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The '''Akh'Faer''' ([[Elven (language) |elven]] for '''Army of the Art''') was the arcane branch of the [[Akh'Velahr]] military in the [[elf|elven]] empire of [[Cormanthyr]] that existed up until the fall of [[Myth Drannor]] at the close of the [[Weeping War]]. Headquartered in the [[Art Tower]] of [[Castle Cormanthor]], they numbered over four hundred ''akf'faern'' (members) during the empire's peak (circa [[650 DR]]).<ref name="C:EotE-p120">{{Cite book/Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves|120}}</ref>
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The '''Akh'Faer''' ([[Elven (language) |elven]] for '''Army of the Art''') was the arcane branch of the [[Akh'Velahr]] military in the [[elf|elven]] empire of [[Cormanthyr]] that existed up until the fall of [[Myth Drannor]] at the close of the [[Weeping War]]. Headquartered in the [[Art Tower]] of [[Castle Cormanthor]], they numbered over four hundred ''akf'faern'' (members) during the empire's peak (circa [[650 DR]]).<ref name="C.EotE-p120">{{Cite book/Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves|120}}</ref>
   
 
==Heirarchy==
 
==Heirarchy==
The Akh'Faer was mixed between the [[gold elves]] and the [[moon elves]]. They were comprised of roughly three hundred primary troops (4th- 8th level [[wizards]]), one hundred junior officers (9th to 12th level wizards) and fifty senior officers (13th level or higher wizards) below the leadership. The leader of the Akh'Faer is called the [[Spell-Major]], and is chosen by ritual of [[blade-rite]], having been able to successfully draw the [[Artblade]]. A Spell-Major also names his four second in command, the [[Spell-Captain | Spell-Captains]].<ref name="C:EotE-p120" /> Examine the table to the right to learn about the officer ranks in the Akh'Faer. To read the table, look at one rank to see what group is is a part of and how many troops he commands as part of that group. For example, a Faerne is part of a Sphere, and commands Four Circles worth of troops (look further down to learn about a Circle).
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The Akh'Faer was mixed between the [[gold elves]] and the [[moon elves]]. They were comprised of roughly three hundred primary troops (4th- 8th level [[wizards]]), one hundred junior officers (9th to 12th level wizards) and fifty senior officers (13th level or higher wizards) below the leadership. The leader of the Akh'Faer is called the [[Spell-Major]], and is chosen by ritual of [[blade-rite]], having been able to successfully draw the [[Artblade]]. A Spell-Major also names his four second in command, the [[Spell-Captain | Spell-Captains]].<ref name="C.EotE-p120" /> Examine the table to the right to learn about the officer ranks in the Akh'Faer. To read the table, look at one rank to see what group is is a part of and how many troops he commands as part of that group. For example, a Faerne is part of a Sphere, and commands Four Circles worth of troops (look further down to learn about a Circle).
 
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==Equipment==
 
==Equipment==
All troops in the Akh'Faer bear a ring identifying them as such and grants them resistance against magic as well as wands of ''detect magic''. Junior officers often are granted a complement of wands of such spells as ''magic missile'' or ''lightning bolt'', while senior officers might be given ''rods of absorption'' or ''rods of security''.<ref name="C:EotE-p120" />
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All troops in the Akh'Faer bear a ring identifying them as such and grants them resistance against magic as well as wands of ''detect magic''. Junior officers often are granted a complement of wands of such spells as ''magic missile'' or ''lightning bolt'', while senior officers might be given ''rods of absorption'' or ''rods of security''.<ref name="C.EotE-p120" />
   
 
===Tattoos===
 
===Tattoos===
The Akh'Faer, like the Akh'Velahr, use tattoos to signify rank. All of the akh'faern wear black lightning sigils on the backs of their hands. As they become officers, they gain a large tattoo made up of azure lines and as they progress, up to four interlocking circles are added. Once a senior officer, yellow is added to the azure to make it green, and further up they gain concentric lozenges in black, intersecting with the circles. Finally, a Spell-Major has all of his designs turned silver on green using the power of the Artblade or the painstaking skill of a tattoo artist.<ref name="C:EotE-p58">{{Cite book/Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves|58}}</ref>
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The Akh'Faer, like the Akh'Velahr, use tattoos to signify rank. All of the akh'faern wear black lightning sigils on the backs of their hands. As they become officers, they gain a large tattoo made up of azure lines and as they progress, up to four interlocking circles are added. Once a senior officer, yellow is added to the azure to make it green, and further up they gain concentric lozenges in black, intersecting with the circles. Finally, a Spell-Major has all of his designs turned silver on green using the power of the Artblade or the painstaking skill of a tattoo artist.<ref name="C.EotE-p58">{{Cite book/Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves|58}}</ref>
   
