[RP Lore] the Imperial Army of Kaveh


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The Royal Army is the versatile military force that is at the disposal of the Shah. It is made up of several kinds of troops, going from levied infantry, to the cavalry, to the professional forces and the Royal Guard.

  1. Organization
  2. The infantry
  3. The Aswaran
  4. Kavehan battlemages
  5. Special troops: cavalry, artillery, engineers.
  6. Equipment
  7. The Royal Navy
  8. Order of Battle

The Kavehan military has adopted a strict pattern of organization. It is organized around regiments, military units with a particular territory from which they recruit their troops and conscripts. These regiments consist of vasht, battalions of troops between 200 (for artillery) and 800 (for infantry) strong, commanded by an Ãrgbed. The number of vasht a regiment fields depends on how populated its dedicated area is. Each regiment, however, always maintains at least one vasht of Aswaran professional troops.

On campaign, a number of vasht are grouped into a brigade, or gond, of between 1000 and 3000 soldieirs. These are the main tactical unit, and they usually combine at least infantry and artillery to create a combined-arms force. They are commanded by a Mãrzban.

A field army is known as a Spãh, and consists of a number of gonds and dedicated attachments from cavalry, engineers, logistics, and the Navy. They will usually number at least ten thousand soldiers, and sometimes many more, and are commanded by a Spãhbod.

Every Kaveha man is eligible for military service when the army is mobilized. Most of them will fight as riflemen - well-trained, disciplined, and drilled soldiers, capable of independent action and of laying down a withering hail of fire. A Kavehan conscript serves a term of five years as part of the same company to foster a group spirit. A vasht usually contains five companies. One new company is introduced to each vasht every year, and the oldest will be stood down. This system promotes a constant flow of manpower and experience, and gives the army access to many trained reserve companies to call upon and form new units in the case of mobilization.


Kaveh infantry

A Kaveh infantry vasht contains 800 soldiers, most of whom will be riflemen. They carry their weapon, the Atar-116 rifle, with pride in their Shah’s name. Their weapon is a rapid-firing breechloaded rifle, offering a good balance between range, accuracy and rate of fire. In addition, each vasht has a detachment of supporting weapons, including machineguns, flamethrowers and mortars. Also present are two batteries of infantry support howitzers, eight in total, for providing close fire support.

Besides the conscript force, the King maintains a professional force of troops, known as the Aswaran. These men serve 12 year contracts, and are a powerful force of experienced soldiers. They are outfitted in the usual fashion for a Kaveh infantry vasht, but their greater marksmanship, discipline and experience makes them fearsome soldiers.

The majority of Kavehan artillery and engineering battalions are Aswaran, as it takes much time to teach conscripts the skills necessary to function in such a unit.


The Kaveh battlemage has trained for much of his life in the magical arts, in addition to the courses offered at the Arcane College in Kurshid and general training for Aswaran officers. This makes him a diverse and adaptable leader, capable of battlefield leadership but also devastating power as a warrior. More about Kavehan magic is found here.

Magic, as in many aspects of Kaveh life, also has its place in combat. Not only is it used directly in the casting of spells, but forms of magnetism and energy also have an application in weaponcrafting. Kaveh witch-weapons, who usually come in the form of swords or spears, use an alloy of magic-conducting metals to project a blade of pure energy. This blade is a fearsome weapon, and quite capable of piercing most, if not all, armours with ease. Few forces in the world can in close combat stand up to a Kaveh battlemage wielding a witch-weapon. In addition, magic is useful in strengthening armours - both to resist conventional weapons and to resist witch-weapons - and in projecting protective barriers against enemy projectiles.

The Royal Guard


The Royal Guard of Kaveh, known as the Zhayedan, are the finest and most feared warriors in the Kingdom. These are veterans, hand-picked from the army and housed in a complex near the royal palace. They serve as bodyguards and elite soldiers. Notable is that every single Immortal is an accomplished battlemage, and they will usually use magical weapons in battle. These enchanted swords and spears emit blades of pure magical energy, capable of cutting through most armours. Despite their old-fashioned appearance they are a brutally effective force, and will carry out their mission of keeping the Shah safe at any cost.

The Cavalry
From their old place as the centerpiece of Kavehan tactics, the cavalry has seen their role reduced to a force meant for raiding and reconnaissance. They are scouts and skirmishers, the eyes of the army, using horses, binoculars and wireless radios to quickly discover relay enemy positions, and scoped rifles to eliminate foes from great distance.

The Artillery
Besides the lighter support cannons attached to infantry units, the Kavehan army maintains battalions of heavy artillery for long-distance bombardment and battlefield support. These men operate howitzers, great iron beasts that bellow their shells over large distances. The units also have their own observers, usually in dirigibles, to direct the bombardment.

