The Dugunthiz (the "Trusted" or "Capable" ones) is a unit of proud and experienced, "proven" warriors steeled by years of constant warfare.
Late Dugunthiz ('Trusted-ones')
The Dugunthiz (the "Trusted" or "Capable" ones) is a unit of proud and experienced, "proven" warriors steeled by years of constant warfare and veterans of numerous conflicts, mostly tribal, but some of a larger scale. These men are hardened for battle and unlikely to flee from conflict, and are trained through long experience to work in close or open formation, and even the shield wall.
The late Dugunthiz is armed with a wide selection of spears and javelins, some of the javelins are barbed to cause horrible wounds. He also carries a large often sub-rectangular or oval shield with metal shieldboss for protection.
Historically, the Jugunthiz (Youth) formed the front line of battle in order to act as a screen, taking losses to increase the odds of survival for more valuable "proven" warriors (Dugunthiz) who stood just behind. The Dugunthiz formed the bulk of any Germanic force and were very versatile warriors. They were renowned for their courage in melee combat and have earned their place through consummate skill with their well accustomed gaizaz (spear). Their weapon is a mark of freedom and honour, the gaizaz has a narrow and short head, so sharp and easy to wield that the same weapon served, depending on the circumstances, for both close quarter and long range combat.