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The '''Queen's Riders''', often referred to simply as "the Riders," is a cavalry organization in service to the Tortallan Crown. It was established by Queen [[Thayet jian Wilima|Thayet]] to defend the less accessible places of [[Tortall]], enforce the law, and teach defense to locals. The Queen's Riders is considered a fighting force of irregulars. It accepts both men and women of any social class into its ranks and uses ponies as mounts. The Riders often works in conjunction with the [[King's Own]], knights, and the army. Their smaller fighting unit size and use of ponies allows them to act as scouts and to cover more difficult terrain. Their headquarters is located in the capital city, [[Corus]], between the palace and the Royal Forest.
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The '''Queen's Riders''', often referred to simply as "the Riders," is a cavalry organization in service to the Tortallan Crown. It was established by [[Thayet jian Wilima|Queen Thayet]] in 442 [[HE]]<ref name=":0">[[Timeline (Tortall)]]</ref> to defend the less accessible places of [[Tortall]], enforce the law, and teach defense to locals. The Queen's Riders is considered a fighting force of irregulars.t accepts both men and women of any social class into its ranks and uses ponies as mounts.
 
   
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The Riders often works in conjunction with the [[King's Own]], knights, and the army. Their smaller fighting unit size and use of ponies allows them to act as scouts and to cover more difficult terrain. Their headquarters is located in the capital city, [[Corus]], between the palace and the Royal Forest.
 
==Rider Groups==
 
==Rider Groups==
   
The Queen's Riders is divided into fighting units called groups. Each group is made up of six to nine men and women, with at least one member who has the [[Gift]]. In ''[[Wild Magic]]'', six Rider groups have been established in a seven year period. At the time of ''[[The Realms of the Gods]]'', there are at least seventeen known Rider groups. Each group is officially known by its number, although many groups have created alternative names for themselves and these have become equally well used for identification.
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The Queen's Riders is divided into fighting units called groups. Each group is made up of six to nine men and women, with at least one member who has the [[Gift]]. By 449 HE, six Rider groups have been established.<ref name=":1">[[Wild Magic|''Wild Magic'']]</ref> By 452 HE, there are at least seventeen known Rider groups.<ref name=":2">[[The Realms of the Gods|''The Realms of the Gods'']]</ref>
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Each group is officially known by its number, although many groups have created alternative names for themselves and these have become equally well used for identification.<ref>[https://tpwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/nicknames-of-riders-groups/ Nicknames of Riders' Groups] (Sheroes Central)</ref>
   
 
*First Riders Group - "The First"
 
*First Riders Group - "The First"
:*Second Riders Group - "Ghostwind"
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*Second Riders Group - "Ghostwind"
:*Third - "Webspinners"
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*Third - "Webspinners"
:*Fourth - "Queen's Rabbits"
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*Fourth - "Queen's Rabbits"
:*Fifth - "Clouds"
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*Fifth - "Clouds"
:*Sixth - "Thayet's Dogs"
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*Sixth - "Thayet's Dogs"
:*Seventh - "Nightbreath"
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*Seventh - "Nightbreath"
:*Eighth - "Soft Lightning"
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*Eighth - "Soft Lightning"
:*Ninth - "Ogre Bane" (entire Group killed in ''[[Wolf-Speaker]]'')
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*Ninth - "Ogre Bane" (entire Group killed in 450 HE<ref>[[Wolf-Speaker]]</ref>)
:*Tenth - "Royal Arrows"
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*Tenth - "Royal Arrows"
:*Eleventh - "Trollwatch"
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*Eleventh - "Trollwatch"
:*Twelfth - "Spiderdeath"
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*Twelfth - "Spiderdeath"
:*Thirteenth - "Razors"
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*Thirteenth - "Razors"
:*Fourteenth - "Gret's Shadows"
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*Fourteenth - "Gret's Shadows"
:*Fifteenth - "Stickers"
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*Fifteenth - "Stickers"
:*Sixteenth
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*Sixteenth - no nickname
:*Seventeenth - "Group Askew"
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*Seventeenth - "Group Askew"
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**Group Commander: [[Buriram Tourakom]]<ref name=":3">[[Squire|''Squire'']], Ch. 14</ref>
==Command Structure==
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==Command Structure and Known Officers==
   
 
The Riders utilizes a looser, less traditional command structure than Tortall's other military forces.
 
