Note: The following foreign-language terms re used interchangeably with English terms like “Rifle infantry,” and “Shock troops,” in the story. They’re mostly for flavor so each nation has its own unique words for soldiers. In terms of prose, they are not used exclusively.
Regolare: “Regulars,” ordinary rifle troops. Once feared as the most disciplined fighting force in the world, as the Kingdom degrades so has the prestige of the Regular.
Arditi: “Brave Ones,” the Lubonin shock troopers, tasked with attack defensive lines. They can be distinguished by the ceremonial ear armor worn on their sharp elfish ears.
Alpini: “Alpines,” Lubonin mountain infantry. Despite their main purpose being rough terrain warfare they are often deployed as recon, parachute, and urban warfare troops.
Cavalierie: “Knights,” the elite Lubonin divisions with long battle histories, rigorous training, and great prestige. In truth, there are Knight Divisions for infantry, armored, and even support and artillery; but the most renowned are the Knights infantry.
Bersaglieri: “Marksmen,” though a few women are among their ranks. Lubonin elite combat troops drawn from every other branch or division and trained to undergo special, sensitive missions or line penetrations. In addition to whatever training previously received, all Bersaglieri go through a unique and very harsh training program. They can be told apart by the feathers worn on their caps. They are known for their sustained marching speed, twice as fast as regular infantry, as well as their world class athletic sprint speeds.
Coorte: “The Cohort,” better known as the Blackshirt Legion. Though considered elite troops because of their loyalty directly to the crown, they go through less training than Knights. Blackshirts serve as gendarmes, special forces and intelligence personnel. They have their own ranks, from lesser to greater: Legionarius, Centurion, Legatus, Praetor.
Quercia Modelo 1998 6.5 x 52mm: Called the “Quercia” rifle for short by the troops. Main bolt-action rifle of the Lubonin forces. It is a smaller caliber when compared to the 7.6 and 7.92 rifles used by Ayvarta, Svechtha and Nocht. Has a finicky loading bolt.
Picea Modelo 2010 9 x 19 mm: Called the “Picea” pistol for short by the troops. Main side-arm of the Lubonin forces. It is fed using 8-round stripper clips. A serviceable semi-automatic hand gun, nothing to write home about.
Casta Modelo 2025 9 x 19mm: Called the “Casta” gun for short by the troops. Submachine gun for the Lubonin forces. Perhaps the best weapon in the Lubonin arsenal, it is powerfully loaded, accurate at longer ranges than other Submachine Guns, and loads easily through rectangular 40-round magazines fed under the weapon’s sturdy wooden body.
Myrta Modelo 2028 6.5 x 52mm: Called the “Myrta” or, sometimes, the “Merda” (shit) by the Lubonin forces. It is a light machine gun that is highly finicky and problematic.
It loads using 30-round magazines that stick out of the left side of the gun and therefore have a propensity to be knocked off or unseated in the middle of pitched combat, particularly when repositioning the weapon. Because of the gun’s poor extraction, it requires an oiling device to help cycle rounds, and sometimes even pre-lubricated ammo. This tends to gum up the weapon, and frequent maintenance is required to keep it fighting. It also uses the 6.5 caliber, smaller than similar weapons. As a final insult to the gunner, because of its closed bolt operation the weapon can heat up so badly that loaded rounds cook off without warning, potentially causing injury to the shooter and damage to the weapon. One of the worst infantry weapons seeing use in The Solstice War.
Pinus Modelo 2026 20 mm x 138mm: Called the “Pinus” gun for short by the troops. Though called an “anti-tank rifle” it is so heavy that it doesn’t work quite like the anti-tank pseudo-“sniper rifles” of other armies. Instead the Pinus is used by two-man teams, each carrying parts of the carriage and gun. This carriage has wheels, and allows for the gun to be traversed, elevated and descended a few degrees. Two-man teams quickly assemble it in the field, and man the weapon from a prone position, one aiming and firing, one loading.
It uses 10-20 round magazines, but it is still semi-automatic like the Ayvartan BKV, and like the Myrta it loads from the side. While it has a larger caliber and a longer range, operational difficulties such as its weight and tremendous recoil render it unpopular with the troops.