While warriors, unlike common folk, have no need to support themselves with some other trade or craft, those who do understand such things can find that they become quite relevant more often than they would expect.
All warriors look for ways to intimidate and provoke their enemies, few took the art to such heights as the naked and painted warriors of the ancient British tradition who, if you believe the accounts of Julius Caesar in Gaul, charged the Roman lines with the heads of their enemies tied to their bodies and their horses. Though even the Picts do not fight like that anymore, psychology will always play an important part in any battle — even the ones fought without weapons.
All the prowess that a warrior might show on the field of battle may still amount to nothing if he cannot endure. A warrior must persevere through fatigue, endure the hammering blows of her enemies, and yet emerge undaunted. He must remain steadfast and resolute, whatever attempts others might make to shake him, to terrify him, to cajole him, or to seduce him.
All warriors pride themselves on their skill in combat. Fight covers all the skills involved in visiting violence upon a creature trying to resist you, from simple brawling in the streets to the disciplined martial prowess of the Roman legions to the wild and terrifying savagery of the Britons.
Britannia has seen a flourishing of learning in the present generation, though precisely what people learn varies widely. In some parts of the island, a new era of Latin poetry and eloquence has begun. In others, the ancient bardic traditions have re-emerged. Those who can distinguish themselves with great learning as well as great martial ability earn praise and prestige, as well as the admiration of their patrons.
Every warrior knows how to fight, but those closest to their patron know how to lead others. First and foremost, this means leading other warriors into battle, of course, but it also means knowing how to inspire men and women to follow you, how to organize people and groups to take best advantage of their strengths, and how to handle logistics. Such warriors rise to become their patrons’ most trusted commanders.
A warrior must always mind her surroundings. Your ability to remain aware of everything around you will mean the difference between life and death in the chaos of battle. When you have more time to focus, you can apply this same skill to carefully examine the evidence around you. It won’t help you mark emotional reactions or social maneuvers, though; for that, you need to Understand.
An experienced warrior knows the skill that goes into proper movement — not movement that covers ground, although surely that comes along with it, but the skill in moving one’s own body with grace and skill. Sometimes even more than the ability to fight, a warrior must know how to march, ride, carry their armor and gear, and do it all skillfully enough that they do not exhaust themselves before they even reach the battlefield. Once combat is joined, it still matters a great deal in the stance and footwork so vital to success in combat. Some more agile fighters rely even more heavily on this skill, trying to dodge blows, keeping constantly on the balls of their feet. Even tasks like lifting heavy obstacles that the uninitiated would consider a matter of simple strength, the experienced warrior recognizes as a matter of skill, in the ability to move their body the right way.
Few skills matter more to courtiers and their ilk than the ability to flatter, deceive, plot, and scheme. They say that in the imperial court in Byzantium they have raised this art to new heights, but even in the oft-underestimated courts of barbarian kings fortunes shift every day because of plots and schemes that succeed or fail. Mostly, this skill measures your ability to lie convincingly, and juggle your lies so that you do not find yourself trapped in their complexity.
Many tales praise those warriors who rely on subtlety, stealth, and cunning to overcome their enemies. Skulk covers all such skills related to moving past others undetected.
All the peoples of Britain honor eloquence. The British, like the Picts and the Irish, have an ancient bardic tradition. The Romans had their classical schools of rhetoric. Many rulers employ their own court poets and bards to commemorate their deeds.
Know covers a warrior’s learning and knowledge, but Understand covers his ability to understand another person, to read his emotions, and to predict his actions. Everyone needs to understand people well enough to recognize deceit, but for a warrior, understanding what your enemy might do next can mean the difference between life and death.