The Byzantium Empire

Quality: Elite

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

Soldiers: 62

Attack: 10

Charge: 5

Weapon Type: Melee

Defense: 16

Armour: 7

Defense Skill: 9

Shield: 0

Hit Points: 1

Recruitment Cost: 500

Upkeep: 500

The Varrangoi (or Vangarian Guard) are superb two-handed axemen, protected by heavy armour. The most famous of all Byzantine units, made up wholly of Scandinavians and Englishmen, The Varrangoi were initially a military levy sent to the Byzantine emperor from the 'Rus' which are now a permanent unit often used as royal bodyguards. These superbly skilled warriors wield two-handed axes with vicious abandon, hacking down the Emperor's enemies.

  • Town Hall
  • Council Chambers
  • City Hall
  • Mayor's Palace
  • Varrangoi are recruited in a City with a Mayor's Palace after the Heavy Mail event in the early 13th century (1200-1215) Gain +1 XP.