The 11th Legion
It is said some numbers are lucky, others not and it could well be that for the 11th Legion, unlucky may have been the case.
Before the formation of the Council of 10 Legions, during the height of the Great Conflicts of Wan, the then Red Legion of the South West were known for their prowess and skill in the use of Bomb Trucks, a battle machine unique to them. Indeed it was their deft and skill with these metal behemoths that saw the Red Legion BISH! victorious in many of the major battles on the Plains of Wan.
After the conflicts had passed, recognitions and accolades were passed to those Legions which had contributed over and above. The Red Legion, with no official lands of their own (being from the South West) were awarded the honorary title of ‘11th Legion’; while they may not have had responsibility over lands that afforded a Council Legion title, through their actions they had earned title, all agreed. Indeed, some Legions thought the contributions and efforts of the 11th so great, they offered small portions of their Lands for the 11th to use as their own.
And so, for many rotations, the 11th Legion traversed between their 4 ‘loaned Lands’, undertaking all expected of Legions in their duties of overseeing. The sight of the Bomb Trucks in the distance became a common sight and to most, a comforting sign considering what they represented. It was unfortunate then that one of the Lands loaned to the 11th was that of the 5th’s, one of the 5 Legions that oversaw the shorelines of the Sea of Orange.
One night, the night of the first incursion of the Flea Uprising to be exact, was to be the fateful night the 11th Legion ceased to be.
In the inky blackness the nights of the Land of 5th is known for, alerted by uncommon goings on by the shoreline, the 11th Legion sent not one, or two, but mobilised its entire compliment of Bomb Trucks to investigate. Why this was no one could ever figure but that night the 11th and its 100 Bomb Trucks vanished without trace.
With no clue or reason left behind, it was concluded that the 11th was either devoured whole by the Flea Uprising, or swallowed by the ‘Pits’, deep sand pockets the dune lined coastline the 5th Legion’s Land was known for. Bomb Trucks, while formidable in battle, were simply no match for the sands of the Pits.
To this day, throughout the Land of 5th and especially within the communiques of the BISH!, the number 11 is neither referenced nor used; ’10 and one’ or ’12 less one’ being the common substitutes. As for the 11th Legion, all that remains is a lone Bomb Truck, mysteriously washed up on the shoreline of the 7th Legion, many cycles after it had vanished.