Legion Contract


Reinier, Mon Mar 25, 2002 12:18 pm
The Legionnaire's Oath
We warriors of the Legion of Death solemnly swear before Humakt that:
We will uphold Humakt's code of honor, and honor his name with our actions. Our first loyalty is to him.
We will follow Hereward Truewind's example in separating true from false worship, knowing always that truth is where it is found.
We will obey the orders of our warleaders; although we have the right to challenge them if necessary. We will obey them without question in battle or on hostile ground.
We will serve our clients unto death, until our contract expires, or the terms of the contract are otherwise fulfilled. Even if the contract is not fulfilled, death will release us from all its terms.
We agree to maintain our equipment and ourselves as befits followers of the great god of war.
We will maintain the property of the Legion as if it is our own, and we will share it with our sword-kin in the legion.
Our Tenthane, our Hundredthane, the warband leader, or Humakt himself shall be the final judge of our actions, and punishment for offenses shall be at their sole discretion.

In return, we acknowledge that the Legion provides us with:
Fair and equal treatment, according to our rank and abilities.
Protection if we are attacked, for an attack against one is an attack against all.
Food for ourselves and our mounts, when available. The Legion will always eat before its mounts, and leaders will eat last.
Equipment suitable for our tasks, when available. Leaders will receive new equipment last.
A share of the Legion's profits according to our rank in the Legion. Profits are what is left after food, equipment, and other Legion obligations are paid for, and shall be assessed after each contract is fulfilled, or by general agreement. Our leaders have the
right to pay additional shares at their discretion. This is usually for special duties, or exceptionally honorable or capable actions.

Further, all leaders of the Legion agree that:
They will teach us the magic, skills, and wisdom of the Legion as time allows.
They will not be party to agreements which bring us into conflict with our cult vows, or which are dishonorable.
They will not risk our lives needlessly, but will treat us with the care and honor that they treat their own swords.
They will set an example of Humakti behavior for us all to learn from and follow.
They will in all things seek the truth as Humakt and Hereward did before them.


Comments
our first loyalty is to Humakt
although most legionnaires are humakti, some aren't. i think that Jamal, as a Bisos devotee, would be reluctant to put loyalty to humakt before loyalty to his god.

in order to allow for flexibility in PC cults/backgrounds, the central religious observance of the hero band is to Hereward, not Humakt. Of course, many worship hereward as an aspect of Humakt, so may feel it is the same thing to all intents and purposes, but should not the vow be to Hereward?

OK; didn't understand that from previous posts. Have a look at the phrasing below and see if you like it. It tries to bind all Legion members into a Humakti code of honor. IMHO the Hereward cult would have a strong Humakti bias. Others may not agree!

Leaders will receive new equipment last.
I think this is unlikely. define new equipment. if the legion supports a heroquest to bring back the Sword that is Death, it's going to go to the Warleader, not Joe Footsoldier who lost his broadsword last Fireday, surely?

I can see why you're doing this, but it's the exact opposite of the way things generally work. It's generally expected that leaders would have the *best* equipment, if only so that everyone else can see who they are. Plus in practical terms, you give the really effective sword to the person with the best skill in using it.

I'm getting rid of this clause; it was misconceived.

time limits
how long do members join for? until death might be one answer, but Brenna seems to have renounced the cult and joined chalana arroy instead. what are the obligations entailed in committing to the cult, time-wise?

I can't see a way for Brenna to have left without breaking her vows.

We will follow Hereward Truewind's example in separating true from false worship, knowing always that truth is where it is found.
Not sure I understand what you mean by the last clause?
What do I mean by "knowing always that truth is where it is found"? This was meant as an assertion that the members of Legion cannot lay claim to final or absolute truth, but only to the truth that applies to a particular place and time, as demonstrated in Humakt and the Truth.

Legion will always eat before its mounts
We're not cavalry types, are we?
No, but the Legion might want to be at some time in the future, or might have been in the past.

