Nervii (Caesar in Gaul)
|Warrior Society: +1 public order for every war against a neighbouring faction|
|Gallic Horsemanship: +1 experience rank for Gallic cavalry recruits|
Reckoned by Caesar to be the most warlike of the Belgae, the Celto-Germanic tribes inhabiting northern Gaul, the Nervii have a reputation for both ferocity and fearlessness in battle. Although speaking both the Celtic and Germanic tongues, the Nervii, like other Belgic tribes, use Celtic names.
With their almost Spartan-like outlook and reputation, foregoing alcohol and other luxuries, they esteem the heroic warrior tradition of the age. As such, Nervii kings and chieftains are chosen for both martial prowess and wise leadership. Such great emphasis placed on an individual’s skill and bravery in battle means, aside from javelin-like lances, the Nervii themselves make little use of cavalry and missile weapons. Instead, they prefer to close quickly with their enemies through ferocious attacks and ambushes.
By 58BC, the Nervii are well established under Boduognatus, their king. They are able to draw upon the support of the Atrebates and Viromandui tribes when at war, as well as a growing network of Belgic tribes stretching as far as Britannia. As Germanic pressure forces the Helvetii to burn their settlements and migrate en-masse, all of southern Gaul has been thrown into confusion, and opportunity follows in its wake.
- Belgic Austerity: -50% wealth from industrial and commerce buildings
- National Courage: Public order bonus (maximum of +4) from presence of Celtic culture
- Bravest of the Belgae: +10% morale during battles in own or allied territory