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 Weaponry And Warfare
TheGreatDG
Posted: Apr 10 2012, 01:18 PM


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Tetel'ac has never been a realm of peace. Even before the annexation of Aknatar, the various dukedom have been held together by an at best unstable alliance. That alliance has prospered under some kings, and floundered under others. War is something the people of Tetel'ac are intimately acquainted with, and with regions as geographically diverse as can be found here, it is not surprising that their weapons would have evolved in a unique way as well. What follows is a brief accounting of the differing weapons of Tetel'ac. This is by no means a system of rules one should conform to (individuality is key) but rather a set of guidelines for what one might expect to see an army fielding from each region equipped with.

-Kelyea-


-Weapons-

>> Sword - The swords of Kelyea follow two separate styles, though both are significantly shorter than the average Fexlunder sword, well suited to close combat on the deck of a ship, or hacking in between a pike formation. Truly, the only difference between the two styles is the curve of the blade. Traditional swords hold the blade on an inward curve, though the more modern outward curve is becoming more and more commonplace, likely as a result of further exposure to the weapons used in Aknatar.

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>> Pike - The true military might of Kelyea lies in her navies, and the weapon used by her forces on land reflects that fact. Easily used to repel boarding actions from other ships, the Kelyean pike can also be used to great effect in large formation on land. Though somewhat slow and ponderous, many a cavalry charge has broken on Kelyean lines.

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-Formations-

There was a time when the area currently known as Kelyea was considered foremost military influence in the region of Tetel’ac. That time is sadly passed, owing greatly to the limited amount of innovation in Kelyean armies. Years ago they employed the defensible phalanx formation above any other, and as such spears and polearms are the most common weapons in the dukedom. Nowadays Kelyea makes use of a solid pike formation for the most part. Having abandoned the shields of their phalanx days in favour of a longer reaching offensive capability for their infantry, companies of pikemen are typically accompanied by smaller bands of missile troops. Those ranged troops have been known to utilize anything from crossbows to rock-slings depending on the funding of the army in question, but most often are seen to use short bows. These ranged troops play very little offensive roll at all in a Kelyean battle, and are instead better used to disrupt and dishearten enemy troops. Being so entrenched in the military tradition of the past, proper cavalry is relatively unknown within Kelyea, and even modern Kelyean armies make use of them only as scouts and light skirmishers. The exact nature of the troops of Kelyea changes drastically depending on what period one is examining; in some cases armies have been raised from the citizenry, whilst in others professional standing armies have not been unheard of. As a general rule, a Kelyean army is comprised of whomever the nobility can press into service. For armour most Kelyeans employ wax-boiled hardened leather, though mail and steel disks sewn on to leather jerkins are also common enough. It is important to remember when facing a Kelyean opponent that though their land forces may not have kept up with modern innovations; they are still the major navy power of Tetel’ac, and it is considered unwise to fight with a Kelyean at sea.
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-Fexlund-


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>> Longsword - The most commonly used style of sword across all of Tetel'ac, prevalent due to it's popularity with the knighthood of the realm, the sole source of heavy cavalry for Fexlund.

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>> Longbow - The famed Fexlunder longbow, capable of far out-ranging every other handheld missile weapon in Tetel'ac; though lacking the same punching power as the infrequently used common crossbow.

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>> Polearm - Outside of their famous bows, the infantry of Fexlund are more often than not peasants pressed into service, and their weaponry reflects this. Polearms are the norm here, most often hammered into a weapon from some farm implement or another.

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>> Lance - Of course, the real power of the Fexlunder cavalry lies in its charge. Knights and horses barded in heavy armour, thundering down at the enemy behind the point of a lance. Though tourney lances are made only wood, those used in battle can be topped with a multitude of things; from steel blocks in the shape of fists, to blades.

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-Formations-

Fexlund has the honour of housing not only the capital, but also best of Tetel’ac’s ranged troops and heavy cavalry. Most nobles trained as knights will have served in the King’s army at some point in their lives, and as such a charge of Fexlunder cavalry has been the deciding factor in many battles. The forces of this dukedom are split along two clear lines; cavalry and infantry, and as well as the obvious addition of horses (or lack thereof), the two could not be more different. Where the cavalry is typically of noble birth, heavily armour in plate and mail, and love nothing more than to bring the fight to the enemy with lance and sword, the infantry could not be further from the action. Comprised mainly of peasant militia, the Fexlunder infantry is lightly armoured (sometimes not even armoured at all) but they make up for this lack of protection (and discipline) with the expert use of the Fexlunder longbow. Developed with a mind to hunting deer upon the grassy plains, the taller than a man bow has adapted well to war; nothing can match them for range or accuracy. Somewhere halfway between an armed rabble and a professional army, a Fexlunder force is nonetheless highly effective (there is a reason Royal troops are mostly raised from this body).
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-Rodan-


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>> Broadsword - In warlike Rodan the sword is the most common weapon of all, and here, the broadsword is king. The older, heavier style is still widely in use; almost more axe than sword. But the newer style (emulating the Fexlunder longsword, though somewhat wider and a little shorter) is increasing in popularity, largely due to the influence of Rodani knights.

