Falxmen (Dacia)
Dacian Falxmen
Appears in Rome: Total War
Belongs to Dacia
Type Heavy infantry
Weapon(s) Falx
Soldiers in each unit 81
Attack skill 13
Charge bonus 5
Hitpoints 1
Armor 3
Defense skill 7
Shield bonus 0
Special abilities Warcry improves attack; Expert at hiding in woods; Combat bonus in woods or snow; May charge without orders; Good morale; Fast moving
Cost 500
Upkeep 170

Falxmen are used to carve a path into enemy formations. They are superior, but somewhat ill-disciplined warriors who are willing to charge into a fight without orders. They wear no armour, partly as a sign of their bravery and partly because it would interfere with the free swinging of their falxes.

A falx can cut a man in two lengthways in the hands of a skilled user. It is a frightening weapon: a curved scythe-like blade on the end of a long handle that is sharpened on the inner curve of the blade. The damage from any blow is done with a pulling motion, meaning that any blow that lands will hack off a limb or decapitate a foe at the least. Historically, this is one of the few weapons that made the Romans change their standardised armour, as they added reinforcing bars to Legionary helmets after encountering falxmen.