Barbarians are a type of Unit. They do not belong to any Capital Side and are not Natural Allies. They are wholly independent, acting on their own. However, Barbarians can join and leave Alliances. All Barbarians move first in the Natural Turn order. Though Barbarians are not officially a single side, all Barbarians move simultaneously.
Barbarian units fulfill the classic roles of wild or "rampaging" monsters, and mercenaries.
Barbarians must rely on mercenary work or hard labor (such as farming, mining or hunting) to pay their upkeep, or forage for provisions. Having no city to call home, a Barbarian Warlord has a purse in lieu of a treasury,Erf-b1-p083 and must take care to manage this small budget well to maintain any units under his command. Without a purse to store Shmuckers to pay for Rations, an unled Barbarian must hunt wildlife for provisions.
Barbarian units may be created in two ways:
- Units that are in the field may become Barbarians when their Capital falls, but a Ruler or Heir lives.
- Many types of units pop randomly in the wild as Barbarians, though this is rare.WoT-6051503
Becoming a Formal Side
If a Ruler or an heir that turned into a Barbarian Warlord claims the old or a new capital site, that Warlord may rebuild the city, either restoring their original Side or becoming the ruler of a new Side.Erf-b1-p079Erf-b1-p083Erf-b1-p099
The following is a list of known Barbarian Units:
- Jillian Zamussels and her gwiffons made up all or a part of the 19 Barbarians in the Royal Crown Coalition during the Battle for Gobwin Knob. Currently allied to Transylvito.
Many of the mechanics of Barbarians becoming a Capital Side are as yet unclear. It is not currently known what factors control whether a former Ruler or Heir can choose between forming a new Side or restoring an old one. It is possible that a Side may only be restored by claiming a former Capital. It is also unknown whether all former Units of that Side regain their former allegiance, or only those accompanying the Ruler. Finally, there's still no evidence as to whether a Barbarian warlord who has never been a Ruler or an Heir is able to start a Side in this way at all.
It is unclear how different groups interact with each other. We know that a Barbarian Warlord can lead a small group of units, paying for their upkeep from his purse, and likely purchasing new ones from the same (as Natural Allies do). However, the ramifications of two separate stacks of Barbarians are pure speculation. Will they fight? Can they ally & stack together? Do they need Warlords to do that?