Quality: Superior

Type: Mercenary High upkeep, often slightly reduced morale and discipline

Soldiers: 32

Melee: 4

Missile: 5

Charge: 5

Weapon Type: Missile

Defense: 11

Armour: 5

Defense Skill: 3

Shield: 3

Hit Points: 1

Recruitment Cost: 455

Upkeep: 455

Mounted horse archers armed with powerful composite bows.
Medieval Romans called all warriors that came from the steppe "Skythae". The lack of experienced mounted archers forced the Empire to hire large numbers of these warriors to counter the superior mounted archery skills of it's enemies. These warriors came from numerous steppe tribes including Pechenegs, Cumans and Turkomans. Skythikoi were paid either by annual payments known as rogae, or they were given a proportion of all spoils won in battle.

  • Hetairiae Recruitment Post
  • Skythikon are recruited in Castles, at a Hetairiae Recruitment Post, after the Heavy Mail Event (early 13th century, around 1200-1215).