Iron and Ice, the Ivae’fenn
“May snow ever fall on the Princedom!”
A mali’fenn cavalryman before dying. Circa. 1683
The Princedom of Fenn has long been a militaristic nation, bragging militaristic might against its fellow elven nations. Its people are sculpted in the harsh conditions of the tundra and hardened by their history of persecution. These people, the Mali’Fenn, are known for their tenacity and unwillingness to surrender, staying as dangerous and unforgiving as the blizzards of the Yatl Wastelands in the direst of situations. Young Mali’Fenn are trained in the matters of survival and combat so that they may survive the unforgiving place they call home and protect it from those who would do it harm, but those in this group push themselves further. Loyal only to their Grand Prince, these men and women would gladly lay down their lives to defend their home and their people.
The Ivae’fenn is the name given to them, warriors who have joined in the preservation, and defence of the Princedom and its Grand Prince. The actual translation from Ancient Elven is “Military of Fenn”, and it acts as the nation’s protector and its enforcer of laws.
Ranks, Duties, & Payment
If there are few Wardens there are even less Sentinels. They act as the Grand Prince or (if active) Grand Marshall's hands. Their leadership skills, tactics, and accomplishments have earned them the right to hold this position. They are officers who issue orders, patrols, and missions to their comrades both in war and peace times.
Wardens... there are only a few, and they act as officers. Their leadership skills, tactics, and experience in combat have been recognized. Consulted by those above and below them for their thoughts on various military matters or advanced battle techniques.
Duties: The Wardens are required to host at least one specialization training and 1 PVP training per two Elven weeks and attend/host 1 CRP training per elven week. They are also required to lead 1 patrol per elven week.
The Vanguard holds equivalent rank to sergeants. There are multiple of them, and it is their responsibility to train the soldiers and help lead them into battle as well. They must have excellent leadership skills and experience in combat. Seeing as these soldiers are considered to be junior officers, they will occasionally be consulted regarding higher military matters and decisions. Some are even granted ‘Honorary Officer’ and given the ability to hold trainings and patrols.
Duties: The Vanguards are required to take part in at least 1 patrol per Elven week. They are also required to do 1 gate duty hour per week and attend 1 pvp training and 1 spec training per 2 weeks. They are also tasked with keeping the city quiet and work as the local police. While not enforced, they should also teach Initiates the ins and outs of protecting the Princedom.
Guardians are the average soldiers of the Ivae'fenn, and therefore its backbone. They fight in squads during battles, guard the Princedom, and do all else the Grand Prince and Wardens require of them. While they are able to lead Initiates, it's rare they are put in positions of leadership.
Duties: Guardians are required to take part in at least 1 patrol per Elven week. They are also required to do 2 gate duty hours per week and attend 1 pvp training and 1 spec training per 2 weeks. They are also tasked with keeping the city quiet and work as the local police. While not enforced, they should also teach Initiates the ins and outs of protecting the Princedom.
Initiates are citizens who have just joined the Ivae'fenn. During this stage, they are given intense training in commands, weaponry, formations, and other concepts that will be vital for their success. Until such a time as they are ready, they perform menial labor within the ranks of the Ivae'fenn, though they shall still fight in battles when their presence is deemed necessary.
Duties: Initiates must pass the Formations Training and the Combat Training to be ranked up to Guardian. Until then they must help with minor tasks such as preparing horses, and janitor work.
Initiates who do not get promoted within an Elven month will be removed from the Ivae’fenn.
Members of the Ivae’fenn who miss their periodic (once per Elven month) mandatory combat training may be demoted.
Payment is dependent upon activity.
1 Sentinel at all times.
Each soldier has their own individual capabilities and specialities. To expand upon these abilities, the Ivae’fenn has specializations for those enlisted to take part in missions suited for them and to expand their skills. Specialization statistics and logging of patrols and gate duty hours are largely the responsibility of Wardens.
For an Initiate to rank up to Guardian, they must be adept in basic melee combat (Spear/Sword). Then, they must have passed the Formations Training and the Combat Training.
For a Guardian to rank up to Vanguard,, they must be Expert on the Melee (Spear/Sword) and Expert on the Cavalry spec. Then, they also need 15 hours of gate duty, 10 patrols and 3 missions.
* All Ivae’Fenn initiates who are promoted to Guardian are required to take the Oath of Fealty.
Definitions, Clarifications, and Requirements
Each patrol should last at least 15 Elven minutes. Standard patrol routes include patrolling around the walls of the capitol, any nearby forests, forts, and main roads. Specific patrol route details are issued by Wardens and the Grand Prince. A patrol is going from point A to point B.
Gate Duty guidelines are to be found in the Ivae'fenn Gate Duty Manual. This consists of guarding the gates and questioning those who enter. Taking weapons or doing escorts as needed.
Missions are special assignments tasked by Warden/Grand Prince. These assignments can be anywhere from detailed scouting reports, to outpost construction, to defensive probing, mapping new settlements or special tasks that need to be done.
Activity Rating (How many days/hours do you play per week?):
Place of residence:
Do you swear obedience to the Princedom of Fenn and the Grand Prince?:
Oaths of Enlistment:
Credits: Prior Ivae’Fenn officers for reference material, TDubs for putting this post together!