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"I [am] against my brother,
my brothers and I against my cousins,
then my cousins and I against strangers"

— Bedouin oath

Camel Raider: Vital statistics
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Unit type

Light cavalry

Trained At

Stable

Damage and weapon type

  • Low; melee
  • Bonus damage against light units

Armour

  • Low
  • Bonus resistance versus melee horse cavalry

Production cost

  • Pop Cost: 1
  • Resource cost: 40Log; 60Food
  • Ramp cost: 1Log

Range

  • Melee
  • Low LOS

Unit creation and movement speed

  • Movement Speed: Fast
  • Creation speed: Rather slow

Unit HP

  • High health

Technological Requirements

Senate:—

  • Republic

House of worship:—

  • Quran

Available To

Although not as fast as light cavalry should be, Camel Raiders have one thing that makes them better than them: their high hitpoints score, and their reduced food cost. This means that they should be fairly useful in their use for raiding, since they can withstand attrition better than most other cavalry units. Their poor speed however means that as far as charging infantry goes, Camel Raiders are not necessarily a good bet, although they will work fairly well in melee against other cavalry units.

Despite being slower and much less temperate than horses, camels had their uses. The first was their durability — on the march, camels can store all the fat and moisture that they will ever need in the hump on their body. The second was that their scent often spooked horses, which was both a blessing and a curse for the military-minded — it caused problems for enemies on horseback, but it could also cause problems if handling baggage, and keeping an army of camels and horses apart could sometimes pose problems. The earliest known instance of tactical exploitation of a camel's scent dates back from the conquest of Lydia by Persia, where the Persian Shah Cyrus deployed a detachment of camelry to spook his enemy's cavalry. When desert warfare experts were required, camel-riding nomads could be recruited as mercenaries, as was done in the wastes north of China, or in the arid sands of Africa and the Middle East.

Unit summaryEdit

  • Light cavalry unit available to Arab factions, not as fast as normal light cavalry but still cheaper and with better hitpoints.

CtW informationEdit

Camel raiders are a common sight in Khitan armies in addition to other units, mostly cavalry. Kill these units at all costs in order to keep them from producing food to feed your foes.

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