Lowelia Larson, by Leo Black

Lowelia Larson, by Leo Black

“Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively, and completely. But one must know the limitations of force; one must know when to blend force with maneuver, a blow with an argument.” —Leon Trotsky 

Yay! Normal update today! Have a smartly equipped mercenary by the ever-awesome Leo Black. I apologize for the lack of updates of late; it’s been… yikes, it’s been over a month since my last post. I can’t seem to get into the right headspace, or something, for some reason. Part of me wonders if I should stop worrying about sticking to an every-weekend schedule, but I worry that I might quit trying altogether if I do. Hopefully I can get my crap together in the near future and return to regular updates.

As much as I love ladies in heavy chainmail and full-plate armor, in many ways I also really enjoy smart travel attire for adventuresses on the go. Where heavier armor is more protective, it generally doesn’t work well for everyday travel wear. The fact is that while traveling, unless a knight or soldier knew that they were going to be traveling through dangerous territory, they’d generally wear something lighter and easier to travel in than heavier armor. A simple leather cuirass or jerkin or padded gambeson typically made most sense when balancing protection with manageability.

Unless I’m mistaken, I’m reasonably sure Lowelia is a lefty. Her sword is hung for a left-hand draw, and the asymmetric spaulder suggests she keeps her right shoulder toward the enemy in combat. The hardened-leather spaulder should cushion potentially disabling blows to her shoulder. Her cuirass, meanwhile, looks to be a semi-brigandine for deflecting arrows or spear thrusts in light combat. And I like that Lowe wears heavy gloves to protect her hands during heavy sword-play.

Our lovely merc’s shirt and trousers are excellent designs as well—durable wool or linen that travels well and is light and loose for unhindered swordsmanship. Lowelia’s boots are effective, mulit-purpose travel boots, whether for riding, fencing, hiking, or sailing, they’ll keep her legs safe and try without affecting her stride or stances. Lastly, her primary weapon is either a longsword or bastard sword, effective in terms of reach and cutting or stabbing power, and equally useful for offense or defense in melee.

My favorite adventuress outfits are the ones that could work could work for any number of character types. Maybe Lowelia is an infantry soldier-for-hire and also has a chainmail shirt and helm not pictured here for when she’s on campaign. Or perhaps she’s a bounty hunter, tracking down murderers and revolutionaries for the local lords. Or maybe she’s a revolutionary herself and uses her combat skills against the king’s agents. Or maybe she’s a highwayman, many a young maid losing their baubles to Lowelia’s trade, and many a soldier shedding his life’s blood on her blade. Regardless, she has an excellent kit for any of these jobs.

Many thanks to Leo for the use of his awesome mercenary. Please take time to check out his Tumblr as well. As always, thanks so much for reading, folks! Take care and stay awesome.

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