Highlander Caterans (T2 Sniper Rfl) Cuidich ‘n Clann (Help to the clan) Generic motto of the Cateran Irregular Regiments. The Caterans are discredited clan warriors. Veteran professional soldiers who, blinded by their ambition, have left the army to become bandits and highwaymen. Their targets are usually Teseum transports travelling from Caledonian mines and refineries towards Cossack or Merovingian territory. The Cateran combine their military experience with that of clan warfare. Specialists in mountain ambushes, they immobilize their enemies at long range, from hidden positions, from which they later emerge to finish them off at close range if necessary. Their illegal activities are especially harmful since they affect the economic lifeblood of Caledonia. However, these actions aren’t usually indiscriminate, as the Cateran keep their loyalty to their original clan, against which they will never act. At the same time, their clan rewards them by protecting them and hiring them out to engage in hostile acts against rival clans, in one of the many internecine conflicts and disputes of complex Caledonian politics. In this way, the Cateran can end up being recruited and integrated into any of the irregular regiments the clan provides for the defense of its territory, or of Ariadna itself. This service to the nation through the clan is a way of partially cleaning up their records, but not all of them are so loyal. There are always rogue elements who don’t recognize any authority other than money and who will work for anyone able to pay them. This is the reason why in Ariadna, Cateran is always a synonym for marauder and criminal.
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