Medium Assault Raider - Mercenary Ligurian SwordsmenAble to withstand rough seas, these ships' crews can capture enemy vessels in any weather.
Italian warriors with Gaulish fury, known for their skill in battle.
Most of the northern European tribes were not naval powers, but there were still able seafarers to be found amongst them. Shipbuilding techniques were well understood, so while many vessels were small leather-skinned boats for inland and inshore use, bigger sea-going vessels were also made. Shipwrights used heavy planking for hulls, stitched together and then fastened to a wooden skeleton to create sturdy craft able to cope with Atlantic conditions. Julius Caesar was surprised at the quality of the enemy ships when his fleet clashed with the Veneti from modern-day Brittany. The Veneti vessels had flat bottoms to cope with shallows, but were also of heavy oak construction to cope with rough seas. This made them tough opposition for Roman galleys, and capable of shrugging off a ramming attack. Caesar said that the enemy ships "...were constructed of planks a foot in breadth, fastened by iron spikes the thickness of a man's thumb; the anchors were secured fast by iron chains instead of cables”. When the Romans were forced to board, they faced fearsome warriors used to close-quarters fighting at sea.
(Mercenary Ligurian Swordsmen)
The Ligurians were an ancient Indo-European people from a region of northwestern Italy, to which they gave their name, south of the Alps. Strabo claims that they were different people to the Gauls, who also descended southward from the Alps, though many Ligurian customs resembled those of the marauding Celts. The expansions of Gallic tribes and Etruscan cities meant that Liguria's territory was heavily reduced, with some tribes even migrating to northern Corsica. Ligurians were viewed as a warlike people, and were highly valued as mercenaries, being employed on multiple occasions by Carthaginian generals and Greek tyrants alike. Ligurian pirates were also known to attack trade ships in the Tyrrhean and Ligurian seas, as stated by Diodorus Siculus and Strabo. Rome engaged in a long and drawn-out war against the Ligurians during the Republic's expansion, ultimately assimilating the native tribes into Roman culture during the 2nd century BC.
Unit NameMedium Assault Raider - Mercenary Ligurian Swordsmen
Main Unit Keyinv_barbarian_medium_raider_melee_mercenary_ligurian_swordsmen
Land Unit Keyinv_mercenary_ligurian_swordsmen
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_medium_raider_melee
Custom Battle Cost550
├ Melee Weaponrome_generic_sword
├ Melee Damage Base30
├ Melee Damage Ap4
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence40
└ Shield Defence30
├ Armour Defence30
└ Shield Armour35
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_heavy
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points15
AbilitiesMedium Assault Raider
- Row Hard 10
Increases speed for 10 strokes.
- Frenzied Charge
Increases the effectiveness of the unit's charge for an extended period. The unit will suffer a large fatigue penalty after the charge is over.
Charge speed, charge damage, acceleration
Melee defence, fatigue
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
Strengths & WeaknessesMedium Assault Raider
- Good hull strength
- Medium crew
- Fast speed
- Weak ramming
- Good boarding
- Very good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Good morale