The Franks are a disparate and disunited people. Though they share a common identity, with similar beliefs and customs, their political leadership is fragmentary, with hundreds of kings ruling bands of warriors as small as fifty men. Anyone with a following, who can afford to keep his followers rewarded, can become a king in the Frankish realm, though the kings of the Salian Franks seek to change that. The Franks have made frequent contact with the Romans, with the Salians having lived on the Roman side of the Rhine for almost a century now, as a result many of the Frankish nobles carry swords inspired by the Roman Spatha, and wear mail and cavalry helmets. The Franks have taken keenly to raiding and horsemanship, with as many kings raiding into Roman Gaul as there are kings defending it.
Frankish Raiders: The warband of the king, comprised of nobles and former petty kings, armed with spear and swords, and hungry for plunder. They forgo unnecessary armour in favour of speed. They follow him who best rewards their might. 1,500 Aurei to recruit.
Tribal Units: Franks:The great bulk of the Frankish population, from humble freedmen to moderately wealthy freemen. Spears are ubiquitous among them, and armour fairly rare. Many can afford to don a helmet and carry a shield, but little else. Some are armed with axes, with the Francisca axe being quite popular, with many strong men able to throw them with deadly force.
Frankish Nobles: The Nobles of the Franks are the class which would have formed the ancient lines of kingship, those who have been local leaders for generations, bolstered by the ranks of the new nobility, comprised of those crafty and strong enough to earn their wealth by force, and earn their fame in battle.
Keel: Having lived near and traded with Goths and Gepids for many decades, the Sclavenes may build ships in the Germanic manner. Manned by around 100 Slavic pirates. 1,000 Aurei to build.