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Author Topic: The Path of Strength  (Read 5132 times)

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The Path of Strength
« on: November 09, 2017, 01:23:32 AM »


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Honor, Loyalty, Trust, Duty and Courage. These are the Tenets and foremost qualities that the Path of Strength favors. From the early days of the Old World when the warlord Githya Redblade led a brutal campaign throughout the lands with his mercenary company, the name 'Red Blade' had already been a household name which was defined by these very traits. When the warband did eventually reform into a clan, however, it did not lose any of these flavors. Instead, the Path of Strength was founded to provide a specialized branch for all orcs with the ambition to turn the art of war into their profession and to protect those of the clan who could not defend themselves. Throughout the centuries, they were called upon countless of times to serve as the first line of defense against those who would threaten the clan, but also to ride out and bring the fight to their enemies themselves.

Following the tradition of the clan of old, the Path of Strength still stands as the largest branch of the Red Blade clan to this day. Led by their Rrosh-tul, the Nag'Ogar serve as the vanguard of the clan in times of war. While every orc is expected to be able to hold a blade in times of need, those of the Path of Strength are the ones who specialize in specific roles and will be the first choice to carry out the most dangerous and no doubt glorious tasks. As a consequence, orcs committing to the Path of Strength will be expected to keep their blades as well as their skills sharpened at all times, always seeking to perfect their skills as well as to expand their array of abilities. Even in times of peace. For in times of peace, the Path of Strength always prepares for war.

The Tenets of the Iron Guard:

Honour
It is expected of every Nag’ogar to fight with honor, keep to the rules of war and the Code of Akashok. The Nag’ogar are the clans finest warriors, and should in turn serve as an inspiration to their brothers and sisters of the Clan, and as representatives of the clan on the battlefield.  Allies and enemies alike will know what they stand for, and that they can expect to be treated with honor.

Loyalty and Trust
Loyalty and Trust are paramount for the Nag’ogar. Not just towards the Rrosh-tul, but to their fellow Nag’ogar. A Nag’ogar is expected to share bonds of loyalty and trust with their fellow warriors, and to view their fellow Nag’ogar as brothers and sisters, standing side by side on the field of battle knowing that they are to protect the orcs beside them, just as the orcs beside them protect themselves. Any disagreements or questions of broken loyalty and trust are to be solved, if needed by the help of the Rrosh-tul. Two Nag’ogar who do not share trust and loyalty can not fight in unity.

Duty
It is expected of a Nag’ogar to live up to their duty as the shield and blade of the clan, and to do so to the best of their ability. As such they are expected to continuously hone their skills, keep their gear in order and keep a watchful eye when in hostile territory.

Courage
A Nag’ogar is expected to be courageous, but not foolhardy, they are expected to stand in front of danger, and not buckle in fear. They are the first and last bastion to defend the clan. Cowardice is not a trait harboured by the Nag’ogar, and any orc who wishes to be counted among their number must steel their hearts and minds, as well as their body. The Nag’ogar must be willing to face down even certain death should it be called for to protect the clan.



Like any clan of old, the Red Blade clan once possessed its own martial branch to call upon in times of strife and conflict. In the time of the clans, these were the Nag'Ogar: the Iron Warriors. They were each handpicked by the Wolfking himself, found worthy to feast in his great hall and to contest one another with bold challenges.

The Nag'Ogar of today are no different. Each are considered to be among the finest warriors that the clan has to offer and, together, they form the backbone of the Red Blade's martial strength. As such, it takes more than just sheer strength to be counted among the Nag'Ogar's very best. The perfect warrior is not only a fine fighter on the battlefield; they are also expected to function as a single unit, able to work together and tackle the mightiest of challenges in the theater of war. In addition to this, Nag'Ogar may be called upon for a wide variety of tasks, limited not only to the front lines, but also guard duty, patrols, reconnaissance, fortifying the clan's positions as well as other support tasks. As such, the Nag'Ogar come in many shapes and sizes, from the archetypal warrior and the lightly armored raider to even magi and battle shaman.


