Roman Units


Ballista
Ballista

Class: Siege Weapon

Information: Siege that is good against buildings, walls, and large units.

Weaknesses: Countered by Cavalry and Infantry.

History: In the days of the Roman Empire, the Ballista was a permanent fixture in Rome's armies. Though originally a Greek technology, after the absorption of the Ancient Greek City states into the Roman Republic in 146 BC, much Greek technology began to spread to the Romans. Over time, modifications and improvements were made to the Ballista by successive Roman engineers.

Centurion
Centurion

Class: Infantry

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.

Citizen (male)
Citizen (male)

Class: Miscellaneous

Information: Gathers resources and builds structures.

Weaknesses: All Military Units

History: Roman citizenship was given to every child born in a legal marriage between Roman citizens. Citizens had many rights, which other people (for example, slaves) lacked. They had the right to vote, to make legal contracts, to become married, and to stand for office, amongst other things.

Elephant Archer
Elephant Archer

Class: Archer

Information: Good against Infantry. Can stampede for area-effect damage. Trains Archers for extra damage.

Weaknesses: Countered by Field Siege and Archers.

History: Elephants were infrequently used by the Romans, there usage really only pertains to the Roman Republic. When the Romans made use of elephants they only did so in small numbers. Use of the animals in small numbers provided for better control over the dangerous beasts. Though elephants had a tactical use, they were better used as psychological implements of war. Armies with elephants on their side would inspire confidence and invoke fear in their enemies.

Female Civilian
Female Civilian

Class: Miscellaneous

Information: The Female Civilian is a campaign only unit that has no special attributes.

Weaknesses: All Military Units

History: Roman citizenship was given to every child born in a legal marriage between Roman citizens. Citizens had many rights, which other people (for example, slaves) lacked. They had the right to vote, to make legal contracts, to become married, and to stand for office, amongst other things.

Germanicus Caesar
Germanicus Caesar

Class: Hero

Information: (15 BC to 19 AD) Germanicus is one of Rome’s mightiest warriors. In battle he uses his Two-Handed War Hammer to pummel his enemies into pieces, leaving behind bloodied remains for the carrion buzzards. Germanicus wears incredibly-strong armor can absorb an extreme amount of damage during combat.

Because Germanicus is so feared on the battlefield, his mighty Battle Roar strikes absolute terror into the hearts of enemy soldiers, causing them to flee from the battlefield. With the experience of each battle under his belt, Germanicus’ Battle Roar becomes even more terrifying and powerful.

Weaknesses: Very slow and lumbering on the battlefield, Germanicus relies on his infantry to hold enemy forces in place until he can reach them. Also, Germanicus cannot zoom in at all when using his bow.

History: Iulius Caesar Claudianus Germanicus, or "Germanicus Caesar" was a member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty of the early Roman Empire.

Popular among the citizens of Rome, Germanicus celebrated all his victories enthusiastically. He was also well like by his grandfather-in-law Augustus, who for some time considered him as heir to the empire. He assumed several military commands, leading Rome's army in campaigns in Dalmatia and Pannonia. He is recorded to have been an excellent soldier and an inspired leader.

Gladiator
Gladiator

Class: Infantry

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 Archer
Imperial Archer

Class: Archer

Information: Archer that is good against Spear Infantry.

Weaknesses: Countered by Cavalry.

History: In the early days of the Roman Empire, archers were typically recruited from the Middle East and North Africa, which had a long tradition of archery. By the late Empire, however, they were no longer merely auxillary troops; there were entire regiments of sagittarii in the regular army, which were trained in various places including Rome itself.

Imperial Knight
Imperial Knight

Class: Cavalry

Information: Good against Archers and Siege weapons.

Weaknesses: Countered by Spear Infantry.

History: In the armies of the Roman Republic, cavalry played a relatively minor role; conflicts were usually decided by massed armoured infantry. However, in the army of the late Roman Empire, cavalry played an increasingly important role. During the Roman-Persian wars, the Romans began to adapt their traditional heavy-armoured fighting style to incorporate cavalry, fielding units of cataphracts and clibanarii within their forces.

Imperial Praetorian
Imperial Praetorian

Class: Infantry

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
Imperial Triarii

Class: Infantry

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.

Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar

Class: Hero

Information: (100 BC to 44 BC): With his mighty sword Blade of Mars, Julius Caesar leads his troops directly into battle, cutting a swath of destruction through enemy soldiers. An exceptional and well-balanced Hero, it will take a massive, concerted effort on the part of the enemy to bring him down. Information:

Julius Caesar is also the master of Siege Warfare. He can personally direct catapult fire upon any location that he designates. This barrage will quickly annihilate the enemy, paving the way for the Roman infantry. As Julius Caesar gains experience, this catapult barrage gains in strength and intensity, annihilating anything it hits.

Weaknesses: Can only zoom in x1 when in Marksman Mode.

History: Julius Caesar was born into a very ancient patrician family. In 59 BCE Caesar, Pompey and Crassus formed an informal alliance often referred to as the First Triumvirate. Of the three, Caesar was initially the least powerful of three, however in the alliance he had the advantage that Crassus and Pompey were too busy competing with each other to notice Caesar’s maneuverings. In 59 BCE, Caesar marched into Gaul and defeated the weak confederation of tribes inhabiting the lands. In 58 BCE he defeated the Helvetians and in 57 BCE he defeated a force of Belgians. The Gallic conquest continued until 52 BCE as Caesar had to put down a series of revolts after initially defeating the Gauls. In 53 BCE, Crassus was defeated and killed while trying to invade Parthia. A series of complicated political maneuverings followed in 51 BCE which resulted in Caesar’s need to attack Pompey in order to maintain his political power. On January 10, 49 BCE Caesar crossed the Rubicon supposedly uttering the famous words “Let the Die be Cast!” Caesar’s hasty invasion of Italy in the dead of winter was successful and Pompey was forced to retreat to Greece. At Pharsalus Caesar defeated Pompey in 48 BCE, Pompey then died in 48 BCE in Alexandria on the order of Ptolemy XIII, the ruler of Egypt. Having defeated Pompey, Caesar embarked on a series of campaigns restoring order to the Roman Empire.

On March 15 44 BCE (The Ides of March) Caesar was killed by Brutus and his allies who feared that Caesar wished to seek the powers of a king.

Ladder Team
Ladder Team

Class: Miscellaneous

Information: The Ladder Team can construct ladders that can be used by other units to assault walls or other elevated defensive positions.

Weaknesses: All Military Units

History: Ladders would normally be constructed by carpenters then brought to a siege by regular military units.

Palintonos
Palintonos

Class: Siege Weapon

Information: The palintonos is a modified catapult. Instead of firing one large projectile, the Palintonos fires several smaller projectiles that bombard an area, killing and maiming anyone caught in its fire.

History: One variation of the Roman catapult was the palintonos, the name of which was derived from the "fold-back spring" design which allowed the two torsion arms to swing forward far further than was possible in the more traditional "straight spring" euthytonos.

Trireme
Trireme

Class: Boat

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.