Pardelian Gladius Combat


For centuries prior to the founding of the Republic, battlefields between the civilized nations were dominated by phalanxes. Rows upon rows of disciplined spears were enough to break cavalry charges and rout disorganized foot soldiers. Battles between two well-trained armies amounted to little more than a pushing match between two heavily-armored formations grinding against each other. These conflicts were often won on the flanks, wherein the first army to gain an edge over their enemy could turn the entire battle line.

This changed with the birth of the Iridine Legio. Retrained sometime during the age of Quintus the Marauder by an obscure officer by the name of 'Pardelian', the Iridine army was designed for one thing: to frontally shatter the opposition. A rain of javelins would distrupt the enemy formation, after which the soldiers would charge directly into shock combat. In the shoulder-to-shoulder conditions of line fighting, the short gladius viciously prevailed over much longer weaponry. Holes created in the enemy formation could be easily exploited by additional waves of centuries, battlefield units of men far smaller than anything else seen at the time. It was through this unique and deadly military system that Iridine has maintained an edge over many of its powerful neighbors.

The Pardelian family still exists and has grown to occupy a few seats in the senate. One of the most famous of those senators was Lantraste Pardelian, who was summmoned out of retirement on the 54th year of the Republic to rebuild the Iridine army after it was nearly wiped out in several quasi-battles against the Kelestrians. While the Pardelians of today are not especially talented at warfare, they are still considered "lucky" after all this time, and often find themselves with exceptionally loyal troops without doing anything special.

Over the centuries, the style of swordsmanship suited for the aggressive warfare of the Iridine Legio has refined into standardized techniques taught to every soldier of the Republic.

Pardelian swordsmanship does not possess the elegance of Avros or the flair of Nelsor, having been made specifically for the harsh demands of line combat. While this style is not likely to impress onlookers, it has proven itself as the most practical on the battlefield.

As Iridine soldiers are usually expected to bear shields when waging war, many maneuvers in this style require both a gladius and a large shield. With this in mind, all skills require only a one-handed grip on the gladius.

Skills/Actions Difficulty Hands Range Wound
Pardelian Gladius Combat - - - -
Side Jab Easy One Short Pierce
Slash and Sap Difficult One Short Bruise
Turtle Stance Easy - - -
Hidden Thrust Average One Short Pierce
Ankle Thrust Difficult One Short Pierce
Shield Sap Difficult One Short Bruise
Shield Charge Average One Long Bruise
Stab and Twist Easy - - -
Tag and Strike Difficult One Short Pierce
Reaper Strike Average One Short Cut
Lion's Gambit Average One Long Pierce
Killing Thrust Average One Short Pierce
Downward Block Average One - -
Skill Prerequisites
Ankle Thrust 1 Rank in Shields
30 Ranks in Hidden Thrust
Hidden Thrust 20 Rank in Shields
20 Ranks in Swords Stab
Killing Thrust 20 Ranks in Swords Stab
Lion's Gambit 20 Ranks in Swords Lunge
Reaper Strike 40 Ranks in Swords Slash
Shield Charge 20 Ranks in Shields
Shield Sap 20 Rank in Swords Sap
20 Ranks in Shield Bash
Slash and Sap 20 Ranks in Swords Sap
20 Ranks in Shield Bash

Additional Notes

  • NPC trainers for this style of combat are available to active Legionaries.
  • You must wield a wall shield in order to use the Pardelian style. 1


Side Jab sjab

This attack is relatively easy to land, but more often than not does little more than a scratch. To attempt it, a user must have at least one ally also approached to the target in melee range.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 95, Roll: 60] Targetting the flank, you jab at a man with the point of your retalq gladius, but miss.


Slash and Sap sls

Slash and sap is a favorite among soldiers due to it's good chance to daze an opponent. This attack always aims for the head and can be hindered if the target is heavily armored.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 95, Roll: 3] Making a wide, false, slash, you point the pommel of your retalq gladius at a man and aim for the head, but miss.


