Barbarian

Barbarian

Description: The Barbarian is a fierce mountain warrior, at his best when he can stick near the mountains. He is powerful enough to combat the largest monsters, but he is too slow to out maneuver or out run numerous smaller opponents.

Symbol: Mountain

Weight/Vulnerability: Heavy

Mountain Youth

   Helmet, Spear
   Fight H6    Fight H5*    Move H6

Mountain Hunter

   Helmet, Breastplate, Spear
   Fight H5*   Fight H4**   Move H5*

Mountain Warrior

   Helmet, Breastplate, Shield, Broadsword
   Fight H4**   Fight T6*   Move T6*

Barbarian

   Helmet, Breastplate, Great Sword
   Fight T6*   Fight T5**   Move H4**

Begins at: Barbarian may choose to either start at the Inn with his normal allotment of weapon, armor and 10 gold, or he may start at any mountain clearing with a roadway leading off the edge of the board with his normal allotment of weapon and armor but 0 gold to represent that he has spent all his money and cannot afford to stay at the Inn. If no mountain clearings meet the above requirement, he must start at the Inn.

Special Advantages:

1. Bad Temper
1.1 The Barbarian is notorious for his bad temper and he doesn't suffer slights lightly. As a result all Insult or Challenge results from the Meeting Table are automatically treated as Block/Battle results.
1.2 On the other hand, if the natives back down a little they can be intimidated by the Barbarian. Thus, if a result of Opportunity is gained on the Meeting Table, the Barbarian subtracts 2 from each die on the next roll.
2. Mountaineer
2.1 The Barbarian rolls 1 die instead of two for all HIDE, PEER, and LOCATE rolls when in a clearing of the Cliff, Crag, Ledges or Mountain tiles, or in a mountain clearing of the High Pass.
2.2 The Barbarian needs only record one move phase to enter a mountain clearing. If the optional weather and seasons rules are used, the Barbarian requires 1 less than is dictated by the season.

Relationships:

   Friendly: Lancers, Bashkars, Rogues
   Unfriendly: Guard, Patrol
   Enemy: Soldiers

Designer: Deric Page (deric dot page at usa dot net)

Designer's notes:

I created the Barbarian because while we have a focused cave-delver (the Dwarf) and an excellent woods-stalker (the Woods Girl), the original 16 don't include a mountaineer. In the mountains, while he's not quite fast enough to undercut most Lost Castle critters, he can compete well with them if a bit of strategy is used. He lacks the heavy armor of the White Knight or the tremendous vulnerability of the Berserker, but he should be able to strike from surprise more often so long as he stays in mountainous terrain (where he gains an advantage in hiding).