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    OOC: These awards, though not hardcoded into the game are something that add to the RP aspect. I have researched and cross-referenced them as best I could and would appreciate any further help on making the descriptions accurate. As far as distributing these awards/punishments to the troops, most of them are completely within the scope of being awarded by the General of the Legion without Senatorial approval. I suggest that the commanders use their best judgment in bestowing honors upon their men (units/legions instead of individual soldiers), and post them here. As far as RPing goes, I suggest that the commanders perhaps issue the awards based on actual in-game occurences and use their most decorated units to breach walls, or as reserves in a particularly tough battle, or delete a unit to signify execution for routing etc. Just a suggestion, play however you will!

    Regarding awards to Generals, etc. We should decide upfront whether or not we will use the in-game awards system, vote on them and award them ourselves (using command script or imagination), or a combination of the two. I suggest that some awards increase a player's influence within the Curia. I will edit this part once we decide.



    Located prominently at the edge of the Campus Martius, out of the way of the unceasingly dusty, clamorous commotion of the drilling soldiers, hammering blacksmiths, and supply carts and draft horses sits the Phalerium. A rather modestly kept outbuilding turned impromptu shrine, it serves now to house the myriad of awards, decorations, (otherwise known as 'phaleri') and even dishonors and punishments bestowed upon specific units and even entire legions and their commanders of the Res Publica.

    A sign inside the entrance, beside a well-polished marble, life-sized statue of Mars greets visitors and strives to motivate new recruits to excel in combat in the hopes of attaining great honors for themselves and their legion. You find yourself in awe of the accomplishments of these legendary men of the Res Publica and out of respect do not wish to defile such an honored place with spoken words. An interesting bit of text stands out describing various accoutrements and decorations:

    Military Awards Reserved for Commanders

    • "The Corona Ovalis, made from myrtle leaves, is awarded to generals whose achievements in war are considered worthy only of an ovation, such as a conquest over slaves or pirates or in a non-declared war.
    • The Corona Rostrata, made of gold and decorated with ships' beaks (rostra), is awarded to a commander who destroyed a fleet or achieved some other great feat in naval warfare.
    • Coronae Triumphales are awarded to generals who have achieved an outstanding conquest against a strong enemy or in especially difficult circumstances. There are three varieties of this crown:

      • The laurea insignis or insignis corona triumphalis, made of bay (laurel) leaves, is worn by the commander during his triumph. This is considered the most honorable of the three.
      • A second crown, made of gold and frequently decorated with jewels, is held over the head of the commander during his triumph. This crown and the laurea insignis are presented to him by the general's own army.
      • The Corona Provincialis is made of gold and is carried before the general in the triumphal procession. These crowns are presented to the general by his own province and by neighboring provinces -- not always voluntarily.
    • The Corona Obsidionalis or Corona Graminea, rarest of honors, is given to a general who came to the aid of a Roman army under siege and successfully broke the blockade. The wreath is made out of grasses, flowers, even weeds that were gathered from the exact site of the battle.



    Military Awards for Non-Commanders
    • The Corona Oleagina, made of olive leaves, is awarded to all the soldiers of a general who has achieved one of the higher ranking crowns.
    • The Corona Castrensis or Corona Vallaris, made of gold and decorated with the uprights (valli) of an entrenchment, is awarded to the first soldier to force his way into an enemy's palisade.
    • The Corona Muralis, made of gold and decorated with turrets, is awarded to the first soldier who got over the walls and into a besieged city.
    • The Corona Navalis is a gold crown awarded to the first man who boards an enemy ship during a naval engagement. In style, the crown was made of gold and surmounted with the beaks of ships.
    • The Corona Aurea is awarded to both Centurions and some principales for killing an enemy in single combat and holding the ground to the end of the battle.
    • The Crown of the Preserver is awarded to "those who have shielded and saved any of the citizens or allies". - The crown is presented by those civilians the soldier saved and "the man thus preserved also reverences his preserver as a father all through his life, and must treat him in every way like a parent."
    • The Corona Civica is a chaplet of common oak leaves and acorns woven to form a crown. It is regarded as the second highest military decoration to which a citizen could aspire, awarded to a soldier who saves another's life in battle ("To have preserved the life of a Roman citizen in battle, slain his opponent, and maintained the ground on which the action took place."). An extraordinary award, it brings many social privileges for the soldier's lifetime.



    Triumphae Militaris
    • The Ovation is a less-honored form of the triumph. Ovations are granted when war was not declared between enemies on the level of states, when an enemy was considered basely inferior (slaves / pirates), and when the general conflict was resolved with little to no bloodshed or danger to the army itself.
    • The Triumphus is a civil ceremony and religious rite held to publicly honor the military commander (Dux) of a notably successful foreign war or campaign and to display the glories of Roman victory.



