Crimson Order & Silent Company – Guild Leaders & Buildings
Crimson Order Guild Leaders
Lord Commander – Baron Cleos De-Loch
(Granite Heart Kuldisar, Red Infantry)
Baron was a title afforded Cleos by the Guild when the Red Infantry marched into the village of Delve and took it back from a rogue faction of the Church of Notelexus back in 1972. It was through this action that the Commander of the Infantry was promoted to Lord Commander. De-Loch is a very much the hero, he is brave, bold, chivalrous and happy to give his time to his followers and inspire them to better things.
Commander of the Skirmish – Alison Synch
(Human, Crimson Skirmisher)
Alison was born to the Synch family in 1970, her parents were bakers but she successfully applied for the small folk sponsorship to the Guild and made her way up through the ranks of the Skirmishers. She is a born survivor and despite being left for dead on two battlefields she has crawled her way home, been patched up and got back on the field. Now in her fifties she has regretfully retired to a trainers role but keeps herself in shape.
Commander of the Infantry – John Reed
(Human, Crimson Infantry)
John Reed is the bastard son of Count Viryk Lionsgold and his daughter’s wet nurse. He was bundled into the guild in 1983 when he was just three years old and has been a member ever since. He is a fearsome warrior whose armour is adorned in the Lions of his household and the symbols of the Order. Whilst he is extremely skilled in both the martial arts and leadership his social skills are somewhat limited and he rarely spends his time with his troops.
Commander of the Bows – Cylian Harkitch
(Tzi-Tzain, Crimson Bow)
Cylian Harkitch is a most unusual case; in the year of 1688 his arrows were found imbedded in the corpses of the over twenty Crimson Order soldiers on the battlefield during the Black Kaliko campaign. He was the last man standing in the army of the Venerated Silence and as the enemy forces closed in on him calling for an honourable surrender he agreed. Swearing his loyalty to the Royal Basin he became a member of the Brotherhood, then the Bows and eventually, in 1782, he swore the oath to the guild and became a Commander in 1901.
Commander of the Hunt – Tyrosh Kald
(Kalashinka, Crimson Hunter)
He of the clear eyes, he of the distant horizon; Tyrosh is a legend, the legend amongst this era of the Order. It is said that he is greatest hunter to grace the guild in over four hundred years; not since Bareth Danes has there been a tracker of such renown. He was born in 1985 and is still young enough to be in the field despite his rank. His accomplishments are too long to list here but his entire section in guild are utterly in awe of him.
Silent Company Commanding Officers
Lord Commander – Balish Thorn
(Human, Silent Skirmisher)
Balish Thorn has been in and out of military service of one form another since he was lad in his early teens. With nobility not given senior position within the guild promising commoners who will not cease the opportunity to misuse their new strength are selected. Thorn is one of the shining examples of such an individual. Born in 1962 Thorn has worked for both the Basanic military and commanded several mercenary units before joining Silent Company again having trained with them in his youth. General Thorn is an exemplar of all things Silent Company, his decisions and orders are without reproach; he is greatly missed by the Royal Basin.
Brigadier of the Skirmishers – Sir Ralph Marlin
(Human, Silent Skirmisher)
Ralph Marlin, born 1975, carries the mocker sir due to his heirs and graces seen at functions, dinners and when involved in duelling. Marlin was bought in as an orphan and, when not in polite company, his street upbringing often comes through. Brigadier Marlin is a tactical genius, specialising in urban warfare who prefers to lead from the front and is often seen in the field.
Brigadier of the Silent Scouts: Trieste Valerson
(Orc, Silent Scout)
Brigadier Valerson, or Brigadier Valerson as she is known to her friends is the driving force behind the training and initiative program of the Guild. She an inspirational and intuitive leader and inspires excellent responses from her charges. She can turn a raw recruit into a battle hardened veteran in a matter of one to two years however she makes few friends along the way. Born in 1987 she is the youngest of the ranked officers in the guild.
Brigadier of the Silent Spells – Penny Chenet
(Zumatakan, Silent Spell)
The tactical master behind most wilderness campaigns Brigadier Chenet is the oldest member of the command team having been born in 1735. She trained in Silent Company as a young girl, spending 35 years on loan to Shadowreaver College where she became a skilled Zemyok graded pyromancer. Of the senior staff, she has seen the most action and has never lost a battle that she has commanded. However, she has passed up promotion to general at every turn.
