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Unravellers

Composition

Manpower

The Unravellers are fifty men strong. They typically have no additional support for the soldiers, instead marching alongside and using the supply trains of allied forces.

Equipment

The only equipment carried by Unravellers is the necessary tools to keep their weapons sharp. All else is provided for them by the army they march alongside.

Weaponry

The most important item on an Unraveller is their wide shield, made from Draonyx . These shields are their sole defence against enemy Spellweaving, and they use them to block magical attacks. They wield longswords for melee combat, and half of the formation are armed with crossbows in addition.

Structure

The Unravellers are led in battle by a single captain. There is also another important role, second only to the captain: the seeker

Tactics

The Unravellers are only sent to battle in locations where it is known that there are enemy Spellweavers. Once the battle begins, they avoid all combat, staying near at least one formation designated to defend them while the seeker searches across the battlefield for enemy Spellweavers. Once they find it, the captain leads them in that direction with the single-minded purpose of eliminating the arcane threat.   The seeker keeps watch of the target and warns the formation whenever they observe the process of weaving magic. The Unravellers react either by raising their shields together, forming a shell to block the attack or moving to avoid it entirely if it seems unblockable. Once the enemy is within range of the crossbows, the captain will call for a halt and a barrage of quarrels at them. This continues until either the crossbowmen run out of ammunition, or the captain deems further ranged attacks to be of no use. If the Spellweaver still lives, they advance.   Once the gap is closed, Unravellers break formation and engage in melee with the Spellweaver. Ten soldiers run in while the rest defend the seeker. The seeker keeps predicting the enemy attacks while the soldiers fight. Typically most Spellweavers are not proficient in melee combat and are eliminated quickly.

Training

Training for the prestigious group of mage-slayers involves most importantly the avoidance of incoming magical effects and learning to spot them. This training involves live practice against trusted Spellweavers of the Atin Ortasque . Injuring an Unraveller trainee will result in the Spellweaver's punishment, so they often go easy on the learners. This results in the training ground being entirely different from a real combat scenario, potentially leading to unprepared rookies.   In additon to this, Unravellers continue to recieve the same combat training as a Seraphim soldier, making sure they are in as fit a state as they can be for combat.

Logistics

Auxilia

Other Seraphim formations often serve as supporting units to the Unravellers, protecting them so that they can perform their task unhindered. Occasionally formations from other armies are also assigned as supporting units, should their leaders see the task of eliminating enemy magic as important enough.

Recruitment

Unravellers are hand-picked from among the most talented soldiers within the Seraphim by the August Seraph themselves. While the August Seraph may have their own prejudices, historically the only merits judged for recruitment are skill and strength.

History

The name of the Unravellers strikes fear into any Spellweaver serving an army. As a result of their renowned actions, many armies think twice about recruiting the devastating power of a Spellweaver and inviting the elite of the Seraphim to their enemy's side. Should a military force come to rely on their magic, the mere sight of the Draonyx sheild wall can lead to soldiers fleeing the battlefield.

Historical loyalties

The Unravellers have always served the Seraphim faithfully, acting as their elite elimination squad.

Type
Special Forces
Overall training Level
Professional
Assumed Veterancy
Experienced
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17 Aug, 2018 18:18

Enjoyable little article. I like the CSS, though the background is a bit too similar and tends to blur a bit for me, some contrasting colors may do the article some good? Entirely my opinion, however. Interesting bit on the shields would love to learn more about Draonyx at some point in another article.