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Raiders
Leves icon
Unit type Javelin Infantry
Base cost 20 Food Food, 10 Wealth Wealth,

10 Timber Timber

Ramping cost 1 Wealth Wealth, 1 Timber Timber
Creation time 4.7 seconds
Hit points 50
Line of sight 11
Movement speed 32
Attack strength 23
Attack range 6-11
Armour 0
Population cost Population
Created at Peasant Dwellings
Prerequisites Census Military, Gubernatio Civic
Upgrades from none
Upgrades to Velites
Available to Roman Icon

Raiders in Kings & Conquerors are warriors who have gained combat experience either (oxymoronically) as sellswords or bandits, preying on the unwary. Javelins provide them with a handy and effective weapon that can be easily created from the elements of the world, meaning that they are often self-sufficient and confident warriors endowed with plenty of prowess. Unlike Skirmisher Levy who are vastly weaker, these are highly proficient warriors, who are extremely fast on foot within your own borders, and also enjoy slightly better range, making them useful as skirmish units, in addition to their anti-archer bonus with their being javelin infantry. The one problem with these units, however is that unlike conventional Skirmisher Levy, they have a ramp cost in Wealth and take a little longer to train, but that is the price one pays in order to raise good infantry.

Even so they have their limits, Raiders are best employed behind a screen of Warriors, owing to their vulnerability to cavalry strikes, so never try to use them on their own in the field.

HistoryEdit

A javelin is a highly versatile weapon, being capable of being used as a projectile weapon every bit as a spear. As a result, they are always often the favourite weapon of prehistoric peoples who tend to eke their living in the wilds. Equally, it is also sufficiently sturdy that it has a strong chance of recovery after a battle, so it is a weapon that is often associated with primitive societies who have little in the way of manufacturing facilities.

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