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>> Greatsword - The affinity for two handed weapons held by the heavy infantry of Rodan has also worked its way into the knightly culture of that region, leading to an interesting deviation from the Fexlunder knightly sword. Many Rodani knights opt to fight more like their common brothers, with the greatsword.

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>> Alternative Hand-helds - The backbone of any Rodani army, the heavy infantry, makes devastating use of mass weapons. The morningstar and two-handed bearded axe shown here are both favoured, though warhammers and mauls are not wholly unheard of.

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-Formations-

For all of its long history, the people of Rodan have been forged in the fires of adversity. By virtue of the harsher environment up in the mountains they have grown hard. Before the annexation of Aknatar, Rodan was the northern most region of Tetel’ac, standing guard against all the nations of the north, as well as the desert hordes of Aknatar. For this reason Rodan has a long military tradition, with most men of age possessing at least some sort of weapon (though not carried in public, for obvious legal reasons). With so much time spent at war, the Rodani military has learnt one valuable lesson; adapt or die. The natural terrain of Rodan limits the use of cavalry, but almost all of the other tactics of Tetel’ac are considered by a good Rodani army. Kelyean pikes are often incorporated into Rodani formations, as are the famed Fexlunder longbows. In fact the only truly original part of any Rodani force is its heavy infantry. Protected by impressive plate armour, and wielding either mass weapons (such as axes and maces) and tower shields or two handed weapons (typically swords, though large axes have been reported before), the Rodani heavy infantry serve as the backbone of any Rodani army, and also make excellent shock troops. It is worthy of note to mention that although famed for their use of plate armour, the armies of Rodan are nothing if not adaptive, and have on occasion (usually on brief sorties into Aknatar) forgone the hot and heavy plate for cooler and light mail. It must also be mention that the Rodani heavy infantryman carries with him an additional edge in battle, in the form of two light javelins, often used to disrupt the enemy lines before a charge.
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-Aknatar-


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>> Scimitar - Much like the other regions of Tetel'ac, the choice of blade style in Aknatar is a direct result of the culture there. The deep curve and single bladed side are reminsicent of Kelyean arms, but where the Keylean blade is designed for hacking at extremely close quarters, the Aknatari swords are a more elegant affair; perfectly designed for wide sweeping strikes from horseback. As a riding culture, it may be somewhat surprising that the lance has not made an appearance here in Aknatar, as it has in Fexlund; but a lack of wood and a lighter breed of horse puts a stop to any thought of a proper cavalry charge.

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>> Horsebow - Though not as long of range as the Fexlunder longbow, the Aknatari horsebow can be just as terrifying, with the right tactics. Designed to be fired from horseback, the principle idea behind the horsebow is to hit fast and retreat before the enemy has a chance to react. Though effective, this technique is seen as wholly dishonourable by mainland Tetel'ac and (save for a brief time during the civil war, under the command of Balaric de Jure) this tactic is not used there.

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-Formations-

At the exact polar opposite (as far as composition of troops is concerned) of Kelyea lies Aknatar, here cavalry is king (likely owing to the fantastic quality of horseflesh), and the concept of fighting on foot is treated with extreme scorn. There is an old Rodani saying that says “there are no soldiers in Aknatar, only monsters”. That is at least half true, the Aknatari have no concept of a professional soldier. Instead they have warriors, and in one on one combat, a warrior of Aknatar is fearsome indeed. In larger groups it is the practice to adopt a horde-like formation. There are no set lines of battle for the Aknatari, only the swiftness of their horses and the strength of their arms. As to the weaponry of the horde, sabres are the most common things; edged on one side and blunt on the other, viciously curved to give a swing the maximum efficiency in cutting from horseback. Shorter horse bows used, but not at all common and are often considered a weapon for the elite. Much like Kelyea, primitive rock-slings are also put to use by the Aknatari, though for the most part their tactics consist of light cavalry charges, before breaking off and regrouping for another charge (a process to be repeated for as many times as there are enemies left standing). As to the nature of Aknatari armour leather tanned from fallen horses is in great abundance, as well as shields made from the same material, or occasion woven from thick dried out reeds taken from the sides of an oasis.
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