" If there's someone on this world who can make any soldier soil their pants in fear, it has to be the battle brothers and sisters of the Greenglade brotherhood. I have seen them fight before, and there's a reason why the Argonites rarely, if ever venture into the Greenglade's without assembling entire armies now" Maximillian Christiansen, remarking on the Greenglade rangers.The Greenglade Brotherhood is the largest and most powerful paramilitary organisation in The Sanguine Imperium, numbering in the hundreds of thousands to millions. Renowned for their extreme ferocity, nimbleness, being adapted to forest warfare and being a very effective guerilla force, they guard the forest areas of the Imperium, preventing them from being used by the enemy as invasion routes or being occupied. Taking their name from the Greenglade forest, the largest forest on Elladia spanning millions of square kilometres and spanning multiple continents, the Greenglade brotherhood always stands ready to guard the forests of the Imperium. With their mastery over the very forces of nature itself, thanks to their usage of druidic magic, the brotherhood has earned a fearsome reputation amongst both man and Argonite alike, always ready to strike from the shadows against the enemies of mankind.
"May the gods have mercy on our foes, for we shall not" Attributed to brother Zeraphel, one of the most famous rangersThe main goal of the Greenglade brotherhood is to protect the forest areas of The Sanguine Imperium and serve as a paramilitary force which is specially adapted to fighting in the forest and as light infantry and guerillas, constantly tiring down the enemy through hit and run attacks and harassment tactics
"What makes the brotherhood so terrifying is how silent they are. Its like they are wraiths. You don"t expect them until the very moment they strike, when hundreds of shadowy figures descend on you from the trees, hellbent on taking your life and giving others a warning. And they do a spectacular job at that i tell you. Attributed to a Normal Legionnaire in the Imperium
Weapons and Comabt capabilitiesAs a light infantry force which focuses on hit and run tactics, guerilla warfare and harassment tactics, the brotherhood does not have many heavy infantry or heavy cavalry. Rather, the standard equipment for a ranger is a bow, two daggers and a relatively large longsword. Dedicated archers use massive longbows and greatbows, to counter enemy heavy cavalry or infantry. Assault units are equipped with Halberds , spears and lances and cavalry for the most part, are equipped with bows or spears/lances or longswords.
Druids and mages
" The Druid brothers are the strongest amongst us. Harnessing the very power of Elladia itself, they have unprecedented individual power amongst all the others" Attributed to Brother Zarakiel, one of the members of the ranger council
HistoryThe Great War, the Argonite army made significant gains into the territory of the Imperium, by exploiting the weakly defended sections of the Greenglade forest. The Imperium suffered incredibly high number of casualties and was barely able to contain the advance and force the Argonite armies back. To prevent such a situation from ever happening again, a force of warriors was raised by then High Seraph Linus Christiansen, to guard the Greenglade forest as well as other forest areas of the Imperium. Ever since then , they have done their duties faithfully, ferociously defending the forests of the Imperium from any and all who threaten mankind.
Second Battle of the Greenglade forest
"It all happened in the blink of an eye. One moment we were marching across the swamp and the next i see the bloated , insect filled corpses of my comrades, being eaten by those filth whilst some of them were still alive. To this day, i don"t know why i still live. The almighty should have taken me right there and then." An Argonite soldier, recounting the events of the Second battle of the Greenglade forestAs they went deeper into the forest, the resistance kept increasing and their forces were being worn down, till finally at one point during their advance, the decision was given to retreat. Just then however, a massive counteroffensive spearheaded by the brotherhood, including elements from the regular army, decimated most of the forward units of the Argonite armies and routed them. The Argonites quickly retreated, having suffered a tremendous defeat at the hands of the brotherhood, whom they considered nothing more than poorly armed militia. This event and the many other battles fought by them in the upcoming decades and centuries would cement their deadly reputation as the strongest paramilitary force in the Imperium
Signs of Corruption
"We don"t know whats happening. Gods save us. Harken was bitten by one of those mutated wolves a few days ago and ever since then, he can"t sleep. He keeps screaming and says that he sees visions of this strange demonic being in the night. He says that it whispers into his ears and tells him to do his bidding. I don"t know what the fuck is even happening. Moreover, we keep hearing strange noises and creepy laughs from the forest, its as if something is hunting the entire brotherhood. We have to launch an investigation at some point and figure out what the hell is happening in this forest as of the recent times Brother Elias, a ranger of the brotherhood talking about the disturbing events taking place in the Greenglade forestFor the past few years, there have been disturbing reports coming from the Greenglade forest, which have since then spread across the other forests of the Imperium as well. The trees are changing their colour and behaviour, with some of them dying entirely and worse stills, others mutating into horrifying new forms. There have been many disappearances amongst the brotherhoods members, and reports are coming in of wild and mad animals, who have been morphed into horrifying new forms by a strange corruption. As the coming storm looms over Elladia, the brotherhoods rangers have to prepare themselves, for the very forest and world itself will soon turn against them.
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AgeThe Brotherhood is well over eight hundred years old.
HeadquartersThe brotherhood has their main base of operations in the very centre of the Greenglade forest.
Popular ReceptionThe members of the brotherhood have grown into somewhat of folk heroes over the centuries. Many tales abound of their achievements, and this has given rise to many myths about them, including that they can transform into wild beasts and so on. Whilst some members of the brotherhood are lycanthropes, shapeshifting is only done by the Druids, who have the skill and training to do it. There have been many songs, poems and novels written about them too, and many citizens of the Imperium eagerly wait to join the Brotherhood some day.
Brotherhood Culture and ValuesThe Brotherhood has developed their own culture since their inception. This consists of many shared values such as honor, loyalty and respect, which are the key three values that define the rangers of the brotherhood. Every ranger is expected to do their best to contribute to the brotherood as a whole, and help out other rangers as well as teach what they can to the new recruits. They are drilled to obey and respect their officers, but are also told to question them and discuss amongst themselves as to how the officers methods can be improved or if it is right or wrong. From the moment they take the oath of the brotherhood , every ranger is expected to fully serve mankind with all of his/her loyalty, no matter what it takes
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