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.

Though this style is known outside the Legio, NPC trainers for this style of combat are restricted to the Legio.

Skill/Action Difficulty
Pardelian Gladius Combat Easy
Side Jab Easy
Slash and Sap Difficult
Turtle Stance Easy
Hidden Thrust Average
Ankle Thrust Difficult
Shield Sap Difficult
Shield Charge Average
Stab and Twist Easy
Tag and Strike Difficult
Reaper Slash Average
Lion's Gambit Average
Killing Thrust Average
Downward Block Average

Skills Requirements:

  • Side Jab - Only able to perform this technique against a surrounded opponent.
  • Ankle Thrust - Learned in Basic Shields, Learned in Hidden Thrust, In stance
  • Hidden Thrust - Familiar with Basic Stab, Familiar with Basic Shields, In stance
  • Killing Thrust - Familiar with Basic Stab, In stance - Only usable on a prone target
  • Lion's Gambit - Familiar with Basic Lunge, In stance
  • Reaper Slash - Capable with Basic Slash, In stance
  • Shield Charge - Familiar with Basic Shields, In stance
  • Shield Sap - Familiar with Basic Sap, Familiar with Shield Bash, In stance
  • Slash and Sap - Familiar with Basic Slash, Familiar with Basic Sap, In stance
  • Tag and Strike - In stance

Shield/Stance Requirements:

  • You must wield a wall shield in order to use the Pardelian style. 1

Side Jab

Usage: sjab

When you perform this you see:

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Slash and Sap

Usage: 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 perform this 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.

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Turtle Stance

Usage: turtle

When you perform this you see:

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

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Hidden Thrust

Usage: 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 perform this 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.

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Ankle Thrust

Usage: 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 perform this 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.

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Shield Sap

Usage: 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 perform this 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.

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Shield Charge

Usage: sch

When you perform this 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!

[Success: 5, Roll: 37] Ducking your entire body weight behind your shield, you charge directly into a man! He suffers a bruise to his back.

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Tag and Strike

Usage: tag

When you perform this 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.

[Success: 24, Roll: 5] You snap out your arm and let your wrist go limp at the
last minute, sending your tin gladius lashing out at a man at high speed,
but miss. A man sways to the side, gracefully avoiding your attack. You
roll your arm and blade around, chopping at a man from the other side! A
man's fine black leather pteryges absorb the impact of the blow.

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Reaper Strike

Usage: 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 perform this 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.

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Lion's Gambit

Usage: gambit

When you perform this 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.

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Killing Thrust

Usage: kthrust

When you perform this 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.

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Downward Block

When you perform this 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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