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  1. Oisin O’Rourke withdraws himself to his private chambers. Feeling rather lonely in his large bed as he slept awkwardly on one side.
  2. Somewhere a Golden-armored Elf walked, a smug sense of pride washed over him each time he glanced towards Yulia, joyed that she continued to prove him wrong on the thoughts of her people.
  3. Mood Music From atop Saint Katherine’s Mount, bright swatches of cloth marred in blues, reds, and pure white flared in the wind down below in the Old North Bay as men and elves from across the Empire drilled relentlessly. The sounds of crews hurrying to load aboard their ships great cargos of food, medical supplies and ammunition replaced only by the heavy thuds of weaponry test-firing into the bay as great sailing ships readied themselves. From atop the walls of the Sea-fort securing the Imperial Naval Dockyard John Charles, Oisin O’Rourke, Commodore of the North Bay Flotilla stood, staring out of the window momentarily before turning to his officers, “The ice has begun to recede, and the time to launch is near. It is with the grace of God we go to warmer waters, and by the grace of God we shall return from them. Ready your men, we sail as the bay clears frost.” As the men about him stood to leave the brooding Adunian to reflect, he remained stoic, though internally overwhelmed. The time had come, he knew. Soon great columns of red-clad Soldiers would march from the Crownlands into Kaedrin and they would all be away to face threats only documented in intelligence reports, far away from his native lands of Kaedrin, where once his own father, and father’s father, lived as the land was known as Ves. And what of the rumors? Had he truly prepared his men, his weapons, for what lie ahead? A loud thwang sounded out into the bay, breaking his thought as the crew of his own flagship let forth a grand volley of weaponry fire, a majestic and frightful display that turned his doubt into a subtle smirk as the young officer nodded, murmuring a simple answer to himself, “Yes.” And soon, they were to be off. The meek, the poor, the medics, carpenters, sail-makers, tailors, sailors, and vagabonds. Men and Women from every background had come to answer the call, and they had done so for a single reason. Unity. Uniting to protect those from a greater threat than any bandit war or kingly dispute could bring. The Imperial Navy, in its birth, began it’s final preparations for it’s first real trial. It made way for Al-Faiz.
  4. Naming Conventions of His Imperial Majesty’s Fleet This catalogue of ships commissioned or warranted under the authority of the Imperial Navy of the Holy Orenian Empire shall serve as a comprehensive list of all vessels outfitted for combat duty registered under the flag of the Empire. Any ship or crew not listed here flying under the Imperial Ensign shall be considered fraudulent. Along with this catalogue, the following are listed as required naming conventions for ships of the Imperial Navy, to be christened as a warship in the Emperor’s Service: A warship must not be named after a living person, except in the cases of members of the Imperial Family. I. A warship’s name must only be re-used in the event of its predecessor’s destruction after being rewarded with battle honors. II. Any ship classified as a Ship of the Line or Great Frigate shall be named after members of the Imperial Family. III. Any ship classified as a Frigate shall be named after a notable Imperial Statesman, Peers, or Knights. IV. Any ship classified as a Post-ship, or Light Frigate, shall be named after a notable Imperial town, city, or village. V. Any ship classified as a Sloop-of-War or Sloop shall be named after desirable traits. VI. Any ship classified as a Brig, Schooner or Cutter shall be named after a form of wildlife or mythical creature, with an optional adjective. VIII. Any ship unclassified or unrated shall be named, in good taste, requiring approval upon warrant or commission. ----- Example HIMS Belvitz, Belvitz-Class Post-Ship Christened by HIH The Princess Imperial on 7 GT 1774. Presently commissioned under the authority of Commander Bobby Joe
