These men are superb warriors, having spent their whole lives training and fighting, every single one of them could be considered a veteran. Indeed paymasters often find admirable their discipline, comrades are inspired by their boasting and stature, while their enemies cower from their loud threats.
These men are some of the fastest warriors among the Basternai. Regarded as wild and remarkable for their stature and courage, these men fight alongside riders. Forming a rather effective and lethal tactical unit. Known to the Hellenes as Parabatai, those that stand beside, they have been trained since their youth to keep up with horses, even at full speed. Moreover these warriors have not neglected their training with weapons either and can brutally cut down their opponents.
Historically the Basternai appeared in the mid of the 3rd century BC like a bolt from the blue. Having migrated from the Vistula Basin, they quickly gained a reknown as the bravest nation on earth. The Basternai seem to have been at first a confederacy of closely related tribal groups, indeed their name stood for "those bound together". In time, however, having contacts with Skythian and Sauromatian royal clans, the Basternai developed a leadership of regal nobility of their own. Royal intermarriages were frequent and Basternian leaders even married off their daughters to Hellenistic Basileis. The pastoral lifestyle suited the Basternai, who applied its basics to every aspect of their life, even warfare. In fact right after their settlement by the Hypanis River, their warbands began to operate from the Euxeinos Sea to the Makedonia. They were described as not knowing how to plough or sail, who disdained to follow the life of the herdsmen. Instead they were ever practicing a single art, that of fighting and conquering their opponents.