Posts Tagged ‘Warrior’

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Fantastic Martial Arts over at NMP

1 February, 2011

My first design journal for Nevermet Press’ Fantastic Martial Arts project is up!  Take a look and share your thoughts

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Tuesday Magic Item – Vanguard’s Shield

18 January, 2011

Vanguard's Shield

Vanguard's Shield in action

The brave young men took up the shields of their fathers, uncles and brothers, proud to be able to prove their bravery by leading the attack against the invaders.  Proudly, they lead the charge, braving arrows and spears to close with the enemy.  At the end of the day, the handful that survived were feted as heroes.

Vanguard’s Shield

These shields are solidly build, even for shields, with reinforced edges and straps.  The fronts are battle scarred and usually recently repainted.  The interior is usual etched with the names of previous owners.  These shields are given to those who will lead an assault who will triumph or die in the attempt.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Banner of Command

4 January, 2011

The battle swirled around the command post of Duke Effran and his Knights of the Red Banner.  By use of the Red Banner, Duke Effran coordinated his outnumbered men to hold the line and defend the ford and bridge at Noram.   As dusk fell, the defenses finally fell to the overwhelming numbers of the Army of the King of Silver.  Duke Effran and his household rallied around the Red Banner and fought to the last man, his twelve-year old squire was the last to fall, using the pikeshaft of the Red Banner as a weapon.

Banner of Command

These banners are use to signal and rally troops, they range from the simple and functional to the ornate and richly decorated.  But in all cases the banner pole is solidly built and capable of being used as a weapon in extremis.

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The Knight of Roses, Man without a Country, Supporter of Rebels, Leader of Soldiers

23 November, 2010

The Knight of Roses, Man without a Country, Supporter of Rebels, Leader of Soldiers

Quote: With honor, sword and spear, we will see this land freed!
War is a terrible thing.  We must do what we can to protect the people.  We will be their shield in this time of need.

Description: The Knight of Roses age is indeterminate, somewhere between and thirty and fifty, he is a man that has seen and survived much.  His dark blond hair is graying and worn short, usually he is clean-shaven but he will adapt to the local style.   His eyes are a pale gray and oft seem to bear a great sadness.  He has a warrior’s build and no lack of scars but nothing disfiguring (so far).  He moves like a fighter, aware of his surrounding and prepared to act, not nervous but ready. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Conscience of the Eight – Remorseless Killer and Hunter of Sen’tek

30 August, 2010

Conscience of the Eight, Remorseless Killer and Hunter of Sen’tek

Quote: Some would feel regret on leaving you to lie in a pool of your own blood, I may, but only because I have stood too close and bloodied my boots.
Tell me of your conscience, what would it have you not do?

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Through the Lens of History Vision 11: With Scimitar, Veil and Book – Muslim Women Warriors

15 May, 2010

Through the Lens of History: Using History for Better Gaming
Vision 11: With Scimitar, Veil and Book
Muslim Women Warriors

Before beginning this month’s article the Lens wishes to shed some light on Islamic practices that are often imperfectly understood.

The term jihad is usually used in an overly simplified way.  Muhammad taught that there are two jihads: a greater and a lesser.  The greater jihad is each Muslim’s personal struggle to be true and faithful to God.  The Prophet defined the greater jihad as the fight against the souls inclination to do evil.

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War Child (Battlefield Survivor) prestige class

29 March, 2010

Annika the Landsknechtin surveyed the battlefield, covered in blood and broken bodies, the Three Swords Band had fulfilled their contract and held the line but at what cost.  She did not regret surviving but she did feel a momentary twinge of pity for those who did not.  Hoisting her halberd, she moved out onto the field, who knew what might be salvaged from the wreckage.

War Child (Battlefield Survivor)
“War hasn’t killed me yet.”

War is a dirty business, but a necessary one for many.  Many long term soldiers, especially mercenaries, focus their talents on being able to survive both on and off the battlefield.  Those who have been soldiers since a young age, the War Children, often are especially adept at such tricks of survival.  They may not be the winners of every battle but they will be the ones who live to walk (or crawl) off the battlefield.

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Pankraton Master prestige class

26 March, 2010

This was a prestige class built for my Ancient Greece-inspired game and is an evolution of the Pankraton feat.  It is a combatant that relies on their own skill alone to defeat his opponents:

Pankraton Master
“Let us fight like real men, with just our hands.”

Pankraton Masters are those warriors who have mastered the physically demanding martial art of Pankraton (“all-powerful”).  In unarmed combat, the Pankration Master is devastating, outside of that arena he remains a competent warrior.

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Veradonian Slinger Prestige Class

19 March, 2010

To go with the new sling and slinging rules, a sling based prestige class.  Obviously inspired by the historical Baleric Slingers who served in the Roman armies.

Veradonian Slinger
“Take that!”

Those people raised on the rocky islands of Veradonia make their living primarily through herding, and a herder’s best friend, after a faithful dog, is a sling. The sling can bring down small game for a meal or drive off predators that would eat the flock.  Noting the natural talent of the Veradonians with their slings, foreigners often hire them as mercenaries. As a young Veradonian does not have many other prospects, many take the chance to make their way and some coins in foreign lands.

Veradonian Slingers can be found in service near and far, serving in armies and as mercenary guards.  In the end, most return to the islands of Veradonia, some rich but most with just a few coins, a few scars and many tales to tell.

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Veles (Javelin Skirmisher) Prestige Class

12 March, 2010

In my never ending quest to make the historically well used weapons useful in games, I present a javelin-using ‘prestige’ class.  Prestige is in quotes as the barrier to entry to this class is very low.

Veles (Javelin Skirmisher)
Watch this throw.”

The velite (plural of veles) are young men, aiming to prove their bravery on the field of combat.  They are lightly armored at best and rely upon the javelin as their primary weapon.  Their role in the army is that of skirmisher and scout, keeping the enemies eyes from the army and in battle, shielding the heavy infantry from enemy skirmishers and weakening those who can not catch them.

A veles often wear a headdress made from a the head and skin of a wolf.  This makes them easy to spot and distinguish on the battlefield.  Their usual equipment is a short sword, light shield, whatever light armor they can afford and as many javelins as they can comfortably carry.

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