PRINCIPALITY OF VIRA’KER
MILITARY REFORMATION: VIHAI’KER
“For those we love, we die in battle,
For those we distrust, we bring the watchful eyes and ears of the Vihai’ker,
For those that call us friend, we are honor bound,
For those that call us foe, we are ready.”
depicted vihai’ker involvement in the War of Two Emperors, circa 1715
THE TENETS OF VIHAI’KER
Bound by Duty
Vihai’ker must serve for ten years before being allowed retirement. Vihai’ker shall be expected to raise their children as Vihai’ker. They too must serve for ten years before being allowed to venture to over professions.
Adorning the Garb
Every Vihai’ker must maintain their armor and equipment as if it were a living entity. Every member is heavily encouraged to wear their armor as often as possible. For beneath the helm, they may look different. But with it, all look the same. Vihai’ker are welcome to adorn custom armor pieces and such, to allow personality to each. ((As long as the skin maintains an overall 70% of its original look))
Family has been deeply rooted in civil life since the dawn of time. Though Vihai’ker may not all be related by blood, they are to consider one another family. For in their armor, they all appear to look the same. Their bonds are to surpass the bonds of blood.
Vihai’ker are fully expected to train and teach one another in the art of combat. Each Vihai’ker will have to uphold their own in combat regardless of sex, race, age, or profession. Vihai’ker are not allowed to retreat unless directly ordered to do so. They are to hold their ground, even if they stare death in the face.
Vihai’ker must uphold and maintain a steady education. Members unable to read or write shall promptly be taught how to do so. They are to teach their offspring how to do so. If certain Vihai’ker are lacking with access to information, it is the duty of another Vihai’ker to take it upon themselves to properly teach their fellow Vihai’ker.
All Vihai’ker must serve for the greater good, for the best interest of Vihai’ker, and for the crowned royalty of Vira’ker. Vihai’ker shall swear loyalty to one another, as each shall be entrusted with another life. Vihai’ker are banished from lying to one another. The punishment for lying is public flogging.
pikes poised, viha’ker training exercise, circa 1713.
Created beneath the rule of Vira’ker, The Prince of Vira’ker will assume overall control of the order. Orders will come directly from the crown, and handed down through the proper chain of command.
The Hortiator shall assume control of the military on day to day matters. They report directly to the High Prince. And shall pass down orders from the chain of command, or issue orders themselves to their troops of Vihai’ker. They will be in charge of maintaining military affairs, as the High Prince must run a nation. They will handle most situations unless the High Prince is directly required. The Hortiator shall oversee promotions to Ordinators, and Hierarchs.
Ordinators serve beneath the Horitiator as close advisers, and give out orders to the rest of Vihai’ker. They will be required to help document on matters. Ordinators will help oversee the overall affairs within the order. They shall be entrusted with the recruitment of new Vihai’ker. Ordinators may appoint new Hierarchs with permission from the Hortiator. Ordinators are expected to lay their life on the line for Vira’ker.
Hierarchs serve as junior officers, entrusted with up keeping the peace within the order. They shall be the ones to deal with traitors and rule breakers. They will be expected to submit elven bi-weekly reports on activities and events taking place within Vira’ker. As well as document criminals when they commit a crime. Hierarchs are entrusted with the promotions of Vindicators,Vigilants, Aspirants, and Medics. Hierarchs are sworn to lay their life on the line for Vihai’ker
Vindicators are senior Vihai’ker. Proven hardy over the years, and truly battle worthy. Vindicators are upheld with the task of protecting their comrades and allies. They report directly to the Hierarchs. Vindicators are also entrusted with the detaining of criminals within city limits. They pass down orders from Hierarchs to the rest of Vihai’ker. Vindicators are sworn to lay their lives down for Vihai’ker
These are the bulk of Vihai’ker. They are tasked with the betterment of themselves, trained even further in the ways of fighting and the sharpening of their minds. Like Vindicators, Vigilants are entrusted to capture criminals and man their post. They are sworn to lay their live for Vihai’ker
Newly joined Vihai’ker. Be it through their blood or their desire to join, Aspirants are the recruits of the order. They are trained in the paths of fighting and taught knowledge they did not possess.
