|Active:|| In Goldshire: 23 Fasmas 1639 - 1650;|
In Jadid Khaz Modan: 31 Qinamu, 1650–
|Motto:||عدالت قبل از رحمت|
("Justice before Mercy")
|In use by:||Emir of Sathrati|
|Allegiance:||House of Ayreon-Kalirion|
|Type:||Infantry Foot Guards|
|Current Commander:||Isabella Simrani-Kalirion|
|Conflicts & Deployments|
The personal bodyguard of the Emira of Sathrati and the House of Ayreon-Kalirion, formed after the disgrace of the Leonid Guard. Heavily implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity alleged to have occurred during the Civil War in Goldshire.
Formation and early years in Goldshire
With the Leonid Guard deemed to be unreliable and subsequently purged, a new personal force was recruited by Queen Noor in her capacity as Emira of Sathrati. This force, known as the Jaysh al-Sathrati, was brought into being on 23 Fasmas 1639.
Queen Noor intended that the recruitment process for this new force was so stringent than only the most loyal would be chosen for the more advanced programme to become guardsmen. More than half of the volunteers in the initial batches died in training. This had an impact on the recruitment and retention rate so a new policy was implemented whereby Doctors Ernst Cryptsinger and Tokaray al-Osman initiated selection procedures for the psychological and behavioural conditioning of the most suitable candidates for Queen Noor's personal guard. The washouts from this process, rather than being wasted through ill-considered brutality, were assigned to a new militia under the banner of the Jaysh al-Sathrati, and it was this force that was unleashed on Lunaris when the Queen ordered their deployment to flush out Assayers she believed were hiding amongst the villages and clans of that unusual county.
The Jaysh al-Sathrati, the core of whom were recruited from the Babkhi communities of Alalehzamin and Utasia and Agnesia and Wintergleam, became a militantly racist and Imperialist organization which stressed the 'Elwynnese' character of the Kingdom. A kingdom which, it held, had been donated to Elwynn in the previous century by Duke Leo Dine. Accordingly they had neither sympathy nor mercy for those Lunatics the Royal Government had sent them to police when they were first deployed on the 17th of Rugaall, 1640. Such indeed was Queen Noor's intention for she wanted Assayers being so fearful of capture that they would rather kill themselves on the spot.
The well armed Jaysh al-Sathrati quickly gained made their mark on a dumbstruck Lunaris. Several thousand people had been killed and as many as a million more had been driven from their homes, causing a major humanitarian crisis. Over 100,000 refugees poured towards Lune Villa, pursued by militiamen who clashed with detachments of the Lunatic Legion who were trying to direct the displaced into the Eth Lune Forest and away from the fighting. More than 70 Sathrati militiamen and 10 Legionnaires were killed in one gun battle in late Rugaall. An Imperial Army observer team reported that Lunatic villages and Octalune encampments were singled out, while the homes of migrant families were left untouched.
Now, with all the southern counties openly in revolt, the last pretence of restraint was cast aside and the Jayash al-Sathrati was unleashed to vent its full fury upon the people of Lunaris. With Imperial Forces advancing into the county to secure an area identified as the 'Southern Martial Law Zone', the Jaysh al-Sathrati had the task of holding open the rear, the so-called 'Feudal Zone' under the notional rule of the Khan of Cabbagefall, to allow lines of communication to be established and held. The Growth of partisan bands in Elsenar, Lunaris and Ran, the defection of the County Militias and threatened disintegration of the Goldshire Regulars, complicated the task and stretched the deployed forces of the Jaysh and the Imperial Army over a vastly increased area and to breaking point.
To protect the rear therefore, the Jaysh al-Sathrati was to crush the gangs of bandits it encountered with a singular brutality in order to annihilate them. One of the orders issued in the name of the Khan of Cabbagefall specified: "It may be necessary to seize the entire male population of a ward, insofar as their immediate liquidation is not an operational imperative on account of their participation in or support of the insurgency, and insofar as they are capable of work, to bring them to the ESB Rehabilitation Facilities of Meadowhall, Trafford and Arndale, for reassignment to areas where their labour can be utilised and their actions properly monitored and supervised." In short, if it proved too difficult to distinguish between a partisan and a lunatic, and the commander on the ground didn't feel sufficiently able to execute them on the spot, the answer of the Royal Government was to have the Jaysh al-Sathrati empty the county completely, creating a dead zone and calling it pacified.
The Jaysh al-Sathrati, lacking heavy weapons, artillery and air support, nonetheless served as a buffer between the Imperial Forces, which were paralysed by the so-called Triskelschrecken or Triskelion Terror.
After the Civil War in Goldshire concluded, the Jaysh al-Sathrati, after just about surviving long enough to be counted amongst the victors, received the equipment and banners of the disgraced Goldshire Regulars.
The Jaysh al-Sathrati further disgraced itself by remaining loyal to the Enemy of Humanity during the Year of the Four Kaisers. It was however, by an amendment to the Codex Aureus Regni, to remain a publicly funded organisation tasked with the defence of the Ayreon-Kalirion dynasty, the cost of which was to be borne by the defeated Kingdom of Goldshire as a mark of its shame.
In 1650, the newly elevated King, Ryker Everstone, chaffing at the cost of maintaining 120,000 men at arms, sought to defund and disarm the organisation. After being defeated in his early attempts to achieve this by Royal Decree, subsequently amended the Codex, effectively terminating the Jaysh al-Sathrati's existence as an active organisation garrisoned in Goldshire.
Reactivation in Jadid Khaz Modan
In reaction to this, Isabella Simrani-Kalirion, the great-aunt to Kaiser Ayreon IV, promulgated a farmân, effectively refounding the Jaysh al-Sathrati on the islands of Jadid Khaz Modan. She encouraged the Jaysh to quit the Kingdom and travel to her citadel of Arg-e Ardashir, promising one hundred grams of gold for each severed head of an Octalune brought into her audience chamber.
Duties, Functions, and Responsibilities
Order of Battle
- 1st Division - Area Defence
(inc Palace Guard & Royal Protection)
- 2nd Division - Armoured Cavalry
- 21st Regiment - x1 Command Squadron, x1 Military Police Squadron, x8 Logistics Squadrons
- 22nd–40th Regiments - x19 Armoured Regiments
- 3rd Division - Armoured Cavalry
- 41st Regiment - x1 Command Squadron, x1 Military Police Squadron, x8 Logistics Squadrons
- 42nd–60th Regiments - x19 Armoured Regiments
- 4th Division - Light Infantry
- 61st Regiment - x1 Command Squadron, x1 Military Police Squadron, x8 Logistics Squadrons
- 62nd–80th Regiments - x19 Infantry Regiments
- 5th Division - Light Infantry
- 81st Regiment - x1 Command Squadron, x1 Military Police Squadron, x8 Logistics Squadrons
- 82nd–100th Regiments - x19 Infantry Regiments