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Mercenary Eques

The cavalry elite of Roman society can be among its most effective defenders.

Recruited from the gentry and lower aristocratic classes of Roman society, the equites were the cavalrymen of the royal and early Republican Roman armies. To be a member of the equestrian class meant that a man was rich enough to keep a horse, and provide his own armour, shield and spear. There were usually some 300 equites in each Republican Legion, organised into ten turmae of thirty horsemen each under the command of three decuriones. One of these men would be the praefectus, or commander, of the squadron. Mostly drawn from the young sons of elite society, these were men keen to show their courage. Showing prowess on the battlefield was an important step towards gaining political office and prestige for their families. Mundane duties such as patrol or reconnaissance would be the work of the equites extraordinarii of the Socii, the Romans’ collected Italian allies. During the Samnite and Punic Wars, the equites’ ranks were opened to first class commoners. Although they received none of the equestrians' social and political powers, they eventually replaced the aristocracy in the ranks of the Roman cavalry, allowing the equestrians to become senior officers in the newer Marian Legions.

Mercenary Eques

Unit Name

Mercenary Eques

Main Unit Key

inv_syr_mer_eques

Land Unit Key

inv_mercenary_eques

Naval Unit Key

pel_transport

Soldiers

80

Category

Cavalry

Class

Melee Cavalry

Custom Battle Cost

600

Recruitment Cost

600

Upkeep Cost

450

Melee Attack

30

Weapon Damage

25

├ Melee Weapon

rome_spear_cav

├ Melee Damage Base

20

├ Melee Damage Ap

5

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

15

├ Bonus vs Elephants

15

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

30

Melee Defence

50

├ Base Defence

10

├ Shield

caetra_cavalry

└ Shield Defence

40

Armour

15

├ Armour

cloth

├ Armour Defence

10

└ Shield Armour

5

Health

75

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_light

├ Man Health

40

├ Bonus Hit Points

10

├ Mount

rome_horse_spear_shield_m

├ Mount Entity

rome_horse_medium

└ Mount Health

25

Base Morale

45

Abilities

No Ability

Attributes

  • Hide (forest)
    This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Transport
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very slow speed
  • Weak ramming
Mercenary Eques
  • Good attack
  • Average defence
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Average morale

Faction Mercenaries Pool

Mercenaries Pool
No. Pool Faction Initial Unit Count Chance To Replenish Max Replenish Per Turn Max Count
1 inv_faction_pool_syracuse 0 0.1 1 3