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Messenger Service : Uniform

The Messenger Service Uniform is worn by those who work for the Messenger Service within the City of Birdencaster.

Purpose

The Purpose of the uniform is to look striking among the crowds of people to be identified by potential customers. The Messengers can carry messages across Birdencaster.   One of the most striking parts of the summer uniform is the red polo shirt, with matching epaulettes. As red is an uncommon colour to wear it makes it easier to be seen.   To ensure the Messenger is not confused with anyone else, they and the Captain of the Messengers wear a brass penannular brooch as a badge identifying them.   Leather boots are worn as they will be running through the streets of Birdencaster.  

(left) Captain of the Messengers. (right) Messenger. by James Woodwright

History

The colour of the Uniform dates back to the postal service of the UK in the Old World. This service, called The Royal Mail, used red and gold as their primary branding colours which were easily recognised. The red of the uniform dates back to this style of dress. The managers of The Royal Mail used to wear grey uniforms, and such a colour distinction was kept for the uniform of the Captain of the Messengers. However, this is limited to having epaulettes of a different colour while the rest of the uniform is the same red as for the rest of the Messengers. The grey was also darkened to black to look better on the uniform.   Both uniforms are supplied to the Captain and the Messengers. The cost of the uniforms is taken out of total messages that have been sent throughout Birdencaster and not the wages of the Messengers or Captain.  

Position Colouring

There are two positions within the Messenger Service, Messenger and Captain of the Messengers. There is one slight difference in their uniforms; the Captain is the one with the black epaulettes, denoting the higher rank.

Utility

by James Woodwright
Messengers on their way to their stations carry a lockbox that is made of metal with a slot on top to insert funds. The lockbox is a cuboid that measures 10cm (3.94 inches) tall, 10cm deep and 14cm (5.51 inches) long. Since the lockbox is carried it is less likely to be seen while in winter because of the cloak they wear. The lockbox itself is locked, contains New Sovereigns, and can’t be opened by the Messenger themselves so the exact change has to be given to deliver the message.

Weather

by James Woodwright
In winter the uniform changes for the Messengers only. In which the Messenger wears a red cloak [image right] that can look like a blanket denoting that they are a Messenger. They wear the cloak over a shirt that is not part of their uniform, as it is the cloak and not the shirt that denotes that they are a Messenger. Captains do not wear the cloak as they can be found inside in the Captain of the Messengers Office. The penannular brooch [image left] is used as a fastener rather than a badge in the winter months.   As part of the changes to the winter version of the uniform, the boots are lined with sheepskin to keep the feet warm while waiting at their station.
Clothing Type
Uniform
Rarity
Common

Weight and Cost
Item of Uniform Weight Cost in NS
Polo shirt 226.80g (8 oz) 865 NS
Belt 181.00g (6.38 oz) 375 NS
Cargo Trousers 453.60g (1 lb) 2240 NS
Boots 340.20g (12 oz) 4120NS
Penannular Brooch 15.00g (0.53oz) 1105 NS
Complete Uniform 1.217kg (2lbs 10.91oz) 4120 NS

Cloak 182g (6.42oz) 1860 NS

Article Contents

Further Resources

Captain of the Messengers
Profession | Sep 13, 2021
Messenger
Profession | Sep 13, 2021
New Sovereigns
Item | Jan 4, 2022
How to design clothes for your D&D character (by Ginny Di)
weight of polo shirt (cockeyed.com)
Hide & Drink Men's Two Row Stitch Leather Belt Handmade Bourbon Brown
Royal Mail | Royal Mail Group Ltd
Fleece Guide: How to Choose a Fleece
Burlington Uniforms | Supplying corporate uniforms, workwear, hi-vis and ppe

Hero Forge for the use of their software to make my character pictures.

References

Inspiration for this profession and uniform, with some edits, was taken from the City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.

