Formed from the remnants of the Emperor's army, the Imperial Guards are now an independent and influential faction, maintaining order among the citizenry and acting as a bulwark between the openly hostile Houses. While the Noble Houses squabble and stab at one another, struggling over any advantage, the Guards' goals are more idealistic. They wish to restore the Empire to its former glory, no matter how far it has fallen.
The remnants of the Imperial Army at the Battle for the Capital made their way to Maadoran only to find it seized by House Aurelian. They were denied entry for fears that they would side with House Calani.
The Seven Houses then struck a deal with the Imperial Army. A Charter was signed and the Imperial Guards was born. The Houses would fund and supply the Imperial Guards while the latter will uphold peace and security.
The Charter is based on a document signed between the Seven Noble Houses and the remnants of remnants of the Imperial Army. It marks the official birth of the Imperial Guards. It states explicitly the duties and responsibilities of the Noble Houses and the Imperials Guards.
- Enshrined the rights and privileges of the Seven Noble Houses.
- Defined the birth of the Imperial Guards.
- The Imperial Guards' role to defend all any any Imperial property if they are in danger of being attacked.
- The Imperial Guards' right to defend itself.
- The Imperial Guards shall not to interfere in the internal affair of the Houses.
- The Imperial Guards' duty to stop warmongers to protect the other Houses.
|“||"However, if House Daratan were to strike at us, violating the Charter and demonstrating Antidas' inability to reason and govern, then it would be a different story. The Charter grants us both the right to defend ourselves and the duty to deal with warmongers to protect other Houses."
on on plot to takeover Teron
|“||The Guards said that the Charter doesn't allow them to interfere in the internal affair of the Houses, but the way I see it, the weaker the Houses, the stronger the Guards. At any rate, I don't see them putting their asses on the line just to prop up some lordling.
|“||As the sun rises from deepest night, the brightest hope may be spawned from darkness. Our earliest accounts say that the bulk of the Imperial army perished in the battle for the capital. Our history begins when the survivors made their way to Maadoran but were denied entry.
Having seized the city by force and fearing that the army would side with House Calani, House Aurelian sealed the soldiers outside the walls. The Lord of the House cited an old law barring the army from entering the capital city and claimed Maadoran as the new capital of the Empire. He claimed that the old ways must be upheld, no matter the cost, hiding behind dusty laws and traditions.
The regiment known as the Boatmen of Styx left first, all in a group. Other cohorts formed improvised companies and took to raiding. What started with theft and harassment, hitting merchants for food and supplies, quickly grew into attacks on every settlement and caravan within three days
Acting on behalf of the Imperial army, Legatus Damianus signed a charter with the seven Noble Houses officially granting the army a special status in exchange for the army recognizing the Houses' rights and privileges, and swearing to uphold peace and security. When the dust settled, Damianus was Dux.
The Houses also agreed to supply the newly reformed army with provisions and stores and to absorb the costs of military campaigns against threats both near and far. In essence, the Houses paid us off in order to keep us away from their domains.
|~ Maximus Septimius Helva
on Imperial Guards