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General Info Seanchan
Role Play Information
military is quite extensive, as you might expect. The Empire has
a vast ground, air and navy force at her disposal, all of which
belongs to the Imperial Personage.
Unique and specific to the
Seanchan military is the use of exotics.
The military has it's standard rank and division structure going
from soldier to general and intermingles between the three sections
of the army: ground, air and navy.
In addition to that, there
are also the handlers of the exotics,
which go by their own rank names and exist in parallel to the traditional
military ranks. These have been merged into the ranks, indicating
their standing in the whole of the military body of the Empire.
To the Seanchan it all makes perfect sense, though any outlander
may find themselves completely lost trying to figure out the hierarchy.
The level of deference can be both simple and extremely complex,
as it is fused and intertwined with the social layers of the Seanchan
society and can vary depending on situational circumstances. It
takes a Seanchan to fully understand all it's complexities.
Below is a basic outline of the Seanchan
Basic, because it can become rather
tricky keeping up with it, given the Seanchan's tendency to mix
and mingle between social and military ranks and classes. So it
can become a bit of a tangle. But this should give at least a basic
point of reference.
Many of the below mentioned titles/ranks/responsibilities
are not from the books and may need to be
adjusted at some point.
Wherever possible we've used
the information from the books and filled in the gaps in,
what we hope, a more or less logical manner.
come across any information that might improve the below
outline, please don't hesitate to post it on the Freelanders
Keep in mind the social class and ranks
(as well as the social standing of the various exotic
handlers) as they play an important role in determining the
standing of any given person among their peers. For instance: while
a Sul'dam has to obey the commands of a Banner-General during battle,
she socially ranks at approximately the level of a Lieutenant-General.
A Banner-General will use her, but he'll be polite in his interactions
Heir to the Throne (Daughter of the
Commander of the Forerunners* - Commander
of the Return* (High Blood)
Captain-General* (High Blood)
* titles provided
by the books
Captain of the Air (Low Blood)*
commands all the flyers
Captain of the Sky
in charge of a flock = 10 nests
nest = 5 (To')Raken
Captain of the Gold (Low Blood)*
commands the entire fleet and commands the
flag ship carrying the Royal Blood.
of the Silver (Low Blood)
a large vessel, or flag ship (maximum 300 crew) and
has authority over the Blue and Green
Captain of the Blue (Low Blood)
a medium vessel (maximum 150 crew)
Captain of the Green (Low Blood)*
commands a small vessel (maximum 50 crew)
in command on a ship. Rank among the XO's is determined
by what ship they serve on. In charge of navigation
and ship's personnel
of small to medium sized campaigns
charge of up to five banners
can be assigned to
command small campaigns
2nd in command to the Banner-General.
Passes the orders to the troops on the field.
(blue-green-and-yellow striped armor,
small crest like a bronze arrowhead at the front of
In charge of a banner = 5 companies
= 500 soldiers
flyer in a duo flight
in a duo flight
Flyer in training
3rd in command,
responsible for all weapons on board.
for various positions on board. Cooks, carpenters, look-outs,
in training. Does all the menial jobs on board while
learning the skills needed as a sailor.
In charge of
a company = 10 units =
In charge of
a (task) unit (10 soldiers)
troop of various experience
Soldier in training
the collective name for them
is 'Fists of Heaven'*
assassins that are only used in extremely special circumstances.
Only the Imperial Personage can send them on a mission
and She will do so personally.
These are the highest
elite forces of the Empire, due to the enormous sacrifice
they provide. They use a ter'angreal ring that, once
activated with a drop of their blood, gives them special
skills but also slowly poisons them in a matter of days.
Once activated, there is no way back. Death is certain.
While the Ogier members are not property,
the human members are the personal property of the Imperial
Personage and serve in a variety of ways.
re-enforcing military campaigns to policing the streets
or being assigned as personal bodyguards to a member
of the Royal Family or being loaned to a favorite noble,
the Guards do it all and do it well.
Portal Stone World
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