Lotus Guard (Clan Guard)

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Lotus Guard


Info & History
The Lotus has existed for generations since the creation of the Park Clan. This organisation plays an important part within the clan in terms of protection, cultural heritage and identity. Historically, the Lotus Guard was an organised militia unit for the Park clan. They were known to be the bringer of peace and knowledge as each guard member were not only well educated but highly respected individuals within the clan.

Having gone through rigorous training to achieve a sound, disciplined mind while protecting the clan’s members. It was during those times that those of authority with the guard were immensely looked up to (and still now), for many guards followed their leaders without question, displaying a deep loyalty and trust within the group.

However, as generations passed and the years grew long the current Lotus Guard is now visibly smaller and less prestigious than that of its predecessor once was. Now no longer based in Yeon-Guo but in the village of Heiyeong that is situated in Enarion. Nevertheless, the fewassociates now that contribute their livelihood and blood to the Lotus Guard do so with high morale.


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The Creation Myth

While the origin of the Lotus Guard has been lost throughout time. The legend of how it was started has survived throughout the centuries through oral and written tradition within the clan. The tale/myth of such does varies from each person within this clan, but this version is the most commonly accepted one.
In Park clan folk-lore, it is believed that there was once a small and rather weak village in Yeon-Guo. The people who lived there were very closed, though few of them were strong enough to help defend their home from the relentless bandits and beasts that sought to end them. For a long time, the villagers were too afraid to fight back, allowing bandits to steal from them out of fear of being killed.

Though after years of putting up with this torment, a boy stepped up to finally stand against their oppressors. This boy embarked on a journey to a nearby mountain which was rumored to house a dragon. Once he managed to climb the mountain, he found the powerful dragon living on its peak. The boy begged for the great beasts help, informing the dragon of his villages hardships and oppression from the bandits. The dragon offered to help him, though the boy had to first venture into a treacherous swamp and retrieve a golden lotus to bring back to the dragon.

The boy accepted this quest, venturing to the swamp with only an old rusty sword. He managed to find a golden lotus growing deep within the swamp and brought it back to the dragon. The dragon was very pleased by the boys success and then instructed him to make the golden lotus into a tea. After doing so, the boy was told that the tea would gift those who drank it great power and courage.

From hearing this, the boy grew excited, planning to drink it himself, though thankfully, he was wise and returned it to his village, informing his people of what he accomplished. He then shared the tea with those who also wished to defend their home, thus, a force of guards was created to defend the village. Never again was the village oppressed by the wrath of bandits or beasts, and throughout time the Lotus Guard continued to be the defenders of the Park clan!
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(Prince Hwak-Soon, the founder)

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Ranking of the Lotus Guard

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죽정|Jukjeong
Jukjeong is the military title/name of the Clan Leader within the Lotus Guard. They hold the right to intervene within ranks of theLotus if necessary. However, the clan leader for the most part doesn’t involve themselves with military matters unless it is urgent.

원성|Wonseong
The Wonseong are comparable to a marshal in terms of military rank and responsibilities. It is expected of them to act as a humble guide and mentor for their ranks/colleagues in terms of organisation, logistics and manners. They are considered the elite and most well seasoned guards, most if not all of those of the Wonseong rank have experience in the field from their time in Yeon Guo or other relevant places.

일성|Ilseong
Ilseong are the physical and cultural protector of the Park Clan and Heiyeong. They are people proven to be well versed in the clan’s history and culture. Also recognized for their impressive ability in combat during warring times, while to be trusted to be a role model for all the ranks below them.

제삼성|Jesamseong
Considered the core of the Lotus guard, the Jasamseong patrol and keep the streets of Heiyeong clean from criminal activities. Jesamseong are regarded as the unsung heroes of the clan as they are more lowly ranked. Constantly risking their life for the clan without promise of any special titles and ranks. In some cases however, a distinguished Jesamseong will gain decorated awards from the Wonseong and or Jukjeong.

초보자| Choboja
The Choboja can be thought of as the recruits of the Lotus Guard. While not the wisest or most skilled, their motivation and resolve to serve the clan and the guard is what’s needed. In most cases they serve as volunteers within the ranks, meaning they perform their duties without any promise of pay. However, as they continue to serve and protect, those of the Choboja can be promoted to Jesamseong rank and receives considerable payment.
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Equipments and Culture

연꽃 방패(Lotus Shield): This iron shield is engraved with the lotus symbol to which the Park Clan’s name is inscribed in ancient yeongu writing. An intricate artwork of a swan and a phoenix is embedded onto its surface. This shield, while also being used to protect the guard from oncoming attacks, will also serve as a way of identifying rank. This is done through engraving the guard’s title near the bottom of their shield.
월도창(Woldochang): This particular sword/spear can be used for both close and long distance combat. With a curved blade, it has the ability to ensure a deep wound to the fortunate being it is used against. This unique weapon has the ability to shift from a basic close combat sword to that of a bladed staff, being as it is a two piece weapon. One half carries the blade while the other is an elongated shaft that can be put together to create the versatile and strong Woldochang.
만세 Man-sei: Traditionally the phrase “Man-sei!” means ten-thousands years. The origin of this phrase can be traced back to the ancient dynasties within Yeon Guon where it was used as a form of cheering for the emperor. Currently this phrase is used as an expression of pride and enthusiasm for the clan during official events or battles.
검칠성Chilseong Geom:A sharp blade that is less about combat and more about stating one’s status. Akin to a mark of honor, it is used to signify one’s rank within the organization. Used mostly as a decoration on the guard’s person, however can be handy in combat if the need arises. The blade itself is encased in a colorful scabbard, laced with gold on the ends and middle of the narrow sheath. The sheath, or outer covering, of the blade will differ from each rank. Most distinguishable will be the differing colors of tassels that are given and displayed on each person.


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Editor: Yellowkean
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Art: https://www.artstation.com/troglodette
Creation Myth done by sithness
BIG THANKS TO Gamma#8181 for the clan text divider art!​

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