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The Lordaeronian Army was the main fighting force of the Kingdom of Lordaeron and before that the Duchy of Lordaeron during the Dissolution Period. The Lordaeronian Army was essentially destroyed during the Third War.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Duchy Period
- 1.2 Kingdom Period
- 1.3 Gabinian Reforms
- 1.4 War of Stromic Aggression
- 1.5 Seventy Five Year Strife
- 1.6 Horde Invasion of Lordaeron
- 1.7 Peace
- 1.8 The Plague
- 1.9 Modern Day
- 2 Tactics
- 3 Army Composition
- 4 Equipment
- 4.1 Missile Infantry Equipment
- 4.2 Cavalry Equipment
- 4.3 Infantry Equipment
- 4.4 Auxiliary Equipment
- 5 Recruitment
- 6 Structure of Command
- 7 Soldier's Pay
- 8 References
The following is a history of Lordaeron's Army from its creation during the days of the Duchy of Lordaeron to the modern day. This has been compiled by the Argent Crusade's Historical Society. The Crusade's Historical Society also notes that sometimes it will seem like this is the overall history of Lordaeron, of which because of the subject, some parts will collide.
The Duchy of Lordaeron, like many other regions at the time, used a simple conscription system for all of its history, including well into the days of the Kingdom of Lordaeron. The army had four different types of units, and where conscripts fell into these units depended on state wealth and the wealth of the individual. These units were infantry, missile soldiers, cavalry, and auxiliary soldiers, mostly mercenaries and allied units.
During times of war, one in every eight in a village, or one male per family (changing throughout the course of the Duchy’s history as a way to find the most efficient way to conscript) were raised and given simple spear (of around 12ft) and a shield. These infantry were organized into units of one hundred fifty to five hundred, with most units being composed of men from that village or town. Many of the more prosperous settlements across Lordaeron, like Vandermar and Brill, could support multiple units of five hundred soldiers. Of course, as later stated these larger units of conscripts were then broken down into groups of fifty to fit the pre-Gabinian reform Legionary structure and would be commanded by a lesser noble, usually a knight or baron. Infantry units were usually expected to provide their own equipment and if they could not were instead given very poor equipment. Considering these units operated as spearmen and phalanxes, excluding armor, even the poorest who were conscripted were able to provide a spear and simple shield. Shields for many were usually made of wood, but for those who were wealthier were made of bronze. Spears were tipped with copper or bronze.
Missile soldiers were raised by conscripting one in every fifteen, or one male per family (changing depending on the day) were equipped with either javelins, numbering around fifteen, or slings that were loaded with lead bullets. Missile soldiers were organized into groups of one hundred twenty-five to five hundred and usually placed at the heads of army formations during battle. These missile soldiers were also considered auxiliary units and existed differently within the Legionary structure.
Cavalry forces were raised as necessary and unlike the other conscripted soldiers came from volunteers who provided their own equipment. These units were organized into groups of one hundred fifty and served as scouts and to ensure the flanks of the army was secured. These soldiers came from the middle class of Lordaeronian society, essentially those who had the funds to spare on the upkeep necessary for a horse and the equipment, and training that was needed. Many cavalrymen during the initial days of the Duchy were disenfranchised nobles from the central plains of the Highlands, who brought herds of Arathorian Horses to central Tirisfal, especially the county of Vandermar.
Auxiliary soldiers were anything from missile soldiers to swordsmen and spearmen. They would be recruited from the various hill and mountain tribes in the eastern and western mountains of Tirisfal, and from forest tribes in Silverpine. These auxiliary units were arranged in anywhere from fifty to seventy five per unit, led by local (or barbarian as they were considered) officers, and these smaller subunits were arranged into larger units composed of around five to eight of these subunits. These larger formations of auxiliary units were led by Lordaeronian nobility. The hillsmen in Western Lordaeron were particularly well known for their skill in slings and were able to, usually without fail, hit targets around three to four hundred meters away from them.
