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Gurkha Military Ranks

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A short summary of the ranks used by the Gurkha Regiments of the British Indian Army.

Really not much detail available, however it is always nice to have yet another rank system to keep from seeing the same thing over and over again.

Sepoy (Private) - The term for an infantry private (the cavalry equivalent is Sowar).

Lance Naik (Lance Corporal) - In cavalry units the equivalent was Acting Lance Daffadar.

Naik (Corporal) - In cavalry units the equivalent is Lance Daffadar.

Havildar (Sergeant) -  The cavalry equivalent is Daffadar.

Company Quartermaster Havildar (Company Quartermaster Sergeant) - Non-commissioned officer who acts as the company-level assistant to the Quartermaster.

Company Havildar Major (Company Sergeant Major) - The senior non-commissioned officer in a company.

Jemadar (Lieutenant) - Jemadars either commanded platoons or troops themselves or assisted their British commander. They also filled regimental positions such as Assistant Quartermaster (Jemadar Quartermaster) or Assistant Adjutant (Jemadar Adjutant). In cavalry or armored units the equivalent is a Naib Risaldar.

Subedar (Captain) - Subedars generally command companies. In cavalry or armored units the equivalent is a Risaldar.

Subedar Major (Major) - Subedar Majors generally assist the regimental commander. In the Cavalry, the equivalent rank is Risaldar-Major.



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Voted MoonHunter
September 16, 2008, 0:15
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Everything deserves a vote and a comment.

I don't know the accuracy of this, but it sure seems neat.
Voted Scrasamax
September 16, 2008, 12:44
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Jemadar = Jem'hadar?

An interesting idea, and perhaps the inspiration for the DS9 alien.
Voted RGTraynor
April 9, 2011, 6:19
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It's reasonably accurate, yes, but of limited utility to the great majority of campaigns, the more so in that the Indian Army followed British command structure ... so, in effect, this is just a list of the Hindi names for such ranks.  For a campaign set in colonial India or in the aftermath of the Raj, I'd want to see an outright article on the nature of John Company's military and its successors.

MoonHunter
April 12, 2011, 21:22
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To be honest with you, I have the same complaint (and thus the same less than stellar vote) about this one. While they can be inspirational and adapted, it wasn't that much useful information. (suggested that Kuseru Satsujin do all of these as one big article... but we have a bunch of little ones).
Voted valadaar
December 5, 2012, 7:37
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Voted Murometz
March 14, 2013, 22:38
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Only in the Citadel... (and Gurhka fan-sites)

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       By: Monument

THE COVEN
When the characters approach a clearing in the forest, they will see 4 ogres who are guarding, and preventing from escape, 4 human males, and 3 human females. The ogres will see the party and leap to attack. The females will scream "OUR SAVIORS!!" and run screaming straight across the currently forming battlefield, in between ogres and party members, to hide behind the rearmost party members. They will be safe there. The males will try to skirt the battle to the north side to join the women.

To the south, giants will be hiding in the thick underbrush until the party has engaged the ogres and then attack the most opportune target EXCEPT the ones that the females are next to.

It should be noted that the female commoners are not female commoners at all, nor are the male commoners actually male commoners. The female commoners are the hags, who have polymorphed themselves as the commoners in their stewpot to escape detection. The males skirting the battle are actually MORE ogres, the hags were in the process of polymorphing ALL the ogres into regular humans for ambush purposes. The REAL commoners are already dead, having found their way into the coven's cauldron for dinner.

The hags (the women) will position themselves near to any spellcasters in the rear first, and then near anyone else in the back of the fight. The ogres (the men) will wait until the hags shift form, and then attack first the rear folks, then shift into the melee.

It is possible that the characters, as they approach the ogres, will notice the giants in the bush, and be able to warn the others of the ambush.

GAME NOTES: If you sell the screaming women correctly, they will not even be suspected until it is too late. Therein lay the problem. This encounter is ESPECIALLY deadly to the rear eschelon of the party. It is entirely possible that the hags will finish off half the party before they even realize they have been duped. Caution is required if the game master wishes to avoid a TPK(total party kill).

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