Units of the Order of the Baaton   
Having found your way into the courtyard of the rather large temple, you notice the formations of the knights are near perfect, ten men long and ten men wide - all in perfect intervals of one another. You come to realize this must be how they are aligned during a ceremony, the semblance to the discipline of a knighthood obvious in the demeanor of the supplicants and masters seen. But something bothers you about it all: the different symbols and such on their uniforms must indicate something, but what? A young elf, fairly tall, somewhat charismatic in his stature, appears beside you with his hands clasped behind his back; and you find yourself looking to his sabres with an interest. Finally, you work up your courage and ask the elven warrior what all of the symbols mean. He tells you merely ranks. And then proceeds to tell how they fall in the order of things....

Units are as important a part of any military organization as ranks are, as it is through units and by units that orders are carried out and battles are won. This is no different in the Order of Baaton as it is in other knighthoods, guilds, or clans.

Starting with squads, the size and tactical usages of each unit grows and changes until the Imperial Legion is formed and operated. Below are listed units, their sizes, rank of command, and other useful tidbits of information.

Unit Type:
Unit Description:


The smallest unit in the Baaton Order, a squad consists of five knights. Commanded by a Sergeant or its equivalent, they are usually assigned specific duties, such as combat specialties in battlefield tactics or combat support details such as reconnaissance, tunneling, sapping, etc. Generally, these are smaller units of the platoon, designed to be used more as a tactical advantage rather than an independent unit.


The standard unit of the Baaton Order, a platoon consists of ten knights -- two squads. Commanded by a Warlord or equivalent, they are usually divided into different types of units focused on various tasks in battle. Platoons are the backbone of the Order, and train, live, eat, and sleep together. They act not as individuals, but as a unit, moving and thinking at the orders of their commanders to make devastatingly effective attacks. Long ago, the Grand Lords realized their 'weaker' bodies were no match for the raw strength of their oppositions. Instead, they relied on the ability to move swiftly, strike hard, and relocate to strike again.


The company consists of fifty Baaton Knights, organized into five platoons. A company is a large battlefield unit, but often the unit of choice when attacking a foe. Companies can be commanded by either an experienced Sardukaur or a Colnar or their equivalent. Companies can be frightening to watch in flight and attack. So many skilled warriors swooping and attacking can seem like a flight of birds ripping its foe to pieces.


Combining two companies, or ten platoons, the battalion is often the largest unit to take to the battlefield as a whole. Battalions are commanded by a Lord Protector, usually making them the highest ranking officers in the field. Many times when in battle, a battalion will split into its separate "wings" of companies into a coordinated attack, taking the skill and maneuverability of its soldiers and using it to the utmost advantage.


Consisting of five hundred knights, divisions encompass five battalions or fifty platoons. The division is one of the largest units that is deployed and the combined efforts of its assembled smaller units can swiftly lay waste to all but the hardiest of foes. Commanded by a Lord Consul or the equivalent ranking, the division is typically broken into a number of companies grouped by unit composition. Most divisions are fairly balanced, consisting of archers, spear men, etc. However, it is not unheard of for a division to focus on one specific type of weapon or method of attack. 'Specailized' divisions are often grouped with other specialized groups when placed among the legions.


The Legion is the largest operable unit in the Baaton Order. Typically consisting of five divisions, they are a massive unit of 2,500 soldiers, though their numbers can vary due to any number of circumstances. Commanded by Grand Lords and administered by the commanders in charge of the individual divisions, Legions consist of the core soldiers, but also have attached support of laborers, architects and other support personnel.

Imperial Legion

Often, due to larger scale wars or even a need for more men in certain districts, Legions will combine into Imperial Legions. Consisting of two or three -- sometimes four -- Legions, these immense units are deployed across a large area and often centered around a major supply depot or city, singularly commanded by the Sovereign of the Order or an Imperator appointed by the sovereign.