Syrian Heavy Archers

Recruitment Cost 520
Upkeep Cost 100
Missile Damage 35
Range 150
Shots Per Minute 6
Ammunition 15
Melee Attack 10
Weapon Damage 24
Charge Bonus 4
Melee Defence 13
Armour 40
Health 50
Base Morale 40
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Long range
  • Fast rate of fire
  • Good damage but low armour penetration
  • Very weak in melee
  • Poor morale

Massed in large numbers, eastern archers can inflict heavy casualties, and the composite bows they carry afford them greater range, accuracy and power than many of their western counterparts. Constructed from a combination of wood, sinew and animal horn, the composite bow was far more effective than the traditional wooden or 'self' bow. As its core offered greater flexibility, allowing the archer to draw its string back further and achieve a great range and power, the composite bow could find a target up to 35 metres away and pierce chainmail armour. Requiring great strength and stamina to use well, the composite bow demanded respect, care and attention. As military campaigns were often fought during the summer and autumn months, archers could rest their weapons during the winter - reconditioning the bodies before restringing and tensioning for future use.

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