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"...the Sclaveni [...] are all exceptionally tall and stalwart men[, living] a hard life, giving no heed to bodily comforts, just as the Massagetae do, and [...] they preserve the Hunnic character in all its simplicity."

— Procopius of Caesarea


Axe Wojaky: Vital statistics
Wojaky

Unit type

Medium infantry

Trained At

Barracks

Damage and weapon type

  • Low; axes
  • Additional damage versus infantry and buildings

Armour

Low

Production cost

  • Pop Cost: 1
  • Resource cost: 60Log; 50Food
  • Ramp cost: 2Log; 2Food

Range

  • Melee
  • Low LOS

Unit creation and movement speed

  • Movement Speed: Slow
  • Creation speed: Fairly slow

Unit HP

High

Technological requirements & upgrades

Available To

These troops have the best hitpoint scores for many factions' other melee light infantry, despite being armed with only a helmet, a buckler and a battle-axe, yet their proficiency in defence is sorely bought: they will train more slowly at the barracks, but their cost means that they are nevertheless extremely affordable, if you are willing to wait on it. Enemy light cavalry will be extremely hard pressed to take them down, since they have added hitpoints, but a determined charge by lancers will definitely tear them apart.

The Slavs and Vikings, however, were not the only factions skilled with axes in the mediaeval era. Caucasus mountain men, being trained much faster than traditional Slavic axemen but costing more in wealth, are available to several factions in the Castle Age as mercenaries once contacts with the Middle East are re-established.

In early Mediaeval Slavic communities, military recruitment was based loosely around a caste of militant nobility which in turn led locally raised militia, unlike the more professional armies of the Saracens and the Byzantines. The most important unit was the voy (or, in Polish, woj) which could be translated loosely as "warband". There was no centralised form of organisation, and so each voy was headed by the leader or chief of the locality, who was called the voivod, or "war-leader", who also served as the local governor. Over time in more sustained periods of peace, the military significance of the title was eclipsed by its civil implications - today, in 21st century Eastern Europe, the term voivod is largely understood by Slavophones as referring to a mayor or village chief.

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