The Lordaeronian Army at this time relied on two main methods of supply gathering. Firstly there was the baggage train. This usually was a massive amount of carts and mules carrying equipment and supplies for the army. With this baggage train came camp followers, from merchants to mercenaries to prostitutes, these camp followers could sometimes end up being half the size of the entire army. It became an unfortunate reality for the Lordaeronian Army of this time that they had to protect these camp followers or else morale could quickly be destroyed.
The Duchy of Lordaeron also had a series of raised professional armies that served, during times of peace, as border guards, and during war as the main core of the Lordaeronian Army. They were organized into Legions, and were composed of 2,500 men during times of peace, these professional legions were groups of one hundred soldiers, of which eighty were combat ready and twenty were auxiliary or civilians that were necessary for the legion’s upkeep. This numbers expanding to around 10,000-15,000 during times of war when conscription was factored in. Throughout most of the history of the Duchy of Lordaeron, the Duke had four legions of twenty-five hundred professional soldiers, these soldiers occupied forts along the border with the Principality of Hearthglen and the wilderness of Silverpine.
At this time, Legions were organized in a simple manner, groups of one-hundred men called phalanxes. These phalanxes were organized at the most basic level into groups of 8-16 soldiers called a stichos, two to four groups of stichos, formed an enomotia. Around four to up to thirty two enomotiae created the phalanx. The total amount of enomotia a phalanx depended on the town or city providing them and the general time period. If it was a more prosperous time for Lordaeron then cities were able to provide more units to their phalanx.
The Legion would then be divided into phalanxes and these phalanxes were grouped by settlements, counties, or duchies. Soldiers conscripted from Brill would not be in a phalanx or an overall unit, with soldiers from say the county of Vandermar.
In the case of conscripted soldiers, while arriving in units numbering in the hundreds, they too would be broken down into groups of one hundred to fit the legion’s structure. They would be led by a officer who was pulled from the professional ranks of the Legion and usually was a man who had a good deal of military experience and leading men, even if he wasn’t an officer prior to this. The two junior officers that these units had would be pulled from the group and picked during drilling before these legions marched to war.
As Lordaeron expanded into Silverpine and populations rose across the Duchy, the Duke created a fifth Legion, that was stationed in central Tirisfal, in a fort constructed outside the town of Brill. Eventually though, with the rise of the Ancient Plague, the number of Legions was reduced as the population was decimated. This saw the number of Lordaeronian Legions reduced from five to three, one for the border with the Principality of Hearthglen, one for the border in Silverpine and one in Brill.
These professional armies were known as the “Duke’s Own” for their fierce loyalty to the Duke of Lordaeron. It was rumored that these soldiers also had a say in deciding who was the Duke and aided Terenas I in overthrowing the corrupt Despot Julius Pullus of House Pullus who refused to increase the pay the soldiers of these Legions received. It was due to the gold being mined in the Monastery Heights that Count Terenas was able to pay off the owed gold to the Lordaeronian Legions and be elevated to position of Duke, with little bloodshed.
During the Late Dissolution period, under Terenas I, of the House of Menethil, the Duchy of Lordaeron declared itself the Kingdom of Lordaeron, with Terenas as its king. It was during this time that the Legion was reorganized where a sixteenth of total collected tax was used for the payment of the Legion, and all excess funds were deposited into a war fund within the treasury. This went in line with the policy of Terenas’ monetary reforms, see Lordaeronian Coinage, where a separate fund was present within the King’s treasury to pay for the supplies and equipment necessary to run an army. This allowed, if no mismanagement and many years of peace, a sizeable war treasury to build up for when war came to the Kingdom. The side effect of this was that a war could be funded entirely through this fund and thus not affect the general prosperity of the realm by causing over taxation. In a way this allowed King Terenas I to become known as the ‘Monarch of the People’ by reorganizing Lordaeron’s tax and monetary system.
Unfortunately, this fund was barely able to build up as the War of Aderic, called the War of Gilnean Aggression in Lordaeron, began only a few years into the reign of King Terenas I.
