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Element

The backbone of the army

Elements should always be the smallest unit of your militia. No soldier should go alone: always, when war looms, soldiers patrol in pairs.
Nora, addressing militia leaders
  The two-bird element is almost certainly the most important unit in nearly any military formation. As a fighting element, the formation consists of an offensive leader and a defensive escort. Paired with three to five other elements, it makes a Flight. The element is theorized to have developed from the natural husband-wife pairing that the Brown Halora makes.

Composition

Equipment

Below is a table of basic supplies of the element on the offensive and defensive.

Offensive Defensive
Weaponry: Flaming torches or flechettes Possibly bronze talons. Weaponry: Possibly bronze talons, usually none. In rare cases, flechettes
Armor: Possibly hardwood armor, usually none Armor: Sometimes hardwood armor, sometimes none.
Supplies: Usually none. Sometimes, on long-range raids, maps are brought in the escort's talons. Supplies: Usually none. In some cases, the escort has a torch that he or she drops when an attack is sighted.

Tactics

Burn and turn, it goes. Drop the flaming torches, and then get out. Are my orders clear?
— Commander Darian
  Elements, being so small, are generally only used as a portion of a flight on offense. In the rare cases where a single offensive element is used, the element focuses on a rapid, brief strike, evading enemy sentries. The main use of the solo element is defensive.   On the defense, an element can scan an area over ten miles in radius for attackers, serving as an early-warning system for an attack. When an attack comes, the element can circle above and make quick, raking passes through the attacking birds. If the attacking birds are also an element (which is often the case), they can overwhelm the escort and bring down the leader.

History

There are only two Halora in this unit. But who needs more?
— Hausi chieftain
  In general, during the early tribal era, Halorin had no organized military, instead, everyone was expected to help out with the hunts. However, entering the city-state era, and in light of the meteoric expansion of the Pestrib and Salt Range states, neighboring city-states were forced to adapt.   A link has been drawn between this militarization and the 7.5 kiloyear event, a sudden downturn in global temperature. Resources grew scarcer, forcing competition between tribes of the Halora. At first, the tribes established trained families of protectors, who would help the tribe with its protection issues. These became the first elements.

Type
Air Force
Overall training Level
Trained
Assumed Veterancy
Trained
Parent Formation
Flight
Used by
Ranks & Titles

Logistical support
None
Manpower
One Element Leader
One Element Escort
Wages and Compensation
Variable. Generally food is provided, and barracks are provided near the administrative heart of the city-state. Warriors are generally of a higher class than farmers and merchants.

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17 Dec, 2018 12:24

a two-bird force sounds absolutely badass! I also like how the types of formations are based on birds’ flocking abilities and instincts!   I wonder if there are any super famous Elements or Flights, possibly those that fought in a legendary battle or something!

17 Dec, 2018 13:04

Yup, I'm gonna add famous examples soon!!