School of Drixon

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School of Drixon
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Schools
Proficiencies Husbandry Art, Rapier Combat, Spear Combat
Race Ailor Male Only
Location Greater Calemberg, Regalian Empire
Origins Greater Calemberg, Regalian Empire

The School of Drixon is a versatile, cavalry-focused Combat School. Despite being primarily cavalry-centric, it also teaches its students how to skillfully wield a cavalry saber in infantry combat. The School of Drixon carries its name from the Drixagh people, Drikksomstrid, meaning “warrior drinking from battle.” This was later Calembergized to Drixon. Cavalry tactics were a completely foreign concept to the Regalians in the early days of the Regalian Empire. Particularly in their conflicts with the Skagger Horde, the Regalians were always outflanked by the better-skilled horsemen of Drixagh, as horses were not widely accessible to the entire Archipelago at that point and hadn’t been accommodated into Regalian strategy, but instead, were mostly used in Viridian Order tournaments. As Calemberg generals started learning and adopting Skagger techniques on horseback, the name Drixon became a popular term that would later be adopted to represent the warriors of the school as well. While on horseback, the Drixons are adept at the use of both a short cavalry lance as well as the cavalry saber, favoring light cavalry tactics and hit-and-run techniques on the battlefield. Quickly flanking to cause chaos among enemy troops, the Drixons then exit just as easy to avoid being overwhelmed by heavier infantry or skirmishers. On foot, however, they are skilled saber duellists who stand among the category of agile warriors. Drixons make up the vast bulk of the Regalian Army’s cavalry troops and are exclusively trained from their prestigious Cavalry Academies in Calemberg.

History

The School of Drixon was established by the Wirtemcaller Generals Hans Eerdman and Gustav von Stuffelklimpt. The Wirtemcaller Kingdom was the predecessor to the Calemberg region of the Regalian Archieplago, which had only recently been conquered by the Regalian’s ever-growing momentum in order to establish hegemony over the whole Archipelago. Wirtemcaller’s Generals were introduced in the Regalian Army to make use of their expertise, but they were still at a loss against the Drixagh-based Skagger horsemen. Stealing horses and breeding their own battle steeds, the Wirtemcaller Generals developed a technique based on short lances as opposed to the Drixagh long lances, and cavalry sabers to favor light cavalry techniques. At the time, getting locked down in battle with superior Skagger infantry would mean certain death, so agility was preferable over heavy cavalry charges.

After the full conquest of the Regalian Archipelago, the former Wirtemcaller generals turned to the modern New Regalian culture as they continued to implore the Regalian central command to respect the value of cavalry in its army structure. This was an uphill struggle, as horses were considered crude beasts and many Regalians from other provinces had barely ever seen a horse in combat, much less ridden one outside of the Viridian Order. As a result of this artificial prestige factor, they remained expensive to maintain and purchase, so it was not until 233 AC that the School of Drixon truly started under the patronage of House Typhonus with their funding of the then small Menagerie in Büxel, a small Calamberg town in the region. This small Menagerie would later develop to become the prestigious Pferd Akademie Büxel, the village of Büxel also growing wealthy and large on the horse breeding and trading that occurred in the area.

While formally an independent military academy, the Drixons play a notable part as the chief cavalry units in the Regalian Army, to the point where the Board of Admirals has considered it part of the wider Regalian Military education. Cavalry has played critical roles since the turn of the century, notably in the Battle of Calemberg, the Battle of the Curag Fields, the Second Songaskian War, and the Dread War. While many Regalian commanders still are preferential towards artillery and infantry strikes, none can argue that the fast-moving cavalrymen can change the tide of battle in a pinch, and so often are accompanied by a small Drixon company in reserves. While time has seen several other cavalry units come to the foreground, such as the mounted knights of the Villiers-Eclaire Order, the School of Drixon remains a staple of quick-paced hit and run tactics to this day.

