Sae Wylfing - Fyrd JavelinmenThis transport ship is light and easy to manoeuvre, but almost defenceless if attacked.
The fyrdsman’s javelin whisks through the air with purpose, penetrating the enemy’s armoury.
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. The throwing spear or javelin was one such genus of weapons they used, with the thrusting variety not always entirely distinct from the thrown variety. The advantage of the javelin thrower was the ability to potentially pierce through shields and armour from distance, but this was offset by the reduced range and limited output compared to standard archers, since there were only so many javelins a thrower could carry at any one time. Javelin throwing was certainly a unique skill, with the most skilful Viking warriors allegedly even able to catch spears in mid-flight to hurl them straight back!
Unit NameSae Wylfing - Fyrd Javelinmen
Main Unit Keyshp_eng_fyrd_javelinmen
Land Unit Keyeng_fyrd_javelinmen
Naval Unit Keyvik_sae_wylfing_mis
Custom Battle Cost200
├ Missile Weaponvik_jav_levy
├ Missile Damage28
├ Missile Ap Damage9
└ Base Reload Time30
Rate of Fire3
├ Melee Weaponvik_dagger
├ Melee Base Damage7
├ Armour-piercing Damage2
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Attack Against Cavalry0
├ Attack Against Elephants0
└ Attack Against Infantry0
├ Base Defence8
├ Armour Defence7
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityvik_inf_mis_light
├ Man Health100
└ Bonus Hit Points0
- [[col:yellow]]Resistant to Fatigue[[/col]]
Fatigue has less of an effect on this unit.
- [[col:yellow]]Hide (forest)[[/col]]
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
This unit remains hidden while firing.
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