Druids (Britons)
Briton Druids
Appears in Rome: Total War
Belongs to Britannia
Type Religious unit; Heavy infantry
Weapon(s) Sickle-shaped sword
Soldiers in each unit 32
Attack skill 13
Charge bonus 4
Hitpoints 1
Armor 7
Defense skill 5
Shield bonus 2
Special abilities Chanting inspires nearby troops; Expert at hiding in woods; Combat bonus in woods or snow; Excellent morale; Very good stamina
Cost 480
Upkeep 90

Druids are spiritual leaders with practical fighting skills who instill confidence in nearby friendly warriors. They have a religious zeal that gives them great courage and their mere presence fills nearby believers with confidence. Positioned just behind the battle line druids can also form a powerful reserve, ready to join the fray at a crucial moment.

Equipped with sickle-shaped swords and small shields, the mail-clad druids are excellent fighters. Their good war gear is a reflection of their status as teachers, judges, soothsayers and the focal point of religion and magic among their people. As Celtic cultures lack a written form, they are also the memory of the tribe as well, remembering all the important facts of tribal history.

Historically, the Romans despised and then targeted these men because they practiced particularly savage forms of human sacrifice and because of their cultural importance. When a tribe's history was wiped out, it became a little easier to bend the people to the will of Rome. Any of those people are good killers and shock troops as they inspire the other troops with morale.