It is historically accurate, as most battles of the 17th century were fought by mercenary armies, opposed to feudal levies of medieval times depicted in Warband.
These early modern soldiers can be divided in four groups:
- Tavern Mercenaries (as in Warband).
- Mercenary Camp soldiers: customized by Player.
- National Mercenaries: specific for every Nation.
- Regional Mercenaries: specific for certain Towns and Fortresses.
Tavern Mercenaries Edit
These troops are equivalent to classic Mercenaries hired in Tavern. In general, they have lesser levels and armor than their Warband counterparts, but are less expensive (due to lower level) and more abundant as while Calradia has only 22 Taverns, Eastern Europe has 58 (18 in Towns and 40 in Fortresses).
Their crucial advantage is that they are stronger than basic Mercenary Camp soldiers, and immediately available (while both National and Regional Mercenaries require few days to train).
|With Fire & Sword Tavern Mercenaries|
|Mercenary Halberdier • Mercenary Pikeman|
|Mercenary Light Cavalryman • Mercenary Horseman|
|Mercenary Musketeer • Mercenary Marksman|
Mercenary Camp Edit
Initially weak, but cheap, immediately available and in unlimited numbers as long as coin is ready.
More information on respective page.
National Mercenaries Edit
These mercenaries are foreigners who serve a certain nation on a regular basis. They usually come from allied (Tatars vs. Cossacks), vassal (Kalmyks vs. Moscow) or overlord countries (Ottomans vs. Tatars).
They can be hired in each and every Town and Fortress of a certain nation as soon as a Mercenary Captain is appointed.
They are nation-specific:
- Scottish Mercenaries serve both Polish Commonwealth and Kingdom of Sweden
- Turkish Mercenaries serve Crimean Khanate
- Tatar Mercenaries serve Cossack Hetmanate (but only when at peace with Crimean Khanate!)
- Kalmyk Mercenaries serve Muscovite Tsardom. Strangely enough, German Infantry Pikeman and German Infantry Musketeer, while being native troops of Polish Commonwealth, serve Muscovite Tsardom as Regular Mercenaries.
These mercenaries have a delay period between order from Mercenary Commander and delivery of soldiers: their training takes a few days.
|List of Mercenaries||Nation|
(at peace with Crimea only)
|With Fire & Sword National Mercenaries|
|Tatar Infantryman • Tatar Cavalryman|
|Azap • Cebelu • Janissary|
|Scottish Musketeer • Scottish Pikeman • Scottish Swordsman|
|German Infantry Pikeman • German Infantry Musketeer|
Regional Mercenaries Edit
These troops can be hired only in certain Towns and Fortresses, regionally specific, after an Infantry Commander (even for cavalry units!) is appointed. They have a training period as well.
|List of Mercenaries||Region|
|With Fire & Sword Regional Mercenaries|
|Town Cossack • Rank Cossack|
|Lithuanian Musketeer • Lithuanian Tatar|
|Nogai • Circassian|
|Finnish Harquebusier • German Pikeman • Black Reiter|
- For much of its history, Crimean Khanate was a tributary state of the Ottoman Empire, and often received Ottoman soldiers as military aid.
- Cossack Hetmanate victory over the Polish Commonwealth]] in 1648, and its independence happened in large part because of an alliance with the Crimean Khanate. It was a short-lived and intermittent relationship, however.
- Scottish infantry (as well as Swiss) were internationally popular mercenaries in Europe through the 15th to 18th centuries. Some Scots even settled in Lithuania and Baltic states.
- Kalmyks (or Oirats) are a West Mongolian tribe that settled in the lower Volga region in 1630. They were obliged to protect the Muscovite border in the south from other nomads.