Charge Bonus: 2
Weapon Type: Missile
Total Defense: 2
Defense Skill: 2
Hit Points: 1
Recruitment Cost: 190
Abilities: Can use flaming arows, Can Sap, Fast Moving
The same as archers of other factions, the archers of Parthia are made virtually reduntunt due to the Parthian emphasis on cavalry and will see little use apart from garrison work. Archers are rightly feared for the casualties they can inflict, but they are vulnerable in hand-to-hand combat.They are drawn from the peasant classes of all societies, as these are the people who need to be skilled hunters in order to survive. Learning to use a bow well is something that takes a lifetime and constant practice, and putting food on the table provides good practice. They are best used to weaken enemy formations, or placed in a spot where they can retreat and find protection from other troops.
Archers were used more widely by some cultures than others. The Romans, amongst almost all the peoples of the ancient world, were prominent in their disdain for archers (and indeed for almost any kind of ranged weapons). Nevertheless, archers are sometimes necessary (particularly, for example, in sieges), and the legions therefore recruited them from amongst the poorer sections of society, and from allies. They are not armoured and thus almost useless in hand-to-hand combat.