Kagomine Armed Service Uniforms
"Now onto the next lesson, who can tell me what this is?" The elementary school teacher pointed to garments on a pair of mannequins, one masculine, one feminine.
"An army uniform?"
"What makes you say that?"
"Uh, it has all them military symbols on it, and the badge is a crescent."
"Why is that badge shape important?"
"You just reminded us the other lesson that only military units and nations can have crescent badges in Kagomei."
"So you were paying attention, good. Any specifics beyond that?"
"It's a Drab Bruin uniform, like my dad's."
"Your father is in the service, Tautoo?"
"Ya, wait, no it can't be a Drab Bruin uniform, the pauldrons aren't brown."
"Indeed, these are leaf green, who would know what this denotes?"
"Lifeguards, gotta be."
"Border guards are dark green, like an emerald, so Green Heron they must be."
"Why that name?"
"Ah, such trivia isn't covered by the curriculum."
"All right, all right, I suppose a short telling of this story won't affect your grades too much. So, in the beginning, before the sun became distinct from the primordial matter..."
"I'm being silly, turn to your books, page 145.
In the tenth year before the Kagomine Era, Hari Pawtel, advising , drew plans for a flying force.founded his elite war band of guardians, drawing them in his personal service, unlike the rest of his army. He called the regular army the Drab Bruins, and his elite bodyguards, he called the Green Herons, on account of him seeing a Heron looking after their nest, protective, more than aggressive. He also famously disparagingly named Chattering Magpies and Aquamarine Peacocks in his founding speech. During the of founding, both military groups found much glory, but especially the Green Herons, many of whom had converted to the then relatively recent faith of the Elements, and who were led in prayers by 's two lovers: and When founded her own navy, twenty years later, she obviously named to honour her late lover. As he had been called the Slate Otter before, that became the name of the service members. Amber Raptors were named as such when
founded the last two remaining services within your lifetimes, naming the Rabid Tavars and White Bruins in the law that founded each service for reasons known to her. To be called by those names, a service member must be wearing the appropriate uniform, and as such, the typical demonym of a service becomes a nickname of the appropriate uniform.
"Any of you have questions?"
"Do we know why he held such a low opinion of civil servants?"
"He wrote in his memoirs that he would highly respect any of them that ventured into a battlefield, armed only with words, but those that stayed in pleasant salons, fighting with words over appetizers, could hardly be a threat. Kagome-who-was-Meihomei later said: I didn't quite despise civil servants like he did, but I didn't trust them much further than he, and kept them on a short leash throughout my reign."
"Any other questions?"
"What is the significance behind all the names being named after a concept?"
"Well, not just a concept, most of the highest ranks are named after a virtue each leader is said to embody. The leader of the Green Herons is called Meihomei's Care, and is thought to embody how Meihomei cares for her subjects, similarly, the leader of the Drab Bruins is called Meihomei's Loyalty, unless she is female. That's because if she is, she gains the title of Laurana Gloriana, named after the first holder of the title, who fought at Kagomei's own side, and won victories for her, saving her life in two occasions. The leader of Slate Otters is Meihomei's Honour, the leader of Rabid Tavars is Meihomei's Secret-Keeper, and the leader of White Bruins is Meihomei's Beacon of Truth. The leader of Emerald Sloths however, is known by a seperate title, that of Netamei of Kagomei. It only fits in the above classification loosely, as it is literally guard-leader of Kagomei, but creative writes refer to the holder of the rank as Meihomei's Security, when they must."
"What about the rank tabs, how does that work?"
"Oh, precocious child! The ranks start up with nine segments, in either composite materials or synthetic emerald. The lowest commissioned rank has a single central disk in emerald, with the rest made of coloured composites. As one rises in rank, one or more segments are made of more synthetic emerald. Each rank tab is constructed, with components slotting into each other, then the sigils are grinded into the surface, and a spell is cast to bless the whole."
"Attention! Flag Officer on deck!"
"My, we have a distinguished visitor, class, please rise, while I go welcome our guest." The students stand, and mill around, uncertainly.
"Thank you, Traci Managua Valmerol, I am most grateful for this welcome."
"How can we not, theis named after you, . Students, please take a good long look at the Rank Insignia, we were just discussing these, but very few ever see actual Supreme Rank Tabs. Anyone who can look at these without lowering their eyes is likely having low tcha with Meihomei."
"They're so shiny!"
"Is that pure gemstone?"
"Pure, synthetic gemstone, class, Beryllium molecularly aligned crystals, both hard and durable. And as you can see, quite shiny. The composite for the slate coloured central button and end tab is a classified material. And as you can see when looking them close up, they are marked with each of the ten sigils of the elements, anyone who falsifies one commits an unforgiveable sin."
"What about the others with her, why are theirs golden?"
"Oh, these are non-commissioned ranks, the subject of next lesson. Class dismissed."
After the students have left.
"Thank you so very much for this visit, you have no idea what it means to them!"
"Oh, I have some idea, but I have sad, necessary business, with you." A pregnant pause, then she continued. "I'm sorry to have to announce to you, Managua Valmerol, that your child Dantigua Valmerol, died in the performance of their duty, as a flight officer flying an Hypersonic Fighter off Merit of Honour , posthumously. I take no joy from their passing, but I am proud to have served with them, proud to wear the same uniform. Meihomei herself knows and honours their bravery."'s decks under my command. As ever, Meihomei's Navy and Flyforce will do their utmost to help you with the performance of any last rites. A board of inquiry has further ruled that the circumstances were that of sacrificing their life for their comrades in the performance of their duty. Furthermore the board ruled that this qualified them for a personal award of the
On this day, Octem Ninth, 815, we are gathered to celebrate the heroic memory of Dantigua Valmerol, Meritant of Honour, Hero of Kagomei. Friends, shipmates, family, we all knew them to some extent. We all have memories we cherish of this Hero, who died selflessly protecting those in their care. The elements charge us with standing for what we believe in, saying that we are defined by the causes we make sacrifices for. Dantigua defined and dedicated their life to their fellow Kagomine, we know of no higher calling.
Mechanics & Inner Workings
- In a funny twist of events, a officer is not a Flag officer(officially, they mind flags that are not their own, explaining the discrepancy)