Crimson Order and Silent Company Guild Buildings
The original seven buildings of the Crimson Order are lost to memory although they contained the original banners of the house and the great symbols of the seven nations we have rebuilt without them. In each of the major cities, originally starting with Maryat, are our guilds. They are built to an identical standard and any improvements to any one of the guilds is mirrored in all others. They are the best equipped, best manned and best supported of all the guilds that train folk like us with support for family and loved ones for the career soldier and their significant others.
The Silent Company share their chapter houses and companies with the Crimson Order. The Order are much older than the Company and the influence and strength that they bring to us however many of their own techniques have been enhanced through our own training and experience. In the 500 years since we joined forces their guilds have become our home as much as ours have become theirs. In each of the major cities, originally starting with Maryat, are our guilds. They are built to an identical standard and any improvements to any one of the guilds is mirrored in all others. They are the best equipped, best manned and best supported of all the guilds that train folk like us with support for family and loved ones for the career soldier and their significant others.
Each Chapter or Regiment of the two Guilds is based in a City in each of the Duchies, their performances over the years have earned themselves titles that carry much honour from certain deeds or battles. Each regiment has its own speciality and members belonging to that regiment excel at it from basic training onwards (Characters begin with this skill if they are from that area and city.)
The Western Marches
Home to two regiments originally from the Western Marches and to two regiments that have lost their home Cities in the fall of the Ferns, all four are based in the Haven and Norfell:
22nd Crimson Artillery – “The Lions Roar”
Death Before the Guns
Based in Haven
Under the Command of Lt. Colonel Jacqueline O’Nell
Black Powder Weapons
A Black Feather
The introduction of artillery into the Order came in the Battle of Yoban in 1442 but was not a permanent body, the merchant houses that were sponsoring the guild at the time realised what the Crimson Order could achieve with them. In 1471, with heavy Lionsgold assistance, the Lions Roar were formed. They were the only unit for almost two hundred years who could be raised without the need for a Royal Warrant. To strengthen the cause of the artillery the Guild allowed the veterans of the first unit to form the Academy of Gunnery in Haven where the unit is stationed to this day. Recruits must stand at least five feet and ten inches tall (male) or five feet eight inches tall (female). The nickname of Lions Roar came from the sound of their cannon in the Yoban Battle which rallied a late charge allowing important casualties to be recovered. Among other regiments they are less politely known as The Longshot Hopefuls or the Longshots.
7th Light Infantry Company – “The Black Coats”
Blades first, Prayer later
Based in Norfell
Under the Command of Major Harvey Rakham
A White Feather
On battlefields in which both the armed forces and the Crimson Order participated during the 13th Century most infantry soldiers stood and fought in rigid lines, whilst dressed in cumbersome uniforms and laden with heavy equipment. During the Codex wars Crimson Order saw the need for a new type of better trained and equipped soldier, who could move quickly and quietly, scout and skirmish and use their initiative in battle. The earliest antecedent regiment, the 11th, was first raised on the 9th of Blossomwake in 1322 to fight for the Clergy against the Devourite Alliance. It won early distinction at the capture of the Fortress Rellysan in 1325; here among bloody fighting the soldiers were forced to don the robes of the enemy priests so badly damaged where their own uniforms. This earned them the nickname the black coats and forced a dress uniform change to Black Jackets and the tradition of prayer – Every morning and every afternoon the Black Coats say a prayer to the Gods in thanks for the equipment that carries them into battle.
Those that make it through the day say one final prayer for themselves and their brethren before they slumber. They are however known, less politely, as the Ragged Parsons.
8th Kings Royal Hussars – “The Desert Pride”
Live with Death, Die with Honour
Based in Haven (Gamtha originally)
Under the Command of Colonel Silver Redwood
A Blue Feather
The regiment was founded in 1612 as Colonel Rayliaster McLain’s Regiment of Hussars and was known by the name of its Colonel until 1670 when it became the 8th Regiment of Hussars. A further name change, to the 8th Regiment of Kings Hussars, occurred in 1783. The regiment’s career during the 18th century included fighting in Egaria at the Battle of Wachazilia as well as service in the Unholy War when it took part in the final charge that broke the back of Egarian Tomb Lords South of the Chaos Wastes. Since the early 19th century the majority of the units have been stationed in Koren and ostensibly functioned as an Egarian outfit. After the attack on Koren during the Cataclysm Wars it became apparent that two Hussars; Captain William Draygal and Sergeant Mary Anne Connors, had died together defending just over seventy refugees trying to make their way into the foothills. They were posthumously awarded a unique medal: The Koren Gauntlet – For Self Sacrificing dedication to their charges. Due to their affiliation with the Egarian Lands and their extremely high reputation there they are known as the Desert Pride there, among the other Crimson units however they are less flatteringly called The Royal Camels.
