The Bladesman is a former Man-at-arms that forgoes the two handed sword and instead opts for a dueling sword and a shield. His shield and higher weapon proficiencies gives him better endurance, but he lacks the hacking power of the man-at-arms. The bladesman is a high tier unit that can shield against enemy archers, but by no means replaces the man-at-arms.
This unit is notable for being what is probably the only state soldier armed with an Ebony weapon, this being the Ebony Dueling Sword.
Because of their rather weak shield compared to other troops but better sword, it is recommended that you have them come up to the enemy quickly in order to take advantage of the higher damage from the exceptionally damaging sword.
As such, they are good defensive infantry but cannot withstand many ranged shots and therefore are cautioned for offensive use.
This troop is upgraded from Pendor Man-at-Arms for 160 d and upgrades no more.