Draca - Mailed SeaxesThis transport ship is light and easy to manoeuvre, but almost defenceless if attacked.
Mailed warriors with knives, intent on taking enemy lives.
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 Saxons were not only warriors by nature, but also by name. The term ‘Saxon’ was thought to have been used by the Romans to describe the West Germanic tribe from which the Anglo-Saxons descended – the ‘Seaxe’ in Old English, also simply meaning ‘knife’. By extension, Saxon quite literally means ‘warrior with knives’. In practical terms, the seax was a sidearm that could be used as a domestic tool or as a backup to a main weapon, but there were certainly those who used them as a central means of self-defence. The use of supplementary dagger-type weapons was not limited to the Saxons, with Scandinavian groups of the fourth and fifth centuries carrying similar single-edged knives, and even the smaller Hunnic sabre was thought to be an ancestor of the weapon. Even so, the seax was widespread enough amongst the Saxons in particular for the term to be used by others to differentiate them from other tribes. To the Saxons themselves, the seax likely had symbolic connotations relating to a person’s status. For example, carrying one may have marked out an individual as a hunter, or perhaps even signified the broader group of all Saxon freemen, since slaves were not allowed to bear arms.
Unit NameDraca - Mailed Seaxes
Main Unit Keyshp_eng_mailed_seaxs
Land Unit Keyeng_mailed_seaxs
Naval Unit Keyvik_draca
Custom Battle Cost500
├ Melee Weaponvik_seax
├ Melee Base Damage20
├ Armour-piercing Damage12
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Attack Against Cavalry0
├ Attack Against Elephants0
└ Attack Against Infantry0
├ Base Defence28
├ Armour Defence22
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityvik_inf_heavy
├ 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.
This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
- [[col:yellow]]Hide (forest)[[/col]]
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
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