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Lord Edward Michael "Bishop" DeLace of the House of Slate, First Baron of Tamworth, circa 1521 CE

Lord High Chancellor, English Expeditionary Privy Council, New World Territories (Cabinet of King Henry Tudor VIII)
1523-Present CE
Lord Minister of Intelligence for the English Privy Council (Cabinet of King Henry Tudor VIII)
1519-????
Lord High Marshall, English Royal Expeditionary Forces
1502-1523 CE

Information
Resides: Kingdom of the East
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
Heraldry
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The Banner of Azrael, dubbed 'The Black Rose' by contemporary critics of Henry VIII, an archangel with four gold strawberry leaves halo'd by an English coronet, ermine.
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Introduction

House Slate's Chain of Office link
Lord Tamworth's Chain of Office link. Worn solely by the Head of House Slate at their pleasure.

Having been acquainted with the new lands (specifically during his time in the Kingdom of the West) since 2010, Bishop Slate became man at arms in 2011 during the War of the Baronies in the West Kingdom, sparking his devotion to the society upon the start of 2012 upon his landing on the Kingdom of Trimaris and taking up fencing as well as heavy fighting. After mundane undergrad school, he was squired in 2014 during Gulf Wars XXIII after displayed promise in the arts (bardic, scrollwork, cartography, fiber and clothing arts) as well as prowess in sword and shield, Greatsword (complimented by his time within ACL alongside Florida Storm[now of ACW]), and polearm(billhook). In 2016 he made a temporary move to the Kingdom of Drachenwald's regions of Eplaheimr, Knight's Crossing, and its far away places to campaign in the middle east and African continent, temporarily hosting an SCA chapter in the Gulf of Aden. Upon completion of this campaign, he traveled to the Kingdom of the East to find quiet and more peaceful pursuits. Although an avid fighter of all disciplines, mundane injuries prevent him from advancing any further in the realm of arms (though he will continue in the attempt until his dying day). Instead, if ever found, he prefers passing down what he knows, and will be usually found smithing, sewing, painting, composing, dancing, and most things becoming of a 16th century man of his station. Due to instances of unchivalrous conduct from Peers and other members of these aforementioned kingdoms, he severed active ties with the society in 2014. He asks that no further interrogation or investigation into the matter be made, and his privacy on it respected. Bishop currently enjoys the society from a bystander's leisure, and holds no current interest in pursuing paths for protégé, knighthood, apprenticeship or otherwise.

Bishop Slate, 1st Baron of Tamworth, Lord Governor of the New World Provinces and Spymaster to the English Crown. Circa 1520 CE

Mission

To recreate most faithfully the persona of a mid 16th century English Baron. This is to include the attainment of land and development for a Barony, with work towards its management, recruitment, and promotion towards a higher quality of life for its tenants (participants) their (and by default the Barony's) renown, and mass unit prowess. This would have been the exact and only purpose of a contemporary individual of such station. Additionally, the future organization intends to pilot new society practices, such as elevation to seats of power through representation in the Arts and Sciences as well as Service, complimenting the present means by combat. The purpose of this is to continue to aid the society in staying fresh, current and opportunity-rich by bringing the other two thirds of the society into the whole of its ways for participating in high offices of leadership. In order for this to succeed, the barony will work towards status of Principality so as to give the company and kingdoms fair and ample data of successful practice should the matter eventually arrive at board discussion.

Persona

1st Lord of Tamworth Bishop Slate in battle armor, complete with mask in faithfulness to his identity, circa 1509 CE

The Masked Man, the Black Rose, The Mum Judge, Lord Tamworth, Little is known about the man's early days. A veteran sergeant at arms from the War of the League of Cambrai, Bishop was elevated to the House of Lords by his majesty King Henry VIII for actions during The Battle of the Spurs, at the cost of severe injuries. He saw further service volunteering to provide said services to the Holy League in their campaigns against the Duchy of Ferrara. After completing his duty, Lord Slate returned to England to officially take his charge over his Barony of Tamworth. With permission from his royal majesty, he adopted his black rose to King Henry’s in the condition his men would never fight under the royal force’s tutelage or be raised within England proper. Instead, his forces remain stationed at Calais as England’s frontier force.

