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Assault Tetreres - Mercenary Italian Spearmen

Ramming attacks from these ships will inflicting terrible damage.

A battle line of spearmen can be a very comforting use of funds.

There is a good deal of debate as to how large ancient warships worked; the principles are understood, but the details are not always so clear. A Roman 'quadreme' or Greek 'tetreres' would seem to have four rows of oars if the name is translated literally. However, it is unclear how four sets of oars each with one rower apiece could be used without them getting in a terrible tangle even with a magnificently trained crew, or how the top set of rowers would be able to handle the extremely long oars pitched at a steep angle and still produce any power. The chances are that the term 'oar' had become synonymous with 'rower' and that the lowest bank had more than one man per oar. The other option was to go back to a double row of oars, with two men apiece. Two banks of oars would also have made for a cheaper construction task for each ship. Either way, the result was a ship that could rival the lighter trireme in speed, yet had more deck space for a large fighting contingent or artillery pieces.

(Mercenary Italian Spearmen)
Before Rome controlled the whole of Italy it shared the peninsula with others, such as the Etruscans and Samnites. These various petty kingdoms, cities and tribes often fought each other, but also united against common external threats. It was as the Etruscans waned and Greek influence fell away that the Romans began steadily accumulating land and power. After three wars against the Samnites, Rome finally became the dominant power in Italy, and extracted pledges of loyalty and military aid from the 'Socii Latini', its Latin allies. There were further rebellions against Rome’s dominance, the most significant being the Allied War of 90-88BC, when many of the Socii turned on Rome. Clearly, this gave the Romans pause, as the peace settlement after was surprisingly generous: it gave the Socii the right of full Roman citizenship, giving them a stake in Rome's continued survival and effectively uniting the whole of Italy under their rule.

Assault Tetreres - Mercenary Italian Spearmen

Unit Name

Assault Tetreres - Mercenary Italian Spearmen

Main Unit Key

Mer_Ill_Heavy_Galley

Land Unit Key

Mer_Ita_Spear

Naval Unit Key

greek_four

Soldiers

120

Category

Medium Ship

Class

Melee Ship

Custom Battle Cost

640

Recruitment Cost

640

Upkeep Cost

480

Ship Health

825

└ Ship

greek_four

Ship Speed

6

Melee Attack

18

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

15

Melee Defence

55

├ Base Defence

30

├ Shield

thureos

└ Shield Defence

25

Armour

65

├ Armour

chest_improved

├ Armour Defence

30

└ Shield Armour

35

Health

50

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_heavy

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

10

Base Morale

40

Abilities

Assault Tetreres
  • Row Hard 20
    Increases speed for 20 strokes.
    Ship speed

Attributes

  • Disciplined
    This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
  • Formation Attack
    The unit will try to stay in formation when in melee.
  • Hide (forest)
    This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Assault Tetreres
  • Average hull strength
  • Medium crew
  • Average speed
  • Average ramming
  • Average boarding
Mercenary Italian Spearmen
  • Good defensive unit
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Average attack
  • Normal 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_italia Italia Beneventum
Brundisium
Cosentia
0 0.15 1 1
2 rom_province_pool_italia Latium Ariminium
Arretium
Asculum
Roma
0 0.15 1 1
3 rom_province_pool_naval_illyria Illyricum Dyrrachium
Narona
Salona
1 0.15 1 1

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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_italia Italia Velathri
Roma
Ariminum
Neapolis
0 0.15 1 1
5 rom_province_pool_naval_illyria Illyria Delminium
Epidamnos
Iader
1 0.15 1 1
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