Officially named the Capitoleum Milita, the force is better known as the Stripes because of their well-known striped shoulderpads. They are generally well trained and of a decently low corruption level. Though that depends on where you are in the city. The army is also in charge of patrolling the Coins: the main trade highway roads.
Most of the patrols are people from Capitoleum themselves, but each House which has a stretch of the Coins under its control (Road Houses) has a duty to supply men or money for all stretches of road to make the Stripes to be effective. Since the Stripes is limited in power, no current owner of trade highway is against this notion. In order to facilitate neutral guardianship, soldiers from different houses are frequently placed in other kingdoms than their own.
In the view of the commoners, the Stripes can be seen as a helping hand or an oppressive fascist force, depending on where you live. Almost everyone likes the Stripes that patrol the Coins, but many districts of Capitoleum have more corrupt guardsmen, unfortunately.
There are rumours of a seat of power starting to develop in the command of the Stripes, but because of how the system is built, that is very unlikely.
Stripes are generally well-trained, well paid and well equipped, especially the ones travellign the Coins. A soldier's standard gear usually include:
- Chainmail (with the famous striped shoulderpads)
- Helmet (not usually equipped unless in battle)
- Stripestick (specially designed wooden club)
- Heavy wooden or steel shield
- Crossbow (generally only on the Coins)
Mostly having had basic training at Wyny Academy of Warfare (or outright being a Wyny soldier) or having previous guard/soldier experience, Stripes in Capitoleum generally tries to avoid killing suspected criminals to let the justice system deal with them and emplys a "Stripestick" to bash in heads before drawing their blades. The mortality rate of criminals is still quite high from blunt trauma, but at least they keep a reputation of "fainess" by not slicing people up at first infraction.
On the road, Stripes are risking their lives and are less inclined to show any mercy against any percieved threat. Anything that reasonably can be interpreted as threatening is usually dealt with crossbowbolts, hoves and swords first and questions asked later.
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