“The Finest Soldiers The World Has Ever Seen.”



Val	CHA	Cost	Roll	Notes
18	STR	8	13-	Lift 303.1 kg; 3 ½d6 HTH Damage [4]
14	DEX	8	12-
17	CON	7	12-
10	INT	0	11-	PER Roll 11-
13	EGO	3	12-
15	PRE	5	12-	PRE Attack:  3d6

6	OCV	15	
6	DCV	15	
3	OMCV	0	
4	DMCV	3	
4	SPD	20		Phases:  3, 6, 9, 12

5	PD	3		Total:  5 PD (0 rPD)
3	ED	1		Total:  3 ED (0 rED)
6	REC	2
36	END	4
12	BODY	2
28	STUN	4		Total Characteristic Cost:  100

Movement:	Running:	14m/28m 
		Leaping:	8m/16m
		Swimming:	4m/8m

Cost	Powers & Skills
2	"Spartan Reserve":  +5 PRE; Only To Resist Presence Attacks (-1)
2	Athletic Leaping:  Leaping +4m (8m forward, 4m upward), END 1
2	"We March":  Running +2m (14m total), END 1

	Martial Arts: Spartan Phalanx Training
	Maneuver	OCV	DCV	Damage
4	Block		+2	+2	Block, Abort
4	Disarm		-1	+1	Disarm; 28 STR to Disarm
4	Dodge		--	+5	Dodge, Affects All Attacks, Abort
4	Root		+0	+0	33 STR to resist Shove; Block, Abort
4	Shove		+0	+0	33 STR to Shove
4	Weapon Element:  Blades, Polearms and Spears, Shield, Staffs

6	"Taught To Show No Pain":  Combat Luck (3 PD/3 ED)
1	Well-Trained:  Lightning Reflexes (+2 DEX to act first with All HTH Attacks)
3	"Taught To Show No Pain":  Resistance (+3 to roll)
3	+1/+1d6 Striking Appearance (vs. all characters)
20	"This! Is! Sparta!":  Weapon Master:  +1d6 (Spartan Weapons (sword and spear))

16	"Baptized In The Fire Of Combat":  +2 with HTH Combat
8	+4 versus Hit Location Modifiers with Spartan Weapons (sword and spear)

3	Acrobatics 12-
3	Breakfall 12-
3	Climbing 12-
3	"The Agoge":  Concealment 11-
3	Defense Maneuver I
2	"Never Retreat, Never Surrender":  KS: Spartan Law And Customs 11-
5	Language:  Greek (Doric) (idiomatic; literate)
3	Paramedics 11-
2	"Spartans! What Is Your Profession?":  PS: Soldier 11-
3	"The Agoge":  Sleight Of Hand 12-
3	"The Agoge":  Stealth 12-
2	Survival (Temperate/Subtropical) 11-
3	Tactics 11-
3	Teamwork 12-
3	"These Footprints...":  Tracking 11-
6	WF:  Common Melee Weapons, Javelins and Thrown Spears, Shield, Staffs, Thrown Sword
2	Weaponsmith (Muscle-Powered HTH) 11-

Total Powers & Skill Cost:  140
Total Cost:  239

225+	Matching Complications
5	Distinctive Features:  Scarlet Cloaks, Long Hair, Beards (Concealable; Noticed and Recognizable; 
	Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses; Not Distinctive In Some Cultures)
20	Psychological Complication:  "Death On The Battlefield, In Service To Sparta, Was The Greatest 
	Glory He Could Achieve In His Life" (Common; Total)
	Notes:  Also, "No Retreat, No Surrender, No Mercy"
20	Social Limitation:  Subject To Orders (Very Frequently; Major)
	Notes:  From the king on down, all in Sparta were subject to the tenets of Spartan Law, no 
14	Experience

239	Total Disadvantage Points
Spartan Soldiers

Background/History: Inspected at birth, and discarded if found lacking, Spartan men are trained in the arts of war from the moment they can stand. At the age of seven they are sent off to join the agoge, where they learn to survive through cunning and theft (and beatings if they are caught at it). Once they come of age, they are given armor, shield, and spear, and fight in Sparta’s various wars, where they show uncommon valor and skill, thinking nothing of themselves, but only Sparta. They don’t even fear death, knowing there is no greater honor then to fall in service to Sparta. The only thing a Spartan solider fears is to be thought a coward. Thus, they will never retreat or surrender, as per Spartan Law.

Spartans fight in a phalanx, armed with a long spear and a short-bladed broadsword. For armor they wear a bronze helmet, with bronze greaves and vambraces. Each man also bears a large circular shield, which can guard him from chin to knee. When in formation, each man also guards the man to his left, covering his unshielded side. Technically, the Spartans should never break ranks and will fight as a unit. The cinematic Spartans, on the other hand, perform a lot of combat maneuvers and stunts that would have gotten them slaughtered (such as rotating their shields up over their heads in order to make a spear thrust...).

Designer's Notes: These Spartans are a synthesis of real Sparta and the cinematic Sparta seen in the film 300. Just about everything seen on this character sheet a Spartan solider was seen to do or was added to the character sheet to allow one to recreate Spartan combat effectiveness. The characteristics were determined by simply adding the Warrior Culture template to the Heavy Fighter Professional template. I gave them a CV of 6 to represent their extreme fighting skill, a SPD of 4 to allow them to react as quickly as they do to multiple attackers, and the rest to match. As for Powers, the Spartans in 300 are obviously quick on their feet and if Stelios is any example, are fantastic leapers.

Their martial arts package doesn’t have any strikes as I felt all of the wild attacks they made were simply special effects for their +2 with HTH (and their 6 OCVs) as well as their Weapons Master Talent (which allows them to practically kill a foe with a single blow). Combat Luck lets them fight nearly naked, while I added Striking Appearance in recognition of the sheer amount of beefcake the Spartan army represented. Skills are based around what the Spartans are shown to do, as well as some quick readings on the agoge. The Complications sum up the Spartan mindset rather nicely (and the DF is a historical plot point!)

Spartan Soldier Hero Designer File

(Spartan Soldiers created by Frank Miller and Zack Snyder, character sheet created by Michael Surbrook)

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