  5. Imperial State Navy Sailor’s Enlistment Primer Preamble: The Imperial State Navy, or His Imperial Majesty’s Naval Service, is the premier maritime force in the Holy Orenian Empire, dedicated to securing Imperial interests in combat, trade, and more out at sea. As a new recruit, or Landsman, in the Imperial Navy, it is up to you as an individual to learn the basics on what it takes to shift from the mindset of a Landsman to an Imperial Seaman. This Enlistment Primer is written to serve as an introduction to the Imperial Navy Culture and the overall culture, discipline, and skill that all members of the Imperial Military, both Army and Navy alike, should represent. Table of Contents: Section I: Welcome to the Fleet I.I Basic Training I.II Oath of Service I.III Naval Culture I.IIIa Forms of Address I.IIIb Uniformity and the Imperial Navy Uniform Section II: Organization and Structure II.I Rank Structure II.II Chain of Command II.III Naval Structure II.IV Billeting Section I: Welcome to the Fleet I.I Basic Training Each new Landsman of the Imperial Navy is required to enroll within the Imperial Military Academy, located in Helena at this current date (1779). Imperial Navy Sailor’s enrollment in the Imperial Military Academy lasts for a year for the purpose of learning basic military discipline, protocol, and customs in order to allow for better cohesion and understanding of the culture of the wider Empire. Following this year (one real-world week) of Basic Military Training alongside other recruits of the Imperial Navy and Army, individuals are sent to branch-specific training in their own respective locales. After your year of Basic Training, Imperial Navy Landsmen are sent for a further year of Naval training onboard their assigned Imperial Navy Vessel. This training is designed to show and individual how to properly serve as a member of the Navy and will include lessons on things such as rigging, gunnery, and further ideals of Imperial Naval Culture. I.II Oath of Service The members of the Imperial State Navy, upon their entry into the Imperial Military Academy, must take an oath of service to the Empire. Each new Landsman, upon taking this oath, is committing themselves to at least three years of service in the Imperial Navy, including their two years of training in the Academy and onboard their first vessel. The Imperial Navy Oath is exactly the same as the oath taken by members of the Imperial Army, with the branch name modified, for the purposes of unification and the ability to swear in all new recruits of the Imperial Military at the same time, with ease. The Oath is, as follows: I, _____, do solemnly swear by the might of God and the venerable Emperor, that I will support and defend the Mantle of Mankind and the Legacy of Horen against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will never falter in my duties and obligations as a member of the Imperial State Navy; that I will give my life in exchange for this holy purpose; and that I will obey the orders of the Emperor of the Holy Oren Empire and the orders of the officers appointed over me. So help me God. I.III “Naval Culture” Much like within the ranks of the Imperial Army, members of the Imperial Navy are expected to rapidly adapt into the lifestyle of an Imperial Serviceman, being able to swiftly complete their given orders and to constantly seek to improve themselves, their province, and the Empire through their service and deeds. Imperial Sailors, upon taking their oath, no longer represent their cities, towns, villages, or Provinces; The Imperial Navy Sailor represents the Imperial Navy, and by extension, the Empire and Emperor himself. It is with this, that Sailors are expected to conduct themselves in appropriate behavior, in appropriate company, and to constantly strive to their best. It is expected, at all times, that members of the Imperial Navy not ‘skip the chain’ to ask questions or make requests. For example, if a Seaman needs to request new armor, or time off, they should first talk to their Yeoman and Boatswain. If they are unable to help, then they may proceed to ask the lowest ranking officer, only going up when directed to. It is, with this, that we can prevent sailors constantly bothering Admirals or Captains for questions that experienced sailors can also easily answer. Due to the possibilities of your fellow Sailors being less-than-savory individuals, criminals seeking to redeem themselves, or men who should never be trusted with a sword, it is, at times, possible to see Imperial Sailors acting in unbecoming manners. Due to this, officers and non-commissioned officers are expected to act with strict discipline, as well as understanding, to all situations. The Imperial Navy Officer Corps stands to show the forefront of Imperial High Society, with most of its members being lesser individuals of noble families, sons of aristocrats, or aspiring politicians. Due to this, the Imperial Navy Officer Corps serves as an outstanding stepping stone into a career elsewhere in the Empire, and as such, officers are expected to be on their best behavior at all times, adorning proper cleaned attire, manners of speech, and even expected to wear wigs while on duty. I.IIIa Forms of Address Members of the Imperial Navy are