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                           Benian Army


The Benian army was formed in 1300. The most common weapon in the army was a sword. There were 30,000 men total in the Benian army. The reason for the large army was because the Benian rulers wanted to colonize as much of Itopa as possible. The Benian army used many sucessful tactics for taking over pieces of land. One was having a squad of eight men with swords and shields and three archers to run after an enemy. And if they were being held up they could use their shields to make a circle around the archers. When an archer was ready to fire all a soldier had to do was quickly get down let the archer shoot then bring himself back up. This tactic was very sucessful. A tactic for taking over strong holds was called the Turtle Shell tactic. In this tactic soldiers got into groups of 100 and lined up with 25 rows of 4 and they covered every part of the group with their shields. In front of the whole army there would be a battering ram with wood surrounding it on every side. In the front and back there would be doors to let sappers get in to move the battering ram. On the sides there would be openings for the archers to shoot through. If the gate was blocked by a porticulis then they would send in bombers with explosive powder. The bombers would put explosive powder on and around the porticulis and then light with a torch. This was a risky job for soldiers since they could get killed so they had slaves do the job. When bombers were lighting fuses the army would back up so they weren't blown to bits. The Benian army wore plate armor and had a coat of arms of a red wolf on a black shield. Their helmets covered most of their heads. They wore chainmail around their neck.

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