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Military division specialist name.

Discussion in 'World Building' started by writeshiek33, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. writeshiek33

    writeshiek33 Sage

    Does legionnaire sound right for the heavy military division of the rangers corps. They like the difference between regular cops and either swat or bomb squad.

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  2. Christopher Michael

    Christopher Michael Troubadour

    Legionnaires are traditionally a light infantry unit. The heavy infantry units have had a ton of names historically. Personally, Is go with Triarii- a pre-Marian Roman heavy infantry unit.
  3. Queshire

    Queshire Auror

    Eh, I'd generally say no.

    In a modern day and up setting something described as a legion makes me think of some sort of modified soldiers. Super soldiers, robots, power armor, etc.

    In a fantasy setting, ranger makes me think of the D&D / Lord of the Rings type with bows or dual wielding or stuff. In that context, a legion makes me think of some sort of organized soldier / army group. My mental image of Rangers are too independent for that, so I don't really see a legionnaire as an elite form of that.

    Maybe "Warden" would be better?
  4. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

    And the name may well have changed its meaning over the years.
    In the British Army, there are Dragoon Cavalry that don't have horses [or Dragons], Grenadiers that don't fight with grenades, Fusiliers that don't have muskets...
    Almost any name can work, if there is a reason for it.
    Legionnaire makes me think of the French Foreign Legion, not Rome.
    According to Wikipedia [dangerous I know] "The Roman legionary (Latin: legionarius, pl. legionarii) was a professional heavy infantryman of the Roman army after the Marian reforms."
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  5. TheSlovakPatriot

    TheSlovakPatriot Scribe

    light infantry- skirmishers
    heavy infantry:berskers? (if barbaric), guardsmen, dismounted knights, sdquires, heavy sworsdmen, elite guard.

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