A life spent hunting was an excellent training for war. Personal courage, skill, and the readiness to take a life could all be learned during a hunt. Foresters were highly skilled men with bow the bow and the spear, their preferred weapons. They also each wore good leather armour.
Their hunting skills also stood them in good stead when stalking men instead of animals, these men could hide almost anywhere, taking advantage of almost every scrap of cover. Their ability to spring ambushes as well as fight hand-to-hand made them a uniquely flexible force for a Lilmothian General and one that, unusually, had enough sense to obey all orders. Foresters already knew that they were superb hunters and warriors, and did not need to prove their skills to anyone by attacking just because they could.