1st Lord of Tamworth's Baronnial Battle Standard

It wasn't long after his return that he rendered his services for the king once more, though for subterfuge. It is rumored that he is currently spymaster for the crown, more insidiously, delivering contract killings on traitors slipping from bills of attainder.When he does take to the field during war, he is known for his banner, and the silent men who fight under it. Everywhere the English crown pitches battle, the angel stares at all accross the field. This expeditionary force has and continues to adapt the military traditions of its hosts abroad, incorporating efficiency, new strategies, and psychological aspects into its ever evolving doctrine. It’s been long since anyone has seen his face, and he remains it so all the same to excel in his charges as chief of intelligence when he does not take to the field in command of forces. On a personal note, Tamworth is not regarded as much of a conversationalist, a warm man, or much of a courtier. He sees court as a duty to the realm which "must be swallowed as a poultice is applied for the benefit of the humours".

Lord Tamworth further plans to raise troops in the East Kingdom under his house’s banner from the populace. Whether to support the Kingdom or present a threat is no one’s knowledge. Rumours abound that he brings support to the King of the East on behalf of Henry, as the lands hold significance of patrimony to the English king, and therefore, to England herself. At the moment, he is also preoccupied with rooting out French and Spanish agents in the East. Knowledge of their influence in these lands are of very strategic importance to the crown.

Bishop organizes assaults on enemy supply lines alongside his brother, War Marshal Robert Slate. circa 1509

House Slate

The original Expeditionary Force of England in battle formation. circa 1503

The Noble House of Slate was founded following Bishop’s investiture as First Baron of Tamworth. Without a spouse, Lord Tamworth has no issue, and therefore requested command of the crown's first expeditionary force. Historically, the House of Tudor has always been exceptionally cautious of the Gentry’s efforts to subvert the crown, drawing much fear from the ghosts of the prior civil war fought against the Plantagenets and the House of York. These fears were dissuaded by Bishop’s minor birth, minor rank, lack of extended family, direct friendship with the DeLace family, and Bishop’s renown for duty. As an additional precaution, Henry named the youngest brother Thomas to Lord Exchequer of the Privy, effectively safeguarding his relationship. With this, Lord Tamworth and his brother Lord Robert Slate traveled to Westminster and pledged the House towards the establishment and command of the Royal Expeditionary Forces, designated Tamworth.

Mottos

Grand Motto
Nolite Timere
Meaning:
Be Not Afraid
Infantry Motto (Call and Response)
Centum![Aut Centum!]
Meaning:
A hundred, or a hundred. The policy of the infantry is to give it all or give it all. To fight to the death, if necessary. House Slate does not break contact or retreat unless to screen.
Salute Motto
In Service to Honor
Meaning:
In the House of Slate, service is to honor first, the lordship second, and lastly to oneself. However, by serving honor, all are paid highest tribute in irrelevance to order of precedence

The Black Rose (Infantry Hymn) House Slate's Infantry March, this is the Infantry's hymn, preferably sung in camp or in drill. "//The ground 'neath quakes, it quakes o'er callin// //callin for our pike and hook// //streams now born from widows' tears and rush of bloodied brook// //For when they saw her, they did fear// //Death's own angel soaring near// //reaping fields off all of those she would proclaim her foes// //Cut down their men, cut down their bows// //seraphims rained down their horse// //the grass is watered, soil their tomb// //the black rose full in bloom// //for when they swore their oaths and sharpened// //sharpened tongue and sharpened steel// //mustered hundreds, adding thousands to fool's errand's will// //but when they saw her, they did fear// //Death's own angel soaring near// //reaping fields off all of those she would proclaim her foes// //Cut down their men, cut down their bows// //seraphims rained down their horse// //the grass is watered, soil their tomb// //the black rose full in bloom// //For when King Francis put king's ransom// //for Lord Tamworth's Mask and Chain// //Old Man Bishop sent his banner// //Frank's Men ran instead// //but when they saw her, they did fear// //Death's own angel soaring near// //reaping fields off all of those she would proclaim her foes// //Cut down their men, cut down their bows// //seraphims rained down their horse// //the grass is watered, soil their tomb// //the black rose full in bloom//" ~House Slate Infantry Hymn
The Black Rose House Slate's Official March, composed by the Lord Tamworth himself, performed en marche by the army heralds only in processions such as triumphs
The Auxiliary Haka House Slate's Official Battle Taunt, brought to Tamworth's shores by auxiliary units of Polynesia, courtesy of the Portuguese
Robert Slate, Tamworth's brother and Marshall of his expeditionary force, presenting the manifest proclamation before hostile forces.
An infantryman of House Slate. Circa early 1500s
The Black Rose, House Slate’s Battle Emblem: the more widely used heraldry for shields, badges, smaller unit banners, and other articles created en masse.