expected to, at all times, address their fellow sailors, non-commissioned officers, and officers with proper respectful terms. It is within understanding that any man who fails to address their peers, superiors, or subordinates incorrectly is encouraging insubordination or fraternization, and should be scolded or punished for such. Rated Sailors, or sailors ranking from Landsman to Able Rated Seamen, are expected to, at all times, be referred to as “Mister/Misseus Name.” Non-Commissioned Officers, ranking from Yeoman to Boatswain as well as those with special billets, are expected to, at all times, by their Rank/Post and Name. Officers, both warranted and commissioned, are expected to, at all times, be addressed by their Rank, or Sir/Ma’am. In the event two officers of equal ranking be present, or to be more specific, you may also address an officer by their rank and last name, with first names only ever being used with given permission or if two officers of the same surname are present. Along with these, certain exceptions are made on ships, with it’s commanding officer permitting, to use specific nicknames, or shortened forms, for ranks; However, these are typically expected to be between Sailors in the same ranking category (Rated, Non-Commissioned, or Officers). Examples of some nicknames are as follows: Captain - Skipper Boatswain - Bosun/Bos’n Landsman/Seaman - Gob, Shipmate To further explain how to address individuals, we will give examples using the topic of writing a letter. Examples: I.IIIb Uniformity and the Imperial Navy Uniform It is, on board any sailing vessel, one of the greatest concerns of it’s leadership, the status of sickness and disease. In order to keep better the health of all members of the Imperial Navy, it is required at all times that every individual Navy member’s uniform be in pristine, clean condition at all times. It is, with the hope of this, that sailors will also take care to clean themselves, at risk of dirtying their uniform by themselves being filthy. Along with sanitary concerns, the Imperial Navy uniform is not to be modified at all, in order to maintain proper uniformity and image of the Imperial Navy. The Imperial Sailor’s Tricorne is also required to be worn at all times while in the Imperial Navy, taken off only as a sign of respect, being placed over the heart before swiftly being returned to the sailor’s head. Alternative headwear may be accepted, or denied, based on the Admiralty’ discretion, by personal request sent to your officers. Section II: Organization and Structure II.I Rank Structure Much like it’s counterpart in the Imperial State Army, the Imperial Navy is divided into two distinct ‘Corps’ of personnel, each further divided into their own two categories. The main body of enlisted sailors, weapons experts, medics, cooks, and other ship crew are the Enlisted Body, known collectively as Seamen or Sailors. Within this we find the Rated Sailors, or those new recruits or experienced Seamen who are assigned certain duties onboard the ship, or serve as general all-round crew, and Petty Officers, being that of Yeomen and Boatswains who serve as supervisors for the Rated Sailors or certain sections of the ship. Similarly, the Officer Corps contains all men of prestige set forth in command positions of the Navy, often leading specific decks or sections of the ship as it’s primary officer, or entire sections of the fleet in the case of senior officers. Within the Officer Corps we find two types of officers; Warranted Officers are those Ensigns and Lieutenants assigned their duties by the Admiralty for service on specific ships, often having served as Midshipman or Petty Officers before receiving their new authority. Commissioned Officers are Senior officers granted Commission by the War Office, signed by the Emperor, who are posted in command of new vessels or as part of the Admiralty. The Admiralty The Admiralty serves as the leading board of the Imperial Navy. Though mainly composed of politicians who have little to do with the day-to-day running of the Navy, the Admiralty often has a large say on funding, special projects, and the broader scope of Naval Policy, leaving the Fleet duties to their Commodores. Within the Admiralty, as it is within the Army’s General Officer posting, a wide variety of ‘Starred’ Admirals exist, rating from the Lord High Admiral, Fleet/Vice Admirals, and Rear Admirals. Officer Corps Commodore (Commissioned) The Commodore serves as the Senior most officer serving as the day-to-day commander of different Fleets or Flotillas within the Imperial Navy. Acting in a post equivalent to an Imperial Army Colonel, it is rare to see more than a single Commodore in a single place, with the role