This is all from the Lordaeronian point of view, see the War of Aderic for the Gilnean point of view.
Historians to the present day argue the cause of the War of Aderic, commonly known as the War of Gilnean Aggression within Lordaeron and the War of Lordaeronian Aggression in Gilneas. However, it is said that Gilnean expansion into the territories of Western and Eastern Silverpine set off the war. Despite both Kingdoms having been torn apart by the Ancient Plague and subsequent unrest, famine and mass migration that came with it, Gilneas in the early years of the Warring Kingdoms Period attempted to move their citizens into Lordaeronian claimed Silverpine. This called for King Terenas I to begin conscription and march to war. The call went out for men of age to begin reporting to marshalling points across the new Kingdom, and soon the fledgling kingdom would have its first major conflict.
Sources differ between Gilneas and Lordaeron, but both agree the war came following a period of border skirmishes in the Silverpine region. The time period for this period of border conflicts differs, Gilnean sources argue it was Lordaeronian fueled and happened for around four years. As the fledgling kingdom pushed settlement of Lordaeronians into southern Silverpine, using auxiliary units of slingers and mercenaries to harass Gilneans in an attempt to push them out. Lordaeronian sources, on the flip side, argue it was Gilnean fueled as Gilneas pushed settlement in southern Silverpine and begin pushing north into areas of Eastern and Western Silverpine.
The war eventually came to proper blows as the Lordaeronian Legions moved south and King Aderic of Gilneas came north. The battle that followed resulted in a Gilnean victory due to, as the Lordaeronian sources say, dishonorable tactics they employed. This ended with a peace enforced by the declining empire of Arathor, with Gilneas claiming most of Silverpine from Lordaeron.
It would not be for some decades until Lordaeron struck back against the upstarts in the south.
This is all from the Lordaeronian point of view, see the War of Silverpine for the Gilnean point of view.
After thirty years of rebuilding the once proud Lordaeronian Legions, decimated by the Ancient Plague and the recent War of Aderic, Queen Dalia I Menethil marched five Legions, numbering twelve thousand five hundred professional soldiers and around thirty-seven thousand five hundred conscripted soldiers into Silverpine to take back the land that was once under the control of the now long gone Duchy of Lordaeron.
As they marched through central Silverpine, occupying settlements as they went, Queen Dalia married her daughter to the Prince of Hearthglen Sextus the Gray (known by some sources as Magnus the Gray of House d’Blanc), securing the Principality as an ally in the war. Soon though, Gilneas was joined by the since fallen empire of Strom.
Once more the Lordaeronians met the Gilneans in Silverpine. Lordaeron was reinforced by a legion of twenty-five thousand Principality soldiers, and Gilneas by a force of Stromic Legionaries. Unfortunately, the Keepers, druids and the like from Gilneas, who aided the Kingdom so heavily during the War of Aderic had dwindled in number, over the thirty years of peace that had followed, thus Gilneas had lost one of its greatest advantages. Nevertheless, this battle resulted in massive casualties for both sides and the momentum Lordaeron gained was momentarily halted. Lordaeron was forced to end their advance into Silverpine as the proud Legions of Lordaeron needed time to recover and grow back in size. It was after this battle that Queen Dalia called the aid of her friend, and supposed lover, Lord Admiral Arthur Proudmooore of the Kingdom of Kul Tiras.
Still the war was not yet won for either side, unable to secure the aid of the Magocracy of Dalaran, the Lordaeronian Alliance withdrew to its keeps, with Admiral Proudmoore opening a new front in Hillsbrad. As the Gilnean and Stromic forces attempted to batter down the heavily fortified walls of Lordaeronian Keeps, Queen Dalia led a large force of Legionaries, aided by over twenty thousand conscripts, into the passes of Alterac, where King Nicholas was presented with an ultimatum. He was to break his oath to the Gilneans or face total destruction of the Kingdom and be absorbed into the Kingdom of Lordaeron.
