Peasants (Eastern Roman Empire)
Peasants (ERE)
Appears in Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion
Belongs to Eastern Roman Empire
Type Melee Infantry
Weapon(s) Fork
Soldiers in each unit 120
Attack skill 2
Charge bonus 1
Hitpoints 1
Armor 0
Defense skill 5
Shield bonus 0
Special abilities Can swim; Poor morale; Fast mooving; Can sap;
Cost 80

Peasants are reluctant warriors at best, but a life of endless toil and drudgery does at least produce strong backs and the ability to follow orders from your betters, even on the battlefield.

Men, no matter how untrained or unready for war, are always useful in battle and driving peasants off their lands is the quickest and cheapest way of raising a large army. Altough peasants are strong, they may also be stubborn and not that keen to fight, something that a wise general bears in mind. While a warrior is trained to battle, these men are trained to the plough and they will run if given a chance. That said, they can fight after a fashion and may do enough damage to make it worthwile to drag them from their fields and put spears in their hands!