Twighlight of the Gods
The Avanteen Empire has survived principally on the strength of the Guardsmen Legions and their generals. The Empire is one of a few nations that field a professional, free standing army. Currently, the Eastern Empire maintains 12 half-strength legions of approximately 2,000 soldiers per legion. The Western Empire fields 5 full strength legions of 4,500 each.
A typical guardsman is armed with the pilum and gladius. Armor consists of segmented metal armor (scale mail) and a tower shield. A guardsman is also equipped with a half-helm, a solid metal helmet with cheek guards.
The Eastern Empire has begun using mercenaries, and some legions now consist of up to half the force made of foreign mercenaries.
Each legion general of the Eastern Empire is an experienced veteran with formal training at the War Academy, in Ansuur.