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Ekualakoi Trehsas (Celtiberian Lancers)
EB2 Celtiberian Lancers
Ekualakoi Trehsas (Celtiberian Lancers)

Primary Weapon

  • Type: javelin
  • Attack: 7
  • Charge: 0
  • Lethality: 1
  • Range: 60
  • Ammo: 3
  • Attributes: thrown missile

Secondary Weapon

  • Type: spear
  • Attack: 10
  • Charge: 21
  • Lethality: 1
  • Attributes: armor piercing

Defence

  • Armour: 7
  • Shield: 2
  • Skill: 6

Recruitment

  • Soldiers: 40
  • Cost: 2175
  • Upkeep: 544
  • Turns: 1

Mental

  • Morale: 7
  • Discipline: disciplined
  • Training: highly trained

Other

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

Ekualakoi Trehsas horsemen attack with long spears, causing great havoc among enemy cavalry units.

Description

'Battle Horses'

Carried into battle on the finest cavalry in all of Iberia, the Ekualakoi Trehsas are an awe inspiring site as their capes flutter behind them, their plume- and crest-adorned helmets catching the rays of the sun. Wheeling around near the enemy they proclaim their deeds and exploits, hurling abuse and insults at their pitiful foe. Then, in a portent of the vultures which will feed on the enemy at the end of the day, they unleash a flock of javelins. Should the enemy, tired of such humiliating and deadly treatment, attempt to charge the Ekualakoi Trehsas, then these Keltiberoi lancers will spin their steeds around, spurring them back to their own lines. Now is the moment that the enemy dreads. Should they continue into the dusty haze kicked up by the hooves of the Ekualakoi Trehsas, or should they turn and reform their lines? If they continue their pursuit it will be in vain, for only the swiftest of warriors can hope to catch the Ekualakoi Trehsas. However, should the enemy turn their backs then they will find themselves, like rabbits far from their burrows, pounced upon and devoured by the lupine Ekualakoi Trehsas, the lances of these Keltiberoi horsemen dispatching many an impetuous fool to the otherworld.

Historically, the equites, as the Romani would term the cavalry of the era of Keltiberoi oppida, appear to have been composed of the ruling classes of Keltiberoi society and their retainers. They issued coinage in their name, displaying themselves as cavalry warriors, and were the first section of society to Romanise. This correlation between cavalry and power was by no means unique to the Keltiberoi; this pattern can be observed across the late Keltoi world. Just as with the Keltiberoi, the nobles of Gaul and southern Britain issued coinage displaying themselves as cavalry warriors, equipping themselves with the panoply required to fight on horseback (typically longswords) and, like the Keltiberoi nobility, were the first to enter the ranks of the Romani army and political establishment. What is unique about the Keltiberoi, however, is their fondness for cavalry. Whereas the normal ratio for infantry to cavalry in Mediterranean armies was 10:1, in some Keltiberoi armies it could be as low as 4:1. The "horseman" brooch is a further example of this Keltiberoi liking for cavalry. "Horsemen" brooches typically depict a cavalry warrior riding over the head of a foe, and the overwhelming majority of these brooches have been found in the Keltiberoi heartland of north eastern Spain.

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