Third Corps of the Elven Guard
The Third Corps of the Elven Guard are the lowest ranked section of the Corps D'armée in themilitary. This does not mean its soldiers are weaker than the others, as the Third Corps has a special purpose compared to the others, which varies depending on what the monarch believes is necessary.
FormationThe Third Corps is the smallest of the corps, but every soldier is trained for special missions that the other Corps would be unable to complete. This is a squad where most blacksmiths in the army are officially part of, though rarely do they see combat, especially on the special missions of the Third Corps. Instead, they are given their own special missions, often asked to create unique weapons for the Third Corps. It is due to this that they are included in the Third Corps, as the Captain of the Third Corps may not wish for word of their mission to leave the Third Corps.
CommandAs with all other Corps of the Elven Guard, they have a Captain of the Corps who leads them and a Sous-Captain who can give orders when needed. Otherwise, the Sous-Captain is assisstant to the Captain of the Corps.
ManpowerBeing the smallest of the Corps, they have far less than the others. The Third Corps generally is no larger than 5,000 men. This number can be lower in cases of low manpower in the army, or higher if there is an influx of recruits, particularly during wars against the Dwarves when morale is high.
EquipmentThe Third Corps wear the same golden armor as all other Corps of the Elven Guard. Their weapons may be customized for particular missions, and some may get custom armor (particularly Captains, who are allowed more freedom with the uniform).
DutyThe Third Corps begins with the general duty of all Corps of the Elven Guard: to Guard. The High Elven people live purely in the city of Camor, and due to their relation to the King and Nobility of the High Elves, despite having many Wood Elves in their ranks and even some scarce traces of Dark Elves, the main duty of all Corps is to guard Camor, its citizens, its nobility, and the monarchy. After the Elven Civil War, Captain Hadon Leran of the Third Corps convinced his father, Captain Commander Narkard Leran, that the Wood Elves required protecting as well.
CaptainsNearly every Elf who has held the title of Captain of the Corps has been Captain of the Third Corps, however this does not mean the title is any less prestigious. It is simply that there are those who were only Captain of the Third Corps, and then there are those who rose further through the ranks. Some well known Third Corps Captains include:
- Droit Berger during the Draco-Elvish War of -740
- Briller Lambert during the Elven Civil War of 548
- Hadon Leran immediately following the Elven Civil War in 550
- Avant Orinian immediately following the Draqiroth War in 964.