|The Crimson Lions of Thyllanor|
|Military Organization||(Various) |
|Official language(s)||Common Tongue
Thyllanorian (More uncommon, but some in the service of the Karthmeres directly may learn it)
Doras Edrossi (Uncommon but not unheard of)
|-||Upper house||House Karthmere|
|Establishment||As a battalion: Sometime in 339 AC |
Renamed to the Crimson Lions: April 3rd, 347 AC
|-||This group saw most of their wartime action during the 346 AC Rebellion.|
They are, for all intents and purposes, Thyllanor's 'special forces' battalion. As a battalion, they are part of a larger regiment, the 17th Regiment -- better known as the Crimson Knights. They are treated as something of a knightly order, and seeking entrance is difficult due to the rigorous physical and mental tests that are given to the men. It is the only regiment which does not participate in the random draft -- instead, joining is only by being selected from the ranks of others or applying outside of war time. Gothaen Synthor leads both organizations, and is also an auxiliary general (the highest normally attainable rank) in Thyllanor.
FoundingAbout a year's course into the 346 AC rebellion, the commander who was put in charge of the battalion of men that would become the Crimson Lions died in battle during the First Siege of Dragonspire on April 3rd of 347 AC. These men, now leaderless, looked toward the respected and well trained Gothaen Synthor for guidance, as the men's morale dropped severely after the death of their commanding officer. Knowing that he couldn't just let these men down, Gothaen decided to take up arms and step up to the lead role as the commander of the army of men, to which most if not all agreed. After the First Siege concluded in a stalemate, Gothaen took advantage of the wave of regiments returning to Thyllanor and reinforcing -- he instead took his battalion to a secluded castle in the Duchy of Delathane, where he himself had trained for most of his life in military matters, and began teaching his new followers some of what he'd learned. He was lucky enough to have missed the Destruction of Crownprice, being completely oblivious of it happening at the time but later lamenting in his ignorance.
He had them cover their armor with dark, camouflaging substances so they'd be seen less at night, and use crimson red polish to honor the blood spilled by those fallen. Gothaen then later commissioned the wood workers to create shields with a red lion on the front, differing from that of normal Thyllanorian-supplied armor. Over time, Gothaen taught the men valuable strategies, such as Dalan II's method for instilling guerrilla tactics, along with many of his own techniques. He trained them harshly, but after the training was finished, those who remained were disciplined, incredibly strong, and stalwart even without the guidance of their commander. Gothaen had turned former foot-soldiers into a well-oiled, dependable machine of war.
During the latter half of the rebellion, they were some of the most prolific killers of Dragomyr loyalist soldiers wherever they went. Though other battalions employed the tactics of burning farms and torturing people to intimidate the populace and instill terror via threats, the Crimson Lions had no need for such crude practices. Instead, they became one of the most feared soldiers to meet in battle for their unwavering discipline and loyalty to not only Synthor, but to each other. and for good reason. During the final battle of the rebellion, the Second Siege of Dragonspire, they earned most of their reputation which sticks with them today -- during the Final Spark, which involved breaking down the walls of Dragonspire and marching into the city, Gothaen famously gave a speech that concluded right as the trebuchets finally bored a hole into the imposing wall. They fought viciously under the direction of Gothaen and the ruthless command of Adrian Karthmere, who is the knight's biggest sponsor.
|Conscript||1,233||Must serve in an official battle to receive this rank.|
|Newblood||649||Equal to the rank Officer.|
|Prelate||343||Equal to the rank Corporal.|
|Knight||322||Considered a full-bodied 'member' of the Crimson Knights. Equal to the rank Sergeant.|
|Veteran||328||Equal to the rank Lieutenant Major.|
|Elite||96||Equal to the rank Captain.|
|Lionlord||11||The Lionlords have their own council, the Lower House, which convene with the Higher House on matters of war and defense. Equal to the rank Major Captain.|
|Master||8||There can only be enough Masters at one time to complete a 10-man council (called the Higher House) with the Headmaster(s) and the Grandmaster. Equal to the rank General Inferior.|
|Headmaster||1||Often considered the administrative leader of the Knights. Equal to the rank General Superior.|
|Grandmaster||1||Often considered the military and diplomatic leader of the Knights. Equal to the rank Auxiliary General.|