Mysteries of Mirkwater
Spearbearers are the hardest, most dependable type of warriors in most societies, the closest thing to a professional soldier. They form the backbone of the warbands. They usually fight in shieldwall formations, where each warrior protects his neighbour.
They can use other weapons than a spear. When the spear is broken or when the press of bodies becomes too great they can use close combat weapons like a sword or an axe, but a Spearbearer will never willingly drop his shield and expose his brothers to the weapons of the enemy.