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Bohemond saw the Roman troops drawn up in array, and the royal standards and the silver-studded spears and the horses with their royal red saddle-cloths.

— Anna Comnena, The Alexiad, Cap V

Pronoiar Cavalry: Vital statistics
Pronoiar

Unit type

Heavy cavalry

Trained At

Stable

Damage and weapon type

  • Very strong; lance
  • Bonus damage against light units

Armour

Very high

Production cost

  • Pop Cost: 1
  • Resource cost: 60Ore; 50Coin
  • Ramp cost: 1Ore; 1Coin

Range

  • Melee
  • Low LOS

Unit creation and movement speed

  • Movement Speed: Very fast
  • Creation speed: Slow

Unit health

High HP

Technological requirements & upgrades

Available To

Pronoiar Cataphracts continue the tradition of hard-wearing Byzantine cavalry, with armour and constitution ratings being on par with most Imperial-Era heavy cavalry of Catholic factions, making them deadlier enemies as they are now tougher to bring down. This means that in effect, these units have the same hitpoints and armour as that of an Imperial-Era Man-at-Arms, so the Byzantine player can afford to use these units a little more aggressively, given that their added armour and hitpoints allow them to absorb more damage before being taken down. Despite this, however, weapons such as Javelin Cavalry and Mounted Cranequins can still pose problems, thus while Pronoiar Cataphracts are excellent for killing off most melee opponents, don't expect them to perform well if faced against heavy infantry or faster-running cavalry. Plus, although they may be a unique unit, Pronoiar Cataphracts are incapable of absorbing damage from bullets.

The feudalisation of Byzantine governance began in the 11th century with the introduction of pronoia (Greek, "care", "forethought") or tax revenue jurisdictions. Although they allowed nobles to be invested with the duty to collect tax for the Empire in return for part of the proceeds, the actual reason for their existence was because the Emperor wanted to use it as a means of keeping potential troublemakers away from the capital, Constantinople, as far as possible. It was assumed that candidates for pronoia would be pacified with the promise of additional financial gain, thus mitigating the potential for rebellion. Unlike in Europe, pronoia did not entail military service from the investees, and many who had gotten rich from tax farming were often reluctant to do so. By the mid-13th century, new legislation eventually militarised the pronoia and even made them hereditary, effectively establishing European-style feudalism in the Byzantine Empire. 

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