Glaive is one of the three base character types in Numenera that can be chosen during character creation.
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
warlords, bandits, and even athletes are glaives. “Glaive” is a common slang term
used almost everywhere 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 or ranged weapons and armor
and having a high Speed. Some don’t rely on weapons at all, preferring to use their
bodies in hand-to-hand combat.