Mounted Samurai HeroA warrior has a value far above ten thousand lesser men.
These mounted warriors are armed with bows and deadly naginatas, making them powerful in both close and ranged fights. Excellent shots, these men can fire while mounted and ride quickly to critical points of the battle line. Weak only in numbers, the heroes must be careful when near massed archers, and when in close combat against numerically superior forces. They are a deadly force under any general’s hand.
The samurai ideal of embracing death rather than dishonour plays a large role in the noble, and brutal, mystique of these warriors. The first instance of seppuku, or ritual suicide, is recorded as taking place at the start of the Gempei War. Minamoto no Yorimasa, a 74-year-old poet and warrior, gave up his position with the Taira to join the Minamoto rebellion. He led the Minamoto forces at the Battle of Uji and, following a crushing defeat, chose to take his own life rather than be captured. Legend has it that his retainers took his head, fastened it to a rock, and threw it into a river to keep the Taira from having it. The river had failed to stop the Taira advance.
Unit NameMounted Samurai Hero
└ Multiplayer Limit1
├ Recruitment Turns2
└ Unit Limit1
└ Melee Weaponsabre
Bonus vs Cavalry0
├ Missile Weaponbow
└ Mount Armour3
This unit can arrange itself into a moving circular formation, harrassing the enemy with a constant rate of fire.
This unit can fire flaming arrows for a short period of time. Flaming arrows have a greater damage effect and can set fire to flammable objects. Flaming arrows don't function in wet weather.
This restores a portion of nearby units' stamina, allowing them to fight longer and harder.
Whistling arrows have an unsettling effect on both enemy and friendly troops, reducing their morale and combat ability for a short period when they fly over them.
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Excellent accuracy and reload rate.
- Strong in melee.
- Very small unit size.
- Vulnerable to naginata-armed infantry and massed archers.