School of Krzsallaz
|School of Krzsallaz|
|Proficiencies||Sword Combat, Dagger Combat, Spear Combat|
The School of Krzsallaz was originally installed by Digmaan Zzrllzas Krzsallaz around 490 BC. It is the oldest practiced combat style among originally Allar warriors. However, over time other Races harnessed its techniques to create their own forms of the School for their physiology in combat. The Digmaan Warlords of Hadar and Sendras have used the School of Krzsallaz as a way to discipline chaotic flanking maneuvers into Allar ranks, making their armies more effective against smaller forces. In the years following, and as Regalian and Allar relations improved, the combat school became official once more.
Digmaan Zzrllzas Krzsallaz established the Krzsallaz Combat School for his Maz-Allar army shortly after the Legendary Hunt of the Sendrassian Long Maw Saurian that occurred around 500 BC. By observing his three Maz-Allar champions, he successfully recorded their techniques to fine tune a practiced style using the sword, tail blade, and Longmaw Spear, a unique polearm which officially gained its name after the successful hunt. Given the previous methods of training amongst Maz-Allar included simple hunting tactics and crude weaponry, the School of Krzsallaz became widely popular amongst neighboring Digmaan, causing them to adapt the techniques for their own armies. This progressive movement completely modernized the Allar military in Sendras, which resulted in a much deadlier Sendrassian Civil War in 53 BC. Both Loyalists and Void worshipers of the Sendrassian Civil War had similar forms of the Combat School, making conflict amongst either side extremely matched. Despite the retreat of loyalists in 22 BC, new institutions and combat schools were formed in the newfound Hadaria, preserving the unique style and dance of the blade.
The techniques were known mainly to Maz-Allar until Miko Missa began to influence the various Digmaan warlords, uniting Hadar. The School faced several reformations and standardization under the Empress’ rule, such as harsher punishments during training, and the integration of Als-Allar units. This transitioned into 287 AC when the Chrysant War began, and faced a degrading dilemma post-Chrysant War. The School’s chaotic techniques ran under observation of Regalian forces. By order of the Regalian Senate, trainers were interrogated, archives were ransacked, and training notes stolen, all to gather the necessary intelligence to better understand their enemy. Two years after the Chrysant War finally concluded in 291 AC, the ransacked training facilities gradually began to rebuild following the improved relations of Hadaria and Regalia, eventually becoming available outside of Hadaria due to the mixed populations of Allar and Ailor following the war. Today, the School of Krzsallaz is accessible to a wide number of Races across Aloria, though all must travel to Hadaria to the ancient grounds found there to train and learn the skills of Allar warriors.
- Feather of Osstissa: Located in Osstissa, the Feather of Osstissa was brought to ruin during the fall of Osstissa, being rebuilt years following the Chrysant War. It is one of the oldest institutions of Krzsallaz in Hadaria, however the majority of the original architecture has been replaced, and many of the ancient techniques and archives transported from Sendras following the Sendrassian Civil War have been lost or destroyed. Despite this, the Eszul-Rassa-Allar have managed to cite the original teachings for the Longmaw Spear, which the school receives a majority of its reputation from specializing in.
- Claw of Karfanth: The Claw of Karfanth was established under Mikko Missa’s influence in Karfanth, pre-Chrsyant War. The main purpose of this institution was to quickly train effective soldiers close to the Empress to rapidly refill her armies.
- Scale of Hal Pormonth: Located in Hal Pormonth due to its wealth and trade within Hadaria, The Scale of Hal Pormonth is known for its destructive warriors, who are truly a force on the battlefield. The halls of the Scale of Hal Pormonth are vast, yet the architecture is noted to be dull and simple.
Code of Conduct
There is no “Code of Conduct” for the School of Krzsallaz when taught to outsiders. However, Allar taught under the teachings of the School of Krzsallaz must abide to three codes: live to their best interpretations of the Great Alchezech, protect the caste, and heed to the Chrysant Laws of their ruling Digmaan in that following order. Allar who rebel against such teachings are immediately expelled from the school or imprisoned. Complete loyalty to the three codes of conduct is demanded and hammered into the minds of every Krzsallaz warrior.
Krzsallaz training takes years to master, despite having a lower entry requirement. Once a recruit integrates into this form of combat training, they are guided by an instructor amongst others, spending the initial year practicing basic hunting drills. The next year is then spent learning what is referred to as the “Feathered Dance,” in which the basic footing for twirls and chaotic spins is mastered. Once this is achieved, two different weapon styles are available. The two most popular is dual-wielding short swords or daggers. Despite this, there is a style that pertains to the popular Longmaw Spear that mirrors much of the same footwork, but rather than dual-wielded blades, it includes a wildly twirling spear that jabs at opponents from a close range.
Over the course of four years, trainees learn both the footwork and technique required to wield dual blades or a spear. A practitioner of this technique harnesses the length of their weapon through chaotic and rapid spins and twirls to keep an opponent on their toes either with the cleaving and slashing strikes of dual-wielding short swords or with the quick versatile jabs of a Longmaw Spear. This rapid and fast-paced onslaught of strikes keeps an opponent on the defensive, as there are no real methods of defense in the School. As such, it is common for recruits to receive several injuries during combat, originally due to the Allar’s inherent ability to regenerate. Ancient techniques were never designed to protect oneself but end the fight as quickly and as efficiently as possible. An additional six years of training is optional, offering improved speed, effectiveness with a weapon, mastery of the art of flanking, and closing openings when striking.
- The Longmaw Spear received its name after the renowned hunt lead by Digmaan Krzsallaz, who noted the similarities of the spears toothy and jagged end, resembling the Longmaw’s fangs. They are commonly decorated with feathers.