Exploration Corps' Trooper
In order to be selected as a Trooper in the Exploration Corps a potential recruit has to pass the following criteria and demonstrate competency in a number of skills:
- A gruelling physical fitness test that is much more demanding than wha tis normally inflicted on army recruits
- Psychological testing and profiling to examine a recruits capacity for operating in adverse conditions.
- Mathematical and literacy testing to ensure that they will be able to cope with the academic rigours of the job
- Test of orientation skills and potential for successfully learning desert survival and navigation.
- Examination of the potential cartographic skills of any potential Trooper.
On the whole, Exploration Corps units will undergo tours of duty in the Sonsuz Desert of a month at a time, so their workplace will be amongst the sands of the wilderness, and whatever it is they find beyond the comfort and safety of Fashaddon's settlements. Once they have finished a tour of duty they will return to their home barracks, where they will spend several weeks within the barracks complex writing reports of their mission, drawing up any maps they may have sketched out and resting up before another tour of duty.
Dangers & Hazards
As most of the Sultanate of Fashaddon's territory is uncharted desert, there are a huge number of risks associated with being an Exploration Corps' Trooper. Attack by bandits, wild beast and monsters that call the desert home is not uncommon, the Sonsuz Desert is full of barely perceptible quick sand, and there is always the risk of being effected by debilitating sunstroke. Most deadly of all is the risk of becoming lost or disoriented amongst the endless sea of sand, and slowly watching your supplies and sanity dwindle away.
- There is always a demand for willing and able Troopers to search for new oases and resources in the Sonsuz, and ensure that the borders of the Sultanate are safe.
- The activities of any Exploration Corps Trooper carefully supported by the Sultan himself, provided they do not bring too much dishonour to the Corps and can be properly explained away with a written report.
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