Mercenary Umbrian DefendersFine spearmen from the Umbrian heartland can be hired if the price is right.
The Umbri were an ancient mountain tribe from small, hilltop settlements along the central Apennines. Roman writers considered them to be more Gallic than Italic, but the Umbri's contact with the neighbouring Etruscan cities brought them closer to civilisation in their habits and level of technology. The Gallic newcomers and some ambitious Etruscan campaigns eventually forced the Umbri to migrate southward. According to Pliny the Elder, the Etruscans conquered three hundred Umbrian towns along their eastern border. Despite this loss of territory, the Umbri seem to have thrived, founding a number of settlements on high hills, which were naturally easy to defend and difficult to assault. Umbrians were never as aggressive as any of the neighbouring tribes, but nonetheless survived multiple invasions until their final absorption into the Roman Republic in 260BC.
Unit NameMercenary Umbrian Defenders
Main Unit Keyinv_mercenary_umbrian_defenders
Land Unit Keyinv_mercenary_umbrian_defenders
Naval Unit Keypel_transport
Custom Battle Cost550
├ Melee Weaponrome_spear
├ Melee Damage Base20
├ Melee Damage Ap5
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large20
├ Bonus vs Elephants20
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence45
└ Shield Defence30
├ Armour Defence30
└ Shield Armour30
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_heavy
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points10
AbilitiesMercenary Umbrian Defenders
The unit moves into a close square formation.
Bracing, morale, melee defence
- Expert Charge Defence
This unit’s melee attack and damage are increased against charging enemies.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
Strengths & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Very good defensive unit
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Average attack
- Good morale