Progression as a Nag'Ogar:

Grunt
Every New Blood who has pledged his or her service to the Path of Strength, will always start out as a Grunt - the term for the most standard of warriors within the Horde. No matter the past experience in the Horde military or in other mercenary work, every orc is expected to prove to their Rrosh-tul whether they have what it takes to not only master the basic fighting techniques, but also to work together in a unit of Nag'Ogar. While not yet a fully fledged member of the Path of Strength, they are expected to try their hardest to keep up with the rest and prove that they are up to the challenges that the Path will provide them.

In order to become a Grunt, a New Blood will need to have completed the New Blood trials under the guidance of a tutor. Then, upon taking the clan's Oath of Blood, they will have to pledge their service to the Path of Strength. Upon joining the Path of Strength, they will be expected to seek out a mentor who is of the Bloodrider rank or higher who will show them the ropes and support them in their trials.

Battlesworn
The Battlesworn are the backbone of the Nag'Ogar's ranks: the fully trained and qualified members of the Path of Strength who have shown that they have what it takes to be a reliable warrior for the clan. They represent everything that a traditional Nag'Ogar is supposed to stand for, having mastered all the basics that a warrior of the clan is expected to know.

In order to become a Battlesworn, a Grunt will need to have completed basic training underneath the eye and approval of a Bloodrider or above and have shown that they can keep up with the rest of the Nag'Ogar in training and daily life. The Trial of the Blade will serve as a final test.

Bloodrider
Seated high and mighty atop their dire wolves, the Bloodriders not only strike an imposing figure, but are also a highly mobile unit. In times of peace, they serve as scouts and specialize in tracking or patrolling the lands. In times of war, they serve as cavalry and pursue the enemies of the clan. Every Bloodrider's bond with their wolf is a special one, trained to have fight together as a single entity.

In order to become a Bloodrider, a Battlesworn will need to have completed the basic training in handling a wolf and how to fight in unison with one, as well as having shown that a strong bond has been formed between the two. The Trial of the Wolf will serve as a final test.

Elite
The Elite are the mightiest warriors that the Nag'Ogar have to offer. Through years of experience, they have time and again shown that they never hesitate to put their lives on the line for the clan's honor and safety. They are second only to the Rrosh-tul themselves, even serving as a second in command should the need arise, and stand as a textbook example of what every Nag'Ogar should strive to become. As such, they take it upon themselves to help guide the younger warriors, showing them the ropes and, much like the Rrosh-tul, ensure that they do not slack or grow complacent.

In order to become an Elite, a Bloodrider will need have shown through time and experience that they have truly shown to be among the very best of the clan's warriors. Not only are they an exceptional fighter, but they also have shown that it takes more than sheer brawn to have the upper hand on the battlefield. The Trial of the Pack will serve as a final test.



As the numbers within Clan Redblade grew, so too did their army. With the increasing amount of Nag'Ogar, the need arose to train more of these orcs, as well as to guide them in the field of battle. Inspired by the legendary warriors of old, the Rrosh-tul, the Blood Guard, rose up to be the link between the Chieftain and the Nag'Ogar on the battlefield. Carrying out his exact orders, they would make sure the warriors ended up where they were meant to be, and cut their way through the enemy's ranks under the Rrosh-tul's watchful guidance. After all, it was not martial skill alone that decided the outcome of the battlefield. Even the most skilled warriors require guidance, leadership and inspiration.

Whether a master tactician or a renowned fighter and leader, the Rrosh-tul have been hand-picked by the Chieftain and are trusted to lead his orcs into battle when the need arises. However, even outside of the battlefield does a Rrosh-tul's labor continue. It is the Rrosh-tul's charge to ensure that the Nag'Ogar serving underneath them continue to perfect their skills, training them in all manners of warfare and seeking to bring the best out of every single one of them.
« Last Edit: July 07, 2020, 04:24:23 PM by Nosh'marak »
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Re: The Path of Strength
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 01:26:29 AM »
Traditions, Challenges and Trials

Rite of Scarring - For orcish warriors, each scar they earn in battle is a part of them and their history, bringing them honor or potentially even a story to tell around the campfire. Within the Nag’ogar, however the Rite of Scarring occurs when a Nag’ogar or in some cases even a Rrosh-tul has broken one or more of the tenets, the clan code, or the very core principles of what it means to be a part of the Iron Guard. Should a Battlesworn Nag'Ogar or higher be faced with the Rite of Scarring - something only a Rrosh-tul can judge - they will stand in front of their fellow Nag’Ogar bare-chested and exclaim their failure for all to hear. And so, using the steel dagger they were given when they became Battlesworn, they will leave a scar across from their heart or weapon arm as a reminder and a lesson of their dishonor. Once the Orc has been marked, they are to be forgiven their transgressions, and treated with the same honor as all other Nag’Ogar, assuming the failure is not repeated.

