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Galatikoi Klerouchoi (Galatian Heavy Swordsmen)

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Primary Secondary Armour: 12 Morale: 13
Type: spear sword Shield: 4 Discipline: disciplined
Attack: 6 11 Skill: 10 Training: highly_trained
Charge: 8 8 Recruitment Other
Lethality: 1 0.225 Soldiers: 40 Hit Points: 1
Range: 47.3 0 Cost: 2196 Mass: 1.18
Ammo: 2 0 Upkeep: 549
Turns: 1
Primary Weapon Attributes: Thrown before charge, Thrown missile
Attributes: Can board ships, Can hide in forest
Formation: Square Side/Back spacing: 1.2 / 1.4
Mount effects: elephant -2
Ownership: As'Sab'yn wal'Jau, Ptolemaioi

Galatikoi Klerouchoi are an extremely loyal heavy infantry force formed from Galatian Celts. They are impetuous but well trained and capable of keeping good order.

Expert at Hiding in Forests

Galatians were used as mercenaries by all the Diadochoi, but none used them as extensivly as the Ptolemaioi. The Ptolemaioi imported Galatai and other Keltoi and gave them land and peasants in the Fayuum depression and other areas in return for their services as reliable heavy infantry. Their equipment reflects their position and wealth within the Ptolemaic forces. They are armoured in good quality mail and wear light linen shirts and trousers. They are given bronze Attic-style Hellenic helmets replacing their old equipment, and they took to these rather well. They have excellent morale and discipline, since their whole purpose in life (other than turning a profit on their estates) is to serve the Ptolemaioi in war. They should be used as a heavy infantry force knowing that they outmatch most other eastern heavy infantry. They are impetuous but well trained and capable of keeping good order, their only serious weakness is cavalry.

Historically, Galatai were imported in such numbers as to have changed the ethnic makeup of some parts of the country. They often intermarried with the Hellenes and to this day the area around the Fayuum depression in Egypt is populated by fair skinned people with light eye colours. The Galatians were fanatically loyal to the Ptolemaioi, being used as a counterweight to the dangerous native troops whom they slaughtered wholesale during two rebellions. After the Roman conquest, these men joined the legions raised in Aigyptos, and spread themselves all over the near east. Theirs is a truly fascinating story that is not often told.