Accensi are light reserve troops placed in the back of the legion's battle formation. They are too poor to have any real equipment besides a sling, and are in most cases not experienced or skilled enough to use this effectively.
They can be recruited in the central Italian provinces Latium, Umbria, Etruria, Apulia, Liguria and Campania. These are the heartlands of the Res Publica, filled with our colonies founded during the epic struggles of the past centuries. Accensi are light reserve troops placed behind the Triarii and Rorarii in the legions battle formation. They are too poor to have any real equipment besides a sling, and in most cases too old or not experienced or skilled enough to use this effectively. Still, they are better than nothing.
Historically, the roman infantry of the late 4th and early 3rd century BC was divided by wealth in two groups. Those with the lowest property classification for military service were fighting as light infantry, separated by fighting ability into the Leves, Rorarii and Accensi. The second, more wealthy group consisted of those fighting as heavy infantry, separated by their age and fighting ability into Hastati, Principes, and Triarii. Every male roman had the duty to serve in the infantry for 16 years, or 20 years in the case of national emergency, until he had completed his 46th year of life. Excepting those rated high enough by the censor to be members of the ordo equester. Normally every roman must have served at least ten years in the military before he was permitted to hold any political office.
They are easily the most useless in the game, comparatively. However, useless or not, they are still slingers through and through. Until celtic slingers are available, a wise Roman commander would utilize the wide availability (within Italia) of the Accensi to his advantage. They may be pathetic, with meagre range no less; yet any foe would still find a shield-shattering/bone-breaking slingstone extremely painful.