Glimpses of Hyboria
Way of the Warrior
- Respect alliances with characters in a warrior’s lifestyle (but not necessarily the Warrior Way). He may also respect alliances with honourable mercenary or barbaric characters but this is not strictly required.
- Ignore alliances with dishonourable characters, breaking them as soon as they show their true colours.
- Dedicate allegiance to the people for which he fights. Whether it is a governmental army, family members, mercenary soldiers, etc, he must wield his weapons on their behalf first and foremost.
- Show no mercy to dishonourable foes.
- Accept surrender from honourable foes.
- Offer generosity to any captured or surrendered enemy that has shown honourable ways.
- Stand and fight alongside his allies whenever they need him and be ready to kill for their safety.
- Recognise the skill and ability of greater warriors by not questioning their battlefield decisions, only debating them outside of the situation if they are disagreeable to him. Doubt and questions in the hectic chaos of a battle causes people to get hurt or killed, and any dedicated warrior will not add unnecessary danger to any combat scenario.
- Save violent actions for his enemies, turning not his weapons upon his allies in anger. Arguments and physical altercations should never reach the level of crossed weaponry; such degrees of bloodshed cannot be taken back when undertaken.
- Have no objection to slavery or the mistreatment of lower caste members, unless he has previously chosen to fight on behalf of the slaves or lower caste members.
- Put his duties and resources behind someone or something he believes is strong enough to utilise them properly. No warrior wants to be called upon for lesser activities, or those actions he feels are dishonourable. Note that a character on the Warrior Way does not have to be heroic or altruistic; he merely will not choose to fi ght for reasons that are either physically, mentally or morally beneath him.
- Defend any religious, political or personal ideal with strength of arms if he feels it is necessary.
- Always accept honourable challenges for one-on-one combat with warriors of near equal battle prowess.
A character with a Warrior Way code of honour will not:
- Draw a weapon in anger without the resolve and will to use it. True warriors do not make threats they are not inclined to make good upon.
- Turn against that for which he fights for newly offered money or power. A warrior that dedicates his sword arm to a cause cannot allow himself to be swayed by greed or avarice.
- Use poison, toxin or drugs upon his weaponry to give him an edge in combat. True warriors need only their skill and strength to overcome their foes, not trickery.
- Show mercy to a sorcerous or maddened foe; they cannot be trusted to be taken captive and are more dangerous when the warrior’s guard is down.
- Accept a challenge from an obviously lesser opponent. He must always choose another of closer skill or prowess to fight in his stead, if possible.
- Willingly accept magical or sorcerous aid in the form of spells or rituals during battle. Battle magic is the worst form of dishonour to a warrior, and only the weak hide behind arcane talents instead of the strength of their skills. Monastic scholars that practice martial mysticism do not cast spells or perform rituals exactly, and therefore are exempt to this edict of the Warrior Way.