| Aeldary Aembaltae|
(Sarmatian shock cavalry)
|Unit type||Shock Cavalry|
|Base cost||160 Food, 100 Wealth|
|Ramping cost||5 Metal|
|Creation time||48 seconds|
|Line of sight||4|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at||Meeting House|
In those Sarmatian tribes which experience high sociopolitical organisation, the dividends thereof can sometimes result in greater material gains. More social organisation means more resources, either through taxation, trade or tribute which can then mean one thing: more resources to expend into arms and armour, as well as horses which are the very lifeblood of the Sarmatian tribes.
For this reason, chieftains with cash and goods to spend will often have a mind on raising warriors who are better equipped and better trained, for security reasons as well as prestige value. The Aeldary Aembaltae thus function as a force of knightly shock cavalry, thanks to their superior training and armour. While they're not as fast as the lighter but weaker tribal levies that can be raised by the Sarmatians, do not underestimate the value of their charge, as they can be used to defend key units from light infantry and siege weapons or literally run down opponents who get in their way.
Historically, the Hetairoi were the cavalry bodyguard of the Diadochi kings. They were originally introduced by Philip II of Macedon and played an important role during Alexander the Great's extensive conquests. However, the Hetairoi in this original form were never given the same importance under the Hellenistic successor states due to the increased emphasis on pike warfare.