the militia

One of the town of Timberport’s four secular institutions, in normal times, the militia is the smallest, consisting almost entirely of archery instructors. It shares archery ranges with the rangers and a set of barracks, a kitcen, an armory, and the like with the guards. In times of crisis, the militia, officered by the guards, becomes the largest, its membership officially universal. In practice, the guard officers know better than to try to order around the matrons of the temple, and actions between institutions is coordinated at the highest level.

While militia training isn’t mandatory, it’s about as optional as marrying the spouse your parents chose for you. Timberporters expect adults to be competent bowmen, although women or infirm males may instead wield crossbows. Archery contests are common, with the hardest-fought taking place during Sehanine’s equinox festival; although private, the customary reward for the favor of the goddess of love is obvious.

(As there’s an explicit adulthood ceremony, Timberport doesn’t have an age of majority; each occupation has its own professional standards, and you become an adult after meeting them. Some occupations have processes rather than standards; the end of the process is the adulthood ceremony. The three main religions will all certify young women as ready to head households, if they don’t have another occupation.)

the militia

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