For Sarleon troop overviews, see the Sarleon Troop Tree.
The central lands of Sarleon have always held much power, even within the unified Kingdom of Pendor. Their towns are numerous and their fields fertile. That Sarleon was once the capital of Pendor is no accident; it is rich, powerful and casts a majestic presence on the lands. The Kings of Sarleon sit still on the Silver Throne and dream of what once was, and might once again be. The proud Knights ride forth to crush all foes of Sarleon beneath the iron-shod hooves of their stallions. The might of Sarleon ebbs and flows like the eternal seas around the continent of Pendor. During its golden age, people from near and far came to gape at the majestic palaces of the mighty who called Sarleon home.
The fall of Pendor hit Sarleon hard, the lords being far more divided there than in the other regions; however, the strength of Sarleon was shown in true form with the coming of the Baccus Empire. Without the chivalry Knights of the Lion and the brave soldiers of Sarleon, the Baccus Empire might well have conquered the whole land. General Oasar made quick progress destroying the token garrisons in the provincial capitals before him, however the first resistance he encountered was from Lord Alfred, Duke of Sarleon. Alfred managed to unite the warring factions in the north, center, south and west of Pendor into the Kingdom of Sarleon. He made an attempt to centralise the military by disbanding all Knighthood Orders except for the Order of the Lion. The Baccus Empire invasion was slowed, and then ultimately halted when the Baccus regime back home collapsed, leaving General Oasar isolated in Pendor.
Eventually other external threats began to take their toll on the hegemony of Sarleon over Pendor. First the Kingdom of Ravenstern seceded following the war against the Mystmountains. Several years later the Fierdsvain cancelled their alliance with Sarleon over disagreements over how to deal with the Vanskerry raiders. With the current King Ulric on the throne, Sarleon continues to view itself as the center of Pendor politics, her armies riding forth beneath the old standard of Pendor. This arrogance, however, is little liked by the splinter factions which now surround Sarleon. This has done little to stem the ambition of Sarleon and her king, however; out of the ashes of Pendor rises the phoenix Sarleon.
Commentary on Sarleon Edit
"Sarleon is the flower of Pendor. The single candle in the darkness of anarchy." -Knight of the Lion
"If the Knights of the Lion are the new standard of the Validus Charta, then we are pleased that we do not appear in such a corrupt text. " -Knight of the Dragon, on campaign with the Ravenstern military
"I seriously call into question the so-called chivalry of the Sarleon Knights when they couldn't even protect the defenseless against bands of starving marauders." -Fierdsvain Patrician
"I love the smell of burned Knights in the morning. How the Sarleon cavaliers manage to fight in the intense heat of the desert is beyond me, though it does explain why they always lose." -D'Shar Lord
"I came, I saw, I conquered." -General Oasar on Sarleon
"Pretender Ulric is no more the King of Pendor than is Pretender Gregory. Both are simply moths drawn to the allure of what Pendor once was, and like moths corrupt it with their touch." -Madame Ursula, former crown princess of Ravenstern and member of the defunct Order of the Falcon
"I watched, as they did nothing, while I hear the roars of men, the weeping of women, and the cries of children; they who call themselves protector of Pendor did nothing." -Renegade Knight of the Lion
The Sarleon armies are hugely based on cavalry. Whilst they have some good infantry and decent archers,their cavalry is rightly feared. Most Sarleon lords will field a heavy compliment of knights and squires-at-arms. When facing them on a field try to engage the cavalry near a river to break their cavalry charge. Good cavalry (Empire Knights) and good archers are recommended. If there is no river, place your archers on an elevated position with your infantry in front of them. Distract their cavalry to break any charge damage then get your cavalry to charge them in return. Go over to their main infantry force and distract them by making them follow you, but make sure you stay a healthy distance away from their halberds. Your archers will massacre the infantry due to their halberdiers having no shields. MAKE SURE to always disrupt their archer lines as they'll pack a big punch. After that, deal with any remaining cavalry and have your cavalry pick off any stragglers. If your archers run out of arrows/bolts, retreat and repeat the process.
