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Missile Quinquereme - Auxiliary Rhodian Slingers

Archers can shoot down upon many enemies from the deck, doing terrible work in the process.

Few can match the deadly accuracy of the men of Rhodes.

The 'five', called a quinquereme in Latin and a penteres in Greek, was a ship first used by the Syracusans against the Carthaginians sometime around 398BC. Like other polyremes, a term meaning many-oared, the chances were that it did not have five banks of oars but that the word 'oar' was used to mean 'rower'. In such a case, the arrangement of rowers would be two-two-one going up from the waterline. It makes sense to keep as much weight as possible low in the vessel to help its stability; a high centre of gravity makes any ship liable to capsize if struck from the side. The quinquereme, then, would be a formidable vessel both in terms of appearance and combat value. With a large fighting contingent aboard and plenty of deck space, this heavy vessel could cope with most enemies and threats.

(Auxiliary Rhodian Slingers)
Perhaps not as famous as their counterparts from the Balearics, Rhodian slingers were nevertheless famed for their skill. As Rhodes was protected by the sea, slingers could hire themselves out as mercenaries across the Mediterranean. They were deadly at 100 metres and could hit targets at 400 metres. Unencumbered by armour, they were highly mobile and could outpace or at least match the pace of most other infantry. Rhodian slingers sometimes made use of small shields with a single handgrip to protect them from any return fire. During the Greco-Persian Wars shaped shot gave the Greeks, including the Rhodians, an advantage over the Persians. This proved essential in covering the retreat of the Ten Thousand, after Cyrus the Younger’s death at the Battle of Cunaxa in 401BC. The Rhodian slingers were the only missile troops able to engage the enemy with some safety, as Cretan archers and Greek javelinmen had the same range as enemy missile troops.

Missile Quinquereme - Auxiliary Rhodian Slingers

Unit Name

Missile Quinquereme - Auxiliary Rhodian Slingers

Main Unit Key

Aux_Gre_Rhodian_Slingers_Five

Land Unit Key

Aux_Gre_Rhodian_Slingers

Naval Unit Key

roman_five

Soldiers

140

Category

Medium Ship

Class

Missile Ship

Custom Battle Cost

1070

Recruitment Cost

1070

Upkeep Cost

214

Missile Damage

29

├ Missile Weapon

rome_sling_lead

├ Projectile

sling_stone_lead

├ Missile Damage

21

├ Missile Ap Damage

8

└ Base Reload Time

10

Accuracy

5

Range

150

Reload

28

Shots Per Minute

8

Ammunition

25

Ship Health

1020

└ Ship

roman_five

Ship Speed

5

Melee Attack

12

Weapon Damage

24

├ Melee Weapon

rome_shortsword

├ Melee Damage Base

20

├ Melee Damage Ap

4

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

6

Melee Defence

24

├ Base Defence

14

├ Shield

small_bronze

└ Shield Defence

10

Armour

25

├ Armour

light_padded

├ Armour Defence

15

└ Shield Armour

10

Health

55

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_very_light

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

15

Base Morale

55

Abilities

Missile Quinquereme
  • Row Hard 20
    Increases speed for 20 strokes.
    Ship speed
Auxiliary Rhodian Slingers
  • Quick Reload
    Improved reloading for an extended time.
    Shots per minute
    Exertion: fatigue

Attributes

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

Strengths & Weaknesses

Missile Quinquereme
  • Good hull strength
  • Medium crew
  • Average speed
  • Average ramming
  • Poor boarding
  • Good missile combat
Auxiliary Rhodian Slingers
  • Very long range
  • Average rate of fire
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Very weak in melee
  • Very poor morale
Recuitment Requirement
Unit Resouces Auxilia_Asia

Imperator Augustus Regions

Imperator Augustus
Provinces Regions
Asia Rhodos
Requires Buildings
Missile Quinquereme - Auxiliary Rhodian Slingers Lv. 0 Coastal Patrol
Coastal Patrol
(rome_port_patrol_4)
Level 3
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