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    The Skula, known as Skythai (Scythians) by the Greeks, lived an isolated life away from the troubles of the urbanized world, with a simple herdsman's life the nomad makes a living with his animals. Having only to move with them like one of the herd and take them to the favored grazing spots leaves much time for the practice of horsemanship and shooting the bow. A nomadís life may seem simple to the rest of the world, but living in such harsh climates and travelling a great many miles a day on the steppes every day has made the Skula a fierce enemy. Whilst ordinarily the Skula are not bothered by the politics of distant nations with their cities and decadence, the time always comes around when the nomads must mount their warhorses, take up the spear and bow and raid the neighboring countries for gold, cattle and glory.


    The Skula formed a loose network of nomadic tribes of horse-riding herdsmen and raiders. They invaded many areas in the steppes of Eurasia, including areas in present-day Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and southern Russia. Ruled by small, closely-allied elites, the Skula had a reputation for their skilled archers, and many gained employment as mercenaries. But the Skudata's main strength lies in their much practiced art of horse-archery and furthermore their developed use of heavily armoured cavalry. The Skula cavalry has a great reputation for its prowess in the charge and fire fight, but the Skythian infantry is underdeveloped as it is not surprising in a horse nomad society. In contrast, the shire presence of Skula nobles in their full iron armor on iron clad horses is enough to make any enemy tremble.


    Without the desire to conquer new lands the Skula have led an arguably peaceful and isolated life disturbed only by raids into the south and internal strife. But with an ambitious ruler at the head of her army, Skula could sweep down from the northlands and conquer all who foolishly attempted resistance.

    |Saka AOR|

    Oir-La (Sakā Axemen) UNIT MADE BY THE ROP TEAM
    The Oir-La are notoriously aggressive warriors. They fight to live and lived to fight, and drink the blood of their enemies and used the scalps as napkins; they also have the reputation for their skill in guerrilla warfare, and many gained employment as mercenaries. They use a couple of javelins to throw at the enemy before going in melee with the typical battle axe that most Sakā cultures use; for defence, their clothing consists of padded and quilted leather trousers tucked into boots, and open tunics.

    The Sakā people live in confederated tribes, a political form of voluntary association which regulates pastures and organize a common defence against encroaching neighbors for the pastoral tribes of mostly equestrian herdsmen. While the productivity of domesticated animal-breeding greatly exceeded that of the settled agricultural societies, the pastoral economy also needed supplemental agricultural produce, and stable nomadic confederations developed either symbiotic or forced alliances with sedentary peoples Ė in exchange for animal produce and military protection.

    Ar-Ima (Sakā Slingers) TAKEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF WAR UNIT SUPPLEMENT
    These slingers are made from the lowest classes of Sakā society. Hunters, bandits and herdsmen, are some of the type of individuals that make this contingents of slingers; their morale is very low, and at any sign of trouble they will run.

    The Sakā people live in confederated tribes, a political form of voluntary association which regulates pastures and organize a common defence against encroaching neighbors for the pastoral tribes of mostly equestrian herdsmen. While the productivity of domesticated animal-breeding greatly exceeded that of the settled agricultural societies, the pastoral economy also needed supplemental agricultural produce, and stable nomadic confederations developed either symbiotic or forced alliances with sedentary peoples Ė in exchange for animal produce and military protection.

    Luo-Skuda (Sakā Horse Archers) TAKEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF WAR UNIT SUPPLEMENT
    A swarm of nimble, mounted archers riding sturdy steppe horses is the backbone of most Scythian armies and, if adequately handled, they can be a very effective force all by themselves. Most enemies will be slower or have a shorter range. The horse archers can keep peppering them with arrows for hours or days, evading if approached and closing in only when casualties and loss of cohesion have sufficiently weakened their foes. Typical horse archers, however, are not particularly well-suited for hand-to-hand combat. Armour and heavy weapons are expensive and so are the big horses that can deal with the added weight: only nobles and kings can afford such luxuries. Hence, typical horse archers carry little or no armour and are likely to suffer if forced into melee against most adversaries.

    Life as nomadic herders on the steppe produced highly skilled bowmen and riders who could put those abilities to very good use on a battlefield. For over two millennia, these warriors were levied from the diverse nomads that roamed the vast Eurasian steppe and were a central and iconic component of their armies. Horse archer armies relied on mobility (at the strategic and tactical levels) and their excellent composite bows to win their battles and wars and their victories could be truly devastating. Both Assyrians and Medians at the peak of their military power saw some of their armies totally annihilated by enemies relying on horse archers and steppe tactics.

    Uluki (Sakā Riders) TAKEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF WAR UNIT SUPPLEMENT
    These Sakā skirmisher cavalry are best used in a harassing role and can be very useful in tempting enemy heavy cavalry to mount a charge in a vain attempt to catch them. They carry an abundant supply of javelins in saddle-cases. The traditional role of mounted archers is well known, but the javelin is more dangerous to armoured opponents. These wild tribesmen fill a vital role in the clan host. While they do make excellent skirmishers, this is not their only calling. They are warriors of the steppe and wield spears with skill and courage, willing to close with the enemy when the odds are in their favour.

