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Palisade Battalions

Palisade Battlalions are a type of Jhoutigari division. Palisade guards are dedicated to maintaining the border and walls of a city. They are expected to defend the wall from any and all threats. If there are no active threats, then the duties involve cleaning, inspecting, and repairing the walls of the city.

Serving on the Palisade Batallion of a well-established city is a much different affair than serving on one of the Pact's far-reaching colonies. However, both roles command similar respect from the citizenry

Lethal, unwavering, revered.

The final line between propserity and Damination.

- Palisade Battalion Motto

Battalion Mantra

 Let none infringe on your home.  

The primary role of the Palisade Guard is to ensure the security of their assigned post. They patrol, inspect, and observe when the walls are quiet. When there is a threat, the walls come alive with rapid deployment of defense equipment.

The Palisade Guard are expected to be rigorously informed and vetted against the native threats of the region. They know their enemy and they know how to kill it. Whether or not they are equipped to, that depends on the budget of the battalion.

In Warfare

When a city is involved in seige or immediate threat, the Palisade Battallion will fall under the common military structure like any other unit.

Palisade Guard can use their Meissner mortars to tremendous affect against a sieging army.

You can not fight what you do not know.

Your brain must stay as sharp as your blade.

— Mantra inscribed in Battalion Chapter
 Maintain clean walls and clean hearts.  

Jhoutai and its colonies throws many threats towards the people who call it home. Not all of them have teeth. Diseases, invasive Corralum, deadly fungal spores, and countless other untold horrors. Keeping the wall clean of contaminations and free from natural erosion is just as important as raising a sword to defend it.

Mental fortitude is a critical attribute to become a Palisade Guard. They are expected to maintain good relationships with the citizenry, and consistently demonstrate unyielding courage and discipline at all time.

In modern times

Wall maintenance has been well-automated. Palisade Guards back the drones and sensors, providing living input where needed.

Palisade Guards will ride wall-fastened Meissner carts to travel all over the surface of the wall to do whatever task is needed.

The deadliest mistakes are born from complacency.

Keep as many friendly eyes behind you as possible.

— Mantra inscribed in Battalion Chapter

Echelons of the Battalion

The ranking system of the Palisade Battallion is measured by Echelons and Cuts. Echelons are the rank themselves, of which their are six within the Battallion. The shape and embellishings on a guards rank denotes their echelon.

Within the rank, six wedges are left open in gold. Each represents a cut, and these cuts will be filled as a guard performs their duty with excellence. Cuts are used to denote a subrank within each Echelon.

Palisade Echelon 1
Palisade Echelon 1 - Tigari by Hiive

The Rank and File of the Palisade Battallion. Tigari do the majority of the physical labor and front line fighting of the Battallion. They are also the newest and least experienced. Tigari earn their Cuts by maintaining a good service record or by going above and beyond their station.

Palisade Echelon 2 - Khen by Hiive

After a Tigari has earned seventh bar, they will be promoted to the Khen role. Khens are expected to be able to handle multiple roles as well as lead small squads during patrols and missions. Khen earn their Cuts over the course of dozens of successful assignments or for heroic actions.

They are expected to lead in the absence of a Kuwata which can be the case in dire or colonial situations.

Palisade Echelon 4 - Khen
Palisade Echelon 4 - Khen by Hiive

The Kuwata are the leaders of the Battallion. They are expected to keep the Battallion organized, lead their shift, and provide guidance. They will fight on the front line just as any Tigari and Khen would. A Kuwata must earn their rank by demonstrating exceptional performance over a storied history.

Kuwata must be very capable fighters as well as extrodinary leaders. Earning Cuts at this rank requires years of dedicated service or overcoming impossible odds.

Meissner Mortar
Meissner Mortar by Hiive

Pictured above - A Meissner Mortar, the bread and butter of the Strike

Those who have earned the Strike certification must have first earned Khen. The Khen can then test and train to become experts at the use of Meissner Mortars. This process comes over the course of a year of service, while also shadowing additional fire missions on mortar teams.

Certification allows the user to wield mortars in combat in defense of the wall. Stringent practice is required, as a badly trained mortar team can do more harm than good.

Palisade Echelon 5 by Hiive

To become a specialist, one must serve a unique purpose to the Battallion. This role can be given to civilians who are without rank but serve the Battallion. Common uses are for Hollow individuals, or people specialized in countering specific situations.

