Men-at-arms are the common footsoldiers of Bretonnia. They recruited from the finest peasants in the particular noble's domain to patrol his lands and protect his castle. When recruited, they are given a shield with a noble's heraldry on it, but must provide weapons (typically polearms) and armour themselves. Because they hardly receive any training, they are substandard troops, inferior to the Empire State Troops and barely above Goblins. They know this and are unwilling to fight, the presence of their lord often the only factor keeping them in combat, rather than fleeing back from where they came from. Not that any nobles would care, though: they never had any big plans for them in the first place.