Rapani Kamah

The basic operational unit of the Rhyde is called a Kamah, containing 1,728 soldiers.  Each Kamah is further subdivided into 12 Gavahs of 144 soldiers which, while capable of being detached, do not typically operate independently.  Each Gavah is further subdivided into three Rahams.  Each Rhyde raises one Kamah each year.  The Kamah serves together for 12 years and then it is disbanded.  A small proportion of the men will be identified as officer candidates and, depending upon their success and skill, will serve for up to 32 years.

The Kamahs of the Elirapa are almost exclusively infantry.  They are organized along two forms.  The newer Selka Kamah has eight Gavahs of swordsmen and four Gavahs of archers. They do not use firearms or power armor, but Rapani armies include Taikahir bringers, similar to the armies of the L’npei.  The older form, the Usak Kamah has four Gavahs of pikes, four Gavahs of swordsmen and four Gavahs of archers.

Typical Rapani military garb is a sleeveless waist length leather cuirass.  It is double breasted in the front for additional protection.  Some of the wealthier Rhydes also outfit their swordsmen with a mail shirt that is worn underneath the cuirass and extends to mid-thigh.  All units wear leather fronted pants and boots.  Some pants have pockets into which metal or wicker plates are set for additional protection of the upper thighs and shins.  The Rhydes that cannot afford mail shirts frequently sew metal scales to the outside of the leather cuirass for additional protection.

Some pike units wear a wide brimmed leather hat with padded wooden reinforcing in the crown, others wear a leather helmet stretched over a wooden framework.  Swordsmen tend to prefer leather helmets with metal plates sewn to it for additional protection.  Archers are lightly armored with a wide brimmed leather hat, a sleeveless leather cuirass, woven cloth pants and leather boots.

The soldiers of the Elirapa fight predominantly as infantry.  Their primary weapons are a 16’ pike, a curved chopping sword, and a longbow.  Although the pikemen train with a long slung shield, it is rarely carried into combat when facing the Keshdumah because the United Councilate States have no pike armed forces and their poorly trained militias rarely challenge the bristling thicket of a Rapani pike wall.  Rapani swordsmen carry a long oval shield on their right arms, most of them being left handed.

Each Kamah is designated by a number that is assigned to its NCO group.  Each Kamah within a Rhyde has a stylized version of the Rhyde’s flower sigil and the Kamah’s number as its Kamah insignia.  The insignia is painted on shields, embroidered into tunics, and tattooed on the right forearm of each member of the Kamah.  NCOs tattoo the insignia on their left bicep.  As a mark of honor, soldiers who perform with distinction in combat are permitted to tattoo the Kamah’s insignia on their right bicep.

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