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Let your masters come and attack us: we are ready to meet them beard to beard.

— William Wallace

Clann Levy: Vital statistics
Lochabers

Unit type

Polearms Militia

Built/trained at

Town watch guild

Damage and weapon type

Low; polearm

Armour

Low

Production cost

  • Pop cost: 1
  • Resource cost: 20Food; 10Coin
  • Ramp cost: 1Food

Range

  • Melee
  • Good LOS

Unit move and creation speed

  • Unit movement speed: Fast
  • Creation speed: Normal

Unit HP

Low

Technological requirements

Nobles' Court:—

  • Nob

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Clann Levy are levied peasants raised by the nobles of the Scottish gentry, and consist a sort of militia armed with Lochaber axes. Although they are incapable of ambushing enemies like the Caterans, they have better hitpoints and are also capable of dealing splash damage thanks to the wide reach of their weapons. Clann Levy are easily mowed down by missile weapons and heavy cavalry, but as a "forlorn hoop" forming the first line of any offensive action or defence, they can be indispensible. Clann Levy are available only if Centralisation was achieved at the Nobles' Court.

Although the Scottish national army had taken up pike and shot tactics, polearms and their variants proved to be popular for irregular forces and continued to be in use well until the 19th century. Despite being deceptively simple to make, a polearm was highly lethal, especially in the hands of well-trained users. Polearms combined the long reach of spears and shorter weapons, such as warhammers or swords to form a highly versatile anti-personnel weapon. Scotland as a nation was relatively poor and so was reliant on the use of peasant levies whereso required and so for this reason, the Lochaber Ax, a modification of the old Norse-style sparth axe, was popular as a melee weapon alongside other polearms in Scotland.

Unit summaryEdit

  • Militia units, with better movement speed and hitpoints than normal peasant levy.
  • Built To Kill — Clann Levy march faster and have more hitpoints, and can be individually selected, making them more useful tactics-wise.

ReferencesEdit

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