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Assault Dieres - Mercenary Sabean Spearmen

With a ramming attack that can break an enemy hull, these ships are deadly weapons.

The desert does not breed forgiving warriors.

The waterline ram was first mounted on a vessel in around 850BC. Warships and naval tactics were transformed. Ships were no longer platforms for infantry battles on the water; the ship itself became the weapon. Galleys changed as the new reality sank in. Ramming at speed would hole and sink an enemy, therefore slimmer, faster, handier ships were required. More speed on demand obviously required more oars a fast ship with a single row of oars ended up being stupidly, impractically long. The solution, then, was to put in a second set of oars above the first, but slightly offset to allow for rowers' benches. These biremes, a Latin word meaning 'two oars', or dieres, the Greek equivalent, were no longer than previous designs but had twice the number of rowers. They were fast, manoeuvrable, and could carry a fighting contingent. Some nations also gave their bireme crews fire pots; these clay pots filled with oil and pitch were hurled at enemy ships in the entirely reasonable hope of setting them ablaze.

(Mercenary Sabean Spearmen)
The warriors of the Sabaean region were light infantry, cavalry and archers as mercenaries and auxiliaries for the Roman Empire. Dressed desert-fashion, they were entirely familiar with and comfortable in arid places. This was secondary however, to their reputation as mostly reliable fighters, of far more worth than ordinary citizens or levies. This was due to the independence that the Sabaean kingdom maintained from the 8th century BC to AD275. This record was based on military might as well as diplomacy and the spice trade including frankincense and myrrh. Never conquered by Rome, Sabaean warriors still found work as mercenaries and auxiliaries in Roman service.

Assault Dieres - Mercenary Sabean Spearmen

Unit Name

Assault Dieres - Mercenary Sabean Spearmen

Main Unit Key

Mer_Ert_Galley

Land Unit Key

Mer_Afr_Spear

Naval Unit Key

egyptian_two

Soldiers

60

Category

Light Ship

Class

Melee Ship

Custom Battle Cost

390

Recruitment Cost

390

Upkeep Cost

290

Ship Health

501

└ Ship

egyptian_two

Ship Speed

7

Melee Attack

13

Weapon Damage

25

├ Melee Weapon

rome_spear

├ Melee Damage Base

20

├ Melee Damage Ap

5

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

20

├ Bonus vs Elephants

20

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

11

Melee Defence

49

├ Base Defence

24

├ Shield

oval

└ Shield Defence

25

Armour

45

├ Armour

cloth

├ Armour Defence

10

└ Shield Armour

35

Health

50

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_medium

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

10

Base Morale

30

Abilities

Assault Dieres
  • Row Hard 10
    Increases speed for 10 strokes.
    Ship speed
Mercenary Sabean Spearmen
  • Square
    The unit moves into a close square formation.
    Bracing, morale, melee defence
    Can't move

Attributes

  • Hide (forest)
    This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
  • Resistant to Heat
    This unit tires less quickly in the desert.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Assault Dieres
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very light crew
  • Fast speed
  • Weak ramming
  • Good boarding
Mercenary Sabean Spearmen
  • Average defensive unit
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Weak attack
  • Poor morale

Empire Divided Mercenaries Pool

Mercenaries Pool
Empire Divided
No. Pool Province Region Initial Unit Count Chance To Replenish Max Replenish Per Turn Max Count
1 rom_province_pool_naval_aithiops Aethiopia Aksum
Meroe
Ptolemais Theron
1 0.15 1 1
2 rom_province_pool_naval_arabia_felix Arabia Felix Eudaemon
Maas-gat
Marib
1 0.15 1 1
3 rom_province_pool_naval_arabia_magna Arabia Magna Adummatu
Gerrha
Yathrib
1 0.15 1 1

Grand Campaign Mercenaries Pool

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Grand Campaign
No. Pool Province Region Initial Unit Count Chance To Replenish Max Replenish Per Turn Max Count
4 rom_province_pool_naval_aithiops Aethiopia Aksum
Meroe
Ptolemais Theron
1 0.15 1 1
5 rom_province_pool_naval_arabia_felix Arabia Felix Eudaemon
Maas-gat
Marib
1 0.15 1 1
6 rom_province_pool_naval_arabia_magna Arabia Magna Gerrha
Adummatu
Yathrib
1 0.15 1 1
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