Military/Army Structure (City-States In Chaos Supplement)

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A player character may be from the military/army. The military/army must belong to the character's homeland. Benefit to a player character who belongs to the military/army is an additional 25 gold pieces in start money, add a +1 to Constitution, and gain a +1 bonus to Athletics checks.

The military/army structure is based on the ancient Roman legion structure, although the insignia and armor are different.

The basic structure of the army is as follows:

• Contubernium: (tent group) consisted of 8 men. [8 fighting men]

• Centuria: (century) was made up of 10 contubernium with a total of 80 men commanded by a centurion. [80 fighting men]

• Cohorts: (cohort) included 6 centuriae or a total of 480 fighting men, not including officers. [480 fighting men]

• Legio: (Legion) consisted of 10 cohorts. Additionally each Legion had a 120 man Alae (cavalry unit) called the Eques Legionis permanently attached to it possibly to be used as scouts and messengers. [4800 fighting men and 120 cavalry]


Senior Officers of the Roman Legion: A player character's benefit to belong to the military/army as a senior office is that you add +3 to Intimidate checks and you gain resist 2 cold, fire, acid, thunder, and lightning. You and all allies adjacent to you gain a +2 bonus to saving throws.

• Legatus Legionis: The overall Legionary commander. [insignia of an attacking hawk on a gold circle]

• Tribunus Laticlavius: Second in command of the legion, behind the Legate. [insignia of two hawk claws on a silver circle with gold perimeter]

• Praefectus Castrorum: The camp Prefect and 3rd in overall command. [insignia of a hawk claw on a silver circle]

• Tribuni Angusticlavii: Each legion had 5 military tribunes of equestrian (knight) class. They formed the command staff. [insignia of an attacking hawk on a silver circle with gold perimeter]


Centurions: Each Legion had 59 or 60 centurions, one to command each centuria of the 10 cohorts. Each commanded 80 fighting men. [insignia of four feathers on a copper circle with silver perimeter] Princepales: The Princepales would be the equivalent of modern day non-commissioned officers and had the following rank structures from highest to lowest.

• Aquilifer: A single position within the Legion. The Aquilifer was the Legion's Standard or Eagle bearer and was an enormously important and prestigious position. [insignia of two feathers on a copper circle]

• Optio: One for each Centurion (59), they were appointed by the Centurion from within the ranks to act as his second in command. [insignia of three feathers on a copper circle with silver perimeter]

• Signifer: Each Centuria had a Signifer (59). He was responsible for the men's pay and savings, and the standard bearer for the Centurial Signum, a spear shaft decorated with medallions. It was this banner that the men from each individual Centuria would rally around. [insignia of one feather on a copper circle]

• Cornicen: (Horn blower) They worked hand in hand with the Signifer drawing the attention of the men to the Centurial Signum and issuing the audible commands of the officers. [insignia of one feather on a copper circle]



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