I wanted to go from Black Company pastiche to a more direct rip off.
What is the Legion?
The Legion claims to be have been founded by the 7th Emperor, Tantarus. Certainly their own currently reduced records support this, however, our information places their earliest surviving annals to just before the Breaking, placing their own knowledge in question. In addition, there are scattered references to an unnamed mercenary company, whose modus operandi matches the modern Legions, predating the Empire itself. In addition, copies of records smuggled out of the Imperial capital to Barta before the breaking record Tantarus receiving an envoy from a company of mercenaries. This company, much diminished from an unnamed conflict far to the west of the Empire, offered their knowledge and service to the Emperor personally, and were subsequently granted an Imperial Charter. In this telling the storied Crimson Lions weren’t the first squad or company of Legion formed, they were merely the unit detached by Tantarus to learn from these foreign mercenaries, and to watch them for signs of betrayal. Unfortunately for later Emperors, this relationship changed dramatically. Regardless, it is this servant’s opinion that the Legion as an organization predate their official founding date, and possibly the formation of the Empire.
This hypothesis is further supported by the unit’s continued existence. During the collapse of the Empire, the Legion survived the assault of multiple Chosen, survived the murder of the last Emperor, survived the Breaking, and escaped relatively intact if once again diminished. The Legion was in the end loyal to itself, yet betrayed the Empire, the last Emperor, and its own charter. The custom from 422 OEF, was for each successive Emperor to affix their personal seal to the official Legion Charter, from Tantarus to the Last Emperor. Shreya, in her Mercy, has granted this servant the knowledge that the personal banners of the Cinder King match the final seal affixed to the Legions Imperial Charter.
It is this humble servants opinion that the allied Kingdoms of Barta & Panyar, The Republics of Or, and the freeholdings of Zemya should employ the Legion as soon as possible. They should form the vanguard of the assault into Aldermark and in every subsequent engagement. Principally for the attention the Legion will draw from the Cinder King away from allied units. It is our opinion that the presence of the Legion will lead the Cinder King and his Broken into making critical strategic and tactical errors that allied command will be able to exploit.
This opinion has been made with the full consultation and recommendation of Shreya.