Hail to the Faithful of the Holy Amarr Empire, capsuleers of the Intergalactic Summit, and the New Eden public at large. I come before you today in the name of the House of Newelle to make formal announcement of the formation of the Atash e Sarum Vanguard, the Empyrean military wing of our household, and to declare its loyalty to the Amarr Empire through the noble House of Sarum.
Some eight months ago, after nearly a decade of loyal service to the Excubitoris Chapter of the Sacred Throne Order, it was deemed necessary and fitting to relinquish my rank of Paladin Ordinary so that I might better serve the needs of my lady, her liege, and the interests of House Sarum. To that end the Atash e Sarum Vanguard was conceived, taking its name from the concept of holy fire in our great faith. For those unfamiliar, it translates to Cleansing Flame of Sarum, and now shall serve as an independent Empyrean Vanguard to the Lord Sarum’s forces in war and in peace. In the time since the initial formation of the corporation and this proclamation, more than two-thousand ship-to-ship victories have been scored against a myriad of enemies of the Empire. Let all take heed of these deeds, and know our resolve and devotion to Amarr going forward.
Mission Statement and Current Objectives
The Atash e Sarum Vanguard, first and foremost, exists to harness the destructive powers of the Empyrean for the benefit of House Sarum, for the good of the Amarr Empire and the God which we faithful serve. Commissioned under the authority of the Lady Mitara Newelle, Champion to the departed Heir Meirmeth Sarum, blessed be his eternal rest, vassal to the Lord Arrach Sarun, long may he reign, and under my command as Lord Marshal of House Newelle’s armed forces, the Vanguard’s legitimate ties to the House of Sarum are undeniable. With the strength of these bonds behind our oath of service, we seek to benefit the interests of Sarum and allies primarily through honorable combat against other capsuleer foes of the House, Empire and Faith.
To this end, I as its leader shall begin to recruit, train and command a group of highly skilled Empyrean pilots who dedicate their martial prowess to this cause. From this day forward I issue a call to arms for those pilots with the temerity to fight with the ferocity of an Atashi to rally to the banner of the Vanguard, so that we may bathe the corrupt world of the capsuleer in purifying fire.
Current Primary Objectives:
Secure the Eugidi Constellation in the name of House Sarum’s claim
Support the 24th Imperial Crusade and associated capsuleer entities in their goals
Suppress the activities and influence of Amarr-hostile capsuleer entities
Support House Ardshapur’s claim upon the Hed constellation
Support those who seek out and destroy corruption within the Amarr Empire, including the Order of St. Tetrimon
The Vanguard’s Emblem
Let the mark of we Atashi become known to all, and the meaning of its elements be revealed forthwith:
- The Atash - Fire has been an important symbol within the Amarr faith since the earliest days of Gheinok the First, who described faith itself as the flames of our Lord held within the hearts of the last and first of the Faithful, the True Amarr. Since then its importance has only grown, and one of the culminations of the concept is Atash, or holy purifying flames. It is this that we wield as a weapon against the enemies of God on the battlefield, and within ourselves as we seek enlightenment amid the sins of war.
“Face the enemy as a solid wall
For faith is your armor
And through it, the enemy will find no breach
Wrap your arms around the enemy
For faith is your fire
And with it, burn away his evil”
- Amarr Askura 10:3
Crossed Swords, Pointed Downward - While House Sarum’s sigil is that of two crossed swords pointed upwards, eternally at the ready for battle, the Vanguard’s blades cross downward beneath the burning Atash. Whilst the icon itself exists to identify us as loyal to House Sarum, the inversion symbolizes our approach to war. The Atash is our first weapon, and the blades pointed at ease represents our eye towards the peace the use of such weapons will create. A warrior must not only be mindful of the fight, but who and what will be left standing by the end of it. Thus, where we destroy with fire, we pray that the Swords of Sarum will find chance to one day be put down.
