Quality: Average

Type: Mercenary High upkeep, often slightly reduced morale and discipline

Soldiers: 61

Melee: 2

Missile: 10

Charge: 2

Weapon Type: Missile

Defense: 16

Armour: 6

Defense Skill: 3

Shield: 7

Hit Points: 1

Recruitment Cost: Varies (Between 300-385)

Upkeep: 275

These soldiers are armed with a large shield to hide behind during the slow process of reloading the crossbow.
While the crossbow is relatively easy to use and quite powerful, it leaves the user quite vulnerable during the slow reload process. Therefore it makes sense to give the crossbowmen a large shield. These men wear a large pavise shield on their backs, which they turn to the enemy so that they're protected while reloading.

Mercenary Pavise Crossbowmen are available after 1300.