The Riders utilizes a looser, less traditional command structure than Tortall's other military forces.
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* '''Commander:''' the head of the Queen's Riders.
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** 442 to 452 HE: Queen Thayet, founder
:'''Commander:''' the head of the Queen's Riders (in the Protector of the Small Quartet, it's Buri).
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** 452 to 460 HE: Buriram Tourakom, co-founder, promoted after Thayet stepped down during the Immortals War due to being too busy with other queenly duties
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** 460 HE: [[Evin Larse]]<ref name=":0" />, promoted after Buri stepped down before her marriage
:'''Second in Command:''' also called assistant commander, a nominal position under the Commander, usually held by a Group Commander.
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** Possibly [[Musenda Ogunsanwo]], as Pierce reportedly has said he was Commander after Buri {{Comment|Citation needed; old link to Sheroes Central on Musenda's article is a broken link}}
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* '''Second in Command:''' also called assistant commander, a nominal position under the Commander, usually held by a Group Commander.
:'''Group Commander:''' the leader of a Rider group, supported by a '''group second in command'''.
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** 442 to 452 HE: Buriram Tourakom
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* '''Group Commander:''' the leader of a Rider group, supported by a '''group second in command'''
:'''Training Master:''' oversees the training of new recruits, called trainees.
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** Buriram Tourakom (Seventeenth Riders Group)<ref name=":3" />
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** By 452: Evin Larse<ref name=":2" />
:'''Horsemistress:''' responsible for the Riders' ponies, including acquisition, instructing trainees in their care, and general management. The position is filled by a civilian expert and is often accompanied by an '''assistant''' (in Wild Magic, the Horsemistress was Ouna, and her assistant was Daine).
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* '''Training Master:''' oversees the training of new recruits, called trainees
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** By 449 HE: Musenda Ogunsanwo (called Sarge)<ref name=":1" />
:'''Others:''' additional civilians such as healers and tailors who work for the Riders by educating trainees and acting as support staff.
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* '''Horsemistress:''' responsible for the Riders' ponies, including acquisition, instructing trainees in their care, and general management. The position is filled by a civilian expert and is often accompanied by an '''assistant'''
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** By 449 HE: [[Onua Chamtong]], assisted by [[Veralidaine Sarrasri|Daine Sarrasri]] in summer 449
==Commanders and Officers==
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* '''Others:''' additional civilians such as healers and tailors who work for the Riders by educating trainees and acting as support staff
 
===Commanders===
 
 
:'''[[Thayet jian Wilima]]:''' founder and original commander of the Riders.
 
 
:'''[[Buriram Tourakom]]:''' second-in-command/co-commander of the Riders since its creation and handled the day-to-day operations under Thayet. She was promoted to full Commander during the [[Immortals War]] when Thayet's duties as queen kept her too busy. Also group commander of the Seventeenth Rider Group.
 
 
:'''[[Evin Larse]]:''' group commander and former assistant commander to Buriram Tourakom. Evin became Commander in 460 H.E. during the [[Scanran War]] when Buri resigned the position in anticipation of her marriage to [[Raoul of Goldenlake]].
 
 
===Other officers===
 
 
:'''Sarge (aka [[Musenda Ogunsanwo]]):''' training master
 
 
:'''[[Onua Chamtong]]:''' horsemistress
 
   
 
==Joining Requirements==
 
==Joining Requirements==
   
In order to join the Queen's Riders one must be at least fifteen years old, be healthy and in possession of all body parts, be single and without a spouse or children, have good reflexes, and be able to read and write. Those who can't read or write will be provided with interim employment in the palace until they can do so. The ability to ride is not required.
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In order to join the Queen's Riders one must be at least fifteen years old, be healthy and in possession of all body parts, be single and without a spouse or children, have good reflexes, and be able to read and write. Those who can't read or write will be provided with interim employment in the palace until they can do so. The ability to ride is not required.
   
 
==Training==
 
==Training==
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Trainees participate in a summer training camp at an alternate location in Tortall. At the end of the fall they are placed into Rider Groups and begin their trial year. At the successful completion of their trial year, trainees are assigned to permanent Groups.
 
Trainees participate in a summer training camp at an alternate location in Tortall. At the end of the fall they are placed into Rider Groups and begin their trial year. At the successful completion of their trial year, trainees are assigned to permanent Groups.
   
Known trainees in 449 [[Human Era|HE]] included [[Evin Larse]], [[Miri]], [[Farant Sweetspring|Farant]], [[Selda]], [[Tarrus]], [[Padrach haMinch|Padrach]], [[Elnore]], [[Jacy]], and [[Kenelm]].
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Known trainees in 449 HE included [[Evin Larse]], [[Miri]], [[Farant Sweetspring|Farant]], [[Selda]], [[Tarrus]], [[Padrach haMinch|Padrach]], [[Elnore]], [[Jacy]], and [[Kenelm]].<ref name=":1" />
   
 
==Uniform and Insignia==
 
==Uniform and Insignia==
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The Queen's Riders' emblem is a crimson horse rearing on a bronze field.
 
The Queen's Riders' emblem is a crimson horse rearing on a bronze field.
   
