Founded by a former French Foreign Legion mercenary who took on the name Scipio Africanus in 2018. Currently employed in securing and pacifying real estate necessary for Beanstalk infrastructure. Scipio’s secret ultimate plan is to declare himself the Emperor of his conquered territory, but until that day comes he and his Legion serve the highest bidder in the mad corporate race to build high-ways and railways to the Beanstalk.
The Aquila Legion is most commonly known for two things: the use of Powered Armor and human rights violations. Activists have shown clear evidence of the Legion’s connection to several horrifying incidents, but so far the Legion has been beyond the reach of justice.
Joining the Legion begins with tests of physical prowess followed by a medical examination. Those who pass are asked what name they wish to be called (only Latin names are accepted), put through rather severe hazing by the Legionnaires and finally their face is ritually branded with the sign of the Aquila. At no point is any kind of background check performed.
Once branded the initiate enters service as an Auxilia. The Auxilia carry out the most menial tasks of the Legion such as cleaning latrines or loading supplies under the open sun. They are given as much military training as can be fit between these demeaning tasks. The Auxilia are also taught to speak Latin and forbidden from using other languages even while off duty. Once their training is judged sufficient (rarely more than one month into service) they are given supporting tasks in combat operations, such as guarding flanks or attacking ill-equipped militia or civilians. Each batch of Auxilia is deliberately given at least a few dirty jobs to harden them up emotionally. The Auxilia are also tasked with hunting down deserting Auxilia: this is not considered a high priority but any Auxilia that kills a deserter is rewarded with respect and quicker promotion to Legionnaire.
Those Auxilia who do not kill a deserter must wait until their superiors judge them sufficiently fierce, typically around a year after joining. At that point an identification chip is implanted in their brain and they are promoted to the Legion proper. By tradition the old legionnaires organize a party to celebrate their new comrades: these parties typically take the form of drug-fueled orgies and involve the new Legionnaires proving their ferocity by raping, maiming and/or killing prisoners or unlucky locals. Once the new Legionnaire gets over their hangover and/or drug withdrawal they find themselves suddenly respected and (compared to before) well treated: they are now one with the Legion.
The Legionnaires form the bulk of the Legion’s fighting force and are equipped with the latest body armor and weapons. The Legion seeks to foster ferocity, discipline and a never-back-down attitude in its troops: this makes them hard fighters but also foolhardy and prone to error without good leadership. It is rare for a Legionnaire to encounter a task too morally disgusting to perform: if they can’t do it otherwise they can do it in a drug induced haze. In their opinion there is nothing strange about this: you take painkillers to walk on an injured leg, you take cocaine to gun down unarmed villagers. The Legionnaires have a deserved reputation for cruelty and excessive violence, but also for getting the job done.
The thing which makes the Legion famous is their use of powered armor. Unlike the recruitment videos would have you believe not every Legionnaire is equipped with one. Instead they are reserved for a special corps of senior Legionnaires consisting of those who have survived at least three years in good physical and mental condition. In other words they are the kind of people who do not need drugs to operate in the most absolute moral darkness. The other two requirements for a Legionnaire to receive a suit of powered armor are unwavering loyalty to the Legion and good combat skills. Many power armored Legionnaires are also officers, who lead their fellow Legionnaires from the front.
Those Legionnaires who show promise and initiative are made into officers. The Legion rates its officers into two categories: those who are clean and those who are not. The ones who require drugs to operate are given the non-critical operations where it doesn’t matter if the commander is not entirely anchored in reality. The clean officers lead where actual skill is required and tend to have a professional attitude about their work. Most of them are serious people and quite good at their jobs. Such individuals tend to climb in the Legion’s hierarchy.
Leaving the Legion is next to impossible: to date only a handful of Legionnaires have been discharged. A deserting Auxilia is considered little more than an opportunity for tracking and target practice for the remaining Auxilia, a deserting Legionnaire is a cause for a major manhunt. If the Legion itself is unsuccessful in eliminating the traitor they post a sizeable bounty on the deserter. In the case of Jonathan Lee aka Aurelius the Legion paid 25 000 euros to a street gang after they proved they had accidentally killed him in a firefight with a rival gang six years after him deserting the Legion.
The Legion is known to raise a number of children. Most of them have either been adopted by or are direct offspring of the Legions officers and Legionnaires. These children are taught Latin and military discipline from a young age, for Scipio intends for them to form the corner stone of his personal Empire.