As it happened, the Alteraci broke their word and allowed the Queen’s army safe passage through their lands. Linking up with the Tiriasian forces in Hillsbrad, a garrison was placed on the fifteen foot stone wall that was, at the time Thoradin’s Wall. This prevented Strom from sending reinforcements and soon the Principality of Hearthglen sent another army south, raising the number of Lordaeronian troops to around eighty thousand. This army marched to Gilneas, laying waste to dozens of settlements and putting Gilneas City under siege.
It is said that Aderic’s two sons, Randolph and Krennan were slain in single combat with the Queen of Lordaeron as they attempted to mount a defense, but scholars have never been able to confirm such a report.
The aftermath of this war resulted in the present day borders, with the counties of Northern, Eastern and Western Silverpine, and areas of Hillsbrad coming into possession of Lordaeron. Though, this caused outrage to the Gilneans and there was incredible tension between Gilnean settlers, who refused to leave, and Lordaeronian settles who returned after being exiled following the War of Aderic. Two Legions, numbering five thousand men in total were stationed in Silverpine and it would not be many decades before tensions between the two cultures subsided.
This is also viewed as the Kingdom of Lordaeron’s largest engineering project to date, with the taking of Hillsbrad, Lordaeronian Legions turned the fifteen foot wall on the border of the Arathi Highlands into the modern structure it is in the present day. The wall itself was a massive feat of Lordaeronian engineering, with the wall raising up to fifty feet high. In a mockery to the Arathorian’s the wall was dubbed “Thoradin’s Wall.” and stretched across the border between the Arathi Highlands and the Foothills of Hillsbrad. Forts were built into the wall every five miles with watchtowers and beacon towers dotting the wall every fifty to one hundred feet.
With the building of Thoradin’s Wall by the Legions came the stationing of troops on the wall. Two full Legions, numbering five thousand, and one auxiliary legion, numbering twenty-five hundred, were stationed in Hillsbrad. It was with this that the total number of Legions was raised from four to seven. One on the border with the Principality of Hearthglen, two in Silverpine, one auxiliary legion in Tirisfal, one auxiliary legion in Hillsbrad and two legions in Hillsbrad on Thoradin’s Wall. However, the building of the Thoradin Wall is contested by Stromic and Gilnean historians.
The Loyalist's War
Following peace with the southern kingdoms, Lordaeron for a time entered a period of prosperity, and with it there was no need for the conscription of the peasantry. However, not sixty years following the end of the War of Silverpine disaster struck Lordaeron. King Vitalius died, and his eleven year old son Maurus Gabinus came to the throne. This led to massive amounts of unrest across the Kingdom, all official texts simply stated that the people of Lordaeron did not trust the untested boy king.
Unrest did not come from the bottom though, instead it came from the top. The loudest voice of discontent nobles was Duke Titus Aemilius Pullus, from the lands of Agamand in Northern Lordaeron. Two days prior to young Maurus’ ascension to the throne, Pullus struck. Raising an army of lords loyal to him and their peasantry, Pullus stormed the capital. The Duke was not able to catch the escaping Maurus, and he was brought way, in secret, to the Principality of Hearthglen. It was here that Prince Cnaeus of House d’Blanc ruled over the lands of Hearthglen. The prince welcomed young Maurus into his court and gave him access to his servants, even marrying the boy to his own daughter, Gabrielle d'Blanc, who was twelve at the time. For now, the retainers stayed with the young king and began plotting his return.
The overthrowing of King Maurus was relatively bloodless. Legionary Commanders at the time were not loyal to any one king, and especially were not loyal to Pullus. Instead they held their loyalty to the crown and to the coin they expected to arrive every month. “As long as the coin continued to come,” one Legionary Commander later said, “we would continue doing our duty of ensuring Lordaeron does not fall to the threats of Gilneas, Arathor, Alterac or any who seek to destroy us.” This angered many on both sides of the conflict, but for now this ensured Pullus could rule without a civil war destroying the still young kingdom.
