Lord Maxen Montclair,
- Duke of Westridge.
- Marshal of the Stormwind Army.
Sir Jay Orcbane,
- Knight of Northshire.
- Captain of the Stormwind Army.
Sir Jeremaias Auromere,
- Knight of Stormwind.
- Lieutenant of the Stormwind Army.
Sir Aliaes Loucelles
- Knight of Stormwind.
- Captain of the Stormwind Army.
All soldiers of the king's army must take the Oath of Service when they enlist. Each soldier is held to the tenets of the oath, which include fealty to the crown, obedience to officers, and honor in their duties.
Oath of ServiceEdit
The Oath of Service is to be taken by all recruits of the Stormwind Army. The recruit must kneel and repeat the following issued by a recruiter.
Under guidance of the virtues three, I swear to defend its bloodline, holdings, laws and subjects with my life.
May those above judge me, and those below take me, if I fail in my duty.
Long live the King. Long live the Kingdom.
After taking the oath, all recruits must be assigned a role, issued their uniform and field kit by their recruiter, and informed of their unit's current orders and base of operations.
Appearance and DressEdit
All soldiers of the king's army are expected to maintain uniformity while on duty and don acceptable garb while off duty.
All soldiers of the royal army should strive to maintain their fitness and cleanliness both on and off-duty. Hair that extends longer than one's eyebrows and ears should be tied back in a knot or ponytail while on duty. Soldiers should bathe regularly when water is readily available from local lakes or rivers.
When on duty, a soldier is expected to bear the arms and armor issued to them when they were assigned their role within the royal army. Soldiers may only modify the standardized kit issued to them with direct permission from their unit commander. Soldiers should only wield weaponry they are qualified to use while on duty.
When in casual, non-combat situations, a soldier may wear alternative headgear that is simple and non-distracting. The appropriateness of such headgear is at the discretion of the officers to decide, and all soldiers are required to remove any offending covers when told to do so by staff or command personnel. Under no circumstances are casual headgear allowed in formation.
Soldiers who are found to modify their issued equipment or wear incomplete uniform without permission may be subject to punishment by their superiors or unit commander.
Exceptions may be made to this rule during times of war or battle where uniform components may be lost on the field or in scarce supply. The degree to which uniformity is enforced lies with the judgement of a unit's commanding officer.
Every soldier is expected to maintain and keep clean their issued equipment. Tabards should be kept clean and unfrayed. Weapons should be wiped clean of blood and in working order. Armor should be kept presentable when circumstance permits cleaning. Should a soldier's armor require repair, they should take it to the camp quartermaster as soon as possible.
When off-duty, a soldier is expected to be mindful of their attire as they still represent the royal army. This is especially important during formal occasions involving the church, nobility, or otherwise specified important attendants. When attending a formal occasion or entering a place of worship, a soldier should do their best to wear finely pressed and clean clothing that is not too distracting or revealing.
Soldiers who wear attire deemed inappropriate may be reprimanded by their superiors and ordered to change into appropriate clothing. Soldiers who seek to attend formal events but do not have the means to afford formal attire should seek out their unit commander for review.
Officers of the royal army are held to a higher standard of public conduct and appearance both on and off-duty. Officers should wear finely pressed clothing and maintain clean appearances as often as possible. They should refrain from using curses and should encourage polite, respectful behavior by subordinate soldiers.
The king, nobility, and their subjects expect all personnel to maintain high standards of appearance and conduct. Faith in the king relies heavily on his subjects' belief that we, the soldiers of the royal army, will act on the king's will in order to benefit the kingdom as a whole.
The following passages encompass the basic requirements that soldiers of the king's army are expected to uphold at all times. These articles are what separate the Stormwind Army from other militias as a professional military.
Every soldier within the Stormwind Army is required to follow all legal orders of his or her superiors without question or complaint. If a superior gives an order that would without doubt violate the King's Law or the Laws of the Royal Army, a soldier is expected to disobey the command and report their superior up the chain of command as soon as possible.
The soldiers carrying out a command are just as responsible for the outcome as the soldier who issued the command. Being ordered to break the law by a superior is no excuse for a soldier of the crown to breach the army's protocol. All violations of the king's law and the conduct of the royal army should be reported up the chain of command.
Feedback and SuggestionsEdit
Subordinates may privately bring their concerns to their superiors in regards to their assigned orders and duties. While officers and staff of the army are not obligated to heed the advice and suggestions of their subordinates, they should be receptive to criticisms and suggestions regarding the army's operations and pass relevant ones up the chain of command for review or adoption.
