~Join The Legion Today~ BrownEyedGirl7 Old-Seadog mokwar The Tottot To protect the interests of the Dominion, Strategos (Commander) Theodosius, under the jurisdiction of Regina Alijol Inkalla-Herennia (rightful ruler of the Dominion, mother of the Asrakosians and leader to the Herenii, blessed be her name), has ordered that a military be created and trained. All able-bodied citizens of the Dominion- be they man or woman of whatever race and class- are welcome to join the 1st Legion. Citizens may join as a legionary (more on these differences later), and non-citizens may join the Auxiliary contingents. All joining must observe the laws of both Valerius and Astrakhan, and must swear undying fealty and loyalty to the Queen and Her Representatives. Nobility means nothing- all who join will be trained thoroughly in the weapons given to them, and will not receive special treatment. Below are the current cohorts a citizen may join: (For an OOC reference, a citizen is anyone who is an Asrakosian, Valerian or anyone else who has lived in the Dominion prior to this post- you may become a citizen at anytime by joining the towns of Astrakhan or Valerius. Auxiliaries are simply mercenaries who have skills in certain martial arts that are NOT interested in joining the Dominion. At the end of their service (i.e, any wars that pop up) they are given their pay and the chance to become an official citizen of the Dominion.) The Skutatoi: The basic yet versatile foot-soldier of the Legion. All soldiers in this cohort are given a spear, triangular kite shield, an arming sword, spathion or xiphos, and a flanged mace or morningstar. They will be trained to use all of these weapons in different situations (the mace for plate-armored opponents, the spear for cavalry and the swords for men in chain or subarmalis). Soldiers are given a variety of quality armors, usually in a combination. Generally, a lamellar or scale-mail hauberk is worn over a chainmail shirt and a leather or cloth padded chestpiece known as a "subarmalis". They are given either ridge helmets, spangenhelms, or Boeotian helmets- all with a chainmail coif and aventail. Above, the SkutatoiThe Psiloi: These are the light infantry- armed with the Asrakosian recurve, composite bow. Such bows are made of horn, sinew and maple wood- and launch arrows with enough force strong enough to pierce chainmail or lamellar hauberks and occasionally chest-plates. While not as strong as crossbows, they are certainly not to be taken lightly. Anyone joining this cohort must be well versed in the use of the bow and heavy javelin. They are lightly armored- usually in subarmalis or boiled leather armor, with steel greaves and a simple montefortino helmet. If they are caught in melee, they are expected to use the gladius and buckler. Subunit: Toxotes- There are times when archers must engage an enemy who is more heavily armed than they are. As such, a portion of Psiloi are armored in either leather lamellar or coat-of-plates, with a mail hauberk underneath them for extra protection. They are also given a mail coif and a spangenhelm with a mail aventail. They generally use the same bows and javelins as their lighter counterparts- but can also be trained to use a crossbow. Above, the variants of the Psiloi. The Toxotes is depicted on the far left. The slinger variant is outdated, and usually reserved for crowd-control and party games. The Kataphractoi: This cohort is arguably the strongest and most exclusive unit of soldiers to join- second to the Imperial Tagmata. Mounted upon swift, powerful steeds (who are barded in lamellar or chain), and armed with lance (either a couched lance or the two-handed kontos), mace/morningstar, kopis/spathion and Asrakosian recurve- these men are no laughing matter. Only men who have achieved feats of true bravery and leadership can be expected to even be nominated to join. Their training is brutal and unlike anything the world has seen. Men who are attempt to become a Cataphract must be loyal Asrakosians or Valerians, have served 2-5 years in the army, and must be willing to go above and beyond the call of leadership. Candidates are made to stand in the sweltering heat and frigid cold in full armor and go without sleep for at least 4 days- then take a hike in formation- among other things. Should they qualify, these soldiers are given the task of being the only cavalry force in the Dominion, and as such receive a very generous bonus as well as a few acres of land. They are expected to be armored in lamellar, chain/scale and a subarmalis, with a conical helmet (with chainmail concealing all of their face- except for their eyes) providing decent protection. Due to their abundance of armor, they usually carry a buckler while on horseback- though they do carry a kite shield when on foot. Above, the Kataphractoi and Tagmata, protecting their Strategos (middle). The Imperial Tagmata: The personal bodyguards of the Queen and Her Hands. Many are handpicked from the Kataphractoi- or simply veterans who have served well. While they are generally Asrakosian in descent, they can be anyone who is a citizen who has been in active military service for 10 years. They are the elite soldiers in the Legion, armored in a lamellar chest-piece, a chainmail hauberk, subarmalis and a variety of sturdy helmets. The Imperial Tagmata (or the "Scholarii") are trained to wield the deadly rhomphaia, the Dane axe, the mace, the arming sword and either the recurve bow or crossbow. They use a kite shield as both an offensive and defensive tool. While not in the regular army, they arguably receive the highest pay of any soldier, with the Kataphractoi being a close second. Above, the armor of an Imperial Guardsman. ~Auxiliary Contingents~ (Open and Searching for Recruits) Auxiliaries are anyone who wishes to join the Legion, but is not a citizen. They must be a member of an allied nation to the Dominion and must swear fealty to the Queen. While paid a bit less, they are given the chance to become an Asrakosian or Valerian citizen after 5 years of service and may be given a humble house so they may start their new life in the Dominion. Not to mention, foreigners fighting for the Queen are often highly respected for their selflessness and bravery. Due to the slow growth of the Dominion, one should not join the Auxiliaries in hopes of immediately getting their own home, hence the service period of five years. All auxiliaries are commanded by a citizen officer. One may bring their own weapons, but will inevitably be trained in the usage of standardized equipment. Above, a charioteer causes terror amongst the ranks of the enemy. Scythed Charioteers: Any and all fine horsemen who dare pilot these war-machines may sign up. Drawn by two horses half-barded in plate armor, this chariot is equipped with scythes in the axles of the wheel, as well as some spears or scythes attached to the yoke. The driver is accompanied by two men- both armored in a linothorax and plated mail- their faces covered in a frightening iron mask. Should the enemy get too close, one of the charioteers (who aren't driving, obviously) can make good use of a mace to bash the enemy, hopefully causing him to fall into the range of the deadly blades. While these contraptions are indeed effective, they are dangerous to drive and require flat grounds or smooth ramps. Above, brave Auxiliaries fend off attacks from barbarians. Their leader- a citizen- can be distinguished by the metal crest on his helmet. (Left, foreground) Auxiliary Infantry: Hailing from all over the world means people will bring different equipment- and standardizing the equipment can be expensive. To solve this issue, the Strategos has allowed the auxiliaries to bring their own arms and armor. The auxiliary infantry are composed of men and women who have either paid their next pay-check for the standard equipment or ones who brought their own. They are less heavily armored than the Skutatoi- as many people can only afford a subarmalis or a mail shirt and some sort of helmet. The auxiliaries are trained to use only two things- the spear and oval shield. Any other melee items- be it a sword, claymore, halberd or mace- is to be something that they train for in their own time, and may only be used as a secondary weapon. They are not very well equipped, and as such, it is in a recruits best-interests to buy a good mail hauberk and a sturdy helmet from their own local blacksmith.