New version:
The Legionnaire's Oath
We warriors of the Legion of Death solemnly swear before Humakt that:
We will uphold Humakt's code of honor, and honor his name with our actions as the patron of our patron, Hereward Truewind.
We will follow Hereward Truewind's example in separating true from false worship, knowing always that truth is where it is found.
We will not join or belong to cults whose strictures, beliefs, or practices conflict with those of Hereward or Humakt.
We will obey the orders of our warleaders; although we have the right to challenge them if necessary. We will obey them without question in battle or on hostile ground.
We will serve our clients unto death, until our contract expires, or the terms of the contract are otherwise fulfilled. Even if the contract is not fulfilled, death will release us from all its terms.
We agree to maintain our equipment and ourselves as befits followers of the great god of war.
We will maintain the property of the Legion as if it is our own, and we will share it with our sword-kin in the legion.
We are free to leave the Legion as long as we are not under contract and the Legion is not at war.
Our Tenthane, our Hundredthane, the warband leader, or Hereward himself shall be the final judge of our actions, and punishment for offenses shall be at their sole discretion.

In return, we acknowledge that the Legion provides us with:
Fair and equal treatment, according to our rank and abilities.
Protection if we are attacked, for an attack against one is an attack against all.
Food for ourselves and our mounts, when available. The Legion will always eat before its mounts, and leaders will eat last.
Equipment suitable for our tasks, when available.
A share of the Legion's profits according to our rank in the Legion. Profits are what is left after food, equipment, and other Legion obligations are paid for, and shall be assessed after each contract is fulfilled, or by general agreement. Our leaders have the right to pay additional shares at their discretion. This is usually for special duties, or exceptionally honorable or capable actions.

Further, all leaders of the Legion agree that:
They will teach us the magic, skills, and wisdom of the Legion as time allows.
They will not be party to agreements which bring us into conflict with our cult vows, or which are dishonorable.
They will not risk our lives needlessly, but will treat us with the care and honor that they treat their own swords.
They will set an example of behavior for us all to learn from and follow, as Hereward did for them.
They will in all things seek the truth as Hereward did before them.



Maybe there should be a special ritual for those who want to leave the Legion, and successful completion of the ritual means Hereward
approves of the reasons for termination? And if he doesn't, the applicant is "terminated with extreme prejudice"? ;)

Sort of: you must fight a guardian spirit (probably an honor spirit) to successfully leave. You get massive bonuses if you are leaving for
the right reasons. Naturally, the spirit is pretty good at detecting lies.

Possibly leaving is by agreement between person leaving and their commanding officer? And put a clause in somewhere that ultimately we all take our orders from Humakt?

i was wondering about the nature of the deal... i mean, in a modern
army you cant just leave because you've got a legal obligation to see
out your term. in an middle-ages mercenary unit people deserted all
the time.

how about this.

first off, if you leave the warband you will lose your connection to the wyter & the cult of hereward. this would happen anyway if you weren't there on the right holy days.

second, people must leave sometimes, for all sorts of reasons. this can be done by requesting permission from cult superiors, who can then
release the warrior from the wyter 'gently'. on the other hand, if someone just ups and quits they then risk reprisal from the cult, either in the form of the Sword Breaker or Hereward's Doomwind. this is most likely to happen to deserters, either from the battlefield or those who run out on contracts etc.

however, any individual may seek release and be granted it by Hereward or Humakt. this is an understanding between them and their god. so individuals CAN leave the cult without informing their superiors. it is obvious if the Gods bless this action because the perpetrator
doesn't get carried off by the north wind and they still carry a sword. afterall, Hereward pledged loyalty to Arkat and then renounced this alleigance, so there must be a means of severing one's attachments to oaths.... hmmm.

on the other hand, they may make many members of the cult highly suspicious and uncomfortable until they can explain or justify their actions.
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