On the field of battle, everyone knows of the ruthlessness of the infamous Blackguards of House Molton. What's more, their vicious spiked flails render heavy shields all-but worthless. These two factors combine to create an aura of fear around them. Being the heaviest troops that House Bolton fields, the Blackguards can be relied upon as a solid vanguard. However, Bolton Commanders know to not let them get bogged down or end up in a protracted engagement. Their enemies are well aware that to fall against them means the risk of a painful flaying should they not win in combat.