Auxiliary Parthian Horse Archers

Recruitment Cost 430
Upkeep Cost 80
Missile Damage 35
Range 125
Shots Per Minute 6
Ammunition 15
Melee Attack 10
Weapon Damage 24
Charge Bonus 4
Melee Defence 13
Armour 10
Health 70
Base Morale 40
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Long range
  • Average rate of fire
  • Fast moving
  • Good damage but low armour penetration
  • Very weak in melee
  • Very poor morale

With raiding as a way of life for many tribes, mounted archery was established early in eastern culture, producing some highly effective warriors. While foot archers could carry long, powerful bows, a mounted archer was a formidable fighter thanks to his composite bow. Constructed from layers of wood, sinew and animal horn, the composite bow was a much more powerful weapon than its size alone would suggest. In the hands of an expert an arrow on target was entirely capable of piercing chainmail armour. It did, however, require strength and care to use: in particular, it had to be kept away from damp. Military campaigns were usually fought during the summer and autumn, so bows were used during arid months. Archers could rest their weapons during the winter, taking good care of them before the next campaigning season.

Hekatompylos Ekbatana Susia Arsakia Hecatompylos Zadrakarta Edessa Charax Phraaspa Zadrakata Nisa Ctesiphon Susia Gazaca Nisa Hatra
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