- Temple Guard
Information: The most elite swordsmen in your empire fill the ranks of the Temple Guard. They are especially adept at conquering Outposts, which will expand your reach and give you crucial recruiting bonuses.
Upgrades: Conscript > Improved Conscript > House Swordsman > Improved House Swordsman > Temple Guard
History: Ancient Egyptâ€™s incredibly long history saw the evolution of weaponry from the Copper Age through to the Iron Age. Until the New Kingdom the Egyptian Army never composed of anything more then a rag-tag group of civilians hastily brought into the army. The invasion of the Hyksos in the Second Intermediate period taught Egypt the necessity of creating more professional armies; it also brought bronze weapons to Egypt and the knowledge necessary to make new Bronze Weapons. The importance of mercenaries cannot be overstated. Throughout the centuries the Egyptian Empire heavily relied on foreign mercenaries.
The most prominent weapons used by ordinary foot soldiers were axes. Swords were not introduced to Ancient Egypt as primary weapons until the Second Intermediate Period. The initial swords used in the New Kingdom were based on an Asiatic form that more strongly resembled a scimitar.
- Temple Spearman
Information: Specially trained to combat enemy Cavalry, the Temple Spearmen form an extremely disciplined defensive wall that will provide important protection to your Archers.
Upgrades: Peasant > Improved Peasant > House Spearman > Improved House Spearman > Temple Spearman
History: Spears were first used as weapons in Ancient Egypt in the Old Kingdom, however the tips of these weapons were composed of copper. It was not until the Egyptians discovered bronze working that they were able to make more effective spears. The first spears used in Ancient Egypt were mostly used for hunting rather than military purposes. The Egyptians never really adopted the spear as a primary weapon.
- Royal Guard
Information: Core Infantry unit that is good against Outposts and Outpost defenders. Countered by special units.
Weaknesses: Special Units
History: During Ancient Greece, most Grecian infantry were armed with a double-edged sword called the xiphos. It was the primary battlefield weapon for the Greek armies along with the spear or javelin. When not utilizing the spear or javelin, or if these weapons became disabled in battle, the sword was always the weapon of last resort that proved very useful for hand-to-hand combat. Alexander's infantry were comprised of a great number of skilled sword infantry.
- Royal Phalanx
Information: Spear Infantry that is good against Cavalry. Countered by Archers.
History: Hoplites (A Phalanx refers to a group of Hoplites in a Phalanx shape) were the cream of Grecian military for centuries. They were usually protected by helmets, cuirasses, and leg armor. They also carried large shields, long lances, javelins, heavy swords, and sometimes battle-axes and fought in the tightly organized phalanx formation. Hoplites under Alexander used fifteen foot spears, called a "sarrisa", a large wooden shield plated with brass or copper, which was large enough to cover his whole body when kneeling behind it. The sarissa was held ten feet to provide a wall of protection for the ranks. Some of the most advanced form of hoplites were the hypaspists (or "shield-bearers") under Alexander the Great. They were Alexander's elite and crack infantry troops. Although it is believed they utilized only nine-foot spears and less armor, the hypaspists were better trained, motivated, and maneuverable than the hoplite and so therefore Alexander deployed them in battle more. It was primarily through the use of Alexander's Macedonian hoplites organized into phalanxes that Greece was able to conquer the known civilized world.
Information: Good against Cavalry and Infantry. Countered by Archers.
Special Ability: Very slow, very powerful Infantry.
History: In Ancient Sparta, the Spartans were known for their rigorous military training exercises. Starting from the age of 7, boys began a series of acrobatic and gymnastic training that would prepare them for the tough road of elite military service that lie ahead of them. In all probability, it was this type of rigorous training that helped prepare Spartan warriors to successfully repel overwhelming odds during battle. The 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae slew overwhelming numbers of Persians before eventually falling to their "infinitely" numbered forces.
- Noble Guard
Information: The backbone of the massive Persian army are the Noble Guard, elite Swordsmen that are specially trained to attack and conquer Outposts and are good against Outpost defenders.
Special Ability: Levy Troop > Improved Levy Trooper > Trained Swordsman > Improved Trained Swordsman > Noble Guard
Weaknesses: Countered by Spearmen, Cavalry, and Siege weapons.
History: The basic infantry line is what made the bulk of Persia's enormous numbers--many of them being poorly trained. According to some ancient historians such as Herodotus, the number of Persia's armies reached up to almost two million during the time of Xerxes I, although it is quite likely that these figures were exaggerated. The hosts of Persia's armies during the time of Darius I and Xerxes I composed a great variety of different surrounding nations who were subjected under Persia's authority. Among those infantry units that survived battle, there were promotions to higher, more elite, classes. These included elite Royal Guards--who may or may not have been members of the 10,000 Immortals.
- Noble Spearman
Information: Trained to provide defensive protection for your Archers, the Noble Spearman is extremely deadly when it comes to combating marauding enemy Cavalry.
Weaknesses: Susceptible to archery and ranged siege units.
Upgrades: Spearman > Improved Spearman > Cilesian Spearman > Improved Cilesian Spearman > Noble Spearman
History: The later Achaemenid Persian forces were able to deploy more formidable infantry core on the battlefield. Such were the Persian spearmen. Early sources call them Kardakes (or Cardaces). There is debate as to the amount of armament worn, but sources seem to classify them from the mediocre to elite fighting infantry class. In some respects, these shield and spear bearing footmen were considered a form of "hoplite", and organized themselves in phalanx-type formations. The most noble of the spearmen class would be none other than those of the elite 10,000 Immortals--although Immortals were known to only bear short spears along with several other types of weapons.
Information: Good against Infantry. Has a wide, sweeping attack that does area-effect damage.
Weaknesses: Countered by Archers.
History: A centurion was an officer of the Roman army, commanding a "centuria" of between 60 and 160 men. Centurions were distinguishable by their uniform; they had silver armour, wore their swords on their left, and the crests of their helmets may have been turned perpendicular to the front.
Information: Spear Infantry that is good against heavily-injured units. Finishes off wounded foes (33% or less HP) with one blow.
Weaknesses: Countered by healthy units.
History: Gladiators were fighters in ancient Rome who fought against each other for the entertainment of spectators. They also fought against wild animals and slaves, and often to the death. The first recorded Roman Gladiator combat took place in 264 BC in the Forum Boarium. In the 'golden age' of gladiators, the fights usually took place in ampitheatres such as the Collosseum.
- Imperial Praetorian
Information: Core Infantry unit that is good against Outposts and Outpost defenders.
Weaknesses: Countered by special units.
History: The Praetorian Guard was a special force of bodyguards used by Roman Emperors.The guard, dating back to around 275 BC, were among the most skilled and celebrated warriors in Roman history. The term "Praetorian" comes from the name of the tent of the commanding general of a Roman army in the field: the praetorium.
- Imperial Triarii
Information: Spear Infantry that is good against Cavalry.
Weaknesses: Countered by Archers.
History: The Roman triarii were traditionally the thrid line of troops in a legion. They were usually experienced veterans and as a result only used as a last resort. They were typically equipped with a helmet, body armour, greaves, large "scuta" (shields) and long stabbing spears.
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