The Nord archer is the ranged class of the Kingdom of Nords in Multiplayer games. Although the Nord archer has a weak selection of bows, it has relatively strong proficiencies in weapons besides bows, and a good melee weapon selection. Nord archers facing Khergit, Sarranid, or Vaegir opposition should be on the lookout for superior foreign bows to pick up as loot.
The default Nord bow is the short bow. You can upgrade to the long bow for 145 denars. Is it worth it? Well, the price is cheap, but the long bow has an unusually poor speed and damage tradeoff -- worse than any bow in the game. The short bow, in comparison, is more in line with other bows, doing little damage but shooting quickly.
Generally, bows from other factions (nomad bows, strong bows, war bows) are good if you can get them. It is probably wiser not to invest too much in a fancy war sword or the like (unless you're rich), and instead look to replace your melee weapon with a good two-hander or polearm, like a great long axe or war spear from a fallen comrade.
Bot Nord archers have considerably lower archery proficiency than PC Nord archers -- only 110, rather than the standard 150 used by all PC archers (except Khergit horse archers). They are equipped with a short bow and standard arrows -- the least damaging combination possible. They are armored with a simple blue tunic or leather jerkin, and may carry a sword or two handed axe.
Nord Archer (multiplayer) - Default Stats and Equipment