|School of Tenpenny|
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The School of Tenpenny is the most average and wide-spread combat school taught to soldiers both inside the Regalian Empire, and in many of its vassals states. Tenpenny soldiers are often trained to thrive in larger numbers, but can also hold their own in a one on one situation. It provides them with the necessary combat survival skills on the battlefield, while also teaching them more advanced formations for the sake of army maneuvering during a bigger combat event. Tenpenny is the next step in the Regalian Empire’s martial development; transitioning from a feudal system of untrained levies, to standing professional armies which are drilled and trained by a centralized corps of mentors. The School of Tenpenny is based on the Tenpenny Army, which was Regalia’s first official standing army established in the wake of the Chrysant War by Emperor Justinian II. The Army of Tenpenny in turn takes its name from the tax of the tenth penny, a financial tax levied on transactions between merchants that obliged them to pay taxes equal to a tenth of a total sum. This tax was used to sustain the army entirely, and as such, the name was derived from it.
The School of Tenpenny does not have any singular Academy or School, but rather the School of Tenpenny is taught by instructors all over the Empire. This means that would be students are capable of being part of a Regalian Army, or settling near a Military School to learn this School on the fly. It is not a boarding School, so providing one's own food and social engagements in society are necessary.
The Tenpenny army was established as a response to the Empire’s needs to be able to mobilize quickly during a war. Following the Chrysant War, one major component of the Regalian Navy complained that the performance of the soldier levies was lacking, and that their deployment often took too long as they had to be centrally gathered and then deployed from the homeland. A tenth transaction tax was created which would fuel the costs and wages of a professional army, thus creating the first Tenpenny Army in 291 AC.
The School of Tenpenny became a product of military cross-pollination where various schools competed with one another in tactics. A Turall Bladesmen, a Wapnbogger, a Lancyon Halberd, a Viridian Knight and a Bloodcast Knight were eventually responsible for striking a fine balance between all of their doctrines to create the Tenpenny School. The Tenpenny School was never intended to compete with these various doctrines; it was intended to create a middle ground that would function well for common soldiers without diving too deep into the doctrines and practices of various Military Schools. As such, Tenpenny became a very popular school even among people who were not professional soldiers, as it provided a simple combat technique that was easy to learn, useful in most situations, and granted a fast-track entry process for the Regalian Armed Forces. The School is still formally overseen by the Marshals of the Regalian Empire who only occasionally make modifications to the doctrine.
- Ironically enough, the current highest authority in the Marshals that determines the future doctrine uses of the School of Tenpenny is a Leutz-Vixe called Tonnmiche Pènce. His controversial views on increasing discipline with harsh body punishments are seen as unpopular.
- Some foreign schools also teach Tenpenny technique, even though they may never refer to it as such. The School of Tenpenny has simply become synonymous with “general combat training”.
- Tenpenny as a Military School is practically teachable to any race, gender, age or disposition. It is more frequently taught in Regalia as other nations have local alternatives or varieties that differ.
MonMarty on 02/26/2018.|
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