School of Tenpenny
|School of Tenpenny|
|Proficiencies||Sword Combat, Glaive Combat, Shielding Combat, Heavy Bow Combat|
The School of Tenpenny is one of the most widespread Combat Schools in Aloria, taught to soldiers both inside the Regalian Empire and in many of its vassal states. Tenpenny soldiers are trained to fight in larger numbers, as well as to hold their own in a one-on-one situation. The Tenpenny education provides them with a set of basic combat survival skills on the battlefield, while also teaching them more advanced formations for the sake of army and unit maneuverability during larger-scale engagements. Tenpenny soldiers represent the next step in the Regalian Empire’s martial development; transitioning from a feudal system of untrained levies to standing professional armies that are drilled and standardized 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 School ultimately takes its name from the tax of the tenth penny, a financial tax levied on transactions between merchants which obliged them to pay taxes equal to a tenth of a total sum.
The School of Tenpenny is a fairly recent innovation, as it was derived from the slightly older organization known as the Tenpenny Army. This army group was established following the Crysant War, where complaints about disorderly and unprofessional levies having hampered the efforts of the Regalian Navy were prominent in the Regalian Military. Seeking to create a single, core standing army of professional soldiers once more, as had existed in the past but had lapsed in the period of the Regalian Pessimism, a tenth transaction tax was created which would fuel the costs and wages of a professional army. The Tenth Penny Tax Reform as it came to be called created the first and original Tenpenny Army in 291 AC, the same year the war ended. The School’s formation, while brief, was extremely intense, and featured the input of a notable Turall Blade, a fierce Wapnbogger, a loyal Lancyon Halberd, a long-serving Regalian Ranger, a famous Viridian Knight and a dedicated Bloodcast Knight. This “Council of Six” ultimately allowed the School to strike a balance between its taught skill sets, not set against any singular School, but with a versatility to allow individual soldiers to succeed in favored areas. Under later Emperors, Alexander I and Cedromar I, the School of Tenpenny rapidly expanded and is now more important to the Regalian Empire than ever. The School is still formally overseen by the Marshals of the Regalian Empire who only occasionally make modifications to the doctrine, while graduated, notable Tenpennies who remain in the Regalian Army are often pushed to continue their training and education in the School of Marshalry.
The School of Tenpenny has many education facilities across the entire Regalian Empire. While most are in the Regalian Archipelago, outposts of this form of education also exist in Nordskag, Ithania, Daendroc, Corontium and even a few in Essalonia.
Code of Conduct
The School of Tenpenny has no particular Code held among its members. Being a fast-track to service into the Regalian armed forces, strong loyalty to the armed forces of the Regalian Empire is common, as is continued service as a soldier, though retired veterans are nonetheless treated with respect and reverence.
The very basics of Tenpenny fighting tactics can be adequately taught in two years of schooling, resulting in a short yet intensive tutelage period for incoming recruits. After achieving individual prowess with the Tenpenny’s typical weapons, group formations are drilled often, always with alternating members to instill a sense of camaraderie between all Tenpenny trained soldiers. Basic skills with the Anglian Longbow and Crossbow are taught to Tenpenny recruits, but the bulk of their training involves the use of arming swords and shields to fulfill their role on the battlefield as cheap but effective state infantry troops. The intricacies of front-line commanding are not taught at the School, thanks in part to the belief of certain conservative Regalian Marshals that commoner troops should serve rather than command, though certain promising Tenpenny graduates are fast tracked into Regalian officer academies to hone their skills of strategy, obedience, and tactical improvisation.
- The current highest authority in the Marshals determine 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, especially with Pènce’s espousal of conservative values that deny personal identity and freedom of personal choice.
- Some foreign Schools also teach a modified version of the Tenpenny technique, even though they may never refer to it as such, arguing that the concept of a professional standing army is simply common sense in the present day and that Regalia does not have a claim on concepts simply by doing it first.
- Plans for a Puretek Tenpenny Regiment have been discussed among military circles, but the sheer cost of amassing such a unit has slowed its creation.