Lore:Imperial Legion

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The [[Lore:Imperial Legion|Imperial Legion]], also known as the '''Imperial Army''' and the '''Ruby Ranks''',{{ref|name=TWQ|{{Cite Book|The Wolf Queen}}}}{{ref|name=PGE1C|{{Cite Book|PGE|1|Cyrodiil}}}} is the main fighting force of the [[Lore:Empire|Empire of Tamriel]]. It is often pluralized as the Imperial Legions. It operates under the auspices and authority of the Emperor himself. With its vast numbers, quality training, and rigid discipline, the Legion is considered one of the best armies ever assembled in history. The primary mission of the Imperial Legion is to preserve the peace and rule of law in the Empire.{{ref|name=OL|{{Cite Book|Ordo Legionis}}}} Those who protect the Emperor and the Imperial Province are sometimes called the '''Imperial Guard''' and the '''Imperial Watch'''.{{ref|name=ASS!|{{Cite Book|Assassination!|ns_base=Oblivion}}}}{{ref|name=GFMOM|{{Cite Book|Gray Fox, Man or Myth?|ns_base=Oblivion}}}} A Legion Centurion is typically in command of the Palace Guard of the [[Lore:White Gold Tower|White Gold Tower]].{{ref|name=PBI|{{Cite Book|Palace Break-In?|ns_base=Oblivion}}}}
In peacetime, the Legion serves primarily as a garrison force — manning forts, patrolling roads, and providing guardsmen for towns, cities, counties, and nobles.{{ref|name=Oblivion|Events of [[Oblivion:Oblivion|Oblivion]]}}{{ref|name=Morrowind|Events of [[Morrowind:Morrowind|Morrowind]]}} They are empowered to arrest criminals and seize their property, among other things.{{ref|name=PN|{{Cite Book|Public Notice|ns_base=Oblivion}}}} In wartime, the Legion's responsibilities and powers are greatly increased. During conflicts, the Legion serves as an invading and occupying force, overwhelming opposition with numerical superiority and strict economy of force. <includeonly>For more information, see the [[Lore:Imperial Legion|lore article]].{{FMI}}</includeonly><noinclude>
The Legion is divided into structured and disciplined military units; the primary, and largest, of which is the Legion, which is further divided into Cohorts.{{ref|name=AALL|{{Cite Book|An Ancient Love Letter|ns_base=Online}}}} Legions are numbered for identification, and each possesses a proud history and sub-culture. Of note, for example, is the 10th Legion, which was destroyed in the Imperial invasion of [[Lore:Akavir|Akavir]].{{ref|name=RDAI|{{Cite Book|Report: Disaster at Ionith}}}} The [[Lore:Shadow Legion|Shadow Legion]] consists of battlemages and focuses on the schools of [[Lore:Magic|Magic]]. All facets of warfare are accounted for in Legionary operations, and the Legion employs large numbers of highly-specialized troops in conjunction with one another to achieve victory, among them archers, light and heavy cavalry, battlemages, and healers.{{ref|name=RDAI}}{{ref|name=RQOR|{{Cite Book|Report: Quality of Recruits|ns_base=Online}}}} Imperial Battlemages are often mixed with other legions, but also form cohorts under a Battlemage Palatine, who acts as the commander of the cohort.{{ref|[[Online:Costumes#Battlemage Palatine Armor|Battlemage Palatine]] armor description in ESO}} Imperial organizations, such as the Imperial Society, requisition legionnaire support as needed for their endeavors.{{ref|name=TROK|{{Cite Book|Ruins of Kemel-Ze}}}} A special Legion platoon comprises the guard of any Duke in the province of Morrowind, the Duke of Vvardenfell, for instance. These soldiers are among the best the Legion has to offer; the most accomplished soldiers of the Duke's guard have the honor of serving as personal Palace guard to the King of Morrowind.{{ref|[[Morrowind:Duke Vedam Dren|Duke Vedam Dren]]'s guards in Morrowind}} The Legion was also known to have an expeditionary force, that was known to have put down tribal uprisings in [[Lore:Black Marsh|Black Marsh]].{{ref|''Peace in Black Marsh'' dialogue option in Morrowind}}
