Assault Tetreres - Arabian SwordsmenRamming attacks from these ships inflict terrible damage.
The curved Saif blades were used to great effect by Arabic fighters.
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.
The Arabian Peninsula was not a state, but a land occupied by inter-related tribes and powerful families. The nomadic Bedouin raised sheep and traded goods across the desert, while farmers were settled around the oases. The camel helped the nomadic tribes to grow in power, and the variety among the tribes produced many different fighting styles, but infantry nevertheless remained important in Arab armies. Although unarmoured slingers were fast and effective skirmishers, and Arabs also prided themselves on their close-combat skills. Traditionally, they fought as raiders looking for loot rather than conquest. Raids or 'razzias' brought honour to the victors, as well as the spoils of livestock and goods for their tribes. Conflicts were usually small in scale and casualties were largely avoided, as a fighting retreat in the face of great odds was not considered shameful. After the conquest of Egypt, Rome had to cross the Arabian Peninsula in order to secure the lucrative trade with India, but the Romans never fully conquered the desert or the desert peoples.
Unit NameAssault Tetreres - Arabian Swordsmen
Main Unit Key3c_Ara_Assault_Trieres_commander
Land Unit Key3c_Ara_Arabian_Swordsmen
Naval Unit Key3c_persian_four
Custom Battle Cost680
├ Missile Weaponrome_javelin_precursor
├ Missile Damage20
├ Missile Ap Damage12
└ Base Reload Time15
Shots Per Minute4
├ Melee Weaponrome_hoplite_sword
├ Melee Damage Base30
├ Melee Damage Ap4
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence20
└ Shield Defence25
├ Armour Defence20
└ Shield Armour35
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_medium
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points20
- Row Hard 20
Increases speed for 20 strokes.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
- Resistant to Heat
This unit tires less quickly in the desert.
Strengths & WeaknessesAssault Tetreres
- Average hull strength
- Medium crew
- Average speed
- Average ramming
- Average boarding
- Very good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Good morale