First Corps of the Elven Guard
The First Corps of the Elven Guard is the most well known and feared section of the Corps D'armée of theMilitary. They make up the bulk of the Elven Army's forces, and the frontline of most battles consist of the soldiers of the first Corps.
FormationThis is a Corps with many subdivisions within it, squads and battalions. These battalions each have specializations, such as infantry, heavily armored units, ranged units, and cavalry.
CommandThe Captain of the First Corps, also called First Captain, is given command over the entire army after proving themselves in the Second Corps by leading the strongest and most experienced forces in the army. Now, they must use what they learned there to lead the bulk of the forces. It is said that the First Captain takes the brunt of all attacks in a battle, and:
"The First Captain bears the scars of his men. Those that live are the wounds you can see... but our greatest scars are those we suffer from the men we lose. Injuries one can never witness."The leadership of the First Captain is an inspiration the entire army, as they not only command their soldiers, but lead them from the frontlines of battle. Due to how large the First Corps is, they have to generally divert some command to others. They always have a Sous-Captain and at least one Aspirant Captain to aid them. In some cases, like the Raid of Ilder, they will even borrow Sous-Captains and Aspirant Captains from other Corps to get the job done.
ManpowerThe First Corps is the largest corps, being made up of nearly half of the entire Elven army. It generally consists of about 9,000 men. They are not the strongest of soldiers, generally the First Corps as individuals are the weakest and least experienced in the entire army. However, as a unit, and with capable command, they can be the greatest force in the Elven Guard.
EquipmentMost soldiers of the First Corps do not have special equipment. As new soldiers, their armor is standard issue, and most weapons are also standard issue. Golden armor and silver weapons, sometimes with faux gold coating. Noble soldiers, as well as those of Aspirant Captain rank and above can have some small adornments on their armor, such as capes or unique helmets. Anyone below those ranks or titles who have unique adnornments have proven themselves in battle and were deemed worthy of them by the First Captain.
CaptainsThe title of Captain of the First Corps is one that few ever achieve. It is reserved for the greatest Captains in the Elven army. Captains must first lead the Second Corps, the stronger soldiers who are more likely to win a battle. Once a Captain has proven themself capable of this, they are given command over the First Corps, the bulk of the frontlines, so that they may win not with the strongest, but with all of the soldiers. Some well known First Corps Captains include:
- Palaster Meyldre following the Holy Rebellion.
- Spectre Mestirre before the War of the Beards.
- Arandon Vonar during the War of Beards and Draco-Elvish War.
- The Hero King Guldin Nerifir before the Age of Heroes.
- Narkard Leran during the start of the Age of Heroes.
- Maitre Garcon during the start of the Age of Plague.
- Marnis Goriish during the Ilder Massacre and Elven Civil War.
- Hadon Leran during the start of the Age of Chaos.
- Naegolor Nerifir during the Draqiroth War.