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
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:
Archery - Bows and Crossbows
Blade Handlers - Swords, axes, and later on arm blades
Beaters - Clubs and other blunt weapons
Twin Blades - Swordsmen trained to handle two blades
Magica - Mages of all kinds
Cavalry - Horse riders usually handling light swords and short bows
Division 7 - Secretive assassin and spy division
Command Board - Those who control the army, made of three Circles, headed by the Master General
Trainee - Those in training to fight
Greenboy - Lowest fighting rank
Sargeant - Command units (9 men + 1 Sargeant)
3rd Commander - Command coteries (5 units)
2nd Commander - Command regiments (10 coteries)
1st Commander - Command legions (3 regiments)
General - Command Division
High General - Third Circle on Command Board
Great General - Second Circle on Command Board
Grand General - First Circle on Command Board
Master General - Head of the Rahaz-Dath Mercenaries
Uniforms: Each of the Divisions had
its own unique uniform.
Archery - Light leather upper body armor, white pants, purple shirts
Blade Handlers - Heavy metal full body armor, green triangle on breastplate
Beaters - Light metal upper body armor, black pants, grey shirts
Twin Blades - Light leather full body armor, crossed swords emblem on front
Magica - Light brow robes
Cavalry - Light metal full body armor, horse head emblem on breastplate
Division 7 - None, Division 7 members change clothing as needed and are rarely seen anyway
Command Board - Grey robes
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.
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.
|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.
The Day of Gendair
Celebrating the day the RDMs were founded, this day is named after the bloodline which always held the Master General position and also founded the mercenary army. It is a day of celebration and feasting, even when out in the field and fighting they would take at least some time of the day, if not all of it, to relax and celebrate their great army. It is now celebrated with a parade to Fort Dasai at the city's center and a great banquet.
This was the day new soldiers were admitted into the army, the day all of their training worked towards. Today it is the day when new men are initiated into the Dasai City Guard. As in the time of the RDMs, after Dasai was founded, the new members are taken through a final trial and then taken to the meeting chamber at the center of Fort Dasai to be given membership.
The last day of the year was always a somber one for the citizens of Dasai and members of the RDMs. It was the day they took to remember all those who fell in battle for the mercs that year. Today it is celebrated much the same, with a full day of fasting and silence. Work is suspended on this day in honor of those who fell to bring about the greatness of Dasai today.
Information provided by Tarquet Galbar