Baltic Light Spearmen are fierce warriors of the Baltic who use spear and shield to defend their land with honor.
(ZhEM-jo-nes, "Those of the Land")
By 3rd century BC, the Proto-Baltic tribes inhabiting forest of eastern Europe already divided themselves into West and East Balts. There were already significant cultural differences between the two. The western ones came in contact with more civilized people of Europe and had settled and begun excavating amber, the Gold of Baltic. This combination set them apart from their eastern kindred, who are believed to have remained semi-nomadic, with rare and scattered settlements on hills. Mixed with Finno-Ugric tribes of the North, they traded textiles and products of forest with Skythians and Sarmatians. Even when roman traders arrive in these lands 300 years later, they noted a difference between the civilized Austjōs (Aestii), living on the coast, and nomadic Fennōs (Finns/Saami), living in the forest.
Some tribes of the East Balts built fortified settlements on hills within the forests. A settlement of this type was often called a gordos (such as those placenames with suffix '-grad') and would have had a warrior class known as 'Yeomen' (Zemjones), who were dedicated to defending those settlements and attacking others. They would have been armed with shields, spears as well as javelins made of fire-hardened wood or with bone-tip, since East Balts did not have great access to iron at the time.