31st Heavy Infantry Company – “The Unbroken Shields”
Resolved and Fearless
Based in Norfell (Originally Nordbury)
Under the Command of Major Trebernard Voltus
A Green Feather
This regiment was among the earliest to form in the Crimson Order, they were originally the remnants of several heavy units; Pikemen, Swordsmen and Axemen who bonded together under the banner of the Crimson Order. It was fully recognised in 835 when Alyranir the Wise, the Holy Basanic Archimandrite (leader of the Clergy and representative of all Gods) called upon Xander Kuisman to form a body of soldiers that would assist the Basins small folk in times of need. When he raised the banner of the 31st he Blessed nine shields in the name of the nine Gods and in the time of since that day none of those shields have broken nor the men and women that carry them or the facsimiles of them. They are attested as being involved in the defences of the Cities of Maryat, Strabain and St Mundensberg against the Daemonfoe and Undead in different circumstance. The Unbroken Shields gained their names in those advances; although in each circumstance the cities fell to the invading forces the 31st were the last out and saved thousands of lives in the process. The Unbroken Shields were originally based out of The Ferns in Nordbury but were relocated in the Daemonic invasion of 2010 to Norfell in the Western Marches. Since the Daemons took the Ferns until the day that The Dragon and their companions cast them out again the Unbroken stood as guardians along the borders and now they wait to return home earning them the unflattering name the tatty vagabonds.
The Bitter Vale
Home to the following two regiments based in the Shrieskpire and Strabe:
13th Crimson Engineers – “The Razorjacks”
Clearing the Path
Based in Shriekspire
Under the Command of Captain Wentworth North
The Crimson Engineers trace their origins back to the Kalashinka Engineers brought to The Royal Basin by Sephulture Kasholle in 1299, specifically the talented Aideliniar Frylakoff a Kalashinkan Marine and military engineer and can, therefore, claim over 700 years of unbroken service to the Crown through the Crimson Order. Engineers have always served the armies of the Royal Basin however most of the skills that are taught by them lie with the Crimson Engineers which was fully established in the fourteenth century PPW. The Engineers, unlike their Basanic counterparts, are made up of commissioned officers with the manual work completed by supporting artificing guilds. As the years developed the Razorjacks, known by that name for their assistance in the Razorback mountains destroying several Iron blood fortifications and allowing a sequence of high level Granite Heart victories, began to work more and more closely with the development of blackpowder and soon created deviously intimate ways of working as sappers. At this time the Corps has no battle honours but have seen action in every major conflict of the Crimson Order and all but three of the minor ones. They are often referred to as the Dud Fuses by their brethren.
11th Heavy Infantry Company – “The Merciless Blades”
In Support of the Crown
Based in Strabe
Under the Command of Major Salicious Wrorth
A Purple Feather
The 11th is the most senior regiment of infantry among the Guildic communities to serve in the armies of the Royal Basin. The Merciless Blades traces its lineage back to 748, when Lord Shadowmane raised a regiment of Heavy Foot in Strabe. The regiment was commissioned to protect the Queen as she attempted to make her way back across the Royal Basin to the capital when a Lich called the Sire Raven was attempting to force its dominance upon the land. The Blades fought against cultist and Undead alike showing no mercy and were granted a permanent banner by the Crown. In 944 they were combined with the early 3rd Regiment of Heavy Guard and became a full component of the Crimson Order. Since then they have served every Monarch as their official guards during times of war and perform special ceremony during festival or Holy Days. Throughout the last three centuries the regiment has taken part in a number of campaigns including battles in the Shadowlands, The Codex Wars and the War of the Cataclysm. Many members of the Regiment have won many of the Basanic Roses and the Blades are highly decorated in battle. Despite this they are often referred to as the dull blades due to their famed inability to enjoy themselves.
