The Dark Army
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Uh oh... The Dark Army is coming! This really gonna hurt !!!!The Dark Army (Темная Армия/Черная Армия) is a paramilitary organization from Moskova which is feared by most of the Kingdom's inhabitants and well known for its brutality and use of terror over people, implying the commitment of several kinds of crimes. It got its headquarters in Ulán Shang Kov and got presence through many cities of the country, but its area of biggest influence is the region nearby the capital. Its period of activity goes from 1359 to 1367. It is the government's repressive apparatus against people considered "suspicious " during the novel and is described as easily recognizable due the distinctive look. In "Seeking for the Lost Northern Stars" it is mentioned for the first time in chapter 5. Despite its short time being active (less than 10 years) and its fast rising, growth and fall, this organization got a severe impact in Moskova's collective mind.
AppearanceThe Dark Army got a very distinctive looking. Its members always ride back or brown horses and they wear black or dark colored clothes,covered by a hooded coat of the same color an some animal's (mainly wolf) fur. Their clothing code helps to maintain the anonymity of its members. Their most characteristic weapon is the double edged axe, but they also carry swords and some ranged weapons as arrows and bows.
Dark Army soldiers figurines made using Hero Forge
CustomsAll the members from the Dark Army got the obligation of following a strict customary code which affects not only the behavior inside the military organization but also the application of morality in their job.
- All members from the Dark Army have to give up loyalty towards their families and their own cities and pledge unconditional respect and loyalty to the Tsar, the prince and the Monarchy itself. This blind loyalty made them get the nickname "Tsar's Dogs".
- No soldier from the Dark Army is allowed to disobey, disagree or argue against a superior as a cadet, the sergeant or the Royalty. They must follow and apply their ideology and orders even if they go against the soldier's convictions. The Tsar's and the Prince's word is sacred.