May. 5th, 2013

vneef_healer: (explaining all the things)
So, the Thousand Correct Actions of the Upright Soldier splatbook describes the structure of the Imperial Legions. Each group of troops has its own mon, or heraldic device. This is an example of how that might work.

First things first, we need to decide what the mons have to accomplish. Per the book, they are used by commanders to determine where troops are and to relay orders appropriately. That means they need to be readily distinct from one another and, ideally, should not repeat.

The Legion: Per the book these "display a pentagon bearing the crest of the legion’s lord". Possibly the heraldic device of the individual exalted? We won't worry about that too much, except to suppose that, say, the device for the First Legion has the symbol for 1 in there somewhere that sticks around no matter who is currently in charge of the Legion.

To differentiate each Legion from the others, we can use colors and combinations of colors other than black and white. (We'll use black and white for other stuff later.) So: red, dark red, orange, yellow, light green, green, light blue, blue, light purple, and purple. That should give us plenty of combinations to work with. These color(s) will be used on the devices of the Legion and its subunits. (That is, the image itself on the mon as opposed to the background.)

Dragon: Each Legion has 10 dragons. When you already have the Immaculate Dragons playing such a large part in Imperial Culture, it makes sense that their Mons might get used at this level. But, we have 10 Dragons and only 5 Immaculate Dragons! Not a problem, this is where black and white come in. 5 Dragons get black background (dark), 5 get white (bright). This will also halve the number of mons we have to create from here on out!

Wing: Each Dragon has 2 wings. Let's keep the black or white background from here on out. That means we need 10 mons that, with the background, will make the Legion's 20 Wings. Animals have a long and storied history on heraldry, so let's use them here.
1. Bear
2. Stooping hawk
3. Tiger
4. Buck (the deer, that is)
5. Wolf
6. Horse
7. Turtle
8. Phoenix
9. Ram
10.Lion.

Talon. Each wing has 2 talons, so with our black/white scheme, we still need 20 of them. Time for symbols!
1. mid-day sun
2. crescent moon
3. oak tree
4. three stars
5. crossed swords
6. skull
7. fortress
8. spiral
9. cross
10.lightning bolt
11.rose
12.flames
13.breaking wave
14.tornado
15.three drops in a line
16.three swords, point up
17.clenched fist
18.rising sun
19.bunch of arrows
20.bundle of grain.

Scales: Identified by number, so no need for work here.

An example, for clarification.

Here's an infantryman, let's call him Li Sung. Li Sung has the great honor to be a member of the First Legion.

Let's give the First Legion the colors red and orange and say that their devices get split, color-wise, straight down the middle vertically.

First Legion: Pentagon with the Lord's Crest, possibly with the number one on there somewhere.

Dragon Pentagon with the Lord's Crest over a white diamond emblazoned with the symbol of Pasiap in red and orange.
Li Sung belongs to the fifth dragon of the First Legion. Let's say that dragons 1-5 are on a white background, while 6-10 are on a black background. (Let's also say that the mons go from Air to Earth in order of the elemental advantages detailed in the 1000 Correct Actions.)

Wing White diamond with Pasiap's symbol in red and orange over a white triangle marked with a turtle in red and orange.

Talon White triangle marked with a turtle in red and orange over a white circle marked with a skull in red and orange.

Scale White circle marked with a skull in red and orange over the number 1. (For the 1rst scale of the Talon.)

In summary: Li Sung is of the first scale of the bright skull talon, in the bright turtle wing, in the bright Earth dragon of the First Legion.

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