Locations

  • Pferd Akademie Büxel: Located in northern Calemberg, the Akademie serves as the overarching Headquarters of the sister Drixon Schools. The nearby town of Büxel also serves as the main center of horse breeding for the Schools.
  • Pferd Akademie Calemberg: Located in the capital city of the same name, this location is considered the more elitist of the two, as it is the popular choice amongst noble families who wish for their sons to receive their education in a more urban location.

Code of Conduct

Prospective students to the School of Drixon are required to pass a primary entrance exam which tests basic military competence, and if they pass must pay a one-time entrance fee to the Academy they are assigned to. Students coming from decorated military families are usually exempt from the exam and the fee, as well as those who bring their own horse to use. At the school, students are drilled in military etiquette and protocols, ensuring each Drixon will remain loyal to the military and will follow their cavalry commander into the middle of danger if ordered to. Another aspect that the School emphasizes is caring for one’s mount, and many instructors are former Drixons who retired after their steed was killed under them. To a Drixon, their horse is seen as a lifelong companion, and the death of one can lead to great emotional burden in the other.

Learning

Drixon recruits enter the Academy at age 14, which is considered the age at which men may enter military service in Calemberg. The first half a year is considered boot camp, where students are drilled in New Regalian military doctrine and turned into loyal soldiers. This process can be demanding on an individual, and many drop out of the School during this weed-out phase. Those that continue on spend the next half of the year learning basic horsemanship. Recruits are introduced to their assigned horse, most often a Pure Black Calemberger, in an attempt to create a lasting friendship. Those that fail this second step are kicked from the academy, leaving the remaining Drixons to official training.

The next two years of education involve combat training, both mounted and on foot. At this point, Drixon students are given the rank of cadet and spend a large portion of their free time with their mounts, either riding near the academy grounds or in the stables. After completing this section of training, a Drixon is assigned to a small unit overseen by a cavalry officer, who teaches cadets various tactics used in combat scenarios over another two years. It is here when students become highly competitive with one another, as the top cadets go on to become the officers of their unit. The final year is spent polishing combat techniques and performing in mock war games. After this year, cadets are considered graduates of the School and are awarded a green tassel that is attached to the hilt of their saber. Once graduated, Drixons are free to go their separate ways, though most tend to enlist with their school unit into the Regalian Army as cavalry auxiliary units or form their own private cavalry companies that enter service with a regional noble house.

OOC Rules for the School

  • Due to the lacking physical training, as well as the limitations placed on how “large” a horseman can be, members of the School of Drixon should never exceed an Average Body Fat, and should never have a higher Body Shape than Ripped. Having anything greater than these numbers would either not be permitted to enter the academy, or seriously risk endangering combat efficiency while on horseback due to the added strain on the horse.
  • The School of Drixon is only taught to Ailor men, due to the legislation concerning education in the Calemberg homelands, and due to how specialized the craft is designed to accommodate a specific build which occurs mostly in Ailor.

Trivia

  • A lot of outsiders often make fun of the relation Drixons have with their horses, but it is a powerful bond that does not often occur between the beast of labor and man. Drixons are perfectly attuned to understanding the needs of their mounts and the horses, in turn, will never permit anyone to sit on their back beside themselves.
  • The School of Drixon is also the birthplace of the Calemberg rules of Leutz Fencing. The style was invented when a few Leutz-Vixe students began engaging in their homeland’s sport with the cavalry sabre, before adjusting their techniques to fit the combat styles they were taught in the school.
  • The greatest Drixon that ever lived is Franz Herdeenz, known by fellow Drixons as the Horse Whisperer. Known for his innate ability to make any steed explicitly trust him, he was able to exchange mounts if his own steed fell in battle, allowing him to continue to fight using a fallen comrade’s horse. However, Franz eventually swore off riding on horseback, choosing to teach at the Pferd Akademie Büxel, which he does to this day. Most believe that the current school emphasis on caring for horses stems from Franz’s own past, as he constantly warns his pupils every day that their bravery and callousness can often have drastic effects on the horses they ride.

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Writers MonMarty, FireFan96
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Last Editor Firefan96 on 11/14/2021.

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