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A Gazetteer of Ochalea - Ochalean Defense Forcesby Giampaolo Agosta
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- Army Roster
- Unit 1 - Ochalean Defense Fleet
- Unit 2 - Lupin Home Guard (Quanren Weibing)
- Unit 3 - XXV Imperial Legion
- Unit 4 - Duke's Guard (Dawang Weibing)
- Unit 5 - Beitung Garrison (Beitung Jingwei)
- Unit 6-13 - Ochalean Regiments (Difangbing)
- Wartime Army
Ochalean Defense Forces
The army of Ochalea is a defensive force, mostly maintained by the Thyatian Imperial government using Ochalean funds. The core of the army is composed by a standard Imperial Legion, maintained at half strength. This legion is supposed to recruit and train local warriors to fill the ranks in wartime. In addition to the land army, the Empire has also stationed a defense fleet, composed of three battle squadrons, one scouting squadron, and six transport squadrons.
The native forces, on the other hand, are built around a core of Shar-Pei halberdiers and human cavalrymen. The first group is larger and, with the addition of lupin archers, scouts, and wizards composes a powerful combat force, the Lupin Home Guard. The Lupin Home Guard is deployed in units called ``duibai'' (centuries) to help keep the peace in the major towns, especially those with a large lupin population. The Duke's Guard is the core of the native humans troops, which are also deployed as police force in the major towns.
Local governors, especially in dangerous areas, sometimes keep provincial armies, or, more often, rely on mercenary Shar-Pei Lupins, personal retainers, or monks to support the army.
Overall, the Ochalean armed forces amount to circa 1.5% of the population.
Table 3: Allocation of Military Forces to the Ochalean Provinces Province Population Military Units stationed Bohan 45.000 1000 XXV Legio, Cohortes VII-VIII 400 Fleet: Battle Group 3, Transport Group 5 600 Chi 34.000 300 Lupin Home Guard 300 Daisun 38.000 300 Daisun Regiment 300 Shun 57.000 500 Shun Regiment 300 Lupin Home Guard 200 Chung 34.000 300 Chung Regiment 300 Cao 42.000 500 Cao Regiment 300 Lupin Home Guard 200 Celestial Territories 14.000 100 Lupin Home Guard 100 Kiang 92.500 1.000 Kiang Regiment 300 XXV Legio, Cohortes IX-X 400 Lupin Home Guard 300 Yuen 89.000 1.000 XXV Legio, Cohortes V-VI 400 Fleet: Battle Group 2, Transport Group 4 600 Ta'ang 49.500 800 Ta'ang Regiment 300 Lupin Home Guard 200 Fleet: Trasport Group 1-3 300 Sung 58.000 700 Lupin Home Guard 400 Sung Regiment 300 Wang 14.000 200 Lupin Home Guard 100 Wang & Shou Regiment 100 Shou 21.000 300 Lupin Home Guard 100 Wang & Shou Regiment 200 Celestial 92.000 3.000 Duke's Guard 400 Domain Beitung Garrison 400 XXV Legio, Cohortes I-IV 800 Lupin Home Guard 300 Fleet: Battle Group 1, Scouting Group, Transport Group 6 1100 TOTAL 680.000 10.000 10.000
Unit 1 - Ochalean Defense FleetPersonnel: 1000 Marines, plus 1600 Sailors and Rowers; most of them are Thyatian humans. The fleet is deployed in three battle groups (each led by a war galley or large galley, with two small galleys as support force), plus a scouting group of four small galleys, and six transport groups (each composed by a single troop transport or one large and two small ships).
Overall, the Ochalean Fleet can field the following units:
Ship class # Units Small Galleys 10 Large Galleys 2 War Galleys 1 Sailing Ships 8 Large Ships 4 Troop Transports 2
Marines, sailors and rowers in the fleet are armed and equipped according to the Imperial standards.
These ships are only part of the fleet usually stationed at Beitung and other Ochalean ports. Larger imperial fleets also help in patrolling the seas around Ochalea, especially the Strait of Furmenglaive.
Unit 2 - Lupin Home Guard (Quanren Weibing)Personnel: 2200 Ochalean Lupins, mostly infantry and archers. The Lupin Home Guard can field the following troops:
Shar-Pei Halberdiers 1200 Chow-Chow Hunters 600 Houndling Archers 200 Crested and Houndling Wizards 50 Auxiliaries 150
Lupin armed forces keep to their traditional weaponry - lamellar armor (metal for the halberdiers, leather for archers and scouts), complemented by broadswords (dao), plus composite short bows or crossbows for archers and hunters, and broad-bladed halberds (pudao) for the Shar-Pei.
