Marshals are typically, but not exclusively, appointed only in wartime”
The definition of it checks out, Lucis is at war with Niflheim, he’s most likely been appointed during the war. Something that also interests me is what comes up under Marshal equivalent in Japan is this:
“Shogun (initially equivalent to marshal, but in later periods, hereditary military dictator)”
Cor’s nickname in the Japanese version is 不死将軍, meaning, “Immortal Shogun” The characters often refer to him as “Cor-shogun” so, it’s implied it is his title, not just a nickname. Obviously, Japan wrote FFXV directed at a Western audience, with Western Influence so, the implication is not to be taken literally with Shogun. Historically, Shogun in Japan have way more power than the aristocrats. This plays more interestingly into my idea of Cor’s ethnic background, but I’ll save that for another post.
My headcanon is not too concerned with exactly what he is, it’s fairly clear he’s a Marshal, and is called Marshal by a lot of people. In fact, he’s still called Marshal after the 10 years of darkness, by Talcott at the very least. My headcanon is more concerned with exactly what he does.
The definition of ceremony and protocol of a Marshal:
“Usually in monarchies, one or several of the senior dignitaries wear the title of Marshal or a compound such as Court Marshal (not related to court martial, therefore usually called Marshal of the Court to prevent confusion) or more rarely Grand Marshal.
The function of the Marshal of the Court varies according to national tradition, but frequently he is the chief of staff of the monarch’s household (meaning the palace and other domains). Often, the charge includes also the honorary privilege as chief of the protocol to announce formally the arrival of VIP guests at audiences, state dinners, and conferences in the monarch’s premises. This office was often made hereditary in the high nobility, e.g., the English Earl Marshal, or the Scots Earl Marischal.”
Again this definition gives another vague idea of exactly what a Marshal is. It varies, but the idea is he gives orders down the line to everyone working within the Citadel, regardless of Military status or not. He functions the entire structure if required, however Cor may not be the only Marshal, therefore non-Militant Marshals may also exist in the Citadel. Cor most likely is the only living Marshal, since he was possibly the only Marshal stationed away from the Citadel during the Peace Treaty signing.
Something that sticks out to me is the phrase ‘palace and other domains’. Cor most likely checks between many different areas, in and outside of Lucis. In canon, Cor knows all the locations of the living Royal Arms. He even hints to Noctis and his friends about the tomb in Fodina Caestino, outside of Cartanica. This is located in Niflheim. When Cor parts from the group, he also mentions that he will be ‘keeping an eye on the Niffs’ although it’s implied he joins the hunters in Lucis.
My headcanon is Cor actually spends a lot of time away from the Citadel, not only outside the Citadel, but outside of Lucis in general. Cor’s task is usually recon work, gathering information, and returning it to the King to keep updates on Eos, since Regis cannot stray far from Insomnia. Cor doesn’t just gain information about the enemy military, but about civilians as well. In order to gain information, Cor does a lot of personal recon work.
Cor is mostly skilled with listening. He can listen to, and understand languages, far better than he can read or write them. This can be extremely distracting, since Cor often picks up on someone speaking foreign languages, and will feel the need to decipher them. Cor knows the 10 most wide spoken Languages in Eos, although mostly he practices Lucian, Galahdan, and Doman, and can hardly speak Altissian or Gralean. He can’t say he knows the other six anywhere close to fluently, but he can listen and understand them.
When in the Crown City, it’s not uncommon to see Cor wearing a noise-cancelling headset connected to his phone. Cor listens to music at loud volumes so he can focus better and not get distracted when hearing people talk. His desire to decode kicks in, and he’s never been able to control it, so he wears the headset to cope. To blend in with lower tech areas, he sometimes carries a Walkman, or a CD player instead, when travelling out of the country.
Cor is the youngest Marshal in Lucian history, earning the title at the age of 30. Most Marshal’s earn their title when they are past their 40′s. Cor was promoted to Marshal just before the Kingsglaive was forged. This was actually due to the prophecy Regis received about his five year old son, Noctis, panicking him to bring forward anyone who was close to him into a higher position. Cor was qualified to advance, but, was considered too young for the position until Regis’s decision.
Cor was closer to Mors Lucis Caelum, Regis’s father, as Cor was Mors’s Shield, and one of the first non-Amicitia to be a shield in a long time. When Mors died, Regis ascended the throne, and swore Clarus to be his shield. Cor was never sworn to Regis. Cor spent a lot of time with Mors up until his death, and was quite grief stricken by the loss. Some say Cor seemed more upset over Mors’s death than Regis, but Cor claims this is widely untrue.