    Skuda (Sakā Archers) TAKEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF WAR UNIT SUPPLEMENT
    These Saka Foot Archers are foot bowmen. They are dismounted tribesmen who choose to fight on foot, utilizing the advantage of shooting more accurately and releasing longer, more powerful volleys as a result of standing upon a relatively more stable and level platform than on the back of a horse. However, given their advantages in returning fire from the ground, they are also extremely vulnerable to heavy infantry and cavalry charges since these foot bowmen are still suited to more of a harassing and supporting role due them being merely armed with a short sword, the akinakes of Scythian origin, and no other melee weapon.Steppe nomads at times employed infantry in their ranks, even though they usually fought as cavalry. They would mount these men on camels or horses so as to keep pace with the majority of the army, which was the cavalry, and when they did battle, they would dismount from their horses and release volleys of arrows with deadly accuracy and power against their foes.

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    Unageri (Sakā Heavy Riders) TAKEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF WAR UNIT SUPPLEMENT
    Although the horse archer is the backbone of any nomadic army, mounted javelineers are mostly used in close-quarters on rough terrain, in ambushes and night raids. When an arrow hit was not always lethal, a javelin one did the trick well. These Sakā minor nobles receive small shields, a bunch of good tipped javelins, and some leather and scale armor. They are skilled and can also fight dismounted with various weapons, but the most common were the sagaris battle-axe and the akinakes.

    The Unageri, along with the Ulud-Skuda, are minor nobles from the Sakā tribes of the steppes north of the Achaemenid Empire; some of those consisted of the Auchatae, Catiaroi, Traspians, Chorasmii and the Apasiacae, just to mention a few. Their loyalty was always in question, so to bring these petty tribes to follow the main ruling tribe, they would receive small properties and cattle.

    Ulud-Skuda (Sakā Heavy Horse Archers) TAKEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF WAR UNIT SUPPLEMENT
    Protected with helmets and good quality scale armor, riding horses with frontal barding and wielding a scythian sagaris, these Sakā from the lower nobility can give a good account of themselves in hand to hand combat. Also, they are no less adept with the strong, composite bows they carry than poorer, more lightly-equipped horse archers and only slightly less agile. This combination makes them suitable for a variety of tasks. These are warriors that can attack infantry under the right conditions, that can go toe to toe with most other cavalry (or evade and shoot horsemen they would rather not face in melee) and that will win archery duels with the elusive horse archers (or will chase them off the battlefield).Cavalry armed with the long, two-handed lances may prove their better in melee, and, of course, frontal charges against decent infantry in good order will likely be suicidal. Against such foes, cooperation with the lighter horse archers that should abound in any Sakā army and the Noblesí own bows should prove very useful. All in all, the Ulud-Skuda are a valuable unit of great flexibility. Of course, the price of their expensive war gear will often mean than not many of them will be present in most Sakā armies.

    Oir-Pata (Man Slayers) UNIT MADE BY THE CLASSICAL AGE: TOTAL WAR TEAM
    The Man Slayers ride side by side with the men, to ensure victory for the Sakā cultures. They come from royal tribes that can afford their education and equippment; from the great tribal confederations like the Skula and the Ma-Sakā. Few in numbers and difficult to train, but ferocious and determined as any elite force; they also serve as a symbol of fear for the foreign enemy, for they never saw a women riding on the battlefield, dressed as a man.

    Speculation that the idea of Amazons contains a core of reality is based on archaeological findings from burials, pointing to that possibility. About 20% of Scythian-Sarmatian "warrior graves" on the lower Don and lower Volga contained women dressed for battle similar to how men dress, a phenomenon that probably inspired the Greek tales about the Amazons. Whend the Scythian men were away fighting or hunting, nomadic women would have to be able to defend themselves, their animals and pasture-grounds competently. During the time that the Scythians advanced into Asia and achieved near-hegemony in the Near East, there was a period of twenty-eight years when the men would have been away on campaigns for long periods. During this time the women would not only have had to defend themselves, but to reproduce and this could well be the origin of the idea that Amazons mated once a year with their neighbours, if Herodotus actually based his accounts on fact.

    Mah-Skuda (Scythian Heavy Archers) TAKEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF WAR UNIT SUPPLEMENT
    The Mah-Skuda often carry a slightly larger version of the composite bow that their fellow cavalrymen employ. This fact, together with the advantage of shooting from a more stable platform than a moving horse, tends to give their missiles somewhat longer range and more power than those typically shot by horse archers. To some extent, they compensate in this way for their comparative lack of mobility. The Skula used barbed arrowheads designed to tear a wound open on the way out. They also brewed their own poisons for their arrow tips, a mixture of snake venom, putrefied human blood, and, to hasten infection, dung. The secondary weapons of the Skula were the sagaris, a curved battle-axe, and the akinakes, a curved short-sword.

