Gstaddt Leader is the title bestowed upon a Valker responsible for overseeing an entire planet. A Gstaddt Leader controls all Valker forces on their given planet, but not the forces of the Valker Foreign Legion who may happen to be stationed there. The title of Gstaddt Leader falls two ranks under Grey Leader, the sole reptilian who commands all Valker forces.
The title of Gstaddt Leader is sometimes a precarious one, being stationed between Grey Leader and the lower ranks of the Valker Legions. This means the mistakes of their subordinates and the outcomes of battles are often blamed on them. Many a Gstaddt Leader has died or been demoted for the aforementioned reasons.
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Their armour is denoted by a single white stripe running vertical from hip to left shoulder, and often, those Valkers bearing this title wear a silver parade gorget. The gorget is always shaped as a crescent land moon, with decorative floral patterns and the Valker Standard embossed in the centre (below).
Some Gstaddt Leaders in Book 1 are known for leading their Legions from the front. Such a perilous decision is weighed, death against the potential for the enduring legacy one might receive with victory.
Under Valker law, any Gstaddt Leader may nominate himself to lead a battle. Grey Leader will consider the request and weigh up the risk, often choosing to allow an inexperienced Warrior to lead an attack as a way of developing new talent. However this strategy has led to failures in the past.