Although Cor is still called “Marshal” during the 10 years of darkness, he has disbanded the Crownsguard just before Noctis leaves for Altissia. Cor instead requests to be called Marshal, as the name Immortal only begins to sting more and more, as people’s lives are lost to the daemons during the age of Darkness.
the nicknames arya and sansa earn from sandor clegane, she wolf and little bird, are given to them based on their personalities but it also reflects their worldviews and, as i will ramble about in this post, environments
sansa is a product of high society society. she was raised (or “trained”) to be a perfect little lady who, even as a small child, was “so courteous and eager to please”. a lot of it is her natural disposition too though. she’s expected to look pretty and say pretty things. she’s essentially a bird in a cage. the cage is the castle she’s confined to and inside them the realm of politics and courtesy. its the kingdom where lords and ladies and knights rule. there sansa must survive the only way she knows how; by being a lady. she’s polite and beautiful and gentle. after littlefinger spirits her from one castle to another he begins to officially tutor her in playing The Game of Thrones™ which is ultimately a pointless endeavor but it’ll knock him out at least. she spends most of her time within castle walls but when she does venture outside them she feels a connection to her roots. sansa thinks lady would enjoy the godswood and that theres a “certain” power found there but those are still distant statements. being a hostage was a nightmare for her but sansa enjoys the comforts of court life. she likes pretty dresses, fine foods and dancing. she’s never been exposed to the wilds and so she retains a very idealized perspective of the world in many ways. sansa’s pov is romanticized, refined and bound by social constructs.
arya doesn’t care for the laws of men. ever since the beginning she’s understood how corrupt this system is and she’s watched it fail repeatedly. which is why she often takes matters into her own hands. arya’s always had a wildness in her. both of her parents and just about everyone else she meets can see it (she wolf! wolf pup! wolf child! wolf blood!). she’s willful and fierce and adaptable. arya spends a lot of time in the wild. even when she’s in a castle or temple a part of her is still roaming the forests via nymeria. where her wolf rules. her dreams are feral and bloody under a moonlit sky. there are very different rules in the wild: you protect the pack and do whats necessary to survive. arya kills with her own hands just to find food to eat and will even dig worms out of the very earth to sustain her. she walks barefoot on the earth, drinks from rivers and wears rags. when arya finds herself trapped inside a castle she can play the role of a mouse but its not long before she kills to escape like any caged wolf would. and once free feels better than she ever did as a captive even when she’s been pursued. arya’s association with all of these earthly elements (trees, wolves, water, the moon) is an extension of her faith as well. the old gods of the north are a nature based religion. that very much support arya’s methods. the looming threat beyond the wall is connected to nature too. it’s bringing a winter that will try and wipe out civilization. but arya’s been preparing for that this entire time, just like ned told her.
the stark girls use very different personas to navigate their respective worlds but, bird or wolf, all animals have the same instinct: to survive.
ahhh, where to begin first? pretty manly luhan, happy birthday my dearest deer! i can’t believe you’re 24, wow. you’re 25 in korean age, so almost halfway ‘til 30 [but ofc you don’t even look 20, oh luhannnn]. so first off, i just wanted to thank you for everything – for going to korea to study as an exchange student, for getting scouted on the streets of myungdong, for working so so so hard to achieve your dreams as a singer/dancer/performer in a foreign country, for making it so far and debuting in exo, and most of all, for being a /huge/ inspiration to me. “don’t give up on your dreams and keep working towards it” – these words shine as bright as lights in the night sky when i feel like i want to give up on my dreams, and i want to thank you for that. luhan, you’re so talented in both singing and dancing, and you’ve really improved throughout the past two years. it’s so nice to see you more confident about your vocals now [even though some things will never change (or maybe they will?) – giving the mic to someone else bc you don’t know what to say during interviews ehehe] but as i was saying, your voice is so angelic and you sing with so much soul [also the emotions that you convey in your eyes make me fall deeper and deeper in love with you ;n; – case at point - BDC performance with Chen Chen during the EXO debut showcase!!] how can you be so good at both singing and dancing though?? [ace luhan tbh] ;; your dancing is just as beautiful as you are, those perfectly executed moves!! and your love for soccer also amazes me because whenever you have the chance to play, you always smile so brightly and that just makes me so happy. anyhow, today is your special day, so enjoy it to the fullest!! good luck with everything and make sure to get enough rest, eat enough food, and drink a lot of water to prepare for the upcoming overdose comeback!! as a fan, i’m very very very proud of all your accomplishments & the next 2, 5, 10 years down the road, i will still support you until the very end. i love you so much luhan, thank you for being such a humble person with a beautiful personality, it really does show in everything you do [honestly, after reading all those letters that your previous friends/classmates wrote about you, i’m just so glad to know that people like you exist, people that are so selfless, kind, and motivating] ;; look at me rambling on over and over again, it’s because you’re such an amazing person. alright, so i’ll end it here, but one last message – thank you for being you, luhan. thank you for making your fans smile everyday [doing such good deeds – helping fans up at the airport when they fall down!!], thank you for never failing to put a smile on my face. ♡