History VideoGame / Ravenmark

4th Aug '15 6:04:06 PM Adept
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* FrogsAndToads: The Cardani elves have managed to tame the giant Hallow Frogs living in the swamps, even making armor for them to use against Tellion forces. One of those frogs is able to [[OneHitKill swallow a Dagger whole]]. The Cardani worship the giant frogs as living gods. One frog in particular, named Croaker, is several thousand years old and has attained a level of sentience. Seeing that the Kaysani campaign in Estellion was failing, he crushed his handlers and left for the hearest swamp with scores of Cardani following his "godlike" presence. By the second game, Croaker has formed a mercenary brigade called Tabula Rasa and works for the highest bidder.
18th May '15 10:54:43 AM ChronoLegion
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* EnemyCivilWar: Averted with the Kaysani. They might be split into two factions (the Redeemers and the Inquisitors) with different practices and Altus Priors who don't particularly like one another, but they are smart enough to know that in-fighting would only help their enemies, and, besides, they both believe that they're following the will of the sun god Kayes and have a common enemy. From the Kaysani perspective, this is true with the Empire, which is undergoing a SuccessionCrisis, with Princep Gratian Corvius attempting to usurp the throne after his father the Emperor's death. Gratian's Invocati forces are too busy clashing with the old guard, the Reiht (and the [[spoiler:Cainlaw]]), who seek to install the rightful heir, to bother with sending the full might of the Imperial Mark to face the Kaysani Reconquista.
18th May '15 10:47:30 AM ChronoLegion
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* EvilCounterpart: Usun Motare can be seen as this to Calius Septim. Both are fairly young and intelligent commanders, but Calius wants to Protect the Empire, while Usun wants to see it fall.
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* EvilCounterpart: Usun Motare can be seen as this to Calius Septim. Both are fairly young and intelligent commanders, but Calius wants to Protect the Empire, while Usun wants to see it fall. Both fervently believe in the rightness of their cause.

* WeHaveReserves: The Cardani fight this way. While everyone else uses small units called Daggers that can be put into larger formations called Deuces and Trines for bonuses, the Cardani use large Swarms that rush enemies with little regard for tactics.
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* WeHaveReserves: The Cardani fight this way. While everyone else uses small units called Daggers that can be put into larger formations called Deuces and Trines for bonuses, the Cardani use large Swarms that rush enemies with little regard for tactics. On the other hand, this means that the Cardani can't be flanked, since that requires a unit to be in formation. * YourHeadAsplode: Heliodore de Moreno does this to an unfortunate Sotran soldier, after torturing him for information on how to use Sotran phylacteries to teleport.
18th May '15 9:43:06 AM ChronoLegion
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* TheMole: The only reason why the Kaysani Reconquista do not meet the full might of the Imperial Mark is because someone at the highest levels of the Imperial court is secretly helping them by holding most of the Mark in reserve, feeding the Kaysani information, and getting rid of those who would fight the invasion. The eventual goal of the person whom the Kaysani only know as the Maestro ([[spoiler:actually Agrius Moneo, the Senior Comptroller of the Empire, effectively controlling the Imperial purse]]), who claims to be secretly descended from the same Carsis nobles as the Kaysani. Neither side trusts the other, and both are scheming to betray one another after achieving their goals.
15th May '15 9:28:01 AM ChronoLegion
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* UnexpectedSuccessor: Partway through the first game's campaign, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Livia Cassianus]] is the [[spoiler:grand-daughter]] of the late Emperor Sergius Corvius (the child of his dead first son Faustus) and his chosen heir to the Obsidian Perch. While Sergius's first daughter Adrise has no desire to be Empress, his second son Gratian is plotting to usurp power, his father's wishes be damned.
15th May '15 9:21:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* BloodMagic: Only Crowseers (members of the Court of Shadows) are allowed to use this type of magic in order to improve their reflexes.
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* BloodMagic: Only Crowseers (members of the Court of Shadows) are allowed to use this type of magic in order to improve their reflexes. Among the Kaysani, the Corpsejumpers are the wretched souls who have dared to consume the lagrimas de sangre ("tears of blood" in Spanish) and tend to be insane. They are able to use dead enemy soldiers as portals, appearing and immediately attacking the rest of the unit.

