THE RÁHAZ-DÁTH MERCENARIES

ORGANIZATION - COAT OF ARMS - TERRITORY - FESTIVALS - HISTORY

An elite mercenary army which existed from about 650 b.S.-450 b.S. and enjoyed their greatest popularity around 620 b.S., when the city of Dasai was founded around their fort. From 470 b.S. onward the mercenaries started to become obsolete. They held a yearly camp in the Rahaz-Dath desert, which soon formed into a fort, and then the city of Dasai. They kept themselves in good graces with both tribes in this region, the Stratanians, by giving them special treatment when it came to being hired, and the Shendar, by providing them with business.

Organization. By about 623 b.S. the RDMs had grown to such a size that a new organization was put in place by the second leader of the mercs. Several different divisions, as well as new ranks, were created and lasted until the disbanding of the army. They were as follows:

Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms of the mercs is an arrow and a sword crossed in an X with a red 12-pointed star in the background. Return to the top

Territory. The territory of the RDMs is the town of Dasai, which was once their annual camping ground. It was first the camping ground, then a fort, and then a town which the fort at its center supported. Dasai still exists and, using techniques passed down from the time of the merc army, and now produces excellent weapons. It also houses the port which was once a transport hub for the RDMs and now has many uses.
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View entry on Santharia View complete map of Santharia The City of Dasai The NE of the Province of Brendolan
Picture description. The location of Dasai, the "City of Soldiers" in the north-eastern part of the province of Brendolan.

Festivals. Through it's lifetime the RDMs celebrated several festivals, which are still celebrated by the people of Dasai today.

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THE AGE OF THE BLOOD
(YEARS 822 B.S. - 50 B.S.)
ca. 650 b.S. Founding of the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries
Around 200 men come together, led by Matthew Gendair, to make camp near Herrings Bay. They are some of the greatest warriors and soldiers and come to hold council about Gendair's idea of an army of mercenaries. Later in the year they return, now counting 800 men. Gendair announces that they shall call themselves the "Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries", after the Ráhaz-Dáth Desert.
  

623 b.S. New Ranking Systems
Kindo Gendair, second commander of the RDMs creates the new ranking and division system for the now 3200 head Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenary army.
  

ca. 620 b.S. More Travelling through the Narfost Plain
After the Founding of Dasai, the "City of Soldiers", the Narfost Plain is visited more often, some hunters try their luck, but not many return. The traderoute along the Sharadon Forest is then opened, in the beginning used mainly by the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries to reach Thaehavos.
  

617 b.S. Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries in Milkengrad
The siege of Milkengrad is also the biggest job of the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries so far. They are called upon by the Stratanian government to help with the siege against Milkengrad. After the last three days of the siege, called the "Battle of Three Suns" by the mercenaries, Markus Kale invents arm blades, a new weapon.
  

610 b.S. Building of Fort Dasai
Kindo Gendair, second commander of the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries, commissions carpenters and other builders to make a fort at the annual camping ground of the RDMs and names it "Fort Dasai". It is named after Dasai Gendair, great grandfather of himself and the late Matthew Gendair, first of their line and, among their family, a legendary warrior.

Thus 610 b.S. is marked as the official beginning of the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries. Their main base, which is a large fortress, represents the cause for a whole city to spring up. The Mercenaries have a slow start, but many vendors, smithees, etc. and begin to flock there to get business. It grows as more and more civilians came to live and work there.
610 b.S.
to 563 b.S.
Fort Dasai turns into a Town
Schools are introduced for children in Dasai, training facilities are established also. The fortress of the Mercenaries expands its walls to encompass the town and integrates with it. Since the beginning Dasai is known as the "City of Soldiers", even though a town hasn't been officially founded yet. The expanded fort also houses a nice harbour and ship-manufacturing plants.

Blacksmiths, magic shops, markets, and practically everything you can think of starts springing up, as well as the houses for the soldiers' families who wish to be closer to their relatives, husbands, and fathers.
  

604 b.S. The Founding of the Twin Blades Elite Warriors
The "Twin Blades", a new division of the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries, are founded. Many are impressed by the new fighting style which uses two swords. They are counted as some of the most elite warriors in the mercenary army for their mastery of the blade.
  

563 b.S. The Founding of the City of Dasai
The City of Dasai is officially founded, as it has grown swiftly around the fort of the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries. Those who first were setting up businesses only also build houses now, though usually closer to their work places than the fort.
  

500 b.S. 150th Anniversary of the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries
The Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries celebrate their 150th anniversary. Jake Gendair holds the biggest banquet in history of the Day of Gendair celebration for the occasion.
  

470 b.S. Business Declines for the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries
Business slowly starts to decline for the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries, though Dasai still flourishes.
  

450 b.S. Disbanding of the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries
Dasai is used as a military installation until the disbanding of the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries in 450 b.S. It is in fact nothing more than an average city with above average smithees since then. It is a site, however, for several battles which are famous in the history of the RDMs.
Disbanding of the Ráhaz-Dáth Mercenaries
Delin Gendair, on the 200th anniversary celebration of the RDMs on the Day of Gendair, announces that they shall officially be disbanded on the next day. The army has shrunk down to only 2500 men, and all consider this a good decision. Even to this day, though, the Gendair family controls Dasai, and have yet to fail their duties through all of the years.
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