Becoming a specialist is an organic procedure, but in most cases requires study into specific threats and dangers that the Palisade Battallion might face.

Palisade Echelon 4 by Hiive

There is always one Marshall in charge of a Palisade Battallion. They are expected to live on the wall, and be available at a moments notice. They are the final say on the battallions. Usually this role is reserved for the most senior member of the Battallion, but there are exceptions.

Even the Marshall is expected to chip in, if the rifles and mortars are being brought up to defend.

Within the Armory

Protective Equipment

Palisade Guards are often equipped with indirect fire weaponry such as Meissner Artillery. Rifles, Kinetic slings, shields, and more are often in use by these guards.

Most of the time, weaponry is stored beneath the wall in easy to access but well secured armories. Tampering with Palisade Arsenals is seen as serious a crime as treason and subterfuge.

Two hundreds combat rifles, 20 crates of slugs, one hundred kinetic-slings, twenty two anti-material rifles, three hundred fungicide grenades, three tanks of liquid fire, four anti-Meta fields, a dozen meissner tubes, and enough payload to level the valley.

As you can see General, we have enough equipment to last about four months out here.

— Palisade Battallion Supply Sergeant

The Rifle of the Watch

Palisade Rifle
Palisade Rifle by Hiive

The primary rifle of the Palisade Battalion is known as the "K'khrisDe'at." Over the centuries, the build of the rifle has not changed from it's flowing stock and the curved blade that runs along the bottom. The internals of the rifle have undergone many iterations. From, the earliest of blackpowder to modern banner age propellants.

The combat doctrine for the rifle, has been tweaked and evolved since the first standarization push by Senior Kuwata Tor'ra. The blade of the weapon is used to protect the body from attacks over the wall and can be wielded like a two-handed sword. The rifle portion is built upon a large-bore breech-loading design. A trained Palisade Guard can fire off rapid fire volleys either by hand or with an assisted wrist mounted loader.

The design is made to be durable, accurate, and devestating against the armored shells of Rutas and invaders alike.

Maintainance Equipment

In order to keep walls and barriers well maintained, Palisade guards can be equipped from everything from drones to applicators, to brushes and buckets. All are stored and maintained just as througoughly as the weapons.

Often times, cleaning duties will be relegated to newer members to test their ability to understand instruction and maintain discipline. Palisade Guards are also expected to defend and protect the wall from natural disasters such as Glow Rain. With applicators and chemical compounds such as Slog, they will immunize a wall from invasive growths.

As we Adventines prepared to leave in the morning, we were invited onto the walls of the surface portion of the city.

Guards in heavy-looking armor patrolled the walls; wielding rifles that looked both regal and intimidating, and with a barrel wide enough to fit my thumb into.

So many of the Sazashi here were the more intimidating sort. Parisan, Shejlt-Rajh, Ral-Mi all stood at the ready. As we walked down the length of the wall, the guards never let themselves get distracted by the touring aliens.

"Are they always this serious?" I asked when I got the chance. Two guards passed us, carrying what looked to be a two-handed flamethrower.

"There's a Rutas Surge warning, so they are preparing."

It unsettled my stomach to realize that even a big city like this needed such well-armed protection.

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The following flash fictions are written to demonstrate the differences between working the Palisade Battalion in a city, versus a colony.


Serving a City

Day to Day

Working in the Palisade Battalion in larger cities is safe role, but is no less grueling.

Common duties include:

  • Patrolling the interior and exterior of the Wall
  • Reporting and Casing any abnormalities
  • Maintaining the exterior of the wall
  • Daily application of local disinfectants and fungicides
  • Maintain law and order within and on the wall

"Kar'rgato!" The Parisan Watcher's voice boomed easily over the noise of the active portside and the thrumming roar of Meissner engines in motion.

I saluted without pause, my left hand raised in salute. "Yes sir, Kuwata?"

"Orders for you." He began by acknowledging my salute. He matched my raised hand, and was already moved on by the time we lowered our hands. "I need you to go down on the glider and clear sensor P43, contamination spike."

I already began to head to fasten my envirosuit and head to the glider. The Captain followed shortly behind, and continued to brief me. "I will be your lookout. Potential corralum infection so take some 'cide."

"Yes sir," I grabbed myself an applicator and zipped up the uniforms envirosuit over and around my ears. The Kuwata's sturdy palm thudded my shoulder twice, my suit was good.

