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"How quickly the Moors move! and they rearm themselves,
from the sound of the drums the ground was about to crack,
you would see Moors arming themselves, quickly entering into formation."

Cantar de Mio Cid

Iberian Rider: Vital statistics
Iberian

Unit type

Ranged medium cavalry

Built/trained at

Stable

Damage and weapon type

Good; javelin

Armour

None

Production cost

  • Pop cost: 1
  • Resource cost: ?Coin
  • Ramp cost: ?Coin

Range

  • Low
  • Medium LOS

Unit move and creation speed

  • Unit movement speed: fast
  • Creation speed: very fast

Unit HP

Low

Technological requirements

Factions available

Moors

The Iberian Rider mates the speed and rate of fire of normal bow cavalry with the attack of javelin cavalry. Although the result is a hard-riding and harder-hitting javelin cavalry unit, it suffers from the Horse Archer's lack of armour and hitpoints, and the poor range of javelins. Still, the extra speed of this unit should result in a highly flexible and fast offensive unit, capable of decimating melee infantry and harassing other cavalry units. Just remember to stay away from missile weaponry or melee cavalry, though — it will do no good to be caught by heavy lances or even bullets.

The terrain of Iberia which varied between arid deserts and deadly mountain passes meant that whatever military cultures in that area had to be as flexible and innovative as possible. It was in this environment that the jinete (named after the Zenata, a people which supposedly lived in North Africa) or Iberian cavalry skirmisher first came to the fore, following cavalry traditions in Africa that reached back to as early as Roman times. Of course, javelin cavalry however are not confined to Iberia in Europe — specialised javelin troops, the Cossacks, trained and drilled following Turkic lines, can be recruited as mercenaries by Poland and Russia in later eras.

Unit summaryEdit

  • Light cavalry unit which is faster but weaker than normal Javelin Cavalry.
  • The extra speed of this unit should result in a highly flexible and fast offensive unit, capable of decimating melee infantry and harassing other cavalry units.
  • Due to its lack of armour and low hitpoints, keep this unit as far away from melee cavalry and archers as possible.
  • Renegade Bajorai - These are javelin-armed warriors which are akin to Iberian Riders and can be recruited as mercenaries by Poland and Russia in later eras.

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