having mostly taken over the commanding duties previously held by the Admiralty. There is only one Commodore per Fleet/Flotilla. Captain (Commissioned) The rank of Captain differs highly from the title of Captain. While it is common for the Commanders of most Naval Vessels to be referred to as ‘Captain’, the rank of Captain serves only to be rewarded to distinguished officers of the Imperial Navy actively commanding a Post-Ship or Ship-of-the-line. Traditionally, the senior most Captain per Flotilla is considered the next in line to take the post of Commodore. One Captain per commissioned Post-Ship or Rated Ship-of-the-line. Master-and-Commander (Warranted) A Master and Commander, or Commander in short, is the commanding officer of a non-rated Imperial Navy ship-at-sea. The Commander is responsible for the maintenance of his ship, crew, and its duties while in service to the Imperial Navy. Often standing as the head of a smaller vessel, or one carrying less armament than desired, Commanders may also be seen as a privateer, or merchant Captain recently called into the service of the Imperial Navy. Lieutenant (Warranted) A Naval Lieutenant serves much in the same function as an Army Lieutenant, serving as the assisting officers to their assigned Captain or Commanders. Within the Naval rating and billet system, Lieutenants are often seen commanding specific departments of larger vessels, with a Lieutenant serving as both the Second-in-Command onboard a ship and the officer incharge of certain ship functions. In larger ships Lieutenants may be seen serving as a ship’s Doctor, Quartermaster, Navigator (or Sailing Master), and more. There are only as many Lieutenants as there are billets within a Flotilla or Fleet. Ensign (Warranted) Ensigns serve as the lowest ranking officer within the Imperial Navy. Onboard a ship, Ensigns are often assigned to oversee specific compartments or decks, with an Ensign typically being the officer in direct command over Petty Officers and their subsequent Sailors. From commanding weapons teams, sail-riggers, or more, Ensigns are the most common type of Naval officer. There are only as many Ensigns as there are billets within a Flotilla or Fleet. Enlisted Force Boatswain Boatswain are Master Sailors, being granted supervision over other enlisted sailors. A Boatswain is often seen having years of service within a specific duty of the Imperial Navy, having mastered, or at least gained proficiency, in every task possible onboard their assigned ship. Within the day-to-day running of the Imperial Navy, Boatswains are charged with monitoring and commanding sailors in their assigned posts. Yeomen Yeomen are Senior Sailing Specialists chosen to act as assistants to their Boatswain by recommendation of the Boatswain or their Ensign/Lieutenant themselves. Yeomen often go by other titles, such as Master Gunners, Boatswain’s Mates, or more. Yeomen are given some authority over other sailors, being trained as future Boatswain. Seamen (Ordinary and Able Rates) Seamen are the main body of the Imperial Navy. As a naval seamen, you may serve under a variety of combat or non-combat roles in service to the Empire. Seamen are often found acting as gunners or sail-riggers, but may also be found to be cooks, carpenters, medics, cartographers, explorers, and more! Within the rank of Seamen is a hierarchy system of Rates; Able Rates are Senior Seamen serving within the Navy for a number of years, while Ordinary Seamen are often fresh to the crew, or have served only a minimal amount of time within the Fleet. As such, Able Rates often receive their choice of job duty, shifts, and are seen as more reliable. Landsmen/Midshipmen Landsmen and Midshipmen are new recruits to the Imperial Navy. As per military tradition and laws, Midshipmen are the children of Nobles or Aristocrats, having often paid for a future Warrant and committed themselves into a multitude of years of military service. A Midshipman may join as young as the age of 12, and is committed to stay in the post of Midshipman until the age of 16, at which they are able to continue their service in hopes of receiving an officer position, or may leave the Imperial Navy. Landsmen are commoners, or those unable to buy Warrant as midshipmen, and serve in the Navy for a minimum of three years. Regardless of the rank you join at, all Imperial Navy Landsmen and Midshipman are required to undergo a Year of training at the Imperial Military Academy, and a Year of on-the-job training at their assigned post. After their first full year of training following their two ‘entry’ years, Landsmen are automatically guaranteed the promotion to Seaman (Ordinary Rate) if they decide to remain in the Imperial Navy for more