05 May 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Rogues' Gallery 26 - Soldier [Alt]

This is the twenty-sixth 4E Rogues' Gallery, an ongoing series about Earthdawn Fourth Edition. Introduction and Index.

Everything contained here is the work of a fan and not associated with FASA Games.

Like other entries in the Rogues' Gallery [Alt] series, this presents NPCs in a different fashion easier to use in combat. Essentially, these are disposable opponents who don't need to have skills referenced. They are also written to be more appropriate as combat challenges for the given Circle.


This particular entry presents soldiers at various degrees of competency to be easily dropped into any game. The intent is to build this up with more such simplified entries over time.


Soldier [Recruit]

A typical soldier who hasn't seen much action, but is trained to work as part of a unit. They're the most likely to break, but will typically follow their more experienced peers. Unless it seems like certain death, in which case they route.

Challenge: Novice (First Circle)
DEX: 6        Initiative:                  4        Unconsciousness:      23
STR: 6         Physical Defense:  10      Death Rating:               29
TOU: 6        Mystic Defense:      6        Wound Threshold:     9
PER: 5         Social Defense:       6        Knockdown:                  8
WIL: 5        Physical Armor:      5        Recovery Tests:            2
CHA: 5        Mystic Armor:         2
Movement: 12
Actions: 1; Broadsword: 10 (11), Spear (Thrown: 10, 20): 10 (10)
Powers:
Awareness (7): As the skill, Player's Guide, p. 129.
Special Maneuvers:
Shield Bash (Soldier, Close Combat): The soldier can spend an additional success on an Attack test to force the opponent to make a Knockdown test against a DN equal to the Attack test result. Additional successes increase the DN by +2 and all additional successes must be spent on this special maneuver if it is used.
Equipment: Broadsword, footman's shield, hardened leather armor, spear x2


Soldier [Seasoned]

These soldiers have seen combat and typically lead a small group. They will fight until it's clear there's only death and more likely to surrender than retreat, relying on their opponents' honor.

Challenge: Novice (Second Circle)
DEX: 6        Initiative:                  3        Unconsciousness:      28
STR: 6         Physical Defense:  10       Death Rating:              34
TOU: 6        Mystic Defense:      7         Wound Threshold:    9
PER: 5         Social Defense:       7        Knockdown:                  9
WIL: 6        Physical Armor:      6        Recovery Tests:            2
CHA: 5        Mystic Armor:         2
Movement: 12
Actions: 1; Broadsword: 11 (12), Spear (Thrown: 10, 20): 11 (11)
Powers:
Awareness (8): As the skill, Player's Guide, p. 129.
Special Maneuvers:
Shield Bash (Soldier, Close Combat): The soldier can spend an additional success on an Attack test to force the opponent to make a Knockdown test against a DN equal to the Attack test result. Additional successes increase the DN by +2 and all additional successes must be spent on this special maneuver if it is used.
Equipment: Broadsword, footman's shield, ring mail armor, spear x2


Soldier [Veteran]

Veterans have been on numerous campaigns and likely saw action during the Second Theran War. They have stories to tell and are professional on the field. They're unlikely to break and will fight to the death if that's what it calls for. They believe in honor on the battlefield and always accept surrender.

Challenge: Novice (Third Circle)
DEX: 6        Initiative:                  6        Unconsciousness:      33
STR: 6         Physical Defense:  12       Death Rating:               39
TOU: 6        Mystic Defense:      8         Wound Threshold:    9
PER: 6         Social Defense:       7        Knockdown:                  10
WIL: 6        Physical Armor:      8        Recovery Tests:            2
CHA: 5        Mystic Armor:         2
Movement: 12
Actions: 1; Broadsword: 14 (14), Spear (Thrown: 10, 20): 14 (13)
Powers:
Awareness (10): As the skill, Player's Guide, p. 129.
Special Maneuvers:
Opening (Soldier, Close Combat): The soldier may spend additional successes from an Attack test to give their allies a +1 bonus per success spent to Attack tests against the opponent until the end of the next round.
Shield Bash (Soldier, Close Combat): The soldier can spend an additional success on an Attack test to force the opponent to make a Knockdown test against a DN equal to the Attack test result. Additional successes increase the DN by +2 and all additional successes must be spent on this special maneuver if it is used.
Equipment: Broadsword, chain mail armor, footman's shield, spear x2


Soldier [Elite]

These soldiers receive special training and are among the best non-adepts on the field. They may be interspersed with the rest of the troops, or operating as part of an elite squad held in reserve as needed. They are consummate professionals.

Challenge: Novice (Fourth Circle)
DEX: 7        Initiative:                  2         Unconsciousness:      41
STR: 7         Physical Defense:  12       Death Rating:               48
TOU: 7        Mystic Defense:      8         Wound Threshold:    10
PER: 6         Social Defense:       8        Knockdown:                  12
WIL: 6        Physical Armor:      9        Recovery Tests:            2
CHA: 6        Mystic Armor:         3
Movement: 12
Actions: 1; Broadsword: 15 (15), Spear (Thrown: 10, 20): 15 (14)
Powers:
Awareness (11): As the skill, Player's Guide, p. 129.
Special Maneuvers:
Opening (Soldier, Close Combat): The soldier may spend additional successes from an Attack test to give their allies a +1 bonus per success spent to Attack tests against the opponent until the end of the next round.
Shield Bash (Soldier, Close Combat): The soldier can spend an additional success on an Attack test to force the opponent to make a Knockdown test against a DN equal to the Attack test result. Additional successes increase the DN by +2 and all additional successes must be spent on this special maneuver if it is used.
Equipment: Broadsword, chain mail armor, footman's shield, spear x2

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