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New Aldorian Marines

Founded in the year 228 under orders by the King of Aldoria, the Marines were created as a response to the Vandregonian Rangers: Elite soldiers trained not as front-line fighters, but as a task force designed to operate with surgical precision. Chosen from the ranks of the Aldorian Navy for their skill, resourcefulness, and experience. After the Fall, many Marines lost their lives covering the retreat of the Aldorian settlers or protecting their ships from pirates at sea. The group had fallen into ruin in the New World, but at the behest of Prince Aylin, was reformed in the year 264 under the leadership of the former Aldorian sailor and former Pirate, Anne Cash. While an official uniform exists for formal occasions (Black pants and boots, Blue naval coat with a green sash), most Marines show their allegiance by prominently displaying both a blue and a green sash on their person.

Being of Aldorian descent is not a requirement to join the Marines: you simply need to be loyal to New Aldoria and skilled enough to live up to the reputation as a Marine. Most members are invited in, although an interested candidate can petition to join, at which point they will be tested and evaluated to see if they are a good fit for the group.

Not all associated with the Marines are warriors or fighters, though. Healers, smiths, tradesmen, and politicians all have their place in the Marines. Although they are seen as support roles, they are just as valued to the organization, with ranks determined by merit in each perspective role.

The defense of New Aldoria is paramount in the eyes of the Marines. Second, the Marines are committed to each other: no one gets left behind. Behind this is a devotion to personal and unit excellence. Whether through training and drilling, studying, or practice, the Marines strive to be the best in all they do. Marines are expected to better themselves, and when training, they are encouraged to expose flaws in a squadmate’s form to close those gaps. A missed parry can be dangerous, as can a wound improperly treated. Even a false bit of information can lead to unnecessary danger for yourself and your squad. Criticism is not just expected, but encouraged, as long as it remains constructive.

Marines are expected to respect the chain of command inherent in their organization. Orders from a superior are to be followed, unless doing so would put you or your squad in unnecessary risk. Subordinates may not give orders to superiors, although their input should be given appropriate weight and consideration.

The ranks of the Marines, from Lowest to Highest, are as follows:

  • Private: The lowest ranking member of the Marines, this level is usually reserved for new recruits, although demotions for insubordination or poor decisions may result in this rank, as well.
  • Corporal: The first step up from Private, this rank is granted to those who have proved themselves capable in some manner or another. Most Corporals are trained soldiers, although many who fill this rank are also skilled tradesmen, devoting their trade to the organization.
  • Sergeant: For those of exceptional skill and determination, the rank of Sergeant is a badge of honor. They are the leaders of the lower-ranked troops, the lowest-ranking Officer rank, and often the ones put in charge of battlefield tactics and day-to-day operations during peacetime.
  • Lieutenant: The most trusted officers of the Captain, the Lieutenants are hand-picked to be the best of the best of the best. It is common for the Captain to appoint areas of responsibility to each Lieutenant, to avoid infighting should the Captain fall.
  • First Lieutenant: The Captain’s second-in-command, this Lieutenant has been elected fit to take over in the unfortunate case of the Captain’s demise. The Captain is not required to nominate a First Lieutenant, and in such a case, a new Captain will be chosen from the ranks of the Lieutenants by the Master General.
  • Captain: The highest rank achievable by a member of the Marines, the Captain oversees the entire organization, answering only to the Master General. Currently there is only one Captain, although the rank may be expanded in the future if deemed necessary by the Master General.
  • Master General: The reigning monarch of New Aldoria. The Master General has complete autonomy over the Marines and has the final say in all of their decisions, although these decisions are often left to the best judgement of the Captain.

The Marines rely heavily on their squad mates for their success, and their very survival. As such, insubordination is dealt with swiftly. Reports of insubordination should be brought to the Captain directly, or the next highest-ranked officer if the Captain is not present. Both parties are expected to respect the Captain’s verdict, although the decision can be overturned in the presence of new evidence. It should be noted, however, that false claims of insubordination will be punished just as harshly as the crime itself.

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