Given enough time, the Kavehan artillery will gleefully reduce any building, fortress or wall to ruin.

The Engineers


Mobility is a crucial aspect of modern warfare. It is the duty of the Engineers to ensure proper infrastructure for the army to move, building roads and bridging rivers. In battle, they are the vanguard, and will use their special tactics, shotguns and explosive charges to reduce enemy strongpoints. They might also tunnel underneath fortifications to blow them up with explosives.

The Royal Tabardariyya


The recent conflict with Danheim has shown Kavehan strategists that melee combat can still play a significant role in modern warfare, despite the developments in firepower. Building on this insight, the General Staff decided on the formation of specialized units of close combat warriors, known as the Tabardariyya. These men, equipped with heavy armour, shotguns, pistols, hand grenades and Kavehan battle maces, would be at the forefront of a charge. Their purpose is to assault and destroy enemy positions, particularly when attacking fortified structures or cities.

Recent years have seen an overhaul in the equipment of the Shah’s armed forces. Swords, spears, bows and armour have been abandoned in favour of modern arms like rifles, machine guns, and heavy cannons.

Firearms are the main weapons of the army. Every soldier is equipped at the state’s expense with either a rifle (for infantry and engineers), a carbine (for cavalry and artillery) or a pistol (for officers). Besides these, they will carry an assortment of equipment including maintenance kits, ammunition, supplies and so on. An infantry soldier’s packing will reach up to 30kg, particularly when campaigning in the field.

The army is supplied by a dedicated logistical service that works closely with Kavehan industries to procure the items needed.

Besides the industry and new technology it has made available, the use of Arejo crystals has also enabled the Kavehans to resurrect the pride and joy of their Xolotecan ancestors - the airship fleet. Working from old schematics and with those remaining hulks that are still salvageable, the Kaveh Navy is slowly restoring many of the old Xolotecan ships to working condition.

Two main classes of ship are currently in use, the patrol cruiser, and the battleship. Patrol cruisers are a balance between speed, firepower and armour. They are meant for, well, patrol, fighting raiders and pirates as well as raiding themselves in times of war. The battleships are different beasts entirely - huge, lumbering, and devastatingly powerful. Their emphasis is on armour and firepower, and will take a punch and dish it out sevenfold, but their size and weight means that they are slow and take large numbers of crew and especially mages to keep functional.

The Royal Kurshid Rifles
1st Vasht, the Royal Kurshid Rifles - 800 men
2nd Vasht, the Royal Kurshid Rifles - 800 men
3rd Vasht, the Royal Kurshid Rifles - 800 men

Royal Aswaran
1st Aswaran Cavalry, - 400 men and horses
2nd Vasht, Royal Artillery - 200 men
3rd Vasht, Royal Artillery - 200 men
4th Vasht, Royal Engineers - 330 men

Total strength: 3.930 men


[RP Faction] Shahanshayr of Kaveh
[RP Faction] Shahanshayr of Kaveh
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REVISED VERSION

The Imperial Army is the versatile military force that is at the disposal of the Shahanshah. Highly trained and advanced, it specializes in armoured breakthrough assaults and rapid infantry movement, combined with air support. In peace and war, it is a powerful tool for the Jade Throne.

  1. Organization
  2. The infantry
  3. The Grivpanvar armoured units
  4. Kavehan battlemages
  5. Special troops: Vata-Azadan, artillery, engineers.
  6. Equipment
  7. The Imperial Navy
  8. The Imperial Air Force
  9. Order of Battle

The Kavehan military maintains a strict pattern of organization. It is organized around regiments, military units with a particular territory from which they recruit their troops and conscripts. These regiments consist of vasht, battalions of troops between 200 and 800 strong, commanded by an Ãrgbed. The number of vasht a regiment fields depends on how populated its dedicated area is.

On campaign, a number of vasht are grouped into a combined arms combat unit known as a brigade, or gond, of between 1000 and 3000 soldiers. They are commanded by a Mãrzban.

A field army is known as a Spãh, and consists of a number of gonds and dedicated attachments of engineers, logistics, and the Air Force. They will usually number at least ten thousand soldiers, and sometimes many more, and are commanded by a Spãhbod.

The Kavehan Army, the Aswaran, is entirely professional. Conscription has been deemed incompatible with the advanced technical skillset required of the modern soldier. Volunteers serve terms between four and twelve years, with many signing on for further tours after their previous has expired. In battle, the Kavehan infantryman is a dedicated, tough soldier. He has been equipped with advanced body armour, and exoskeleton suit for greater strength and endurance, and his helmet contains integrated radio and infrared functions. Most will know at least basic magic, and use it regularly to augment their skills. As their armament, they will mostly wield the Atar-221 flechette rifle, but some will use Eztli-212 shotguns, squad machineguns, or sniper rifles.


