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Agrokunoi ('Dogs of War' or 'Slaughter Hounds')
EB2 British Retainer Swordsmen
Agrokunoi ('Dogs of War' or 'Slaughter Hounds')

Primary Weapon

  • Type: sword
  • Attack: 10
  • Charge: 5
  • Lethality: 1

Defence

  • Armour: 1
  • Shield: 6
  • Skill: 9

Recruitment

  • Soldiers: 64
  • Cost: 1320
  • Upkeep: 330
  • Turns: 1

Mental

  • Morale: 6
  • Discipline: disciplined
  • Training: untrained

Other

  • Hit Points: 1
  • Mass: 1.1
  • Attributes: Can board ships, Can hide in forests, Hardy
  • Formation: square
  • Side/Back spacing: 1.44/1.68
  • Ownership: Aedui, Arveni, Pritanoi

The Agrokunoi are ferocious, with high morale, yet apt to be impetuous. They add valued weight to any infantry charge, cutting deep wounds in their opponents with their swords.

Usage

The Agrokunoi are the most beloved and highly prized of the warrior retainers. These men are the aurochs of the great herd which forms the Pritanoi army. Just like an auroch they are large, fearless and impart great wounds with their fearsome weapons. Their charge is irresistible, their bloodlust insatiable and the courage indomitable. It is these men who can be relied upon to carry the day.

Historically swords in prehistoric Britain had a long pedigree dating back to the Bronze Age. British swords produced during the Iron Age followed a somewhat different pattern of development from their continental contemporaries. Although initially following a parallel evolution in terms of size and shape as those swords being used in Gaul, British sword development became isolated from continental developments during the La Tène II phase of the British Iron Age (starting some time around c.250BC). From this period until the Late Iron Age (c.100BC to the Romani conquest) British swords did not grow in size as their Gallic contemporaries did, instead they remained comparatively short. This is not to say that they were inferior, examples which date to this period, such as the Kirkburn sword from Yorkshire, are beautifully crafted. Likewise during this period, both in Britain and Ireland, a variety of ornately decorated bronze scabbards, such as the Irish examples from Lisnachrogher, were produced. This preference for shorter swords remained in northern Britain until the Romani conquest in the 1st century AD. In the south of Britain, however, the tradition of sword manufacture began to once again synchronise with that of Gaul in the 1st century BC. During this period swords from the south of Britain became increasingly longer, their scabbards were less ornately decorated and lacked some of the features of earlier scabbards, such as bronze chapes at the end.

Usage

These powerful swordsmen can cut through infantry units during and after the charge and their high morale and defense skill makes them very tough to defeat in melee in front, making the them perfect at assaulting the walls of a settlement. They can also be used to attack an unsuspecting enemy unit in the flanks, making their demise inevitable.

Unfortunately, their lack of armor makes them highly vulnerable to missiles and flank attacks and they will not last against heavily armored infantry in a prolonged battle.

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