Tylis (Pirates & Raiders)

Rapid Campaigns: +50% mercenary upkeep costs
Promise of Loot: -50% mercenary recruitment costs


Tylis is the product of chaos; one of several breakaway groups from Brennus' great horde of Celts who invaded Greek territory from the north western forests at the beginning of the 3rd century BC.

At this time, Greece was in the throes of the bitter struggles between the successors of Alexander the Great. It was into this madness that the forebears of Tylis descended, swarming over the army of Ptolemy Keraunos and killing him in battle. Ptolemy was the king of the powerful state of Macedon and so, with his death, the region fell into anarchy. The Celts took advantage of this chaos, ravaging Macedon and attempting to make further gains to the south. It was the combined might of Antigonus II and the Aetolian League that finally pushed them back, defeating the Celtic army at Thermopylae, Delphi and finally Lysimachia in 277BC.

Following these defeats the remaining Celts retreated, migrating further east and settling in north eastern Thrace - finally basing themselves at Tylis, near the Black Sea coast, an ideal location from which to raid the surrounding areas for food and riches. However, others have chosen not to settle, crossing onto the Anatolian peninsula to fight as mercenaries there.

Now, the position Tylis finds itself in is extremely fragile. All around it are highly-aggressive Thracian tribes who must be shown that their new Celtic neighbours are here to stay!

Other Chiefs

The chiefs are the wisest, most experienced of the Celts of Tylis, qualified to rule or provide counsel when necessary.

Elder Chiefs

Tylis is a Celtic city controlled by people who settled in the Balkans following Brennus’ invasion of 280BC. Surviving by raiding the surrounding territory, they are expansionist in outlook. The elders are their wisest men.
  • Thracian Oppression: public order penalty (maximum of -4) from presence of Balkan culture
  • Live by the Sword: +1 experience for infantry recruits
  • Plunderers: +150% income from raiding
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