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Kuyl - Mercenary Saxon Boatmen

Fast, flat-bottomed vessels to both cross the seas and fight upon them.

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

The findings at Sutton Hoo in 1939 represent some of the largest and most important discoveries of Saxon material ever unearthed. In particular, the discovery of a 27 metre-long ship, dated approximately to the 7th century AD, gives us one of the clearest ideas of the period. A vessel of that length would presumably have been used for both war and trade, although the discovery was a burial ship, dragged uphill from the river with a hold so bursting with treasure it had broken its keel. Saxon ships of the time did have sails for travelling with favourable winds, but always carried banks of oars for better manoeuvrability during combat or to stay close to the coastline.

(Mercenary Saxon 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.

Kuyl - Mercenary Saxon Boatmen

Unit Name

Kuyl - Mercenary Saxon Boatmen

Main Unit Key

cha_merc_sax_longship_boatmen

Land Unit Key

cha_merc_sax_boatmen

Naval Unit Key

cha_kuyl

Soldiers

128

Category

Light Ship

Class

Melee Ship

Custom Battle Cost

370

Recruitment Cost

370

Upkeep Cost

220

Hull Strength

1800

└ Ship

att_shp_light_longship_melee

Speed

7

Melee Attack

37

Melee Damage

40

├ Melee Weapon

att_spatha

├ Melee Base Damage

36

├ Armour-piercing Damage

4

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Attack Against Cavalry

0

├ Attack Against Elephants

0

└ Attack Against Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

14

Melee Defence

40

├ Base Defence

15

├ Shield

cha_round

└ Shield Defence

25

Armour

6

├ Armour

cha_cloth

├ Armour Defence

6

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

100

├ Man Entity

cha_infantry_medium

├ Man Health

100

└ Bonus Hit Points

0

Morale

34

Abilities

Mercenary Saxon Boatmen
  • Douse Fire
    Sacrifice your ship's mobility for a short time to focus effort on putting out the blaze.
  • Use the Whip
    Improved defence and fatigue resistance for a short time at the cost of overexertion.

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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