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    The peope of Bāxiš (known as Baktria to the Greeks) are a people shrouded in mystery, left out of historical documentation not much is known about these wild warriors. Related to the other Iranian tribes that settled in the Middle East, they were forced to maintain more of their steppe culture due to the harsh and more open terrain that they migrated to. They have recently lost much territory to the Medes who now hold Hegemony over much of their previous lands. This renders the peoples of Mada (Media) and Balkh as rivals in the east. However Balkh also has to deal with the Indian power of the Far East who may look toward the possessions of Balkh as a rich opportunity for conquest.

    Bāxiš military maintains a cavalry orientated army but they are still backed up by minor contingents of Sparabara, a practice inherited from their new territory and their rival neighbors. They are also proficient archers being able to draw on superb soldiers from Arachosia and Sogdiana. Their Baktrian horse archers are strong and swift but are not practiced to the same level as the nomads and as such an early war with the Mazaka should be avoided.

    Bāxiš holds the key to the far east and the riches of India, should it choose to exploit this, Bāxiš may be able to fund a war machine capable of toppling the great empires of old and establishing the first world empire!

    | Arya AOR |

    The Aryans had always maintained a strong archery tradition but the tactical considerations of their new homeland have encouraged the Persians to attatch their bowmen to battalions of spearmen in order to better protect them. These archers come from a slightly lower band of society than the spearmen but unlike in Greece, there is no social stigma attatched to serving as a skirmishing soldier.

    They carry powerful re-curve bows that can outrange most enemies of Persia but for defence they have only their short swords and daggers to protect themselves. Thus they are best positioned behind the Sparabara where they can safely discharge their lethal payload and the supervision of their officers can ensure that they maintain their fire discipline.

    The Sra are made the lower classes of the Aryan tribes. They carry large tower shields made from treated wicker and leather that are tough enough to stop an arrow whilst still being very light and maneuverable. They strike at their foes with a six foot spear that sports a counter weight rather than a buttspike because of the likelihood of the spear crashing against the hands of the archers stationed to the rear of the shieldsmen. Other than their shields they only wear quilted linen corslets so it is generally unwise to leave these troops to engage an armoured foe unsupported. These troops are steadfast and kept in line by their junior officers whilst their standard bearer relays signals as well as acting as an inspiration for his comrades.

    On the Aryan lands of the middle east there are several tribes of men that use the axe as a tool for war. They are ferocious warriors that before going to battle shout their battle-cries to the enemy, to take their morale, and with their powerful charge make most of the enemy infantry retreat to their homes. The Parasu carry the crescent-shaped Taka shield but do not wear any body armour for protection. The Parasu rely upon their speed and the ferocity of their charge to break the enemy but if they are caught up in a protracted melee with armoured troops then they will certainly require support.

    These horsemen were called up from the higher bands of common society that could afford to keep horses. They are recruited on a feudal basis as the economic requirements of serving in the cavalry meant that they could not be mass conscripted as easily as the infantry. They ride swift horses and due to the long standing Iranian horse culture the Aspa take to the field in large numbers.

    They carry javelins to soften up the enemy before closing in with their axes but other than a quilted linen corslet and a bronze helmet they are not heavily armoured. The Aspa are not intended to attack heavy infantry as they lack the weapons and training for such maneuvers but they are perfect for driving off skirmishers or attacking other cavalry units.

    Aurvathanm Drikhuby (Nomadic Cavalry) UNIT MADE BY THE RISE OF PERSIA TEAM
    The nomads in the lands surrounding Bactria live a life much more akin to the older traditional Aryan tribes. Whilst they share the customs, dialect and religion of their brothers in the mighty city of Zariaspa, the nomads seek to retain the old ways of the Aryan people. An untrained observer might mistake these Bactrians for the more purely nomadic Sogdians to the north but it is against these traditional rivals that the Bactrians have attained their great experience in the matters of war. They are fiercely attached to their horses and only make war atop their mighty steeds. Their horses are well bred creatures, capable of great speeds and high stamina. The vast majority of these Bactrian nomads favour the bow to devastate the enemy from afar before escaping on their swift mounts before any harm can be returned. They also carry an armour piercing Sagaris axe in case they get caught in a melee. They might be lightly armed but their axes still pack a punch.

