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Misthophoroi Toxotai Kretikoi (Mercenary Cretan Archers)
Merc cretan archers
Misthophoroi Toxotai Kretikoi (Mercenary Cretan Archers)

Primary Weapon

  • Type: none(bow)
  • Attack: 6
  • Charge: 2
  • Lethality: 1
  • Range: 201.6
  • Ammo: 35

Secondary Weapon

  • Type: sword
  • Attack: 9
  • Charge: 2
  • Lethality: 0.13

Defence

  • Armour: 7
  • Shield: 1
  • Skill: 10

Recruitment

  • Soldiers: 40
  • Cost: 1511
  • Upkeep: 378
  • Turns: 1

Mental

  • Morale: 11
  • Discipline: disciplined
  • Training: trained

Other

  • Hit Points: 1
  • Mass: 0.95
  • Attributes: Can board ships, Improved hiding in forest, Can hide in long grass, Can dig tunnels, Mercenary, Hardy
  • Formation: square
  • Side/Back spacing: 1.4/1.6
  • Mount effects: chariot +4, horse -1, elephant +2
  • Ownership: Aedui, Arche Seleukeia, Arverni, As'Sab'yn wal'Jau, Baktria, Casse, Epeiros, Getai, Hayasdan, Iberia, Koinon Hellenon, Makedonia, Pahlav, Pontos, Ptolemaioi, Safot Softim biKarthadast, Saka, Sauromatae, Senatvs Popvlvsqve Romanvs, Swebozez, Eleutheroi

The island of Crete is renown for it's archers, and Cretans renown for their reputation as liars and brigands. These men hire themselves out as mercenaries for almost any Mediterranean power who can afford them, as their skills are often unmatched by other archers. Apart from their bow, they also have short swords and they wear hardened linen armor and carry a small shield. Not only are the Cretans good archers, but they can also fare well in melee, although against similarily equipped opponents.

Description

The island of Crete is renown for it's archers, and Cretans renown for their reputation as liars and brigands. These men hire themselves out as mercenaries for almost any Mediterranean power who can afford them, as their skills are often unmatched by other archers. Apart from their bow, they also have short swords and they wear hardened linen armor and carry a small shield. Not only are the Cretans good archers, but they can also fare well in melee, although against similarily equipped opponents.

Historically, Toxotai Kretikoi served in most Hellenic armies and other Mediterranean armies from early history, from Carthage in the west to the Seleukids in the east. One of their most famous exploits was in Xenophon's "Ten Thousand", where they gave a good account of themselves against the Persians. Crete during this time was rife with civil wars, and it was often those Cretans on the losing side or who get fed up with the unstable situation, who migrated overseas and hired themselves out as mercenary bowmen. The Diadochoi tried to gain control of the island, but were unsuccesful in their attempts. The constant civil wars attracted outlaws and other unwantables to Crete, that during the Hellenistic period bad behaviour was called "Cretan Way" and during the 1st century BC, the Cilician pirates established themselves on Crete and many Cretans joined them in piracy, which drew the ire of Rome. The first Roman expedition in 74 BC was soundly defeated, but the second expedition in 68 BC managed with great brutality to subjugate the island, which was afterwards made into a military colony, who for centuries to come supplied the Roman army with auxiliary archers, and their renown continued well into the Middle Ages. There is even distinct mention of Cretan archers defending Constantinople in 1453 AD!!

Usage

The mercenary version of the Toxotai Kretikoi (Cretan Archers). These men are virtually the same aside from a minor increase of armor. Other than that, these men are one of the greatest archers in-game and are recruitable in the regions of Italy, Greece, and the Near East and in Egypt.

These men are always a welcome addition to an army and a battle-changer when used well.

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