| Lo’hamim Lybim|
(Libyan Spear Infantry)
|Unit type||Spear Infantry|
|Base cost||50 Wealth, 50 Food|
|Ramping cost||6 Wealth|
|Creation time||15 seconds (225t)|
|Line of sight||2|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at||Peasant Dwellings|
Clad in hand-me-down armour and arms, Lo'hamim Lybim (Libyan Spear Levy) are the mainline grunts of the Carthaginian faction, and are usually armed mostly with a hoplon, and a metal helmet of Punic or Semitic design. Unlike most other levy units, these are hardened warriors — no Carthaginian cares for the task of footslogging, and so the task of warfare is entrusted to these men, who are in essence mercenaries.
As spear units go, Lo'hamim Lybim are proficient fighters, being able to acquit themselves admirably in forming a battle line, or defending lighter units from cavalry, but like most spear units they are also vulnerable to missile fire. That said, the main perk of using these men in combat lies in their cost: they are far cheaper than most Hellenic Hoplitai, but require vast amounts of Wealth to be raised and also take some time to be mustered. The heavy dependence of Wealth for Carthage means that should your supply or trade lines be cut, you might not be able to raise these units quickly. Still, these warriors are fairly proficient at what they do and should provide a medium-strength military corps to hold the line or to expand your borders in the early game.
Carthage was founded by Phoenicians from Tyre around the 9th or 8th centuries BCE, and over the next few centuries it outdid other Phoenician colonies in its area. While the Carthaginian navy was generally superior to none save the Greeks, they generally lacked manpower reserves.
To alleviate this issue, the Carthaginians chose to assimilate and train up local inhabitants of their colonies, in short turning them into mercenaries. The wealth and power of Carthage allowed it to amass massive numbers of auxiliaries drawn from her various colonies — Italians, Spaniards, and Africans. Even so, not all Carthaginians were purely traders: those who served in the army or navy were usually of high societal status, and could be found serving either as elite cavalry units, or as part of the famous Dorkim B'hurim, the Sacred Band of Carthage.