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* BloodMagic: Only Crowseers (members ** The Kaysani Corpsejumpers use BloodMagic to teleport to any slain enemy soldier to perform a surprise attack at the rest of the Court of Shadows) are allowed to use this type of magic in order to improve their reflexes.unit.
15th May '15 9:14:36 AM ChronoLegion
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* CombatByChampion: A Kaysani Inquisition general challenges Rook Delvinius Cato to this. Despite his son's warnings, the Rook accepts the challenge. [[spoiler:The Inquisitor has no intention of participating in a fair fight, and summons assassins who jump Cato from all directions]].
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* CombatByChampion: A Kaysani Inquisition general challenges Rook Delvinius Cato to this. Despite his son's warnings, the Rook accepts the challenge. [[spoiler:The Inquisitor [[ILied has no intention of participating in a fair fight, fight]], and summons assassins who jump Cato from all directions]].
12th May '15 5:12:27 AM ChronoLegion
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* FantasticRankSystem: All Tellion soldiers start in the Earthbound Corps (i.e. NCOs), with the "Earthbound" being the rank of a common soldier. A Militum is in command of a Dagger. A Signum is a staff-level Earthbound and has the authority to operate without Ravenborne (officer) supervision. The Ravenhood is the officer corps composed of Ravenborne graduates on their track to nobility. A Decurion can command Dagger-level operations such as scouting or raiding. A Centurion is a mid-level officer in command of an infantry Trine or a cavalry Deuce. A Magister is a support rank given to caster-type officers, which sits lower on the hierarchy than a Centurion. A Legate commands a Mark (a medium-sized force). A Rook is in charge of 5 Marks (AKA a Bannermark), and is also a Fantastic Honorific equivalent to a Lord. The Altus Rook is in command of all the Bannermarks in the Empire answerable only to The Emperor. Given that Estellion is a meritocracy (specifically created by the first Emperor in order to avoid the pitfalls of the overthrown Carsis feudalism), any commoner has the option of attaining a noble rank through the practice of Ravenhood, which requires a term of service in the Mark of no less than 22 years (or 36 as an administrator). Once one has achieved Ravenhood, the title holds for 2 generations before it must be earned again. If a family has managed to hold the title for 10 unbroken generations (very rare), it becomes a noble House. The eleventh generation's firstborn inherits the title and becomes a Rook.
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* FantasticRankSystem: All Tellion soldiers start in the Earthbound Corps (i.e. NCOs), the enlisted), with the "Earthbound" being the rank of a common soldier. A Militum is in command of a Dagger. A Signum is a staff-level Earthbound and has the authority to operate without Ravenborne (officer) supervision. The Ravenhood is the officer corps composed of Ravenborne graduates on their track to nobility. A Decurion can command Dagger-level operations such as scouting or raiding. A Centurion is a mid-level officer in command of an infantry Trine or a cavalry Deuce. A Magister is a support rank given to caster-type officers, which sits lower on the hierarchy than a Centurion. A Legate commands a Mark (a medium-sized force). A Rook is in charge of 5 Marks (AKA a Bannermark), and is also a Fantastic Honorific equivalent to a Lord. The Altus Rook is in command of all the Bannermarks in the Empire answerable only to The Emperor. Given that Estellion is a meritocracy (specifically created by the first Emperor in order to avoid the pitfalls of the overthrown Carsis feudalism), any commoner has the option of attaining a noble rank through the practice of Ravenhood, which requires a term of service in the Mark of no less than 22 years (or 36 as an administrator). Once one has achieved Ravenhood, the title holds for 2 generations before it must be earned again. If a family has managed to hold the title for 10 unbroken generations (very rare), it becomes a noble House. The eleventh generation's firstborn inherits the title and becomes a Rook.
12th May '15 5:11:20 AM ChronoLegion
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* CombatByChampion: A Kaysani Inquisition general challenges Rook Delvinius Cato to this. Despite his son's warnings, the Rook accepts the challenge. [[spoiler:The Inquisitor has no intention of participating in a fair fight, and summons assassins who jump Cato from all directions]].
12th May '15 4:53:45 AM ChronoLegion
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* MustHaveNicotine: There's a reason Queen Adrise Corvius is frequently called the Chimney Queen. She never goes anywhere without her pipe.
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