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Mercenaries were soldiers of very different types. Some were knights, but the majority were foot soldiers. The weapon that made them especially feared was the crossbow. The routiers were hated not simply because of their skill in war, but also for their cruelty and lack of respect for many of the conventions of a Christian society. They were ‘shamelessly guilty of murder and pillage and various abominations’. Many of them were younger sons, some illegitimate, impoverished figures on the fringes of society.
How does it work?
You go to your Instructor and ask for a task. You can only have one active task at any moment. If you are free to take a task the Instructor gives you an area name and a target. Go to that area, locate your target, and attack him. The usual combat routines will be replaced by a standard roll. On success you kill the target, bonus gives you a gold drop. On failure the target escapes.
G Gatherer: You gather natural resources such as ore and wood.
C Converter: You convert none resource into the other, for example ore into metal.
F Farmer: You plant crops or breed animals from which to harvest resources.
H Hunter: You locate creatures or areas and interact with them.
A Academic: You can generate knowledge by examining objects.
S Service: You can boost abilities by attending a character.
T Trader: You can buy, sell, and store resources.
U Unique: See description.