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Taramonnos (Belgae Light Cavalry)
Aed Taramonnos
Taramonnos (Belgae Light Cavalry)

Primary Weapon

  • Type: spear
  • Attack: 6
  • Charge: 27
  • Lethality: 1
  • Range: 47.3
  • Ammo: 6
  • Attributes: Thrown missile

Secondary Weapon

  • Type: spear
  • Attack: 3
  • Charge: 27
  • Lethality: 0.33
  • Attributes: Armour Piercing

Defence

  • Armour: 1
  • Shield: 3
  • Skill: 11

Recruitment

  • Soldiers: 25
  • Cost: 2060
  • Upkeep: 515
  • Turns: 1

Mental

  • Morale: 11
  • Discipline: impetuous
  • Training: trained

Other

  • Hit Points: 1
  • Mass: 1
  • Attributes: Can board ships, Improved hiding in forest, Very Hardy
  • Formation: Square
  • Side/Back spacing: 2.5 / 4
  • Mount effects: elephant -2, chariot +2
  • Ownership: Aedui, Arverni, Casse, Eleutheroi

Taramonnos are the light cavalry of the Belgae. They throw javelins and use charge and retreat tactics to weaken and eventually break an enemy.

Description

The Taramonnos (Tar-ay-mon-os; "Thunderers") were the light cavalry of the Belgae. Devoted to the thunder god, Tarannis, they were said to replicate the sound of thunder in their attacks; a somewhat disturbing trait at least. They are lighter than the horsemen of the Gauls, but fight in a similar manner. They throw javelins and use charge and retreat tactics to weaken and eventually break an enemy, in concert with infantry charges, and harrying tactics to weaken marching foes. Depicted on their shields are symbols of their chosen patron, Tarannis, the symbol of thunder and lightning.

Historically, the Belgae were a number of extremely fierce tribes that were highly indepedent. However, they were fairly well trained, their violent behavior toward most outsiders forced them to learn tactics and the finer points of warfare to defend themselves from their many, many enemies. The lower warriors would fight bare chested almost always, even in winter, though they actually wore cloaks to the point of the battle, then would toss them aside to fight. Among the Belgic tribes were the Nervii, easily among the most fierce of all the Celtic peoples, and many of the first Celtic invaders into Ireland. The Belgae fought using three main manners, their fierce forward charge, their skilled and methodic ambushes, and their hit-and-run skirmish tactics. They were also skilled sappers and tacticians, but above all remembered is the charge and shieldwall. The Belgae could break near any enemy with a fierce charge, and if they could not, their good skill with their weapons and shields allowed them the power to stand and fight, and their wall could absorb most infantry charges with ease.

Usage

A type of light cavalry available only to Celtic factions. Compared to Leuce Epos (Gallic Light Cavalry), they carry slightly heavier javelins, and are unarmoured. Useful for harrassing all sorts of enemies with missiles, as well as for charging when the enemy is disorganized.

The best use of this unit is to empty its javelin supply on enemy infantry, and chase routers. While Taramonnos have a decent charge and an armour-piercing lance, their somewhat deficient melee stats and lack of body armour urge caution. You can use them to overwhelm an enemy cavalry unit in a charge, but don't engage infantry that is standing firm. Also make sure you don't leave them in melee for longer periods.

Aed Taramonnos AOR

Taramonnos AOR

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