Kaveh infantry

The time of going to war on foot is long past for the Kavehan army. The infantry is equipped with an array of vehicles for transport and rapid assault, and this constitutes their main tactical doctrine. It is a force meant more for assault than for defence, exceedingly flexible, trained to quickly exploit the holes in the enemy lines opened up by the tanks.
A Kaveh infantry vasht contains 800 soldiers, with roughly one vehicle for every ten soldiers…

Armoured cavalry has always been the core of Kavehan battle doctrines, from the days of Hormoz and Sargon, where the cataphracts charged the enemy with levelled lances, to the scout and raiding forces of Shah Ardashir. In modern times, horses have been replaced by engines, lances by rail cannons, and chainmail by thick composite armour. The Kavehan battle tank of choice is the Sûra MBT – an armoured beast armed with twin machine guns and a heavy 40mm rail accelerator. Adding to the tank’s survivability is the array of magical tricks and shields the mages inside can conjure.

Besides the MBTs rides the Taxma APC. Less heavily armoured, it is the main transport for the Kavehan infantry. It is equipped with a 15mm repeating cannon as well as a machine gun, and also serves as a platform for anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) support. Most of the infantry’s heavy weapons are transported and fired from this vehicle, significantly lightening the load the soldiers have to bear.

As a unit, the Grivpanvar specialized in rapid armoured shock assault, combined with close air support by gunships. It is meant to be overwhelming, rapid, and unrelenting – swiftly opening up gaps in the enemy lines to allow the infantry to thrust deep into the enemy heartland.

The Kaveh battlemage has trained for much of his life in the magical arts, in addition to the courses offered at the Arcane College in Kurshid and general training for Aswaran officers. This makes him a diverse and adaptable leader, capable of battlefield leadership but also devastating power as a warrior. More about Kavehan magic is found here.

Magic, as in many aspects of Kaveh life, also has its place in combat. Not only is it used directly in the casting of spells, but forms of magnetism and energy also have an application in weaponcrafting. Kaveh witch-weapons, who usually come in the form of swords or spears, use an alloy of magic-conducting metals to project a blade of pure energy. This blade is a fearsome weapon, and quite capable of piercing most, if not all, armours with ease. Few forces in the world can in close combat stand up to a Kaveh battlemage wielding a witch-weapon.

In addition, magic is useful in strengthening armours - both to resist conventional weapons and to resist witch-weapons - and in projecting protective barriers against enemy projectiles. This shield projection in particular is so widely applied as to become ubiquitous – most soldiers and every single vehicle, aircraft or naval ship is capable of projecting a magical barrier. These can be overloaded, however, by application of excessive force or by wounding or otherwise breaking the concentration of the caster.

It is a sign of both great promise and great sadness that, nowadays, most soldiers are capable of casting magic. Kavehan magic draws upon the Inner Current, the swirl of static energy caused by the presence of both light and darkness in a Kavehan’s soul. The brutal jungle war has corrupted many Kavehan souls, tainting them with the black of Angra Mainyu. Certainly, their magical prowess is welcome on the battlefield, but the priests weep at the loss of purity.

The Air Cavalry
The rapid reaction forces of the Aswaran are found in the air cavalry. They are known as Vata-Azadan, the Knights of the Wind. These infantrymen are even more heavily armoured than the regular infantry, wearing full bodysuits of exoskeleton-assisted armour fitted with light automatic cannons, underslung machine guns, and back-mounted rocket packs. They are the heaviest infantry forces at the Shahanshah’s disposal, and their preferred means of transportation is the helicopter. Mixed formations of transport and gunship helicopters deliver devastating firepower – both from above, and from the warriors dropping in the enemy’s midst.

The Artillery
Light field cannons are attached to most Kavehan land formations. These are self-propelled guns, embedded in an armoured chassis modelled on the Taxma APC. They can provide quick, accurate firing support whenever the ground forces run into trouble. To fulfil this mission adequately, the cannons are capable of firing a wide variety of shells: from HE to incendiary, from smokescreens to clustered bomblets.

Besides the lighter support cannons attached to infantry units, the Kavehan army maintains battalions of heavy rocket launchers for long-distance bombardment and battlefield support. These men operate vehicles loaded with multiple missile batteries, equally potent at precision guided bombardment as large-scale area saturation.

Given enough time, the Kavehan artillery will gleefully reduce any building, fortress or wall to ruin.

