Eastern Archers (Eastern Roman Empire)
Eastern Archers (ERE)
Appears in Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion
Belongs to Eastern Roman Empire
Type Missile Infantry
Weapon(s) Compound Bow, Dagger
Soldiers in each unit 80
Attack skill 4 (Melee); 9 (Missile)
Charge bonus 2
Hitpoints 1
Armor 8
Defense skill 4
Shield bonus 0
Special abilities Combat bonus in woods; Long range missiles; Can use flaming missiles; Can sap
Cost 570

Centuries of warfare have taught the Roman army the value of archers. These men wear good armour to give them some protection in hand-to-hand combat.

The style of the Eastern Empire's archers is closely modelled on the enemies that Rome from the East over the centuries including the Parthians and Sassanids. Most eastern peoples use the compound bow, a powerful weapon that is constructed by laminating wood, horn and animal sinew, and this weapon has been copied in the Eastern half of the Empire. This bow is very powerful for its size but, thanks to the animal glues used, not one that is easy to mantain or that works well in damp conditions. For the most part this doesn't matter in the dry conditions that dominate the Eastern half of the Roman world.

Experience has taught Roman generals to value these troops, and their armour is a reflection of their usefulness and status. It's worth keeping them alive in battle for the firepower that they contribute to the army.