Japhic Guard

Japhic Guard
Japhic Phalanx
Symbol of the Japhic Guard representing their history as horsemen
ActiveFounded 1183
SizeActive: 4,500
PatronVanu and Karunkali, gods of sky and wind
ColorsBlue, Black, White
Autokrator of TarsasAutokrator Romulus X
Supreme Autocratic GuardianArdon Agar
High QuartermasterGivon Esken

The Japhic Guard (Latin: Japhic Phalanx) is an elite military unit of the Imperial Legion of Tarsas responsible specifically for the security of the Imperial Family of Tarsas. The unit is unique in that it originally came from the Japhic tribe known as the Gomeri, who pledged fealty to the Hellenic emperor in 1183 after serving the Legion in battle against the Bayarid Empire in 1117. Emperor Kosmas I, in return for their pledge and to continually recruit well trained and powerful Japhic peoples, relocated the tribe to southern Tarsas and allowed them to settle in the Thrakios Region, where they founded the city of Gomeri on the Helixtos River. Tribesmen selected for service in the Japhic Guard are picked from promising tribal boys and receive training from the age of ten.


Recruitment, Training, and Service

Recruitment in the Japhic Guard is unlike any other military unit in Tarsan history. Boys are initially selected from Japhic youth at ten years of age. The Japh are solely responsible for choosing boys based on their own criteria to send to Aenonesos for training. Little is known about the Japhic selection process but it is believed boys must pass a certain ritual. Historian Analxos Kyrias claimed that the Japh force boys to survive in the desert for days and fight in hand to hand combat with the other boys but this has never been confirmed by anyone else and the selection process is kept secret. Selected boys are then sent to the capital where they are enrolled in the Imperial Lyceum, which has a special section of the school for training Japhic Guardsmen. The school is a year round boarding facility where, per agreement with the tribe, the boys begin to earn an income and be enrolled as paid soldiers. This income is sent directly back to the tribe for the boy's parents to utilize and as payment for the family, according to Japhic tradition. Training and education continues until 16 when boys are sent to official combat training where they spend three years in rigorous combat training in being a modern soldier and combining it with ancient Japhic tradition. Those who remain in the program until 19 years of age officially graduate as full soldiers of the Guard. They are then issued a special sword, created by techniques still unknown to all except the smiths who make them, and accepted as full members.

Japhic Guardsmen, unlike other branches, may choose to serve in the Guard for life. There are always roles that can be filled in logistics and some older guardsmen may even become officers in the regular military. After ten years of service, all guardsmen are automatically awarded a single grant title of knighthood. This is the only military unit that has received such an honor. The primary duty of the guard is to protect and defend the Imperial Family and all of their residences and branches. A secondary duty is possible deployment on the field of combat. Historically, guardsmen were deployed solely in defense of the realm, as it was considered defending the emperor. However, guardsmen can be deployed in offensive operations, though their numbers are small so this rarely happens. Guardsmen can also join the special forces of the Tarsan empire. An older guardsmen may also retire after the age of 50 and be given a grant of land and an estate, though these are normally middle class houses built on choice land rather than noble estates. All guardsmen receive traditional Japhic funerals upon death and are buried in their own lands.


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