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.
- The infantry
- The Aswaran
- Kavehan battlemages
- Special troops: cavalry, artillery, engineers.
- The Royal Navy
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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