Armoured Horse Archers

Recruitment Cost 580
Upkeep Cost 110
Missile Damage 32
Range 125
Shots Per Minute 6
Ammunition 15
Melee Attack 37
Weapon Damage 35
Charge Bonus 15
Melee Defence 5
Armour 35
Health 65
Base Morale 45
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Long range
  • Fast rate of fire
  • Fast moving
  • Good damage but low armour penetration
  • Very weak in melee
  • Poor morale

Far from being simple, ignorant barbarians, the various tribes on the steppes had a rich and vigorous culture. They lived in an area stretching from the Caspian Sea to the northern shores of the Black Sea; the Greeks called them “Scythians”, the Persians “Saka”, while a western group became known as the Sarmatians. Wearing trousers marked them as barbarians as far as the Greeks were concerned, before their tall, pointed caps were even considered. Looks apart, they were all, however, exceptional horsemen, highly skilled with the composite-recurve “Scythian” bow, and deadly close-in fighters. The sagaris was a combined battle-axe and pick that could punch through most armour. Grave goods suggest that their women were as warlike as the men in some tribes, and probably fought in battle. This may well be the origin of the Greek myths of Amazon warrior women.

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