(Hellenistic Reformed Sword Cavalry)
|Unit type||Sword Cavalry|
|Base cost||60 Food, 60 Wealth, 30 Metal|
|Ramping cost||3 Wealth|
|Creation time||25.9 seconds|
|Line of sight||9|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Prerequisites||Level 1 Reforms|
|Available to|| Macedonians|
The Lonchophoroi are heavy cavalry with extended staying power in a melee. Armed with a kopis sword and well protected by a helmet, greaves, linothorax and large shield, they aren't as damaging as shock cavalry but they have more health, greater mobility and are cheaper. Also, they are more effective against other cavalry, though they should not be expected to come off on top against any elite units.
The lonchos (λογχος) was a variant of the xyston. It was probably shorter and one-handed, because of the use of a an aspis at the same time, which while not packing as much punch as the xyston, afforded slightly more protection for the horseman — a feature that was ideal for those enlisted in the role of medium melee cavalry.
Historically, the Lonchophoroi (or "lonchos-bearers") were introduced and used extensively by the Hellenistic successor states. These noblemen were used to support the shock cavalry in the melee that resulted after the main charge.
- Ancient Battles; Ancient armies of the Seleucid empire