Infrastructure (Original and Illustrated)

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Re: Infrastructure (Original and Illustrated)

Post by Zor » 2020-03-15 06:17pm

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Coinguards are a catch all term for security firms in the Anvosi Peninsula, most notably Venoa. In the Serene Republic wealthy Patricians, Prominent Guilds and Joint Stock Companies all have the need for muscle beyond what can be provided by the Constabulary or the hired guards they keep on staff. When this happens go to the Coinguard Companies. They perform a variety of jobs from guarding people, items and buildings, patrol city blocks for thieves as well as evicting, repossession and in general send a message. Most of them come from poor backgrounds, had active military service and spun that into a career. In Venoa it is normal for Coinguards to have some decent armor such as this breastplate as well as some substantial weapons, all be it ones optimized for fighting in confined environs (such as this fellows revolver, shield and shortsword, they'll also often times carry wooden truncheons when lethal force is not required). They are cheaper than mercenaries and are less rowdy. The basic system had it's origins in gangs which found that taking contracts for the rich was a more profitable and safer venture than robbery, extortion and similar. Coinguard Companies try to present themselves as being skilled professionals which provide firm and sometimes distasteful but legal and ethically sound services, though many Venoans think of them as being somewhat cleaned up street thugs that have been given a scrap of legitimacy by wealthy patronage.
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Re: Infrastructure (Original and Illustrated)

Post by Zor » 2020-06-07 12:32am

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For millennia the Dark Elves have made use of slaves (mostly but not exclusively human) to help man their ships, both for their civilian fleets and their warships. While they have been employed in a variety of functions based on their requisite skills for most of the span between the rise of the First Dark Empress and 37 IA, their main function had been as rowers for galleys and while normally proven slave rowers were seen as being assets worthy of cultivation and reasonable preservation often slave soldiers they were seen as consumable assets to be pushed hard, used up and discarded as required by military necessity. As naval gunnery emerged in recent centuries this resulted in restructuring as banks of oars gave way to gun-decks. Even so, some of the attitudes of that era persist.

This fellow is your typical human slave sailor used by the Valnothron Navy. More specifically he's part of a gun crew on a frigate, specifically a swabber cleaning out the cannon barrel between loading. Gunners are the most common positions filled by slaves on Dark Elven warships under the oversight of a Dark Elven Chief Gunner and often supplemented by a couple of junior Drow Sailors, especially manning the larger guns. In the Dark Elven reckoning the aiming and firing of a cannon to cut down foes is an glorious action and a fit duty for a warrior. The minutia of getting it loaded and ready to fire is simple dull work fit for slaves and those fresh Drow sailors who've yet to prove themselves worthy and are as such "apprenticed" to those that have. Regardless of this, serving on a gun deck as broadsides (or worse if they face foes flying The Hexagon) are exchanged and with nothing more than old tunic and shorts wounds are common. Beyond gunnery there are numerous manual tasks that need to be performed to keep a warship working. In their home port, Slave Sailors are often employed as stevedores and do various other bits of manual labor to support their ship and fleet.

Like many of the slave sailors, he did an unremarkable job doing physical labor for his master (in his case it mostly loading boxes off of and onto wagons) before he was bought up by the navy and put onto a ship and thrown into a Crew, assigned to a team with a Drow overseer and made to follow their lead or suffer. The internal hierarchy for Slave Sailors is informal and loose but undeniable. Normally at it's top are experienced slave sailors of proven loyalty and a valuable trade such as carpentry, if they are Consecrated they are naturally are ranked higher but are somewhat of an anomaly on naval ships. Below them are loyal slaves with either a trade or years of nautical experience. This fellow falls into the latter category as he is afforded the special privileged status of being weapon rated and is trusted enough to be issued an axe or a pistol in boarding actions primarily for defensive purposes.* Below that are the general mass of basically competent if unremarkable slaves integrated into the crew able to perform their jobs, then general trainees. Below these junior members are captives recently ceased and pressed into temporary service and at the very bottom are Disposable Slaves used to pad out the ranks in times of war. They are motivated by the prospects of better and greater rations, grog and the fear of their masters lash.

Unlike Janissaries naval slave sailors are not given a high level of indoctrination. As the ratio of slaves to Drow crew is usually in the area of 2-1 and they are generally not armed, the threat of mutiny is not an overwhelming concern. Attempts at escape are seen as a more common issue, but still one which is manageable in most situations as swimming to shore is usually suicidal even if they can get into the water can escape being used as target practice and Drow Warships in Foreign Ports tend to keep their slave crews chained up. Those that do escape successfully end up as outcasts and pirates. In the traditional reckoning specific training is not necessary. Either a slave will learn the ropes on the job in their first few months and if they don't they can either be sold off or at worse tossed overboard. At the same time there is often a high attrition rate among slave sailors as they are often in the firing line with the High Elves and various human powers that would usually fight to the death against Drow warships. Finally there is a give and take between the Drow Merchant Houses and Navies in which both groups will sell experienced slave sailors to each other trained up as a byproduct. The downsides of this approach is that standards for Drow Slave Crews are generally lower than that of most human navies. There has been some individuals which have been pushing for reform among the Drow Navies, especially in the light of new technological developments which require new specialized skills to use but will change the nature of warfare.


*This roll is somewhat controversial among the Dark Elves and only four of nine states employs such slaves with three explicitly banning the practice. On the one hand there is some concern about slave mutinies, on the other hand having at least some armed slaves among the ranks fighting for their masters does add to the security of a ship and means that borders are less likely to try to call on the slave crew to aide them.
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