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Longboat - Mercenary Irish Javelin Boatmen

The stout backbone of any Celtic navy.

Fighting effectively at sea takes skill, courage, and sea-legs in abundance.

Literally meaning ‘long ship’ or 'long boat' in the Gaelic language, the ‘long fhada’ can claim heritage from the ancient shipbuilding tradition of the Nordic peoples. Of course, the Norsemen didn’t just give their prized technology away, but their persistent raids of the Scottish, Irish and Welsh coasts meant that longships were sometimes captured, enabling the Celts to study their construction in depth. Eventually, they produced the ‘birlinn’ and ‘Irish galley’, variants on the longship with between eight and twelve oars, in addition to a large sail. These features allowed the new breed of Celtic ships to easily cross the open sea for the purposes of trade and war, rather than having to remain close to the coastline at all times. Unfortunately, no remains of Celtic long boats/long fhada survive to this day, despite records of their continuous use until the 17th century.

(Mercenary Irish Javelin Boatmen)
In the past, naval warfare was just another way for infantry to fight one another. The earliest documented naval battles are those of ancient China, 'grapple and hook' battles where boarding operations and close-quarters combat decided the victor. During the early Middle Ages, the Frankish navy was of no real distinction, yet Charlemagne did maintain a sizeable navy to defend against Viking raids, which was something other kingdoms generally failed to do. At the time, the distinction between fighting on land and at sea was small, yet chiefly a matter of 'sea legs' - maintaining balance whilst toppling your opponent.

Longboat - Mercenary Irish Javelin Boatmen

Unit Name

Longboat - Mercenary Irish Javelin Boatmen

Main Unit Key

cha_merc_cel_longship_javelin_boatmen

Land Unit Key

cha_merc_cel_javelin_boatmen

Naval Unit Key

cha_longboat

Soldiers

88

Category

Light Ship

Class

Melee Ship

Custom Battle Cost

220

Recruitment Cost

220

Upkeep Cost

130

Missile Damage

70

├ Missile Weapon

cha_jav

├ Projectile

cha_jav_normal

├ Missile Damage

60

├ Missile Ap Damage

10

└ Base Reload Time

14

Accuracy

15

Range

80

Reload

40

Rate of Fire

7

Ammunition

10

Hull Strength

1800

└ Ship

att_shp_light_longship_melee

Speed

7

Melee Attack

7

Melee Damage

9

├ Melee Weapon

cha_dagger

├ Melee Base Damage

7

├ Armour-piercing Damage

2

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Attack Against Cavalry

0

├ Attack Against Elephants

0

└ Attack Against Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

2

Melee Defence

22

├ Base Defence

17

├ Shield

cha_archer

└ Shield Defence

5

Armour

6

├ Armour

cha_cloth

├ Armour Defence

6

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

100

├ Man Entity

cha_infantry_very_light

├ Man Health

100

└ Bonus Hit Points

0

Morale

26

Abilities

Mercenary Irish Javelin Boatmen
  • Douse Fire
    Sacrifice your ship's mobility for a short time to focus effort on putting out the blaze.

Attributes

  • Resistant to Fatigue
    Fatigue has less of an effect on this unit.
  • Hide (forest)
    This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.

Strengths & Weaknesses

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