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Seanchan Progressing System


So, you'd like to serve the Empress, may She live forever.  Well, there are plenty of ways to do this.  You can start as any kind of character but bear in mind that half of the fun is achieving a higher rank, particularly if you start at lower levels and work your way up. :)


The Blood is the only line that can rule Seanchan and sit on the Crystal Throne according to Seanchan Law and Custom.  However:


Everyone, with the exception of Damane, can aspire to gaining greater honour in the eyes of the Empress, may She live forever, and the hope of a new name and social rank.  Damane can earn status boosts too, by good behaviour and earning ribbons or the patronage of the Blood or associated nobility. 


Progression to a New Name


The Empress can hand out new names and ranks, may She live forever, for exceptional courage or initiative shown in service to the Empire.  So, the system for attaining a new name and a higher sense of honour will follow that of the Seanchan Empire from Robert Jordan’s ‘Wheel of Time’ books. 


The way a character can attain a new name can fall under the following categories:


Diligence: Complete a political role-play that aids the Empress, may She live forever, after learning some of the Empire’s politics.  Put this knowledge into play, and it could earn you a new name.


Prestige: Complete battle role-plays that secure an advantage for the Seanchan Empire or show amazing courage in the face of adversity and, if witnessed, you could earn a new name.


Antiquarian: This is a very rare category, and is only to be used with Division Leader/Admin Approval.  Should a playable character find an item of extreme historical interest to the Seanchan, it could earn you a new name.




Weapon Scores among the general Seanchan populace


These I intend to follow the same system as the Freelanders, that is to say that a character starts with a low Weapon Score and increases it by role playing their character practicing with other characters, or taking part in fights. 


The Deathwatch Guard


Should a soldier in the Seanchan military choose to extend his or her career upon reaching Weapon Score Fourteen, he or she can choose to join the Deathwatch Guard.  These elite fighters are the private property (da’covale) of the Empress, may She live forever.  The candidate will have to apply, stating past experiences and any recommendations they have, and then when they are accepted they will have to write their initiation into the Deathwatch Guards.


A Different Choice


Should your character be wish to join the military but to not be a regular soldier, there are a couple of alternatives that can be accessed after an introductory lesson.  For those that create these characters at the biography submission stage, these lessons should be mentioned. 


Seekers for Truth: No one is above the suspicion of the Empress’, may She live forever, most powerful property.  The Seekers may question anyone they suspect of being a Darkfriend or having involvements that could be negative to the cause of the Empire.  Their methods are renowned for being unpleasant, and the interviewees are apt to not return.  Completion of a role-play in stealth and camouflage will see you raised to the role.


Handlers of Exotics: A part of the military, an ordinary soldier or those with affinities to animals may apply for this challenging role.  Two preliminary role-plays will see you meet with your Exotic and begin to build a relationship with them, and begin training them to take part in military formations or operations.


Available Exotics: Lopar, Grolm, Raken


Sul’dam Training


Sul’dam in training will have to “shadow” an existing pair of Sul’dam and Damane for the introductions lesson before the new Sul’dam will be allowed to pair.


One Power Training for Damane


The newly leashed Damane will first of all have to role-play her capture or leashing to a Sul’dam.  This could be featured in the bio, but role-plays should start with their initial meeting to reinforce their bond.  This will form the first lesson; Discipline, where the Damane will learn that she must not channel without the Sul’dam holding the leash and if she tries, there will be severe consequences.  The Damane will learn how an A’dam works.  Then she will be installed in her kennel, and given a new name more befitting of her rank.  (Damane Lesson One – Leashing and Discipline)


From here there will be a lesson about each of the different elements, similar to that which a Novice would undertake at the White Tower.  In this lesson, the Damane learns about Saidar and how it now affects her position in society.  She will learn what she truly is. (Damane Lesson Two – Introduction and Social Statuses)


As training progresses, the next lesson will take the form of organised channelling, again with the Sul’dam present.  In this lesson the Sul’dam will demand the Damane give a demonstration of her strength, and also find out if the Damane has any useful affinities that could change the course of her career.  (Damane Lesson Three – Strengths and Weaknesses)


Once strengths and weaknesses have been identified, the Damane will continue to use the One Power at the Sul’dam’s instruction.  Individually tailored classes mean a chance for the Sul’dam and Damane are given more chance to form a relationship (as players), and also for the characters to progress in ways with which they are both content.