Tying into the Legion's versatility is its non-discriminatory policy of recruitment. The Legion recruits individuals of all races and creeds into its ranks and benefits from the diversity of skills they all bring (although men form the vast majority). The Legion's strict standards of recruitment choose candidates for service on the bases of endurance, soldierly virtue, and trustworthiness, among others. [[Lore:Orc|Orcs]] earntearned citizenship by service in the legions, and have come to be prized by the Imperial Legion for their skills in smithing and heavy armor.{{ref|[[Oblivion:Orc|Orc]] racial description in Oblivion}} The Legion is one of the very few groups to treat the Orcs well.{{ref|[[Skyrim:Moth gro-Bagol|Moth gro-Bagol]]'s dialogue in Skyrim}}{{ref|{{Cite Book|Centurion's Signet}}}} [[Lore:Kothringi|Kothringi]] were known to be a large part of the Imperial garrison of [[Lore:Gideon|Gideon]].{{ref|{{Cite Book|2920, Morning Star (v1)}}}}
Service in the Legion is considered a model of Imperial citizenship, and as such requires a high standard of excellence. Influential Imperial military families would often send their children to be trained in legionary academies, such as the {{Lore Link|Topal Legionary Academy}}, where they would be trained to be elite soldiers.{{ref|{{Cite Book|Topal Legionary Academy: A Khajiit's Summary}}}} Legionnaires are typically expected to be at the peak of physical fitness in order to weather the rigors of melee combat and long marches in heavy equipment, demonstrate mastery of blades, polearms, and blunt weaponry, and have great skill in utilizing heavy armor as well as hand-shields.{{ref|name=OL}} The Legion has had multiple [[Lore:Dragon|Dragons]] serve underneath it, such as [[Lore:Nahfahlaar|Nahfahlaar]], who served under [[Lore:Tiber Septim|Tiber Septim]], and [[Lore:Dragonne Papré|Dragonne Papré]].{{ref|{{Cite Book|There Be Dragons}}}}
Legions are known to have their own marching songs.{{ref|{{Item Link|Legionnaire Marching Song|id=145699|level=1|quality=3}}}}
===A New Legion===
Once the province was reunited again under the god-hero [[Lore:Reman|Reman I]] circa {{Year|1E 2703}}, his legions spent the last two centuries of the First Era reestablishing an Empire of Man in Tamriel.{{ref|name=PGE3Other|{{Cite Book|PGE|3|Other Lands}}}}{{ref|name=2920L|{{Cite Book|2920, The Last Year of the First Era}}}} The Imperial Legion as it is known in modern times first appeared under the [[Lore:Second Empire|Second Empire]], thanks to the influence of the [[Lore:Akavir|Akavir]]i [[Lore:Dragonguard|Dragonguard]]. Their weaponry, methods, and rigid discipline turned the Imperial Legion into the unparalleled fighting force which was able to conquer every region of mainland Tamriel (save for Morrowind). By the end of the era, the [[Lore:Summerset Isle|Summerset Isle]] was the only modern-day province which had no Legion presence.{{ref|name=PGE1C}}
Under the [[Lore:Akaviri Potentate|Akaviri Potentate]]s at the beginning of the [[Lore:Second Era|Second Era]], the Imperial Legion achieved something unthinkable: they became the only fighting force in the Empire. In {{Year|2E 283}}, when faced with widespread rebellion, Potentate [[Lore:Versidue-Shaie|Versidue-Shaie]] declared martial law, demanding that all of his vassals dissolve their armies. After thirty-seven years and enormous sacrifice, the Imperial Legion had quelled all who did not obey, wiping out any organized resistance to them within the Empire. They were the only army in the land.{{ref|name=HOTFG|{{Cite Book|History of the Fighters Guild}}}}
===Puppets of Pretenders===
During the [[Lore:Interregnum|Interregnum]] of the Second Era, after the dissolution of the Second Empire, the Imperial Legion became the instrument of various warlords in Cyrodiil, notably the infamous [[Lore:Tharn|Tharn]] family. Many disparaged the Legion around Tamriel during this time, claiming that it no longer exemplified the superb qualities it had in the past.{{ref|{{Cite Book|Bangkorai, Shield of High Rock}}}} At the beginning of the [[Lore:Planemeld|Planemeld]], all Legions were recalled to the [[Lore:Imperial City|Imperial City]],{{ref|name=IRO|{{Cite Book|ns_base=ON|Imperial Recall Orders}}}}, but many couldn't make it to [[Lore:City Isle|City Isle]] and instead set up isolated camps throughout the [[Lore:Heartlands|Heartlands]] as the [[Lore:Alliance War|Alliance War]] raged around them.{{ref|name=ESO|Events of [[Online:Online|ESO]]}} Legionnaires who were in the Imperial City when the Anchors began to drop were given the option to swear fealty to [[Lore:Molag Bal|Molag Bal]] by drinking the "{{Future Link|Blood of Coldharbour}}", a poison that would slowly turn the imbibers into [[Lore:Mind-Shriven|Mind-Shriven]].{{ref|[[ON:Captain Regilus|Captain Regilus]]' dialogue}} Many instead chose death, but those who turned traitor formed a new regiment called {{Future Link|Legion Zero}}.{{ref|{{Cite Book|The Drake of Blades Answers Your Questions}}}} Legion Zero cooperated with the [[Lore:Xivkyn|Xivkyn]] occupiers, and transformed the Elven Gardens District into a workshop for constructing siege equipment for the Daedric forces.{{ref|name=DFI|[[Online:Dousing the Fires of Industry|Dousing the Fires of Industry]] quest in ESO}}