The Golden Lands
Home to the following two regiments based in the Great Strabain and Vobde:
1st Kings Own Lancers – “The Golden Dawn”
Speed of Horse and Strength of Heart
Based in Vobde
Under the Command of Colonel William “Dieron” Shadowmane
An Orange Feather
The 1st Kings Own or Royal Lancers or The Golden Dawn are a cavalry regiment in the Crimson Order, they are best known for their roles in the uprising around Koren in 1722 and their part in the Rice Empire campaign of the Cataclysm War including the retreat to and the subsequent holding and battle of Nishorimona in 2009. The Golden Dawn were originally formed when the Crimson Order were called upon to assist in the Ironstone Rebellions of 1700, the Guild required a second mobile Calvary unit so they were formed by Major Kansak Grith and were the second such regiment the Crimson Order commanded. They were initially known as the 1st Hussars or Grith’s Hussars In 1796 they converted to the King’s Own when they presided over several battles that saw the rise of the unity of the Colleges and the nobility, a time called the “Golden Dawn”. The Dawn are also known for their deployment with various expeditionary forces of a non military nature and maintain an excellent working relationship with the University. For this very reason, they are often called the Professors by other less enlightened outfits.
323 Field Hospital – “The Last Ones Out”
To Stay Deaths Hand
Based in Great Strabain
Under the Command of Major Orinoco Weaver
The 323 are a specialist corps in the Crimson Order which provides medical services to all Basanic Army personnel in times of both war and peace. Despite their training in the University of Strabain and their right to use the Dr prefix in front of their military titles they do not, traditionally, since the last civilian Doctor to hold rank with them in 1883, Sergeant Major Doctor Theo Ramsgold, was killed in action. The Basanic army has a long association with members of the Clergy to assist in the major conflicts that the land has been embroiled in. In order to fulfil the duty of showing favour to no one God the Order have fostered their relationship with the University and have trained soldiers skilled in the surgeons are since 1735. The Last Ones Out spends their formative years in the Guild before attending the University for seven years between fourteen and twenty one after that and once they have proven they can dissect an entire body they are returned to the Guild. A Field Officer is responsible for any Order Medical Hospital that is set up in any Basanic occupied territories. The Last Ones Out are often called the Bloody Cleavers by the less informed.
The Wooded Ways
Home to the following two regiments based in the Fort Winter (aas Maryat) and Malierunne:
15th Emperor’s Own Bowmen – “The Final Stand”
You hearts are our targets
Based in Fort Winter
Under the Command of Commander of the Bows Cylian Harkitch
A Red Feather
The Emperors Company of Archers is a unit that was first gathered up when Emperor Joshua held the Monarch’s Tourney in the tenth century. A gathering of talented local archers celebrated their skill in the tournament of Oldenwake resulting in the victory of Oswich Pinwheel. Pinwheel won a minor ennoblement for his family but during the ceremony to grant him his prize loyalists to the Crown attacked the Emperor’s podium. Over three hundred partisans emerged from the crowd armed and armoured. The bowmen of the Oldenwake tourney turned and unleashed their arrows into the organised resistance, when their bows were spent they engaged with hunting knives and held the day till stronger forces arrived. Given their own regimental title they have since become the deadliest regiment in the Crimson Order, their kill count is without equal their courage without question. In days since the coming of black powder, muskets have been carried by a few of the Bowmen but they still hold onto their Longbows, often handed down from a previous Feather. Frequently called the strings and shafts by their brothers as a slightly derogatory term.
99th Malierunne Marine Infantry – “The Crimson Tide”
To hunt by Land or Sea
Based in Strabe
Under the Command of Captain Anna Coldfall
A Silver Feather
The Marine Infantry or marine corps are the Oceanic infantry of the Crimson Order working alongside the Royal Basanic Navy. The Crimson Tide were formed in 1658 as marine infantry and are a highly specialised light infantry of maritime focused assault forces. They work mainly on land but are capable of deploying at sea in support of the Navy at very short notice. During the first hundred years or so of their work the Marines saw little action; the majority of their deployment was to supplement the Merchant Navy, providing protection from the Pirates of the Greater Teeth and the raiders from Helgath. However in 1799 with action taking place against the Oriental Pirates of Igouri Tang the Crimson Tide were sent to raid one of the Floating Islands of the Zoraneth to recover several of the higher ranking members of the Clergy trapped behind enemy lines. After bitter fighting, the mission was achieved but with Tide running low on ammunition and with many near death the wounded volunteered to stay behind with what remained and hold off the Zoranethi. This action was amongst the most valorous of the war from which the Regiment holds many honours and a tradition of self sacrifice which is hard to follow. They are often called the mermaids by their jealous brethren.