I went over the fence, and onto the glider below. The engine revved at my added weight. My muscle memory automated through the process.

"Latch on, latch on again, and pray."

With a tilt of my driving foot, the platform began to slide down the wall at a pace that jostled my stomach.

"A... C... F..." I read off the letters as I went. "O and P." I twisted my foot, and held onto the rails as I flew horizontally across the wall, concrete and natural floral growth whizzing by my head. I saw the issue by the time I reached 30. A couple of corralum buds had rolled up the steep incline of the wall and began to seed.

<[Kar'rgato to Captain] "Corralum growth. Will clean it off and report any markings." >

I got a response seconds later.

<[Kuwata to Kar'rgato] "All clear, continue." >

The glider slide to a stop. I prepared the nozzle of my applicator and got down to the job.

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Serving a Colony

Day to Day

Working the Palisade on colonies and less secure worlds requires bravery, skills, and sharp wit. Unlike city watch, failure to do so means death over discharge.

Common duties include:

  • Patrolling the interior and exterior of the Wall
  • Killing and disposing of predators
  • Provide covering fire for over-wall missions
  • Keep protective watch over fellow Jhoutigari
  • Report new threats to colony management

Palisade Battalion. To the fresh faces just entering the world, bright souls ready to serve the glory of the Pact, no role in society sounds better. I thought so too.

Ten years ago, after sporting a flawless discipline record in the Jhoutigari domestic patrol, I thought that entering the Palisade Guards would earn me a reputation worth the extra effort. I thought I would be serving my own well-established city, where the prosperity had beaten out the damnation.

I learned later that any contract, no matter your Banner, is riddled in fine print. The Palisade Guard on my planet, comfortable a role as it was, had long since been filled. Instead I was made Palisade guard in a backwoods colony on Br'rvaGishani, where damnation stares right back at me not a dozen feet from our tin and shrub wall.

Lethal, unwavering, revered. This is true. Out here, in my muggy oversaturated hell, the passive and weak are rooted out and ripped apart. I am revered, sure— but who not revere a man suffers hell just to afford everyone else a quiet nights rest.

The final line here? It's down to just four of us.

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Cover image: ValuSelu Pact Default Cover by Ademal


Author's Notes

I hope you enjoyed the read, it was fun to explore the difference of the same job depending on which post you got assigned. Let me know if you have any questions or feedback!

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Dec 11, 2023 00:57 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Oooo, the difference between the two roles is stark. Just the four of them? Yikes.   Love both bits of prose and the accompanying imagery. <3

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Jan 6, 2024 18:36 by Barron

Thank you Emy! This article was so much fun to do! I started with that prose, helped me get the mojo on the article.

Dec 11, 2023 03:16 by Morgan Biscup

Oooh, I love this, and can't wait to see you explore more of it.   That last bit of prose hits hard.

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Dec 17, 2023 00:39 by Morgan Biscup

Art art art art art I love Oscar's art.

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Jan 6, 2024 18:37 by Barron

Oscar is the best boy.

Dec 19, 2023 15:44 by Marc Zipper

Orientation group in very well detailed especially like the fact that they care about the hygiene just as much as they care about defending their home

Let's have fun creating the impossible, building new worlds, and all types of possibilities. Valcin
Dec 19, 2023 18:52 by Barron

Thank you Valcin! A dirty wall is much harder to defend! Especially on the ever-shifting and eroding planet of Jhoutai

Dec 24, 2023 21:12 by Chris L

Very impressive, and very thorough. I loved how much detail you've included and the CSS work is stunning. Loving the implied worldbuilding of cities surrounded by walls with a really hostile outer world. Not sure how the city/wilderness works in your world, but the implications are all there!

Learn about the World of Wizard's Peak and check out my award winning article about the Ghost Boy of Kirinal!

Dec 24, 2023 22:06 by Barron

Oh yeah, when you are dealing with invasions of giant alien swarms, or weather events that can distribute spores that grow on flesh, you really need to have a good solid wall.   I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Jan 4, 2024 17:49

Everything from the content, layout and the use of text types and imagery is at such a high standard that it is something to inspire to as a budding world builder like myself. Well Done!

Jan 4, 2024 18:18 by Barron

Why thank you Stevey! I'm really glad you enjoyed the article, feel free to ask questions or advice on discord if you wanna learn how I did any of it!

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