Uniform for the Riders consists of a brown tunic and trousers or breeches, white shirt, and riding boots. The badge on group commanders' uniforms is circled by a crimson ring. Group second in commands have a crimson ring with a narrow black stripe in the middle. The Commander's badge is circled by a gold ring.
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Uniform for the Riders consists of a brown tunic and trousers or breeches, white shirt, and riding boots. The badge on group commanders' uniforms is circled by a crimson ring. Group second in commands have a crimson ring with a narrow black stripe in the middle. The Commander's badge is circled by a gold ring.
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== Notes and references ==
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<references />
   
 
[[Category:Tortall]]
 
[[Category:Tortall]]

Latest revision as of 17:20, December 8, 2019

The Queen's Riders, often referred to simply as "the Riders," is a cavalry organization in service to the Tortallan Crown. It was established by Queen Thayet in 442 HE[1] to defend the less accessible places of Tortall, enforce the law, and teach defense to locals. The Queen's Riders is considered a fighting force of irregulars.t accepts both men and women of any social class into its ranks and uses ponies as mounts.

The Riders often works in conjunction with the King's Own, knights, and the army. Their smaller fighting unit size and use of ponies allows them to act as scouts and to cover more difficult terrain. Their headquarters is located in the capital city, Corus, between the palace and the Royal Forest.

Rider GroupsEdit

The Queen's Riders is divided into fighting units called groups. Each group is made up of six to nine men and women, with at least one member who has the Gift. By 449 HE, six Rider groups have been established.[2] By 452 HE, there are at least seventeen known Rider groups.[3]

Each group is officially known by its number, although many groups have created alternative names for themselves and these have become equally well used for identification.[4]

  • First Riders Group - "The First"
  • Second Riders Group - "Ghostwind"
  • Third - "Webspinners"
  • Fourth - "Queen's Rabbits"
  • Fifth - "Clouds"
  • Sixth - "Thayet's Dogs"
  • Seventh - "Nightbreath"
  • Eighth - "Soft Lightning"
  • Ninth - "Ogre Bane" (entire Group killed in 450 HE[5])
  • Tenth - "Royal Arrows"
  • Eleventh - "Trollwatch"
  • Twelfth - "Spiderdeath"
  • Thirteenth - "Razors"
  • Fourteenth - "Gret's Shadows"
  • Fifteenth - "Stickers"
  • Sixteenth - no nickname
  • Seventeenth - "Group Askew"

Command Structure and Known OfficersEdit

The Riders utilizes a looser, less traditional command structure than Tortall's other military forces.

  • Commander: the head of the Queen's Riders.
    • 442 to 452 HE: Queen Thayet, founder
    • 452 to 460 HE: Buriram Tourakom, co-founder, promoted after Thayet stepped down during the Immortals War due to being too busy with other queenly duties
    • 460 HE: Evin Larse[1], promoted after Buri stepped down before her marriage
    • Possibly Musenda Ogunsanwo, as Pierce reportedly has said he was Commander after Buri (Citation needed; old link to Sheroes Central on Musenda's article is a broken link)
  • Second in Command: also called assistant commander, a nominal position under the Commander, usually held by a Group Commander.
    • 442 to 452 HE: Buriram Tourakom
  • Group Commander: the leader of a Rider group, supported by a group second in command
    • Buriram Tourakom (Seventeenth Riders Group)[6]
    • By 452: Evin Larse[3]
  • Training Master: oversees the training of new recruits, called trainees
    • By 449 HE: Musenda Ogunsanwo (called Sarge)[2]
  • Horsemistress: responsible for the Riders' ponies, including acquisition, instructing trainees in their care, and general management. The position is filled by a civilian expert and is often accompanied by an assistant
  • Others: additional civilians such as healers and tailors who work for the Riders by educating trainees and acting as support staff

Joining RequirementsEdit

In order to join the Queen's Riders one must be at least fifteen years old, be healthy and in possession of all body parts, be single and without a spouse or children, have good reflexes, and be able to read and write. Those who can't read or write will be provided with interim employment in the palace until they can do so. The ability to ride is not required.

TrainingEdit

Training starts at the March full moon at the Rider headquarters. Each trainee is provided with two ponies, which they select themselves from the available herd. Training involves morning and afternoon workouts, evening academic lessons, meditation, and chores. The training curriculum includes poisons, medicines, edible plants, tracking, hunting, terrain, cartography, battle tactics, weapons, hand-to-hand-combat, teaching combat and tactics, veterinary medicine, field medicine, and magical training for those with the Gift.

Trainees participate in a summer training camp at an alternate location in Tortall. At the end of the fall they are placed into Rider Groups and begin their trial year. At the successful completion of their trial year, trainees are assigned to permanent Groups.

Known trainees in 449 HE included Evin Larse, Miri, Farant, Selda, Tarrus, Padrach, Elnore, Jacy, and Kenelm.[2]

Uniform and InsigniaEdit

The Queen's Riders' emblem is a crimson horse rearing on a bronze field.

Uniform for the Riders consists of a brown tunic and trousers or breeches, white shirt, and riding boots. The badge on group commanders' uniforms is circled by a crimson ring. Group second in commands have a crimson ring with a narrow black stripe in the middle. The Commander's badge is circled by a gold ring.

Notes and references Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Timeline (Tortall)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wild Magic
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Realms of the Gods
  4. Nicknames of Riders' Groups (Sheroes Central)
  5. Wolf-Speaker
  6. 6.0 6.1 Squire, Ch. 14
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