Navigator's Guild Uniform
The Navigator's Guild is one of the longest-standing non-religious organizations in the history of the Manifold Sky, with antecedents in the Old Voxelian aristocracy and luminaries like Eqai Voiranoi whose accomplishments echo through the ages. As befitting such a long and influential history, the uniform of that venerable organization has come to symbolize competence, adventurousness, impartiality, and sheer economic power.
As an example of this respect for wear patterns, Navigators and NavGuard who join the Order of Cosmeon are expected to have uniforms which show the telltale leather hardening of exposure to vacuum. Similarly, patches denoting one's status as a Seeker of Misfortune or Courtier of Ironies are acceptable shoulder decorations, but a clean patch might prompt someone to ask if the wearer has stopped travelling for some reason. Eqai Voiranoi's uniform jacket is still somewhat dangerous to handle to the neophyte Navigator - not only because it's a piece of Guild history, and therefore too valuable to risk damage at the hands of the unwary, but because the foreign pollens of the far-flung Distal and Caudal Tesseracts are still caked into its fabric.
The Navigator's Guild uniform denotes the one who wears it as a member of that organizaiton, from the low-level Trainees, Navigators, and NavGuard all the way to the upper eschelons of the Guild Board of Trustees at the Castle of Aurorae. Additional devices, such as chevrons beneath the epaulette, the presence or absence of a longcoat, and a certain degree of wear indicate the individuals relative seniority within the organization. Unlike many other uniformed forces, a slightly battered (but still maintained) uniform is not considered a mark of poor dress. While brass must remain polished, for example, dents in it are a sign that one has carried the uniform through many difficult times and, as such, can generate a modicum of respect.
StandardsThe Guild's internal Code of Uniforms and Equipment (CUE) defines what every official Guild uniform must consist of. In general, this consists of a flight suit, sturdy boots, and an insulated flight jacket (also colloquially known as a 'bomber jacket') and thick ascot for cold weather. Members of at least Instructor rank may replace the jacket with a wool- or fur-lined longcoat, in the style of classical cold weather explorers or naval captains, though they are not required to do so.
Because Navigator's Guild members are expected to operate in adverse environments, the CUE is constantly being broadened to include useful equipment. Aviator shades are the most common accoutrement in all environments, as sight is one of the Navigator's most important senses. Earmuffs or radio headsets are also common. As technology has advanced, permitting access to the near-vaccuum of the inflection layers, uniform flight suits have increasingly incorporated pressure suits, thick goggles, helmets, and respirators.
The colors of the uniform are specified as high-saturation cyan-green (around 500nm, chosen for being near the middle of the human visual spectrum) and bright gold (reflective or metallic if possible, around 585 nm yellow-orange if not). These colors are intentionally ostentatious for a number of reasons, including to improve identification against terrain or foreign (often not blue) skies, as a form of organizational aposematism - no one wants to anger the Guild by attacking its craft or personnel - and because they just look nice. Modern uniforms are often colored with flourescent dyes to make their colors 'pop' in the near ultraviolet light of the Distal sun. Experiments are also ongoing to create durable, non-toxic dyes which glow in the particle radiation of the Northern and Southern Tesseracts.
MaterialsTraditionally, Navigator's Guild uniforms are comprised of organic materials - often linen, leather, and wool - to reduce the difficulty in sourcing them from foreign environments. In modern times, however, synthetic fibers and rubber have made their way into the repertoire to better protect the wearer and provide increased durability.
- Chapter Master
- Guild Board Member
Clothing / Accessory
Navigator's Guild Uniforms are generally not sold to anyone outside of the Guild, and even then, they are typically only sold or maintained by Guild-approved outlets or guildhall staff themselves. While a navigator in good standing may purchase additional uniforms for laundry-day convenience or for replacement purposes, Guild archivists make note of how many are purchased by each member to help prevent cases of 'stolen certification': when someone not approved by the Guild appears in public wearing the uniform in an attempt to fake membership. To be caught in a case of stolen certification is to forfeit one's ability to utilize Guild services, whether as a direct contractor or as a passenger. This level of punishment is usually sufficient to prevent incidents on its own, but uniform purchase tracking does help prevent those cases where member collusion is involved (i.e. people smuggling).
3-20 lbs (depends on level of embellishment and additional equipment carried)