Battleragers were a type of dwarf warrior whose combat style relied on raw instinct, anger, and physical strength. The individuals who practiced this type of fighting were usually mentally unstable with a low life expectancy.
Culture[edit | edit source]
Despite this simple attitude, battleragers were a key element of dwarven warfare. Their almost-suicidal style allowed more strategic fighters to plan and execute more complex techniques, on already worn-down enemies.
Description[edit | edit source]
The close-combat battlerager style meant that all dwarves who practiced it must be immensely strong and durable. Battleragers usually focused only on what they needed to fight and survive; this led to individuals with poor personal hygeine.
Battlerager armor was usually thick and spiked. This armor is incorporated into the fighting style of the battlerager. Most battleragers cover their entire bodies in tattoos and symbols, any skin left bare will be covered in war paint before battle.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Beliefs[edit | edit source]
Battleragers worshiped the dwarven gods of war and many believed they channeled their god's spirit in battle. Battleragers were also under the impression that if they died in battle, their gods would resurrect them with increased strength. These beliefs allowed battleragers to fully immerse themselves into combat, as they had no fear of death.
Fighting Style[edit | edit source]
The infamous battlerager fighting style relied on individuals immersing themselves completely into battle, relying only on instinct and aggression.
Once in battle, these dwarves became almost animal-like, their eyes bulged, their teeth ground, and drool flicked from their mouths and beards. Battleragers were taught to use their whole bodies in combat, incorporating their spiked armor, which allowed them to deal fatal blows with a barge, kick, or even headbutt.
Organization[edit | edit source]
Battleragers were formed into guilds. These small groups were very exclusive and members lived on the outskirts of dwarf settlements.
Reception[edit | edit source]
Although considered brave by their kin, most battleragers were outcasts, rarely engaging in conversation with other dwarves. Children were kept away from battleragers, owing to their aggressive nature and short temper.
Notable Battleragers[edit | edit source]
Organizations[edit | edit source]
- Gutbuster Brigade: A guild of battleragers in Mithral Hall who specialized in using their spiked armor in combat.
- Wilddwarf Brigade: A guild of battleragers in Citadel Adbar.
Individuals[edit | edit source]
- Thibbledorf Pwent: The leader of the Gutbuster Brigade.
- Crunch: The leader of the Wilddwarf Brigade.
- Oretheo Spikes: Member of the Wilddwarf Brigade.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 46–49. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
- Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 121. ISBN 978-0786965809.
- Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 178–179. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
- Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 178. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
- Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 20. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
- R.A. Salvatore (September 2014). Rise of the King. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 46. ISBN 0-7869-6515-0.
- R.A. Salvatore (March 2015). Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-6570-3.