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==School of Darkmark==
 
==School of Darkmark==
The School of Darkmark, also known as Stealthmark, is School a little over a century old that formed in the wake of a large dispute between a gathering of Blackmark mercenary bands in [[Waldmarkl]]. Influenced by [[New Regalian]] and [[School of Knights]] values, these mercenaries had grown to dislike the behavior and the acts of the normal Blackmark soldier. This movement would ultimately birth the Darkmarks and, at a later date, also the Hiltokers. As for Darkmarks, they purged the bandit-infested Linvail Keep and Linvail Growth (the surrounding forest) of threats before transforming it into their own compound and training facility. Due to this self-imposed isolation, the School was forced to make use of lighter armors and weapons since they were unable to afford the vast quantities of metal needed to outfit even a single squad with heavy Blackmark armor. Due to this, they came to favor agility and speed, resulting in a combat style entirely unique from its School of origin. Time has shaped the School of Darkmark into a highly dangerous, physically taxing combat style that eventually claims the lives and limbs of many of its students, from trainer to trainee. As a result, Darkmarks are frequently identified by their lone-wolf attitudes and cold personas, their oftentimes-missing appendages from missions gone wrong, or overall lack of close companions from contracts gone awry. They are also this way because they tend to favor challenges and dangers, seeking to test themselves to the limit of their skills. In general, Darkmarks are seen as tactical guerillas, making use of dirty tactics, traps, and tricks to gain the upper hand on the field. Even still, the Darkmark School is the only Mercenary Discipline that allows for freedom of movement and a wider range of weaponry, with a heavy emphasis on wearing only light armor. A Darkmark seen in even partial plate is exceedingly rare, such armor being reserved only for highly dangerous missions where the preservation of life is seen as more important than the unique Darkmark skills that are hindered by heavier types of armor. This School is often represented by a black wolf, but black trees and a gray cloud are often represented on customized heraldry.
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The School of Darkmark, also known as Stealthmark, is School a little over a century old that formed in the wake of a large dispute between a gathering of Blackmark mercenary bands in [[Waldmark]]. Influenced by [[New Regalian]] and [[School of Knights]] values, these mercenaries had grown to dislike the behavior and the acts of the normal Blackmark soldier. This movement would ultimately birth the Darkmarks and, at a later date, also the Hiltokers. As for Darkmarks, they purged the bandit-infested Linvail Keep and Linvail Growth (the surrounding forest) of threats before transforming it into their own compound and training facility. Due to this self-imposed isolation, the School was forced to make use of lighter armors and weapons since they were unable to afford the vast quantities of metal needed to outfit even a single squad with heavy Blackmark armor. Due to this, they came to favor agility and speed, resulting in a combat style entirely unique from its School of origin. Time has shaped the School of Darkmark into a highly dangerous, physically taxing combat style that eventually claims the lives and limbs of many of its students, from trainer to trainee. As a result, Darkmarks are frequently identified by their lone-wolf attitudes and cold personas, their oftentimes-missing appendages from missions gone wrong, or overall lack of close companions from contracts gone awry. They are also this way because they tend to favor challenges and dangers, seeking to test themselves to the limit of their skills. In general, Darkmarks are seen as tactical guerillas, making use of dirty tactics, traps, and tricks to gain the upper hand on the field. Even still, the Darkmark School is the only Mercenary Discipline that allows for freedom of movement and a wider range of weaponry, with a heavy emphasis on wearing only light armor. A Darkmark seen in even partial plate is exceedingly rare, such armor being reserved only for highly dangerous missions where the preservation of life is seen as more important than the unique Darkmark skills that are hindered by heavier types of armor. This School is often represented by a black wolf, but black trees and a gray cloud are often represented on customized heraldry.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 12:12, 23 May 2020

School of Mercenaries
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Schools
Proficiencies Various
Race Various
Location Various
Origins Various

