School of Turall
|School of Turall|
|Leader||Blademaster Cassiaan of Turent|
The Order of Turall is a Combat School and a reclusive Order of bladesmen based out of Turent in Anglia. The School of Turall itself is a fighting discipline which values endurance, fitness, speed, and dual wielding over other martial arts as a means to train soldiers. The actual fighting style was developed by the Order of Turall, where the Bladesmen are considered the best double weapon sword fighters in the Regalian Empire and beyond with unmatched stamina. The teachings at the Turall School for Blades have been perfected over the decades to form an agility counter-style against the Viridian Order. Members of the Turall Blade School are often called Blades, and often also find employment in other physical related activities like acrobatics that connect well with their disciplines. Blades often fight with two daggers or two short swords, valuing speed over actual striking force to both out-balance and outmaneuver an opponent. The Blade’s technique has often been likened to the Skagger combat style, but with more control and class, albeit with less raw power. The Turall Blade School is naturally situated in the Anglian province of Turall, a relatively unremarkable piece of land mostly covered in forests and hillsides with the occasional town. The School itself is on the outskirts of the town of Turent, which also doubles as the capital of the province. The fact that it is called a Blade School is because the school solely trains in the use of blade-like weapons, though more often than not its students will actually use daggers.
The School of Turall was developed at the same time as its ethical cousin, the School of Tyrian, due to the fact some Kade Knights believed the Viridian Order to be a dangerous organization (though paradoxically still kept sending their sons to train there). Some years after the failed Viridian coup of 122 AC, the Tower Knight of Turent came up with the idea to create a School dedicated to solely defeating Viridian Knights in combat. He gathered funds to start the school, and within some years, the School itself was already popular among the Anglian locals because it offered reduced training courses for less money than was required for the more noble academies.
Over the decades, various innovative teachers have shaped the School of Turall to include extreme endurance and fitness disciplines, as well as cohesion activities among the students, making the School so much more than it's narrow initial mission statement. These practices made the Turall Blade School a unique academy that fosters a strong camaraderie among its pupils. The cohesion of the Bladesmen is similar to the Viridian Knights, in that they have a brotherly connection, though for Turall Bladesmen it goes further, almost acting like a second family as they have shared hopes, dreams, losses, and victories with one another. The School’s ideology toward admittance is still very conservative to this day. Men of the Ailor Race make up a vast majority of the School and all of its instructors. Of note, a few teachers have started teaching the art of two-handed sword fighting to fellow Turall graduates outside of the School as well. This particular technique, while never taught at the School proper, is usually picked up on by Turall students who take in the fighting techniques of other Schools. The School of Turall is a very open-minded Combat School that lies in the very progressive area of Turent. Despite it's somewhat dark conservative woodland vibes, the people in Turent are actually very tolerant of other Races and outsiders. That said, only men of the Ailor race are permitted to enter the School, and it's worth noting that warriors of the Turall School need to be capable and ideally have the Ripped Body Shape.
Code of Conduct
The Turall Bladesmen don’t really have a code of conduct, and a lot of their behavior inside and outside of their time at the School is rarely moderated. However, punishments for failing to perform in the School itself are extreme, including but not limited to public humiliation, exhaustion to the point of total collapse, and expulsion. Bladesmen who finish their studies at the School often either stay behind to teach for a few years or move on to eventually take a pupil of their own elsewhere. The general rule of the freelance teachers is that the art of Turall is one to be passed down to others, should the Viridians ever attempt to seize the Empire again.
Joining the Turall Bladesman
Turall Bladesmen begin their education at the age of ten, though students are accepted up to the age of thirty. After this point, the body will break down too quickly to accept the 10 year training process. Often Turall Bladesmen will be taken from young warriors within the School of Tenpenny who show particular promise.
The Order of Turall has a limited Hierarchy that is inherently linked to the functioning of the School.
The Blademaster is a largely decorative title, merely being given to the most tenured Mentor at the School of Turall. Because the School rarely changes its fighting style or the training regiment, the Blademaster has only one practical duty in the Order of Turall, which is the occasional deployment of Turall Blades. This position is currently held by an older Blade, Cassiaan of Turent.
The Blades are merely the graduated members of the School of Turall. Some will opt to stay and become “Mentors” at the School for a few years, but most only stay for an additional year before travelling and enjoying their newfound freedom and abilities.
The Trainees are those training to become Blades at the School of Turall. They typically live at the School but are allowed some freedom in the form of trips away from Turent. Those trainees who do not keep up with their strict training regiment while away are harshly punished upon their return. Trainees live in communal chambers within the School, and grow very close to each other and their Mentors over their years of training.
School of Turall
Bladesmen in training spend their first year at the Academy undergoing exhaustive physical training. Bladesmen will be expected to complete a series of complex agility based courses, often involving other students throwing daggers at them as they run. It is said one in every hundred of these daggers is sharpened, which undeniably keeps students on their toes. After their bodies have adjusted to the training, they will begin learning how to use daggers, shortswords, and arming swords effectively. Duels are commonplace at the School, and encouraged in between training sessions to ensure the reaction time of a Turall is never dulled. At the end of their training, a Turall will usually be pitted against a Viridian Knight to prove their worth, but given the chaotic changes of the Order in recent years, often this is substituted by an expert Turall Bladesman. Regardless, by the time a Turall Bladesman graduates after ten years, he has honed his physical senses and blade work to a fine edge. After graduation, a Turall may pick up the two-handed style of combat, though this is a rare feat and only managed by those who spend time training with others outside the School of Turall.
|Entry Requirements||Athletic or Ripped-Ailor only|
|School Location||School of Turall in Turent, Anglia|
|School Proficiency||Fast Blade Combat Skill, Athletic Training, Squad Tactic Skill, Stealth Rogue Skill, And rarely Blades Combat Skill|
The “leader” of the School of Turall, the Blademaster, has only one practical duty, which is to occasionally call upon graduated or promising Blades into service for the Order. Typically this is done when there is a concern that members of the Viridian Order or an equally threatening party are causing problems in the Empire. As such, the Blademaster will occasionally send Blades to the Capital, but otherwise has no outright functioning.
Mandatory Rules for the School
- Armor usage for Turall is limited to leather or gambeson armor, if any at all, since any amount of armor seriously endangers their ability to properly use the Turall Techniques.
- Warriors of Turall should ideally be Athletic and above in Body Shape.
- Non-Ailor members of the School are not possible in ordinary Character Applications and staff will need to very carefully examine the application to make sure your methods for tricking the School's administration is logical and the reasons for your non-Ailor character to attend the School are equally logical.
- Turall Bladesmen receive an ornate dagger upon their graduation that they often use to identify each other due to the disorganized records of the School.
- There is not an official distinction for Turall Bladesmen, but many who graduated the School wear their ceremonial dagger on their chest in some form of satchel or decorative leather piece. Despite being against State Law, a small exception is made for these ceremonial daggers as they are often dulled.
- Turall Bladesmen tend to work as mercenaries, valuing a certain sense of freedom in their activities, professionally and personally.