Cataphract
rating: 0+x

By HoratioAtTheBridge

The deadly horse charge is the defining tactic of the cataphract. They will often take two rounds to close with their opponents and open with a decisive attack, taking advantage of their piercing lance quality to add 3 points of damage to their starting initiative in order to inflict wound penalties on their opponent. When speed is of the essence, however, they may flurry a rush with an attack. They then switch to swords to fight in melee, using chopping attacks to quickly hack their enemies apart.

Essence: 1; Willpower: 3; Join Battle: 6 dice
Health Levels: -0/-1x2/-2x2/-4/Incap.
Actions: Horse Riding 10 dice
Appearance 2, Resolve 4, Guile 3

Combat
Attack (Saber):12 dice (damage 12)
Attack (Lance): 10 dice (damage 14)
Attack (Grapple): 5 dice (6 dice to control)
Combat Movement: 13 dice
Evasion: 1; Parry 7 (5 with lance)
Soak/Hardness: 10/0 (Plate Mail)

Special Attacks

Chopping Saber: By spending one initiative, the Cataphract may add 3 damage to a withering attack or 1 damage to a decisive attack made with their saber. Their defense is lowered by 1 until their next action.

Piercing Lance: By spending one initiative, the Cataphrace may ignore 4 points of their opponent's soak for this attack. The Cataphracts defense is lowered by 1 until their next action. Furthermore, the lance does an additional 5 points of damage on a withering attack or 3 points of damage on a decisive attack if the Cataphract has moved at least two range bands before the attack.

Merits

Quick Draw: The Cataphract suffers no defense or accuracy penalty for flurrying a ready action with their attack.

Mounted Warrior: The Cataphract loses 1 point of accuracy and 1 point of defense when fighting other mounted troops or infantry equipped with reaching weapons.

Notes: These are at elite levels; a veteran version can be set up by dropping all dice pools by 2, while a novice version can be set up by dropping all dice pools by 4. The veteran and novice versions would be great for battle groups.

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