Armenians have had a longstanding tradition of serving for the powers that be of the Near East, being a people and land coveted in the conflicts of Sassanid Persia and the Eastern Romans, and later standing at the forefront of Christian Roman and Muslim conflicts. Yet the status quo of Armenia's position in the Near East was shattered with the arrival of the Seljuks and battle of Manzikert. In the loss of Greater Armenia to the Muslims and spread of the Turks within Anatolia Armenians were in a unique position to realize their ambitions, both in their own Sovereingty with the Cilician Kingdom of Armenia and in offering their martial skills to the wealth of new customers./n/nThe craggy terrain of Eastern Anatolia has long housed martially adept tribes with a preference for foot archer and javelineering in a guerilla style, a manner symbolized especially by the adept Armenians who have come to ply their services as mercenaries the Near East over. Their most frequent work has been in the employ of the Romans, the Crusaders, and the now fallen Fatimids, amongst whom the term "Archer" became a synonym for "Armenian". These minor nobility of whom ancestral fiefdoms were lost to the Seljuk invasions, Roman usurping, or are simply the second or third sons without an inheritance nor the wealth to afford a horse ply themselves as adept archers willing but not dedicated to fighting in close quarters as well. The abundance of employment has given them the ability to afford light mail hauberks and leather jerkins, making these mencapable enough in close quarters but far more valuable at a distance.