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Egyptians
The Egyptian army was better disciplined but ill-used. Since the death of Alexander the Great in 325B.C, the Eastern countries had been ruled by the descendents of Alexander’s generals. Egypt had since that time been ruled by the Macedonian Ptolemies, and ruled not from Memphis but from Alexandria at the delta of the Nile. The native Egyptians were denied citizenship of this city and its language was Greek. Its army was composed mainly of Macedonian mercenary troops, using native troops in an auxiliary role.

Ptolemy ignored the Egyptian gods and took up those of Greek and Rome. Thus the high priests would not crown their rulers as Pharaohs, and they unwittingly denied themselves the wealth of Egypt - vast hidden hordes of gold in temple treasuries. They were ignorant of the accepted rule that the Pharaoh owned the land and everything on it. Adopting the titles of Kings and Queens of Egypt the dynasty was riddled with palace revolutions and coups.

Cleopatra VII was sent to Memphis in childhood when her father remarried. She had cultivated the High priest of Amon-Ra, and been trained in its mysteries. She could also speak all of Egypt’s dialects. When her father died civil war broke out and the people and Caesar backed her claim to the throne that she took as Pharaoh, daughter of Isis. She also inherited 250 years of revenue kept for Pharaoh by the priests and gained a native army fanatically loyal to her and with a military tradition spanning 3,000 years.

Cleopatra adopted the Macedonian Pike for her soldiers – both her archers and infantry were superb. Her cavalry consisted of good horsemen and native auxiliary camel archers. Her troops fought in regiments under good control by native captains with standards blessed by the priests. Her best troops were the Royal archers, which had been maintained by the previous monarchs to deal with lions and crocodiles and to act as an internal police force. These archers were the most sought after in the known world and Rome would later use them as auxiliary archers for another two hundred years.

The Egyptian army’s main weakness was that, having been neglected for two centuries, her army was new and lacked the esprit de corps the same period had given the Romans. Given time and equipment it may have matched those of Rome, certainly Cleopatra intended to model her vast army on Roman organizational lines.
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Oriental armies are the oldest organised combat corps that we aware of. They were the first to develop what we now call military science. Egypt utilises a profenssional army devided into corps, with the Pharaoh at the front of a command hierarchy as soon as hand-to-hand combat begins.
Priest
The Priest caste in Egypt enjoys immense power and privileges. The Egyptians were the first to embrace and acknowledge medicine as a science. As a result numerous Priests accompany their armies to look after the bodies and souls of the soldiers.
Slaves
Although their ability in combat is limited, the Egyptians use great numbersof Slaves to build and repair machinery and war structures. In time of great urgency, the slaves can be forced to work at accelerated speed, although the effort will end up killing them.
Archers
Famed for being one of the best shots of Ancients times, Oriental Archers stand out most from the other foor soldiers.
Guards
The Oriental soldier is basically a peasant amred with a lance. Like their Roman and Barbarian counterparts, Guards can plant their lances to repel the charge of Cavalry units.
Soldiers
A mixture of natives and Hellenic tribesmen forms the main bulk of Egyptian infantry. They are well armed and equipped professional combatants, but they lack the formation flexibility of the Roman Legions, and the strength of the Barbarion Warriors.
Camel Riders
The lack of water and grass in desert regions makes it difficult to maintain a large group of horses. As a result the inhabitants of these areas frequently use camels. They are strong, resilient, and when necessary, very fast. A Camel Rider is more balanced than cavalry when attacking the enemy, thus making him less susceptible to enemy lances and arrow attack.
Camel Archers
Camel Archers functions in much the same way as the other riding archers, but have certain advantages and restrictions due to his mounting. He is more resistant to enemy archers and lancers, but is more vulnerable in melee combat.
Nubian Archers
The Nubians, a North African tribe, gave fruit to some of the best archers of ancient times. These men also served as elite auxilliary troops in many other armies. The Nubian Archer's strenght and range exceeds that of any other archer in that time. Thanks to his ability to shoot poisoned darts he is able to cause even greater damage to the enemy.
Parthian Cavalry
Parthia has been at war with Rome troughout most of its history. As a result, the Parthians have developed a lethal weapon to confront the legions and other walking units: the Parthian Cavalry. These horsemen can shoot their arrows even while moving.
War Chariots
The Barbarians efficiently developed the art of attacking with chariots. The War Chariots are very fast over land but are unable to go through bushes or swampland. When charging, War Chariots are the only units that can penetrate enemy lines without having to engage in mêlée combat, slightly damaging the enemy troops in their way.
Hawk Scout
Gaul scouts are an extremely important unit that are able to see through the eyes of Hawks and report on terrain from great hight.
Wolf Scout
This scout unit can control wolves that are able to report on activity in dense forest areas. This can warn the scout of any enemy ambush that may await there.
Catapult
Catapults can throw big rocks in an arc, this allows the user to hit the enemy without disrupting their own defensive/offensive lines. They are however less then accurate when having to attack moving targets.
Ballista
The Ballista has amazing destructive potential in the battlefield. Using the force of torsion from animal tendons and guts, it is capable of propelling huge wooden bolts in a straight trajectory. In this manner, the wooden bolts are capable of penetrating many enemy lines before comming to a halt.
Battering Ram
The Battering Ram is a siege weapon designed to survive long enough to reach the fortress gates and knock them down. They are also very usefull for destroying garrisons and defence towers.
Assault Ladder
Assault Ladders are the most basic fortress assault armament. They are however very weak but are able to move trough shallow water unlike other siege weapons.
Assault Tower
Assault Towers are enormous structures that can be pushed against the walls of an enemy fortress in order to gain acces to it. You can place up to three troops in a tower, they are aslo able to shoot from inside the tower if your troop has a range attack. Assault Towers cannot go up or down slopes.
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