizon, had risen in size and influence. As these cities expanded their influence and reach, competition developed. San Salvacion, Thade, and White Horizon began a 3-way rivalry for supremacy in trade and influence in the countryside towns and hamlets. War eventually broke out between these three cities, and each fielded the first human armies, beginning the Warring Cities Era. The soldiers of these armies provided their own equipment, with the mainstay of the armies fighting as hoplites. These city-state wars were formal, almost stately affairs, and entire wars would consist of a single battle in which the 2 sides would agree on a time and location, field their phalanxes and the winner of the battle won whatever was being disputed, no questions asked. This kept casualties and bitter feelings to a minimum. Around 450, the lorica hamata armor was developed in Thade, giving that city an edge in land battles for some years. In these inter-city wars, hostilities were kept to a minimum, and battle was generally avoided. While rivals and enemies, the three cities understood they had much in common, and would thus keep most hostilities on the battlefield and not hold grudges.
In 502, White Horizon fielded the largest human army in history up to that point and launched a direct attack on Thade, a concept unheard of before this time. After San Salvacion, who was allied with Thade at this point in history, sent forces to break the siege, and together the combined forces defeated White Horizon’s army. Thade’s forces went on to besiege and sack White Horizon itself in 505. The destruction of one of the largest city-states badly shook and disturbed the other cities, and in 506, the city-states of the southern plains signed a lasting Non-Aggression Pact. This pact ended the Warring Cities Era.
From 506 to 755, each city-state maintained its army, but they were much smaller in size than they were during the Warring Cities Era, and were primarily used as police forces. After Armitage was formed in 755, the cities began to slowly unify their militaries, and in 770, a central command was formed in San Salvacion and all equipment was standardized and issued by the government itself. The Armitagean military at this point was primarily hoplite infantry equipped with the lorica hamata armor, with a very small amount of unarmored archers, javelin skirmishers, and irregulars as support—at this time, the army looked nothing like the legions it was to become.
In 798, with war with Urarail looming, the Armitagean government was facing a dire situation. Armitage was fielding a well-trained force with reliable if not outstanding equipment, but their tactics were centuries out-of-date and the military small compared to the vast Elven hosts. It was at this point that the most singularly important individual in Armitagean history emerges: Gaius Caster, who would later be renamed Gaius Caesar (Caesar meaning “conqueror” in Old Common). Caster was actually a scholar teaching in San Salvacion at this time, and was called in as part of a special team put together by the Senate to research ways to upgrade the military.
During this process, Caster advocated a radical revamping and complete rebuilding of the military, in which he emphasized the importance of 1) superior training, 2) superior leadership, and 3) the doctrine of combined arms. His presentation of his ideas so impressed the Senate that they put him in charge of instituting them, and was made a General and named the first Magister Militum. Over the next 2 years, he radically altered the training, tactics, and shape of the military, and instituted the demanding training regimen still used in Armitage to this day—he also was the first trainee to go through his own system. On the eve of Urarail’s invasion in 800, he formally decreed his 30,000 man force the “Army of the Republic.”
Urarail’s invasion forces were caught completely off-guard by this new human army, and were rebuffed when an unusually hot summer, even by Armitagean standards, forced them to abandon their campaign in 802. With some breathing room, the Senate, at the request and guidance of Gaius Caster, renamed Gaius Caesar after his stunning victory over Urarail’s army in the Central Forest, passed the Military Reform Act of 803, thus bringing the legions into being. The rest is history.