The term "Insubordination" means not submitting to legal authority or not following legal commands given by superiors. In the military setting, insubordination is NOT tolerated.
Let it be clarified that asking for clarification or reasoning behind commands is not considered insubordination. Questions fielded to superiors must be tactful and relevant. Officers and staff should generally provide as much information and clarification as possible to their subordinates, but they are not obliged to answer questions if they involve classified or sensitive information or if an objective is time critical.
The minimum punishment for insubordinate is a demotion. Depending on the severity of the offense, a soldier may lose multiple ranks, be subject to flogging, or even receive a Dishonorable Discharge.
Repeated insubordination is a guaranteed way to lose one's place as a soldier.
Soldiers are allotted a certain amount of personal leave where they might request to leave their post to tend to personal affairs. Leave is granted upon request by an officer or by a doctor should a soldier be unable to attend to their duties.
Soldiers with satisfactory performance may be granted single-day leave on a case by case basis if requests are submitted in a timely and respectful manner. Such requests are subject to the needs of the Royal Army and individual performance and attendance requirements of the soldier in question.
((Generally, members are expected to attend guild events if they are online at the time of the event. If you're offline, no worries! However, if a member seeks to role-play on their character elsewhere at the time of a scheduled guild event, they may request such from an officer. Such is granted on a case by case basis that depends on the in-character importance of the events in question.))
Interacting with the king's subjects and allies positively is vital in maintaining public order within the realm. This is true both in and out of uniform. When off duty or on leave, soldiers of the realm are still expected to uphold the law and be respectful and courteous to all they interact with. Any soldier who is found to be a public disturbance when off-duty may be punished at the discretion of their unit commander.
Those who act on civilian noncombatant contracts within the Stormwind Army are expected to maintain civility and respect for others as they represent the Kingdom of Stormwind. They are expected to follow orders and provide for the infantry by the means agreed to in their contract.
Should civilians prove to be problematic in their conduct when on deployment, they shall be subsequently removed from service and sent back to the nearest military outpost for deportment back to Stormwind.
If a woman is to become pregnant while in service to the royal army, she is to be barred from any combat operation while in service to the army and assigned to noncombatant duties until her child is born.
Any woman who knowingly endangers their unborn child in combat while in service to the royal army is to be immediately discharged from the king's service. Any soldier who knowingly orders a pregnant soldier into combat is to be brought before their unit commander to face judgement.
For enlisted soldiers of the Stormwind Army to maintain a respectful and productive atmosphere, all ranking men and women must respect the feelings of others. All soldiers must know that when it comes to discrimination and harassment, all officers, staff, and enlisted men and women of the Stormwind Army are expected to follow one very basic commitment about doing things right.
Treat all fellow soldiers and citizens with dignity and respect.
Soldiers who feel they are being harassed may seek out a superior ranking officer to report the harasser and describe the actions committed. Soldiers found to harass their fellow countrymen on the grounds of sexuality, race, species, or religion may face one or more demotions in rank depending on the severity of the offense.
All soldiers of the king's army must properly address their fellow men and women in arms. Depending on a soldier's rank, they may be addressed in a manner of ways.
Addressing Subjects and AlliesEdit
If a civilian subject's name is not known, address them as "Citizen." Once the person's name is known, soldiers may address them by either "Master" or "Mistress" followed by their first name.
- "Citizen, please step aside."
- "Master Thomas, a pleasure to meet you."
- "Do you require anything else, Mistress Josephine?"
When greeting subjects or allies of the kingdom, soldiers of the royal army should politely introduce themselves by their name, rank and the unit of the army they serve.
- "Hail and well met, citizen. I am Private Rolof, a footman in the 16th regiment of the Elwynn Brigade. Do you require assistance?"
A soldier of the royal army should assist his fellow countrymen whenever and wherever possible when not already on issued orders. If a task is too difficult for one soldier to handle, he or she should seek out others to assist with the task.
Addressing Enlisted Ranks and Non-Commissioned MembersEdit
Privates, Corporals and Sergeants must always be addressed by their rank when spoken to. If multiple soldiers of the same rank are present, address the one you wish to speak to by rank, followed by his or her family name.
- "Private, go scout out that hill!"
- "Corporal Williams, may I speak to you in private?"
- "I will get right to that, Sergeant."
Addressing Knighted OfficersEdit
Knights of the Brotherhood of the Horse are granted honorifics for their long service to the crown. Male knights may be addressed by "Sir" followed by their first name, whereas female knights may be addressed by "Dame" in the same respect. They may also be addressed by their officer ranks.
