| Farasin Khabarin|
(Arab 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||Noble Residence|
Not all Arab warriors are light skirmishers or spearmen with little or no armour. Some Arab chieftains, made rich by their control of vital trade routes out of the Middle East into Europe and Asia, have been able to purchase enough armour and fodder to raise bodies of picked horsemen for close-up wet work.
Farasin Khabarin thus play an important role in Nabataean armies. Having some armour and a good steed, they are thus able to function like most other lancer units in battle, charging and running down the foe whereso needed. As long as the way is clear and there are no heavier units in their path, you can use these hardened men to cut a bloody swathe of terror and gore through your foes.
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.