As a new member of the outfit you must read and follow the RULES, then additionally, you must always be conscious of the MEMBER GUIDELINES. The OPTIONAL CUSTOMS are fun things that make us a unique outfit, they are not mandatory however.
As an Iron Templar there are a few customs and guidelines we must go over, things that you have to understand as a member. In Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine Chapters are built upon nearly mythical customs and histories that make them who they are, and we are going emulate that theme here within the outfit.
++ Member Guidelines ++
These are not just encouraged; they will be actively enforced as the outfit gains membership. These are some of the most important characteristics that will define us as who we are in Planetside 2. Always remember, we are special, unique in the game, for who we are in the following ways.
1.Always promote healthy fights.
If you find yourself in a leadership position, you will always promote or create fights that both our members and other players can enjoy. When I say other players, I mean specifically enemy combatants. Every player in Planetside 2 is a person who wants to have fun, and we should strive to deliver that. As such, you should NOT ghost cap with more than 24 members/players. You should NOT overpop a hex or fight in excess of 60% friendly population unless ABSOLUTELY VITAL. You SHOULD do your best to distribute troops to other fights if in a hex or fight that exceeds 65% friendly population. Lastly, attacking the lower pop faction on the server is highly discouraged.
[Chapter Master’s Note] I understand this last entry may seem like a lot of information, but if you would like to progress through the ranks of the outfit, it is important that our members who lead, and as such represent the entire outfit in public, do so in an honorable and respectful fashion. Of course, I will not go around examining every member’s leadership tactics with a microscope, but just know that these leadership parameters will cement our reputation as good outfit, abuse of them can result in censure.
2.Always remain professional.
When communicating in ANY context where other non-members can see or hear you, you must always remain professional and courteous. In general communication, the use of battle comms, clear comms, and open comms applies.
Battle comms- combat relevant information only. [Can I get some ammo? New sundy by A point! Infantry moving in the hills!]
Clear comms- When a member calls clear comms, no talking until they say otherwise. [The PL may be listening to command chat. The SL may be trying to speak with the PL. A squad member may be trying to relay important info to the squad.]
Open comms- Talk about anything! [Just be sure not to be loud or obnoxious.]
3.Always remain helpful.
Whenever it is possible, you should be the first to help players with any questions or problems they have in game. Whether it is a new player asking about what key to use, or if it’s a veteran salt miner asking about what gun was nerfed, if you have the info, take a moment to type a message or be a source of positive aid.
++ Optional Customs ++
A few customs are listed in the following; these are optional and are not rules or guidelines, but merely eccentricities that make the outfit unique. These are fun parts of being in a community that we will understand between each other, making us a closer, more fraternal group.
1.Iron within, IRON WITHOUT!
When prompted with the saying, "iron within," it is customary for all members (or the member it is directed towards) to respond with, "iron without." This can be used as a form of acknowledgement, motto, or a battle-cry.
2.Honor the chapter.
Referring to members by their rank. Space Marines spend hundreds, sometimes thousands of years working their way through the chapter's ranks. As such, their names are nearly always prefaced with their status. For example; Neophyte Gruzzar, Brother Spectre, Captain Macii, Chapter Master Delta, etc.
3.We are the angels of death.
Space Marines are renown for showing up to aid human forces when they need it the most. In Planetside 2, the outfit's main purpose is to support public forces or other outfits, as such, you should always be conscious of command chat or other unit leader's objectives, and always place their goals among your highest priorities.
++ Outfit Ranks ++
The ranks of the outfit are completely merit based. While the outfit cannot be specifically categorized as a meritocracy, as there will only ever be one Chapter Master, every other rank is achieved through dedication to the outfit and one's own initiative.
This is the entry rank, there are no responsibilities associated, nor are there any requirements to hold it. This is for all intents and purposes a trial member rank.
As a full-fledged member, you now embody the honor and fury of the Chapter. You have no responsibilities other than to continue having fun, being a positive influence in Planetside 2, and always following the outfit's rules.
++ To achieve this rank you must have been a Neophyte for 14 days, Taken the Oath of the Iron Templars, be signed up on the outfit's website, and have logged onto the outfit's Teamspeak at least once.(The last requirement is applies only if you have a microphone) ++
As a Sgt. in the outfit, you will be expected to take leadership positions within platoons, and on your own on occasion. The context in which you lead will be outlined later, but if you carry the Line Sergeant rank, you opt into leading whenever required by the Chapter. If you would like to opt out of leading for a while, you can request to be removed, but as long as you have been the rank once, you can be re-added at any time.
++ To achieve this rank you must have completed all previous rank requirements and have begun to attempt to lead squads or platoons. It is also acceptable at the Battle Brother rank to voice interest in becoming a Line Sgt. and receiving training/coaching on leadership. ++
The company captain is a member who is the embodiment of the outfit's culture, rules, and professionalism. As a Captain, you will be expected to lead larger units, maintain the discipline and morale of the membership, and report to the Chapter Master any problems or issues that arise. Other tasks will include accompanying the Chapter Master to meetings with other outfit leads, advising the outfit leader on topics that they require input, and being an outstanding role model for those within the Chapter.
++ To achieve this rank you must have completed all previous rank requirements and have gone beyond the normal commitment of Sgts. You must take personal initiative to help members, lead consistently, or create a healthy and positive environment within the outfit. There is also a limit of one Company Captain per 50 members, so the ranks will inevitably be contested. ++
Failure to follow ANY outfit rules can result in censure, temporary separation from the outfit, or immediate removal from the Chapter.
1. Respect of all players, friendly and enemy at all times.
2. Follow orders given by squad leaders, and platoon leaders, regardless of outfit affinity.
3. Always maintain a positive and professional demeanor, no hate tells, whining in yell chat or in voice comms.