Warrior NunsSpiritual harmony and beauty should not be mistaken for weakness.
Warrior nuns do not wear armour, but then they are usually trained well enough not to need it. They rely on skill to avoid attacks, although they are vulnerable to missile fire. They are armed with the deadly naginata, a sword blade on a quarterstaff-length pole. In the hands of an expert, a naginata can be used to cut down a foe, disembowel a horse, decapitate the rider, and turn aside any counter stroke. Women who carry the naginata are rarely less than experts in its use.
There was a long tradition of samurai women defending their castles and homes when their men were on campaign. Women who became nuns did not necessarily retire from the world like their European, Christian counterparts. Their religious devotion did not interfere with caring about their families’ fate and defence. The last hurrah of women warriors was in 1868, during the violent struggles that accompanied the Meiji Restoration. The women of Aizu stood alongside their men in opposing the new central government, and fought to the last; twenty-two of them eventually committed suicide rather than be captured.
Unit NameWarrior Nuns
└ Multiplayer Limit1
├ Recruitment Turns2
└ Unit Limit4
└ Melee Weaponspear
Bonus vs Cavalry10
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Versatile infantry, good against cavalry and other infantry.
- Weak against matchlocks.
- Not as strong as more specialised anti-infantry and anti-cavalry units.