|I beg your pardon, officer, sir.' Jarre blushed. 'I only want to prevent a possible error ... For the commissioner clearly ... He distinctly spoke of a posting to the pee-eff-eye, so I—'
'You're at home, my lad,' snorted the sergeant, somewhat disarmed by the 'officer'. 'This is your posting. Welcome to the Poor Fucking Infantry.
|- The Lady of the Lake|
Poor Fucking Infantry, or PFI, was an infantry division consisting of conscripts and volunteers that lacked any relevant combat, riding, or archery experience. It was formed in Vizima during the war with Nilfgaard and it was there where Jarre and Melfi joined its ranks.
Every member of the division had tied a bundle of hay to their right leg and one of straw to their left one; The reason for this bizarre practice was since all the members were mostly illiterate and ignorant farmers who didn't discern the left from the right, for the sergeant who trained the unit only had to simply say "Straw, Hay, Straw..." instead of "Left, Right, Left..." during the marches.
The PFI took part in the Battle of Brenna under the command of the voivode Bronibor. Initially held in reserve, it was assigned to stop the counter-charge of the Nilfgaardian Nauzicaa and 7th Daerlan brigades. Consisting primarily of inexperienced pike-men matched against the enemy's cavalry the PFI sustained heavy casualties in the clash, Bronibor included. It did manifest a surprising valor however and managed to hold its ground.
The Infantry equipment included : Chain shirt, tabard, pike, helmet and dagger.
- In The Witcher, you can overhear guards talking about the PFI. There's also recruitment posters marked with graffiti on "PFI".
- In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt there's a card bearing the group's name that's part of the Northern Realms Gwent deck.
- See the GWENT standalone game version card: Poor Infantry