Notes on the legions
- 1st Legion: the oldest legion; always stationed at San Salvacion; has the distinction of being the legion that was born out of the original “Army of the Republic” Gaius Caesar commanded in the opening years of the wars with Urarail; current commander is Consul Vergil Gray
- Army of the Republic: the proto-legion formed and commanded by the legendary Gaius Caesar—was originally a 30,000 men strong volunteer unit that in the Military Reform Act of 803 became the 1st Legion—Gaius Caesar went on to command the 1st Legion and his 2 chief subordinates became the first commanders of the 2nd and 3rd Legions; since the reforms of 803, new legions are periodically added depending on the needs of the nation—by the end of the wars with Urarail, there were 14 legions, and the last 6 were added during the conflicts with the Cilesian Empire over the years
- 2nd Legion: one of the original 3 legions; always stationed at Thade
- 3rd Legion: one of the original 3 legions; always stationed at St. Ark
- 5th Legion: the current Flag Legion—that is, the legion the current Magister Militum is in charge of; as such, it is currently stationed at North Point; the 5th is a storied legion
- 8th Legion: the Armitage Archipelago legion; always stationed in the southern islands—also called the “frog legion” due to their uncanny aptitude for both sailing and land combat
- 13th Legion: the most feared of all legions—present at every major battle in Armitage’s history since its inception in 810 C.T.; they have played critical roles in some of Armitage’s most important battles and have an infamous reputation amongst Armitage’s foes as being the “Kill-‘em-All Thirteenth”; they historically request to be at the front of the van; currently stationed at Fort Vigilance in the Costa Vista Province
- 15th Legion: the “Sun Killers”—a legion renown for the amount and quality of its archers—it is said that they can darken the noon sky with the amount of arrows they can unleash within a few moments; currently stationed at Fort Axis in the Northwestern Frontier Province
- 21st Legion: while never a formal part of the Armitagean military, the 21st Legion was an active and at times important combat force in the Great War; called the “Independent Legion” as they were an independent fighting unit not of Armitage, this legion was made up of Forenzan volunteers that offered their services in hopes of being able to fight their former Cilesian overlords—the legion had a different hierarchy and tactics than a normal legion, and was commanded by Forenzan officers who took their overall orders from the legionary command. This legion used a modified version of the lorica segmenta armor that has come to be called the lorica forenzate. At the conclusion of the Great War, the warriors of the 21st were made honorary legionnaires and the designation of Legio XXI was retired.
Key Armitagean military assets
: general headquarters for all legions—simultaneously the military command building and a fortress protecting San Salvacion—originally a small fort protecting the city-state of San Salvacion before the formation of Armitage, was rebuilt as the legion HQ in 770.
: located inside the North Point complex and named after Admiral Henry Picon, the first admiral in Armitage’s history—very unique architecture—building was designed to be an art work as well as command building
: a military fortress and towering lighthouse built at the mouth of St. Ark harbor—dates back to before the formation of the Republic—while not heavily garrisoned compared to some of the Border Forts, it is incredibly defensible, allowing a force of only a 100 men or so to defend it against enemy forces well over 20 times that size
: military fortifications not within 50 miles of any international border—serve as individual legion’s field headquarters, part of back-up defense network, and generally a place nearby civilians can take refuge in—while smaller than Border Forts, they are no less-well constructed or maintained
: military fortifications within 50 miles of an international border—serve as frontline defenses of Armitage and are often the headquarters of 1 to 3 legions—tend to be much larger than Interior Forts
: the training center for all new recruits into the legion—in proximity to Thade and built on the outer fringes of the desert in northwestern Armitage—absolutely massive training center and barracks; does not house any legion, but contains almost all legionnaires-in-training
: training center for all commissioned officers (Captain and above) and all mages and clerics recruited into the legion—no where near as large as Anchorhead, but has classrooms and facilities to train arcane legionnaires and officers—located 10 miles west of San Salvacion
Magister Militum: overall military leader of Armitage
General: commands 1 legion NAVY: Admiral
Colonel: commands 1 cohort NAVY: Commander
Captain: commands 1 echelon NAVY: Vice Commander
Sergeant: commands 1 squad NAVY: Marine Sergeant
Legionnaire First-Class/Legionnaire Specialist
So a legion has 1 General, 6 colonels, 30 captains, and 600 sergeants—any officer with the rank of Captain or above is a “legionary legate”—that is, an officer of the camp and entrusted with specific duties when the legion is at camp, on the march, etc.; legates also comprise the command staff of each legion’s general
Each legion has a legion standard of a golden eagle that is a rallying point and symbol of that legion—it is considered a great disgrace if the standard is lost or struck down; this standard is considered the physical embodiment of the legion’s soul—it is a great honor to be asked to carry it on the march or into battle
A legion will never retreat from battle. It will either achieve victory or die on the field—that is the legion’s first rule. A legionnaire who breaks rank and flees the field is considered an exile from the Legions—should he ever be caught, he would be executed or exiled. These two rules have helped established Armitage as a preeminent military power—while never the nation ruling the most land or fielding the most troops, it is Armitagean armies that have won nation-shattering battles and been led by the legendary generals.
