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"I had ridden fourteen hundred miles by camel, not sparing myself anything to advance the war."

— T E Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Cap LVI)

Dromedaries: Vital statistics
Dromedary1

Unit type

Medium missile cavalry

Built/trained At

Stable

Damage and weapon type

Weak; bow

Armour

  • Light
  • Takes less damage from horse cavalry

Production Cost

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

Range

  • Mediocre weapon range
  • Fair LOS

Unit move & creation speed

  • Movement speed: Medium
  • Creation speed: medium

Hit points

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Technological Requirements/Upgrades

Available To

Saracens

The Dromedary is the intermediate level of the Saracen ranged cavalry line, and combines the range and rate of fire of horse archers with the strength and toughness of horse javelin units. Sadly, the Dromedary is only very scantily armoured, and so can be easily destroyed if faced with a hail of archery or walls of spearpoints.

Nevertheless, the hardy disposition of the Dromedary makes it an ideal unit for raiding, as its fairly high level of hitpoints means that it can be used for frontline skirmishing prior to the arrival of your own forces. The light armour and increased rate of fire of the Dromedary should be able to allow it to participate in some border skirmishes until the bulk of your army is finally in place.
Camelbarrage

The light armour and increased rate of fire of the Dromedary should be able to allow it to participate in some border skirmishes until the bulk of your army is finally in place.

Deserts are harsh environments to fight in, and the heat and relative paucity of resources meant that for centuries, the nomadic Arabs would seldom muster massive infantry armies for battle. All that changed with the coming of Islam. By uniting the Arab tribes through diplomacy and conquest, Islam eventually changed the way Arab armies fought in the field. Previously, they had relied heavily upon cavalry raids and massed archery, but with the Rashidun, there came a new reliance on massed infantry. The new religion of Islam, with its emphasis on calm and faith in the face of adversity, certainly helped to not only switch the focus of individuals on their tribe away to that of the ummah or universal brotherhood, but it also lent much towards an inclination towards discipline and esprit de corps that later on surprised the Byzantines who had hitherto looked down on the Arabs as cowardly desert raiders.

Unit summaryEdit

  • Intermediate-level unique ranged cavalry unit, combining the range and rate of fire of horse archers with the strength and toughness of horse javelin units.
  • The light armour and increased rate of fire of the Dromedary should be able to allow it to participate in some border skirmishes until the bulk of your army is finally in place.
  • As the Dromedary is only very scantily armoured, it can be easily destroyed if faced with a hail of archery or walls of spearpoints - if you see any of these closing in, run!

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