Royal Expeditionary Forces


The purpose of Royal Expeditionary Forces is to establish a universal precedent for the conduct, execution, honour, and treatise of a unifying standard for the business concerning pursuit of war in the kingdom’s ruling stratagem. The moving paradigm behind this armed host is to do away with the disarray and unreliable nature of feudal forces whilst consolidating such an army under the same structures. For this, his majesty King Henry calls for a standardization approach towards the art of war. The body of methodology Bishop uses as the backbone to establish this undertaking is reliant on what survives of the Byzantines and their western counterpart, Rome. However, where Lord Tamworth differs in approach is utilizing his intelligence network to recruit and turn assets across the eastern and Portuguese trade routes. These individuals bring with them war imports in the forms of traditions, new weapons, engineering, officers, supply routes etc… With these new ideas and materials, Lord Tamworth forms the doctrine of the expeditionary forces from a mosaic of the best the known world has to offer in order to most efficiently achieve victory and maintain dominion over territorial gains.

As part of the effort to standardize his forces, Lord Tamworth has organized the hierarchy of command into one loyal to the officers within the jurisdiction of the force alone as opposed to geography and noble families. Available here is a short example of the Command Muster.


Command Muster for Public Release
Rank Holder Privilege Status of Gentry
Lord Chancellor Lord Edward Michael Bishop DeLace Chamber Command invested
Lord High Marshal Lord Robert James DeLace High Command invested
Archbishop Archbishop Roland Eustace Surrey Chamber Command invested
Lord Marshal Lord William Grammercy High Command invested
Lord Provost Lord Thomas Grey Battle Group Command invested
Lord Provost Lord Catherine Rose Battle Group Command invested
Lord Colonel Lord Johnathan Capwell Column Command invested
Lord Colonel Lord Mary Waltham Column Command invested
Lord Colonel Don Eusebio Rodolfo Jimenez Column Command invested
Lord Colonel Lord Eugenia Calderon Column Command invested
Captain Captain Robert Andrews Vanguard Company Command uninvested
Captain Captain Hans Brugher Drilling Company Command uninvested
Captain Captain Tailor Kline Reartrain Company Command uninvested
Captain Captain Juliette Champ Garrison Company Command uninvested
Captain Captain Christopher Mason War Carriage Command uninvested
Portrait of Lord Robert James DeLace of the House of Slate, High Marshal of the Royal Expeditionary Forces, Head of the Vanguard.

As the only of three blood members bearing the name Slate, the rest of the adopted family is instead chosen from trusted lieutenants from within the barony's hierarchy as well as campaign theaters. Lords and Clergy are reserved members of the Force’ Invested Commands. This is done to adhere to contemporary social expectations from all class sensibilities. The difference in command presence amongst the troops of the line in the Royal Expeditionary Forces lies in the use of sergeants to be the face of the army amongst the populace and lead musters of new recruits.

Muster of the Orphans. House Slate’s primary charge to the crown outside their jurisdictions of Tamworth proper and New Tamworth is the command and maintenance of the Royal Expeditionary Forces. This includes mustering troops, of which the bulk consists of societal outliers from the feudal regions of England.
The Manifest Proclamation. A temporary charter that acts as guidelines and constitution for the incorporation of new territories as well as the creation of the Expeditionary Force of England

The house's power stems from what's arguably the crown's sole standing professional army outside its boundaries. The forces number two thousand and four hundred men respectively. The soldiery is drawn from the fields of England proper and trained as well as equipped to hold garrison or wage war at the pleasure of the king. The officers are drawn from the knighted gentry of the kingdom, and are expected to relinquish any practices of chivalry which are otherwise un english and outdated. At the discretion of the royal exchequer and the offices of the kingdom's chancellor Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a manifest proclamation was written by Lord Tamworth in order to set a charter of laws and governance for the annexed territories west of England. This charter and constitution is notarized by the hands of the king and chancellor themselves, and therefore grants new lands protection under membership of Henry's kingdoms.

A recording of the Royal Expeditionary Forces of New Tamworth, 1542. Audible are the officers and sergeants staging and forming the lines to move out of camp and towards long march. The Harvesters' machinery is somewhat audible. The pikemen are employing Swiss formation practices to stay cohesive. Audible as well are the army company of heralds in their assigned positions throughout the line in aid of cadence and synchronicity.
Artistic depiction of an infantry column of the Royal Expeditionary Forces post-battle and en marche in aid of the East Kingdom. Circa 1552

Planned Reforms

War is a sin which I intend to scour from this Earth. Through a beginning in committing to this task in the flesh, we will work towards an eye to the scientific machines of wars to come, and leave this practice to the inhumanity it beckons: away from the draw of our race to false glories and triumphs.

