Sae Wylfing - Select Fyrd ArchersThis transport ship is light and easy to manoeuvre, but almost defenceless if attacked.
These year-round archery practitioners are ready to mobilise whenever the fyrds require it.
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.
(Select Fyrd Archers)
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. Although archery wasn't considered the most ‘warrior-like’ of practices, it was still a specialisation chosen by some for the purposes of war. The prevalence of hunting and the past presence of stationed Roman archers around Britain meant that it was by no means an unknown discipline, with archer regiment tactics varying between the warring groups of the day. Battles often saw periods of missile volley exchanges before the initial melee engagements, so the skill of the bowmen could really turn the tide of battle, as seen with the success of English longbow regiments of later centuries during the Hundred Years War.
Unit NameSae Wylfing - Select Fyrd Archers
Main Unit Keyshp_eng_select_fyrd_archers
Land Unit Keyeng_select_fyrd_archers
Naval Unit Keyvik_sae_wylfing_mis
Custom Battle Cost400
├ Missile Weaponvik_bow_levy
├ Missile Damage24
├ Missile Ap Damage4
└ Base Reload Time30
Rate of Fire4
├ Melee Weaponvik_dagger
├ Melee Base Damage7
├ Armour-piercing Damage2
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Attack Against Cavalry0
├ Attack Against Elephants0
└ Attack Against Infantry0
├ Base Defence8
├ Armour Defence22
└ 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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