LEGIONS OF ATLANTIS
Legion Organisation An Atlantean legion is recruited from Atlantean natives and foreign mercenaries and is designed to be a stand alone formation which can support friendly powers and punish unfriendly ones.
Aten’s Cohort - Headquarters 700
Sun Cohort - Infantry 700
Spark Cohort - artillery and engineers 700
Dragon Cohort - cavalry 700
Maiden Cohort - Infantry 700
Mother Cohort - Infantry 700
Crone Cohort - Infantry 700
An unusual feature of the Altantean military system is that ALL Officers are part of the Navy hence the scarlet tunic clad legionaries are officered by blue uniformed Naval personnel.
Each Cohort is commanded by a Major whom is usually a 3rd, 2nd or 1st Lieutenant – they wear a diagonal Red sash and taboosh and a golden helmet to identify themselves, they are also the Centurion of the Dragon (3rd) Century of the Cohort. A Spark Cohort’s Deputy Major does not wear a golden helmet. A Century is commanded by a junior Officer (often a Midshipman or Sub-lieutenant, less often a Sailing Master or 3rd lieutenant,) they wear a diagonal sash and have gold inlay on their helmet or alternative headgear. They are assisted by a Deputy Centurion who is either a senior NCO or Midshipmen who wear an appropriate coloured taboosh for their century round their waists. Officers also wear broaches of their Cohorts symbol on their right chest - these are in Brass for Deputy Centurions, Silver for Centurions and Gold for Majors. Often they will have a piece of cloth pinned behind in the colour of their century (Also common behind their hat broaches.) Legion Officers
Legions Prefect is its commander. He is elected by the Senate to the Post for a period of time. He may wear rank from regular service or have the stripes and feathers of a commodore. He will wear a taboosh, diagonal sash and cape in the colours and proportions of the Legion’s piping and carries a baton. A Deputy Prefect is elected with the prefect or chosen by him after election. He may wear rank from regular service or have the stripes and feathers of a commodore. He will wear a taboosh and diagonal sash in the colours and proportions of the Legion’s piping and carries a (smaller) baton. The Chief of Staff usually Post Captain, chief planning officer and 3rd in command of the Legion simply has a diagonal sash in the colours and proportions of the Legions piping in addition to his normal rank distinctions The Adjutant usually Post Captain, responsible for discipline who the Gendarme Centurion answers to, wears a taboosh in the colours and proportions of the Legions piping. The Quartermaster and his deputy simply wear a lanyard in the colours and proportions of the Legions Piping
All these Officers are accompanied by a standard bearer to aid recognition on the battlefield (the precise standard chosen just before to confuse the enemy.) Specialist Officers
Please not all badges noted are in addition to any officers may wear as a Centurion of Deputy Centurion. PADRES
The Church of Aten treats all Legions are a mobile diocese with a Legion Bishop and council. All wear Yellow capes with their travelling clothes. They may effect legionnaire or (Naval) Officer dress but are in fact part of neither though subject to the Articles of War. The Bishop wears a large purple tabard inscribed with the golden triangle and yin-yang of Aten his
Vicar General, Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Legion Deacon and Legion Treasurer will usually wear one bearing the symbol of another of the aspects. This does leave a aspect unrepresented but this is seen as appropriate as war is a very ‘unbalanced’ business. SIGNALS AND INTELLGENCE
Signalmen wear an open book badge under their Century/Cohort identifying patch.
Buglers wear a bugle badge.
Intelligence officers wear a crossed looking glass and quill badge under their Century/Cohort identifying bade. MEDICS
Medical officers are either Barbers-Surgeons (apprentices) or Surgeons who have passed university and regarded as fully qualified.
Barber-Surgeons wear Naval Warrant Officer dress – i.e. A Dark Blue Plebeian clothing with a legion forage cap or helmet and a crossed Saw/Clamp badge under their Cohort/Century patch.
Centaury Surgeons wear full naval officers uniform but with no rank distinctions and an entwined serpents with a staff brass broach. On their right chest and patch on their chuffs.
The Legion Surgeon has the same but in gold and with a cuff piping in the Legions colours while his Deputy’s Badge is Silver.
The arrangements for Vets are the same as those for Surgeons while farriers have the same arrangements as Barber Surgeons. The badge for both classes however is a horses head SPARK COHORT
All Engineer officers wear a Fort badge under their century identification to distinguish them from their Artillery Colleagues in the Spark Cohort who have a crossed cannon badge. The Chief Engineer and Chief Gunner wear much larger version of these badges. GENADRAMES
Like their men Gendarmes officers have a Cap with a peak, wear a silvered gorget and have all their equipment bright white.
Wagonner Officers have a Cartwheel badge on their chest under the Cohort/Century patch. Their Vets wear both badges.
Cohort’s Organisation Infantry Cohort
7 Centuries each consisting of 100 men. A Century is made up of 7 Sections each of 13 men (a Corporal, Lance Corporal and 11 men.) Each century forms a rank of cohort in battle plus command staff.
Centurion (commander of Century usually of 3rd lieutenant but higher if Cohort CO*.)
Drummer (carry musket and sword)
Bugler (carry musket and sword)
Century Barber (medic) (or Cohort Surgeon)
2 Century Barber’s Apprentices (or deputy Cohort Surgeon)
* = usually mounted.
