Gargokladioi are impetuous and battle ready swordsmen. Equipped with a longsword and javelins they pepper the enemy before launching into an irresistible charge.
Battle mad, hot blooded and eager to make their foe bite hard upon steal, the Gargokladioi are the stuff of nightmares, the phantoms which haunt the dreams of softer folk. With swords of tempered iron they bite into the shields of the enemy, cleaving flesh from bone, hacking through the battle line of their foe. With daring and audacity they raid foreign lands, with pitiless hearts they put others beneath yoke, and with loyalty in their chests they defend their homes and kin from those who would do likewise.
Historically, developments in warfare and weaponry have not followed a standard progression. Simply because one development may appear logical in one part of the world, at a particular time, does not mean it will be adopted elsewhere, or even within the same society. A good example of this is the relationship between weaponry and body armour among the Gauls. From the 3rd century BC onward several Gallic warriors, represented in EBII by units like the Argoi and Bataroi, in addition to using larger swords and spears augmented their panoply with increased body armour. However, this was not the case for every warrior. Some, such as the Gaesatae and Gargokladioi chose to adopt the new developments in swords yet did not take to wearing body armour. The reasons for this are likely to be as much social as they were tactical. Tactically speaking, wearing armour does afford you greater protection, however it also slows you down. In many cases it is better to avoid being hit in the first place than rely on body armour to lessen a blow which you could have avoided by being more nimble. The human body in many societies is also used to convey messages through decoration. According to later authors the Picts of northern Britain went into battle nude in order to display their tattoos and body paint. It is likely that such motivation was behind the choice of men like the Gargokladioi to enter the fray with exposed chests. By doing so they displayed scars and other healed injuries which attested to their experiences, proclaimed their courage and reinforced their presence on the battlefield.