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Druxtiz Xeruskā (Cherusci Swordsmen)
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Druxtiz Xeruskā (Cherusci Swordsmen)

Primary Weapon

  • Type: spear
  • Attack: 8
  • Charge: 8
  • Lethality: 1
  • Range: 31.5
  • Ammo: 2
  • Attributes: Thrown before charge, Thrown missile

Secondary Weapon

  • Type: sword
  • Attack: 11
  • Charge: 8
  • Lethality: 0.225

Defence

  • Armour: 1
  • Shield: 3
  • Skill: 13

Recruitment

  • Soldiers: 40
  • Cost: 1646
  • Upkeep: 412
  • Turns: 1

Mental

  • Morale: 15
  • Discipline: impetuous
  • Training: highly_trained

Other

  • Hit Points: 1
  • Mass: 1.15
  • Attributes: Can board ships, Improved hiding in forest, Hardy, Mercenary
  • Formation: square
  • Side/Back spacing: 0.85/1.2
  • Mount effects: elephant -4
  • Ownership: Swebozez, Eleutheroi

Cherusci Swordsmen are a warband composed of sword-possessing warriors. They have adapted to the styles of warfare of their neighbors and can form a denser formation than other tribes, which gives them a decisive defensive advantage.

Description

The Druxtiz Xeruskā are fierce and hardy Cherusci warriors who can form a very dense formation and are exceptional in defense. Many of their people possess swords from trade and warfare against their West Celt neighbors and are rightly feared for their ability in melee combat and skirmishing.

Historically, the Xeruskōzez, whose name can mean “Those who are Sword-like” in their own language, were a Germanic tribe who inhabited the Rhine valley and the plains and forests of northwestern Germania. They were frequently at odds or allied with the Romans, as their individual political situation warranted, and made most famous by the Battle of the Osning (Teutoburg) Forest, whence an army of allied Germanic tribes under the Cherusci war-leader Ermenjoz ("Tall" or "Great" One, more commonly known in Latin as Arminius) who annihilated three Roman legions commanded by Publius Quinctilius Varus.

This crushing Roman defeat stopped Rome's advance and compelled the empire, after a few more years of generally indecisive campaigning by Germanicus, to withdraw permanently behind the Limes fortification which was built as a consequence of the loss at Osning Forest, to reinforce the German frontier.

Usage

The Xeruska are a regional variant of the Xerunoudōzez (Germanic Swordsmen) with a high morale and slightly increased javelin range at the cost of having low armor. Their lethal swords allows them to be quite deadly against light and unarmored units, especially when attacking from the flanks or the rear. They are also capable of holding the line in guard mode due to their high level of training and the tightness of their formation.

One should be be careful of their low armor, a big weakness against missile and flank attacks, as well as cavalry charges and heavy infantry.

Cherusci Swordsmen AOR

Druxtiz Xeruska AOR

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