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Old July 16th, 2015, 09:43 AM
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Vargr: Military Packs

Rather surprisingly, I recently discovered that the Vargr are a lot more interesting than I ever imagined them to be, if you start reading between the lines, even assuming that what I extrapolated from them was never the author's original intent. The artwork tends to be a letdown as well, though you could apply that equally to the Aslan.

While it's fun hanging the usual canine stereotypes on the Vargr, the most important one that bears examination could be the pack.

As I recall, it's supposedly between twenty five and forty individuals, which seems suspiciously platoon sized. Humans have what we term the monkeysphere, which is around one hundred to one hundred fifty people we feel reasonably well acquainted with, but don't necessarily constantly associate with. Coincidentally, this happens to be the size of a military organizational unit, the company.

While I don't suppose that the Vargr would have a strict T&OE chart, theirs be much more looser than a human might feel comfortable with, and probably subjected to a great deal of unauthorized and resented requisitioning from associated units, and non-associated units, up and down and across various chains of command.

Hard to believe that they could train an officer corps, since you'd expect them to operate under the Peter Principle, and maintain an NCO cadre.

The NCO cadre may be the experienced Vargr who acquired the skills to competently lead military units, but seem unable to inspire the troops through a charismatic personality. This would be separate from specialists who are just very good at their jobs and don't have to worry about directing large group.

Officers who can't inspire their units, may as a face saving measure, be assigned rear area supervisory positions or as staff, assuming they haven't managed to get killed themselves, or injured badly enough to warrant early retirement.

There would be three types of officers, those that rise through the ranks, those that receive some form of formal or semi-formal training, and those that just get appointed.

This may be less nepotismic than it looks, since enthusiasm seems to rub off the troops, and a Darwinistic baptism of fire should prove if someone has enough skill or luck that the post requires.

While mileage would probably vary, Vargr manoeuvre units would be the pack, that they would probably try to maintain at a basic twenty five members, with support and reinforced at just over forty, which should lie within the span of control of a Vargr junior officer, supplemented by his pack's second in command.

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