Boats


Trireme
Trireme

Civilization: Egyptians

Cost: 220 Wood110 Gold

Information: This massive ship is the largest in the Egyptian fleet and often transports the Pharaoh to the front lines. An essential part of any distant extended military campaign, it pulls double duty as both a heavy siege weapon (when outfitted with a Naval Onager) and as a floating Barracks.

Special Ability: Can construct Naval Onagers.

Weaknesses: Other naval vessels

Upgrades: Galley > Bireme > Trireme

History: The Egyptians were not well known naval combat skills in the Ancient World during the Old and Middle Kingdoms. This changed during the New Kingdom when Egypt developed an extensive navy, however by the time the Trireme became the model of the naval weapon of the Ancient World, the Persians already dominated Egypt.

Trireme
Trireme

Civilization: Greeks

Information: Ship that can train Infantry, Archers, Sailors, and Drummers. Use the ship to attack enemy islands and control Naval Outposts. Can also board and ram enemy ships.

Special Ability: Can construct Naval Onagers.

Weaknesses: Other Triremes

History: The Greek trireme constituted a massive three tiered vessel that was propelled by three banks of rowers, for a total of 170 in all. Historically, the Phoenicians constructed the first known triremes, however triremes are probably best known for their role in propelling Athens to dominance in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 5th century BCE.

Trireme
Trireme

Civilization: Persians

Information: This Persian ship can train Infantry, Archers, Sailors, and Drummers. Use the ship to attack enemy islands and control Naval Outposts. Can also board and ram enemy ships. To board ships, you pull alongside an enemy vessel, grappling it, and then ordering your soldiers to rush onto the enemy ship. This adds a wonderful degree of depth to the combat and makes the battles a little more individual and meaningful, especially since you can enter hero command and lead the charge yourself.

Weaknesses: Other Triremes.

History: Although the Persians did not have a standing fleet themselves, their Phoenician allies provided their fleet for them. Persia mostly relied on land armies, as very little needed to be conquered by land compared to by sea. However, when it came to the rebellious Greek city states as well as other small powers that resided on the Mediterranean coastlines, a strong Persian fleet was needed to retain their authority over these coastal "upstarts". The trireme reached its highest point of development in the eastern Mediterranean during the 5th century BC. Light, fast, and maneuveralbe, it was the principal naval vessel with which Persia, Phoenica, and the Greek city-states vied for mastery of the seas from the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC through the end of the Peloponnesian War in 404 BC.

Trireme
Trireme

Civilization: Romans

Information: Ship that can train Infantry, Archers, Sailors, and Drummers. Use the ship to attack enemy islands and control Naval Outposts. Can also board and ram enemy ships.

Special Ability: Can construct Naval Onagers.

History: In the Roman fleet the central naval vessel was the Trireme. Either oars or sails could power the trireme. Sails would normally be used for conventional travel, while the oars were used during battle. During the First Punic War, the Romans developed the naval tactic of pulling alongside enemy ships and boarding them by rigging a large plank to the enemy ship. This made the process of ramming unnecessary and it was beneficial for the Romans as it allowed them to utilize their superior infantry in naval combat.