Caerleon Order Personal Gear

Defending Sovereign, Church, and Country from the Forces of Darkness

These are the items, other than weapons, that Order personal carry when on duty. Note that not everyone carries the same things, or that all these items are carried by any one individual. They are carried only when needed.

Mobile Device
Aside from a weapon, the only piece of equipment agents routinely carry is a handheld device that combines the functions of a personal digital assistant, a mobile computer with Internet access, a digital still and video camera, a cell phone, a digital voice recorder, and a personal navigation assistant. These devices make it possible for agents not only to communicate with the nearest Order station or substation, but also record notes, collect evidence, transmit it to be analyzed, receive reports and updates, access online information resources in the field, and navigate to remote areas. It has a battery life of 16 hours. Dr. Elizabeth Mabuse is developing a new generation of device that can perform analyses on the spot.

Agents of the Order, plus analysts and household staff, don't wear uniforms, even during formal occasions, unless they are current members of the Armed Forces. If they must, they wear a formal suit or dress, or a more elaborate version of their everyday work clothes.

Soldiers, however, wear the various orders of dress for the British Army regardless of their former service. The only significant differences are:

  • the Order badge is sewn onto the upper left sleeve of service, parade, and combat dress jackets and tunics
  • the Order crest is used as decoration for cap and collar badges, tunic/jacket and shoulder board buttons, and pattern sword guards and blades
  • and the shoulder titles consist of ornate black metal CO's

No. 8 Combat Dress, No. 2 Service Dress, & No. 1 Ceremonial Dress
These are the common uniforms used by officers and NCOs alike, with minor differences for rank. The ceremonial dress is worn for special occasions and rituals, the service dress is worn for active duty, and the combat dress is worn when engaged in fighting. The boots of the service dress are reminiscent of cavalry uniforms, but were adopted by the Order to provide better foot and lower leg protection.

NCO and Warrant Officer Dress
These are the orders of dress worn by the Order's non-commissioned officers and warrant officers. From left to right: No. 13 Barracks Dress, Summer; No. 13 Barracks Dress, Winter; No. 12 Protective Dress, Summer; No. 12 Protective Dress, Winter; No. 14 Shirt Sleeve Dress; No. 6 Parade Dress; No. 10 Mess Dress. Barracks dress is worn when not working; protective dress is worn when doing work; shirt sleeve dress is worn when more casual attire than service or parade dress is permissible; parade dress is used for semi-formal occasions, presentations, and when on review; and the mess dress is worn for formal occasions.

General Officer Dress
These are the orders of dress worn by the Order's commissioned officers. From left to right: No. 13 Barracks Dress, Summer; No. 13 Barracks Dress, Winter; No. 6 Parade Dress; No. 15 Semi-Formal Dress; No. 10 Mess Dress. Barracks dress is worn when not on active duty; parade dress is used when on review; semi-formal dress is used for semi-formal occasions and presentations; and the mess dress is worn for formal occasions.

Rank  The Caerleon Order uses the same ranks as the British Army, regardless of which service a soldier was recruited from. A staff sergeant can also be known as a colour sergeant in the infantry. Warrant officers used to be known as sergeant majors, and many of their appointments still have that title. A member of any non-commissioned rank who holds an appointment is addressed by that appointment, not his or her rank. Technically, the Order has no one above the rank of captain (except for the Director who holds the honourary rank of brigadier) and only three officers, but ideally all ranks are available for promotion.

Ranks shown are, from left to right: top row – Private, Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Warrant Officer Class 2; middle row – Warrant Officer Class 1, Officer Cadet, Second Lieutenant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major; bottom row – Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, Brigadier, Major General, Lieutenant General, General

Mk 7 Helmet
This is the protective headgear worn by the British Armed Forces. It is composed of ballistic nylon fabric armour covered by a shell woven from ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene fibers. It has a ballistic protection rating of 650 m/sec, making it highly resistant to all handgun rounds, as well as shrapnel and flying debris, and moderately resistant to rifle bullets.

Osprey Body Armour
This consists of a vest for torso protection, with upper arm, throat, and thigh covers. It is composed of various fabric armours such as Kevlar, Innegra S, Vectran, and ballistic nylon, with pouches to hold ceramic armour plates covering the front, back, and sides. These plates protect against rifle bullets, while the fabric armour protects against pistol rounds. It can also provide some protection against monster attacks, but claws and teeth can rip stitching and non-armour fabric. Dr. Mabuse is developing a replacement vest that will be made from her artificial spider silk weave, Arachlar.

