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All factions in Westeros: Total War have a few generic levy units. The Northerners are no different, though these units differ slightly from their Southron cousins. These men are cheap and available quickly, but they cannot hold their own against more experienced, professional and better armed soldiers.
Peasants are the cheapest troops available to a Northern general. Cheap and cheerful, these men have answered the summons of their lord to do battle with his enemies. They are armed with anything that is close to hand; usually farming implements and the like, and all they have for protection is a cheap wooden shield. They are good arrow fodder, but good for little else.
These levied spearmen are better armed and armoured versions of their peasant brethern. Armed with a stout spear, oak shield and a little armour they are able to hold off better troops, and are skilled at dealing with light cavalry. They will find it tough going when facing skilled professionals however.
These bowmen are levied into their lord's army in times of need. They have some small skill with the bow, but are untrained and ill-disciplined, and will scatter at the smallest sign of danger.
Outriders are light cavalry, adept at harrying flanks and archers. Their main purpose in an army is foraging and scouting, but when called to the field they can be a nuisance to any enemy general. They are lightly armoured and armed, and should not be expected to hold their own against heavy cavalry or spearmen.
These troops are the mainstay of House Stark's armies. They are hardened semi- and full professionals better equipped for war than their levy comrades.
These spearmen form the main battle-line for most Northern armies. They are well-trained semi-professional troops, often with some experience in the field. They are well armoured, in chain and leather, and carry stout kite shields in the Northern style. They are adept at holding off an enemy charge or cavalry, until their more specialist comrades can come to the fore.
These troops are specially drilled and armed to be the most redoubt bulwark in a Northern battle-line. Armed with long pikes, they can hold off most Southron infantry and are deadly to even the most fearsome cavalry.
In the North the longbow is a much prized weapon of war, and those skilled enough to use it are bound into small units when their lord calls the banners. These men are deadly with their chosen weapon, and can far outrange any common bow or crossbow favoured by the Southron cousins. They are well armoured as well, and can defend themselves in melee when called upon.
Those living along the Stoney Shore are used to a hard life, with constant raids from those on the Iron Islands. Due to this, these men have adapted their fighting style to that of their enemy's. The axe is a common enough weapon throughout Westeros, and these men, through harsh experience and determined practice, have becoming highly proficient with it. They may not be as skilled as a lord's men-at-arms, but they are valuable shocktroops nonetheless.
These troops are professional soldiers trained and geared by their lords. They are the standard heavy infantry of a Northern host, and are well armoured and armed with a host of hand-to-hand weaponry. They can be relied on in most situations, but are vulnerable to knights and other heavy cavalry.
There are few knights in the North, where the Seven hold little sway. As such, few take knightly vows, and instead swear their allegiance to their lords and heart trees. Although they are no "sers", they are no less deadly in battle. Mounted on barded destriers and equipped in the knightly fashion, they are terrifying on the charge.
These men are the clansmen of the mountains in the north-west of the Stark lands. Although rarely called upon, they are leal and fiercely loyal to the Starks, and adept at fighting in the harsh conditions of the North.
These clansmen are light infantry adept at fighting in snow and forest. They are expert ambushers, and fierce in melee combat. They are however, lightly armoured, and vulnerable to cavalry and archers.
These clansmen are used to hunting prey in the wild, and as such are expert archers. They do not have the range or discipline of their longbow-armed comrades, but they are skilled bowmen nonetheless.
These fearsome men are the champions of such clans as Liddle, Norrey and Flint. They are armed with the best gear available to them, often passed down through generations. On the battlefield they are absolutely fearless, and whilst not as disciplined as their more civilised comrades, they are no less skilled.
These units are specific to a certain region or province, but available to any and all factions
if they conquer that part of the world.
The men of the Rills are the most skilled horse riders and breeders in the entire North, where horses are a rare commodity. These men are excellent medium cavalry. They are nearly as swift as outriders, yet much better armed.
The far north is a bitterly bleak place, and these men, who hail from The Last Hearth and its hinterlands, are men born of their environment. They are large men, and they have to be to wield their greatswords. They are a fearsome soldiery, and the pride of their Umber masters.
These hunters hail from the expansive Wolfswood. They are skilled hunters, trackers and bowmen, and are the most deadly archers available to a Northern general. They are, however, levied peasants, and should not be expected to act like professional soldiers.
The Dreadfort, stronghold of House Bolton, is a fearsome place, and these troops are the living embodiment of their master's keep. They are the household guard of the Boltons, and under Roose they are a terrible weapon, creating havoc with their huge two-hander axes.
White Harbour Knights
The Manderlys, long exiled from the Reach, are the only Northern house to practice Southron ways, including the Seven. As such, House Manderly has a large amount of knights under its command. These men are the finest heavy cavalry available to a Northern general. They are armed in heavy plate and Northern ringmail and furs; their style an odd fusion of Southern and Northern ways.
Stark Household Guard
These man are the grey-cloaked guards of Winterfell, utterly loyal to the Starks. In battle they are hardened and disciplined veterens who will break an enemy charge with spears before closing with castle-forged longswords. They are amongst the finest troops of the North.
Captain and Bodyguard
General and Bodyguard
And there you have it folks, House Stark of Winterfell! Hope you enjoyed the preview. I'd like to say a big thankyou to the team for putting up with my ridiculous slow working speed. As ever, comments and criticisms (constructively :P) are welcome.