A group of loyalist legion soldiers led by Captain Anatolius Caudex, known as the Immortal Eight, created an improvised garrison in the middle of the Nobles District in the [[Lore:Imperial City|Imperial City]], where they fought against the forces of Molag Bal and against Legion Zero.{{ref|[[Online:The Imperial Standard|The Imperial Standard]] quest in ESO}} They also played a part in stopping Bal's plans to snuff out the [[Lore:Dragonfires|Dragonfires]].{{ref|[[Online:The Sublime Brazier|The Sublime Brazier]] quest in ESO}} Captain Caudex had previously defended Fort Warden from the three Alliances, being the last man to leave the fort, stating that the ''"Rebels must learn that the Empire is invincible. So we must be invincible."''{{ref|{{Cite Book|Meet the Character - Captain Caudex}}}}
The Battle of Sancre Tor was just the beginning of a renaissance for the Imperial Legion. Young men in [[Lore:Skyrim|Skyrim]] began to flock to Septim's armies.{{ref|name=PGE1Sky|{{Cite Book|PGE|1|Skyrim}}}} With his invincible General Talos, King [[Lore:Cuhlecain|Cuhlecain]] was able to unite the [[Lore:Colovian Estates|Colovian Estates]] in a year, and soon thereafter in {{Year|2E 854}} took the [[Lore:Imperial City|Imperial City]], taking the title of Emperor. He was soon killed, and Emperor Tiber Septim took his place. His ever-loyal soldiers solidified his hold on Cyrodiil and High Rock,{{ref|name=TAH|{{Cite Book|The Arcturian Heresy}}}} and then targeted [[Lore:Elsweyr|Elsweyr]].{{ref|name=RGAttrebus}}
The Legion suffered its share of tribulations while forging the Empire of Tamriel. In the {{Future Link|Battle of Black Rocks}} in {{Year|2E 863}}, the Aldmeri Dominion almost destroyed the Third Legion,{{ref|name=RGAttrebus}} and the initially smooth annexation of [[Lore:Hammerfell|Hammerfell]] the following year was disrupted by the [[Lore:Stros M'Kai Uprising|Stros M'Kai Uprising]].{{ref|name=TAH}} For a brief time during the {{Future Link|Moth Rebellion}}, Tiber Septim was driven out of the Imperial City, and the Legion within the city was besieged.{{ref|name=RGAttrebus}} And Tiber's generals positively dreaded a campaign against the [[Lore:Dunmer|Dunmer]] of Morrowind (though they were spared from attempting to conquer the entire province thanks to the [[Lore:Armistice|Armistice]]).{{ref|name=OM|{{Cite Book|On Morrowind}}}}
One by one, the provinces were brought into the fold. The [[Lore:Summerset Isle|Summerset Isle]] had never been successfully invaded by the Legion, though they were reportedly more than capable of repulsing elven incursions.{{ref|name=PGE1Ald|{{Cite Book|PGE|1|Aldmeri Dominion}}}} But finally, in {{Year|2E 896}}, Septim's use of the [[Lore:Numidium|Numidium]] brought the homeland of the [[Lore:Altmer|Altmer]] under his control, making him the first true Emperor of Tamriel.{{ref|name=TAH}}
===={{Year|3E 427}}====
The Imperial Legion had a great presence in [[Lore:Vvardenfell|Vvardenfell]] under the Septim Empire, with there being many forts dotted around the island such as:; Fort Darius, Buckmoth Legion Fort, Moonmoth Legion Fort, and Fort Pelagiad beingwere main strategic locations. [[Lore:Pelagiad|Pelagiad]] itself was founded by legionLegion veterans that had retired.{{ref|''Pelagiad'' dialogue option in Morrowind}}
In [[Lore:Gnisis|Gnisis]], the Deathshead Legion helped secure the Gnisis [[Lore:Kwama|Kwama]] egg mine, as the queen had been blighted, eventually, the legion cured the queen of the [[Lore:The Blight|Blight]], allowing work to continue in the local area.{{ref|[[Morrowind:Gnisis Eggmine (quest)|Gnisis Eggmine]] quest in Morrowind}} Certain members of the Deathshead Legion were involved in a conspiracy involving the [[Lore:Talos Cult|Talos Cult]], planning to assassinate [[Lore:Uriel Septim VII|Uriel Septim VII]] and replace him with a stronger ruler. This conspiracy was put down by General Darius.{{ref|[[Morrowind:Talos Cult Conspiracy|Talos Cult Conspiracy]] quest in Morrowind}}
