Uniforms of the Touched

As the Touched serve many different roles in the Church of the Saviour, such as agents, guards and diplomats, their uniforms are diverse.

Types

Novices

Novices wear simple grey tabards with red linings and brown leather underneath the grey material. It makes them easy to distinguish from the Touched. It symbolizes the separation from their past and dedication to their studies and the Church.

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Novice by Hero Forge
Let go of your past and let the Saviour aid you.
— Novices' creed

Regulars

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Touched Regular by Hero Forge

Regulars have slight differences in their uniforms depending on the role they serve in the Church, guard or agent. All of them wear red uniforms with armour in the form of breast and back plates. The armour is made of steel with a decorative silver coating on the chest. On hands they wear leather gloves with cloth wrapped around the hands to prevent sand and dust from getting inside. Additionally, the guards wear Morion helmets. Regulars also have a silver pin with a sun, symbol of the Touched.

That red cloth and silver breastplate commands as much respect, fear and courage as the biggest and the best armies of the world. Faith, courage and strength emanate from the Touched and their uniforms.
— A chronicle about the Regulars

Councilors

Councilors wear grey uniforms with gold lining. Along the chest downwards goes a piece of red fabric separated by gold lining from the grey material. Around the neck, they have a red and gold collar. From afar it looks like a necklace, but in reality, it is just a fabric decoration. Councilors often wear dress-like clothes, but they also have trousers. Which they wear depends on the situation and their job.

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Touched Councilor by Hero Forge
Grey of dignity, red of faith, gold of nobility. The Councilors embody every aspect of the Touched. They are the best of the best.
— A chronicle about the Councilors

Master

Master's uniform is almost the same as the Councilors'. The main differences are the colours. Master has a completely red uniform with gold lining. Additionally, he wears a necklace with a golden medallion. The medallion has a sun on it, the symbol of the Touched.


Origins

The exact origins of the uniforms are a mystery. It is said that those are the colours of the Saviour's clothes. Others say that they were chosen arbitrarily by one of the first High Bishops. What is certain is that in the beginning the uniforms were much simpler. Novices used to wear simple grey habits with hoods and the first few Masters had the same uniform as other Councilors.

The Touched used to be much more humble in their clothing. Today they resemble more nobles than servants of the Saviour.
— A cristiscm of the Touched uniforms
Item type
Clothing / Accessory
Manufacturer
Owning Organization

Additional Protection

The uniforms are enchanted with magic making them invulnerbale to fire, bullets and magic. The enchantment works by absorbing all the energy from the hit. The uniforms can still be damaged by melee weapons, because a blade is able to cut through the enchantment.

Colours and their symbolism

Red

  • religious fervor
  • courage
  • life

Gold

  • nobility
  • light

Grey

  • balance
  • dignity

Silver

  • purity
  • nobility
  • light
  • balance
  • dignity

Related Reading

The Touched
Species | May 2, 2021

Humans with divine magic

Church of the Saviour
Organization | May 10, 2021


Cover image: Veneficia cover by julianuc

Comments

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Master TimeBender
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3 May, 2021 18:26

I love the style of this article! The background and the font, and the information in the article itself. The Touched wear extravagant clothes, which makes me curious about this world. Maybe I'll have time to look into it more later! Great job.

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Kajetan Krakowiak-Świątnicki
3 May, 2021 18:26

Thank you. This world is a 19th century-esque fantasy world

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Master TimeBender
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3 May, 2021 18:38

I definitely need to investigate the world more then! I'm certainly intrigued. Best of luck to you in the competition!

6 May, 2021 08:30

Nice article!   Does the protective magic have any limit to what damage it can absorb?   I like the significance of the colours.   Does the silver on the armour mean they need to be polished regularly? Can this silver layer get damaged if they fight? I don't think silver is a particularly strong metal.   Are the touched supposed to be humbled like Christians or do they not care? In some religion wearing nice clothes was/is required to impress people with the power of your god.

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Kajetan Krakowiak-Świątnicki
6 May, 2021 09:30

This whole religion is Christian-like, but different. Thank you for the silver advice.

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Sage LauraVAB
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
7 May, 2021 04:36

I like the progression of the uniforms through the tiers and especially the plainer outer colors with brighter linings (grey and gold). I can see a lot of symbolism in that. Cool!

7 May, 2021 12:57

I love this article! Its amazing!

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7 May, 2021 23:23

This article was fun to read! I like the different tiers and how each one is different. Besides that it does seem like it is pretty useful since it can stop bullets!   How does a blade get throught however? Is it the speed of the object that can enables it to get through the enchantment? In all nice read!

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9 May, 2021 11:23

Very well deceloped costumes for each rank, and nice attention to details. I liked the details about jewelry/accesorries to really accent each rank and role. Well done :)   I like that you started the article with an overview paragraph to let us know what it is about and what information we can expect - really helpful!   As far as feedback goes: I'm sure you've heard this before, but the font (while goregeous) is incredibly hard to read. It's very fancy and sometimes wor are kind of a mystery.   What about the people who make the costumes? Especially the magical bits; are they also the touched or special crafters?   I like the quote on the end, and that seems like something you could really flesh out. Cultural context like that always does wonders to anchor an article inside the setting. :)   Great stuff :D


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15 May, 2021 04:54

I love the attention to detail on this, not only on the ranks but what each color can represent. Very clever! I personally enjoyed the part where its origins are a mystery, very nice! Always love a good mystery that can send someone down a rabbit hole or lore. Well done!

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