The Vanskerries are a group of bandits that roam the Fierdsvain coast, akin to Native's sea raiders.
When General Oasar came to Pendor, under the Baccus Empire banner he brought with him several bands of mercenaries, among them were the Vanskerry, raiders from far off lands, so skilled at sailing that they could reach any coast, storm it and leave before any reaction was possible. They came because of his promises of plunder. But when the Baccus Empire collapsed, General Oasar now isolated canceled the deal he made with the Vanskerry's Jarls. However they continued their raiding, finding the weakened Pendor the perfect target.
Fearing for their lands and wealth a delegation of merchants from the Merchant Princes of the Free Cities offered to let them settle their rich lands in exchange for protection. This caused a split among them - some now saw the oportunity to stay in this new lands, this ones would made a deal with the Merchant Princes forming the modern The Federation of Free Cities of the Fierdsvain. But the other Jarls felt double betrayed, first by Oasar and last by their cousins which decided to stay and start to adopt a new way of life which was against the Vanskerry warrior code. They went back to their homelands to bring the news of their cousin's betrayal, and to spread tales of the riches in Pendor that could be easily taken. This caused much uproar in the Vanskerry's lands, several Jarls and even bandits start to muster their own warbands and sailed to Pendor, they came in fast ships famous by their ability to navigate even in low water regions which allowed them to plunder almost at will.
A typical warband has between 20-30 men strong, they might lack the disciple being often drunk, but each Vanskerry is warrior at in heart and experience, lured by the desire of gold and slaves. They use medium armor, mostly mail along with their famous round shields and large axes.
Sometimes a more powerful Jarl will sail to Pendor not with a single ship, but with a large fleet at his back, these large bands are truly armies which pose a severe threat to the Fierdsvain's lords.The Vanskerries are a group of bandits that roam the Fierdsvain coast, akin to Native's sea raiders.
Vanskerries are essentially glorified bandits; however, they are quite glorified. They rarely have weak armor, they use large shields and they almost always pack javelins or throwing axes, which can do a lot of damage to man and horse alike. While Vanskerry Raiders are not very well-trained, they upgrade into the quite dangerous Vanskerry Warrior. Both of these units may be recruited, either from rescued prisoner stacks or taverns. You will see Vanskerry Jarls as well, but they are elite units and cannot be recruited.
Unlike other bandits, Vanskerries may on occasion form an army. Such an army usually numbers 550-600 men.
- 1-3 Hero Adventurers
- 5-20 Adventurers
- 20-50 Vanskerry Jarls
- 50-200 Vanskerry Warriors
- 50-150 Mercenary Horsemen
- 150-300 Vanskerry Raiders