The School of Mercenaries is not one specific school, but rather a collection of three unique Combat Schools all focused on making money through their combat services. The Mercenary Schools each have their own individual styles, skills, and training that make them distinct and recognizable on the field of battle. The Mercenary Schools are composed of the original School: the savage, honorless School of Blackmark; and two offshoot Schools, the warmer and friendlier School of Hiltok and the cold and distant School of Darkmark. The past decades have seen a steep decline in the number of mercenary bands, mostly owing to the high mortality rate, the maintenance costs, as well as cultural implications of chivalry and honor growing in certain areas. Each School has a learning period of 6 years, and each has their own requirements for age and Race. The public perception of the School of Mercenaries has historically been negative; a mixture of mercenary stereotypes and real behaviors mean they are seen in a less favorable light than Schools like Viridian or Turall, though individuals may certainly surprise the unprepared with their quirks or differences from these classically held images.

School of Blackmark

The School of Blackmark is the original and most widespread of the three Schools under the Mercenaries banner. It was founded at an unknown point in the past of the Ailor, but is at least 600 years old. It spread outward from Ceardia with the emigration of Ailor populations and its techniques formed the basic foundations of Ailor self-defense. The School’s lack of honor, mercy, or morality was also useful to the enemies of Ailor, with Ailor overseers and slave drivers working for Altalar masters making wide use of the School in their work. The School was also a large contributor to the cycle of the violence that plagued Ceardia in the wake of the Cataclysm. In a vicious cycle, survivors of attacks by Blackmark-trained mercenaries would turn to the same school, often becoming mercenaries themselves, and perpetuate the same violence on others. Because of this history, most Blackmarks are not seen fondly by the general Ailor or Varran populations who they helped repress, but none can argue that they are ineffective mercenaries in the modern day. However, their weakness is money; nobles should be mindful of this when dealing with them, as more than a few contracts have been broken over the years simply because one side offered more Regals than the other. Blackmarks have also become recognizable for their attire: thick, heavy suits of plate armor whilst on the field, which are always blackened through paint or soot. These armor sets are rarely ever polished or repaired, though they offer superior protection than armor worn by most other mercenary warriors, at the cost of speed and dexterity. They are also recognized by their tower shields and overpowering heavy weaponry. Off the field, Blackmarks are easily discerned by their scars, tattoos, and overall aggressive or cold demeanor to others, but also suffer from seriously decreased social mobility as a result. Even the rare Blackmarks among the nobility may be shunned simply due to their choice of Combat School. The School is most commonly represented by a black shield, though each Blackmark mercenary band has its own custom heraldry to represent their organization.

Entry Requirements Muscular-capable Races only
School Location Various mercenary bands across Aloria
School Proficiency Blunt Combat Skill, Shielding Combat Skill, Extra Heavy Combat Skill

School of Darkmark

The School of Darkmark, also known as Stealthmark, is School a little over a century old that formed in the wake of a large dispute between a gathering of Blackmark mercenary bands in Waldmark. Influenced by New Regalian and School of Knights values, these mercenaries had grown to dislike the behavior and the acts of the normal Blackmark soldier. This movement would ultimately birth the Darkmarks and, at a later date, also the Hiltokers. As for Darkmarks, they purged the bandit-infested Linvail Keep and Linvail Growth (the surrounding forest) of threats before transforming it into their own compound and training facility. Due to this self-imposed isolation, the School was forced to make use of lighter armors and weapons since they were unable to afford the vast quantities of metal needed to outfit even a single squad with heavy Blackmark armor. Due to this, they came to favor agility and speed, resulting in a combat style entirely unique from its School of origin. Time has shaped the School of Darkmark into a highly dangerous, physically taxing combat style that eventually claims the lives and limbs of many of its students, from trainer to trainee. As a result, Darkmarks are frequently identified by their lone-wolf attitudes and cold personas, their oftentimes-missing appendages from missions gone wrong, or overall lack of close companions from contracts gone awry. They are also this way because they tend to favor challenges and dangers, seeking to test themselves to the limit of their skills. In general, Darkmarks are seen as tactical guerillas, making use of dirty tactics, traps, and tricks to gain the upper hand on the field. Even still, the Darkmark School is the only Mercenary Discipline that allows for freedom of movement and a wider range of weaponry, with a heavy emphasis on wearing only light armor. A Darkmark seen in even partial plate is exceedingly rare, such armor being reserved only for highly dangerous missions where the preservation of life is seen as more important than the unique Darkmark skills that are hindered by heavier types of armor. This School is often represented by a black wolf, but black trees and a gray cloud are often represented on customized heraldry.

