|Warrior Society: +1 public order for every war against a neighbouring faction|
|Gallic Horsemanship: +1 experience rank for Gallic cavalry recruits|
A Celtic tribe, the Boii are fierce warriors and semi-nomadic herders. Their name itself derives from either the word for ‘warrior’ or ‘cow’, thus making them the ‘warrior people’ or ‘herding people’.
Although their exact origins remain unclear, by 390BC the Boii had taken part in the Celtic incursions into northern Italy. Moving south, over the Alps, they drove back the Etruscans and occupied their territory. At the same time, on the other side of the Alps, they also moved east, into modern day eastern Germany and Bohemia, itself named for the tribe which settled there. Historically, the Boii allied with the other tribes of Cisalpine Gaul and the Etruscans against the rapidly-expanding Roman Republic. Defeated and driven back, in later years some of the tribe joined the Helvetii in the migration that sparked Caesar’s Gallic Wars, supporting Vercingetorix at the Battle of Alesia. In the east, their territories eventually fell to the Dacians.
Leading a frugal lifestyle, Boii society is geared towards warfare and agriculture, their most prized commodities being gold and livestock. Status amongst their leaders is judged not only through military prowess, but by the amount of cattle owned and retinue supported. From their current central European position, the Boii are well placed to strike south into either Italy or Greece, west into Gaul, or east against the Dacian tribes.
- Tribal Strife: Major diplomatic penalty with all barbarian tribes (cultural aversion)
- Pastoral Ways: +10% wealth from agricultural buildings
- Migratory Urges: +10% morale for all units during battles in foreign territory