By Simon R. Green
Rupert didn't in particular are looking to be a prince. And he definitely by no means requested to be the second one son of a royal line that truly didn't desire a spare. So he was once despatched out to slay a dragon and turn out himself-a quest instantly out of legend. yet he additionally came upon the types of items legends are likely to miss, in addition to the standard demons, goblins, the feared evening Witch-and even worse terrors hidden within the shadows of Darkwood.
Rupert did discover a fiery dragon-and a stunning princess to rescue. however the dragon grew to become out to be a greater buddy than somebody again on the fortress, and with the evil of Darkwood spreading, Rupert used to be going to wish the entire acquaintances he may get.
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More organized governments structure paid service as a term of months per year, or a specific time period a citizen serves the military before retirement. The largest nations however embrace the professional soldier, paid from tax monies so that the citizens need not fight. The difference between a paid professional soldiery and mercenaries is, thus, largely an emotional distinction. In modern times mercenaries provide an especially vital function in Ghelspad. Since the Titanswar, few nations have been able to field sizeable armies.
Small companies typically specialize as guards, city defenders, scouts, or patrols — as each of these services requires a different composition of skills. Larger companies may be more structured, with experienced men being placed in groups by competency. The largest organizations may move groups around to form larger forces, similar to the operation of many national armies. A horseman may be used as a scout for a caravan, protected by archers and light infantry from his same company. Later, the same horseman may be tapped as a courier.
The design of the facial markings varies depending on affiliation within the group. Those favoring Belsameth adopt her symbol, but the most common emblem is a rough oval. Many Legionnaires now wear scalemail and banded mail, but traditionally only robes were worn. Longswords with intricately carved blades are the signature weapons of the Legion of Steel. The carved body of the blade is said to cut through the air particularly well and produce a light but strong sword. In actuality it functions much like any longsword, though in the hands of a Legionnaire the carvings catch the light and the sword appears to dance in the hands of its master.