    Aurvathanm sna (Nomadic Nobles) UNIT MADE BY THE RISE OF PERSIA TEAM
    Every society has the rich and the poor, even the idyllic lifestyle of the nomad is marred by feudal obligations and displays of opulence. It is with the warlords of the Baktrian nomads that the city of Zariaspa does its business and this makes these nobles rich enough to ride to war with a great deal of fine equipment. These noble classes amongst the nomads have access to fine corslets of armour and sturdy spears to carry them right into the heart of the action against the enemy. But the bow remains the ultimate weapon on the steppe and no soldier would be so foolish as to go to war without one. Combining excellent horse archery skills with a fearsome charge these horsemen are some of the finest seen below the Caucasus. But their co-operation will come at a price.

    Suguda Bahadur (Sogdian Infantry) UNIT MADE BY THE WARLORDS OF SPARTA TEAM
    The independent and warlike Sogdians are one of the most powerful aryan civilizations of the 6 century BC; forming a border region insulating the Achaemenid Persians from the nomadic Saka to the north and east. They are also very well versed in the art of trade, to which they have already establish several trading routs into Saka, Persian, Baktrian and Indian territories; culminating into the Han Dynasty arriving in Sogdia by the embassy of the Chinese explorer Zhang Qian during the reign of Emperor Wu, 141–87 BC.

    These warriors are equipped in a far greater manner than their aryan neighbours; even tough they dismiss any head protection, they wear quilted linen corselets beneath their clothes and an additional shoulder pieces made out of leather for better protection. Instead of the typical Spara shield, these men use a sturdy round shields, designed for hand to hand combat, since the Spara shield is cumbersome and only applicable for defence purposes. Before charging into the enemy they thow a javelin to break the enemies formation so that they can charge in with their main weapon, a more Saka influenced version of the Akinakes, typically 35–45 cm, in length and double-edge.

    Kaufa Verkna (Hyrkanian Hillmen) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS TEAM
    Hyrkanian Hillmen are bands of warriors from the various clans in Hyrkania or northern Persia. These men are highly adept at guerrilla warfare and can serve a general as fierce light infantry. They wear simple tunics and are armed with spears, short swords and shields. They are fierce warriors and will give a good account of themselves, but more elite, disciplined infantry will come better out of it in combat.

    Hyrkania itself was mainly rough and hilly which in turn (and also because it was relatively poor) meant the nomads of the Central Asian steppes bypassed it. The Hyrkanians themselves controlled the mountain passes in the region and it seems the different steppe peoples made arrangements with the Hyrkanian rulers to use these passes when they went raiding, often to fall upon peoples the Hyrkanians disliked, and also when retreating back to the steppes.\n\nIn the 6th century BC, the inhabitants of Gilan allied with Kūruš the Great and overthrew the Medes helping to establish the Achaemenian Persian Empire.

    Verknāspa (Hyrkanian Cavalry) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS TEAM
    The Hyrkanians, by the time of the Achaemenids, are already renown for their cavalry prowess. Krus himself used this type of cavalry on many occasions; all the way to Alexandros of Makedonia, these cavalry were seen as a great unit to have around. They use a couple of javelins to take down the enemy numbers; and whend it comes to attack directly at the opponent, they use the aryan short-sword, Akīnaka, to shred the enemy to pieces. They use a corselet of iron scales for protection, since they don't have any kind of shield. Also worn was a leather belt with elaborate buckles, which are decorative in themselves and used to support weapons.

    The land of Hyrkania is one of the most fertile provinces of the Persian empire, considering both the mountains and the plains. Travelers passing through the forests of Mazandaran pass through thickets of sweetbriar and honeysuckle and are surrounded with acacias, oaks, lindens, and chestnut trees. The summits of the mountains are crowned with cedars, cypresses, and various species of pines. This district is so beautiful that it is called, Belad-al-Irem, or the Land of the Terrestrial Paradise.

    | Bāxiš |

    Bāxtriš Ashta (Baktrian Archers) UNIT MADE BY THE RISE OF PERSIA TEAM
    Archery has always been a huge part of the Iranian lifestyle but on the sweeping plains of eastern Iran the archer is invaluable. Foot archers are a a neccessary result of the poorer classes and the price of a horse but they are not merely an inferior class of warrior. When they aren't defending the city walls they can be used to great effect in driving off mounted archers if they are supported by spearmen.

    When paired up with their protective spearmen these archers make an excellent defense against the roaming nomads that surround Bāxtri. They come from a highly disciplined archery tradition and their skills are obvious to anyone witnessing their rain of death. Armed only lightly they rely heavily on supporting infantry to guard them. But when given free reign to unleash their deadly ammunition they can halt an advance in its tracks or send troublesome horse archers packing.

