✠ THE COMPANY OF BALIAN ✠
The Company of Balian, formed in this hostile and cruel world, which seeks to hound these exiles from the fallen Holy Orenian Empire. The company formed in short order after the arrival of the Orenian exiles onto the land of Balian as a means to protect themselves, for they were now a state without an Army.
Although the Grand Duchy is new and untested, many of them exiles, some of which were Imperial State Army members came together in an attempt to create a military force for their newfound home, first it was Captain Darkwood, until he stepped down from the position.
Now after several years of being under the command of the Grand Duke of Balian, he has given the command to Peter Benedict d’Arkent, who now serves as the Captain of Company and Constable of Balian. Under whose guidance it is hoped that the Company is well established as a proper military force for the Grand Duchy of Balian and it's citizens.
“I shall serve dutifully to protect the people of Balian. This home of our exiled people.”
RANKS AND COMMAND OF THE COMPANY
The Constable of the Grand Duchy and the leader of the Company of Balian, The Captain holds absolute power over the Company, granted the power to reform and run the Company by the grace of His Imperial Highness, The Grand Duke of Balian. The Captain must ensure that the Company is well prepared for any threat that may come the way of the Grand Duchy and it's population. The rank is granted to a designated successor from one of the Lieutenants and until the death or retirement of the Captain the individual only answers to the Grand Duke and his Seneschal.
Second in authority within the Company of Balian, the Lieutenants are often delegated command whenever the Captain is occupied or incapacitated, and ensure that the chain of command within the Company is maintained. The number of Lieutenants is left to the desecration of the Captain, granting the position to as many officers as he requires. A Captain's successor is usually chosen from their ranks.
The final rank an enlisted can earn before they can be chosen as officers. These soldiers have proven their worth and have acquired many years of service within the Company, allowing them to earn the rank of Sergeant, seen as the veterans of the enlisted, stalwart and dedicated members of the Company. The roles models of the Company, they are tasked with taking the young and newly enlisted under their wing to ensure that they are developed to the same standards they were.
The senior soldiers of the Company. The Corporals are soldiers, with a good amount of experience and with contributions to the Company on a noteworthy scale. These soldiers are prioritized over the Privates with duties and even small leadership assignments during missions. The average Corporal in their day to day duties assists the Lieutenants and Sergeants in whatever task they need. Years of Experience under their belts, whether by luck or skill, these men are counted amongst the finest in the Company.
The backbone of the Company and the main defensive force. These soldiers are used for a multitude of tasks. Even the newest Private can one day learn and advance to reach heights beyond imagination, even to the rank of Captain with time and work. These soldiers are often used for simple duties, they represent the might of the Company of Balian, for the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. After several years of service many Privates proceed onto the Rank of Corporal
Newly inducted members of the Company, these new soldiers are trained and are given trials by the Captain and the officer corps of the Company so they that may pass the crucible of Recruits and become a Private.
A new recruit to the Company of Balian starts out as a candidate, they carry minimal military rights, have no right to make arrests and overall are considered soldiers in training.
To fully become a part of the Company of Balian and gain the rank of Private they must walk the path of flame, give the oath of the Company and finish their training. Upon accomplishing said tasks they are welcomed as Private within the Company and given their first official duties.
These soldiers are identified by their purple gambeson.
The Path of Flame
A tradition started in the very beginning of the Company of Balian. It is walked by any candidate as a test of willpower and annually by the whole Company as a memorial to those who have passed.
For recruits this involves lighting a torch at the very end of the path after walking there and returning to put their flame down along with others of The Company for their flame to burn until their demise, signaling their willpower and loyalty to the cause.
For the Company this means marching to the brazier, the highest ranking individual giving a speech and everyone lighting a torch, that they shall carry back to the city to place at a memorial for the fallen.
The path itself is a long path set out by stones in the sand. At the end of the path, a large brazier sits.
This is but one of the many traditions born from the long march which took the Imperial State Army from their heartlands down into the scorching sands.
The Brazier of the Fallen
In the path of flame there is a brazier at the end with signal fires to guide the way to it. The brazier and the flame inside it signifies the sacrifice of all soldiers and civilians, their willpower, hopes and dreams. The torches of fallen soldiers are thrown into the brazier so that the brazier and the fire would serve as a memorial for all.
Address of the Company
A formal address where soldiers of the Company of Balian are addressed by the Captain and informed of the happenings in the Company and The Grand Duchy of Balian, during this promotions are announced and if the monarch so desires awards given, after the address, pay is given out to soldiers.
Oath of the Company
I, _____, swear upon my body and soul to serve the Grand Duchy of Balian to the best of my ability. To follow all orders as a loyal soldier of the Company of Balian. To not betray the Grand Duchy of Balian, its royal family and values. I shall never falter in this duty, So Help Me God!
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