Ballistic Goggles
These are protective eye coverings made from polycarbonate to protect the eyes from flying debris and shrapnel. They can also protect against sprays of toxic or corrosive liquids, light glare, high winds, lasers, and ultraviolet light.

M50 Joint Service General Purpose Mask
This is the standard gas mask used by the Armed Forces. It can provide 24 hours of eye and respiratory protection against nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks. It has twin filters, which increase efficiency and make breathing easier. Water can be consumed through a special port, but no food can be eaten while the mask is worn. A number of paranormal creatures are able to release noxious or toxic gases, making gas masks essential when they are encountered.

Mk M Nerve Agent Antidote Kit
This is one of the first practical benefits to come of the Order's association with Dr. Mabuse: a broad spectrum antidote for neurological toxins that protects against 90% of known nerve agents and venoms. The syringes are self-injecting; an operative need only press them against the thigh or upper arm.

Individual First Aid Kit
This is used to immediately treat battlefield injuries. It contains several bandages and sterile dressings, a tourniquet, burn ointment and dressing, antibiotic cream, some water purification tablets, adhesive tape, sterile saline, and QuikClot Combat Gauze. In any group of soldiers, one will carry a more extensive kit.

Individual Water Purification System
Aside from a hydration pack, soldiers are also issued this system to purify local water to potable standards. While most operations don't last long enough for this to become a problem, soldiers can be become separated from an active unit and could require water before they are located and rescued.

Personal Role Radio
These radios are issued to all soldiers. They have a range of 1600 feet, their signals can pass through heavy cover and walls, they have access to 256 channels, and their batteries last for 20 hours. They make it possible for soldiers to keep in contact during combat, making small-unit tactics more efficient.

Advanced GPS Receiver
Precise location is vital to the success of small-unit tactics. As such, all soldiers are issued handheld global positioning system receivers. This dual frequency device will not only determine a soldier's position, but also his speed, elevation, and track, as well as display the time and date. It can also display map overlays, it has a wide range of anti-jamming, -spoofing, and -interference electronics, and it has a battery life of 14 hours. Dr. Mabuse is currently developing a device that will combine other features from the handheld device issued to agents, particularly the ability to send and receive telemetry data.

HandHeld FlashLight
This miniature device uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to shine white, red, blue, and infrared light in five intensities, and it has a strobe feature. The head is adjustable over 185°, it can be attached to the helmet, and in addition to illumination it can also be used for signaling and detecting blood residue. It is ill-suited for use as a tactical light, but in small groups one soldier can hold it while his mates shoot. It has a battery life of 30 hours and uses AA batteries. Dr. Mabuse is close to developing a flashlight that would also emit an LED laser for targeting and range-finding.

Tactical Light
A tactical light is a flashlight used to illuminate targets under low-light conditions. This model can be handheld when used with a pistol or attached to underside of a rifle barrel. It possesses a high-lux, high-efficiency white LED bulb and runs off of two A batteries. Battery life is 15 hours.

LightSpeed Binoculars
These are standard 7x50 magnification field glasses that have the ability to transmit and receive sounds and images using infrared LEDs. They can be used to not only communicate with someone else equipped with another pair, but also transmit what an observer is seeing along with his comments to a command receiver. Estimated distance is 300 feet. Estimated battery life is 100 hours.

AN/AVS-6 Night Vision Device
These are used for enhanced vision in near total darkness. It is used by observers and those using weapons other than rifles, being as riflemen have access to night vision scopes. It uses an image intensifier tube to enhance ambient light. Dr. Mabuse is working on developing night vision goggles that would provide a panoramic view.

Entrenching Tool
This device is used for digging holes and ditches and building ramparts for temporary fortifications. Similarly it can be used as a breaching tool to break through wooden doors and drywall or adobe walls. It is serrated on one side to act as a makeshift saw. It can also be used as a weapon, and Order troops are all well trained in its use.

Mechanical Breacher's Kit
These are tools used to gain entry into buildings or to get past barriers by breaking down or through doors or walls. Pictured, from left to right, are a battering ram, a Hallagan, a sledgehammer, and a bolt cutter. Each tool is generally carried by one soldier in a 4-man squad. These can also be used as weapons of last resort.

Tactical Tomahawk
This is primarily a multipurpose tool that can be used for breaching, digging in conjunction with an entrenching tool, opening crates, removal of improvised explosive devices, whatever task it might be needed for. It can also be used for close quarters combat and personal defence. It was adopted by Order soldiers who had served in Afghanistan and had observed American soldiers using it to good effect.

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