Scythian Royal Skirmishers

Recruitment Cost 1,070
Upkeep Cost 190
Missile Damage 40
Range 80
Shots Per Minute 8
Ammunition 7
Melee Attack 52
Weapon Damage 35
Charge Bonus 31
Melee Defence 44
Armour 45
Health 90
Base Morale 70
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Short range
  • Fast rate of fire
  • Fast moving
  • Very good damage and armour penetration
  • Large shield
  • 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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