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Toxotai
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Class and category missile infantry
Soldier ere_archer, 60, 0, 0.8
Mount
Engine and Ship
Attributes can_withdraw, hide_forest, sea_faring
Formation 1.3, 1.3, 2.5, 2.5, 5, square
Hit points 1, 0
Primary weapon 3, 1, arrow, 140, 30, missile, missile_mechanical, piercing, none, 25, 1, no
Secondary weapon 2, 3, no, 0, 0, melee, melee_blade, slashing, axe, 25, 1.2, no
Primary armour 3, 2, 0, flesh
Secondary armour 0, 0, flesh
Heat and ground effect 0, 1, 1, 0, -1
Mental 4, low, untrained
Cost 1, 200, 80, 65, 50, 200, 4, 50
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Toxotai Coming from the militia of the themata which remained in the Empire, after the Turkish onslaught post Manzikert, those former hunters apply their trade well in the service of the E. Roman army. They don’t have any armor to speak of, just their clothes, a cotton cloth gambeson and a basic helmet if that is available. A bit better equipped than Peltastai, Toxotai wear a basic “bambakion”, ¾ inch cotton cloth gambeson. Their training wasn’t so much in target practice as in synchronized shooting, aka shooting all at once at the general direction of the enemy. They are closely interlinked with the spear and sword units of the ERE army as all are interdependent. Spearmen and swordmen would be arrow bait without them, and the Toxotai would be slaughtered outright if left unprotected from even one flank. ERE’s battleplan always relied on foot archery as a way to relieve the Horse Archer pressure on the spearmen and swordmen who comprised its infantry. They might also kill enough of the enemy to cause a rout. Historically, even if some regions of the empire were great at archery (Trebizond), archery wasn’t as developed in E. Roman Empire as much as in its eastern neighbours. ERE’s dire straits substituted its once regular archery training by using bow hunters. We know surprisingly much on the ERE bow hunters, including that they had 8 arrowheads for different game. Anna Komnene in the final chapter of Alexiad, describes her father “teaching the troops use of spear and bow”, clearly showing the ERE trying to reestablish a good archery training regiment. The typical E. Roman strategy was to protect its archers as much as possible with spear and sword units in front of them to shield them from heavy units which would be the Toxotai undoing. Toxotai, in turn with massed volleys could out shoot the Horse archers which were the bane of E. Roman forces, and be generally more precise in their fire. They are also very good at breaking up the charge of enemy infantry. Not as good as the archers of neighbouring nations, toxotai is what the ERE has as native bowmen and has to protect them accordingly, if they are to help it.

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No. Card Name Initial quantity Replenish rate Maximum quantity Experience Requires condition
1 City Watch 1 0.2 3 0 and hidden_resource w_anatolia or hidden_resource e_anatolia or hidden_resource syria or hidden_resource palestine or hidden_resource georgia
A City Watch can employ some professional warriors to train recruits, and can equip them from its armoury.
2 Militia Drill Square 1 0.2 3 0 and hidden_resource w_anatolia or hidden_resource e_anatolia or hidden_resource syria or hidden_resource palestine or hidden_resource georgia
A Militia Drill Square provides the space needed for training large bodies of men to carry out military evolutions.
3 Militia Barracks 1 0.2 3 0 and hidden_resource w_anatolia or hidden_resource e_anatolia or hidden_resource syria or hidden_resource palestine or hidden_resource georgia
Militia Barracks provide for every aspect of infantry training, turning recruits into well-drilled soldiers.
4 Bowyer 1 0.5 3 0 and hidden_resource w_anatolia or hidden_resource e_anatolia or hidden_resource syria or hidden_resource palestine or hidden_resource georgia
A Bowyer allows for the recruitment of basic missile units.
5 Practice Range 1 0.5 3 0 and hidden_resource w_anatolia or hidden_resource e_anatolia or hidden_resource syria or hidden_resource palestine or hidden_resource georgia
A Practice Range allows for the recruitment of missile units.
6 Archery Range 1 0.6 3 0 and hidden_resource w_anatolia or hidden_resource e_anatolia or hidden_resource syria or hidden_resource palestine or hidden_resource georgia
An Archery Range allows for the recruitment of well trained missile units.
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