The Seregelānān will be added in future versions of Kings and Conquerors: The Hellenistic Era.
(Light Arab Chariotry)
|Unit type||Light chariot|
|Base cost||X Food, Y Wealth|
|Ramping cost||x Wealth|
|Creation time||? seconds|
|Line of sight||?|
|Population cost||? Population|
|Created at||Noble Residence|
Unlike skirmisher or bow cavalry, chariots are a different breed of unit. Able to carry slighly more ammunition than most horse skirmisher units, the Seregelānān is capable of firing javelins with ease towards left and right alike as it charges into battle and has no blind spots. The only problem with it is that it is much slower, costlier, and harder to build, and is best used only to attack slower melee infantry or even war elephants with no ranged attack.
These charioteers are not well-armoured and are meant strictly for skirmishing, so keep them away from enemy skirmishers and melee units - especially heavy pike units - at all times. An early-game chariot rush of 3-4 Seregelanan, propped up by a proper Patriot unit, can definitely wreak havoc, especially on Greek or Roman heavy infantry formations. However, if you are playing against a cavalry-heavy faction or a faction with good skirmishers, you are going to suffer losses especially if you recklessly use Seregelanan against heavy javelin units. Good heavy skirmishers, such as Iberian Scutanann or Hastati Sabelli are highly dangerous to your chariots, so if you do see them, you should think of bringing in other units such as cheap missile infantry to take them on instead.
The chariot was the first true fighting vehicle. Ancient armies used it to transport archers and other troops to the battlefield, where they would disembark and fight. Light chariots were first used by the Assyrians, whose warriors fought from inside the chariot itself, turned the vehicle into a fearsome offensive weapon. Few enemies were able to withstand an onslaught of Assyrian chariots. This devastating form of attack was soon adopted by many other civilisations, particularly the Egyptians, Indians and Chinese, who used them to great effect. However, by the Classical Age, the weaknesses of the chariot as a weapon system was becoming more apparent. It was poorly armoured and worthless against the massed infantry formations of the period, and so the emergence of more powerful horse breeds capable of carrying men without the need of chariots soon meant that chariots died out in most civilisations, replaced by genuine cavalry and war elephants.