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Centurion

Centurion
 
The Centurion was the commander of each century of the Roman legions. Appointed through the vote of thier peers, Centurions were among the bravest and most battle hardened men in the unit.  A career as a centurion could make the average Roman citizen very wealthy, and was one of the few ways to move up in social class. All equipment for new recruit and legionay, with these differences:
 
Helmet:
Same Gallic style as line soldiers, however it would be dominated by a large transverse (side to side) crest of a variety of colors (typically red or white), to help his men locate thier unit in battle and to make him seem of taller stature and more imposing to the enemy.
 
Armor: Centurions never adopted the new style plate armor, choosing to keep thier Lorica Hamata or Lorica Squamenta (scale armor) as a mark of thier rank and status.  The primary difference between centurion maile and that of other soldiers was its design, being shaped more like the short muscle armor of high ranking officers.
 
Subarmalis (Sub-Armor): Leather or heavy linen padding worn under the armor for added protection.  Though worn by all soldiers under thier armor, that of a centurion would have had long straps at the shoulders and waist (ptgeris) to distinguish rank and for added protection.
 
Harness and Phalerae: Worn over the chest to hold medals of honor won throughout the Centurions career.  Unlike line soldiers, the Centurion would display thier awards and medals in battle as prof of thier valour to the enemy.
 
Vine Staff: Much like the Optio's staff, the Centurion would use this staff of vine to keep the troops in line and to issue out discipline and punishment.
 
Sword (Gladius): Centurions were armed just like the men they led into battle, with the short gladius.  The major difference was the Centurion would carry his gladius suspended on his left as a mark of distinction.

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