    Medals and Decorations
    After a battle in which some of them have distinguished themselves, the general calls an assembly of the troops, and bringing forward those whom he considers to have displayed conspicuous valor, first of all speaks in laudatory terms of the courageous deeds of each and of anything else in their previous conduct which deserves commendation. Only after this are the military decorations presented:

    • Torc - gold necklet
    • Armillae - gold armbands
    • Phalerae - gold, silver, or bronze sculpted disks worn on the breastplate during parades
    • Hasta pura - a ceremonial silver spear awarded to "the man who has wounded an enemy"[5]
    • a small silver replica of a standard or flag (the vexillum).
    • a cup - presented to an infantryman "who has slain and stripped an enemy" not in the normal melee of battle but voluntarily in single combat after throwing themselves into danger
    • "horse trappings" - presented to a cavalryman "who has slain and stripped an enemy" not in the normal melee of battle but voluntarily in single combat after throwing themselves into danger



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    The sign continues on and on with lesser decorations and the names of valiant Romans and even some allies who have received them. Further down more text catches your attention.

    "When a Roman soldier enrolls in service to the state he swears a military oath known as the sacramentum to the Senatus Populusque Romanum. The sacramentum states that he would fulfill his conditions of service on pain of punishment up to and inclusive of death. Discipline in the army is extremely rigorous and the general has the power to summarily execute any soldier under his command. Punishments inflicted by a commander are divided into those for military crimes and those for "unmanly acts".

    Punishments for crimes
    • Fustuarium or Bastinado — Following a courts-martial sentence for desertion or dereliction of duty, the soldier is to be stoned, or beaten to death by cudgels, in front of the assembled troops, by his fellow soldiers, whose lives had been put in danger. Soldiers under sentence of fustuarium who escape are not to be pursued, but live under sentence of banishment from Rome. This punishment may also be inflicted on those who steal anything from the camp; on those who give false evidence; on young men who have abused their persons; and finally on anyone who has been punished thrice for the same fault.
    • Pecunaria multa - fines or deductions from the pay allowance.
    • Flogging in front of the century, cohort or legion.
    • "Demanding Sureties" - to include publicly re-taking the sacramentum.
    • For treason or theft the punishment is to consist of be being placed in a sack of snakes and thrown into a nearby river or lake.



    Punishments for "unmanly acts"
    • Decimatio - a form of extreme military discipline to be used by officers in the Roman Army to punish mutinous or cowardly soldiers in exceptional cases. A cohort selected for punishment by decimation will be divided into groups of ten; each group shall cast lots, and the soldier on whom the lot fell is to be executed by his nine comrades by stoning or clubbing. The remaining soldiers shall be given rations of barley instead of wheat and forced to sleep outside of the Roman encampment.
    • Castigatio - being hit by the centurion with his staff or animadversio fustium
    • Reduction of rations, or to be forced to eat barley instead of the usual grain ration
    • Whipping with the flagrum (flagellum, flagella), or "short whip" — a much more brutal punishment than simple flogging. The "short whip" is to be used for slave volunteers, volones.
    • Gradus Deiectio - a reduction in rank
    • Missio Ignominiosa - a dishonorable discharge
    • Loss of advantages gained from length of service.
    • Militiae Mutatio - relegation to inferior service or duties.
    • Summary execution.
    • Munerum Indictio - additional duties
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    HONORS OF THE LEGIO I APULIA

    Date Legion Formed: 481 ab urbe condita


    Commander: Consul, Legatus Manius Claudius Cicero - since 493 ab urbe condita
    2nd in Command: Legatus Sextus Cornelius Sulla
    3rd in Command: Legatus Sextus Cornelius Scapula
    Touring Officers:


    Slain Officers:
    Consul, Dux Cnaeus Cornelius Scipio Asina - Segesta, Winter 487 ab urbe condita


    Battles Fought:
    Taras - Summer 482 ab urbe condita - HEROIC VICTORY
    Rhegion - Winter 483 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Bononia - Summer 486 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Segesta - Winter 487 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Massalia - Summer 489 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Segestica - Spring 493 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Volcallra, Offensive vs. Carthago - Summer 495 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Volcallra, Offiensive vs. Carthago - Fall 495 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Tolosa - Winter 495 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Volcallra, Offensive vs. Carthago Summer 496 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY

    Honors Awarded:


    Dishonors Received:


    Settlements Captured: Taras, Rhegion, Bononia, Segesta, Massalia, Segestica, Tolosa
    Last edited by Tiberius Claudius Marcellus; 03-13-2009 at 19:01.
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    HONORS OF THE LEGIO II LATIUM


    Date Legion Formed: 485 ab urbe condita


    Commander: Quaestor Caius Aurelius Cotta - since the Legio was formed
    2nd in Command: Tribunus Qvintvs Aemilivs Regillvs
    3rd in Command:
    Touring Officers: Legatus Caius Aemilius Mamercus, Legatus Aulus Aemilius Mamercus