Soon though, Menethil Loyalists began gathering in secret, those from the Monastery Heights and other lords in parts of Tirisfal and Silverpine. They conspire to overthrow the new king but it would not be sometime before the conspirators put their plan into action. For five years these wayward nobles and aristocrats worked against this new King. The loyalists worked hard over these five years to build a base of support for the Menethils and remind the people of the prosperity they enjoyed under their previous Kings.
During this period, King Pullus proved himself to be a tyrant. Taxation rose across the Kingdom, purely to fill the coffers of Havenport, his former seat of power. This new income allowed him to build up his own lands, with disregard for those who joined with him to put him in power. Dissent was quelled with ruthless efficiency, and the legions protecting Lordaeron’s borders were replaced with men loyal to him. Any talk of rebellion was put down, with those responsible being tortured before executed, their bodies hung on the ramparts of Capital City for all to see. Paranoia set in for the new king, and his reign of terror continued, only to get worse as time went on.
Five years after the ousting of King Maurus, Loyalist lords in northeastern Lordaeron instituted conscription and rose an army to take on the Mad King. Having built up a large store of coin, the Loyalists paid off three of the four legionary commanders in Lordaeron, proving the loyalty of the men King Pullus put in charge of these units was to coin, and not himself. Nevertheless, Titus rose his own conscripts and used the one legion at his disposal to march on the Loyalist lords.
Fields of Brill
With one legion of twenty-five hundred men, and twelve thousand conscripts, the Mad King marched his troops to Brill, the center of Loyallist power where they amassed an army of fifteen thousand. Meeting on the plains outside Brill, the two armies engaged in a long battle, taking two weeks to finish, with both sides retreating at night to lick their wounds and bury the dead. After thirteen days of intense maneuvering and battling, the Loyalist forces dispersed, fleeing to their keeps and into the country. Over two thousand Loyalists were taken hostage from this battle.
The Mad King, living to his new title, instituted heavy taxation on the lands of Loyalists that were under his control after the battle and executed every traitor captured during the Battle of Brill. Over a thousand Loyalists were executed and strung up on the ramparts of Capital City for all to see. Even the highest ranking loyalist lord, Count Livius Travictus of the Pumpkin Hills was captured during the battle at Brill and his head was removed from his body, dipped in tar and then hand delivered to the Prince of Hearthglen.
Though the Loyalists had been defeated and many slain, the Boy King, now sixteen years old, was not to be found. Many assumed he was still enjoying the court in Hearthglen, but it soon became apparent that he was back in Lordaeron traveling as a hermit, meeting the people and the loyalists. With backing from Hearthglen, the exiled King Maurus began meeting in secret with legionary commanders and it was not long before the Duke of Southshore joined the Tirisfal nobility in becoming a loyalist, now openly supporting the Menethils. With the support of Duke Varius of Southshore, came with it the Hillsbrad Legions, seventy-five hundred men joined the loyalist force and with Hillsbrad came twenty-five thousand more soldiers from conscription.
Thirty-two thousand, five hundred soldiers, marched from Hillsbrad, through the lands of the Principality of Hearthglen, in the lands of the Prince, another thirty thousand soldiers joined them from Hearthglen. They were reinforced again by loyalists who fled to these lands following the battle of Brill, bringing their numbers up from sixty-two hundred soldiers to seventy thousand.
From there the army marched in the Tirisfal Glades, the Lordaeronian Legions that previously stayed neutral, specifically the Hearthglen Border Legion, immediately switched side to King Maurus and as they marched unopposed through Tirisfal more loyalist forces rallied to their cause. After two weeks of travel they reached Capital City and instead of putting it under siege, Maurus had his hornblowers demand the tyrant king present himself and face him in single combat.
Unfortunately, the Mad King was just that, mad, and he refused the call. Having stocked Capital City for a siege and armed it with twenty thousand men, even dispersing most of the cityfolk to the country, a siege began. Five years the city held out, and it was not until Loyalist Legionaries infiltrated the city during the dead of night and opened the gate that ended the siege. It was discovered the Mad King’s forces still had supplies to last for another two years! Nevertheless, with the gate open Loyalist forces poured into the city and arrested as many forces loyal to the Mad King as they could.
