Though banditry carries with itself a venomous reputation amongst the civilized world, such a title would be necessary for all nomads of the steppe were the rules the same as in the lands of Christ and Muhammad. Being cunning, cruel, and always on the lookout for the greatest profit with the least risk involved is necessary for survival in the harsh steppe, and remains a way of life even as the Oghuz Turks drove down into the civilized world. Their equipment is little different than their fellow horse archers – a topcoat, felt hat, a sturdy steppe pony, a long cruel saber, and a small parrying shield. These Turks do not set aside the bow out of preference for honorable combat up close and as such do not wish to be caught in a battle that lasts any longer than it must, which for such lightly armed and poorly disciplined horsemen is too long if the foe is not routing or near to be. They are best used to harass equally light horsemen or tear down fleeing foes. Anything else and you will see why bandits have no Homers or Ferdowsis.