Haloed Bane

PROTOCOLARY HALOS AND GLORIOLES


In the sober aftermath of the First Dolentian War, young Incudea cracked down on the use of halos, a ubiquitous sign of prestige among the Inculae. The Council restricted their use to atrianeth, that is, personnel in the government or the military. (Exceptions were also made for the leaders of Highborn houses.) These restrictions have since been modified, but to this day when an Incula hears the word "halo" (nudo), she will likely think of those markers worn by high-ranking Inculae in the administration of peace or war. Unsanctioned use of a halo is punished by forced ingestion of said accoutrement, with the foreseeable consequences, and therefore one rarely comes across cases of "impersonation by use of an improper halo." Below are examples of important administrative halos:

Single Purple Halo
Worn by Incudean Army officers.

Single White Halo
Worn by enarchical Voices.

Double White Halo
Worn by the Enarchs.

Single Red Halo
Worn by exarchical Voices.

Double Red Halo
Worn by the Exarchs.

Single Silver Halo
Worn by neurarchical Voices.

Double Silver Halo
Worn by the Neurarchs.

Triple White Halo
Worn exclusively by the Silver Enarch.

Double Bicolor Halo
Worn exclusively by the Enarch of Aurena Green.

Glorioles

Incudean law also permits the awarding of temporary halos known as glorioles (kunudo). Functionaries in the Incudean government receive them for meritorious deeds, in which case they tend to be the color of said individual's official robe. However, glorioles are most famously earned in the course of a battle. A single gloriole is earned and can be activated after 12 kills (confirmed by way of projectile biometers fired at the live target from thinguns or the such; indiscriminate mass attacks do not count), a second, smaller gloriole is added after a further 18. Ever smaller glorioles come with 30, 42, 66 and finally 78 additional kills, at which point, having achieved 246 kills in total or more, the sixth gloriole, perfectly spherical in shape, is awarded. It is perfectly acceptable, and quite judicious in most circumstances, not to activate these war glorioles until victory has been assured, as glorioled soldiers make for highly visible and extremely attractive targets. However, the Army terminates the availability of the glorioles once it officially determines the battle has been won, and as a result there is usually but a small period of a few minutes just at the end of the fighting, when most Incudean soldiers feel safe enough to turn on their glorioles if they have them, and before the Army rescinds that privilege. When the doom-laden battlefield glows, the enemy knows that the end is near, and that the Haloed Bane has triumphed once again. Some glorioles are depicted below:

Single Black Gloriole
Awarded to ministerial staff.

Single War Gloriole
Awarded after 12 kills.

Triple War Gloriole
Awarded after 60 kills.

Demihalos

It was the benefactress Norsuin (r. 1242-1196 BC) who extended to datrianeth, or private persons, the halo privilege once more. Norsuin's new halos were conferred on the basis of merit and for a limited period of time. In short, they were a type of gloriole, and to mark them as inferior to the public halos and glorioles, they were literally split down the middle. On the other hand, the recipient had the advantage of being able to choose the halo's color. About a millennium later, the Incudean Council allowed for some of these "demihalos" (entanenudo) to be used over and over, on special occasions such as birthdays and the short week in Tolmarika for example, so that the demihalo became a hybrid class (part halo part gloriole). The Council also permitted two-color halos for more deserving recipients. Finally, to celebrate the confirmation of the Icosahedral Theory in the 17th century AD, a new demihalo was created with the two halves conjoined, so that we are essentially dealing with a regular halo except for the differently colored sides. The family of demihalos was restandardized at this time into five different types which subsist until the present. The names are based on the allegory of an enterprising Incula sailing outside the comforts of her home in the Nears, first through the Gryphon Edge, then past the Storm Edge, and finally being able to touch the icosahedral shell of the universe.

  • Gryphon class 2nd tier (entanenudo rapen bel u helrapen) = A split halo of a single color. The recipient is entitled to wear it for a limited time, after which it expires.
  • Gryphon class 1st tier (entanenudo rapen bel u prolrapen) = A split halo of a single color. The recipient may wear it on certain occasions and/or places. There is no expiration.
  • Storm class 2nd tier (entanenudo rapen praija u helrapen) = A split halo of two colors. Restrictions are the same as with the gryphon class 1st tier.
  • Storm class 1st tier (entanenudo rapen praija u prolrapen) = A split halo of two colors. Restrictions are the same as with the storm class 2nd tier, with one difference: the recipient can change the colors of the halo at will.
  • Icosahedron class (entanenudo rapen klaun) = A conjoined halo of two colors. Restrictions are the same as with the storm class 1st tier.

Gryphon Class Demihalo
Split halo of one color.

Storm Class Demihalo
Split halo of two colors.

Icosahedron Class Demihalo
Conjoined halo of two colors.

Government/military officers who received demihalos before entering their services may not wear them again until they resign or retire. Of course, Incudean Councilors may never wear a halo or gloriole of any sort (even if they cease being Councilors). The only exception to this rule is made for the archons, that is, the rulers of monarchical provinces in Incudea. Since none of the classic administrative halos are available to them, being just under the managerial level that merits them, they are allowed to wear any demihalos they received before rising to the archonship. Moreover, they may wear them at any and all times. Thus, the demihalo has become part and parcel of most archons' wardrobes, and it is not uncommon to see a freshly named archon -someone who up to that point had not merited a demihalo- receive one on some pretense or other just before her official installation so she has something to wear in her new position. As archons usually work many years in government service before obtaining their positions, the conferral usually involves them "retiring" from the service just enough time to become a private person, then rejoining after receiving the new demihalo. The unwritten rule in this case is to award such haloless archons-to-be with a gryphon class 1st tier. Most monarchies recommend or command a certain color for their provincial archons, provided there is a choice. Gorgon archons, for example, tend to sport red demihalos or red-white demihalos. However, if a recipient of a storm class 2nd tier demihalo rises to the archonship, then she'll be allowed to sport whatever colors she had chosen (she cannot change the colors once chosen, and she will not be awarded a new demihalo just so she can choose the red color, since she already owns a storm class 2nd tier and that outranks the gryphon class 1st tier she would have received.)