Crescent of God’s Law, Encompassing from Side - The top half of the Imperial Seal, the Crescent of God’s Law, stands alone without its bottom counterpart, the Crescent of Man’s Law. This symbolizes the unbound nature of the Empyreans that make up the Vanguard, yet recognizes that we are still answerable to the Divine’s judgment. May our acts be grant us passage to paradise.
Field of Black and Red - The emblem rests upon a field of two colours: black and Sarum red. The scarlet is the same as House Sarum’s colours, and represents the same: the blood of courage, strength and boldness. Black is the Vanguard’s addition of void and soot, as the theater of space as our battlefield and the blackened ash left behind by Atash’s passing. Such is where we meet our enemies, and such is what our enemies shall become: black dust and nothingness, commuted unto oblivion.
Rules of Engagment and Intial Diplomatic Standings
As a standard, AESV shall consider all armed warships piloted by capsuleers of unidentified standing as valid targets unless operating within high-security space or under special circumstances. Pilots enrolled within the 24th Imperial Crusade and State Protectorate shall be considered friendly by default, regardless if the Vanguard is currently engaged in militia warfare.
+10 - Will not engage until standing revoked
Local is Primary - As the current leading 24th Imperial Crusade capsuleer alliance, I have chosen to enroll the Atash e Sarum Vanguard within the ranks of Local is Primary to support their efforts to take and hold the Eugidi constellation. While some elements in the alliance remain undesireable (and consequently -10 despite sharing the alliance), we have deemed CTRL-V as vital to the Vanguard’s current goals, and therefore indispensable as partners in the ongoing war against the occupying regime of the Rebel Provinces.
The Excubitoris Chapter of the Sacred Throne Order (PIE Inc.) - Both my lady and I are alumni of this prestigious Empyrean institution, and as such still hold it in the highest of regards despite tensions with its current alliance.
Empyrean Edict - Similarly to Local is Primary, this smaller but tenatious alliance currently serves within the 24th Imperial Crusade and firmly holds a system of interest to House Sarum. The Vanguard welcomes them as brothers in arms.
Imperial Frontiers - A newer Amarr loyalist alliance, based in the Khanid region and led by a fellow PIE alumni. They have proven their worth with their most recent deployment to the warzone on the Empire’s behalf, and may be considered friends to the Vanguard.
Curatores Veritatis Alliance - The proclaimed Wardens of Providence are recognized by the Vanguard, and despite their fall from their rightful place as protectors of the region, shall still be considered an ally of the Empire and therefore the Atashi.
+5 - Will only engage if actively assiting known hostiles
- Khimi Harar - An established and recognized Amarr loyalist alliance, but unfortunate stances taken against House Sarum’s interests and lax policy with relations towards enemies of the Empire prevent the Vanguard from embracing them as friends. This stance is open to further negotiation.
-5 - Engage on sight, open to negotiation
(Nullsec, lowsec pirate and Triglavian entities fall under this category; specific mention uneeded here)
-10 - Engage on sight, not open to negotiation
- Electus Matai
- Phoenix Naval Systems
- Nadire Security Consultants
- Hoi Andrapodisstai
In these stars filled with constant conflict, there are times to resist the tide of endless war that seems to wash over our homes and peoples. I once thought that time was always, and no effort towards immediate peace was wasted. Alas, after so long of resisting that tide, God showed over and over again that this is not to be an age of peace, and that my place was not to bring beauty to it through words, but to instead quell the forces that threaten to mar the face of His holy creation. Thus I now find myself in the service of House Sarum, driven by my love for hearth and home. I embrace this duty wholeheartedly.
If war is to be the art of the times, then we of the Atashe e Sarum Vanguard shall become masters of it. If conflict continues to define New Eden, it shall be our canvass. If our enemies shall not seek peace, then they shall be our subjects, until God deems it time to lay down our arms.
“Casting his sight on his realm, the Lord witnessed
The cascade of evil, the torrents of war.
Burning with wrath, He stepped
down from the Heavens
To judge the unworthy,
To redeem the pure.”
- Book II, Revelations 2:12
Virtue, Valor, Victory.