Armitage’s general philosophy in warfare is to go for quick, decisive victories, and they have shown an aversion to prolonging conflicts. Given this attitude, the Legions will offer battle in all-or-nothing situations that other nations try to avoid, and will attempt to force their foe to accept these Austerlitz-like scenarios. The general staff shows an almost obscene amount of confidence in their men, and are willing to gamble everything simply on the belief in their men’s individual prowess.
Historically, Armitage has been able to defeat foes holding vast numerical advantages by using: 1) superior equipment, 2) superior discipline and leadership, and 3) an almost fanatical willingness to fight until victory is achieved. It is this willingness to endure and the ability to replace soldiers that gives Armitage its greatest strength.
The Founts are shrines of unparalleled importance for Armitage. It is said that the Founts are the places where 1) Hashaa first touched earth after leaving on his self-imposed exile from Alabhamra and 2) Arnhem fell to earth and cursed Hashaa for all time. The exact nature of the Founts are unknown except to those who have seen it. Many rumors exist.
The Hashaan Fount is located a few miles north of San Salvacion in Costa Vista Province. The Warrior’s Fount is located at Camp Anchorhead (this is why Anchorhead was built where it is). Any Armitagean who seeks direction in his life is encouraged to go to either, as supposedly whatever or whoever is at the Founts can give life-altering inspiration. Every legionnaire goes to one of the Founts (usually the Warrior’s Fount) upon the commencement of his training. This is a long-standing tradition that has never been broken.
Armitagean legionary archers use the longbow as their standard weapon. While Armitage has access to compound bows and crossbows, they prefer to field men with longbows out of tradition. Archers wear lighter armor (lorica feathera) that allows for more movement than a standard legionnaire, and have a shortsword or battle ax as a back-up weapon. They can engage in the thick of battle if called on to do so.
The Legions will use battering rams and catapults as siege weapons. Unlike the Cilesians, they normally do not field trebuchets.
Armitagean Regal Dress Cavalry differs quite noticeably from their Cilesian and Odessan counterparts. Armitagean cavalrymen wear a “light-heavy” armor that includes torso armor, upper arm protection, and helmet. While the armor they have is quite heavy and durable, the legs below the knee and ¾ of the arm are not covered by any protection more than a durable cloth or gauntlets. In contrast to the standard, uniform appearance of the infantry segmenta armor, cavalry armor is often given ornate finishes and detailed decoration. Thus, legionnaire cavalry is a hybrid between screening light cavalry and traditional heavy cavalry. Armitagean cavalry fight with the spear, longsword, mace, and bow. Their role in battle is to cover the flanks until the moment they are summoned to charge, and to lure and spring ambushes on enemy infantry. During some engagements between Urarail and Armitage during the later Elven Wars, elf soldiers nicknamed the legionary cavalry “Regal Dresses” due to their resemblance to Urarailian nobles’ armor. The Armitagean riders later heard of the name and took a liking to it, hence providing Armitagean horse units with their official name of Regal Dress Cavalry
The Armitagean navy is comprised of legionnaires—legionnaires on ships are trained in both land combat and ship duties—the navy is not a separate service branch, but to avoid confusion, rank names are changed when on a ship.
In terms of battle formation, each legion has a block of infantry outfitted with spear, longsword, and shield that takes up the front and center of the formation, with cavalry situated on either flank. Archers march behind the main infantry group, but might move out onto the flanks in a pitched battle. Mages and clerics are interspersed throughout the ranks to provide firepower and healing.
There are 3 standard formations for the legion: Phalanx, Melee, and Tortoise. Phalanx formation is a standard phalanx with the legionnaires presenting a spear wall in a specific direction. Melee formation calls for the legionnaires to discard their spears, draw swords, and space out more to give each legionnaire ample room to use his weapon. Finally, Tortoise formation calls for the legionnaires on the edge of the infantry block to present their shields to the outside, while all others hoist their shields above their heads—thereby creating a shield-shell designed to protect the soldiers from missile fire. The Legions use the Phalanx if facing enemy cavalry, Melee against enemy infantry, and Tortoise if under heavy fire or approaching any enemy fortification or walled town. A Legion can assume Melee formation in under a minute, but it takes almost 3-5 minutes to reassemble the Phalanx properly. Tortoise formation can also be assumed in under a minute. Melee formation is considered the “standard” formation and is the formation assumed if a legion is ambushed or facing an unknown tactical situation. Phalanx formation was the previous standard, but was discarded during the 50 Years War when Cilesian light infantry began having some success flanking it. The versatility of the Armitagean legion, being able to transition from phalanx to agile sword infantry in under a minute, is considered to be one of their greatest strengths on the battlefield.
