Between the empires of the Romans and Chinese lie a federation of tribes the likes of which had never seen before: the Kipchak Steppe. Formed out of a coalition of different tribes, either through diplomacy or belligerence, the Kipchaks pose both opportunities and threats east and west. Being expert hunters and horsemen like most Turks, a few of them can be recruited for the cause of their more prosperous neighbours. Unlike most other troops, you do not need to research anything for them — just plonk down an Outpost and pray you have enough wealth. Potential employers be warned, however: these men may be recruited much faster than normal or "unique" ranged cavalry, but the price you pay to recruit them will be hefty indeed, and while other factions may improve their own mobile ranged support units, your Kipchak Nomad contingents will forever stay the same as they would be from the beginning.
Thought to be originally from the lands west of China, the Kipchak were Turkic nomads who pushed west into Central Asia and by the 11th century managed to establish a vast "khanate" which practically covered all of Central Asia, where they clashed with a variety of Christian powers and rival tribes, The Kipchak Khanate was actually a loose confederation of tribes and for this reason, they were sometimes recruited as mercenaries by their more well-developed neighbours and were even assimilated into the same. A few Kipchak clans even managed to exert some influence on the Middle East where they were recruited as mamluks or slave soldiers by Muslim potentates, such as those of Egypt. Following the invasions of the Mongols, the Kipchak were also allowed to settle in Hungary, where they were eventually assimilated into Magyar society. The lands that constitute the present-day eastern frontiers of the present-day Moldovan Republic were once named "Bessarabia" after Bassarab, a prince of Kipchak extraction who made his home near the Black Sea.
Ranged cavalry mercenary unit, tactically identical to Horse Archers but trained faster and for high prices in wealth.