WAR-CRAFT AS AN ART-FORM…
Salutations Reader, On Old-Earth this training method is for the Arcane, but in the StarArena_Arcade: ‘Senjutsu, (戦術) The Art Of War’ is treasured and revered as a form of magnificence and the ultimate gift of the Gunshin! (軍神)
‘Senjutsu’ is often referred to as a religion by outsiders, a statement ‘frowned-upon’ by its practitioners, whom view it as Arcade Custom or Tradition and simply call it the ‘Way’ or ‘Path’.
Those who follow the Path; Study the Codes, passed down by the Pantheon above, as Gifts from the Game-Gods. There are two careers you can follow: The Military, or the Monastic. Those who prefer to do service for the Temples, instead of Castles, can enroll for training of Body, Mind & Spirit. Those that do; “Choose to become a Battle-Monk!”
The Art Of War And The Codes?
To quote from an ancient postcard: “The ‘Way’ cannot be adequately described in words, and it would be insulting to both its unlimited power and to the intelligent human mind to attempt to do so. Still, its nature can be understood, and those that care the most about it, and the life from which it is inseparable, understand it best.”
So we begin with the rudimentary:
• From ‘The-Core’ spring ROOT 1:
Granting ‘Two-Forms, known as the; Ancestors.
• From the ‘Ancestors’ springs ROOT 2:
Bringing forth ‘Four-Symbols, known as the; Four Game Kings.
• From the ‘Four Game Kings’ springs ROOT 4:
Bequeathing ‘Eight Trigrams, known as the; Eight Guardian Gods.
It is from these Guardian Gods, the ‘8 Divine-Gifts’ are bestowed upon the Cyber-Children of The Arcade. Each with their own ‘Way’ and are known to you as the ‘Code-Root‘ of the Game-Cards you ‘Play!’ To Master One Code; Will take a Hundred Lifetimes. To know the ‘Way’ of All-Codes; Will take a Senjutsu Grand-Master, ‘Thousands Of Lifetimes’ to achieve!
Those who have dedicated their lives and ardent or devout attention to the temples, in service of maintaining the purity of the Code-Root given by the Game-Gods are the: Guardians 僧侶. In ancient times they were referred to as Spiritual-Monks 神僧, but over time, this got shortened to Monks 侶. Their tasks and duties are mainly to Coach New-Clones and Pass~On the Teachings of the Code-Root they have sworn to Guard to New-Generations. Grand-Masters in War-Craft they make feared and formidable opponents on the Battle-Grid! Their Rank-Structure is divided into three sections.
The Expert Grade In The Art Of War-Craft Are ‘ROSHI’.
The ‘Roshi’ are the mystic equivalent of the Warrant-Officers in the Military. These Monastic-Masters in the Art of War are often called upon by the Hierarchy’s and Monarch for advise. Also personally teaching various ‘Senjutsu’ Martial Arts to the Commissioned-Officers of the Arcadean-Armies. Still, the main concern of a ‘Roshi’ is to safe-guard the Code-Root, by instructing and preparing the next in succession, so that they can become profound ‘Instructors’ themselves, and correctly pass-on the doctrine of The Code! Yet, above all; “They Serve The Arcade Best at the Front-Lines in the Battle against Evil-Forces!”
The Advanced Grade in the Art of War-Craft Are: ‘SENSEI’
The ‘Sensei’ are more than moderately proficient Battle-Monks and most are Seasoned-Veterans in the War against the Demonic Invaders and RAM-Raiders. These Young-Masters train the new ‘Students’ that enter the Monastery_Class, as well as Teaching & Training the Troops in Close-Quarters-Combat and various other Martial Art-Forms. Their counterparts in the Special-Forces of the Military often receive mandatory training in the elite-programs of ‘Senjutsu’ to prepare for precarious missions with uncertain outcomes. These ‘Sensei’ are Master-At-Arms and Skilled in the use of Mystic-Weapons.
The Novice Grade in the Art of War-Craft Are: ‘STUDENTS’
The ‘Students’ are Junior-Monks that start in the position of ‘Ungraded’ and must earn their ‘Grades’ towards Mastery of The Code by Training, Meditation and Completing Mini-Missions. Basic-Training commences the moment they enroll into the Guardian program and will be accompanied by ‘guest students’ from the Legionaries, whom on completion of the probation period, will report to their units for duty. The Monks stay in isolation and become subject to rigorous tutoring, preparation and condition in the ‘Way’ of The Code! Once a Monk reaches Grade 8: Training in Mystic-Weapons will begin.
Before being considered as a Guardian-Monk: A New-Bee must prove their worth and Pass the Admission Tests; By Acquiring the Mandatory ‘First-Star!’ Before one is illegible to enter Basic-Training to become a Battle-Monk. Once you enter the Guardian-Program, you remain on ‘Probation’ until you reach Grade 9: Where you start your journey to become an *Elite* Gods-Vicious-Baby!
Most ‘Players’ choose a Military-Career, because it provides a more instant satisfaction towards: Big-Fun with Big-Gun!!
If you are less interested in Studies of The Code and prefer to Shoot-Shit-Up?
Join The-Infantry; And Become A Man Amongst Babies!