Militia of Port Katherine, and curious citizens who wandered in off the street hoping for a fight:
I don’t want to make a big deal of this whole Militia thing. Ive kept out of the politicking so far and I’d like to continue to do so, but I have some announcements for those wh’ove signed on.
I like to think of myself as an approachable sort of person. If any of you have any questions or concerns, I am happy to talk. Here, in private, or at the next Solstice.
- Can I trust you all to gather outside the tavern on
the last night of Late FallMID MORNING ON THE SOLSTICE for orders and possibly payment if the town council is amenable?
We’ll meet Saturday mid-morning after the component walk. I’ll announce the actual time on Friday night after game-on.
On the subject of payment: There is some talk of working a deal out with the surgeons such that we would give them half of the militia funds to pay in advance for healing at a bulk rate. Each militia member would then receive 5 ducats a season as well as an amount of healing that they could trade amongst themselves if one of them requires more, etc. Town Council mentioned punch cards. I personally am in favor of it; it would provide fighters a discount on healing and spare our poor surgeons from tying themselves in knots trying to keep their books, but I defer to my women’s wishes in this.
I have established a chain of command to avoid being disturbed during my well-earned ogling time. In the event that I am unavailable, command passes accordingly:
a. Midshipsman Amity Harlow (my opposite in the Navy)
b. Lt James Corvid
c. Lt Hezra Boone
d. The ranking naval officer on site (most likely Tascheif Alize or Jules Alabaster)
e. Whoever in the militia can yell the loudest
I may, at my discretion, temporarily pass command to one of these people, or deputize citizens of Port Katherine to lead. Command, of course, reverts back to me when I claim it.
On militia duties: it is not our purpose to make the whole of the Outer Rim safe for anyone who chooses to venture alone. Nor is it our purpose to provide protection services free of charge, preventing any entrepreneur fighter from earning an income. We are paid by the Council to defend the colonists and the colony buildings against insurmountable threats. Fae burning the cabins. Pirates with mystical powers planning to annihilate us. Canons aimed at the tavern, elementals overrunning the sewers. The threats that, if left unchecked, would jeopardize the entirety of Port Katherine.
So. I do not wish to be pulled out of my surgery bed because some settler has been run off her property by monsters and needs an escort to rescue her great-grandmother’s scimitar. She can hire any of our fine fighters at a fair price for the task. Likewise, I am not arranging free escorts for unarmed nobles who want to go to the library but not fight the venomous lizards on the way themselves. I also trust the judgement of the town for how to deal with dull-witted brigands attempting set up toll roads. You do not need my permission to dispatch monsters.
I also encourage all members of the militia to hire themselves out to any employer who needs their skills. The militia is a non-exclusive contract and I do not want it to be your primary source of employment.
If any of you feel undue pressure from a commanding officer or from town council to perform a non-militia duty free of charge, please do not hesitate to bring the matter to me.