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    THE ARMENIAN KINGDOM OF CILICIA



    A new kingdom in Anatolia, the Cilician kingdom is the result of one dynasty's ambition. Building on years of successful diplomacy and sheer force of will, the Roupenid lords of Armenia found their crown by putting the powerful Armenian barons to heel and alternating their loyalties. It is with the newly founded frankish kingdoms in the Levant and the Holy Church in Rome that King Levon found his most useful allies, bartering the independence of the Armenian Church for a crown from the Pope in Rome.

    Levon was quick to find what made Frankish societies successful and implemented sweeping reforms across the new kingdom. Adopting the frankish legal and administrative structure, the nominally subservient Nakharars became Parons (''Barons''), vassals of the king of Armenia and French courtly offices were introduced for better management of the realm. Castles and fiefs were granted to Monastic orders to better protect the borders of Cilicia. European concepts of chivalry were adopted and jousts became a staple for nobles. Cities were granted greater autonomy and trading rights were handed to the three major Italian maritime republics to foster growth and prosperity, with large foreign merchant quarters building up along the coast. The fostering of urban communities further segmented Armenian society, with the bourgenses (bourdjes) gaining an increasing role compared to the traditional farming communities (rustici).

    The transition from a traditional army to a frankish army was executed from top to bottom. The traditional office of Sparapet was replaced by the French Goundesdapel (''Constable''), the new leader of the Armenian armies. The new class of anointed knights, the Aspetner, became the elite force of Cilicia, fighting much like the Franks in the Levant. The armies now almost entirely revolved around the nobility and their household troops, further supplemented by irregulars from the Armenian highlands and communal militias.

    Early Era


    General units :

    King Levon

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    Goundesdapel and Bodyguards
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    The goundesdapel (''constable'') is the military leader of the Armenian armies. A noble of birth, he is flanked by his most trusted and experienced soldiers to keep harm from befalling him.



    Skirmisher Infantry Units :

    Bardzravandak Skirmishers
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    The main power base of the Armenian lords, the highlands (arm. bardzravandak) house the highest portion of Armenians in the kingdom, who act as natural frontiersmen against the numerous hostile forces. Independent-minded and unruly, they are capable warriors when called upon, especially in the mountains where they have much better knowledge of the terrain.


    Levy Archers
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    While only lightly trained and equipped, levies can form a large source of manpower in emergencies. The traditional weapons of Armenians, the bow and spear, are the most natural for the common man to be wielding.


    Bourdjes Archers
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    The rise of the urban-dwelling common man as a demographic in the Kingdom of Cilicia has been largely at a form of patronage from the royal court. With increased independence and better economic opportunities from important trade routes, the Cilician cities have developed, much in the same way as their European counterparts, their own militias to keep order and man the walls in case of assault.


    Italian Mercenaries
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    The trade rights granted to Venice, Genoa and Pisa have fueled trade in Cilicia and created merchant communities from Italy all across the kingdom, but most importantly along the coast. Not only merchants find their wealth in Cilicia, but also mercenaries come abroad to fight for the cross and some coin.


    Archer Serzhantner
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    The Cilician armies, under the leadership of Levon and his house, have developed a typical European structure. The main core is provided by nobles accompanied by their household troops, Serzhantner (''Sergeants'').


    Dismounted Archer Dziaworner
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    The former core of the Armenian military, the Dziawor (''horseman''), was organized into Azat contingents. While the noble cavalry has been gradually reshaped into the Frankish knight as an Aspet, the Dziawor still has his place in the Armenian forces as an elite soldier trained in the use of countless weapons such as the bow, mace and sword.



    Melee Infantry Units :

    Cilcian Levies
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    While only lightly trained and equipped, levies can form a large source of manpower in emergencies. The traditional weapons of Armenians, the bow and spear, are the most natural for the common man to be wielding.


    Bourdjes Militia
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    The rise of the urban-dwelling common man as a demographic in the Kingdom of Cilicia has been largely at a form of patronage from the royal court. With increased independence and better economic opportunities from important trade routes, the Cilician cities have developed, much in the same way as their European counterparts, their own militias to keep order and man the walls in case of assault.


