13th Legion, Death March
There's a saying about the 13th Legion going places you know, "When the 13th marches to war, death is at their beckoned call." - Bartender
Formation of the LegionThe legion consists of at least six thousand Legionaries with a hundred and thirty calvary.
Commanding RanksLegatus: The Legatus or general is in charge of the entire legion under his command obeying their orders. They also have political influence as well. Tribune: The second of the Legtus that carries out orders under them and ensures that reports on all parts of the legion are given to him when they are preoccupied with other duties. Praefect: The third in command and in charge of maintaining the supplies, equipment, and construction of the legion. They ensure that everything is in order and that the men are disciplined. Primus Pilus: The veteran centurions of the legion that run the cohorts, each one has decades of experience and is an expert in warfare. They are allowed to act independently in battle when they see a change in a situation and adapt to it. Centurion: The backbone of imperial officers in the legion, they ensure that their troops stay in line by any means, most of them are respected or feared by their men. Optio: The second in command of a Centurion that aid them in daily duties and orders. Often take over when they cannot and can read and write messages for them.
What is our purpose? Our purpose is to serve. What Is our duty? Our duty is to kill. What is our reward? Our reward is pain. What is our glory? Our glory is death. - 13th legion pledge
Being a MemberThe 13th legion is not for the faint of heart when your part of it. There is no place for weakness, for it is the burden of the living and you have chosen to walk among the dead. Whatever you once were will be crushed by pain and suffering as you go through the "initiation" of the legion. If you manage to live after it you will come out lifeless and empty as if you were undead. It's supposed to make you stronger, to endure the pain that you be inflicted by your enemies, to stand your ground despite your body being battered and broken. But is the price too steep for any man to take, to give up one's humanity? You were sent here for a reason, you were different from the rest of your peers. You were sent here because you were cold to others and determined to serve no matter the cost. Now here you stand, you are no longer a man, you are a weapon and without mercy. You do not care what you go through or the things you have done in the name of the empire. All that matters is to kill those who dare face you in battle until you meet your end.
What People Think of YouNo matter what part of the world you are in the realms of men someone has at least heard of the 13th Legion. Those who have heard often hear the stories and rumors that surround them. Often can scare a man the death just by hearing about them. But for those who have seen them first hand, the stories seem like something to scare children into behaving. The real thing is much more horrifying than you can imagine. An army clad in black armor and covering their faces with skull-shaped helmets always seems menacing. They got their nickname “Death March” because of it and are feared even by the empire that they serve due to their fanaticism toward death and the way they operate. The 13th is only sent in as a last resort by the empire as when they are sent in a path of destruction follows when they head into battle. For the enemies that face them, know that they should be afraid of them. For they are unrelenting and merciless to their enemies and quick death is a mercy compared to the brutality that will befall the survivor. It’s best to afraid when the skull banners are seen on the horizon for the embodiment of death has arrived to claim its dues.
The 13th’s duty is to preserve the empire and wipe out any threats to it by any means necessary.
Death’s Armor: The armor used by the 13th is unique to them as it is of a different type compared to standardized armor. It is heavier and tougher to penetrate making it hard to actually get at the user wearing it. The Reaper’s Rider: Horsemen that will charge at any foe that they face. Even their horses are trained to endure any form of conditions that might end up in.
A Morbid Origin
Harbingers of DeathThe legion is known for another reason by sides being the embodiment of death, its lack of restraint against its enemies. None should be shown mercy for they have decided to stand against the empire and must be made an example of. The tales that could be told of all the despicable things that the 13th has done could even make the gods look away in disgust. Mountains could be formed from the bodies they left and settlements burned to the ground just to be a warning to others. This is why the 13th is often placed in a garrisoned position unless the need for their services is required. If they had the chance they would most likely burn half the empire down to ensure that no one would ever stand against them again. There is nothing that they are not willing to do to ensure their victory and this lack of empathy is what makes them all the more terrifying.
Only to ServeDespite their obsession with death, their loyalty to the empire is unflinching. Which gives a breath of relief to those that serve them, though it doesn't comfort them at all. But this does not mean they are truly safe, if they were to endanger the empire they would most likely be cut down where they stand at a moment's notice. All they do in the name of the empire for it sends them off to war and give them glorious death. It does not matter where they are sent to or what task they are given and they will carry it out without question. They are often considered one of the most successful legions in the empire as they seem to complete most of their assignments. But they are often considered one of the largest causality rates as well as they often face a task that seems impossible to achieve yet they triumph anyway.
Memento Mori (Remember you must die)