The Way of Strategy
The canon entitled “The Way of Strategy” is a solid book bound with hard wood or bronze, and faintly lined pages. Most owners further wrap the book in cloth to protect the edges. The cover shows a massive battle scene, while the rear features a single naked sword.
The Old Man’s canon is replete with advice on strategy and tactics. Its first chapter explains what follows in the next nine chapters, and is written by a different author (a General Narveld, about whom little is known.) The last nine chapters each describe a different military campaign. Though clearly penned by the same author, the technology levels and actual battles described range over a thousand years (the earliest being some kind of skirmish between two unnamed tribes) and all across Tellene.
The Way of Strategy describes large and small-scale battles, gives tactics for foot soldiers, cavalry, missile troops, siege machinery, artillery, feints, and all manner of situations, formations and scenarios. It does not address mundane topics such as vestments, rituals or ceremonies. The Order of the Pike created all of these things (with divine guidance, of course). It does stress, however, the importance of training mind and body, teamwork, and discipline.
The Way of Strategy is popular as a military guide for people of all religions and is one of the most commonly found canons. It sells for 50 gp and is available in virtually any community.