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Sword Sister

Sword Sister

Culture
Weekly Wages
38-20 denars
Upgrades To...
N/A
Upgrade Cost
N/A
Exp For Kill
204 xp
Ransom Value
170 denars

Sword Sisters are elite female mercenary cavalry. Despite slowly evolving from initially vulnerable and unarmed women, Sword Sisters are extremely powerful fighters on par with Mercenary Cavalry.

Sword Sisters demand significantly lower wages compared to their male counterparts, therefore procuring them can be very worthwhile from a financial point of view. The most reliable way to acquire Sword Sisters is by upgrading Refugees and Peasant Women. These units are difficult to acquire as they can only be hired from a defeated party's prisoners or captured by attacking traveling villagers, so for most players this troop line will be very rare.

TacticsEdit

Sword Sisters ride fast Coursers and often pack Crossbows, so they excel against other light and medium cavalry or scattered archers. However, densely packed formations of infantry should best be countered with the heavier mounted units such as Vaegir and Swadian Knights or Mercenary Cavalry.

They wear Plate Armor, making them extremely durable, but strangely they sometimes appear without helmets-- this results in infrequent deaths from a single shot to the head. This drawback is most inconvenient when attacking castles and cities, where your Sword Sisters are especially vulnerable to archer fire from above. Also note that the Sisters ride unarmored horses, so they are unhorsed more often than other cavalry of similar level.

Sword Sisters should not be underestimated because of their heavy armor, fast horses, and sabres. They can be one of the most effective mounted units against light cavalry. However, if you only have a few Sword Sisters, their speedy mounts are a disadvantage as they will rush out in front of your slower forces and take the full force of the initial clash. If this is a problem, give your troops orders that will force them to stay together at least until you meet the enemy. Sword Sisters are vulnerable to large amounts of infantry which exploit their biggest weakness, the courser's weak armor and lack of hit points.

In castle sieges, their occasional random crossbow can be useful and their plate armor allows them enough defence to cut down most lightly-armored units with ease.

Once unhorsed, Sword Sisters perform reasonably well in fighting withdrawals, where they pull back to join any infantry holding position. Their shields permit them to weather enemy attacks and their fast blades gives them a good chance at counter-attacking foes armed with slower weapons. If unhorsed on the wrong side of an enemy formation however, they will likely be overwhelmed and dispatched.

While very difficult to acquire, a full-sized army of Sword Sisters is extremely deadly and a lot cheaper to finance than one made of Swadian Knights. It is interesting to note that an army of all women will not cheer out loud after a victorious battle as there's no audio file recorded for them, resulting in a peculiar sudden calm as soon as the swords stop clashing and all the horses are brought to a halt.

Stats and equipmentEdit

Note: Troops have a set of default stats; at the beginning of a new game, these stats are randomly adjusted for each type of troop. The following is the default set for this troop as seen within the game code and may not reflect the specific stats you will see during actual gameplay. For more information, see Troop stats.

Sword Sister - Default Stats and Equipment
Attributes
Stat Points
Level 22
Strength 7
Agility 5
Intelligence 4
Charisma 4
Health 44
Armor
Helmets
(Possible): Guard Helmet, Helmet with Neckguard
Body Armor
Plate Armor, Coat of Plates (black)
Boots
Plate Boots
Gloves
Leather Gloves
Skills
Skill Points
Ironflesh 2
Power Strike 3
Power Throw 0
Power Draw 0
Weapon Master 0
Shield 2
Athletics 3
Riding 5
Horse Archery 0
Looting 0
Trainer 0
Tracking 0
Tactics 0
Path-finding 0
Spotting 0
Inventory Management 2
Wound Treatment 0
Surgery 0
First Aid 0
Engineer 0
Persuasion 0
Prisoner Management 1
Leadership 1
Trade 2
Proficiencies
Weapon Type Points
One Handed Weapons 140
Two Handed Weapons 140
Polearms 140
Archery 140
Crossbows 140
Throwing 140
Weapons
Melee Weapons
Sword, Sabre
Ranged Weapons
(Possible): Crossbow, Bolts
Shields
Plate Covered Round Shield, Elite Cavalry Shield
Mount
Courser
Mercenary Troops
Male Female
TownsmanFarmer Peasant WomanRefugee
Watchman Camp Follower
Caravan GuardMercenary Crossbowman Huntress
Mercenary HorsemanMercenary Swordsman Camp Defender
Mercenary CavalryHired Blade Sword Sister
Caravan Master

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