Unit 3 - XXV Imperial LegionPersonnel (half-strength): 2000 Thyatian humans and Lupins. The XXV Imperial Legion can field the following troops:
Legionnaries, Heavy Infantry 1000 Legionnaries, Light Infantry 500 Equites, Medium Cavalry 150 Sagittarii 100 Artillerists 80 Wizards and Priests 50 Auxiliaries 120
This unit is equipped according to the Imperial standards - it is basically a Thyatian legion funded by the Ochalean Archduke.
The XXV Legion is kept at half strength in peacetime - it is actually just the core of a full legion. In wartime, local warriors are recruited to fill the ranks of the legionnaries, as well as to increase size of the cavalry and archer units. At full strength, this legion would include 3.000 infantrymen, plus 500 cavalry and 500 archers.
Unit 4 - Duke's Guard (Dawang Weibing)Personnel: 400 Ochalean humans. The Duke's Guard can field the following troops:
Medium Cavalry 300 Priests 60 Auxiliaries 40
The house guard of the Archduke of Ochalea is a unit of medium cavalry, supported by a number of priests. These élite guardsmen wear metal lamellar armor and carry shields, broadswords and long spears (shuo).
Unit 5 - Beitung Garrison (Beitung Jingwei)Personnel: 400 Ochalean and Thyatian humans. The Beitung Garrison can field the following troops:
Artillerists 160 Shortbowmen 50 Wizards and Priests 40 Light Infantry 100 Auxiliaries 50
The Beitung Garrison is a mix of militarized police force and garrison unit. Its main task is to man the catapults and ballistae in the naval fortress and city walls of Beitung, but it also helps keep the peace in the city itself - in this duty, it is also helped by the Duke's Guard and by three Lupin centuries.
The artillerists, archers and wizards in this units are mostly Thyatians, and are equipped more or less in the Thyatian style (though Ochalean broadswords are more commonly issued than Thyatian gladii). The light infantry, on the other hand, is equipped in the Ochalean style, with leather lamellar armor, broadswords and spears (quiang).
Unit 6-13 - Ochalean Regiments (Difangbing)Personnel 2400 (300 8) Ochalean humans. Each Ochalean Regiment can field the following troops:
Light Infantry 175 Shortbowmen 75 Artillerists 20 Auxiliaries 30
These are the most common native Ochalean units, mostly deployed in the provinces to help the local governors. They are composed almost exclusively of Ochalean natives, and are armed with with leather lamellar armor, broadswords and spears or short bows. Small artillery teams are available to man the defenses of the provincial capitols.
Wartime ArmyIn wartime, the Archduke tries to keep his commitment minimal - he does not agree with the Emperor's agressive politics. However, Ochalea must usually respond to the Imperial requests, and must also replace Thyatian troops that are withdrawn from the island when required elsewhere as a response to emergencies.
In those cases, the Archduke can quickly levy some militia from the provincial capitols and the surrounding countryside, as well as contract the Shar-Pei mercenary clans, effectively doubling the size of the army (i.e., 1.5% of the population is levied). Militia units are armed with spears, bows, shields and light armor (padded, leather or leather lamellar), while Shar-Pei mercenaries are armed as the Shar-Pei Halberdiers of the Lupin Home Guard.
If Ochalea was attacked, the Fighting Monks and temple Defenders of the four major orders would be called upon for defense, adding 10.000 more skilled fighters.
Table 4: Summary of Ochalean Priests by Class Philosophers 8% 2.800 Law 5% 1.500 Neutrality 3% 1.050 Chaos 1% 350 Fighting Monks 25% 8.750 Shamans 20% 7.000 Specialist Priests 30% 10.500 Koryis 18% 6.300 Chardastes 3% 1.050 Entropics 3% 1.050 Druids 1% 350 Pantheists 15% 3.850 Total 100% 35.000
Table 5: Summar of Ochalean Temples and Faiths Faith Priests Alignments Diffusion Church of Thyatis 2.350 Any non-evil Beitung, Bohan, all provincial capitols Order of the Shadow Court 2.000 Any non-good Jungle of the Tiger Men, all towns Mystic Way of Order 3.500 LN Celestial Territories, Chung, Kiang, Cao provinces Jade Temple of Ochalea 11.700 LG, NG, LN Beitung, common everywhere Benevolent Order of Chang Dangsu 3.300 NG, LG, CG Shun, Chi, Bohan and Daisun provinces Mystic Way of the Eight Immortals 4.500 TN, NG, CN, LN, NE Sung, Ta'ang, Yuen and Celestial Domains Circle of Heaven and Earth 550 TN, LN, CN Forested areas and mountains Independent and Wandering Priests 6.700 Any Common everywhere
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