    Bāxtriš Sra (Baktrian Spearmen) UNIT MADE BY THE RISE OF PERSIA TEAM
    Zariaspa is one of the largest towns East of Babylon and it dominates the landscape for miles around. Its large population of landed farmers and traders provide a good recruiting pool for the Kings to draw upon. Armed in the traditional Iranian infantryman's fashion; these spearmen serve like the Sparabara, protecting their compatriots whilst they discharge their missiles. Their tower shields are very effective at protecting against missile attacks but their light construction means they can only hold out for so long against determined heavy infantry. These troops can hold the line but don't expect them to go on the offensive and win your battles for you.

    Whilst the Baktrians are a semi urbanised society they still do not produce or even require a strong infantry tradition to defend their borders. The reason for this is the great prevalence of cavalry in the east Iranian tribes and their importance dwarfs that of the poorer infantry serving classes whose main function is to either defend the city by protecting the archers of the infantry class.

    Kaufa Bāxtriš (Baktrian Hillmen) UNIT MADE BY THE BATTLE FOR HELLAS TEAM
    Many Iranian peoples inhabit the hills and mountains around Central Asia. As the nomads advance into these lands, they often avail themselves to these tough hillmen who can operate in lands that even a steppe pony may have difficulty. Armed with javelins and an axe, these soldiers, like most Eastern infantry can not hope to survive in a fight against either settled infantry or nomadic cavalry. Even so, they can do heavy damage against unwary opponents, and are far more manuevarable than armor-laden heavy infantry. Willing to fight for most people who control their lands in return for money and booty, they can help the often infantry-challenged nomads even the odds in more conventional battles as well as sieges.

    Baktrian hillmen or at least soldiers like them have been around in the same lands for many years, serving, from the earliest states to emerge in Central Asia to the recent establishments of the Aryan Confederacies , troops like these have often been levied for support infantry duty or just to fill the ranks of the army with greater numbers.

    Bāxtriš Aurvat (Baktrian Cavalry) UNIT MADE BY THE RISE OF PERSIA TEAM
    The Baktrian nobles might be city dwellers but they are still Aryans and they still take huge pride in their horsemanship. Baktrian bronze work was widespread and well established due to the high amounts of tin deposits in the area. As such many Baktrians favoured scale cuirasses made of bronze rather than iron since it was so much more readily available. These nobles charge with their spears before closing in with their Scytho-Iranian longswords to thrust at the enemy. They are a powerful force on the battlefield and more readily available than the wandering tribes of Baktria that still retain the old ways. These horsemen are progressive when compared to the surrounding nomads but when viewed alongside their western cousins in Persia and even Media, the Baktrians are the true horsemasters.

    Bāxtriš Tirkaman (Baktrian Horse Archers) UNIT MADE BY THE RISE OF PERSIA TEAM
    Baktrian horse archers are a speciality of the East; swift horses and expert marksmen make a deadly combination. They are armed with a powerful bow and a spear for defence, with quilted linen corselets for better protection. Horse archers rely on the maxim that 'speed is armour' to keep them out of trouble. Infantry have no hope of catching them, but other cavalry may be able to chase them down. Wise eastern commanders know this, and deploy horse archers with other cavalry to act as a deterrent to over-ambitious pursuit by an enemy. The Bactrians (like the Persians and Medians) wear on their heads loose caps called tiaras and on their bodies embroidered sleeved tunics and trousers on their legs. They carry their native reed bows, short spears and swords.

    Anya (Baktrian Royal Escort) UNIT MADE BY THE RISE OF PERSIA TEAM
    No member of the Baktrian royal family goes to battle without his escort of loyal battle brothers. Trained and blooded together in the fires of war, each man is ready to lay down his life for his lord. These men wear ornate cuirasses of armour and a diadem bearing their status in society. In combat they use a six foot spear that resemble the persian applebearers. If used wisely they can turn defeat into victory at the critical moment!


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    Default Re: Rise of Persia 3.0 |PREVIEW| Baktria Roster

    Very nice looking forward to playing this

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    demagogos nicator's Avatar Domesticus
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    Amazing, lack of unique Bactrian units was one of the major drawbacks of RoP2 for me. RoP was the mod which make me sing in to twc and write my first post here after long time of lurking and the release of the 3.0 will have special nostalgic flavor for me.

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    I love these units!! Very good job!!


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    Excellent preview. Lovely units. I especially appreciate your use of their native names.

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    Julio85's Avatar Miles
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    Great units!!!! Congratulations!

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