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Monuments of the Republic

This factbook is to highlight some of the major or important monuments within the Republic, just to add a bit more fluff to the culture side of the Republic. I fully expect this factbook to be a constant work in progress from here on out since there is going to be alot to cover and new ideas will come up.

Monument to the Fallen

The Monument to the Fallen is one of the most widespread Fenvarian monuments as this structure is commissioned to respect the fallen within national service. As the Fenvarians believe that death while providing a service to the nation is the ultimate sacrifice and those who have died are sitting in the good graces of the Great Wolf. Usually these monuments are situated near the center of every city or region and will usually have the name of every person from that city/region that has fallen in the line of service. From the base, these monuments sit on a gigantic granite block and will have several large commemorative plaques along the base of the block. The top is usually decorated with different statues that show different acts of courage and loss; this could be things like: a soldier upon a broken battlefield with bodies around them while they are holding a pair of dog tags. Or a medical soldier carrying a soldier upon broken ground, and so on and so on. The statue would usually be made of metal or stone, these statues would usually be done by hand and provided by the planetary/national government.

Mausoleum of the Forgotten

A massive complex that sits outside of Arcadia City on Arcadia and is built into a mountain range that sits right out of the city’s walls. This tomb is dedicated to those who have fallen in the line of service, but could not be identified. This tomb dates all the way back to the formation of the Republic and the oldest record of a body being buried here is back to the Unification War. The tomb is the site of several thousand if not million soldiers that cannot be identified and it is rumored that the site is regularly visited by the ghosts of those that are buried here. This legend has been proven somewhat true by during the 19th Age when a group of tomb looters attempted to loot the tomb. According to their accounts after disturbing a grave site a ghoulish figure appeared before them and drew its sword, before several other ghoulish figures appeared and attempted to drive out the tomb looters. This is also around the same time that the Death Guard started to formally show themselves as an armed presence.

The mausoleum takes on a gothic style of architecture, most of the building is made of marble and granite, two massive knight-like statues flank the massive, castle looking, solid oak doors. Large stained glass windows provide sunlight to the whole mausoleum, these stained glass windows have depictions of battles, generals, religious saints, and other depictions. Within the mausoleum, the hallways are supported by further knight-like statues that are holding up the roof. These statues are usually made up of a smoky granite with gold trim and items. These statues will usually be standing tall with a large sword pointing downward and the statue’s hands holding onto the pommel of the sword.

There will be several small courtyards around one large courtyard. In the smaller courtyards there will be a number of boreal trees surrounded by red roses, then for the massive courtyard there will be a large marble block with an engraving on it. “To those who sacrificed themselves for the Republic, while your names and bodies have faded, your service and dedication will be remembered.” Around the marble block there will be four knight statues of different metallic materials, bronze, steel, brass, copper.

With the four statues, there will be four troopers in what appears to be all grey uniforms with black trimming with the lack of body armor. They will also be wearing long over coats, dress caps and over their face they will wear what appears to be a skull. These troopers are known as the “Mors Cohortis” or Death Guard. These solem troopers are the protectors of the mausoleum and the dead that reside there, these soldiers are known to be unflinching and ever vigilant of the tomb.

The Mors Cohortis has an odd history within Republic Military history, no one really knows the origins of the Mors Cohortis aside from the Mors Cohortis and the higher echelons of the Republic military. Rumors suggest that the regiment were once a part of the old Northern Imperial Royal Guard, and seeing that they failed to protect the Royal family at the time of the Collapse they counted themselves as dead men. They see the collapse of the Northern Empire and the following wars as their fault, thus, relegated themselves to guarding the fallen for the rest of time to restore their honor.

17 Year War Monument

A monument dedicated to the fallen and those who have served in the 17 Year War, possibly one of the largest and most costly wars that the Republic had been engaged in. The monument is made of several types of granite, black, brown, and rose. There is also obsidian, gold, brass and steel in the monument as well. The monument has a black granite/obsidian backdrop with gold embedded into it, this is to simulate the void and the vastness of the war. Then there is a brown granite base with rose granite and gold embroidery that runs across the base. On the top of the base, there is a brass statue of troopers raising a flag, around them there are two steel pillars, one from a Dracoian warship and the other from a Fenvarian warship. Leading up to the monument, there are 40 brass and steel pillars; this signifies the 40 remaining colonized systems that survived the war. Finally at the entrance to the monument there is a plague that says “To those who survived, remember those we have lost in times in conflict.”