Turtle Stance turtle

A specialty of the Iridinian Legion, a front line comprised fully of upright, braced wall shields is a sight to behold. The Pardelian's wall shield is arguably the most noticeable aspect of this style. The user must enter a properly turtled stance before any Pardelian maneuvers can be attempted.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 1, Roll: 91] Pulling your retalq gladius back into a ready position, you position yourself behind your upheld Iridine wall shield.


Hidden Thrust hthrust

Hidden Thrust is a mid-aiming stabbing attack, used by Pardelians to particularly deadly effect by being hidden behind a wall shield until late in the maneuver. Foes often do not have enough time to mount a defense before this blow comes to bear.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 95, Roll: 49] Tilting your Iridine wall shield on a vertical axis, you make a sudden stab at a man with your retalq gladius, but miss.


Ankle Thrust ankle

A well-timed ankle thrust, often resulting in a crippling wound is something that can turn the tide of a battle. Even though this thrust attempts to take advantage of fighter's frequent deficiencies in low defenses, this strike is notoriously difficult to land.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 95, Roll: 75] Raising your Iridine wall shield above your head, you dive downwards into a low thrust aimed at a man, but miss.


Shield Sap ssap

Similar to Slash and Sap, this attack is favored due to it's ability to leave an opponent dazed and vulnerable. Instead of striking with the pommel the wielder strikes with the boss of their shield. Against a heavy helmet, this attack's effectiveness is reduced greatly.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 95, Roll: 37] Stepping forward with the lead foot, you bash at a man's head with the knob of your Iridine wall shield, but miss.


Shield Charge sch

With shield pressed to shoulder, a Pardelian attempts to quickly close ground with a foe using this charge, and inflict damage with the impact. A slight misstep can result in one losing their own balance and landing face first into the dirt.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 95, Roll: 10] Ducking your entire body weight behind your shield, you try to charge directly into a man but miss. The sheer momentum causes you to lose your balance!


Stab and Twist (automatic)

While not an attack outright, this technique adds a measure of ruthless effectiveness to the standard stabs and thrusts most Pardelians are known for.


Tag and Strike tag

In the right hands, this attempts to be a fast, if weak jab at an opponent. When it fails, it becomes a flimsy diversion for a follow-up slash that will graze skin.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 24, Roll: 25] You snap out your arm and let your wrist go limp at the last minute, sending your retalq gladius lashing out at a man at high speed! He suffers a faint wound to his left arm.


Reaper Strike reaper

This is a mid-aiming slash often used by a Pardelian to cut a foe down to size despite wide attacks being an oddity for a shield wall. The heavy slash comes in from the right or left depending on the wielder's dominant hand.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 95, Roll: 59] You make a wide, heavy-handed, slashing attack at a man, cutting from left to right with your retalq gladius, but miss.


Lion's Gambit gambit

The cost of attempting this quick, lunging shift to a berserk stance is great - the Pardelian must drop the wielded wall shield entirely, and will soon find him or herself out of stance.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 95, Roll: 77] Casting your Iridine wall shield towards one side, you lunge suddenly at a man with your retalq gladius, but miss.


Killing Thrust kthrust

For decisive damage, a Pardelian can attempt this devastatingly heavy thrust. The user must be wary of many factors - including that only fallen foes may be struck in this way, and that an improperly prepared Pardelian will find her or himself vulnerable, too.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 95, Roll: 87] Flipping the tip of your retalq gladius and forcing your bodyweight downwards, you stab a man with a vicious overhand thrust, but miss.


Downward Block

This block bolsters a Pardelian's defenses by protecting the waist and legs from several mid-ranged and low attacks.

When you see this in use you see:
[Success: 78, Roll: 77] A gaunt grey rat misses you with its teeth! You deflect the attack by chopping downwards with your retalq gladius!

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