- Numenera Corebook, Page 26
Glaives are the elite warriors of the Ninth World, using weapons and armor to fight their enemies. Hunters, guardians, and soldiers could be glaives. Sometimes scouts, warlords, bandits, and even athletes are glaives. “Glaive” is a common slang term used almost everywhere in the Steadfast and the Beyond for any person skilled with weapons or a martial art, but in truth, it applies only to the best of the best. Glaives are warriors who command abilities far beyond those of a typical person with a sword.
Most glaives are either strong—using the heaviest armor and weapons available and having a high Might—or fast, sticking with light weapons and armor and having a high Speed. A few attempt to use both Might and Speed and stay somewhere in the middle. Glaives also use ranged weapons such as bows or darts. Some don’t rely on weapons at all, preferring to use their bodies in hand-to-hand combat—punching, kicking, grabbing, throwing, and so on.
"One glaive of renown in the Steadfast is Yerra Mestanir, who held off the Squirming Horde on her own in Batrak’s Pass until the armies of Navarene could arrive. Single-handedly, she likely saved the eastern portion of the kingdom from destruction at the hands of the abhumans."