Armitagean spears are quite similar to the Greek doru spear. They are about 6-7 feet long, and have a steel thrusting blade and a bronze rear blade. The rear blade is for planting the spear into the ground or for rear ranks to finish off fallen enemies the phalanx has advanced over already. The Armitagean spear is not nearly as long as the Dwarven battle pike (which range from 13 to 20 feet long), but its lighter weight allows the legionnaire to still effectively use his shield. However, given the smaller length of the Armitagean spear, an opposing phalanx using Dwarven pikes (ex: the army of the Dwarven city Trier Hold), could theoretically destroy an Armitagean phalanx without ever being threatened. Then again, an Armitagean would reply that is why the Melee formation exists.
Legionnaires use the scutum shield, which is a slightly rounded, rectangular metal shield with leather straps that allow a soldier to use it on his arm or strap it over his back. The scutum replaced the hoplon round shield when Gaius Caster formed the Army of the Republic.
There are 4 types of armor used by the legion throughout its history; it currently uses the lorica segmenta and lorica feathera armors. The lorica hamata was retired shortly after the close of the Elven Invasion of 802, and the lorica forenzate was used exclusively by the 21st Legion. The lorica segmenta is plate armor that is interconnected and fastened by leather straps—it has the weight of medium armor, but is unrivaled by almost anything but Dwarven Heavy War Gear in terms of protection and durability. It is used by the infantry and, in a slightly modified version, by Regal Dress Cavalry.
The lorica feathera is a lighter, stripped down version of the segmenta armor that is used by the archers. The feathera armor entered service in 1510 CT during the 50 Years War.
The lorica hamata was a chain mail armor used by the human city-states from 450 CT and into the years after the formation of Armitage. It was used by the legions in the wars with Urarail, but was retired in favor of the newer, stronger segmenta armor.
The lorica forenzate was a lighter, modified version of the segmenta armor that combined elements of Forenzan gear into the design, such as substituting in leather for metal and making the armor generally lighter and more flexible. Lorica forenzate armor was never standardized and given the high amount of personal customization of each suit of armor, two forenzate armors will be similar but never identical.
The original clipper ship design by Armitagean, Halfling, and Gnomish researchers; a good mix of speed and size; used commercially by many and militarily by the Republic of Armitage and the Islas del Sol Self-Defense Forces, forming the backbone of both the Armitagean and Islas del Sol fleets
1) ASV Liberty, ASV Resolute, ASV Midwinter
A new design from the Republic of Armitage’s naval forces—designed for fast-paced combat and unrivaled speed and maneuvering; much smaller than the Acclaim-class but unmatched in speed and handling—tough hulls and weapons, but no match for a capital ship; very versatile
ASV King of Red Lions, ASV Claimh Solais, ASV Vengeful Wind
A new design from the Republic of Armitage’s naval forces—designed for large-scale fleet actions against overwhelming enemy numbers—these ships are massive, boasting armaments that border on the obscene—while much slower than the Exile-class, these monster’s triple-reinforced hulls and cutting-edge weaponry make them the terror of the seas these ships cost a fortune to build and maintain, and are quite slow compared to almost anything else (but retain good maneuvering); one Lionheart-class ship is designed to match an entire Cilesian galley task force; an unabashed battleship, currently only 3 exist
ASV Valiant, ASV Adorned Victory, ASV Fierce Allegiance
The back 2 lines of both Phalanx and Melee formations are comprised of the triarii. The triarii is a special class of legionnaire that has fought in 3 or more separate campaigns. As such, there are very few triarii compared to normal legionnaires and they are hardened veterans. The word “triarii” is an Old Common word meaning “triple,” and the word is used to reflect the 3-time veteran status of these soldiers. Triarii wear heavier armor, are equipped with a claymore instead of a longsword, and wear special plumed helmets. Whenever the legion is in distress, such as when a phalanx is flanked or has lost cohesion, the triarii are called to the front and form a double-line of claymore-wielding swordsmen to cut down the enemy, giving the rest of the legion time to reform and regroup. Triarii are used when the legion is in grave danger or to decide the battle when the critical moment comes; they are elite veterans equipped to the hilt with best and heaviest armor and weapons. Their place in the legions has lead to 2 expressions that have become everyday idioms in Armitage: to say “it has come to the triarii” means that a situation is desperate and to say that one is ready “to go to the triarii” means that you have decided to carry on to the bitter end.