- "Sir John! Scouts report that the Orcs are on the move!"
- "Dame Lione, the men are ready for your inspection!"
- "Orders, Lieutenant?"
Permission to SpeakEdit
If accompanying a senior ranking soldier, a soldier should not speak unless directed or given permission. If the senior ranking soldier is incapacitated, the senior ranking soldier under him must speak for the unit. Permission to speak should always be requested when in formation unless in the position of Rest.
When addressed by a superior ranking soldier of the Stormwind Military, a soldier should not leave their superior's company until directly given permission to be dismissed or given orders to carry on with their duties. A soldier may ask, "Permission to be dismissed?" if they seek to leave the immediate company of a superior.
Saluting is an act of professional respect unto those who have earned commissioned officer status within the Stormwind Army. What began as knights lifting the visors of their helms to show their allies friendly intention evolved into a gesture that is known and employed today as the salute.
Saluting is necessary when:
- Approaching an equal or higher ranking knighted officers.
- Transferring leadership of formations.
- Passing/Greeting officers and knights of allied military units.
- Delivering a report to an officer.
- When indoors and formally addressed by an officer.
Should a superior knighted officer or Lord-Marshal address a formation, the commander of the formation would give the order for his formation to stand at attention while he or she salutes the officer.
Saluting is unnecessary when:
- In formation.
- Addressing a prisoner.
- When hands are occupied.
- Soldiers are deployed in the open.
- When casually addressing an officer indoors.
- Soldier(s) are off duty and in civilian clothes.
- Addressing Non-Commissioned Members (Those below Knight-Lieutenant)
When addressing a senior Non-Commisioned Member, rather than saluting, the proper protocol is to come to attention and await permission to speak.
If addressed to speak with an officer, put what you are carrying down and salute!
Addresing Noblemen and Command StaffEdit
The appointed noblemen leading the king's armies have honorifics of their own. Lords and ladies may be addressed as such, or by their officer ranks.
- "Lord Richard, you are needed by Lady Grace."
- "Yes, m'lord."
- "Commander, what would you have me do?"
- "Is there anything you require, m'lady?"
Addressing the KingEdit
Should a soldier be granted the honor of addressing the King of Stormwind, the soldier should immediately kneel and remain silent until told to rise and speak by the king. When prompted to speak, the soldier should always address the king as "Your Majesty," maintaining utmost formality and humility in the king's presence.
The Bow and Departing in the Presence of NobilityEdit
It is courtly custom to bow when greeting nobility of Stormwind or any high ranking dignitaries of its allied nations. The gesture shows the subservience and respect deemed necessary to the noble blood of the realm.
When dismissed or excusing oneself from the presence of a nobleman (Including the King), proper respect must be given to station. Proper procedure for departing is as follows:
Once dismissed, salute (If Nobleman holds military rank), then walk back - facing the nobleman - for roughly a yard. Bow, then turn and depart.
Immediately turning your back to a nobleman is a sign of disrespect (and insubordination in the military) and can be punished by summary flogging.
Deployment to locations within or outside the realm of Stormwind is an obligation that all soldiers must honor when in service to their king. When the troops are deployed to any locale, it is expected that every soldier be present and accounted for on the field, with no extraneous individual actions elsewhere in Azeroth. Unless given specific permission to leave the field, a deployed soldier must stay in the designated deployment area.
Soldiers who knowingly break this rule and leave the field of operations without permission will be summarily suspended from duty. Those who are found to have knowingly abandoned their post and colors will be charged with desertion and hung if found guilty.
Note: Executing a character for desertion should only be done if the player wishes to pursue it in their character's story. It is generally frowned upon if a guild or military group tries to force an accusation of desertion and summary execution on someone else's character.
Host Nation SensitivitiesEdit
Learn as much as you can about where you are going before you deploy- it may be profoundly different than what you are accustomed to in the Kingdom of Stormwind.
As we represent our king and kingdom through our actions and words, we must maintain high standards of appearance and conduct to our allies.
Keep in mind that when not within the kingdom, you are subject to the laws of the land you are in.
Property and Wildlife
- Damaging property or injuring wildlife can be punished differently in foreign nations.
- Not all nations follow the Holy Light. Displaying some religious icons may be offensive to our hosts.
- What may be acceptable in Stormwind may be offensive elsewhere.
- Beware of anything that might be constituted as illegal in some countries.
- Learn the do's and dont's of the host nation.
Rules of EngagementEdit
Command authorities issue rules of engagement that describe the circumstance and limitations under which soldiers can start or continue military operations.