It had been declared before the siege by the king that all forces loyal to the tyrant would be arrested and offered the chance to come back to the loyalist side and that the city would not be plundered. Though with that being stated, still around eleven thousand defenders of Capital City fell during the battle for the capital and it was discovered the Mad King somehow escaped the city and fled back to his capital of Havenport.
Siege of Havenport
To be written
Aftermath of the War
In the aftermath of the war, the Duke of Southshore, being richly rewarded along with other loyalist lords, brought his army (now reduced to around forty-five thousand) back to Hillsbrad and returned his legions to their positions of defending Lordaeronian territory in this distant land.
In the aftermath of the war, the Duke of Southshore, being richly rewarded along with other loyalist lords, brought his army (now reduced to around forty-five thousand) back to Hillsbrad and returned his legions to their positions of defending Lordaeronian territory in this distant land.
Following the defeat of Pullus in the aftermath of this war, Maurus Gabinus Menethil held a massive ceremony for his coronation as he was declared the King of Lordaeron. Lords from Eastern Lordaeron and the Principality of Hearthglen arrived to watch the ceremony. To show himself as a just ruler who wished to move past the terrible events Lordaeron had witnessed under Titus Pullus, King Maurus pardoned nearly every lord who had turned against him, after sending child wards to the capital and declaring an oath of loyalty to the House of Menethil. For Maurus Gabinus, this was to be a new era of prosperity for Lordaeron.
Sometime following the Loyalist’s War, the King of Lordaeron Maurus Gabinus Menethil saw the failings of the Lordaeronian Legion, especially after the War of Silverpine and the Loyalist’s War. The failings of the Legion, in the eyes of King Maurus, was seen as both tactically and structurally. The Legion underperformed against the Gilneans during the War of Silverpine with the Legion being unable to maneuver sufficiently against the more agile Gilnean forces. Along with that, the phalanx underperformed incredibly in any sort of uneven terrain. This pushed Maurus Gabinus to begin reforming the legion that had served Lordaeron since the days before the Duchy existed.
Announced and spearheaded by Maurus Gabinus Menethil, these reforms caused some shock but due to his political influence and popularity amongst the people were quickly passed and allowed to come into existence.
The legion were divided into units called cohorts, a cohort was made up of five centuries. Each century had one hundred men and were led by a ‘centurion.’ In battle the centurion who was most senior led the cohort as a whole and was given the rank of Senior Centurion. Centuries also were granted twenty non-combatants, bringing their total numbers to one hundred twenty. The centurion also had two lesser officers, a lieutenant and sergeant, and each century had a standard bearer and hornblower.
The legion was then made up of ten to twenty cohorts, six units of cavalry and or four to eight units of auxiliary soldiers, missile soldiers, mercenaries and the like. Cavalry units were reformed, instead of one hundred fifty soldiers, instead there would be one hundred. Cavalry units were led by a single officer who had two junior officers under him. Auxiliary unit formations stayed the same. This generally, with maximum numbers, brought a Legion to be around fifteen thousand, four hundred soldiers. If the non-combatants of the century are counted, the total number is around seventeen thousand, four hundred.
With these reforms came changes to the supply line, instead of having to defend and guard a baggage train and army worth of camp followers, each soldier was given a cross they could hoist on their shoulder. Along with this, the market of camp followers were disbanded and not allowed. Each man was required to carry their armor, weapons, and several days worth of rations. This allowed the baggage train of the post-Gabinian reform legion to become much more mobile.
With these reforms came the increasing of standard armies, up from five legions and two auxiliary legions (though sometimes more throughout Lordaeron’s history), this number was increased to seven standing legions, of which five thousand men were required to be standing at all times for each legion. The rest to be conscripted as per needed during war and more could be drawn and raised as necessary.
