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Gaesatae (Gallic "Naked Fanatic" Infantry)

Not Available Weapons
Primary Secondary Armour: 5 Morale: 22
Type: spear sword Shield: 4 Discipline: impetuous
Attack: 8 13 Skill: 15 Training: untrained
Charge: 12 12 Recruitment Other
Lethality: 1 0.225 Soldiers: 30 Hit Points: 2
Range: 38.5 0 Cost: 3356 Mass: 1.22
Ammo: 2 0 Upkeep: 839
Turns: 1
Primary Weapon Attributes: Thrown before charge, Thrown missile
Attributes: Can board ships, Improved hiding in forest, Frightens infantry, Very Hardy
Formation: Square Side/Back spacing: 1.4 / 1.6
Mount effects: elephant -2, chariot +2
Ownership: Aedui, Arverni, Safot Softim biKarthadast, Eleutheroi

Gaesatae are an elite, infantry-killing shock unit - one of the most fearsome in the ancient world.

Frightens Infantry
Very Hardy
Expert at Hiding in Forests

The Gaesatae (Guy-sah-tay; "Spearmen") are easily one of the most fearsome groups of warriors in the known world. They fight stripped bare but for neck torcs and sometimes their shoes or boots. They fight with longswords, but are named for their incredible skill with javelins; they can hurl them unnaturally long distances and deal great damage with them. Their charge is most ferocious though, causing many lines to simply fold and flee. This is not all solely due to skill and strength, though they are experienced and huge, muscular men. They imbibe a chemical before battle making them seemingly impervious to pain. They will fight to the very end, and are very destructive when employed properly.

Historically, the Gaesatae were Gallic naked religious fanatics. Their skill was a source of terror, and their frightful appearance shook many. Most horrifying, even beyond their size and skill and terrifying cries, was their seeming invincibility. A chemical they used allowed them to brush off and ignore any pain. They were remarked to do things such as rip javelins that had struck them free from their bodies, and hurl them back, and continue to fight with gashes and wounds that would have surely fell a normal man. They were Hannibal's favored Gallic mercenaries, and were used as his personal guards, as they were so devoted and trustworthy, as well as brave and skilled.