Draca - Fyrd AxemenThis transport ship is light and easy to manoeuvre, but almost defenceless if attacked.
The axe is not just a domestic tool, but also an effective weapon of the fyrd.
For most of history the only way to move cargoes and people over long distances at any kind of reasonable speed was by water; this remained true until the invention of the railway. Trading vessels carried goods, following the coastlines for the most part, and up navigable rivers. The pattern of settlement and colonisation was almost entirely based on where ships could go. It was also considerably easier to move armies by sea than march them long distances. Trade ships were hired or requisitioned for such tasks, and this was an added incentive for generals to reach a quick conclusion to a campaign: war hurt trade, and used up ships needed for vital food supplies.
The fyrd was, in the simplest terms, a levy of ordinary individuals who were not tied to a lord as fighting vassals. The Saxons used fyrds throughout their period of dominance and even for the settled Danes, levying troops was a frequent necessity. After King Alfred of the West Saxons finally defeated Guthrum the Dane in AD 878, he famously implemented a defence-in-depth system of forts that also reformed the Saxon fyrds by dividing them into three main groups. One part of the force remained at home on their estates, while another stayed out on patrol in the field in a constant state of readiness. The third group were the men guarding their local forts, all of which culminated in Anglo-Saxon England becoming a very well-defended place indeed.
When the men of the fyrd were called upon to fight, they were frequently doing so to protect their homes and livelihoods. For some, the one-handed axe would have been the weapon of choice, since swords were costly and axes would have been already widely available as domestic tools. Various adaptations of axes were used in battle, such as the smaller throwing francisca made famous by the Franks, and the slightly larger versions primarily used as part of axe-and-shield war getups. Axes granted a unique form of damage output – although swords were ideal for slashing and stabbing, an axe could hack and chop with relatively less effort, and in the right hands was particularly useful for piercing armour, decapitation, and dismemberment.
Unit NameDraca - Fyrd Axemen
Main Unit Keyshp_eng_fyrd_axemen
Land Unit Keyeng_fyrd_axemen
Naval Unit Keyvik_draca
Custom Battle Cost350
├ Melee Weaponvik_axe_levy
├ Melee Base Damage11
├ Armour-piercing Damage15
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Attack Against Cavalry0
├ Attack Against Elephants0
└ Attack Against Infantry0
├ Base Defence25
├ Armour Defence7
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityvik_inf_light
├ Man Health100
└ Bonus Hit Points0
- 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.
This unit may set buildings on fire, cause more fire damage with torches and capture faster than other units.
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