Trenchers began as an experiment by Cygnaran generals to see if hard training could shape surly or insubordinate youths into skillful warriors and every trencher endures a harsh regimen to be forged into a soldier capable of enduring the horrors of war. These steadfast soldiers embody the courage of young Cygnaran patriots, each aware that on any given day he or his friends may return home in a box.
They armed with the Bannfield Model 603 Service Rifle which to balances range and stopping power and was designed to be a reliable weapon for the Trenchers who often fight in the unfavorable conditions of the trenches. The rifle uses .30 caliber rifle cartridges which and can go through endless cycles of firing and reloading without jamming. Smoke bombs are an essential part of trencher tactics. These simple devices contain a pair of normally inert alchemical substances which mix to produce heavy volume of obscuring haze which is used to cover advancing trenchers and other allies while providing harassment fire from their own rifles. Trenchers march to battle burdened by heavy packs filled with the rest of their kit, which includes a bedroll, an entrenching tool, field rations, extra ammunition, and other supplies.
Over the years many retired veterans have answered the call back to duty to train the next generation for war, eager to teach recruits their first lesson: “Once a trencher, always a trencher.”