Les Porcs de Wawel

In the year 1400, lords and cities make extensive use of mercenaries that it is easier to pay the contract rather than maintain regular armies. Experienced and mobile, they are formidable in times of war, and feared in peacetime because known for their abuses on the civilian population. In the Italian city-states, which employ many of these veterans of the Hundred Years War to maintain order and conduct their wars, mercenaries are often not even admitted to the city that hires them because of their reputation and live in huge encampments outside the compound.