The Bushido (pronounced: /bʃidboo-shee-do[2]) were a mercenary company from Kara-Tur that were based in Chessenta in the early 1360s DR.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The samurai Noro Amoto founded the Bushido army to defend the lands of Kara-Tur against the Tuigan Horde during the Horde Wars of the 1350s DR. They fought valiantly, and continued marching westward.[1]

After the Tuigan's defeat, they were inspired by contact with the west to go on to Faerûn on a fact-finding mission, hoping to learn more about Faerûnian culture and military techniques. They planned to report back Kara-Tur.[1]

By the early 1360s DR, they were operating in Chessenta. The Bushido had fought two inconclusive battles against the Renegades.[1]

Organization[edit | edit source]

Organized as an army, the Bushido comprised 60 heavy infantry, 60 medium cavalry, and 60 mounted archers, with a 181 members in total.[1]

Activities[edit | edit source]

The Bushido operated as both a standing and a roaming army. Although curious about local customs and military matters, they made few attachments and remained transient.[1]

They followed the code of bushido at all times and never looted the dead.[1]

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Usually, the Bushido set their footmen in strong position as a wall against foes while the archers harried them. The cavalry was used for a final attack or to cover a withdrawal. Hard-riding messengers maintained contact between Noro and his three lieutenants.[1]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Archers were equipped with composite short bows, short sword, and leather armor. Cavalry wielded katanas and lances and wore banded mail armor. Footmen carried spears and wore brigandine armor.

Contracts[edit | edit source]

The Bushido accepted only honorable work and were picky over what contracts they took. They charged 700 gold pieces per week for their services.[1]

Leadership[edit | edit source]

They were commanded by the samurai Noro Amoto with a firm hand and total authority.[1]

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