Battle-hardened battalion of Sappers and Engineers
2nd Battalion 1st Royal Sappers - Zeppffenhain’s Zappers
The King’s Sappers are the second of two battalions of sappers and engineers raised by Sir Ludecke Von Zeppffenhain 121 years ago. He recruited from the towns of Lashney and Jalisau to take advantage of the skilled labor. The battalion gained the nickname Zeppffenhain’s Zappers because of the Lord’s horrible accent where his “S”s sounded like “Z”s.
The first battalion was dissolved after taking massive casualties in a battle with Falscardis’ forces many years ago. During the construction of the border towers. In fact, Acrulin tower is dedicated to their fearless commander Sir Reinout Acrulin. Who died leading a contingent of sappers and infantry on a counterattack which helped break the siege of Scarwood Citadel.
What is a Sapper
The term Sapper (meaning to dig or undermine), originated in Medieval France during The Hundred Years War. These were highly specialized Soldiers, trained in the Art of what would later become "Combat Engineering". These Men were trained in the building of Fortifications and Field Defenses, as well as the construction of the various Castle defenses incorporated into it's defense (Murder Holes, Arrow Slits, etc.)
Due to the nature of work, Sappers came under direct attack regularly. As a result, many became proficient with weapons (in particular, The Crossbow). Originally, Archers were assigned to Sappers for their protection while they worked. The basic tools of The Sapper were the shovel and axe. They had to wear protective apparel such as Chain Mail, Hauberks, Gambeson and related. Various Helmets were also incorporated - with The Kettle Hat becoming the most popular (due to non-inhibited vision).
In addition to their battlefield constructions, Sappers were used to clear pathetic and trails for Armies to move. In later cases, Sappers began adept in placing countermeasures (traps and explosives). Sappers were not common Soldiers. Often Apprentices or Journeymen to Master Builders, they were retained by Royalty. As such they were mostly well paid. Conversely, a Sapper was considered one of the most dangerous of battlefield positions.