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Assault Tetreres - Mercenary Massilian Hoplites

Ramming attacks from these ships inflict terrible damage.

The best of the Greek and Gallic worlds, combined to produce more than the sum of its parts.

There is a good deal of debate as to how large ancient warships worked; the principles are understood, but the details are not always so clear. A Roman 'quadreme' or Greek 'tetreres' would seem to have four rows of oars if the name is translated literally. However, it is unclear how four sets of oars each with one rower apiece could be used without them getting in a terrible tangle even with a magnificently trained crew, or how the top set of rowers would be able to handle the extremely long oars pitched at a steep angle and still produce any power. The chances are that the term 'oar' had become synonymous with 'rower' and that the lowest bank had more than one man per oar. The other option was to go back to a double row of oars, with two men apiece. Two banks of oars would also have made for a cheaper construction task for each ship. Either way, the result was a ship that could rival the lighter trireme in speed, yet had more deck space for a large fighting contingent or artillery pieces.

(Mercenary Massilian Hoplites)
The oldest city in France, Marseille, started life as a colony of the Ionian city of Phocaea in around 600BC. Legend has it that Phocis married the daughter of the local Ligurian tribe of Segobringii, Nannus, and settled there, but in reality it was probably settled by Greek refugees from the Persian attack on Phocaea. Built on rocky terrain and chosen for its natural, deep harbour and easy access to the Rhone valley, Massilia became a popular trading port situated in the middle of the Mediterranean coast. Olives and grapes were introduced to Gaul for the first time and spread north. In turn, trade with the tribes of Gaul grew, resulting in some integration between the populations. The Celts exchanged animals, grain, tin, slaves and even amber for Greek luxury goods. In 125BC the Greeks turned to the Romans to protect them against the Ligurians. Rome saved Massilia and stayed to make a foothold in Gaul, although the Greeks managed to maintain autonomy. Foolishly in 49BC the city sided with Pompey against Julius Caesar in the Roman civil war. Caesar’s Legions stormed the city, ransacked the Hellenic treasures and took its fleet. Following this, Massilia suffered as Caesar moved trade to Narbonne and Arles, later losing its independence as a self-governing city.

Assault Tetreres - Mercenary Massilian Hoplites

Unit Name

Assault Tetreres - Mercenary Massilian Hoplites

Main Unit Key

inv_greek_four_mercenary_massilian_hoplites

Land Unit Key

inv_mercenary_massilian_hoplites

Naval Unit Key

greek_four

Soldiers

120

Category

Medium Ship

Class

Melee Ship

Custom Battle Cost

500

Recruitment Cost

500

Upkeep Cost

375

Ship Health

825

└ Ship

greek_four

Ship Speed

6

Melee Attack

36

Weapon Damage

30

├ Melee Weapon

rome_hoplite_spear_elite

├ Melee Damage Base

22

├ Melee Damage Ap

8

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

15

├ Bonus vs Elephants

15

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

26

Melee Defence

57

├ Base Defence

42

├ Shield

hoplite

└ Shield Defence

15

Armour

90

├ Armour

mail_improved

├ Armour Defence

45

└ Shield Armour

45

Health

65

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_hoplite

├ Man Health

45

└ Bonus Hit Points

20

Base Morale

65

Abilities

Assault Tetreres
  • Row Hard 20
    Increases speed for 20 strokes.
    Ship speed
Mercenary Massilian Hoplites
  • Hoplite Wall
    The unit moves into close wall formation.
    Bracing, melee defence, shield strength
    Acceleration, speed

Attributes

  • Disciplined
    This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
  • Encourage
    This unit provides a morale bonus to nearby allies.
  • Formation Attack
    The unit will try to stay in formation when in melee.
  • Hide (forest)
    This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Assault Tetreres
  • Average hull strength
  • Medium crew
  • Average speed
  • Average ramming
  • Average boarding
Mercenary Massilian Hoplites
  • Good defensive unit
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Average attack
  • Normal morale

Rise of the Republic Mercenaries Pool

Mercenaries Pool
No. Pool Province Region Initial Unit Count Chance To Replenish Max Replenish Per Turn Max Count
1 inv_province_pool_naval_liguria Liguria Albingaunum
Asta
Retovium
Stalia
0 0.15 1 2
Barion
Herdonia
Sipious
Sylbion
Algarium
Nùgoro
Terranòa
Thathari
Consentia
Croton
Terina
Thurii
Brentesion
Hydros
Manduria
Taras
Capua
Neapolis
Pithekousai
Poseidonia
Carthago
Kerkouane
Utica
Aethalia
Aleria
Mantinon
Pallas
Akragas
Entella
Motya
Panormos
Luna
Pisa
Sarsina
Viesul
Aesernia
Histonium
Teate
Felsina
Parmni
Placentia
Ravenna
Brixia
Eporedia
Mediolanon
Vercelum
Cornus
Karalis
Nuraxi
Sulci
Hipponion
Locri
Rhegion
Skyllition
Anagni
Antium
Casinum
Fregellae
Clavenna
Comum
Oscela
Albingaunum
Asta
Retovium
Stalia
Aceruntia
Elea
Herakleia
Potentia
Ausculum
Firmum
Hadria
Bergamum
Feltria
Sebatum
Tridentum
Ostia
Roma
Alba Fucens
Cures
Nursia
Reate
Bovianum
Compsa
Corfinium
Terventum
Ariminum
Caesena
Sena
Agyrion
Katane
Kephaloidion
Messini
Gela
Hybla Heraea
Leontini
Syrakousai
Fufluna
Tarchuna
Vatluna
Velusna
Terra Incognita
Aritim
Clevsin
Felathri
Siena
Iguvium
Perusia
Sestinum
Spolettium
Cisra
Veii
Patavium
Tarvisium
Tegeste
Vedinum