Germanic Swordsmen are a unit of fierce and valiant warriors who are privileged, successful, or lucky enough to carry rare weapons among Germanic tribes: swords. They fight in dense formation, often with their own kinsmen at their side.
χeru-noudōzez (KhE-ru-NOU-dō-zez, "Sword-enjoyers")
The Xerunoudōzez, whose name can also mean "Sword-attainers" or "Sword-companions" are privileged warriors of status who have inherited, earned, or captured swords which they bring with them to battle. They are well trained, experienced with swords and javelins to soften the enemy before their furious charge.
Historically, swords were not plentiful in Germanic lands, because of the cost of the iron needed for a such a weapon, and so those fierce and valiant warriors carried their highly valued swords with pride. They fought in dense formations, often with their own kinsmen at their side. Often these warriors were aligned to the war-god Deiwoz as the sword was not only a weapon of esteem and regard for the Germanic tribes but also often used in religious ceremonies.
These men are highly capable swordsmen. If used offensively, they can unleash a powerful charge in an attempt to rout an enemy and use their lethal swords to deadly effect. They are also light enough to initiate flanking maneuvers to attack enemy units from their flanks or from behind. Defensively, they are equipped with good shields and they have a tight formation that makes them an effective shield wall.
Like all barbarian units however, they are highly susceptible to missile attacks due to their low armor and they may not be effective when fighting against heavy infantry.