Alani NoblesArmoured riders of noble birth, they fight with spears in battle.
The Alans, or Alani, were a Sarmatian people, probably of Iranian or Turkish origin. Like other nomads, livestock formed the basis of their sustenance, so a land's suitability for grazing was a major factor when deciding where to settle. Famed for their skill as horse breeders, even the Romans wrote favourably of the Alans' talents. This fine breeding stock gave their warriors an edge in mounted combat; horse and rider had to perform a variety of manoeuvres very quickly, so man and beast constantly trained together to ensure this. The Alani's use of armoured cavalry and horse archers, along with the tactics they employed, made them a formidable foe. They had a heavy influence on Gothic tribes that expanded into the steppes, being responsible for the Gothic horsemanship that caused Rome to quake in fear.
Unit NameAlani Nobles
Main Unit Key3c_Ala_Alani_Nobles
Land Unit Key3c_Ala_Alani_Nobles
Naval Unit Key3c_barbarian_transport
Custom Battle Cost750
├ Melee Weaponrome_spear_cav_elite
├ Melee Damage Base24
├ Melee Damage Ap5
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large15
├ Bonus vs Elephants15
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence15
└ Shield Defence20
├ Armour Defence40
└ Shield Armour30
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_heavy
├ Man Health40
├ Bonus Hit Points15
├ Mount Entityrome_horse_medium
└ Mount Health25
Reduces the effectiveness against mounted units of any nearby enemies for an extended time.
Bonus vs cavalry, bonus vs elephants, bracing
The unit moves into a wedge-shaped attack formation.
Charge bonus, melee attack
Acceleration, melee defence
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
- Resistant to Cold
This unit tires less quickly in snow.
Strengths & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Very good attack
- Average defence
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Good morale