(Arab Spear Infantry)
|Unit type||Spear Infantry|
|Base cost||20 Food, 20 Wealth, 10 Metal|
|Ramping cost||2 Food|
|Creation time||6 seconds|
|Line of sight||7|
|Population cost||1 Population|
Deserts are harsh environments to fight in, and the heat and relative paucity of resources meant that for centuries, the nomadic Arabs would seldom muster massive infantry armies for battle. Until the arrival of Islam, it was very rare to see most Arabs fighting in formation.
Yet nevertheless, spears and the use of spearmen in defensive formations were very much well-known to the pre-Islamic Arab tribes, but even so their use was confined mostly to those who could afford the training and the armour to raise them — most notably those urban polities capable to wrest profits from the trade in what the Arab lands had to offer — pearls, spices, and scented oils. As such, Lukhata are very much comparable to the Roman Vigiles, except that they don't need any fancy tech faffing around, and also have some slightly better armour.