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Lore:Imperial Legion

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The Legion is divided into structured and disciplined military units; the primary, and largest, of which is the Legion, which is further divided into Cohorts.{{ref|name=AALL|{{Cite Book|An Ancient Love Letter|ns_base=Online}}}} Legions are numbered for identification, and each possesses a proud history and sub-culture. Of note, for example, is the 10th Legion, which was destroyed in the Imperial invasion of [[Lore:Akavir|Akavir]].{{ref|name=RDAI|{{Cite Book|Report: Disaster at Ionith}}}} The [[Lore:Imperial Battlemages|Imperial Battlemages]] are a rich tradition of war mages trained in the support of the Legions. All facets of warfare are accounted for in Legionary operations, and the Legion employs large numbers of highly-specialized troops in conjunction with one another to achieve victory, among them archers, light and heavy cavalry, battlemages, and healers.{{ref|name=RDAI}}{{ref|name=RQOR|{{Cite Book|Report: Quality of Recruits|ns_base=Online}}}} Imperial Battlemages are often mixed with other legions, but also form cohorts under a Battlemage Palatine, who acts as the commander of the cohort.{{ref|[[Online:Costumes B#Battlemage Palatine Armor|Battlemage Palatine]] armor description in ESO}} Imperial organizations, such as the Imperial Society, requisition legionnaire support as needed for their endeavors.{{ref|name=TROK|{{Cite Book|Ruins of Kemel-Ze}}}} A special Legion platoon comprises the guard of any Duke in the province of Morrowind, the Duke of Vvardenfell, for instance. These soldiers are among the best the Legion has to offer; the most accomplished soldiers of the Duke's guard have the honor of serving as personal Palace guard to the King of Morrowind.{{ref|[[Morrowind:Duke Vedam Dren|Duke Vedam Dren]]'s guards in Morrowind}} The Legion was also known to have an expeditionary force, that was known to have put down tribal uprisings in [[Lore:Black Marsh|Black Marsh]].{{ref|''Peace in Black Marsh'' dialogue option in Morrowind}}
Tying into the Legion's versatility is its non-discriminatory policy of recruitment. The Legion recruits individuals of all races and creeds into its ranks and benefits from the diversity of skills they all bring (although men form the vast majority). The Legion's strict standards of recruitment choose candidates for service on the bases of endurance, soldierly virtue, and trustworthiness, among others. [[Lore:Orc|Orcs]] earned citizenship by service in the legions, and have come to be prized by the Imperial Legion for their skills in smithing and heavy armor.{{ref|[[Oblivion:Orc|Orc]] racial description in Oblivion}} The Legion is one of the very few groups to treat the Orcs well.{{ref|[[Skyrim:Moth gro-Bagol|Moth gro-Bagol]]'s dialogue in Skyrim}}{{ref|{{Cite Book|Centurion's Signet}}}} [[Lore:Kothringi|Kothringi]] were known to be a large part of the Imperial garrison of [[Lore:Gideon|Gideon]].{{ref|{{Cite Book|2920, Morning Star (v1)}}}} [[Lore:Lyris Titanborn|Lyris Titanborn]], a half-[[Lore:Giant|giant]], was a member of the Imperial Legion, rising quickly through the ranks due to her strength and height.{{ref|{{Cite Book|Meet the Character - Lyris Titanborn}}}} The Legion has also had multiple [[Lore:Dragon|Dragons]] serve underneath it, such as [[Lore:Nahfahlaar|Nahfahlaar]], who served under [[Lore:Tiber Septim|Tiber Septim]], and [[Lore:Dragonne Papré|Dragonne Papré]].{{ref|{{Cite Book|There Be Dragons}}}}
Service in the Legion is considered a model of Imperial citizenship, and as such requires a high standard of excellence. Influential Imperial military families would often send their children to be trained in legionary academies, such as the {{Lore Link|Topal Legionary Academy}}, where they would be trained to be elite soldiers.{{ref|{{Cite Book|Topal Legionary Academy}}}} Legionnaires are typically expected to be at the peak of physical fitness in order to weather the rigors of melee combat and long marches in heavy equipment, demonstrate mastery of blades, polearms, and blunt weaponry, and have great skill in utilizing heavy armor as well as hand-shields.{{ref|name=OL}} The Legion has had multiple [[Lore:Dragon|Dragons]] serve underneath it, such as [[Lore:Nahfahlaar|Nahfahlaar]], who served under [[Lore:Tiber Septim|Tiber Septim]], and [[Lore:Dragonne Papré|Dragonne Papré]].{{ref|{{Cite Book|There Be Dragons}}}}
Legions are known to have their own marching songs.{{ref|{{Item Link|Legionnaire Marching Song|id=145699|level=1|quality=3}}}} [[Lore:Stendarr|Stendarr]] is the Patron of the Imperial Legion.{{ref|name=MWImperial|Dialogue of the [[MW:Imperial Cult|Imperial Cult]] in [[MW:Morrowind|Morrowind]]}}{{Ref|name=TESVSPOGG|{{Cite Book|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Prima Official Game Guide|ns_base=Books}}}}{{Ref|group=UOL|name=ILS|[ Stendarr]}}

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