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Ekualakoi Sunimoum (Celtiberian Riders)
EB2 Celtiberian Riders
Ekualakoi Sunimoum (Celtiberian Riders)

Primary Weapon

  • Type: javelin
  • Attack: 7
  • Charge: 0
  • Lethality: 1
  • Range: 50
  • Ammo: 2
  • Attributes: thrown missile

Secondary Weapon

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

Defence

  • Armour: 5
  • Shield: 2
  • Skill: 6

Recruitment

  • Soldiers: 40
  • Cost: 1782
  • Upkeep: 445
  • Turns: 1

Mental

  • Morale: 5
  • Discipline: normal
  • Training: untrained

Other

  • Hit Points: 1
  • Mass: 1
  • Attributes: Can board ships, Can hide in forests, Cannot skirmish
  • Formation: square
  • Side/Back spacing: 3.7/3.6
  • Mount effects: elephant -3
  • Ownership: Arevaci

Ekualakoi Sunimoum horsemen are famed for their speed, discipline and deadly skill.

Description

'Horsemen'

Anyone who has fought against the Areuakoi and lived to speak of it will describe, with wide-eyed terror, the sight which emerges once the ground begins to rumble. As swift as arrows, and just as deadly, Keltiberoi cavalry are renowned for their speed, discipline and deadly skill. These warriors, hailing from the upper strata of society, can afford excellent weapons and armour, and their mounts are some of the finest in Western Europe. Being from the upper crust of society also affords these warriors plenty of time to practise, and it is reported by observers that Keltiberoi horses will remain stationary even when their riders have dismounted and wandered into the fray. Possessing as they do excellent stamina, they can harry enemy columns, weakening them before launching a deadly charge to break the enemy lines.

Historically, Keltiberoi cavalry developed as a result of contact with the armies of Roma and Karthadastim. Like the Native Americans of the plains some fifteen hundred years later when they were introduced to horses from Spain, the Keltiberoi rapidly became cavalry masters. Keltiberoi cavalry was one of the few forces of antiquity which could fight effectively nocturnally, as evidenced by the story of the Romani general Lucullus who was pursued through the night by Keltiberoi cavalry. Cavalry was held in high esteem by the Keltiberoi and became the subject of jewellery, as evidenced by the Keltiberoi horseman fibula; money, such as those coins minted at Sekobrikes; and sculpture, like the statue from Porcuna. To be a cavalryman was also a mark of status, and funeral reliefs, such as two from Lara de los Infantas, allow archaeologists to identify the occupants of graves as cavalrymen. Both the Romani and Karthadastim made use of Keltiberoi cavalry and Keltiberoi would participate in many foreign campaigns including the Second Punic War and Caesar's conquest of Gaul.

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