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THE VERBANTINE COMPANY

 

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“Honour the past, conquer the future.”

 


 

PREAMBLE

 

“Prepare to face the consequences of your impotence, for you will know me as the

justice that will shatter the illusions of your feeble rule.”

 

— St. Arpad Ivanovich of Vilacz to John VI, during the Coup of Adelburg

 

The collapse of the Empire of Renatus and the succeeding dissolution of its prominent houses led to a significant decline in the martial prowess once held by the warlords of the House of Vilac. During this period of all, the many once-proud Vilachian corsairs spread through the realm, serving across different campaigns of the War of Two Emperors and the AIS war. While these men found prominent success, it would not be until the reformation of the Duchy of Adria in 1904 that Leonid Vilac would proudly reform the house to its greatness within the city of Velec.

 

In 1925, the sudden disappearance of Leonid left the charge of the House of Vilac to his brother, Fedor Vilac - a merchant and trader. With a dwindling houseguard, Fedor turned to the host of the once-proud lords of Rivia, who had recently hailed from their exile following the dissolution of the Kingdom of Oren. To solidify this union, Fedor would marry his sister to Vibius Antonius, and take his son Edward Aurelius under his wardship. He would furthermore turn to his distant kin of Ivanovich for men to command his army: Sveneld Ivanovich and Peter Montalt. The fruit of its promulgation: the Verbantine company.

 

The Verbantine are knightly in order, yet follow a fierce codex in accordance with their brutal militaristic virtues and the rules of whomever employs them. The Verbantine company pledges their loyalty to the house of Vilac and their branches, if none are found fit to lead,  then to their maternal predecessor, the house of Ivanovich. While the company is under the direct service of its liege, it retains its independent will to serve and act on its own behest and do the duties of a mercenary.

 


 

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Exiled Rivian Heavy Cavalry arriving in Verbant.

 


 

RANK AND STRUCTURE

 

“With my final breath, I choose freedom over chains. Let history remember

me not as a captive, but as a lord who defied fate itself.”

 

 — Duke Charles of Rivia, before his final stand in Kaer Coch

 

Commandant

The Commander is the centerpiece of the entire army, and it is he who determines its course. Although he may appoint subordinates to handle certain matters of logistics, intelligence, and training, the responsibility of ensuring those are done to perfection falls solely on his shoulders. On all military matters, especially in times of war, his word is penultimate, with only the count being able to overrule him should he wish. With the power wielded by the Lord Marshal comes great expectations, and it is not uncommon for a poor Commander to be executed for failures on the battlefield; however, in times such as these, where there is a want of manpower, a simple beating typically suffices. 

 

Capitan

The Captains of the Verbantine serve as the second in command of the company. They handle much of the day to day operations, carrying out direct orders from the Commander and ensuring the army is functioning as intended. Captains oversee the three crucial tasks of the Company: gathering resources, training soldiers, and recruiting new soldiers, respectively. They are the officers who interact most with the rank-and-file on the day to day and generally have a good deal of autonomy in carrying out their task. 

 

Serjeant

Each sergeant accompanies each captain to make sure that the lower ranks stay in line and on task. Primarily a disciplinarian, sergeants are often feared, sometimes despised, but always a respected and valuable part of the Company. They also serve as an intermediary of sorts between the common soldiers and the higher officers, requiring a constant flow of communication.


Armsman

The armsmen are the backbone of the Company and comprise most of the army. Although they hold virtually no command, they are still entrusted with a number of important tasks. Comradery is seen as a cornerstone of the army, and it is the men-at-arms who typically find themselves fraternizing with each other, and sometimes those outside of the army, at the barracks, training grounds, or pubs. Most soldiers within the Company spend their whole lives as men-at-arms, for only those worthy deserve promotion.

 

Militant

These are the initiates of the Company, and these footmen are subject to perhaps the most brutal training before they may advance, resulting in a number of injuries and occasionally death. Unlike the other ranks in the Company, initiates may be promoted after completing their initial training and serving actively for a year, making it the only time a soldier may ascend from service alone. During times of war, initiates are often at the front lines in battle to test their mettle in a trial by fire; those who survive are promoted to armsmen, those who perish are given a soldier’s burial, and those who flee are burned at the stake. 

 

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An example of a Verbantine soldier.

 



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TRADITIONS

 

“What is ours, shall remain ours. What is not, will become ours!”

 

— Excerpts from the “Renatian party of Adria”, 1914

 

The Verbantine soldiery is known to be vehemently traditional, revering to their past and heritage.  Many of the men adhere to traditions of yore, such as raising bulls while on a campaign for them to be slaughtered as a sacrifice. Their foes and allies alike tend to depict them as brutish, brawny warriors who spare no quarter, oft impaling and flaying their foes after victory. Albeit, they are fiercely loyal, treating one another as brothers and kin. 

 

The Verbantine soldier may prove his worth by completing the most arduous of tasks, this is primarily executed through the Rivian tradition of the Boar Hunt. For a man to triumph over the boar is considered a test of true will and thus is expected of most Verbantine soldiers. This ceremony often marks the elevation from a Militant to an Armsman and is celebrated often with a grand feast. 


 

THE CODE OF CONDUCT 

 

  • A man under Verbantine command shall not; pillage, plunder, or torment unless explicitly permitted by his superior.

  • A man under Verbantine command shall adhere to his commander's every order, even if it leads to their demise. 

  • A man under Verbantine command shall not provoke nor cause hostilities on neutral or allied land.

  • A man under Verbantine command shall always uphold Adrian law and always be a stalwart defender of their homeland.

  • A man under Verbantine command will adhere to the laws of the land of their employment, and will never fight for another liege unless permitted.

  • A man under Verbantine command will keep himself presentable, with his hair shaved and beard well maintained, and a woman attached to the company will keep her hair tied or cut short.

  • A man under Verbantine command will not swear any other oaths other than that to the company and its liege. 

  • If a man of Elven origin aspires to join the Verbantine company, they must undergo a ceremonial clipping of the ear. 

 


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