These reforms also brought a change to the equipment of the Legion. In the past infantry held a spear and a shield and had a small short sword if the individual soldier could afford it. Instead, Maurus decided the infantry of the Legion would be divided into three classifications. Either light infantry, heavier infantry, or spearmen.
Composed of young men and the inexperienced, the light infantry of the Lordaeronian Army, known as the hastati, were lightly armored and armed. Equipped with two short javelins, a short sword, a large shield and light armor, the hastati were usually the first sent into combat. As combat continued, the centurion in charge of the unit would blow a whistle, signalling for the frontline of men to pull back to the rear so the second line could take over, this would continue during a battle and allow the soldiers some respite during battle.
If a foe was not beaten down by the hastati, or were overwhelmed or exhausted, they would retreat behind the lines of the Legion, letting the heavier infantry step forward.
Composed of older men and the more experienced soldiers of a legion, the heavy infantry of the Lordaeronian Army, known as the principes, were in the second line of battle of a legion. If the hastati were unable to break a foe or were being exhausted or overwhelmed, they would be pulled back and the principes would step forward. These men were equipped with two short javelins, a short sword, a large shield and heavier armor. They operated in the same manner as the hastati but due to their experience and usually better discipline and fitness had more success.
With these reforms the Lordaeronian Legion’s efficiency, mobility, and discipline rose, as it was shown in the later Twenty-Four Year War.
Gilnean Border Conflicts
Absorption of Hearthglen
The Twenty Four Year War
The Peace of Justinian
War of Stromic Aggression
Alteraci-Lordaeronian River Valley War
Seventy Five Year Strife
Menethils are Deposed
Return of the Menethils
Horde Invasion of Lordaeron
Battle of Hillsbrad
Battle in the Hinterlands
Invasion of Quel’thalas
Siege of Capital City
Following the end of what was to become known as the Second War 
Stromwindian Backed Lordaeronian Reclaimers
Missile Infantry Equipment
The slingers of the early Duchy and Kingdom days were feared across northern Lordaeron, and it was rumored that a Lordaeronian slinger, even being a simple farmer, could lob a lead bullet anywhere from around 250-400 meters.
Javelin throwers were armed with around fifteen javelins. These were around four to five feet long, and consisted of a bronze or iron shank half an inch in diameter and twelve inches long.
Following the Gabinian Reforms of the Lordaeronian military, the javelin thrower saw some changes to their equipment. Originally four to five feet long, the javelin was increased to around seven feet in total, the size of the shank stayed the same in diameter, while the length was increased from twelve inches to a foot long. Another change the thrower saw was the point of the shank being a hardened bronze or iron, while the rest of it was cooler and more brittle. This ensured that the javelin, when thrown and making contact with a shield would bend. This ensured the javelin wouldn’t be able to be used by the enemy and that the shield would become useless.
Archers were an oddity within the Lordaeron Army. They usually were only seen in auxiliary formations or mercenary units that were conscripted as needed. Archers were usually equipped with a short bow that could only reach a range of up to 250-300 meters. While not as effective as a well trainer slinger, archers are a fearsome sight on the battlefield.
It is noted that the archers of the Principality of Hearthglen could reach a distance of 350 meters and were known for using flaming arrows. There are several times in recorded Lordaeronian history where the Kingdom of Lordaeron hired units of Principality archers specifically for their fame on the battlefield.
There are three main phases of Lordaeronian Infantry equipment that can be looked at, you have the Duchy/Pre-Gabinian Reform days, the Gabinian Reforms, and the Pre-Modern Era. Over this era of around a thousand years (give or take a few hundred) the Lordaeronian Legion changed their tactics and equipment that was used to meet the needs of the day. Infantry equipment saw no exception to this.
