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Old 03-01-2024, 06:34 PM   #1
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In Horse and His Boy it was said that Narnians fielded some cavalry that had talking horses.

What qualities would the riders for this role need to have? And the horses?
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Old 03-01-2024, 08:04 PM   #2
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Narnian horses (and other animals) don't just talk; they skso appear to have the range of intelligence found among humans.

Bree the horse presents as an informed and competent military veteran. I would say he has at least Dabbler level competence in Savoir Faire (Military), Tactics, Area Knowledge, and Current Affairs. Plus actual skill levels in Mount and Brawling and Soldier. I would not be surprised by Survival, Running, and Swimming. He must have Cultural Familiarity in both Narnia and Calormen.

A Narnian horse that is going to have a military career would probably do well to have similar advantages to any soldier. Good HT, Fearlessness, Combat Reflexes etc.
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Old 03-01-2024, 08:26 PM   #3
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And good enough default in acting to pretend to be a dumb animal.
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Old 03-01-2024, 09:10 PM   #4
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Talking horse cavalry will be trained to operate in pairs, analogous to a pilot and tailgunner on a dive bomber. They would also be arranged to take advantage of their peculiar abilities (whether that means using them as officers horses or combining them in troops I don't know). If dumb horses regard talking horses as herd leaders that would be very handy. The talking horse could be a noncom and his rider a subaltern (Lewis was familiar with that, he remembered a sergeant who mentored him while pretending to be his underling like a good sergeant).

A rider for a talking horse would have to meet qualifications himself such as Cultural Familiarity (Talking Horses), Animal Empathy, etc.

Both horse and rider would have soldiers (CoH) modified by "Protect your partner"

They would have Quirks related to their MOS.
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Old 03-02-2024, 12:46 AM   #5
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What skill does the talking horse use to handle humans?
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Old 03-02-2024, 03:39 AM   #6
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I think I've seen a Riding(Being Ridden) skill.
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Old 03-02-2024, 05:59 AM   #7
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I think I've seen a Riding(Being Ridden) skill.
That's Mount skill, p. B210.
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Old 03-02-2024, 07:44 AM   #8
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What skill does the talking horse use to handle humans?
He would need the horses part in combat skills.

He would need to receive orders from knee pressure as you can't bit a Talking Horse.

Cultural Familiarity: humans.
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Old 03-02-2024, 08:15 AM   #9
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Teamwork Perk. Might want to tweak a couple of options to reflect cavalry fighting styles.
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Old 03-02-2024, 10:28 AM   #10
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What skill does the talking horse use to handle humans?
Fast-Talk or Diplomacy, I assume. Teaching, perhaps. Dear gods, not Sex Appeal.
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