"The longer they live, the more daring they become."
The axe held a place in Baltic culture since time immemorial. In pagan mythology, the axe was the weapon of choice of the thunder god Perun. Although clumsy and unwieldly compared to a sword or a bow, battle axes were often very handy in certain situations. As a weapon that could chop and crush, an axe was sometimes preferable to a sword if the target was armed with spears, or was armoured (and the user of the axe itself was armoured himself, too). Battle axes eventually became crescent-shaped to focus the full strength of a fighter into a single point, making them useful in taking out armoured foes. Axes could also be used to great effect against slow-moving infantry pikes too, by having the heads of the latter being lopped off, rendering the weapon harmless.
- Medium-strength axe infantry, with substantially more hitpoints than normal Swordsmen.
- Hack is the New Black — Versatility is key to using Lithuanian Axe Retinue — they do exceedingly well against archers and possibly siege machines, and will perform well in melee but only if they enjoy crushing superiority.
Lithuanian Axe Retinue are the favourite units of the Prussian tribes, so while they may be outclassed over time, the Lithuanian Axe Retinue as a unit can grant them the same abilities as Poland, perhaps all the more better at the beginning. In which case, use your heavy cavalry advantage to break them down, with archers and swordsmen to assist should the Prussian foe bring up spearmen.