These horsemen are particularly vicious in melee, if supported by their foot companions even unstoppable, and alone can supply an excellent shock cavalry contingent.
Having gained superior mounts through raiding, gift exchanging and marriages, these nobles have become fearsome riders. They are well trained and could be easily considered professionals, for they always fight their own wars or someone else's for coin. Most of them share blood with horse lords from the vast steppe and are known to ravage plains and storm villages or cities with alacrity.
Historically the Basternai were always on the move, even in war they brought their wives and children alongside them on waggons. These vehicles came to be known as the Basterna, which could also be used as ad hoc fortifications and supplied the Basternai with a ready camp wherever they went. Indeed the main Basternian force was the cavalry, a regular force up for hire consisting of 10,000 riders and just as many foot companions. This combination proved deadly, even to the Romani, and the Basternai were sought after by many polities as excellent mercenaries. Thus, throughout the Hellenistic period, the ever looming danger of Basternai sweeping along the Istros River was a possibility that had to be kept in mind by every strategist.