Sarissa Cavalry

Recruitment Cost 400
Upkeep Cost 70
Melee Attack 34
Weapon Damage 25
Bonus vs. Large 10
Charge Bonus 51
Melee Defence 14
Armour 10
Health 70
Base Morale 35
Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Average charge
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Weak in prolonged melee
  • Poor morale

An early form of lance-like spear, most commonly associated with Hellenic cavalry, the xyston measured three and a half to four and a half metres in length. Consisting of an iron spear tip on a wooden shaft, the weight of the head was offset, like many Greek spears, by a bronze butt-spike. This may have helped with balance and in the hands of a skilled rider may have meant only one hand was required, as seen in the famous Alexander Mosaic from Pompeii. As most bronze alloys are heavier than iron this may have been possible, as the xyston’s balance point was towards the butt-spike. However, whether such lances were as effective when used one-handed, both in terms of force and accuracy, is debatable.

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