Avalonian Imperial Navy
The military arm of elves in the stars
I, (name,) do swear by the Sword of Lugh Silverhand, to serve the Elven People with arm, sword, bow and spell to the best of my ability. I will, if necessary, lay down my life in defense of the People, and follow the commands of my superior officers and the royalty of elven nations, as best as I am able, until I hang my sword upon the Tree of Swords and Jewels in the Summerlands.The Avalonian Imperial Navy is an interstellar space navy populated mostly by elves, gnomes, and humans from numerous worlds. Once the military arm of the Avalonian Empire, they now claim to serve the interests of the "Empire in Waiting." While they still dominate most of Known Space, they are a shadow of what they once were.--the Oath of Service of the Avalonian Imperial Navy
|Insignia||Rank||Level||Uniform||Pay per Annum||Details|
|Landsfolk||E-0||9-11*G||Starhands with no
|E-2||28*G/17*N/11*S||Starhands with years of
experience, or a specialty
|Starhands with years of
experience in a specialty
|Assistant to the Master of a field|
|Master||E-4||100-164*G||Starhand in charge of specific jobs|
minimum rank for Star-Pilot
mostly support tasks
|Lieutenant||O-2||101-225*G||Assistant to senior officers|
Captain's right hand
|Captain||O-4||410-602*G||Sailor in charge of a ship
|FO-1||1095*G||Flag Officer in charge of
|FO-2||1561*G||Flag Officer in charge of
a system's war fleet
|FO-3||2190*G||Flag Officer in charge of
the fleet of a system
|FO-4||4578*G||Flag Officer in charge of
Early HistoryThe Avalonian Navy seems like an eternal monolith, especially to outsiders. But it was, in fact, a fairly recent development by elven standards. Elves were in space for at least a thousand years before the Navy took shape, and it started as a small Space Navy that was formed to protect two small systems. At least, this is what the oldest records of the Navy say, though most of those early archives have been lost in the many conflicts that the Navy has faced in its time. The Navy has carefully preserved its Imperial Charter , however, so historians can confirm that the Avalonian Navy was officially founded on the 1st of Green Moon, 945 AC. More myths survive about those early days than historical records, and they tell a story of a long tradition of service, heroism and sacrifice. Like most myths, whether or not they have any basis in reality is a subject for debate. The Navy, when it began, was more like a Coast Guard in its function than a military per se. Over time it began to take a more and more aggressive stance. According to them, this was in response to increased aggression from Fomorian races and others, but most non-elven historians doubt that Dwarves, Humans, Fomorians, Cthulans, Shoggothi, and more could all have been "increasing aggression" without provocation. At the height of the Avalonian Empire (sometime around 2000 AC) the Avalonian Navy was spread over dozens, perhaps hundreds of systems, protecting hundreds of worlds, and communities on hundreds more, all of whom answered to the Avalonian Throne.
War of SuccessionThe War of Succession was the beginning of the Navy's decline. With elf fighting elf, and no one entirely certain where each other's loyalties lay, the Navy, and the Empire, fractured. Contact between the far-flung systems of the Empire and its heart were completely severed, and the all-important knowledge of the Wormholes & Portals that connected them was lost. Perhaps even worse, elves fractured along ethnic divides, and to this day, still do not entirely trust each other. When the Crown of the Stars was lost, the Empire fell apart completely. Since then, the Navy in what has become known as the Core Worlds has carried on as best it can, defending the elven communities who once gave their loyalties to the Avalonian Throne -- even if they no longer do.
First Interstellar WarIt took a long time for Fomorians to build themselves up to a position in which they could take advantage of the elves' weakness. The surprise attack on Evergleam that launched the First Interstellar War sparked decades of interstellar conflict that devastated the Fomorians and fractured the elves even further. But ultimately, perhaps due to sheer attrition, the Fomorians were driven from Known Space entirely.
Naval Civil WarIn the aftermath of the Interstellar War, an uprising of Berserkers, starting with the Peridotian Mutiny, led to the outbreak of the Naval Civil War. This conflict primarily affected the Navy of the Telasian System but had resonating consequences throughout the Navy.
Second Interstellar WarThe Avalonian Navy has just, as of the day of this writing, declared war upon the Fomorians once again, as reports have reached Star Command of surprise attacks on elven communities in outlying systems.
System FleetsEach system fleet is effectively an autonomous unit, with the ranking Admiral of the Fleet having considerable decision-making authority.
CommissariatThe Commissariat handles distribution of resources, whether material, magical, or living (including troops). It is their duty to partial out rations, distribute equipment, and contact and keep track of the whereabouts of sailors, active, inactive, or retired.
Research and DevelopmentR&D is comprised of thinkers and logicians within the Navy structure. Typically it includes shipwrights, druids, alchemists, sages, archmages and engineers. Their mandate is to advance and improve starfaring technology and arcanology, develop new weaponry, and improve the growth and production of Trees of Life in the Navy's sphere of influence.
Military PoliceThe MPs are responsible for guarding high-profile Navy prisoners, including pirates, captured enemy commanders and spacers, and any star-sailors who have been charged with a high profile military crime. They are comprised of trained fighters and mages.
IntelligenceIntelligence is a coterminous branch of the Navy, and is comprised of everything from scouts to spies to strategists to codebreakers, to psions and mages with a penchant for scrying and communication.
Chiurgeons and ChaplainsChiurgeons can be assigned to ships, stations, or ports-of-call. Because they typically have some clerical training, they often serve double duty as chaplains for their crews. However, occasionally chiurgeons may be mages with necromantic specialties (see Medical Artificer.)
SkaldsSkalds are another coterminous branch of the Navy. They may be assigned to system fleets or Star Command directly. They are also the Navy's historians, and are considered vital for morale.
MarinesMarines receive separate training from other spacers, but are typically assigned to a system fleet and fall within the fleet's chain of command as appropriate to their rank.
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To the stars through hardships
- "Sparks" (*Sp) - Copper
- "Starbursts" (*S) - Silver
- "Novae" (*N) - Gold
- "Galaxies" (*G) - Platinum
- "Pulsars" (*P) - Adamantite
- "Nebulae" (*Nb) - Mithril
- "Wormholes" (*W) - Starmetal
Articles of War
The Articles of War are a set of rules, and punishable offenses, that were established to govern conduct within the Avalonian Imperial Navy. It is the Navy code of law.
Avalonian Imperial Marine Corps
The Avalonian Imperial Marine Corps is a division of space marines that answer to the Avalonian Imperial Navy. They are both soldiers and sailors, which is to say, they are trained in both ground and space tactics.