Legion Structure

Legions are carefully organized, efficient fighting beasts, which, when carefully trained, present a truly awesome and frightening aspect on the field of battle. Tales have been told from Iridine's history of entire legions wheeling and advancing as one man, mowing enemies beneath their flashing blades like so many stalks of wheat, a many-armed specter of Death himself.

This awesome sight must be achieved by rigorous training and harsh discipline, and by competent commanders and leaders. From the topmost consul to the lowliest legionary, everyone must work together for the greater good of the legion, and, ultimately, Iridine.

Consul — The top of the 'top brass' in the Legion, he needs to be a thinking man as well as a fighting one, as he has the final say in strategy, and in all decisions affecting his men. He is the one who takes the fall in the Senate if his men fall in the field. The consul shall be the most senior magistracy that bears imperium. The proper age for a consul shall be no less than forty-two years. There shall be two consulships available on a yearly basis, and the office shall commence on the first day of the new year. The senior senator presides during the first month, alternating monthly for the est of the year. The authority of the consul knows no bounds, and they shall be responsible for command of any army. Each consul shall be given a legion as his own, but can appropriate more of the army for whatever purpose he wishes. Consuls have Imperium, which means their authority of their office and cannot be disputed or denied, provided they are acting within the limits of the office. The symbol ofImperium shall be the fasces, borne by the Lictors bound to the office.

Legate — Ranked just below the Consul, the Legate is in charge of the twelve cohorts in the Legion, and acts as the Consul's aid in decision-making and the carrying out of orders.

Quaestor — Equal in rank to the Legate, the Quaestor is responsible for the acquisition and disbursement of supplies such as armor, food, and animals. His job is extremely important, as he is the one who runs the supply lines when the Legion marches into enemy territory. Traditionally, like the Consul and Legate, the Quaestor is elected by the Senate, but of late there has been a trend of consuls asking for specific men to be their quaestors. A person may hold quaestorship before or after entering the Senate, but they have to be age 30 to do so. There are twelve such positions available. The quaestor's primary responsibilities are fiscal. He might be seconded to the Treasury, or to collecting customs or port duties, or to collecting rent for state-owned lands either at home or abroad, or to managing the finances of a province.

Tribune — Also traditionally elected by the Senate of Iridine, the Military Tribunes are each in charge of one cohort of men, which is six centuries, or six hundred men. Most of them ride into battle with their men, although some few march, and usually at the rear, in order to better direct their soldiers' movements. They receive their orders from the Legate, although occasionally they may be asked to attend battle-planning with the consul. Twelve people shall be elected by the entire assembly to serve as legally elected officers of the army. Six shall be assigned to each legion of the consuls. This position is pre-senatorial.

Centurion — The centurions are often rankers who have worked their way up from the bottom through years of military campaigning. They are in charge of one century, or a hundred men, eighty soldiers and twenty non-combatants. They are often considered more valuable even than Tribunes, as they are the ones who train and drill the men, and lead them into battle at the head of the formation.

First Centurion — The First Centurion, or Primus Pilus, is the First Centurion of the First Century of the First Cohort in a Legion, and senior
to all other centurions in the Legion. Thus, he receives his orders directly from the Tribunes, and may on rare occasions be asked to attend battle planning with the consul. He is certainly the spokesman for the rankers under his command in the Legion.

Decurion — Decurions are rankers who have worked their way up from being the lowliest of grunts to being in charge of a squad
of twenty-five men. They provide leadership for their unit when it is not formed into a century, and take their orders from their centurion.

Optio — Optios are in charge of ten men, usually enough to form a patrol. These ten are the ones who eat together, camp together, and fight elbow to elbow with one another every day. An optio can be identified by the mirror-polished bronze phalerial worn about the neck.

Contubernalis — A contubernalis, or "cadet", is an officer in training. He is often a patrician's son beginning his journey up the "cursus honorum"
to eventually end as consul, if he lives long enough. He then technically is higher ranked than a common footsoldier, but since he is in the legion to learn, he is placed equal to a sergeant in rank, without men to command until he proves himself.

Especially promising contubernali (sometimes with the help of a substantial bribe from their parents) might be placed as an aide to the Tribunes, Legate or Quaestor, where they may learn firsthand the duties associated with running a legion.

Signifer — Standard-Bearers, or Aquilifers and Signifers, are men who have been awarded because of acts of valor or courage the right to carry
their unit's Standard in battle. Each century has a standard-bearer, as does each cohort, with one for the entire legion itself. Standard-Bearers may often be distinguished not only by the decorated Standard poles they carry but also by the bear, lion, or tiger skins they wear, with heads attached, over their armor. They often follow their centurion into battle. They are ranked equally to Decurions, with the Legion Standard-Bearer being senior.

Legionary — The common infantryman, enlisted from the ranks of the common folk. They are expected to outfit themselves with armor, weapons, and kit, and will serve a minimum of ten years or four big campaigns, whichever comes first. Many re-enlist. A legionary can be identified by the highly polished bronze phalerial worn about the neck

Recruit — Legionaries aren't born; they're made. Interested civilians will be put to the test during a recruitment process that can take up to an year in The Eternal City. During this time, these civilians are given the rank of recruit. Recruits that pass the halfway point will be given the rank of Greenie. This rank is denoted by it's brightly colored green sash.

Cavalry — Each legion has a unit of three hundred cavalrymen assigned to it, each working in thirty-man teams, or turmae. Three officers, or decuriones, each command ten men, with one commanding the turma itself. Cavalrymen come from the ranks of the Ordo Equester of the city, or Knights, men who are not necessarily noble but may be wealthy.

Engineers, archers, and sappers, are specialty units that come from the ranks of the common soldiers, employed where they are needed.

Twenty men out of each century are non-combatant, meaning they handle and care for animals, transport supplies, and repair items(smiths).

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