King Arthur's Legend of the Round Table
Estregales Heavy Spearmen School
The skills of the Irish spearmen have raised Estregales into their position as masters of warfare, and the largest seat of power in Cambria. The success of Estregales is testament to the strength and bravery of the Irish spearmen that carry the day. The Estregales Heavy Spearmen are a modern fusion of the notorious Irish spear fighting style and the modern infantry’s use of heavier armor.
The Estregales Heavy Spearmen consider themselves the silent iron of Estregales, and that perception is not inaccurate. They are both the rank and file and the heavy infantry of Estregales’ armies, comprising a sizeable portion of Estregales’ first army and the majority of the second. Though primarily seen in Estregales, the Estregales Heavy Spearmen Knights can be found throught Cambria, acting as personal guards for many powerful Lords and Petty Kings.
The Heavy Spearmen are a versatile group, with Techniques that emphasize both enduring the damage of one’s opponents and protecting their charge. The fighting style is not exclusively protective, however, and it allows a Heavy Spearman to fight defensively in a skirmish to great effect.
CAMBRIAN HEAVY SPEARMEN [KNIGHT]
- Benefi t: +1 Agility
- Skills: Battle, Defense 2, Spear, Long Blade, Polearm, any one Knight Skill
- Honor: 6.5
- Outfit: Light or Heavy Armor, Sturdy Clothing, Spear, Two Handed Weapon or Polearm, Traveling Pack, 10 Gold
RANK 1: THE SPEAR OF HONOR
The Iron Warrior serves as the defense of Cambria, defending the honor and homes from the Saxons and other invaders. You gain a bonus of your Honor Rank (rounded down) minus 4 to your Wounds at each Wound Rank, to a minimum bonus of one. (Thus at Honor Rank 6.5, you gain a bonus of 2 Wounds to each Wound Rank.) Additionally, you gain a bonus of +1k0 to the total of all attack rolls while in the Attack Stance.
RANK 2: THE ARMOR OF WILL
The ferocity of the Estregales Heavy Spearmen is well known upon the battlefield, as is their ability to pin and immobilize those who would threaten their homeland. When using a spear to attack an opponent, if you strike an opponent who has not yet acted this round, he must make two Raises to successfully attack you for the remainder of this Round.
RANK 3: STRIKE FROM UNDER THE HELM
The Estregales Heavy Spearmen are an intractable foe, devastating to face under any circumstances. You may make melee attacks as a Simple Action instead of a Complex Action while in the Attack Stance.
RANK 4: VIGILANCE OF WILL
The Estregales Heavy Spearmen are always on the lookout for dangers. You may spend a Passion Point during the Reactions Stage to target an opponent who has attempted to strike at either you or the
target of your Guard Maneuver during the Round. You gain a bonus of +2k1 to the total of all attack and damage rolls against that opponent during the next Round.
RANK 5: TO TREAD ON THE SPEAR
When the Estregales Heavy Spearman fights to protect his homeland, he will continue on long after others would perish. You may spend two Passion Points as a Free Action when someone declares an action against the target of your Guard Maneuver. You become the target of the action instead (if it would be a legal action – GM’s discretion in questionable instances). You also gain one Free
Action that you may use immediately for the sole purpose of moving toward the target of your Guard Maneuver. If you cannot reach your target, this Technique has no effect.