    Spear Serzhantner
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    The Cilician armies, under the leadership of Levon and his house, have developed a typical European structure. The main core is provided by nobles accompanied by their household troops, Serzhantner (''Sergeants'').


    Bardzraharker
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    The main power base of the Armenian lords, the highlands (arm. bardzravandak) house the highest portion of Armenians in the kingdom, who act as natural frontiersmen against the numerous hostile forces. Independent-minded and unruly, they are capable warriors when called upon, especially in the mountains where they have much better knowledge of the terrain.


    Foot Serzhantner
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    The Cilician armies, under the leadership of Levon and his house, have developed a typical European structure. The main core is provided by nobles accompanied by their household troops, Serzhantner (''Sergeants'').


    Dismounted Aspetner
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    The Aspet is the ultimate expression of Armenian chivalry. Knighted by powerful lords, the Aspetner dress, train and fight like the Frankish knights of Levant.



    Skirmisher Cavalry Units :

    Bardzravandak Skirmishers

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    The main power base of the Armenian lords, the highlands (arm. bardzravandak) house the highest portion of Armenians in the kingdom, who act as natural frontiersmen against the numerous hostile forces. Independent-minded and unruly, they are capable warriors when called upon, especially in the mountains where they have much better knowledge of the terrain.


    Turcopoles
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    A holdover from the Byzantine era, Turcopoles are native-born Turks of Anatolia. Integrated into the regular armies of Armenia and the Holy Orders, they act as light cavalrymen and fight using the traditional weapons of the Turks, the bow and lance.


    Archer Dziaworner
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    The former core of the Armenian military, the Dziawor (''horseman''), was organized into Azat contingents. While the noble cavalry has been gradually reshaped into the Frankish knight as an Aspet, the Dziawor still has his place in the Armenian forces as an elite soldier trained in the use of countless weapons such as the bow, mace and sword.



    Melee/Shock Cavalry Units :

    Aspatakner
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    Aspatakner (''raiders'') are light cavalrymen that serve typically in scouting and patrol duties and to undermine enemy logistical support.


    Serzhantner
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    The Cilician armies, under the leadership of Levon and his house, have developed a typical European structure. The main core is provided by nobles accompanied by their household troops, Serzhantner (''Sergeants'').


    Aspetner
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    The Aspet is the ultimate expression of Armenian chivalry. Knighted by powerful lords, the Aspetner dress, train and fight like the Frankish knights of Levant.



    HIGH ERA UNITS (WIP)

    A HUGE THANKS TO LTD., SLYTACULAR, DONTFEARME22, WARMAN AND THE AE TEAM (ALONG WITH ANYONE ELSE WHO MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED AN ITEM TO THIS ROSTER THAT I AM NOT AWARE OF) FOR THEIR MODELS.

    Last edited by zsimmortal; January 01, 2018 at 01:02 PM.

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    Looks very promising!

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    What about order units? They need at least Teutonic knights.

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    Really great job, units look very good! Thank you. Looking forward for a final version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LinusLinothorax View Post
    What about order units? They need at least Teutonic knights.
    Those are tied to the Holy Order building line, which is tied to the Catholic tree. So yes, they will have access to Holy Order units. There might be something else for that in the Crusader factions building trees, but I'm not sure about it considering how intimately tied to the Roman church it was.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vardano View Post
    Really great job, units look very good! Thank you. Looking forward for a final version.
    Thank you for the kind words. Even the early era should receive an update in the near future to make the faction a bit closer to some of the 13th century manuscripts.

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    Thanks a lot man Great stuff. I just wish we had a little access to these beauties.
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    Nice work man. As always this is a very well researched, detailed and colorful roster and I really like the mix of eastern and western influences and styles.

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    Very cool roster. Some of those helmets look like something you'd see during the Hellenistic era, I didn't know those designs were still in use by the 13th century, it makes this faction look very unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade View Post
    Very cool roster. Some of those helmets look like something you'd see during the Hellenistic era, I didn't know those designs were still in use by the 13th century, it makes this faction look very unique.
    I also found that helmet design very eccentric, like the things you'd see in Victorian era paintings of antiquity. But these helmets come from 13th century manuscripts :



    Since we love unique things in our mod team, beautiful and ugly alike, they obviously made the cut.

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