than the required three years. II.II Chain of Command In order from the top of the chain to the bottom: The Emperor: Peter III The Arch-Chancellor: Simon Basrid The Secretary of War: Alren DeNurem The Admiralty: Lord High Admiral: George de Sarkozy North Bay Flotilla: Flotilla Commodore: Oisin O’Rourke HIMS Duke of Marna: Commodore: Oisin O’Rourke Lieutenants Sailing Master: Aplex Cenobia Ensigns Purser: Rotan Cenobia-Komnenos HIMS Cock-of-the-Rock: Coxswain: Santiana O’Rourke II.III Imperial Navy Structure The Emperor The War Office The Admiralty Fleet Flotilla Task Force Individual Ships Support Vessels Reserve/Merchant Fleet Individual Ships III.IV Billeting Flag Officers Flag Officers refer to Admirals and Commodores serving as active commanders in the day-to-day operations of the Imperial Navy. Flag Officers are billeted only as the Fleet needs and expands. Post-Officers Post Officers are ship commanders at the rank of Captain. While the Fleet is always looking for new recruits, leadership, and vessels, the rank of Captain is a distinguished and earned Post (thus, Post-Officer), only for those commanding the mighty warships of the Imperial Navy under the command of Post-Officers. The Sailing Personnel The Sailing Personnel refers to any sail-riggers, navigators, or the pilots of small support craft. Sailing Billets are often assigned to those holding the ranks of Lieutenand, Ensign, Boatswain, or Yeomen. The following are a list and short description of each Sailing Billet. Sailing Master: The Sailing Master is a warranted officer assigned over the steering of large Post-Ships and command of the Sailing Personnel. Master’s Mate: The Master’s Mate, or Second Master, is a Petty officer assigned as the direct assistant and subordinate of the Sailing Master. Coxswain: A Coxswain is a Warranted or Petty officer assigned to the command of a small craft, typically that of an unrated vessel or Imperial Navy Cutter, to command and pilot said craft in support of a larger vessel. The Gunnery Personnel The Gunnery Personnel refers to any individual working directly under the command of the Gunnery crew, acting as the master specialists incharge of operating, maintaining, and constructing siege weaponry or other weapons onboard an Imperial Navy Vessel. Master Gunner: The Master Gunner is the warranted officer in charge of the Gun Deck, or Weapons Deck, onboard an Imperial Navy Vessel. Alongside these duties, the Master Gunner is also in charge of any and all weapons teams onboard an Imperial Navy Vessel. Gunner: The Gunner is a Petty officer assigned as the direct assistant and subordinate of the Master Gunner. Gunner’s Mate: A Gunner’s Mate is a Yeoman assigned to command and supervise specific batteries onboard an Imperial Navy ship. Due to the size or layouts of some Imperial Navy Vessels, gun bays may be divided or spread throughout a ship, requiring Gunner’s Mates to maintain control over specific areas under the authority of the Gunner and Master Gunner. Master-at-Arms: The Master-at-Arms is thePetty Officer or Warrant Officer in-charge of ensuring discipline onboard an Imperial Navy Vessel. It is the Master-at-Arms who holds the keys to the brig, or prison, onboard a ship. Ship’s Corporal: A Ship’s Corporal refers to the assistant of the Master-at-Arms, aiding in ensuring discipline and uniformity onboard a ship. The Support Personnel The Support Personnel refer to any individual operating on an Imperial Navy vessel outside of the traditional sailing and combat categories. Support Personnel include on-board cooks, medical personnel, chaplains, quartermasters, and more. Purser: The Purser is an officer in-charge of maintaining a ship’s supplies, rationing, and pay. It is the Purser who is responsible for maintaining a ship’s individual budget, equipping, food, and more. Pursers act as the Senior-most Quartermaster onboard a ship. Quartermaster: The Quartermaster acts as the Purser’s mate, aiding in the maintaining of records and the purser’s duties onboard. While the Purser must always be an officer, the Quartermaster does not hold such a requirement. Surgeon: The Ship’s Surgeon is the officer in-charge of all medical personnel onboard an Imperial Navy Vessel. Medic: The term Medic loosely refers to all individuals acting as trained medical personnel under the Ship’s Surgeon. Chaplain: The Chaplain is an Imperial Navy Officer operating with Church Training or Canonist Priest serving alongside the Imperial Navy, acting as the spiritual and moral leader onboard an Imperial Navy Vessel. Ship Specialists: Ship Specialists refer to any individual on an Imperial Navy ship with a desirable skill, such as Carpenters, Coopers, Sail-makers, Tailors, Cooks, and more.