The Quartermaster is entrusted with the arming of Vihai’ker. They are to produce a steady amount of armor and weaponry when quested. Their job can be more seasonal. In turn, the Quartermaster is not required to make their children Vihai’ker.
The medical branch of Vihai’ker are entrusted with the general health of Vihai and Vira. They are expected to go out onto the battlefield to keep their comrades and allies alive. Even lay down their lives should it come to it. Medics are not required to raise their children as Vihai’ker.
vihai’ker resisting foul creatures, circa 1711.
Vihai’ker are a proud people. And their roots to one another should go even deeper than any they have had before. For these are the men and women you will fight and die beside. There is no hate between one another. Issues with between one another Vihai’ker may spark a spar between the two. To prove who the better is. Small disputes can often be solved like this. Legal issues will be settled in court.
Regardless of sex or race, each Vihai’ker are entitled to their own believes. However Vihai’ker will be creating their own holidays. To honor them and their way of life. Each Vihai’ker in encouraged to bring forth new ideas, to help better the order and bring those within closer.
Children joining the Vihai’ker must reach a physical state that allows them to properly wield weapons before joining. Parents are encouraged to train them beforehand.
As said in the tenets, all Vihai’ker must uphold a steady education. Knowledge is treasured by most all mortal races. And knowledge is not to be withheld from one another. Lying between Vihai’ker’s is nearly unforgivable and strictly forbidden. Flogging has been the settled punishment for adult liars.
The armor they adorn would be considered a relic to the Vihai’ker. As it signals that the other is something more than family. It strengthens the unity of each Vihai’ker regardless of race or sex. Out of their armor, they may be diverse. Within it, they are simply Vihai’ker.
Once a year (In turn every elven week), all Vihai’ker shall gather for
days, or sometimes even weeks of celebration, training, tournes,with a general carnival like atmosphere and games. During this, for a full day and night. ((1 hour)) The Vihai’ker shall retire to speak to one another. And discuss important events, share reports, and pass general knowledge to one another. This part of the event is not open to the general public of Vira’ker.
Not literally binding, but this tradition implores Vihai’ker to seek a group or at least one other Vihai’ker to spend some time with, to get to know them better. This will overall increase the personal ties to one another. Each Vihai’ker should ideally perform this rite once a month. What each gathering will do is up to the group. It could be an ideal time to train, or finish up on work you were doing with the aid of others.
Vihai’ker that arise early in the morning shall prepare a glass of water, and a hearty meal before reach a spot where they can see the sun. They shall thank their comrades, and offer praise towards the order beneath the watchful and burning gaze of the sun. As they dine, Vihai’ker should reflect inward. Counting their mistakes and figuring out ways to fix them. (This should last at least four emotes)
DUSK TILL DAWN
Vihai’ker that arise later in the day and stay up through the nights shall prepare a meal fitting for the night. During this tradition, Vihai’ker may drink ale or a similar alcohol with their meal. Fish over rice is a very common dish for this. This tradition is best when practiced with other Vihai’ker, as it is to celebrate the life of one another and yourself. And offer praise to the good accomplishments you and your comrades have performed.
REMEMBRANCE, and the Jiubian Bonfire.
Once every two years, the Vihai’ker meet fully once more for a more closed off holiday. A day to remember their fallen brothers and sisters. To honor those that have died in the line or duty, or of natural causes. This holiday is the most formal one for Vihai’ker. They shall prepare food, after they mourn the loss of what was once alive, to sit down and have a feast together. After the meal is over, typically Vihai’ker retire back to their homes. In the case that the order does not wish to depart after the feast. They spread stories of the past, spar, and enjoy themselves. And as stated, an effigy of Jiub is to be constructed. Allowing offerings to be burnt, and the bodies of those that worshipped the spirits. Though the arrival of new religion enter the order, they too will be allowed to honor their dead as their customs allow.