The Fortunous Dynasty's Exploits
The 24677th Dolat Infantry “Taupin’s”
Commanders tend to allow regimental traditions develop naturally. In many ways, the regiment is a living thing itself. No matter how many times the ranks are swept clean of life the regiment always returns. They can even survive the loss of a banner, although that is a heavy blow.
That natural development is distasteful to Col. Taupin. He feels that the commander of any regiment must impress his will upon it.
As a result he has begun a number of boring traditions that already drive his men mad. Every day he rereads the current orders of the unit. Every meal is preceded by one of three tedious ritual prayers dragged from the forgotten storage of a disused chapel. Every lasgun is carefully named and called as if it was a soldier.
His troops take it with a certain amount of grace. His refusal to explain these specific decisions confuses his subordinate officers. They are surprised that the Commissariat has not taken a greater interested in these oddities. These junior officers fail to understand that stupid rituals are just the sort of thing their commissar feels is vital for unit cohesion.
Transported aboard the Penitent Traveler