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"[He] made ready for combat; and he took forth the arrow that was given to him of the Simurgh, and he let it fly towards his enemy."

— Ferdowsi, Shahnameh

Composite Bowmen: Vital statistics
Bowmen

Unit type

Ranged light infantry

Trained At

Barracks

Damage and weapon type

High; bow

Armour

Decent

Production cost

  • Pop Cost: 1
  • Resource cost: ? Log; ?Coin
  • Ramp cost: 1Coin

Range

  • Medium
  • Fair LOS

Unit creation and movement speed

  • Movement Speed: Slow
  • Creation speed: Medium

Unit HP

  • (lower)?

Technological requirements & upgrades

  • Library:
    • Castle Age
    • Military Level 3 (Heraldry and Chivalry)

Upgrades to:

Available To

Saracens Byzantines Mongol Armenia

A cut above Caucasus Huntsmen, these warriors are now clad and armed in the Eastern style: outfitted with a combination of metal and leather armour, composite bows and their superb tactics, these men can easily put to shame on the slower crossbowmen of other factions. As with the Caucasus Huntsmen, these men are sufficiently heavy to resist cavalry strikes, although their armour, bows and bravado will avail them little against heavy lances, and as such can be counted on only for taking out light to medium-power enemies. Bear in mind too that these men are somewhat slow in their movements due to the weight of the armour they wear.

The composite bow was a stronger kind of bow which was commonly associated with Middle Eastern and Asian cultures. Although Western Europe had the self bow, which was made entirely out of wood, the composite bow's advantage over the self bow was that it was stronger and thus had more draw weight, making it a more powerful weapon despite its size. The only problem was that it was more complex: composite bows were not a simple thing to make and so were used mostly by the richest and most warlike cultures. The Arabs were not great enthusiasts of archery — most warriors preferred javelins over bows — until they became masters of the Middle East and Spain, and had a sufficiently effective economy which could provide sufficient resources for mass production. Composite bows were also used by a variety of nations which had access to them, most notably the Italian city-states which traded extensively with the Muslims.

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