All branches of the military are granted tattoos as medals in recognition of service as well. Some of the common medals given to the members are the Akh'Aegis (for being seriously wounded in defense of the realm), Ister's Star (for an akh'faern who created and gifted a spell to the military), and the Crossed Swords (for any elf who fought [[drow]] and survived; some even chose to receive the tattoo a number of times for each drow slain).<ref name="C:EotE-p58" />
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All branches of the military are granted tattoos as medals in recognition of service as well. Some of the common medals given to the members are the Akh'Aegis (for being seriously wounded in defense of the realm), Ister's Star (for an akh'faern who created and gifted a spell to the military), and the Crossed Swords (for any elf who fought [[drow]] and survived; some even chose to receive the tattoo a number of times for each drow slain).<ref name="C.EotE-p58" />
   
 
==Notable Akh'Faern==
 
==Notable Akh'Faern==
*[[Ecaeris Aunglor]], Spell-Captain<ref name="C:EotE-p47">{{Cite book/Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves|47}}</ref>
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*[[Ecaeris Aunglor]], Spell-Captain<ref name="C.EotE-p47">{{Cite book/Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves|47}}</ref>
*[[Alea Dahast]], the "High Lady of Art", Spell-Major<ref name="C:EotE-p47" />
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*[[Alea Dahast]], the "High Lady of Art", Spell-Major<ref name="C.EotE-p47" />
 
*[[Paeris Haladar]], former Spell-Major who tried to kill his replacement. He later became Spell-Captain.
 
*[[Paeris Haladar]], former Spell-Major who tried to kill his replacement. He later became Spell-Captain.
 
*[[Ithosra Morningdove]], Spell-Captain
 
*[[Ithosra Morningdove]], Spell-Captain

Latest revision as of 16:01, December 16, 2017

The Akh'Faer (elven for Army of the Art) was the arcane branch of the Akh'Velahr military in the elven empire of Cormanthyr that existed up until the fall of Myth Drannor at the close of the Weeping War. Headquartered in the Art Tower of Castle Cormanthor, they numbered over four hundred akf'faern (members) during the empire's peak (circa 650 DR).[2]

HeirarchyEdit

The Akh'Faer was mixed between the gold elves and the moon elves. They were comprised of roughly three hundred primary troops (4th- 8th level wizards), one hundred junior officers (9th to 12th level wizards) and fifty senior officers (13th level or higher wizards) below the leadership. The leader of the Akh'Faer is called the Spell-Major, and is chosen by ritual of blade-rite, having been able to successfully draw the Artblade. A Spell-Major also names his four second in command, the Spell-Captains.[2] Examine the table to the right to learn about the officer ranks in the Akh'Faer. To read the table, look at one rank to see what group is is a part of and how many troops he commands as part of that group. For example, a Faerne is part of a Sphere, and commands Four Circles worth of troops (look further down to learn about a Circle).

Officer Ranks in the Akh'Faer[3]
Officer RankGroupTroops Under Command
FaerniirRingFour Troops
Faernil Two Rings
FaernaaCircleFour Rings
Faernos Two Circles
FaerneSphereFour Circles
Faernae Two Spheres
ArfaernWingFour Spheres
Spell-CaptainFlightTwo Wings
Spell-MajorAkh'FaerFour Flights

EquipmentEdit

All troops in the Akh'Faer bear a ring identifying them as such and grants them resistance against magic as well as wands of detect magic. Junior officers often are granted a complement of wands of such spells as magic missile or lightning bolt, while senior officers might be given rods of absorption or rods of security.[2]

TattoosEdit

The Akh'Faer, like the Akh'Velahr, use tattoos to signify rank. All of the akh'faern wear black lightning sigils on the backs of their hands. As they become officers, they gain a large tattoo made up of azure lines and as they progress, up to four interlocking circles are added. Once a senior officer, yellow is added to the azure to make it green, and further up they gain concentric lozenges in black, intersecting with the circles. Finally, a Spell-Major has all of his designs turned silver on green using the power of the Artblade or the painstaking skill of a tattoo artist.[4]

All branches of the military are granted tattoos as medals in recognition of service as well. Some of the common medals given to the members are the Akh'Aegis (for being seriously wounded in defense of the realm), Ister's Star (for an akh'faern who created and gifted a spell to the military), and the Crossed Swords (for any elf who fought drow and survived; some even chose to receive the tattoo a number of times for each drow slain).[4]

Notable Akh'FaernEdit

ReferencesEdit

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