-Lord Edward Michael ‘Bishop’ DeLace of House Slate, First Lord of Tamworth

It is the intent and policy of the expeditionary force’s chamber command to work towards a replacement of its human fighting elements with mechanical leverage. Through the import of scientific visionaries from across Europe and beyond, Lord Tamworth plans to commission the construction of engineering feats to push the capacities of the army towards crewing machines of war with the existing soldiery to act as both engineers and ground troops guarding the integrity of the structures. Through this, Lord Tamworth intends to quite literally dehumanize war fighting and extend his own force’s ability to prolong efforts and delay exhaustion through the automation of combat tasks. This delegation of task to automata will help retain the strength of the forces through an ever changing battlefield.

Amongst the many commissions to reform the Royal Expeditionary Forces include the formations of automata battalions to replace the lines of pike at the front. So called Harvesters because of their role in sweeping and clearing the battlefield of linear troops. They are crewed minimally and house a protective element.
A design for the Royal Expeditionary Forces’ Ribault, nicknamed Bishop’s Ribault. Being Mechanical, it is less prone to malfunction during battle. Without the element of explosives, it is also more easily concealable.
Artistic depiction of the first armored war carriage iteration. This design is based on the design belonging to the late Italian master Leonardo DaVinci. It may house a convoy of scout crossbow as well as the ports to fire from within the vehicle. It is propelled by volunteers from the transported contingency.
Design for the improved framework of the Armored War Carriage. The crank gearbox will now fit behind the vehicle allowing ease of traffic inside. This design also includes additional ports on the front and rear for a true all around field of fire.
Artistic depiction of the armored war carriage’s exterior. Shown here is the pilot, signaling a halt.
Diagram of the armored war carriage’s interior. These vehicles are mostly used for infantry transport and harassment missions. They can alternatively be used to litter the crew’s wounded. A carriage crew eats, sleeps, and conducts their work routines within the confines of their carriage.

Organizational Structure

The forces fall under a very strict and enforced hierarchy in its martial institution. This system is the cornerstone of the army’s cohesion both on the field as well as garrison, and forms the great divide between Henry’s reforms and feudal Europe.

Taken from the Royal Expeditionary Force’s Battle Group Protocol manuscript. This diagram illustrates the army’s command structure.

Utilizing this structure, the soldiery is organized into companies of specific privileges. These range from front line engagement infantry to support units.

Men of Foot

-Pikemen/500/armed with a 12 foot pike/split between towermen who march with the 7' pavise with side sword, forward spear, flank spear and relief/Each team is simply referred to as a pavise, and all members rotate clockwise throughout battle.

-Halberdiers/500/ who are armed with the halberd/support pavises by offering reach defense against enemy who slip past the spear-tip line

House Slate Infantry

Men of Missile

-Crossbowmen/250/separated into piercers (who fire from the rear), and skirmishers (who fire in front of the line and transition to positions along the flanks./armed with a 600lb draw heavy crossbow.

-longbowmen/250/armed with a 160lb draw war bow


Right

Cavalry

-Light/500/two companies/armed with 100 lb short bows and longsword

-heavy/400/two companies/armed with lance and longsword

Engineers

-Seraphims(onagers)/4 engine, 20 crew each/ firepot(30)and stone(30) per engine/ armed with side swords.

-Sappers/50/armed with side swords

Support

-Baggage Train/100 personnel/200 wagons/400 mules/ no followers camp/ entrusted with logistics and field support of troops.

Battle Line Structure

There are two Battle Groups in the army: First and Second. Each Battle Group is composed of two columns, and each column is a self-contained element composed of all classes save cavalry, of which there are four separate companies.

HouseSlateBattleLineInfantry.jpeg

Artist Rendering: Lord Tamworth surveys his troops before siege preparations commence at Rouen. His captain of foot stands to side. Visible are the first line of pike behind their pavises and two seraphim onagers.