1st Century Skirmishers
These are musketeer or riflemen they skirmish in front of cohort, retire to flanks in a melee and guard flanks on the march. Wear leather cap, jerkin and skirt a long arm, bayonet and long sword.
2nd and 3rd Century Musketeers
Armed as above but fight in the line of battle and carry short swords (In a crush little room to swing a sword.)
4th, 5th, 6th Century Pikes
Carry pikes and short sword. Wear steel pot helmets and breastplates with greaves.
The Aten’s Cohort is the headquarters of the legion; hence its Centuries are somewhat different to those of the main Legion. 1st Century Aten’s Century of Aten’s Cohort
Consists of the staff of the prefect (Land Commodore or higher) in command of the legion.
Deputy Prefect (takes over legion in event of disaster)
Chief of Staff (Post Captain, chief planning officer, 3rd in command)
Adjutant (Post Captain, responsible for discipline, the Gendarme Centurion answers to him)
Quartermaster (a senior Post Captain responsible for supply, the Wagoner Centurion answers to him )
Centurion (unpopular post as have relatively little to do but good for building political connections.)
Intelligence Officer (usually a linguist. 3rd lieutenant)
Prefect’s Steward (general lackey and guard)
All are armed and equipped as Cuirassiers and mounted.
Plus 7 specialised sections.
1.A Padre Section (each Legion is in effect a Diocese on the move)
Legion Vicar General
Legion Vice Chancellor,
All the above are Priests they furthermore have six lay persons each representing an aspect of Aten as assistants. They are also responsible for the priest’s safety. A Legionnaire Master completes the Padre Section to the mystical 13 is in charge of the military aspects of the Padre section. Given the occasional clashes between spiritual and military duties this is often an unpopular duty used as a punishment. All are armed and equipped as Cuirassiers and mounted.
A Colour Master (highest ranked NCO in a Legion) is in charge of their conduct and discipline.
They accompany staff members so that the Legion, dispatch riders etc; may easily locate them. (Which standard bearer(s) accompanies which staff member is only revealed on the verge of battle. So it is harder for enemy assassins to spot who is who.) All are armed and equipped as Cuirassiers and mounted.
Aten’s Cohort (Command Cohort ctd.) 3. Signal Section
Deputy Prefect bugler
Chief of Staff’s bugler
Deputy Quartermaster’s bugler (tends to double the Prefect’s bugler)
Intelligence Officer’s bugler (tends to double the Adjutant’s bugler)
Prefect’s Signalman (reads naval signal flags, also have duties to try and learn enemy signals and if possible languages)
Deputy Prefect’s Signalman
Chief of Staffs Signalman
Sergeant of Signals (attends conduct discipline etc;)
All are armed and equipped as Cuirassiers and mounted. Tend to act as close guards for their charges as most officers prefer to use gendarmes as dispatch riders. Signal men are often loaned to the intelligence officer given their memory and that they’re often picked for their wits.
Four Guard Sections
Usually assigned to the Prefect, His Deputy, Chief of Staff and Adjutant but occasionally elsewhere as part of deception plan. All armed and equipped as Cuirassiers and mounted. All consist of a Corporal, Lance Corporal and 11 legionnaires. They answer to the Colour Master and if necessary the Centurion.
2nd Century Gendarmes
Mounted men on swift horses with simple leather armour, swords and pistols. They ride in pairs and give instructions to Cohort commanders from the commander in chief and take their reports to the Legion’s Prefect (Land Commodore or higher). Any spares are used to visit and report on battles, for reconnaissance and as an additional escort for the 1st or Aten’s Century. On garrison duty they are used as the commander’s escort, to distribute the commander’s orders and as a military police in camp. They wear metal gorgets to signify their role. (They are nicknamed ‘chain-dogs’ by other men.) 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Century Wagoners
Divided in a 7 sections of six wagons (each with a pair of drivers,) and a corporal on horseback. Carry supplies also scavenge, bake bread and perform other supply functions. Armed with sword and musket. Wear leather armour. Guard supplies in battle, ferry ammunition to units and casualties to the Legion Surgeon.
7th Century Hospital The nine person staff of a Hospital Century is
All equipped as cuirassiers and mounted.
7 Sections each consists of a Corporal, a Lance Corporal and 11 Legionaries. They have two wagons each with six men and Corporals are mounted (at least on the march.) Troops carry a pistol, musket and sword. Usually wear leather but do have some heavy plate – enough for one section for special tasks. Direct infantry etc; in building fortifications, roads, aqueducts – conduct sapping operations, build siege engines, prepare forlorn hopes, lay lines for night operations etc; in field operations with no use for engineering they are normally deployed to guard the guns and or help the wagon train,
3 Artillery Centuries (two light (21 guns each), one Heavy (14 guns each.))
Century staff is - Gunner Centurion
Gunner Deputy Centurion
Century Standard Bearer
Century Farrier (guns are horse drawn)
All equipped as cuirassiers and mounted.
7 Batteries each of 13 men with either
2 Heavy guns (12 pounders) with two six man crew and an overseeing Corporal (with halberd.)
3 Lighter Guns (6 pounders) with four man crew once of which includes the Corporal.