43rd Legion, Blood of the Exiled
While most legions seek glory, the 43rd legion only wishes to make amends for their crimes and that of their ancestors. - Laius Aggrio, Tribune of the 12th Legion
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 aids them in daily duties and orders. Often take over when they cannot and can read and write messages for them.
Our lines are tainted by the crimes of our ancestors. We are nothing, for we have sinned. Only through blood and suffering shall we find redemption. - 43rd Legion Pledge
Being a MemberWelcome to the legion of redemption where you may be redeemed through service. Though your blood is Vatian, you and your kin are considered filth due to the crimes of one of your ancestors that were considered so terrible you are forbidden to set foot in your homeland ever again under the penalty of death. You are one of many who seek to restore your family’s honor and status through years of service and sacrifice to do so. It will not be easy as people consider you filth and expendable. Meaning that you and your comrades will be sent off to places where most legions don’t go to protect the empire's assets at home and abroad. At least you will be able to see the world unlike most others, you just have to deal with the conditions you are put through. This means you have to adapt quickly and use whatever you get your hands on to survive from weapons to equipment since you have to acquire your funds to keep the legion moving. At least you have your comrades by your side as they want the same thing all exiles want, to be able to return home and if you survive you and your kin will be free to return home has Vatians once more. You just have to show everyone that you are willing to do what is required of you to earn the right to walk upon the land of your people once more.
What People think of YouThe 43rd Legion is considered a stain upon everything Vatian and what the Vatian Empire stands for. The only reason the legion exists is that the empire needed someone to do the things that no one else would do and that's just that. What better way than to use Corrupitque who deserved to be punished for the crimes of their bloodline that committed acts that brought dishonor to their family and their people
To serve the empire in the hope of receive redemption for the crimes of their ancestors.
Exotic Equipment: Weapons and armor from different parts of the world are used by the legion to suit their needs. Allowing more flexibility when fighting against different types of foes. Survival Equipment: The legion has to bring special equipment with them to properly use resources in different environments to their full extent. Their equipment ranges from water siphoning to protective gear from the elements. Telian's Raiders: A special cohort of troops trained in the area of guerrilla warfare and lightning tactics. They are used to cause chaos behind enemy lines through raids and ambushes, often stealing enemy supplies to feed the legion.
From Greatness to DishonorThe 43rd was not always considered filth, in its better days, it was considered a great legion as their skill and the honors that they received in their military service was something of a great deal as they fought against many foes and managed to win at the end of it all. Their service to the empire had granted them a place amongst their finest warriors and they held their heads up high with the honor they received. But the legion's name would forever be stained when they committed one of the greatest sins imaginable for a legion, committing treason against the empire and not just a few dozen men amongst the officer ranks, the whole legion participated in the event. This was after the Second Vatian Civil War that tore the empire asunder and almost leads to its collapse. The 43rd Legion was in the thick of the fighting during the conflict fought for the winner of the conflict, Emperor Titus Aurelius, also known as Titus the Lesser due to his weak rulership as the empire had begun to lose its strength. Seeing that they were responsible for causing the current state of the empire and placing a weak ruler on the throne, they wished to save the empire and rebelled against it in an event known as the Damien's Revolt, named after Damian Lerosian, the Legatus of the legion. The legion was able to gain a hold of a few settlements in the west near the The Spine and many citizens who shared their sentiments joined them in the revolt, but no other legion turned against the empire. Making them the only legion in the history of the empire to rebel against it. Despite this thousands flocked to the revolt and wanted Titus removed from the throne. Most believed that the revolt would have been put down in only a few weeks since they outnumber them and were well equipped. But the 43rd were a resilient and crafty force to face. They used guerrilla warfare and trained militia groups teaching them the art of warfare. What was thought to be a few weeks ended up being five years of fighting with the revolt ending up becoming strong with every imperial force defeated? The revolt began to unravel after Damian was found dead in his tent, which many believed was poisoned. Without him, the revolt was soon crushed and those that survived were either executed, crucified, or sent into exile. The legion itself would have all of its achievements removed and would be nothing more remnant of what it used to be with very few people ever joining it because of its history. It would take a century before it was reformed to become what it is today.
Crafty SoldiersRather than disband the legion, the leaders of the empire decided to exploit manpower from Corrupitque who existed all across the empire and to grant their bloodlines redemption and granted citizenship once more was some that they wouldn't refuse. Considering the 43rd was already dishonored it was the best place to put them all. Of course, the idea of how to use them was something up for debate as their special circumstances meant that they couldn't act as a normal military force like most other legions. At first, they were sent to the frontiers of the Ascar Plains back when it was lawless and the empire had little to no power in the region due to its military forces were needed elsewhere. Leaving the 43rd out on their own as there were very few legions in the area at the time and they had to cover a lot of ground. They were also underequipped for the job as well as no one wanted to properly equip them, making them more than just Auxiliaries. But to everyone's surprise, they managed to keep control of the region and expand their empire's influence in the region by creating a series of fortified outposts and signal systems to keep control of the region controlled by the empire. They also began to supply themselves by living off the land and using weapons and armor that the natives would use, even some of their tactics to fight them with great effect. It was mostly believed the soldiers who made up the legion coming from so many parts of the empire provinces were combining their knowledge and experiences to enable themselves to survive in their environment. Their determination to redeem their family names made them even more determined to see their duties done. Giving the higher-ups the idea of the military to use the legion outside of Continent of Kinath to deal with the territory that they controlled in other parts of the world. It was then that the legion was sent to the most remote corners of the world to protect the empire's interests.
A Legion AbroadOne of the few reasons the empire hasn't greatly expanded outside of the Western Lands is mostly due to its inability to maintain proper supply lines to keep its forces supplied, despite its logistical skills being some of the best in the world. But due to either the distance or the environment, the empire has difficulty maintaining them leading to only small territories in other parts of the world. It now just uses these outside territories as trade posts and to gather exotic resources. But these territories are often under threat by the native populations and sending legions needed at home is often troublesome. That’s why the 43rd is sent abroad as they are cost little to transport equipment-wise and they are expendable if they were to be wiped out. But their ability to adapt to the harsh environments that they are sent into counteracts the negative aspects given to them. Unlike most legions, it has enabled them to succeed where others have failed as they live off the land and use everything at their disposal to win. Resorting to fight dirty isn't beneath them either due to their situation. Even at times working alongside locals to aid them in their fight if they are needed. The legion itself abroad for years and without reinforcements to aid them due to the distance between them. But their resilience seems to get them through whenever they need it the most. Only until their job is done can they return home to fill their ranks with recruits and prepare for their next assignment. But they will only be found in the outer lining provinces as they are not allowed to go into the heart of the empire due to their status.
Redemptionis per retributionem (Redemption Through Retribution)
Tainted Legion, Legion of Outcasts
A very tragic fate this legion has come to! I hope they can redeem themselves someday... But they are pretty wicked cool, I have to say! Surviving despite whatever is thrown at them is a great trait to have. And they seem like amazing fighters!