Iron Mettle - Being the best warriors the Clan has to offer, it is important that the Nag'Ogar not only stay sharp, but also know one another's strengths and weaknesses. The Iron Mettle occurs once every two moon cycles in place of a regular war training, and differs in the way that it is a way for any Nag'Ogar to challenge one another in whatever field of combat they prefer in order to grant advice and improvement upon one another. A feast will be held, organized by the Rrosh-tul of the Clan, with food and drink aplenty for those who participate.

Trial of the Blade - The trial that Grunts will take in order to become Battlesworn after all their previous tests have been completed. This trial will revolve around the crafting of a personal weapon, shaped and moulded entirely to the Grunt's preferences. With the aid of a Seeker or above from the Path of Wisdom and a tutor from the Path of Strength, the Grunt gathers the necessary materials and earns the required blessings to assemble the weapon of choice. When the weapon has been assembled and the Grunt has proven to be battle-ready and able to obey orders throughout the training, a final test will be given in the form of a warrior's trial.

Trial of the Wolf - The trial that Battlesworn will take in order to become Bloodriders. With the aid of a mentor, the Battlesworn will learn to respect, handle and fight with a wolf companion. The trial will focus on strengthening the bond between rider and mount, until a final test can be taken through which to prove the resilience of the bond forged by successfully joining a raiding party on a specialized mission.

Trial of the Pack - The trial that Bloodriders take in order to become Elite once judged worthy by the Rrosh-tul. As a final challenge to prove their ability to command both respect and authority among their followers, aspiring Elite are to lead a war party or raid to a worthy target. They will be responsible for the safety of all orcs serving underneath them, and expected to return them all - victorious - in one piece.

Challenge of the Chosen - The trial that Bloodriders will take in order to become Champions. The trial is the ultimate test for the clan's warriors, tailored specifically to the warrior taking it. Vrull, the Son of Strife himself, is summoned to choose an opponent worthy of the Champion's strength. Only after defeating this Chosen of Vrull will the Nag'Ogar be found worthy to be among the clan's finest, ultimately becoming one of Vrull's Chosen themselves.

Vrull's Fortitude - Vrull's Fortitude are a series of commonly held competitions within the Path of Strength, open for all to participate in. The competition will often feature an obstacle course with many trials to overcome, which are based upon the conditions of the region it is held within. Not only winners are honored, as there are many different ways to gain the spectators' respect.

Ok'Morah - A personal, although usually friendly, challenge issued from one Nag'Ogar to another. The challenger is customarily expected to set the conditions of the challenge, but death or crippling injury is never permitted.
« Last Edit: July 07, 2020, 04:08:14 PM by Nosh'marak »
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Re: The Path of Strength
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2020, 04:23:09 PM »
Duties of the Nag'Ogar

Grunts

- Keep their gear in order, in preparation for any trials that may arise

- Patrol the clan's current camp in case of threats

- Continuously hone their skills in preparation for the trials ahead

Battlesworn:

- Keep their gear in order, in preparation for any trials that may arise

- Patrol the clan's current camp in case of threats

- Continuously hone their skills in preparation for the trials ahead

- Patrol the areas surrounding the clan's current camp in the company of other Battlesworn or Grunts

- Mentor a Grunt in the ways of the Nag'Ogar.
It is important to note that they will not be training said Grunt, instead merely being there as a way to teach them the day-to-day life of the Clan's warriors


Bloodriders:

- Keep their gear as well as their wolves - or with the permission of the Rrosh-tul, alternate mounts - in order, in preparation for any trials that may arise

- Patrol the clan's current camp in case of threats

- Continuously hone their skills in preparation for the trials ahead

- Patrol the areas surrounding the clan's current camp in the company of other Nag'Ogar

- Mentor and train a Grunt in the ways of the Nag'Ogar.

- Lead small war parties to deal with local, smaller threats to the Clan
« Last Edit: July 07, 2020, 06:57:37 PM by Nosh'marak »
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