PEASANTS are conscripted from the local population and usually only when every man is needed for defense. They are untrained, armed with whatever weapons are at hand, and likely to break and run on the battlefield. If kept in the field longer than a month, peasants will begin to desert unless they are paid.
MILITIA are recruited in towns and cities to man the walls and patrol the streets. They are drilled and armed with a variety of weapons. Militiamen are able to fight in massed formations on the battlefield but are most useful for manning fortifications.
ARCHERS are disciplined and trained in mass formation maneuvers on the battlefield. They
fire rapidly and are armed with assorted hand weapons for close combat. Longbowmen have a greater range.
SPEARMEN are the backbone of the infantry, trained, armored and ready for battle even on the march. They fight in massed ranks using their long spears to hold the enemy at bay, and can close with the enemy with swords, maces and other hand weapons.
CROSSBOWMEN fire more slowly than archers, but they are trained to operate in massed ranks using alternating fire and load tactics. Crossbows are notably effective against armored troops.
HORSEMEN are mounted skirmishers, armed with a mix of weapons. They are useful for harassing enemies on the march and scouting ahead of the main force. They travel fast and can be dispatched when troops are needed quickly. Afoot, skirmishers serve as light infantry.
MEN-AT-ARMS are professional soldiers, well-armed and armored and able to fight mounted or on foot. They form the personal cohorts of knights (each knight will have 5 men-at-arms in his entourage) and the heavy infantry core of most feudal and civilized armies. In feudal cultures, a man-at-arms who proves his valor in battle can become a knight.
KNIGHTS are the elite heavy cavalry. They are nobles, well-armed and armored and highly motivated to win. When mounted, knights deliver a fast and powerful attack.
The average knight will have a retinue of 5 mounted men-at-arms who fight with him. These are personal retainers, not paid by the knight's lord.
LEGIONNARES are professional infantry soldiers in the tradition of the old Imperial Army. They are highly desciplined, heavily armored and well equipped with both spears and swords. In Imperial times, a legion was 5000 men strong divided into 50 centuries of 100 men.
NORTHERN RANGERS are expert archers and horsemen, combining woodsman's skills with elven lore and orcish tactics of raid and ambush. As the self-appointed protectors of the Northern Marches, they are notoriously independent and difficult to control.
TRIBESMEN are savage fighters, but undisciplined on the battlefield, likely to attack without orders and break in the face of more advanced enemies. They are poorly armed, but effective
in their native land, using the terrain to their advantage.
WARRIORS are the free fighting men of barbarian lands. They may be farmers, sailors or craftsmen as well as skilled fighters, ready to go to war when called upon by their chieftains.
HUSKARLS are the elite warrior class of barbaric Norland, serving as professional house troops for their chieftains. Heavily armed and armored, they are the equal or superior to any feudal or civilized infantry. Each huskarl will have at least two warrior "shield-bearers" who accompany him into battle.
NOMADS are expert horsemen and archers. As light cavalry, they are faster than any other troops on the battlefield and devastating against lightly armored or unarmored enemies.
DESERT CAVALRY are the elite horse-mounted warriors of the southern desert lands, less heavily armored than knights, faster and armed with bows as well as swords and lances. In Kesh and Sharaaz, they serve as Royal bodyguards and command troops.
WAR CHARIOTS are devastating in formation against infantry troops and light cavalry. Crewed by a driver, spearman and archer, they are fast and maneuverable on flat desert plains. However, in hilly or rugged terrain, chariots are virtually useless, forcing their crews to dismount and fight on foot.