Ship Ranks and Positions
Customized rank symbols are used to distinguish between the various roles within the Colorado Rogues organization. The designs are based loosely on naval ranks, and were designed by Merlot and Stalkie McGroper in 2005.
The Ranking hierarchy recognized within the Rogues is as follows, from most senior to least senior:
|Commodore||The Commodore holds diplomatic responsibility within the fleet. The Commodore is essentially Chairman of the Board of the Rogues, responsible for planning and holding regular Captains Council meetings. In addition to his ship duties as a Captain, the Commodore is also responsible for taking on the obligation and prestige of representing the Rogues at various events, piratical or otherwise.|
|Captain||The Captain of a ship at sea is in absolute command of the vessel. The Captain's Insigna can be identified by the title "Captain" above their respective ship's flag.|
|First Mate||The First Mate answers to the Captain and is the second-in-command in all functions. The First Mate will act as a liaison between the Crew, Captain and/or Council whenever necessary and may be granted Acting Captain privileges should his ship's Captain be unable to fulfill his duties.|
|Quartermaster||The Quartermaster is part of The Head and 3rd in charge of the ship, answering only to the Captain and First Mate respectively. The Quartermaster is expected to act as the ship's bookeper, collecting and tracking the ship's income and expenditures. The Quartermaster may act as a liaison between the Crew, Captain and/or Council if the First Mate is unable to do so.|
|Ship Officer||A Ship Officer is recognized by a pair of crossed bones on their Sashes. Officers are above the Standard Crew and below The Head and this is noted by the Crossed Bones. Some specialized crew can be considered Officers at the discretion of the ship's Captain They will receive only a set of crossed bones and no Division Symbol|
|Bosun||Master of rigging, anchor, sailing (also performs the master-at-arms' duties if there is none)|
|Master Artisan||Master of design and repair - The Master Artisan is the head of ship or fleet-themed design. He may work with standard crew such as the Tailor, Painter or Leathersmith.|
|Master at Arms||Master of the Armory - The Ship's police force. Executing corporal punishment and serving as Weapons Master. Looks after swords and firearms, ensuring they are kept in good order and ready for use in combat. Instructs other members of the crew in the use of arms and responsible for carrying out disciplinary actions.|
|Master Gunner||Ship's master of black powder usage - The Master Gunner is responsible for ensuring that all guns, both above and below deck, are sufficiently manned for discharge and service during battle.|
|Navigator||Master of navigation - The navigator's responsibilities include planning the journey, advising the Captain while en route, and ensuring that hazards are avoided. The navigator is in charge of maintaining the ship's nautical charts, nautical publications, and navigational equipment, and generally has responsibility for communications.|
|Scribe||Recorder and master of documents - Scribe (or Scrivener) is historically, a person who could read and write. This usually indicated secretarial and administrative duties such as dictation and keeping business, judicial, and history records. A Scribe may keep ship minutes, records and logs.|
|Shipwright||Master of Shipbuilding and Carpentry - Shipwrights are craftsman who specialize in the design, repair and dismantling of ships. While shipbuilding normally takes place in a specialized facility known as a shipyard, Shipwrights may be kept on a ship to carry out basic repairs while abroad.|
|Master Armorer||An armorer was, in former times, a smith who specialized in manufacturing and repairing arms and armor.|
|-||Crew||A crew comprises a body or a class of people who work at a common activity, generally in a structured or hierarchical organization. The word has particular nautical resonances: the tasks involved in operating a ship, particularly a sailing ship, providing numerous specialties within a ship's crew, often organized with a chain of command. Traditional nautical usage strongly distinguishes officers from crew, though the two groups combined form the ship's company. Members of a crew are often referred to by the title "Crewman" and as well as "Crew member".
In the Colorado Rogues, Standard Crew have only a single bone on their Sashes. Some Crew have unique duties, but still only have a single bone to denote rank.
||Charged with keeping the ship in smooth working-order, Crew assigned under the watch of the Bosun learn how to tie knots, mend ropes and sails and keep the rigging and landing vessels in working order.|
||Charged with keeping order and invading other ships, Crew assigned under the watch of the Master At Arms must be willing and able to learn the care of the ships weapons and ensure that order is kept at all times.|
||Tasked with creating Ship or Fleet-themed designs, Crew assigned under the Master Artisan create artwork on an variety of mediums, including digital, paper, cloth, leather, glass, metal, and wood.|
||Tasked with ensuring the ship is ready for battle at all time, Crew assigned to the Master Gunner are trained in maintaining the Ship's Guns (otherwise known as Cannons), powder and shot. The Master Gunners Crew should also be trained in the preparation of cartridges for all sizes of gun and firearm on board, and in the proper cleaning and repair of guns and firearms.|
||Crew assigned to the Navigator aid in ship navigation, take watch for lookout and learn how to navigate the vast oceans by learning the tools of a Navigator.|
||Crew assigned to the ship's Scribe are charged with assisting in keeping logs and records up-to-date and stored properly to ensure they're kept safe until they are no longer pertinent to the voyage and can be safely transferred to a secure location.|
||Crew assigned to the Shipwright assist in maintenance and repairs of the ship's hull and other structures, ensuring the vessel remains seaworthy between voyages and after a battle. Should a ship be dubbed unfit for voyage, the Shipwright's Crew will assist the Shipwright in either repairing or dismantling the vessel.|
Mercenary and Retirement Mercenary and Retired Rogues hold ranks outside of the normal hierarchy- Rogue status is not revoked due to inactivity, so this is a safe haven for members of the fleet who do not currently wish to be active on a ship or have served the fleet over a period of time and wish to retire. Because neither of these ranks fall under the authority of one Captain, Mercenary and Retired Rogues cannot cast a vote on Ship or fleet matters, although Retired Rogues may participate in Fleet votes, if they are recognized by the Council as an active Rogue. Mercenary Rogues are considered inactive and aren't represented by a Captain, so therefore aren't allowed this honor.
Auxiliary Ranks These positions are recognized as nothing more than honorable titles. Persons who have been awarded these ranks cannot hold a position on a ship or within a guild, may not vote on Fleet or Ship matters and must have an Active Rogue to vouch for them at Rogue-only events.
- Step n' Fetch - A Rogue in training, answers to the Harbourmaster.
- Friend of Rogues - (aka FOR) A close friend of the group.
- Visiting Captain - A FOR that is recognized as a Captain, but holds no vote within our Fleet.
- Guest of Rogues - A new friend, but not well known yet