An “imperator” is not an actual military rank, but a title given to an Armitagean general of awesome martial prowess. It can only be conferred by his legion en masse. It is granted at the end of an epic battle in which the legion has achieved total victory—the legionnaires will turn towards their commander and began chanting “Imperator! Imperator!” This is the only possible way to become an Imperator. Imperators are living legends and regarded as a master of war—even by other nations. During the 50 Years War, an entire Cilesian army broke and routed in sheer terror upon seeing the enemy Armitagean force was led by a general who was an Imperator; that Cilesian army outnumbered their foe 5-to-1.
The word “imperator” comes from Dwarvo-Elven, the now-extinct mother language of modern Dwarven and Elven. The originating word is “imperium”—which is a word meaning “the spirit of true command.”
An Imperator is regarded by all Armitagean legions, especially his own, as a living symbol of power and glory. If an Imperator so chose, it would be relatively easy for him to overthrow the Senate and establish himself as the sole ruler of Armitage. Indeed, most of the legions would support him out of sheer admiration.
Despite this awesome power, every Imperator has remained true to the Armitagean government. At the close of whatever conflict the Imperator has emerged victorious in, he will return to San Salvacion for a “triumph.” A triumph is a parade/spectacle that is the ultimate honor that can be bestowed on an Armitagean soldier. The general, with his legion, marches to San Salvacion, where the Senate and the Consuls meet him at the War Gate on the outskirts of the city. The Imperator will then surrender his “imperium” to the Senate, showing his loyalty to the Republic. The general then gives the standing account of his legion. The Senators and Consuls will then thank him for his service and congratulate him on his victory. A massive parade then starts at the War Gate, ending at the Alabaster Hall. The marching order is as follows:
1) a group of musicians, usually trumpeters
2) a group of Senators bearing the flag of Armitage
3) a collection of war plunder and important prisoners
4) the legionnaires, with the legion battle standard at the very front of the column
5) the Imperator and his legionary legates, on horseback
Legionnaires do not march in full battle gear in the triumph parade. They wear their armor minus the helmet, their sword, and a ceremonial red cloak given to them for the occasion. They do not march with their long spear, helmet, or shield, as it would hinder them from enjoying the parade. The Imperator is given a golden cloak to wear. Upon arriving at the Alabaster Hall, the entire legion is treated to a feast of unimaginable proportions and entertainment. The feast continues well into the night and ends when the last legionnaire has had his fill of food and drink. It is usually customary for a statue or portrait of the Imperator to be commissioned and placed in the Alabaster Hall.
It is customary for an Imperator to be referred to as such for the remainder of his life—for example, Consul Grey is an Imperator, so an Armitagean soldier might call him “Imperator” while addressing him.
Current military leaders:
- General James Landsdrod: Magister Militum of the Legions, General of the 5th Legion
- Consul Vergil Gray: General of the 1st Legion, noted tactician and veteran warrior; the only living Imperator
The Magister Militum is a normal General who has a position of authority over all other generals—he takes orders from only the Senate and Consuls, and is responsible for overall strategy—the name comes from the Armitagean name for civic officials “magister”—examples of magisters include Magister Quaesto (officer of infrastructure) and Magister Aedile (officer of law and government)—so, Magister Militum would mean Officer of the Military
• “An Armitagean does not ask how many. He only asks where.”—Gaius
• “Today is a good day to die! Today is a great day to meet the Gods! So let us send the enemy screaming to meet their Gods today!”—General Cato Maxwell of the 2nd Legion during the 50 Years War
• “And finally men, let us fight to keep the horrors of war from our home!”—General Vergil Gray at the Battle of the Burning Sands
• “You men want your orders? I want to see blood. I want to taste blood. I want to bathe in their blood for a week. Now, KILL THEM ALL!”—General Dorian Bell of the 13th Legion during the Elven Wars—the 13th had just caught up with an Urarailian army that had massacred an Armitagean town; this quote, along with the resulting slaughter the 13th Legion inflicted, is how the 13th gained their sobriquet of the “Kill-em-All Thirteenth”
• “When in doubt, attack.”—legionary maxim
• “What land knows not our blood?”—motto of the 1st Legion
• “We live with glory, or with glory die.”—motto of the 5th Legion