Second Eastern Artillery Company
Many rookies often smirk at these ancient weapons. Why use arrows when modern rockets can be fired instead? That smirk is quickly replaced with shock and disbelieve when they see the devastation these hails of pure death and horror bring.The company has been in service of the Legion of Glory for more than five centuries. As such it is one of the oldest still operating companies in the legion. Although the company has seen many modernisations the core artillery weapon remains the Hwacha. The company is a highly effective and respected formation and brings death and horror to their enemies. The launchers can fire hundreds of arrows per hour in a devastating hail of death and horror. The applied curse magic further destabilizes the enemy lines. After a few rounds, the Hwacha go silent as their arrows are rarely immediately fatal. This is the time when an assault team of heavily armed berserker takes to the field and slaughter the disarrayed survivors. In the wake of the berserkers come the salvagers who retrieve arrows and metal weapons and armours from the corpses to resupply the arrow factories. Several generals have attempted to replace the ancient technology with modern MRL systems, but each time the replacement proved to be less effective.
Current DeploymentThe company is deployed in the Fortress beyond the Hell Gate in Queens. There they protect the east wing against the advancing demon hordes. They cover a total of 800 meters of walls. They are supported by several berserker assault teams. The company has been active on this wall for more than 100 years. During this time only once did the hordes manage to actually climb the walls. This assault destroyed several of the Hwacha's and caused more than a hundred casualties.
ManpowerAt full strength, the company is 2500 soldiers strong. The majority of these soldiers are involved in supplying and recovering arrows for the Hwachas. Each Hwacha is maintained and run around the clock by a rotating team of around 40 siege engineers and support staff. Many are veterans of Korean descent. Each Hwacha is also supported by a small group of shamans who maintain horror curses on the siege weapons. These curses are then applied to the arrows for a contagious effect once the arrows hit their targets.
Equipment & VehiclesThe company runs a total of 450 Hwacha's. Between 80 - 90% are active at any one time. The inactive weapons are repaired or modernized to ensure that they keep working for a long time. The soldiers themselves wear standard legion uniforms and equipment. The siege engineers carry specialized tools with them to ensure smooth operations. The high quality arrows are a mix of titanium and steel alloys. Both the salvage and assault teams carry protective charms with them to prevent the curses from affecting them.
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