The Engineers
Mobility is a crucial aspect of modern warfare. It is the duty of the Engineers to ensure proper infrastructure for the army to move, building roads and bridging rivers. In battle, they are the vanguard, and will use their heavy vehicles, special tactics, shotguns and explosive charges to reduce enemy strongpoints. They might also tunnel underneath fortifications to blow them up with explosives.

After the conclusion of the Tlalocoban Subjugation, the Shahanshah had his entire armed force refitted with modern equipment. Flechette rifles, body armour, missile weapons and armoured vehicles are now in common use. The large number of wounded soldiers and civilians from the war has stimulated research into cybernetic body replacement, and at this point many lost limbs can be replaced by functional, though not advanced, cybernetics. Research into organ replacement is ongoing, but at this point not yet viable for large scale deployment.

The limited availability of Arejo crystals and the pressing need for them in the reconstruction effort has so far not made it possible to issue them to soldiers on a regular basis. This means that the magical acumen of the footsoldier, while it is useful and versatile, is limited.

The following weapons are commonly used by the soldiers of the Ãswaran:

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The Atar-221 is the main service rifle of the Kavehan army. It is a bullpup-configured flechette assault rifle, favoured for its long range, accuracy, and high rate of fire. Its onboard targeting computer syncs automatically with the soldiers’ helmets, to adjust for wind, atmospheric pressure and other variables.

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The Eztli-212 is a combat shotgun used by specialist units, assault forces, and engineers. It fires a pallet containing 12 tiny darts at the enemy in an adjustable spread, and is an exceedingly powerful close-range weapon. It is often used in combination with fragmentation grenades to flush foes out of cover, and into the firing cone of the weapon.

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The Xerxes-17 squad machinegun is the main support weapon of the Kavehan infantry. It is capable of laying down a withering hail of rapid, long range fire , and is mainly used to supress enemies and defend strongpoints against attack.

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The Khosrow-129 is a heavy sniper rifle mostly used by reconnaisance forces of the Ãswaran. It is highly accurate, and like the Atar has an onboard firing computer to aid accuracy and feed the user a workable firing solution. The heavy slug fired by this weapon can punch through a concrete wall, and has been known to critically damage light vehicles. The longest-ranged kill achieved with this weapon was scored by trooper Osroes at the Siege of Mixclotec, when he shot a Tlalocoban officer from six kilometers away.


The Shahanshayr of Kaveh is an ascendant naval power. With naval war not being a major factor during the conquest of Tlalocoban, the fleet has been seized in a relatively undamaged state. Repair efforts are still underway on the ships, but a number of vessels are already prepared for operation. Several ship classes are in use, complementing each other in the various task forces.

The smallest type of ship in use is the Mayso-class Corvette. This is a fast screening vessel, meant for reconnaissance and raiding duties. It mounts powerful radar and sonar systems slave-linked to the sensory nets of the larger ships in the task force, and an armament of torpedoes and light missiles.

Frigates, of the Zavareca class, are the most common ships in the fleet. They offer a good balance of speed, armour and firepower. Most are equipped to fight both sea- and airborne threats, and ballistic missiles give them limited shore bombardment ability. Their main duty is air interdiction – radar systems track any threat, and numerous SAM and CIWS systems are ready to respond.

The guided missile destroyers of the Yaozhdatrem class are the powerhouses of the fleet. While the frigates are specialized to fight air attackers, the destroyers’ exceedingly destructive arsenal of ballistic and anti-ship missiles make them the main surface combatant of the Shahanshah’s Navy.

The Xshatriya-class Carrier is a novel ship concept. It is meant to serve as a floating air base, capable of projecting air power and air cavalry units in a range of hundreds of miles. Once completed, it will serve as the basis of the Navy, and the heart of its power projection abilities.


Ever since Shah Ardashir laid the groundwork for an air fleet, air power has been a cornerstone of Kavehan doctrine. When the great airships of his time proved exceedingly vulnerable to SAMs, the air force transitioned to smaller, lighter craft. The mainstay of its power are the Aeshmahe helicopter gunship and the Merekhahe multirole fighter.

The Aeshmahe is a versatile gunship, equipped with a light repeating cannon and several racks of air-to-ground missiles – both high explosives and tank busters. In battle they perform the vital close air support role, aiding in the armoured charges of the land army.

The Merekhahe is an advanced multirole combat aircraft. Its main mission is to establish and maintain air superiority over the battleground, to prevent enemy air assets from damaging friendly forces, and to engage in bombardment and strafing runs on enemy ground positions and naval assets. For this purpose, it can be outfitted with a wide array of BVR air-to-air missiles, guided bombs, and naval torpedoes.

Besides these workhorses, specialized aircraft like the Ushtrahe transport helicopters, refuelling planes, and heavier bombers are available.