In armed conflict, the rules of engagement are specifically tailored for each mission or area of responsibility to provide guidance on the use of force.
- Apply enough force to complete your mission and discourage further hostilities with as few engagements as possible.
- Fight combatants who are declared hostile. Combatants are all persons participating in military operations or activities or pose an immediate and active threat to you, your unit, or other friendly forces.
- Harm or kill enemy personnel who surrender. Should circumstance demand it, at the behest of command staff, whether it be by military or governmental decree, environmental or logistical difficulties, or other situations that may not allow the capture or transportation of prisoners to allied territory, said prisoners may be subject to summary execution in the name of the King's Law. Regardless of circumstance, the officer in command who has chosen to execute this action shall be reviewed for foul play or misconduct.
- Torture enemy prisoners of war.
- Attack noncombatants who include civilians, sick and wounded, clearly marked medical personnel, enemy prisoners of war, and chaplains.
- Misuse protected symbols, like the Argent Crusader's standard.
- Mutilate the corpses of the enemy, or take any appendage or body part as a form of 'trophy' or 'token'
- Collect and care for all wounded.
- Detain or secure unwilling (e.g. possessed, mind-controlled) combatants if possible, with regards to the mission and the overall safety of those personnel present.
- Treat civilians and prisoners of war humanely and with respect.
- Respect private property and possessions. In times of strife during deployment, the army may be forced to seek out supplies and resources from elsewhere. To this end, should foraging prove insufficient, enemy territory may be raided for the purpose of gathering vital supplies such as food, weapons, armor, etc. Furthermore, the army may have to exercise force in order to acquire these supplies from the local populace, which may turn hostile and defensive in the face of an outside army.
- Report actual or suspected violations of protocol to your commander.
Fraternization is the act of showing physical affection. When deployed, fraternization is strictly prohibited between all enlisted soldiers of the crown and is a punishable offense. Tent residency will be assigned based on same-sex occupancy and will disallow the pairing of married or engaged personnel.
In time of war, NO SOLDIER of the Stormwind Army is permitted to fraternize with ANY enemies of the kingdom in any form, under penalty of court marshal and dishonorable discharge.
If Taken PrisonerEdit
If taken prisoner by enemies of the kingdom, the only information you are permitted to give is your name and rank. Do not disclose tactical information to the enemy, and never accept preferential treatment in exchange for said information. Escape if possible.
Soldiers who forsake or flee their duties while on military deployment without having legally resigned or been granted leave from the military are considered deserters. Desertion is typically punishable by death. All deserters should be hunted down and brought before the commander of their unit to face judgement.
Note: Accusing and Executing a character for desertion should only be done if the player wishes to pursue it in their character's story. It is generally frowned upon if a guild or military group tries to force an accusation of desertion and summary execution on someone else's character.
Prisoners of WarEdit
Prisoners of war are enemy soldiers captured by allied soldiers. They are to be escorted to prison camps as soon as possible.
Under no circumstance should a prisoner of war be released without express consent of the Royal Military Council and the King himself.
In his majesty's army, non-commissioned officers and knighted officers may invoke punishments upon their subordinates as necessary to maintain order. All punishments are at the discretion of the knighted officers to review for validity.
Involuntary Physical TrainingEdit
Ranking Corporals and above may assign their subordinates to involuntary physical training for minor infractions such as forgetting to salute or improperly addressing their superiors, etc.
Reassignment to Special DutyEdit
Ranking Corporals and above may assign their subordinates to laborious duties for repeated minor infractions such as forgetting to salute or improperly addressing their superiors, etc. Examples may include kitchen duty, digging a new latrine pit, refuse burning, harvesting raw materials, sorting scrap and salvage, cleaning arms and armor, etc.
Re-attendance of Basic TrainingEdit
Ranking Sergeants and above may assign their subordinates to attend basic training to relearn concepts they believe need to be reinforced.
Demotion in RankEdit
Ranking Lieutenants and above may reduce a soldier's rank to what they believe would be fitting for both their competence and willingness to follow protocol.
Corporal Punishment: FloggingEdit
Ranking Lieutenants and above may issue corporal punishment in the way of flogging to soldiers who suffer great failures or embarrassments that dishonor the king, his noblemen, or his army.
Ranking Lieutenants and above may relinquish a soldier's rank if they believe that he or she is not worthy of remaining in service to the king and his army.
Ranking Commanders and above may order for a soldier to be executed if he or she is proven to have committed high treason, deserted a field of battle, or deliberately killed civilian non-combatants.