The Damane is now ready for battle.


One Power Increases for Damane


These can only be earned while paired with a Sul’dam and once preliminary training has been completed.  These are attained in a similar fashion to Weapon Score Increases for the Freelanders; should a Damane channel in battle for a given number of posts, her skill with the element she uses will increase. 

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Ok, I have not officially joined the FL DIV yet, but I have a question. What would a regular soldier be called among the Seanchan? After reading Winter Mist's post about the upcoming Haline (think that's right) I have decided to make a soldier for the Daughter of the Nine Moons, that I hope will reach Deathwatch status. Thanks



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As the Daughter of the Nine Moons is of the blood of the Empress (may she live forever), she would have a contingent of Deathwatch Guards.  Even if she were just 'minor' nobility/Blood (as she is will be under the veil, I'd surmise?), she would still have some Deathwatch Guards for being of the Blood.



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Ok, two questions for Winter Mist.  ???


1. You said in IM that I would be Death Watch. Their WS is minimum 14 and someone sent me a WS 4 message. I don't mind RPing for the WS to make Death Watch but a firm decision on this would be nice. That way I can plan my RP/s.


2. You said you were posting the thread for the Invasion, but I can't find it. Have you had a chance to put it up yet? And if so where please?


Thanks hun! :D

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(*seekers )

imperal family

(*some of the higher imperial property asumable like the elite deathwatch guard)

higher blood

minor blood

upper class slaves like so'jhin, voices and the like

commoners and merchants

da'covale or covale (those who are property or simply property)


*these are property, as such rank wise its a fiddle, they dont answer to those bellow per say, but arent of the blood, and such not totaly above either and answerable to their actions against blood asumable if the reason for action wasnt good enough :S (or so i would think)


seekers belong to the imperial throne, chosen from all layers though usualy not the blood, their loyalty is directly to the empress, however they may not spill the blood of the Blood


death watch guard is a own faction its the most honored imperial servants(the personal guard of the imperial family), not all are human, the lower ranks get lent out to the blood, while only the elite serves as personal guard to the empiral family


as such i would think Syl you would start your training as deathwatch guard within that faction, however only when you reached a sertaint level of skill would you be allowed to work with the imperial family directly



damane dont come into the rank system at all because they aint even property in the function of the word in the society, they are animals


among exotics handlers the ranks go
















the warrior ie soldier ranks is not given with names

nor is it given how the exotics unit compare to other army ranks or whatnot


basicaly though the main rank is



imperial family

high blood

low blood

upper class servants



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Impressive information Ata! Thanks! :D :P


Unfortunately the question was to figure out where I stand in WS score. A private conversation I had with Winter we agreed I would be Death Watch, but two days later I got a email saying I had 4 WS. Just trying to figure out what Fyruk's WS is officially so I know where to start RP'ing from! ;)

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ok the thing is its not straigth forward ws in sc


high ws skilled soldier get noticed and can choose to train as deathwatch -> would start at botom rank still and work his way up the deathwatch rank depending on a combination of succes, experience and ws


lower ws skilled soldier do something extraordinaire to achive a raise in social station -> would start at botom rank still and work his way up the deathwatch rank depending on a combination of succes, experience and ws


deathwatch born child would start at botom rank still, then would train and work his way up the deathwatch rank depending on a combination of succes, experience and ws


hence you could easily fall into chategory 2 or 3 here with the ws 4, either you where born to the social level, or despite your low ws you in some other way had made yourself notised in an exceptional way to be raised to such level, this depending of course on having likely still somewhat higher servant born parents and not be common born


basicaly SC ranks is 2 leveled, its social rank, and then its skill and experience rank within the social rank

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