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Gaisokrotiatoi (Caledonian Infantry)
EB2 Caledonian Spearmen
Gaisokrotiatoi (Caledonian Infantry)

Primary Weapon

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

Secondary Weapon

  • Type: spear
  • Attack: 8
  • Charge: 4
  • Lethality: 1
  • Attributes: light_spear, spear_bonus_4

Defence

  • Armour: 0
  • Shield: 3
  • Skill: 6

Recruitment

  • Soldiers: 96
  • Cost: 960
  • Upkeep: 240
  • Turns: 1

Mental

  • Morale: 3
  • Discipline: low
  • Training: untrained

Other

  • Hit Points: 1
  • Mass: 0.8
  • Attributes: Can board ships, Can hide in forests, Hardy, Peasant, Free upkeep
  • Formation: square
  • Side/Back spacing: 1.82/3.3
  • Ownership: Aedui, Arverni, Pritanoi

The Gaisocrotiatoi are Kaledonoi spearmen. Although in no way professional troops, spending their time herding cattle and ploughing fields, the tough land in which they live means that they are nevertheless sturdy spearmen and more than a match for any levy or even foolhardy cavalry.

Description

In the northern lands, far removed from the warmth of the Great Middle Sea, where winter days are short and bleak but the hospitality, like the camp fire around which it gathers, is warm. Where the heather and the thistle scratch beasts' legs and ancient oak forests harbour magic and lore of the former folk. In this land of Kaledonon live the most free men on earth. Through glens and valleys they drive their beasts, and by night sit and tell tales and sing songs. But just as the lands in which they live can be harsh as well as kind, so too can such men. These men are the Gaisocrotiatoi, crofters, farmers, folk of the land. But challenge them, insult their kin, threaten their freedom, and you shall find yourself with a spear to your throat and solid shield breaking your nose.

Historically, on archaeological evidence from the Early Iron Age (c.500BC-AD1) and later Pictish carved stones, it appears that spears and projectiles were the most common form of weapon to be used in this part of Britain. Archaeological examples of projectiles include a pair of bone javelin heads recovered from North Uist in the Outer Hebrides and elsewhere. Furthermore several iron javelin or spearheads have been recovered from the hillfort at Traprain Law in East Lothian, dated to the end of the Europa Barbarorum II timeframe or shortly after. Additionally, bronze spear butts, either in globular or projecting form, have been recovered across the north of Britain, including of Traprain Law and as far north as Harray Broch, Orkney. Such spear butts are recorded by Romani authors as having emitted a sound when shaken, and their form attests to maritime links with communities in what is today Ulster in the north of Ireland.

Usage

These savage infantry have absolutely no armor and only defense skill and their shield protects them in melee combat but will get shredded by missiles. They have excellent offensive stats however and will be able to defeat light infantry or cavalry in fight.

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