  6. THE IMPERIAL NAVY “To the Dory, men! Row!” Saint Emmaline of Woldzmir, 1st Adrian Regiment, razing the harbor of Kal’Karaad, c. 1497. The Imperial Navy is the collective term for the naval forces of the Holy Orenian Empire. This institution takes charge of aquatic and amphibious warfare as well as the Empire’s commercial shipping efforts and overseas colonial expansions. As it serves as an administrative body to help determine all military policy and procedure within the country, the War Office is charged with the oversight of the Imperial Navy and its conduct, and holds the power to restrict commissions and appointments, and to aid in the early retirement of admirals as it sees fit, with approval from the Crown. Much as it stands in the parallel organization of the Imperial State Army, the Imperial Navy holds a stable chain of command and organization to manage any ships, squadrons, flotillas, or fleets. “His Imperial Majesty’s Fleet,” as a general term, refers to all rated vessels within the Imperial Navy rather than a specific fleet. THE ADMIRALTY The Lord High Admiral The Right Honorable George de Sarkozy The Count of Pompourelia apt. 12th of Godfrey’s Triumph, 1774 The Board of Admiralty, known in shorthand as the Admiralty, is the administrative board responsible for overseeing naval affairs within the Empire, beneath the auspices of the War Office. Taking its form as a board of all admirals granted a commission of that rank by the Crown, the Admiralty acts as a council of experts on naval affairs, as well as holding the positions of fleet admirals responsible for maintaining the day-to-day operations of the fleet, meeting bi-annually within the office of the Admiralty. The president of the board is ex officio the Lord High Admiral. Due to the historically vestigial nature of the Imperial Navy, this position has evolved into a largely honorary one usually bestowed upon members of the Imperial family, with the Admiralty as a whole body responsible for collective operations and roster appointments in conjunction with the established policy of the War Office. Admiral Admirals are typically appointed in a manner similar to that of the generals in the Imperial State Army - on an ad hoc basis. Unlike their army counterparts, however, admirals may retain purely administrative, political or advisory duties. All admirals hold a seat on the Board of Admiralty. Chief of the Navy The Chief of His Imperial Majesty’s Navy is a special official of the War Office to whom management of the naval budget is delegated, responsible for the payment and armament of His Imperial Majesty’s maritime forces. He also advises the Admiralty on all matters pecuniary and handles general administrative tasks. He is usually not an Admiral himself, being mostly a civilian position, but can be. SHIPS AND THEIR CREWS Any ship of the Empire, during war-time, may in theory be granted warrant, commission, or be called into service alongside the standing ships of the Imperial Navy, under the authority of the War Office. Impressment into service upon a sailing ship is often seen as a far less punishment for criminals, with more chance of reform and making a career out of a life that may be spiraling out of control. Any new ships and crews taken into the service of the Imperial Navy must fall into its systems. From pirate to privateer, many men may find themselves being redeemed in the eyes of the Empire for a steady term of dedicated service and sacrifice in wartime. Ships called into service are established as parts of an already existing flotilla or fleet and are placed under the direction of trained, commissioned officers of the Imperial Navy, standing in hierarchy by seniority, time in service, and ship class. In the event multiple fleets are called together, as well as multiple flotillas and squadrons, the naval hierarchy stands much like the Imperial State Army, with seniority granting numbers and positions in the formation. Under the command of multiple admirals or commodores, one may begin to find the title of flotilla admiral or other variants being established temporarily, standing in place between the two ranks to aid in chain of command. Along with this, in the event multiple admirals are massed together, the Secretary of War shall establish hierarchy, with rear admirals being considered junior to vice admirals and the admiral of the fleet. THE OFFICER CORPS Officers of the Imperial Navy, much like that of their peers in the Imperial State Army, act as distinguished individuals trusted by the crown itself, carrying the Crown’s commission to act as a leader of men in the name of the Empire. Charged by the War Office and Admiralty to serve the Empire faithfully and to keep true to traditions of serving men, navy officers must act with a distinguished dignity that represents the country as well as the Imperial Navy. Commodore Due to the wide expanses of the sea and the needs of the Empire, a fleet, led by an admiral, often finds itself broken into several smaller units known as flotillas. A commodore acts as the sole representative for a naval flotilla standing as the senior-most captain, and is responsible for the maintaining, actions, and care of multiple vessels of the Imperial Navy. Captain A captain is the commanding officer of a rated Imperial Navy ship-at-sea. The naval captain is responsible for the maintenance of his ship, crew, and duties as well as any ships put under his care and protection within his duties, such as non-rated vessels, merchant vessels, or passenger vessels charged to be escorted. In the event a