Hired Swords are professional mercenaries that warbands may hire to join them
in their quest into The City of the Damned, Mordheim. Taverns in the settlements
and shanty towns around Mordheim are good recruitment centers for warriors who
do not belong to any particular warband or retinue, but instead hire out their
services to the highest bidder.
A player can recruit Hired Swords when he creates his warband, or during the
campaign phase after a game. Hired Swords do not count towards the maximum
number of warriors or Heroes a warband may have on its roster and donít affect
your income from selling wyrdstone. However, Hired Swords do count as part of
the warband for purposes of Rout tests, etc whilst in battle. A player cannot
buy extra weapons or equipment for a Hired Sword, and he cannot sell the Hired
Swordís weapons or equipment. To reflect their rarity, you can only have one of
each type of Hired Sword in your warband. You may not use the Leadership of any
of the Hired Swords for Rout tests.
When a warband recruits a Hired Sword, you must pay his hire fee.
Subsequently, after each battle he fights, including the first, you must pay his
upkeep fee if you want him to remain with the warband. If the Hired Sword is
killed, or you no longer require his services, you donít have to pay any upkeep!
These costs are indicated in the entries for each Hired Sword. The money paid to
Hired Swords comes from the warbandís treasury in the same way as buying new
weapons or recruiting new warriors. If you donít have enough gold to pay for the
Hired Sword, or want to spend it on other things, he leaves the warband. Any
experience he has gained will be lost, even if you hire a new Henchman of the
The following is a list of the Official Hired Swords. For further details,
stats and comments follow each link.