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Brask Hierarchy Unlocked | Lore: Eternal War
Brask Hierarchy Unlocked

Brask Hierarchy Unlocked

The Brask Hierarchy is a simple ladder with only a few rungs. The system rewards Brask with ambition and talent and at the same time weeds out the weak and treacherous.

Warriors – Any Brask can take up arms, but a true warrior will go through the trials that the ancestors deemed vital to make a warrior into more than just a Brask. The warriors are the only defense the Empire has. They must be the best the Empire has to offer. Thenos decreed that, “Men fight with purpose when they know that the path they are on was chosen by them, not for them.” No Brask has ever been forced to endure the torture required to become a warrior.

Most choose the path of warrior on their twelfth centenary, and some come later, but they all face the same trials.

It begins with the beatings. Every prospect is beaten about their entire body with planks of wood and bronze in order to toughen their already thick skin. They are given a few days to heal and then beaten again. It is a process that is carried out until the day they graduate to warriors.     

Between the beating all warriors are trained to fight with their hands first. The hands must be deadly on their own before they wield a weapon. Then they learn the skills of the axe and hammer. For years they spar and hone their individual fighting skills and then they learn to fight as a squad of ten.

All the years of beatings are to prepare the Brask for a most important step, the nailing of their armor. This rite of passage has killed more than a few Brask. Each prospect is fitted with a bronze chest plate, arm and knee plates as well as a helm. The chest, arm, and knee plates are nailed into their solid, calloused hide by a captain. The pain is excruciating and only the strong can tolerate it.

Directly after the Brask receive their armor they begin a tournament to discover who the best warrior is among them. The Brask that emerges victorious is automatically made a captain.

The newly made warriors are then paraded before the Emperor and are given the opportunity to fight him for the crown. Very few over the years had accepted the challenge and only one actually defeated the Emperor. His name was destined to be remembered forever until one of his division mates felled him the following day.

Captains – There are no less than five and no more than ten squads under a single General. Under each General there are two Captains. It is the Captain’s job to see to all personal matters of the squads beneath them, and lead if a situation called for the platoon to be split.

Warriors are made into Captains by the General above them. Actions above and beyond the call of duty are what the General’s look for along with natural leadership.

When a warrior is made a Captain, his rank is signified by a thin bronze ring placed around the right bicep. The ring is heated till it glows red then is placed around the arm. Small spikes line the inside of the ring that bites into the flesh while the metal sears the skin.

Generals – To become a General, you must first be a Captain and warrior. Your valor in battle must be so fierce that men enjoy following you into the worst places. A General must have the respect of his fellow warriors and the Generals around him, for they are all the same. A General fights with his men and answers to one Brask, the Emperor.

Generals lead up to one hundred warriors. The Brask are large, but they are also fast and incredibly strong, and the relatively small platoons allow for much more organized and precise attacks.

When Captain is made into a General he is banded again on his right arm, above the Captain band, with a thick bronze ring to signify his rank. Many Brask have died as Generals and few have disgraced the Emperor so great that their band was ripped from their flesh. It is said that if a General’s platoon falls, so should he.

The Emperor – The Emperor is to be the strongest, most powerful Brask warrior in the Empire. A Brask who was not trained as a warrior may never challenge the Emperor for his seat no matter how strong or powerful he may be. It is thought that a Brask who is not a warrior does not understand sacrifice, or honor. To deter a non-warrior from challenging for the seat it was decreed that the Brask that attempted would be put to death along with the rest of his family so that no one may avenge him.

An Emperor may do as he pleases. He may take a wife, mistresses, or both. He may be as fair or as cruel as he likes, but where fairness may earn loyalty, cruelty will earn an early grave.

If a cruel Emperor, such as Rall some three hundred years ago, cannot be beat in single combat the Generals may conspire against him. Rall’s Generals did just that and killed him in his sleep. The people did not mourn their Emperor; instead they celebrated as a General took his place.

Emperors often have several children. All of the males are taught at a young age that they will not inherit the throne when their father passes. These princes almost always become warriors in order to prove themselves worthy, though no prince has ever succeeded his father.

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excellent!

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