    These Skula are veterans of war that are entrusted of maintaning new settlements after conquest, and to subjugate its people. These old men are made from the elite of the Paradray‚ nobility; to them are given great wealth and equipment to fight, since they don't have the strenght to ride horses anymore. This is the way that the Paradray‚, the greatest Skula tribe (Skula meaning Scythian), have to control the lower tribes from rebelling and wanting to assume control over all Skula.

    Skudata (Skula Spearmen) TAKEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF WAR UNIT SUPPLEMENT
    Men raised from the most prominent fighters of all Skula (Skula meaning Scythia). They have adapted the fighting style that most nations use, with the soldiers in close formation; shields and spears at their hands, so that they can hold the enemy at bay while the cavalry delivers the finishing blow. This typical battle formation is a great innovation for the people of the steppes; for they were only accustomed with frenetic hordes of ferocious fighters that are lightly armed to make their annual raids into enemy lands. With this warriors, however, you can make those lands yours.

    These men are brought from the ruled tribes of Skula; the Auchatae, Catiari and Traspians are some of those that provide the Skula armies with the infantry, archers and light cavalry. The Paradraya, or Royal Skula, provide with their heavy cavalry and heavy archers; the symbol of the Skula armies.

    Paradray‚ Vitaz (Paradray‚ Nobles) TAKEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF WAR UNIT SUPPLEMENT
    Paradray‚ nobles are among the few in their society that can actually afford the very high costs of reasonably good defensive gear and of the larger horses which are able to carry a rider wearing such heavy equipment. Those expenses pay off by conferring them the ability to engage in hand-to-hand combat with some guaranties and, not to be forgotten, better looks than their less wealthy fellows. Nonetheless, in the early stages of the Skula culture, even nobles carry only limited amounts of armour and are better thought of as medium or even light cavalry. Fortunately, they can still rely on their archery skills, in no way inferior to those of any other Skula warrior and, although modest, the improvement in their equipment does allow them to carry out certain special tasks. Thus, they can fight enemy light cavalry with good prospects of victory. They can deal with enemy horse archers by either winning archery duels with them (thanks to their better armor) or by chasing them and beating them in melee (if they manage to catch them). They can also accelerate the collapse of enemy infantry still in relatively good shape through rear or flank charges and take good care of foot skirmishers. However, they are not prepared to frontally charge any decent close order infantry.

    After battle, Paradray‚ warriors would drink the blood of the first enemy he had killed. With the bloody taste still in his mouth, the Paradray‚ would decapitate the corpses of his slain enemies to use as grisly vouchers in the distribution of booty. Only warriors who presented the heads of their slain enemies would receive their share from the chieftain or king. Before the Paradray‚ can be dismissed as blood-thirsty barbarians, one really needs to see their elaborate golden artwork. Skula gold came from the Altai district and from frequent raids on Greek and Persian cities. Gold was sewn into their garments in the form of plates, fashioned into belts, broaches, necklaces, torques, scabbards, helmets, earrings, and ornaments, and worked into their weapons.

    Katiari (Paradray‚ Kinsmen) TAKEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF WAR UNIT SUPPLEMENT
    The retainers of a Paradray‚ warlord of the royal family have, like their master, access to the very best in terms of arms, armour and horses. In consequence, they are typically the warriors best equipped for hand-to-hand combat within a Skula army, often the only ones, and, as such, their intervention at critical points of a battle may well decide its outcome. However, not even a Paradray‚ prince may afford keeping a large retinue and hence, these select warriors are few in number. Therefore, it is imperative that they are judiciously used and committed only when and where they can really tip the balance of a fight.

    Sarmatian nobles maintained a number of retainers, providing them with equipment and, possibly, some means of sustenance. In turn, those retainers followed their lord whenever he went to war. The richer the noble or chieftain, the better equipped his retinue, the extreme being those warriors that constituted the guard of members of royal families. Thus, while a lesser chieftain may be surrounded by just some light horse archers, a Paradray‚ prince led a group of armoured riders wielding the finest weaponry. Friendship was highly valued among the Paradray‚ and was often expressed in oaths of mutual loyalty between warriors which further enhanced the cohesion of such groups. The battlefield impact of such well equipped and highly motivated unit, even if they were not numerous, should not be lightly dismissed.

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    Perfect, it feels really good to see continuous progress. I trust in you to deliver an astonishing product, wich would shurely make me play some rtw for the first time in, forever.

    A question about these Scythians, how big will they be on the map, just north of Crimea or from Dacia to Caucasia. How ,any regions?

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    Two cities fron dacia to caucasia.

    Quote Originally Posted by Linke View Post
    Perfect, it feels really good to see continuous progress. I trust in you to deliver an astonishing product, wich would shurely make me play some rtw for the first time in, forever.

    A question about these Scythians, how big will they be on the map, just north of Crimea or from Dacia to Caucasia. How ,any regions?

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