Duchy/Early Kingdom Period
The Legion at this time period did evolve as it saw fit, but over the course of the duchy to early kingdom days maintained a phalanx like set up. Infantry were expected to provide much of their equipment and if they were given equipment it was from defeated armies or bottom of the line excess that could be cheaply purchased. Soldiers were expected to have an 8 to 12ft spear, tipped in bronze or copper, and a shield. Shields for most were usually wooden with a lining of copper or bronze around the edge, if a soldier was wealthier than a full bronze shield could be seen. Shields also ended up being painted by soldiers with house crests, or symbols that suited their needs. Soldiers usually wore simple armor, a chest plate of bronze if it could be afforded, with a bronze helm, and bronze greaves, essentially shin guards.
As the phalanx evolved over time, spear length increased, and shield size decreased. Along with that, “heavy” armor that was being utilized was decreased as a longer spear allowed soldiers to be lighter. The phalanx also evolved with it becoming more common for soldiers to carry short swords in the event two phalanxes clashed and non-spear fighting broke out.
Warring Kingdoms Period
Age of Chaos
Structure of Command
Duchy/Kingdom of Lordaeron
Post Gabinian Reforms
First War to the Scourging
A soldier during the service to the Crown, over the course of history saw two forms of payment, when soldiers were raised for war, but not yet on the march (which could last many months), they were usually given a stipend and access to camp supplies, that of which they bought, albeit for a much lower than market average price. For example, while the price of salt (important for preserving food) was say five silver per pound on the normal market, it was somewhere around sixty-five percent cheaper at the camp stores, costing instead around one silver, seventy-five copper. That means the farmers and like who were raised received a good month’s pay for their soldering, and at the end of a campaign kept around fifty-five percent of their stipend, with the other forty-five percent going to purchasing supplies that were necessary for survival.
The small professional force that comprised the Lordaeronian Legions, were exempt from the above payment method. Instead, Lordaeronian Legionaries were given a constant rate of pay per month. During times of war this rate of pay was reduced and they were given food rations as well. Legionaries were given first pick of the spoils of war, after the officers of the Army. This meant that the main commander of an army, and his direct subordinates received around thirty percent of the spoils. The officers were then given fifteen percent of the spoils, raised Legionaries were given thirty-five percent of the spoils, and conscripted soldiers were giving the remaining twenty percent.
Raised conscripts, when on the march, were paid in a food ration and of course were given access to the spoils of war that were brought back after a successful campaign. While extremely dangerous, a successful war could be incredibly profitable to the citizens of the Lordaeronian army, both those who were conscripts and those who were professionally raised. Following the Gabinian Reforms, loot from campaigns would instead go to the King, who would then pass it out to the soldiers at the same above rate. This, in a way, ensured loyalty to the King first over individual commanders. How this played out in practice varies throughout the kingdom’s history, especially considering who was on the throne at the time.
The following is a part of my "Lordaeron Fanon Expansion" info for which can be found here, you are not forced to use this by any means. This expansion of Lordaeronian fanon is an attempt to give a different perspective to the overall history and culture of Lordaeron. This project looks at fanon work created by other players, to a degree, to allow some sort of compatibility between what has been made and what is being created. With that said, these pages will take a Lordaeronian spin on the events other people may have created, without changing the overall outcome of them, while also showing off wars that the Kingdom of Lordaeron initiated or were pulled into.
Lordaeronian Army References
- Arathorian, and Alteraci sources both contest this story. Alteraci sources claim that they constructed the wall in response to the end of the war at the behest of Lordaeron. While Arathorian scholars argue that they built the wall, in it’s current form, during the height of the Empire, though few sources stand to confirm this. What is known is that the Arathorians did build some sort of wall between the Highlands and Foothills, the height and fortifications of which vary from source to source. It is also known that in the immediate time after the War of Silverpine, that Lordaeron did in fact station three legions, totalling around 7,500, with two legions of auxiliary troops, numbering around 5,000 soldiers, on the wall and in defense of Hillsbrad. In total, the Lordaeronian Legion presence in Hillsbrad following the War of Silverpine was around 12,500 raised legionaries.
- Other names given to this conflict also were the Second Great War, and the Orcish Invasion of Lordaeron, but these were just two of many.