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Highland army soldier

The soldiers of the Highland Army were units fighting in the Giant Wars. They set forth from the highlands of the Serme Mountains, and advanced far into Farensal, reaching as far as the River Farinos.  


Camp bal (~625 men), commanded by camp leader, balalte
Tribe rum (~125 men), commanded by tribe lord, rumalte
  • the tribe, especially traditionally, usually consists of men drafted from the same geographic area, and is ruled by a local leader
Tent felin (max 10 men), commanded by tent leader, felinalte
  • The tent is literally the soldiers sharing the same tent. The tent leader is not considered an officer, but is usually the most senior soldier in the tent, and responsible for keeping order in the camp.
  The approximate sizes of the units are derived form the Faren numeral system, that is base five. Thus, a camp of roughly 625 men is 25x25 men, or one aige nailin 'broad count'. Land of 125 men is 5x25, pen nailin men.  

Weapon styles

  • spear (throwing and thrusting spears)
  • sword / war axe & shield
  • carriages? (available to some extent, but still slow and clumsy - more prevalent in the later eras)
  • archers

The spear is considered the most elite weapon type of the era, requiring the most training and being more expensive. Commoner soldiers would usually use a sword or battle axe and a shield, or a bow.   Armor was very expensive. Elite soldiers could wear armor of bronze, while commoners were more likely protected by cotton or leather, and trust on their large shields for protection.  


Many of the soldiers of the army were professionals, that were sworn for the servise and seeking glory, and gracious pay from the Stone Lords. However, recruitment was performed independently by the local lords, and many of them were also common peasants, send to the service by their parents and lords.  


Main article Highland army rations  


While on the move the soldiers live in tents of approximately 10 people, including soldiers and auxiliaries such as servants an wives. The auxiliaries help in cooking, fetching water and the transportation of the equipment of the tent group. In the periods of longer encampment more tents would be set up to provide more personal space.

The tents also serve as the smallest military unit, and are often commanded, rewarded and punished together.  


Spear and shield walls, rigid lines, although much of combat consists of dueling. The armies are relatively small. Battles are usually organised in mutually agreed open fields, during the daytime.
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