Maiths Trin: The expansion of civilization.
Armies of the the Kingdom of Marthis
Effectively they are two kinds of armies with in the Kingdom. The Royal army and the Noble armies.
The Royal Army has two different kinds of units and number of specialist corps based on professions. It is a Professional force, filled with men seaking wealth from spoils of war or simply just to have a full belly often rather than not. Theory being that all are volunteers, in practice it is a dumping ground for those who family have nothing for them younger sons and daughters not married off. Again in theory it is merit based system of officers, but influence can really change this. As such the officers generally enforce respect through fear in such cases.
The Army uniform is a white or off white depending on sourcing surcoat with a black chevron, their Rank marked on the left side just about midway from the shoulder, should they have any. Calvary Surcoats are split, for riding and go to the knee, and Infantry ones tend to be shorter, about mid-thigh. Rank is marked by a series of chevrons, Sgt. have one, Captains have two, Commanders have three and Generals have a Diamond. the current rank system is about 600 years old and replaced a much more complicated grade system that had existed in 400 years before. Anyone serving that has been knighted in some manner places a horse head above his or her rank. The Chevrons are coloured as follows: Black for Infantry, Red for Calvary, Green for Engineering, Blue for Medical, and Grey for Farrier and Armoursmiths.
Calvary are Regiment of 300 heavy war horses and riders, armed generally with Lance, secondary weapon, Plate and Maile and shield. each lance of 10 is commanded by a Sergeant of Arms, each company on 100 is commanded by a Captian of Arms, The Regiment is commanded by a Commander. Each regiment has about 120 non-combat staff, most of which is grooms and squares. In the field they will be assign members from the required Corps. While armed like knights, few are actually knights proper, and their arms and Armour belong to the crown. However, there are knights within the Cavalry units of the army, and are often referred to as Knight-rank or sir depending on who is doing the addressing.
Some Regiments are Light Cavalry, these are Medium or light War horses with riders armed with long spears, secondary weapon, maile armour and shields. some lances in such units also forgo the shield. Currently there are 20 Cavalry regiments in the Royal Army and 10 Light Cavalry Regiments
Infantry are Legions of 5000, which are divided 10 Regiments of 500 in turn divided into companies of 100. Legions are commanded by a General, Regiments are commanded by Commanders, Companies by Captains. Captain's often have 4 to 10 Sergeants help command the unit but this is generally left to Captain's taste. These units are normally armed with armed with long spears, secondary weapon, maile armour and shields. The term Legion, comes from the term in the Panormus Empire name for such a unit of infantry. The Panormus Empire ruled using its Legions of which something like 50 exist at the height of the empire. The term wasn't used until the time of David the Third, who was know for several reforms based on the Panormus Empire, most fell out of favour as soon as he died. Legion however stuck. There are six legions though only the first and second are at full strenght, the third through sixth hover around 3000, officially they are 5000 strong but the losses from the Fifth Orc War haven't really been reflect and volunteer-ship has declined do to the losses in that war civilian and military. There are Corps within the Royal Army as well.
The Engineer Corps
This is the siege and Engineering corps of the army. Spread through out the army, these men and occasional women are the Builders and destroyers of bridges, castles, and forts. in much of the fronter most structures were build by these skillful craftsmen and women. Often deployed in units of 50 commanded by a captain of stone. The corps does a more than a few dwarves in it, its Commander in Chief Thalin Bridgestone, is the highest ranked Dwarf in the Royal Army.
The Medical Corps
This mixture of Priests and combat medical for the base of the medical profession within the Royal Army. Nearly all faiths have Clerics serving in this Corps leading to some interesting inter-corps rivalries. as a result, the Commander in Chief, currently Sir Patrick Fritzgerald, are lay medics to keep priesthood from feeling slighted.
The Farrier and Armoursmiths Corps
While weapons are important they can normally be maintained by their user, thus the need for specialize craftsmen and women within the army is not need. however horses require shoes and armour requires fixing. This require professionals so the Farrier and Armoursmith Corps was formed. Units of 30 are commanded Captain of the Hammer. Cavalry will have Farriers in greater supply than Infantry, though infantry will still retain some for pack horses and Officer horses.
Generals and command staff
Generals are commanders placed in charge of multiple units, the title is generic, a commander of 2 Calvary Regiments can hold the title or it can be the title of the Operation office of a field command like the last Orc War where General Nigel Naith had command of 4 legions and 16 regiments plus a huge amount of other troops and Mercenary units.
Staff consists of a number of officers most notable is the First Commander, the General’s second in command. Generally the most senior of the Commanders in the units. The Rank of general can be granted from the Royal High Constable or the sovereign.
Generally have their own armies, though depending of the rank of the Noble, will highly influence the number of troop styles a noble may have generally only the Dukes of the Kingdom will have all three. The often wear surcoats with chevrons much like royal army, four chevrons for Dukes, three for Marquies Two for Counts and one for Barons, should their lord’s arms a have a number of colours greater than two the Chevorns will alternate colours. Baronies are set up to have non-matching colours when boardering on each other, though across the Kingdom, their is a fair bit of over lap in the baronies. Rank is the same as the Royal Army using Black for Infantry and Red for Calvary.
Most nobles have a Guard regiment, which protect the noble and his family and general guard his main Castle. Some will travel with the noble if he moves but this generally will be a small amount unless traveling from one Castle to the next. Some of these Guard Regiments have as many as 300 or even 350 men or on the other side they may only have 20 men. they are often armed with long spears, secondary weapon, maile armour and shields. Wealthy nobles may up grade this to plate and also have inlayed or other wise embellished. Ones Guard is a good place to show off one's wealth. The largest Guard Regiment is the Royal Guard, unlike most Guard Regiment it is actually two Regiments, One of infantry men and one of Cavalry, making the entire Guard Regiment 800 men. This sounds like a lot until you realizes that the Royal family shares this with each other, So generally only 300 to 400 are with the King and his queen, they other are protecting royal castles and other family members. The easyest way to spot a Guard Regiment is that they will a slightly simplified version of their Lord’s coat of arms. Many Dukes use shoulder banners to show the rank of thier Guard Regiments and does the Royal Guard.
Men at arms Regiments
These regiments for the main Defensive fighting force of a noble, The arms castles, non-Chartered towns, and Border post for the Noble. These can be anywhere between 50 to 500 men in size and wealthier nobles my have a second or even third Regiment. These soldiers are armed with long spears, secondary weapon, maile armour and shields.
The most values army a Noble can have they are very expensive to maintain. These units often consist of units of 30 men to 300 men. they generally are armed with long spears, secondary weapon, maile armour and shields. wealthier nobles will equip them with lances and Plate and Maile. Know for Offensive and battlefield battles, few nobles can field more than one unit. Dukes are the most likely to be able to field more than one unit. In general wealth more than anything influence the size of a noble's forces, while rank is often a indication of wealth, some nobles control wealthier fiefs than others.