Entry Requirements Any Race
School Location Linvail Keep, Waldmark, Regalian Archipelago
School Proficiency Fast Blade Combat Skill, Thin Blade Combat Skill, Stealth Rogue Skill

School of Hiltok

The last of the recognized Blackmark offshoots, the School of Hiltok, is the closest to the initial School of Blackmark in style and form, though radically different in its intent and treatment of people. Created by those disillusioned Blackmarks who stayed with the larger bands rather than departing to Linvail Keep in Drachenwald, the official School of Hiltok was recognized in 220 AC, created as the antithesis of the Blackmarks whilst keeping their heavy armor. Recent years have seen Hiltokers become synonymous with Blackmarks. The two have a love-hate relationship in which Hiltokers in training are frequently beaten by other training Blackmarks, but those same Hiltokers are uniquely equipped to slaughter Blackmarks on the field if they so desired. However, the Hiltokers are also the only Mercenary School seen in a positive light by the public, as can be seen by the formal Hiltok academy funded by the Regalian Empire; this academy was established on the island of Medway in 302 AC and was intended to train the swarms of Orcs and Url coming to assist Regalia in its many wars. The signature weapon of the School of Hiltok, the warpick, was reclaimed by particularly industrious Hiltokers who recreated the legendary weaponsmith Theroin Osterburgh’s Five Family Rebellion-era warpick design, with greater counterbalancing and a longer shaft than the common mining pick. These Hiltokers make use of the warpick to crack into Blackmark armor and tear it open, and in doing so, expose the now-vulnerable soldier inside. The Hiltokers split from Blackmark bands for a time, but saw little individual success and eventually all merged back in. Hiltokers are in general much more classically “normal” than Blackmarks or Darkmarks, lacking the psychologically scarring training that turns them into cold, calculating killing machines. Instead, Hiltokers are able to lead relatively normal lives, knowing that they refrain from participating in the atrocities committed by Blackmarks, or the underhanded backstabbing performed by Darkmarks. The School’s symbol is also somewhat obvious, that being a stylized warpick.

Entry Requirements Muscular-capable Races only
School Location Various mercenary bands across Aloria or formal academy in the Lordship of Morris & Medway
School Proficiency Extra Heavy Combat Skill, Unarmed Combat Skill, Athletic Training

Trivia

  • Blackmarks and Hiltokers often become boxers or tavern brawlers. Although too slow and unskilled to compete with properly trained fist fighters, like those of the School of Graklak, Blackmarks and Hiltokers are able to take a hit like the best, and may even remain standing after multiple blows to the head.
  • Blackmarks in mercenary bands rarely, if ever, change their loyalties, but may turn to another group if the sum offered is high enough. This loyalty to their initial group is essentially all the loyalty a Blackmark has, and their willingness to leave at the promise of gold simply goes to show that all a Blackmark seeks is glory through gold.
  • Darkmark bands that manage to sustain their numbers without losses over their years of service are offered permanent homes at Linvail Keep so they can offer their skills in preservation of life to the next group of Darkmark trainees. However, most bands decline the offer, instead opting to earn wealth abroad.

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Writers HydraLana
Processors Dosier, WaterDruppel, AlphaInsomnia
Last Editor HydraLana on 05/23/2020.

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