Heavy infantry referred to heavily armed and armoured ground troops, as opposed to relatively lightly-armoured medium or light infantry. In the Malazan Army, they were referred to as "heavies" and were counted upon to hold the line during battles.
They wore scale armours, chain vambraces, gauntlets, and visored helmets with cheek guards and lobster tails. They were armed with kite shields, weighted long swords, and stabbing spears strapped to their backs. Dirks and 'pigstickers' were sheathed at their belts.
The heavy infantry of Onearm's Host had slightly different equipment loads as they threw their long-headed, barbed spears at enemies during a charge and used thrusting swords, instead, for melee combat.
Heavies were trained to form a line of locked shields in the face of an enemy. If an attack attempted to charge the line, heavies responded with a perfectly timed answering push with their shields and lashing swings of their swords. Any gaps in the line could prove fatal.
Selected heavies Edit
- Sergeant Mosel
- Sergeant Sobelone
- Sergeant Tugg
- Bellig Harn
- Corabb Bhilan Thenu'alas
- Nefarias Bredd
- Uru Hela
- Vastly Blank
Notable heavy infantry unitsEdit
- High Fist Dujek Onearm's bodyguards - a group of elite Untan heavy infantry who protected Dujek with their lives.
- Iron Legion - an elite heavy infantry regiment that took part in Emperor Kellanved's invasion of Unta.