Auxiliary Bactrian Hillmen

Recruitment Cost 260
Upkeep Cost 60
Melee Attack 28
Weapon Damage 26
Bonus vs Infantry 2
Charge Bonus 10
Melee Defence 36
Armour 15
Health 45
Base Morale 25
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Average attack
  • Poor defence
  • Low damage but good armour penetration
  • Poor morale

The Bactrian plain is to the west of the Hindu Kush in what is now Afghanistan. It first enters records of antiquity through Ctesias, a Greek historian (circa 400BC), who falsely claimed that the Assyrian King Ninus defeated the Bactrians in 2140BC. A fertile and developed land, Bactria was prosperous and so, during the expansion of the Achaemenid Empire, it inevitably drew the interest of the newly crowned Cyrus the Great. Under the Achaemenids, Bactria enjoyed the special privilege of being ruled by the crown prince, or heir-apparent to the royal line. It has been suggested that before the Persians, however, Bactria was ruled by the Median Kingdom before they, too, fell to the expansionist Achaemenids. Like many other Persian satrapies, Bactria attempted to rebel against its overlords in the wake of Darius III's defeat by Alexander the Great, only to be subdued by the victorious general.

Eucratides Maracanda Eucratideia Baktra Bukhara Kapisene Baktria Bukhara Maracanda
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