Auxilia Palatina (Western Roman Empire)
Auxilia Palatina (WRE)
Appears in Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion
Belongs to Western Roman Empire
Type Spear Infantry
Weapon(s) Spear
Soldiers in each unit 81
Attack skill 7
Charge bonus 2
Hitpoints 1
Armor 10
Defense skill 9
Shield bonus 6
Special abilities Good stamina; Can sap; Can make shield wall; Bonus fighting cavalry; Good morale
Cost 650

The Auxilia Palatina are heavy infantrymen, armed and equipped much as other late Roman soldiers of the era. Their status as palace guards makes them something of an elite force within the field armies of Rome.

The auxilia are not the same as the troops of the same name from before the military reforms of Constantine the Great and Diocletian. The Praetorian Guard was eventualy disbanded, thanks to its habit of regularly murdering Emperors, and new forces were created to guard the palaces and persons of the royal family. The "Auxilia of the Palatinate Hill" is made up of well trained provincial Romans, with about one in five being non-Roman "barbarians". While they are a "court guard" they are also a practical force that is expected to go on campaign, not stand arround looking good in over-polished armour! They can be relied on to fight hard and good in most circumstances.