When defending in a siege, make sure you have good archers to pick off their halberdiers and their archers as they're a major threat to your infantry. Make sure your infantry have long weapons to deal with the halberdiers as well, although it's not a priority. When sieging one of their castles, make any infantry form a shield wall in front of your archers so your archers can fire undisturbed and so your infantry aren't instantly massacred. Charge your infantry in once most the archers and some of their halberdiers are killed.
Unit Tactical Overview Edit
Infantry: With well-fed commoners, Sarleon footmen are extremely strong soldiers that are well supplied by their lords with decent armor, heavy weapons and shields. Many of them are proficent with the use of the Sarleon Longsword and the feared Morningstar. The most elite troops are granted heavy mail and corrazina armor, and given the use of the extremely unwieldy halberd, which they use to cleave through the flesh and armor of anything that attempts to taint the splendor of the Sarleon kingdom.
Sarleon's footmen are extremely easy to train, at least until the Man-At-Arms tier, where they will slowly progress on to the Halberdier tier. Given the wide amount of shields that their foot soldiers carry, they are usually able to survive several barrage of missiles, with the exception of the halberdiers. The Armored Footmen and Man-At-Arms are decently armored individuals capable of taking down halted cavalry and engaging against other heavily armored infantry, and the use of their shields generally ensure their survival in their march towards a firing line. However, their wooden shields do shatter pretty easily, so players should ensure that these troops maneuver themselves to engage the enemy archers as quickly as possible.
The Halberdiers, on the other hand are completely vulnerable to archers, especially horse archers. One should keep them away from archers, either by hiding them behind shielded troops or hills, before sending them to engage their foes. The Halberdiers are the finest foot soldiers of Sarleon, and rightfully so. Their halberds can easily slice through armor and flesh. They can easily stop horses right in their tracks, before bearing the halberd for a finishing blow on the rider. Additionally, the halberdiers are surprisingly able to combat infantry, even in sieges. However, should an enemy get close to the halberdier, it usually spells disaster for them as they lack a short-range weapon to counter any attacks.
To use Sarleon's footmen effectively, carry a mix of Man-At-Arms and Halberdiers to ensure optimal effectiveness against any threats. Using the shielded Man-At-Arms to combat enemy archers and infantry and the halberdiers to engage any opposing cavalry will usually ensure victory with very light losses.
Archers: The archers of Sarleon make use of the longbow, a powerful and deadly bow that requires an experienced individual to maximize its effectiveness. Sarleon archers are extremely well trained soldiers in the art of archery. They make excellent siege defenders, due in large to the high damage output they can unleash with a single arrow. What they may lack in firing speed, they make up with raw power.
Inexperienced archers use the short bow, while Sarleon Longbowmen and Armored Longbowmen use the longbows, a deadly and powerful tool of war that is extremely difficult to master. They carry standard heraldic kite shields and longswords. In a pinch, they do make decent melee fighters. However, they fare horribly against cavalry in melee, and thus require the halberdiers to defend them from that threat.
Cavalry: Sarleon, without a doubt, fields the heaviest cavalry in Pendor. The Marleons Heavy Cavalry are decent horsemen that Duke Aelfwine fields, equipped with morningstars and lances. Their Knights are extremely deadly, and the sight of one bearing down on a hapless foot soldier, with their morningstars raised is enough to cause just about anyone to flee in terror. They also use longswords, the two-handed silver claymores and lances to great effect.
The only thing more fearsome than a Knight that Sarleon fields is a Knight of the Lion. They too, use morningstars, swords and lances to great effect. Each swing of their weapons can easily slaughter mid-tier troops and leave top-tier infantry on the brink of death.
Their Knights make great siege defenders, and they aren't too shabby when it comes to assaulting a fortress. They especially excel in field battles, where they can take advantage of their mobility to decimate enemies with ease. A commander looking for cavalry forces to smash through hostile infantry formations need not look any further, as the Sarleon Knights can fulfill this role exceedingly well.