(Hellenistic Reformed Javelin Infantry)
|Unit type||Javelin Infantry|
|Base cost||20 Food, 40 Wealth, 20 Timber|
|Ramping cost||1 Timber, 2 Wealth|
|Creation time||11.1 seconds|
|Line of sight||8|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at|| Barracks|
|Prerequisites||Level 1 Reforms|
|Available to|| Macedonians|
Chremonidean League (Athenian tech tree)
In keeping with the tradition of "anti-armour missile units" Thureophoroi Illyrioi are a more lighter clad yet more destructive anti-heavy infantry missile unit, combining the ranged attack of the Thureophoroi with the Illyrian trait of enhanced anti-infantry expertise at the cost of armour.
The best way to think of these units is to treat them like the Immortal line from vanilla RoN — but instead of using them to engage cavalry units, use them instead to break up enemy heavy infantry at a distance. For this reason, they are ideal units in the hands of wealthy Epirote players who can afford them in their numbers, being proficient warriors when pitted against Celtic, German, Greek or Roman infantry bands. Even so they are not invincible, for their lack of armour can be telling. Should you see these units, bring up your cavalry and your archers and open up on the right away.
Historically, the Illyrians were a people that inhabited the northern part of modern day Albania and were bordered in the south by the Greeks of Eprius and Aetolia, and in the east by Macedon and Thessaly. Thus, they had to adapt their warfare to fight these enemies, a task they became frighteningly good at to the extent that they could form a kingdom of their own at the expense of their Greek neighbours. The Macedonians, once reasserting their dominance, wisely recruited these hardened warrior tribes for their own ends. Fairly large contingents of Alexander the Great's light infantry in the Persian conquest were of Illyrian extraction.
Following his death, they won their independence once more after Alexander’s death, but were soon broken by the Celtic invasions that followed his death and were never again to become a major power. Subsequently, Illyria became the first Roman province outside of the western Mediterranean. The Illyrians adapted quickly to Roman culture and became the first extremely loyal non-Italic subjects of the growing Empire.