Acknowledgements

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
12 May, 2021 17:11

Nice article! This looks like a nice uniform :D   A few comments I have:   You could add a tootlip to explain what "penannular" means, as I had to look that up.   In the sidebar in further resources, you have a " [be]" instead of br.   " The managers at the time would wear grey uniforms. The black epaulettes of the Captain of the Messengers uniform reflect the colour change in the position of the role and the need to keep the uniform clean." I'm a bit confused here. The Captain is the equivalent to the managers, right? And after that, what you mean is that instead of the captain having a grey uniform, it shifted to black because it is easier to keep clean? Why did the whole uniform become red instead of grey, with only the epaulettes being black?   I think you mean that the lockbox contains money? You forget to say it.   " The messenger wears the cloak over another shirt," I would say "over a shirt that is not part of their uniform"

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Master JamesWoodwright
James Woodwright
12 May, 2021 17:53

Thanks! corrections made!

12 May, 2021 22:59

Nice read! Great use of heroforge images. You added some nice background information for the uniform as well.   One note would be the sentence: 'The Purpose of the uniform is to look striking among the crowds of people so that they can be identified to a customer so that the messenger can carry messages across Birdencaster.' There is a bit too much use of 'so that' here. This sentence would be better to split up I think :)

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Master JamesWoodwright
James Woodwright
13 May, 2021 11:06

Thank you, that has been fixed!

14 May, 2021 14:15

A few adjustments needed but a decent little article here, James!   The first sentence could be edited to something like: The Messenger Service Uniform is worn by those who work for the Messenger Service within the City of Birdencaster.   You have said that red is not a common colour worn by Birdencaster citizens. Why then would they be confused with anyone else, as you have said in the next sentence? Perhaps here you could just say that "in addition to their uniform they bear a brass penannular brooch, and wear sturdy leather boots."   In History the first two sentences seem to repeat themselves, so it would be better to combine them to read something perhaps like: "The colour of the Uniform dates back to the postal service of the UK in the Old World. This service, called the Royal Mail, used red and gold as their primary branding colours which were easily recognised."   Also, there may be clarification needed on the cost of the uniforms. Is the cost taken from the Messenger's wages or is it taken from the Office cumulative funds?   There is quite a bit of repetition under Utility when talking about the lockbox. Since the name itself implies it is lockable that doesn't need to be mentioned. Why are the Messengers carrying the lockbox? Are they just transferring it from one station to another?   To add a bit more content at the end, you could include a HeroForge image of the winter uniform, but I do like that you've included the image of the brooch. Nice use of similar yet individual looking figures in HeroForge too!

Master JamesWoodwright
James Woodwright
14 May, 2021 15:11

Thanks, AP. In reply to one of your questions;   "Why are the Messengers carrying the lockbox? Are they just transferring it from one station to another?"   Ok, true (at the start and end of the day) but if I am giving them 15NS for sending a message aren't they going to put the 15NS in the box and take it with them so it doesn't get stolen.   Hero forge has issues, I needed a shirt that had epaulettes so they could be coloured, there are multiple options that don't have the option to paint the shoulders only. Those "polo shirts" are in fact "chainmail" in hero forge. I have tried finding a cloak but is not something that looks like that they could wrap around themselves.

Master JamesWoodwright
James Woodwright
14 May, 2021 15:12

The other issues you raised should be fixed.

14 May, 2021 15:23

Hm okay, but you have said that they can't open/unlock the lockbox, so where do they keep the 15NS?   Ah okay that's frustrating with HeroForge but understandable!   Only new issue is that you now repeat about the brooch and leather boots - sorry, my bad!

Master JamesWoodwright
James Woodwright
14 May, 2021 15:31

i have added this as detail to your question - "Messengers on their way to their stations carry a lockbox that is made of metal with a slot on top to insert funds."

14 May, 2021 15:38

Fab! That makes sense now! Sorry for being so fussy!

Master JamesWoodwright
James Woodwright
14 May, 2021 15:48

No, it's good how would I improve without it!

29 May, 2021 15:31

Messengers! Are they as hardcore as the saying about "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" ?

6 Jun, 2021 19:03

I like the red. It's very striking. I think you could make a very eye-catching header image just by cropping your larger image into a thin, horizontal shot of just the red and letter or the brooch and some red beneath, if that interests you.   You mention that red is an uncommon color. Is this cultural or a matter of price of the dye or something else?

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Master JamesWoodwright
James Woodwright
7 Jun, 2021 09:18

I didn't think about the cultural or pricing of red dye so thank you for the pointer