To my fellow citizens:
It has been my observation that our capabilities, while formidable, are often reduced in effectiveness due to the chaos of the opening moments of a battle. I would propose, and only with the support of my fellow citizens, that we should commit ourselves to the roles in which we are most comfortable, so that we can move into formation as quickly as we our able and deny the Tiyagan scum the initiative. Below is strictly a proposal, and I submit it in hopes that it be critiqued and refined in the extreme.
The Vanguard: Anyone capable of holding the line, soldiers in particular, are needed in the Vanguard. The rest of the battle plan revolves around the Vanguard remaining stable and stationary, and not losing focus attempting to deal with changing conditions on the field.
The Support Line: Artificers and Apothecaries are ideal. The focus of the support line is to provide elemental pressure for the Vanguard, while supporting the ferrying of wounded and empty fire arms to triage, so as to alleviate the pressure from the Vanguard on that responsibility.
Triage: The critical component of replenishing our forces and resisting attrition. Those capable of providing medical support should always report to triage, focusing on restoring our fighters, from a distance that balance risk against ensuring efficient reinforcement. Attrition on the field is magnified by the distance wounded have to be ferried for treatment. I would also propose that those capable of loading weapons, but not able to contribute to the other Vanguard or Skirmisher line, report to triage to keep the gunline supplied.
Skirmisher Line: A dual purpose squad focusing on opening a flank to pressure the enemy, and withdrawing to respond to new developments without undermining the vanguard.
Gun Line: Shock and awe, as Hobbes has taught you. The impact of firearms in single combat is greatly diminished in comparison to a massed volley. Having the gunline available to punch a hole in the enemy lines is of critical importance. Additionally, allowing them to trust the support line to reload there weapons while they defend a flank will allow them to increase there effectiveness, possibly even having a second volley’s worth of guns available for the Support line to feed them.
Command: I understand that we are all free citizens and the thought of submitting to command of another citizen is a difficult proposition. However, this has more often than not lead to de facto leaders shoring up the effort only in the direst of circumstances. My proposal would be for the Navy and Mercenaries guild to agree upon commanders for the volunteer irregulars at the start of the festival, with the town council reserving the right to veto the proposals if they deem appropriate.
Additionally, I have observed the following individuals taking on leadership roles in crisis, and would recommend any of them for the role:
Additionally, for those who are willing to support a more organized line, I would be willing to supply some amount of arcanum to your efforts from my personal reserve.