Select Militia SpearmenNormal citizens in times of peace, dedicated soldiers in times of war.
Every Saxon man was expected to fight whenever the need arose. Courage could come later, bolstered by massed ranks in the meantime, as could proficiency, since there was rarely much time for training amateurs before a war. However, this revealed a fundamental flaw – whenever a war resulted in too many casualties, there would be nobody to work the fields at its conclusion. To compensate for this, the Anglo-Saxons developed the 'select' system, whereby only those deemed most able would be chosen to join the fyrd. The remainder would stay at work, creating a surplus of provisions and equipment for both the marching army and those left behind, sustaining the realm and improving the army's chances of victory. In practice, most men were not selected, so many were expected to service the war machine in practical ways.
The select men of the fyrd were called upon on many occasions in Saxon history. Armed with spears, they were arguably wielding the oldest purpose-built weapon in existence. Given its comparative cheapness and ease of construction, the spear was one of the most commonly used weapons among all classes of fighting men before and throughout medieval times. Its notable advantage was the longer reach it afforded its bearer, enabling effective engagement with a larger or mounted enemy who might otherwise be out of reach. The Viking tendency to emblazon spears with ostentatious decorative carvings indicates that some were primarily used for thrusting rather than throwing, reducing the possibility of losing what were obviously prized weapons.
Unit NameSelect Militia Spearmen
Main Unit Keyeng_select_militia_spearmen
Land Unit Keyeng_select_militia_spearmen
Naval Unit Keyvik_draca
Custom Battle Cost400
├ Melee Weaponvik_spear_levy
├ Melee Base Damage20
├ Armour-piercing Damage8
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Attack Against Cavalry20
├ Attack Against Elephants0
└ Attack Against Infantry0
├ Base Defence26
├ Armour Defence22
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityvik_inf_med
├ Man Health100
└ Bonus Hit Points0
AbilitiesSelect Militia Spearmen
- Shield Castle
"Heads down, lads, things are about to get a little hairy around here!"
Units cannot move in this formation.
- [[col:yellow]]Expert Charge Defence[[/col]]
This unit’s melee attack and damage are increased against charging enemies.
- [[col:yellow]]Hide (forest)[[/col]]
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
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