Bladgorn Buccaneers Training Packages

Copyright Stu Gritter © 2006

Edited by Mario Butter for The Guild Companion

"The Bladgorn Buccaneers were highly trained mercenaries whose naval prowess was matched only by their ferocity"

Mercenaries have played a part in many serious conflicts, but with our attention drawn to masses of archers, footmen, and cavalry we often overlook the smaller crews -- the privateers. The Bladgorn Buccaneers were highly trained mercenaries whose naval prowess was matched only by their ferocity. Perhaps the only organized group of "pirates", the Bucs owned fourteen ships at their peak, most with crews of forty to fifty men. They sold themselves out to accomplish what a respectable navy would be prohibited from doing, such as crippling trade routes by ambushing civilian ships, bombarding small villages, and tactical breaches of treaties. They attempted to maintain a low profile, which meant no prisoners were taken, no remarkable treasure was plundered, and captured ships were scuttled.

What made the Bladgorn Buccaneers so successful was their unique approach to ship boarding and melee combat. Each crew member was specially trained to be an offensive or defensive soldier, and fought in pairs. One primary focus of a Buc was discipline. If you held a whip and rapier you would defend, and not lash out to kill an enemy; if you held a polearm, you would never need to defend yourself, and could focus on striking down the enemy.

The Bucs were a relatively small group, reaching six hundred members at one point, but they were the elite of the sea. Their training was intensive, and their attitude harsh. The only telltale sign of a BB ship would be their flag, which was rarely raised, and the only sign of a crewmember would be his personalized BB signet ring, given to him upon joining.

The Bladgorn Buccaneer Offensive TP:

Armor (2)
Endurance (2)
Navigation (2)
Rope Mastery (2)
Sailing (2)
Weapon Skill: Polearm (5)
Weapon Skill: Bow or Crossbow (5)

The Bladgorn Buccaneer Defensive TP:

Armor (2)
Combat Style: Two Weapon Combo (Rapier/Whip) (4)
Endurance (2)
Navigation (1)
Rope Mastery (1)
Sailing (2)
Weapon Skill: Rapier (4)
Weapon Skill: Whip (4)