Reggimento Signori de Notti--- City Guard

Reggimento Signori di Notti


What is it?
The Reggimento Signori di Notti is a specialized company of the Signori di Notti (Lords of the Night); charged with duties and responsibilities to serve as the personal bodyguard of the Doge, and some police duties, swearing an oath of loyalty to the people of the Republic. They carry out police and investigative functions in relation to blood crimes; forbidden port; crimes against property, honor, good habit; sorcery, filters, malicious. In short, their powers are extended to include theft, murder, bigamy, carnal crimes of slaves, firearms, assaults, criminal conspiracy, homelessness, rape, night dances, desertion from galleys, non-payment of rents, etc.

What is its history?
Since 1274, the Republic of Venice created a core of people carrying out similar tasks of police. The "Collegio dei Signori della notte" was set up, people who had the task of turning from dawn to dawn to arrest murderers and villains, to investigate on night fires, to watch over the taverns and the navies; and were assisted by the heads of the districts. In 1544, the college doubled in "Gentlemen of the Night to the Criminal" and "Gentlemen of the Night at Civil".

But in more recent times... the Reggimento Signori di Notti has underwent much change.

Approximately 40 years or so, there was a time that the Reggimento Signori di Notti were looked upon as criminals and bullies... men under a weak Doge, who also was suspected as criminal. Francesco Loredan, the 116th Doge, was a man of modest culture and limited international experience, and had been raised primarily for a life of commerce, thriving upon the Familia Loredan name, which, in Venezia’s past, had produced three Doges. But by this point in time, the dogal figure had lost nearly all his power and Francesco quickly adapted to the new situation when he was chosen as Doge.

One of the biggest issues in domestic politics at the time was the clash between the Conservatives and the Reformers... The Reformers wanted to substantially reform the Republic and sought to build internal transformations. The conservatives were able to block those plans... and using the Signori di Notti, even imprisoned or exiled the Reformist leaders. His Serenity did not wish to display favor to either side, so publically, he remained totally passive, and limited his support to making it easier for the winning side, thereby losing his only chance to change the fate of the dying Republic.

Publically, the neutrality of the Republic, during this time, allowed the merchants to trade in huge markets without competitors, permitting Venice to become the biggest market for eastern spices. But by then, the Doge was old and tired; and there were signs of how little the people respected him; their disrespect was so strong they often mocked him, even in public... and so went the reputation of the Signori di Notti.

But in those years, what few people knew were the little known facts about the Doge’s criminal associations. In those days, the Captain of the Reggimento Signori di Notti, Giovanni d’Costenini, was a cruel man... crushing those under his boot without mercy; especially in the Dolomites. Armed men would enter homes, and take what they desired... and then threatened the owners with imprisonment. To combat the Signori di Notti, many nobles hired assassins... under the moniker of the Venetian Guild guided by a leader named Antonio da Barleto. Each member of the Guild vowed to uphold the Venetian ways of life, and fight the evilry that was wrought by those that would see Venezia fall... regardless of what he had to do.

It was true in the history of the Reggimento Signori di Notti that the organization varied sometimes from Doge to Doge, dependent upon the views of the Serenity toward the people, the affect he had upon the Signori di Notti, and the purpose of his guards. But as the bad years passed, the bad was replaced with the good, and the Signori di Notti grew more dedicated to the people of Venezia and position of the Doge instead of the man itself, the culture of the Signori di Notti morphed into a responsible association, representative of the Venetian people in general.

It took a lot of good men to die, just to rid the Republic of the evilry within… men dedicated to the republic... and the Signori di Notti is charged and held responsible for the standards that are important to the country and the Venetian people.

Who are the Reggimento Signori di Notti?
Members of the Reggimento Signori di Notti are distinguished by their uniforms, or the lack of… merely wearing what they feel best in, or can afford; the only similarity being the distinctive sign — mere emblems of the Doge — upon their shoulders; and occasionally the blue dress tunic, which is very short because it hangs just to the horse’s croup. It’s a sort of pelerine (short narrow cape with long pointed ends that meet at the front) with broad, open sleeves upon which appear four signs of the Doge (white crosses): one on each side, one on the front, one on the back. The sight of these blue [tunics] with their emblems terrorize their adversaries, such was the fighting skill and bravery of the Reggimento Signori di Notti! Of course, government funding for the Reggimento Signori di Notti was minimal, so creative means of extra funding were devised by the members.

What is the rank and structure
of the Reggimento Signori di Notti?
- Capitano (Captain), who was usually a native Venetian, commanding a company of 84 officers, men, and cadets).
- Alfiere (Standard-Bearer, 1)
- Tenente (Lieutenant… 4 each; 3 commands a division of twelve, 1 for logistics, a division of six females, and approximately 15 cadets)
- Sergente (Sergeant, 5, assists the Lieutenants; 4 in 4 divisions and one in support)
- Caporale (Corporal, 8 each; 2 for teams of six in three divisions, and two in logistics [1 for supply and 1 for recruits])
- Uomini d'Arme (Men at Arms, 42 men, divided into two teams of six, in three divisions,
- Uomini della Logistica support organization ( 6-man supply team, one team of 6 in LaDonna Division, and a recruit team)
- Reclute ( 15 recruits)

Composition in rank and structure of the Signori di Notti

--- Alfiere

1st Squad
- Tenente
-- Sergente
Team 1...........................Team 2
--- Corporal..............................--- Corporal
---- 6-man team........................---- 6-man team

2nd Squad
- Tenente
-- Sergente
Team 1...........................Team 2
--- Caporale..............................--- Corporal
---- 6-man team........................---- 6-man team

3rd Squad
- Tenente
-- Sergente
[Team 1...........................Team 2
--- Caporale..............................--- Corporal
---- 6-man team........................---- 6-man team

Uomini della Logistica
- Tenente
-- Sergente

La Donna Team …. of 6 LaDonna di Notti

Supply Team……. of 6 workers
--- Caporale

Recruit Team…of 15 Recruit
-- Sergente
--- Caporale
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Re: Reggimento Signori de Notti--- City Guard

Reggimento Signori di Notti Compound

What are “the Barracks”?
Located on the opposite side of the City from the Palazzo Ducale, in Sestieri San Polo, the Barracks of the Reggimento Signori di Notti is not a palazzo, but, a reformatted fortress along the Grand Canal on Fondamenta vin Castello, near the intersection of Campo de la Pescari. The compound houses the offices of the Captain of the Signori di Notti and his officers, the operations and logistics offices, a medical ward, and the residences of most of the members of the organization.

Once housing refugees, the interior has since been refinished... not in the elegance of a palazzo, but in its own Spartan way, efficient; with nothing but bare necessities allowed. What else did the Doge’s royal guard require? The conditions are oft exaggerated by those more *well-off* individuals than the members of the Signori di Notti. But as finances remain stringent, any extras required are often bore by the individual member.
The officers have their own rooms; the Sergeants share a large set of Quarters separated from the men, and the corporals and men sleep in large, open bays. Personal furnishes equate to a bed, a chest for personal belongings, and a weapons room. There are a separate building that houses the 8 La Donna inn a similar layout.

For married members, quarters for family members are on a first come, first serve basis, and the wife must serve in the Uomini della Logistica, either in supply or as a medical provider, for a minimum of 5 years. All other married couples are responsible for their own quarters and responding to alerts.
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