Auxiliary Noble Horse

Recruitment Cost 1,300
Upkeep Cost 200
Melee Attack 51
Weapon Damage 31
Bonus vs. Large 10
Charge Bonus 47
Melee Defence 44
Armour 75
Health 105
Base Morale 70
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Very good attack
  • Average defence
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Good morale
Description

The Celts held horses in high regard; they were prestige possessions, and revered for their strength and vitality. As a result Celtic cavalry, like that of many armies, was the preserve of the wealthy nobility. Developments in saddle technology gave horsemen a firm seat without the need for stirrups: four pommels held the rider's thighs and this, in turn, allowed greater movement when using a sword or spear. With this improvement, cavalry tactics emerged and two-man chariots declined; they were no longer the only fast-moving strike force. Some cavalrymen carried long swords and, in the same fashion as traditional chariot riders, were given to dismounting and fighting on foot. Celtic horsemen became a much sought-after mercenary force and, over the centuries, served in the Carthaginian, Egyptian and Roman armies.

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Darioritum Bibracte Cenabum Limonum Nemausus Ancyra Lugdunum Lemonum Ancyra Cenabum Burdigala Gergovia Nemossos Burdigala Burdigala Iuliobana Tolosa Bibracte Namnetum