During the [[Lore:Oblivion Crisis|Oblivion Crisis]], the Legion mainly found itself engaged in a stalling action against the incredible onslaught of [[Lore:Mehrunes Dagon|Mehrunes Dagon]]. Leyawiin's Count in Cyrodiil complained that High Chancellor [[Lore:Ocato|Ocato]] was inordinately concerned with other provinces even as {{Future Link|Oblivion Gate}}s opened throughout the Imperial Province itself.{{ref|[[OB:Count Marius Caro|Count Marius Caro]]'s dialogue in Oblivion}} The denizens of Morrowind's Great House Redoran claimed that the Legions were recalled to Cyrodiil instead.{{ref|name=DBAdril|[[Dragonborn:Adril Arano|Adril Arano]]'s dialogue in [[Dragonborn:Dragonborn|Dragonborn]].}} Due to the Legion focusing on the other provinces, Martin Septim could not count on Legion support during the battle at the Great Gate at Bruma.{{Ref|name=BrumaAllies|[[Oblivion:Allies for Bruma|Allies for Bruma]] quest in Oblivion}}
A company of Legion soldiers were traveling to the Imperial City during the Crisis in order to protect it from the Daedra, however, an Oblivion Gate opened in the middle of them, killing half of them. The Imperial Captain, Tertius Ione managed to save the rest and temporarily retreated, he then mustered together local farmers and hunters from the surrounding areas and from [[Lore:Pell's Gate|Pell's Gate]]. Ione returned with his remaining legionaries and freshly recruited auxiliary forces and slaughtered the Daedra, he then entered the Gate with about 52 men, whilst the other half guarded the gate. Due to Ione's sacrifice, a [[Lore:Bosmer|Bosmer]] named Fenton was successful in closing the Gate. The remaining Legion soldiers settled the area and named the settlement [[Lore:Ione|Ione]] in the Legion Captain's honourhonor.{{ref|name=TIC|{{Cite Book|The Infernal City}}}}
On the island of [[Lore:Solstheim|Solstheim]], a group of Nords attempted to destroy [[Lore:Fort Frostmoth|Fort Frostmoth]] and claim the island for themselves, the Legion held them off from the Fort and Raven Rock.{{ref|[[Oblivion:Radiant Conversations|RumoursRumors]] in Oblivion}}
[[File:LG-quest-The Siege of the Imperial City 04.jpg|thumb|right|Imperial Legion Cavalry]]
Legionnaires are specially outfitted depending on a large number of factors, including climate, location, task, and expectations. They employed armors of chain, scale, plate mail, and gender-neutral skirts in the province of [[Lore:Morrowind|Morrowind]] in {{Year|3E 427}}, heavy steel plate overlying chain mail in the capital province of Cyrodiil during the [[Lore:Oblivion Crisis|Oblivion Crisis]], and lighter leather, chainmail, and steel plate armors in Skyrim during the [[Lore:Stormcloak Rebellion|Stormcloak Rebellion]]. Battlemages tend to wear hoods, healers wear light padded armor, guardsmen on loan to nobles wear the vestments of their town, city, county, or hold, and rangers and foresters tend to wear fur or leather apparel in addition to their Legionary armor. Dragonscale armor and shields are also used, with the craft coming from Akavir and being implemented since the Reman Empire.{{ref|name=PGE1C}} In addition, the uniform may vary depending on the culture of the local area or province.
Legion footsoldiersfoot soldiers mainly use Imperial swords, steel swords, and Imperial bows.{{ref|[[Skyrim:Imperial Soldier|Imperial Soldier]]'s weapons in Skyrim}} However, other weapons are often used as well, such as broadswords, shortswords, spears, pikes, claymores, axes, daggers, warhammers, maces, and staffs.{{ref|[[Morrowind:Base Weapons|Imperial weapons]] in Morrowind}}{{ref|[[Online:Imperial Style|Imperial style]] weapons in ESO}}{{ref|[[Dragonborn:Champion's Cudgel|Champion's Cudgel]] in Dragonborn}}
The Imperial Legion also employs siege machines such as catapults, battering rams, trebuchets, and ballistae.{{ref|[[Legends:Siege Catapult|Siege Catapult]] card art in Legends}}{{ref|[[Skyrim:Windhelm Military Camp|Imperial Camps]] in Skyrim}}{{ref|name=DFI}}