Scildmægden (Shield Maiden)
The women of Rædwald, especially noblewomen, have rights under law and as the wife or daughter of a powerful man may also wield power and influence. Even so, some reject the marriage their families made for them and run away or are cast out. Either way a new destiny beckons living the free life of the Scildmægden. It’s not an easy living though and only the strongest will and the swiftest sword keeps a Scildmægden alive.
Scildmægden: Armour Class: 3; Hit Dice: 4+3; Attacks: 1 Wælseax (1d3+2) or Gár (1d6); Special: Mocking Manhood, Weapon Wife; Move: 12; HIDE/XP: 5/100.
Gear: Wælseax, Gár, Plegscield , Leðeren Cæppe, Leðeren Serc. 1d6 gold rings, 1 silver armband.
The Scildmægden is married to her weapons dedicating her life to the perfection of her individual combat skills. When fighting one-on-one she gets +1 initiative, morale, to-hit and damage, and -1[+1] AC. Any man that refuses a Scildmægden’s challenge to one-on-one combat will be mocked where ever his name is known.
Scildmægden should be quite rare in a campaign and if there is a Scildmægden player character in the party the referee might consider holding off using an NPC Scildmægden until later in the campaign if at all.