Organisations & Recruitment
The Heerbann Ferrum is the standing military force of Vandemar. The soldiers are called Heerknecht and are commanded by the Marshal who is the peace time overall commander. To minimise mobilisation times and increase the defence perimeter, the troops are garrisoned in the Hohenlautern Barracks, which are directly at the settlement border.
The Heerbann optimises the possibilities it has and standardises the equipment of all soldiers. The training and specialisation of the soldiers focuses on infantry fights and they can without doubt be rated as Heavy Infantry. Structured in centre and flank Zenten which are each commanded by a Zentenari, they are able to withstand most assaults.
Their equipment is a long mail shirt, plated bracers, greaves and shoulder pads with a gorget and a burgonet. As weapons they have short sword, a dagger and a large tower shield, the flank zenten additionally have a long spear.
Zentenari (Company Commander(s))
Heerknecht (Ordinary Soldier(s))
Office of the Praefectorate
The Office of the Praefectorate is an institution which only answers to the Baron himself. It is a mixture of police force, military support unit and espionage troop. The Office has a loose structure and supports the order of the Barony where- and whenever possible. They are usually looked at with fear or tremendous respect because of their shady nature and uncompromising decisions.
When not giving specific orders to specific members, the Praefectorate patrols the settlement and the Barony, searching for lawbreakers, criminals, bandits or beasts which harass the population. Inside the settlement, they upkeep law & order. In times of war, every miltiary unit gets a Praefect for the overseeing of morale and discipline. They are fearsome warriors as well as fiery orators. Yet they have another specialisation as well. Only by direct order of the Baron, a Praefect can be ordered to gather information. Information from within the Barony or beyond the borders of the Barony. This intelligence gathering is done without uniform or official decree and therefore usually illegal.
When on official duty, the uniform of a Praefect is not enforced, but should not be that far away from the standard presented here. The usual weapon of a Praefect is a longsword, a warhammer or a mace.
Praefect Seniores (Leader of the Praefectorate)
Praefect (Ordinary Praefect(s))
Praefect Juniores (Apprentice(s) of a Praefect)
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The Shieldbearer is the bodyguard and personal secretary of the Baron. He acts as his representative in council meetings and as his guard in battle. The Shieldbearer sees most of the Barons letters, works with him most of the day and has its chamber directly next to the Barons. He has no real power but is the de facto second man/woman in the Barony. He is equally educated as well as skilled in combat, especially duelling. He has to know the laws as well as the diplomatic relations. He is like a chief of staff for the Baron. It is a very demanding role and requires work, dedication and effort.
The Majordomus is the leader of the Barons household, in charge of taking care of the house maintenance, cooks, servants, organising stables and whatsoever. He is also the overseer of the houses treasury and what the Baron can personally afford and what not. You are also responsible for organising the travel and package of the Baron when he moves to visit someone or attends a meeting. It is a very administrative job, requires work and will definitely get you in touch with many people, action is rather unlikely.