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Pawn
IconTalon
Faction TalonLogoThumb Order of the Talon
Unit Type Infantry
Designation Cannon Fodder/Anti Infantry/Anti Air
Prerequisites None
Secondary Ability Switch Machine Gun/Rifle
Become stationary, anti-aircraft attack/become mobile, anti-infantry attack
Cost N/A (Spawned for free by Master Crawler)
Production Time 0:10
Veterancy Upgrade(s) N/A
Dev. Status Conceptual
Country of Origin  Various
Trained at  Local militaries
Key Features  » Automatic rifle (make varies)
 » Machine gun w/ bipod
 » Varied equipment
 » Uniform (depends on country)
 » Blissful ignorance

"For the Union!"

- A Soviet conscript completely unaware of who he's actually fighting for

Tactical Analysis Edit

  • Unwitting Pawn: Soldiers duped into fighting for the Talon, Pawns are armed with rifles that are effective against infantry and little else.
  • Anti-Air Fodder: Pawns are also equipped with machine guns, which they can set up in order to use against any aircraft that fly overhead.
  • Clueless: Being unaware of who they're really fighting for, Pawns don't benefit from any buffs or healing provided by other Talon units. In addition, they cannot gain heroic upgrades.
  • Expendable: Pawns are rubbish troops, but fortunately they have the advantage of being completely disposable; they don't cost anything to train, and in fact are spawned for free while the Crawler is deployed. After all, someone else was responsible for the training and equipment.

BackgroundEdit

Throughout the centuries, whenever the Talon has a task that requires military force to be accomplished, their preferred method is to get someone else to do it. There are many reasons for this. One of the reasons is that manipulating someone else into doing it is far less likely to expose the Talon's existence than if they were to send in Talon troops. Another is that the Talon doesn't need to risk the lives of their own men.

This method continues to be used today. While the soldiers duped into fighting for the Order no longer fight with swords and arrows as they did in earlier centuries, they still bear the same name: Pawns. Pawns are, as the name implies, unwitting pawns, soldiers of local militaries, completely unaware of whose purposes they are fulfilling. They are tricked into fighting on the Order's side by Talon sympathetic superior officers, falsified orders, or various other means, and help to provide mass to Talon forces. Pawns are kept in the dark about the strange forces they fight alongside, often explained away as secretive branches of whatever country's military they serve in.

The Talon have no need to train and arm them, meaning that there is no cost at all to acquiring Pawns. They are equipped with widely differing gear, although they are typically armed with rifles and machine guns. In battle, their rifles are reasonably effective against other infantry, and their machine guns, once set up, can bring down unwary aircraft from the sky. Pawns generally make for poor soldiers, and aren't accorded support or medical attention by Talon forces. They usually aren't expected to survive a battle, and those who do are often killed off in order to preserve the Talon's secrecy, though a portion are instead inducted into the Order's military forces. This isn't a problem for the Talon, who are okay with letting others die in place of elite, highly trained Talon troops.

Just the Stats Edit

Pawn

Cannon Fodder/Creep
Cost N/A
Build Time 0:10
Health 65
Speed 50
Armour Type Infantry
Rifle

Gun
Range 140
RPS 2
Damage 2
Suppression 3
DPS 4
Machine-Gun

Bullet
Range 250
RPS 3
Damage 4
Suppression 10
DPS 12
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