    Slain Officers:


    Battles Fought:
    Bononia - Summer 486 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Segesta - Winter 487 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Patavium - Winter 488 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Dalminion - Winter 492 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Illyria Hellenike, Defensive vs. Epeiros - Winter 494 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Illyria Hellenike, Offensive vs. Epeiros - Spring 495 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Illyria Hellenike, Offensive vs. Epeiros - Summer 495 ab urbe condita - CLOSE VICTORY
    Epeiros, Offensive vs. Epeiros - Fall 495 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Illyria Hellenike, Offensive vs. Epeiros - Winter 495 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY


    Honors Awarded:
    • Then Legatus Caius Aurelius Cotta was awarded the Corona Civica for saving the life of Consul, Dux Cnaeus Cornelius Scipio Asina, who later succumbed to wounds received in the battle for Segesta in the winter of 487 ab urbe condita.
    • Then Tribuni Caius Aemilius Mamercus and Aulus Aemilius Mamercus were awarded Phalerae for their ceremonial parade armor in recognition of their individual courage, sacrifice, and skill in the assault on Patavium during the winter of 499 ab urbe condita. Their dedication brought honor to themselves and the entire Legio II Latium.
    • The enlisted men of the Legio II Latium have been awarded the Corona Oleagina in recognition that their Commander, then Legatus Caius Aurelius Cotta, has been awarded the Corona Civica. This item is authorized to be worn with ceremonial parade armor so long as Quaestor Caius Aurelius Cotta remains with the Legio II Latium. If he moves to another command, this decoration is no longer authorized. The men of his new command will not be authorized to wear this decoration until he earns another Corona while serving as their commander.
    • The Prima Cohors Peditata, Principes has been awarded the hasta pura for wounding and killing the enemy King at the battle of Patavium - Winter 488 ab urbe condita
    • An advance reconnoitering force of specialized volunteer troops, personally led by Quaestor Caius Aurelius Cotta, pursued Pyrrhus of Epeiros into his homeland near the enemy capitol city of Ambrakia, after he cowardly fled the full might of the Legio II Latium, and there slew him in battle during the Autumn of 495 ab urbe condita



    Dishonors Received:


    Settlements Captured: Bononia, Segesta, Patavium, Dalminion
    Last edited by Tiberius Claudius Marcellus; 03-10-2009 at 21:19.
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    HONORS OF THE LEGIO III CAMPANIA


    Date Legion Formed: 488 ab urbe condita


    Commander: Dux Servius Sempronius Longus - Since the Legio was formed
    2nd in Command:
    3rd in Command:
    Touring Officers: Legatus Tiberius Claudius Marcellus, Legatus Decimus Cornelius Scipio


    Slain Officers:


    Battles Fought:
    Kalabria, Offensive vs. Samnite rebels - Spring 490 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Illyria Hellinike, Offensive vs. Epeiros - Spring 493 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Epidamnos - Spring 493 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Campania, Offensive vs. Aphistemenoi rebels - Summer 496 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY


    Honors Awarded:


    Dishonors Received:


    Settlements Captured: Epidamnos
    Last edited by Tiberius Claudius Marcellus; 03-13-2009 at 09:14.
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    "it is in his character traits and that's how Tiberius chooses to rp him. In all honesty i think this would be boring without such ridiculous characters..."

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    HONORS OF THE CONSULAR LEGIO I ROMA

    Date Legion Formed: 491 ab urbe condita


    Commander: Consul, Quaestor Manius Claudius Cicero - since 497 ab urbe condita
    2nd in Command:
    3rd in Command:
    Touring Officers:


    Slain Officers:


    Battles Fought:
    Apulia, Offensive vs. Aphistemenoi rebels - Summer 493 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY
    Latium, Offensive vs. Samnite rebels - Fall 496 ab urbe condita - CLEAR VICTORY


    Honors Awarded:


    Dishonors Received:


    Settlements Captured:
    Last edited by Tiberius Claudius Marcellus; 03-21-2009 at 22:54.
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    HONORS OF THE LEGIO V ITALIA

    Date Legion Formed: 497 ab urbe condita


    Commander: - since the Legio was formed
    2nd in Command:
    3rd in Command:
    Touring Officers:


    Slain Officers:


    Battles Fought:


    Honors Awarded:


    Dishonors Received:


    Settlements Captured:
    Last edited by Tiberius Claudius Marcellus; 03-21-2009 at 22:53.
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    Campaigns Completed:
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    Awarded by _Bean_ 02/01/2009 for The Phalerium
    Quote Originally Posted by Potocello
    "it is in his character traits and that's how Tiberius chooses to rp him. In all honesty i think this would be boring without such ridiculous characters..."

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