Mercenary Saxon LancersIn skilled hands the lance is the most fearsome of weapons.
Developed during their early part of the 1st century AD by the eastern empires of the time, the ‘kontos’ lance was at least four metres long. Designed to be used by cavalrymen, it was initially fielded by the cataphracts and clibinarii of Parthia and its successors, the Sassanid Persians. In fact the Parthian cataphracts who annihilated the Roman army at the Battle of Carrhae in 55BC may also have used an early version of the kontos. Literally as long as a bargepole, from where it gets its Greek name, a kontos was generally used two-handed whilst its wielder controlled their horse using both knees to indicate speed and direction. Later on, Rome faced this deadly new cavalry weapon again at the hands of the brutal steppe nomads who raided its borders during the 3rd century AD. As a reaction to having faced lance-armed warriors and come off worse, the Romans soon had their own version, spelled ‘contus’. The contus lance was still in use 1,000 years later by the Roman Empire’s successors - the Byzantines in the east and the Germanic peoples in the west.
Unit NameMercenary Saxon Lancers
Main Unit Keyatt_merc_nor_saxon_lancers
Land Unit Keyatt_merc_nor_saxon_lancers
Naval Unit Keyatt_lon_light_tra_nor
Custom Battle Cost400
├ Melee Weaponatt_lance
├ Melee Base Damage3
├ Armour-piercing Damage7
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Attack Against Cavalry10
├ Attack Against Elephants0
└ Attack Against Infantry0
├ Base Defence2
└ Shield Defence15
├ Armour Defence10
└ Shield Armour15
├ Man Entityatt_infantry_medium
├ Man Health90
├ Bonus Hit Points15
├ Mount Entityatt_horse_medium
└ Mount Health125
AbilitiesMercenary Saxon Lancers
The unit moves into a wedge-shaped attack formation.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
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