flotilla is split, or a single ship is sent out, the captain is considered the sole naval commander until contact can be re-established with the fleet. Lieutenant Lieutenants serve as the primary assistants to a captain in the Imperial Navy, acting as divisional officers over certain parts of a ship or flotilla, as well as performing administrative or specialist duties aboard the ship. While it is uncommon, one may find a ship’s lieutenant to also act as its chaplain, surgeon, purser, or sailing master. Granted a commission, often to serve on larger vessels, it is not unexpected to find at least one, if not more, lieutenants working alongside more senior officers. Ensign An ensign is the lowest level of officer, serving aboard a ship of the Imperial Navy. Often seen as a gesture given to young gentlemen of high prestige, ensigns serve as assistants and officers-in-training in order to prepare them for a chance later in life for the potential of promotion to lieutenant within the Imperial Navy. Ensigns are often children of wealthy or aristocratic families. THE ENLISTED The sailing men of the Imperial Navy act as the backbone of any fleet. Serving faithfully for a variety of reasons, sailing men stand ready as able-bodied men capable of running the day-to-day affairs and operations of a sailing ship. Along with their normal expectations aboard the sailing ship, oftentimes most sailors can be found to be specialists aboard a vessel, serving as sailmakers, carpenters, weapons masters, doctors, cooks, teachers, or more. Boatswain A Boatswain stands as a sailor of many years, a specialist of almost everything a ship may expect and the sea may have to offer. Boatswains act as deck supervisors aboard a ship, holding firm discipline over the sailors under their authority in order to ensure their compartment of the ship is squared away and ready for any able request of it. Boatswains serve as the only official commanding members of the Imperial Navy without warrant or commission. Yeoman A Yeoman is a veteran sailor, found to be acting as assistants to a Boatswain in both the leading of sailors and the administration of their assigned section of the ship. Yeomen are considered veterans of the Imperial Navy, loyal and skilled sailing men capable of not only operating with excellence at sea, but also potential to command, lead, and train future sailors of the Imperial Navy. Seaman A seaman is a ready and trained sailor of the Imperial Navy. Seamen, known as ordinary seamen (1 to 5 years) or able seamen (5 or more years) based off time-in-service act as the rank-and-file men of the Imperial Navy, operating weaponry, sails, rigs, and other roles within a ship to ensure order and excellence while out to war or sea. Seamen are often found organized in smaller sub-groups under the watch of a boatswain’s mate, boatswain, or lieutenant to serve the needs of the Imperial Navy. Landsman A landsman is a new recruit of the Imperial Navy. Much like the Imperial Army, landsmen are enrolled into an Imperial Military Academy to learn the formalities of military life before being sent to act as new members aboard a ship, learning on the job under the supervision of experienced able seamen, boatswains, and officers. A landsman is able to be promoted at will by a ship’s captain, typically upon the completion of one to two years service in the Imperial Navy, having ‘grown their sea legs.’
  7. Oisin frowns as Nenica fails to invite the numerous and highly entertaining O’Rourkes.
  8. Areon

    8.0 Transfer

    If Kaedrin doesn't get land we'll make a pact with necromancer's to bring back the White Rose to target tavern rpers and nonhuman GMs
  9. Areon

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    Steadily increasing over the past few months, actually.
  10. A series of notices and posters are placed about the different districts and manors of Kaedrin and greater Owynsburg, depicting women and elderly men in various poses of labor, bright smiles upon their faces. Along with each, a note is placed, calling all civilians to aid the war effort! “Men, Women, and Children of Kaedrin, the Empire calls you to do your part for the war effort! Great labor initiatives are being undertaken here in Ownysburg in order to support the greater war effort while the strong and able fighting men of Kaedrin march to war! Do your part today to aid the war effort, contact the Kaedreni Ministries of Labor and Defense today!” OOC: Contact Slamguinius_ / Imp#7502 to get involved.
  11. (( Holy **** that art is good!)) “Isn’t it strange, they claim Imperial men are throwing their lives away seeking war, yet they harass and target lone women outside of the Provinces. A bit of a tainted message, really, claiming t’ be some sort of honorable warriors whilst acting like bandits,” remarks a young statesmen.
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    “This was done better a long time ago,” remarks an ancient Adrian.
  13. SURNAME: O’Rourke FIRST NAME: Oisin ADDRESS OF RESIDENCE: O’Rourke Manor, Kaedrin DATE OF BIRTH: 1748 Are you registered and eligible to vote in the Holy Orenian Empire? Yes. Do you have any other title, peerage or military service that may conflict with becoming a Member of the House of Commons, as per the Edict of Reform (1763)? No. If yes, do you understand that you will be required to resign or abdicate from this position should you be elected to the House of Commons, and if this does not occur your seat shall be considered to be vacant?: Yes. ((MC NAME)): Slamguinius_
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