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  1. The following is derived from reading Aelianus and Asclepiodotus: even in translation the meanings aren't always apparent, despite the drawings they helpfully provided. As such, even though modified for Glorantha, some of my interpretations are probably wrong. This assumes a Pelorian phalanx, with some of the counter-march orders arbitrarily associated with various gods or emperors. A phalanx requires drill and discipline to function, and is capable of performing numerous maneuvers upon command. Commands are given by voice, by trumpet or by the movement of the standard, or a combination of these. The movement of a phalanx on the battlefield performing precise exercises can intimidate and cower the enemy: a thousand or more glinting spearheads moving in unison to a common purpose will overawe a foe, lowering their morale before a blow has been struck. With the sound of a thousand or more men marching together the effect may daunt even the bravest barbarian. A number of Pelorian phalanx drill commands are given below. Attention! Await order about to be issued. To arms! Gather weapons and shield, shield resting against knees, spear vertical. Stand to your arms! Face front, shield in front of body, spear vertical. Raise spears! Spear held upright, base off the ground. Front ranks! Lower spears! Front ranks lower spears to the horizontal attack position. Fall in! Gather in formation. Fall out! Drop out of formation. Mark distances! Form the correct distance from soldiers in front and to the sides. Form files! Files form a straight line. Form ranks! Files maintain a straight line from flank to flank. Dress files! Straighten the files. Dress ranks! Straighten the ranks. Eyes front! Look to the front. Leaders, order your files! File-leaders ensure their file is in proper order and spacing. Take the first distance! File-leaders stop, defining the first distance. March! March forward. Advance! Advance to contact enemy. Halt! Halt. The depth, double! Close order to open order: file merges into the file beside it. The width, double! Open order to close order: rear file moves forward to the left to fill the gap between two forward files. Shields lock! Adopt close order. About-face! Fully turn to face in the opposite direction. To the pike, face! Turn right. To the pike, wheel! All soldiers in the formation turn to the right. To the shield, face! Turn left. To the shield, wheel! All soldiers in the formation turn to the left. As you were! Disregard the previous order and return to the most recent order. Daxdarius File Counter-march! Counter-march by file: formation halts, file-leader about-faces to face in the opposite direction and steps into the space between the files; the file advances past them with each member wheeling about, stepping into position. Once complete the formation is facing in the opposite direction to its initial orientation and positioned ahead of its original position. Polaris File Counter-march! Counter-march by file: formation halts, the men in each file about face. The file-leaders are now at the rear of the formation. The formation occupies the same location it did prior to the order. Khordavus File Counter-march! Counter-march by file: formation halts, the file leader about-faces, steps into the space between files and moves down between his file and the next; as each soldier in the file is passed they wheel about and follow the file-leader. Once complete the formation is facing in the opposite direction to its initial orientation and positioned behind its original position. Daxdarius Rank Counter-march! Counter-march by rank: formation halts, and counter-march commences at the wing closest to the enemy. The soldier at the end of each rank steps into the space between the ranks; their original rank advances past them with each member wheeling about, stepping into position beside the previous soldier. Once complete the formation is positioned beside its original position, and closer to the enemy. Polaris Rank Counter-march! Counter-march by rank: formation halts, and the counter-march commences with the soldier at the end of each rank stepping into the space between the ranks and moving along between the files, followed by the rest of the rank until the last soldier has stepped back. The phalanx files are now in the reverse order. Khordavus Rank Counter-march! Counter-march by rank: formation halts and countermarch commences on the wing furthest from the enemy. The soldier at the end of the rank steps into the space between the ranks and moves down between the files; as each soldier in the rank is passed they follow the rank-leader. Once complete the formation is positioned beside its original position, and further from the enemy.
  2. The Dara Happans are obsessed with the number ten and consider it and its multiples to be the perfect number. There were once ten fabled Dara Happa elite regiments known as the Stonewall Phalanxes. All were active since the time of the Gods War. Most of the Stonewall Phalanxes worship Polaris as their founder. They are each guarded by a star up in the Celestial City, one of the officers of Polaris. The Basalt Phalanx of the city of Iothaka rebelled against Emperor Erzanestyu in the early Second Age. Both the regiment and the city were destroyed, leaving only haunted ruins. The Beryl Phalanx of the city of Darleep has special magic for fighting against the Ram People of Talastar and Brolia. It now serves in the Heartland Corps of the Lunar Army. The Granite Phalanx of Melsorkorth has special magic for fighting against trolls. It now serves in the Heartland Corps of the Lunar Army. The Jasper Phalanx of Kalvostos. This phalanx defeated the Bird People of Rinliddi for the Dara Happan Empire. It has special magic for fighting against the people of First Blessed. It now serves in the Heartland Corps of the Lunar Army. The Marble Phalanx of Mesavos has special magic for fighting against Darkness. It now serves in the Heartland Corps of the Lunar Army. The Quartz Phalanx of the city of Katchpidi conquered Rinliddi for Emperor Urvairinus in the Gods War. The phalanx was entirely consumed by the Crimson Bat at the First Battle of Chaos. Now, I know there are some (possibly non-canonical) sources for the missing four Stonewall Phalanxes, but is there any canonical source?
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