New Tamworth

As of October of the year 2021(present time, 1521 in play) , the vanguard of the Royal Expeditionary Forces, led by War Marshall Lord Robert Slate, arrived at the site of what would eventually become the Barony of New Tamworth, Riding to Tamworth proper. The following excerpt is taken from Lord War Marshall Slate's report of the land's accounting. Certain data is omitted for organizational practices:
For the desk of [omitted] lordship,

I, Robert James DeLace of the House of Slate, have ridden ahead of my brother's element to survey the future location of New Tamworth's central hold. Our vanguard have identified a birch grove, a Dutch elm, and a great Eastern white pine of great preservation importance to the household. There are collectively [x] acres of sugaring maples, more than half of which is ready for harvest, these will be sustainably exploited in clusters. About [x] acres of lumber maple exists as well, but the household prefers to permanently hold on felling, as these groves also house very old species of mycelium and two species of corvids (corvus corax and another yet unidentified), an attempt will be made to establish a relationship with these ravens. Mycelium include calvatia gigantea, Lycoperdon perlatum, and very importantly, Fomitopsis betulina, which is the primary reason for Birch grove conservation. This fungus will aid our fighting elements and settlers combat parasitic intrusions on the humours. There are tracks of badger and small deer, of importance for tanning, food, and adhesives. At this time, our advisors do not deem the populations ready for exploit, they will be protected under poach statute. There is an abundance of lichen removed from substrate and gall-bearing oak. These are deemed highly important for the household's production of black linen. A creek runs throughout the length of the surveyed area, being fed from a pond two miles northeast our forward-most position. There is enough volume crossing our stretch to feed the tables underneath our most level ground, providing a steady source of clean drinking water, as well as feeding the flora and fauna along its beds. We look forward to explore these more. There are two major structural resources available and abundant. There are rich deposits of granite and slate fieldstone, as well as one quarry ready mound of pure granite. The field stone not home to necessary wildlife will suffice for fortifications and other structural needs. The far edges of the region are dotted by natural clearings populated by blackberry. [X] acres have year round full sun exposure. There are [x] acres of partial to low sun exposure. The rest of the land is canopied. An acre of full sun exposure land lies at the foot of a rock rise, making ideal temporary shelter during the regionally common colder months. This is due to its orientation opposite the wind direction in the evenings and sun's exposure during the hours of light. The foot of the rise is surrounded by a natural moat. [X] acres sit on an even deposit of pure clay about 15 feet deep. Ceramics are a growing focus for the household, and will take advantage of this bed. This report in service to the pleasure of the crown on behalf of my brother, Lord Tamworth.

In service to honor,

Robert James DeLace of the House of Slate

In addition to Lord Robert's efforts, Lord Tamworth has assigned his brother Thomas Slate, Lord Exchequer and currently on state business in the Kingdom of Trimaris, to oversee the logistical and financial muster of the necessary provisions to hasten construction, production, and fortification of the land. The current timeline is set to the fall of 2026 for completion of the final redoubt upon the upper levels of the walled settlement. The current number of household officers and gentry at the ready to plead the regional throne on behalf of the new territory's sovereignty stands at thirty eight (November 2021 C.E.).

A top view rendering of the land compiling the future territory of New Tamworth. Mundanely located in Milton, Vermont USA, the land was chosen for its strategic elevated areas for fortifications and proximity to natural water resources. Said body of water doubles as a natural barrier for security)
Structural design rendering of Nortminster Hall, the administrative seat of New Tamworth. The facility is the location of the Lesser Parliament, led by a representative of the Privy Council as well as members of the regional gentry. It additionally houses space for court, banquet, ceremony, and offices for the household.

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Projects & Publications

Gothic Bladed Arms, their history, and uses//Class for Panteria 05/25/19

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In Case of Court

Lord Tamworth may not always wear his sword, but he'll always carry a rondel, one of the few in court with permission to do so(he'd otherwise never attend such an event personally). Circa 1419 CE.

It is best to notify him through Kit de Coldwood, commander serving the Northern Army and most appropriate Liaison. It should be noted Tamworth holds no love for court life or its proceedings, but will observe his duty to attend court when summoned, either personally or by proxy through his brother, Robert James DeLace of the House of Slate. He is often found peering from the room's darkest corner.

For Royal Guard and Staff at Court

Lord Tamworth's faith and oaths compel him to remain armed with his {*OOC* blunt/rebated} rondel dagger at all times.

More Information

In the Mundane world, I am a retired infantry squad leader from the US Army. I moved to Vermont after my combat tours in search of a quieter life and so far have been my own worse enemy in that regard. I'm completely unable to turn down hanging out, if you ever meet me and get as far as a facebook friend request you're pretty much in. I don't have the fighting speed I used to have before my last deployment, but it is my hope to pass on what I do know and, eventually, earn a place in a leadership role so as to translate my experience in infantry line maneuvers and hoplology to aid the kingdom's armies in the wars to come.