Thanvarê Payâhdag (Persian Archers)
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Thanvarê Payâhdag (Persian Archers)

Primary Weapon

  • Type: none
  • Attack: 4
  • Charge: 0
  • Lethality: 1
  • Range: 192.5
  • Ammo: 25

Secondary Weapon

  • Type: knife
  • Attack: 7
  • Charge: 0
  • Lethality: 0.04


  • Armour: 2
  • Shield: 0
  • Skill: 6


  • Soldiers: 40
  • Cost: 692
  • Upkeep: 173
  • Turns: 1


  • Morale: 8
  • Discipline: low
  • Training: untrained


  • Hit Points: 1
  • Mass: 0.85
  • Attributes: Can board ships, Can hide in forest, Can dig tunnels, Hardy
  • Formation: Square
  • Side/Back spacing: 1.4/1.8
  • Mount effects: chariot +2, horse -2, elephant +1
  • 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

Thanvarê Payâhdag are skirmishers only and not inclined to close with enemy troops. They are armed with the powerful eastern composite bow and a long dagger suitable only for defense.


These men are skirmishers only and not inclined to close with enemy troops. These men would have the fully sleeved, long Persian Kapuris tunic. Often brightly coloured these traditional tunics would end just above the knees secured at the waist by a wide woven belt. They would also have a woolen cap, loose trousers and soft felt shoes. They would be armed with the powerful composite bow and a long dagger suitable only for defense. A plain leather quiver would be strung over their back. They would also have a simple woolen cap.

Historically, the mainstay of the Parthian infantry were foot archers. These foot archers almost certainly represented the poorer elements of the various infantry levies of Parthia. The tradition of mounted archery in Parthia and the northern steppe peoples makes it almost inevitable that a massed levy would produce significant numbers of foot archers as well. The station usually assigned to these Parthian bowmen is behind the first line of spearmen and forward of them in skirmishing lines. These troops are vital to any armies plan, harassing and confusing enemy troops as they advanced, and shielding the flanks of the battle line from light cavalry and other enemy skirmishing units.


With good range and their ammo, alongside their wide AOR in the East, these archers can be used to weaken unarmored units, torch enemy siege equipment and inflict morale damage on enemy units, particularly elephants and chariots. They are also an effective counter against horse archers and javelin cavalry as along as their is a spear unit in-front of them, particularly phalanx pikemen like the Pantpodapoi Phalangitai(Hellenic Native Phalanx). As such, pairing them with Nizagan-i Eranshahr (Persian Archer-Spearmen) and the slingers such as the Shuban-i Fradakhshana (Eastern Slingers) alongside pikemen and some heavy infantry will destroy any army focused on horse archers.

However, their low armor ensures that they will take heavy damage against arrows if they are being focused fired upon.