Roman Empire

Renowned and storied, the Roman Empire blossomed from conquering its neighbours to almost dominating the entire world. Massive and well-equipped, the Romans are adept with the sword, javelin, artillery, field artillery, and cavalry units. Their powerful siege engines and extremely skilled infantry units allow them to cut through enemy defenses.

Commanders

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A born leader, Caesar is adept at supporting and inspiring battle units. His abilities to bolster combat and ranged attackers, as well as impede other commanders' special orders, allow Caesar to be a pivotal, albeit indirect, commander on the battlefield.


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The Roman Commander Germanicus is a heavy infantry expert, focused on dishing out damage and shrugging off ranged attacks. His bloodlust in battle allows him to deal more damage the more enemies he vanquishes with his quick and deadly attack speed.


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Scipio Africanus will cut through enemies lines and utilise his cavalry and infantry assaults to overwhelm enemies. His routing charge, and piercing war cry that damages enemy defense and morale, exemplifies Africanus’ power, will, and ability to fight to the death.


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With tactics as sharp as his army’s blades, Sulla uses his years of battlefield experience to manipulate both his own units and enemies. A commander constantly thinking several steps ahead, Sulla is a tank who can greatly boost his army’s defences and debuff those who would attack him.


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Units

Here are just a few highlights of the units employed by the Roman faction. Many more are eager to follow your orders and charge into battle, Commander.

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Legionaries (Tier VI)
Near-mythical figures within the Roman Army, these versatile soldiers can land shattering attacks, and few enemies are capable of matching their vigour and military skill. However, legionaries are also good in defence and can hang back to protect key positions. Heavy pila that they throw at enemies from an almost point-blank range can easily pierce through shields, and the men behind them. After that, legionaries draw their gladii to finish off units in a flurry of stabs and slashes.
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Velites (Tier VI)
Velites are 1,200 lightly-armed warriors of the Roman legion. They act as skirmishers, effectively piercing through enemy armour, and are only behind archers and slingers in terms of their range of fire. Mobile and fast, their round shields serve as additional protection, while their main weapon is a javelin launched at oncoming foes. As well as other missile units, Velites are vulnerable to cavalry and melee infantry attacks.
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Legionary Cavalry (Tier VII)
Legionary Cavalry consists of 120 well-equipped riders who support infantry units and cover flanks. They can engage enemy cavalry on equal terms and contain infantry for some time, which makes them truly versatile warriors. The unit's main weapons are hasta with an iron tip, and spatha, a sword longer than the one worn by infantry, and thus more suitable for mounted combat. Round wooden hide shields with a metal button at its center, crested bronze helmets, and chain mail or scale armour are employed to protect the Legionary Cavalry.
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Heavy Onager (Tier VI)
Heavy onagers that throw huge stones at enemies constitute the main artillery of Rome. Despite their low mobility, these siege engines can easily unsettle enemy units and force them to disperse from advantageous positions. An onager is mainly used to destroy buildings and walls, though its efficiency against moving enemies — such as cavalry or infantry — is somewhat lacking.
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Ballista (Tier VIII)

Developed from earlier Greek weapons, the ballista is an ancient Roman missile weapon that launches heavy darts. It outperforms other siege weapons thanks to its ability to shoot projectiles with higher velocities over a longer distance. Its shots can reach their target in no time at all, and are virtually impossible to evade, which makes ballistae especially efficient against infantry, foot archers, and cavalry.

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Cheiroballistra (Tier VI)
Cheiroballistra shows outstanding results against infantry units. Its great range of fire allows it to deal massive damage, hitting several enemy soldiers with one bolt. Despite its small size, the Cheiroballistra certainly packs a punch and is easy to transport, which allows its engineers to swiftly adapt to the changing tide of battle.
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Scorpion (Tier VIII)

Invented by the Greeks and later adopted by the Roman legions, the scorpion is a smaller catapult-type weapon, capable of cutting down foes at long range, even if they are protected by shields. The weapon supposedly earned its name thanks to its deadly power, comparable in its effect to a scorpion's sting. It has a stringer with a socket to point bolts, uses a system of torsion springs to propel them, and even looks similar to a scorpion. These weapons are typically used against infantry and archers, though they can prove inferior against cavalry attacks and siege weapons.

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