So often as a knight, you may find yourself with a loyal steed to ride confidently into combat. Depending on your size, you’ll probably choose one of the many horses available in the lands you may find yourself adventuring across. In the Mazes & Perils Deluxe book, there are a few types you might find: Light Horse, Draft Horse, Medium War Horse, or a Heavy War Horse. (You may also ride a Mule or a Pony, depending on your stature.)
(If you haven’t heard, the Holy Knight is a new class coming soon to Mazes & Perils that combines the ferocity of a Fighting Man with the faith of a Cleric. And woe be to their enemies on the battlefield, for they have the power of the gods behind them.)
But one could argue that “Medium War Horse” as a label offers little inspiration to your allies and gives little fear to your enemies.
What follows is a collection of tables to give you a bit more detail about your steed.
Random Quality (d12)
A Few Examples
- Dax, a medium war horse, presents a calm demeanor on the battlefield. His powerful strides propel even a tentative knight into the fray with confidence to spare. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also quite bright, understanding what each movement the rider initiates with barely a touch. But be careful… occasionally he can be moody. His previous owner mentioned always having a supply of sweet apples on hand for those instances. (Calm/Powerful/Bright/Moody)
- Fair Maiden is built for battle, sleek and like a missile when directed towards a target. With barely a cue from her rider she will bite and stomp on her foes, aggressive like the fighters who guide her. She somehow can weave through a crowded battlefield, finding the quickest path to her goal. But I will tell you that she has, at times, been known to be a bit frisky towards any given the task of taking care of her between battles. More than a few stable hands have complained of “love bites” now and then. (Aggressive/Sleek/Intuitive/Frisky)
- Ladigo should really only be used as a pack horse unless you are desperate. She’s skittish and dumb as a box of rocks, wandering off when you aren’t looking. And don’t load her too heavily… she’s not got the strongest back of the bunch. But know that she will care for you until the day you part ways, somehow knowing when you need a quick rub or a nuzzle. (Skittish/Weak/Dumb/Caring)
(Random horse names courtesy of the Horse name generator.)
Though these descriptions don’t grant you any bonuses or penalties in battle, they do offer you a bit more texture for your stories at the table. Imagine if you have Dax, Fair Maiden, and Ladigo in your stable – each has a bit more personality than that simple “draft horse” you may have been riding until now.
Stay tuned for more about the Holy Knight – he’ll be ready to join your Mazes & Perils campaign in October!