1.3 Caledonian Roster Preview!

The Caledones

One theory states that the name Caledones comes from the Proto-Celtic roots kal- (“hard”) and φēdo- (“foot”), alluding to steadfastness and endurance. Whether true or not, the name seems fitting for the remote Celtic tribe of farmers and hillfort builders at the cold, harsh far northern end of the known world who famously resisted several Roman invasion attempts. Eventually, this prompted the construction of great walls to contain instead of conquer the northern tribes. The Antonine Wall and Hadrian’s Wall stretched from coast to coast across narrow necks of northern Britannia and were manned by Roman garrisons, but they failed to stop the northern tribes from retaking territory several times, likely augmented by tribes from southern parts of Britannia fleeing Roman conquest. Cassius Dio for instance records that the Caledonians inflicted 50,000 Roman casualties due to attrition and unconventional tactics such as guerrilla warfare against a military expedition personally led by emperor Septimus Severus. After emperor Severus died to illness in Eboracum a few years later, the Romans were pushed back south of Hadrian’s Wall and no further Roman attempts at conquering Caledonia were ever made.

Sources such as Tacitus and Jordanes describes Caledonians as large, athletic, pale and red haired. The former author speculates that they were related to Germans and while there’s no evidence of that, some aesthetic inspiration has been from the similarly remote, rugged and inhospitable Germania. These visuals emphasize the otherness of Caledonians compared to other Celts and indeed, fellow Britons. For instance, unlike most Celtic nobles who went clean-shaven at the time, the Caledones sport full beards and rely on heavy pelts and leather from their agriculturally based economy and simpler to produce scale, rather than mail armors to a higher degree than other Celts.

The Caledones are designed to be a slow but strong defensive faction, featuring excellent spear units using Defensive Formation or Shieldwall, complemented by decent melee infantry and archers, but weak cavalry due to the difficulty to raise horses in such harsh lands.

1.3 Barbarian Overhaul – Scordisci Roster Preview!

We hope you enjoy another Divide et Impera 1.3 preview from Q_Sertorius and CEMN, this time featuring the Scordisci! We also will have some news in the near future about a combined public beta for everyone to try out. Currently, you can find various sections of the beta available for testing on our Discord.

The Scordisci

The Scordisci were a Celtic tribe formed after the Gallic invasion of the Balkans that mixed with the local Thracians and Illyrians. Their tribal name may be connected to the Scordus, the Šar mountain. Extensive La Tène type finds of local production are noted in Pannonia as well as northern Moesia Superior, which attest to the concentration of Celtic settlements and cultural contacts. They controlled the various Pannonian tribes in the region, extracting tribute and enjoying the status of the most powerful tribe in the central Balkans. Their power was centered on Singidunum. They subjugated a number of tribes in Moesia, including the Dardani, several west Thracian tribes, and the Paeonians. From 141 BC, the Scordisci were constantly involved in battles against Roman-held Macedonia. Between 56 and 50 BC, the Dacians defeated the Scordisci, and became subject to the powerful Dacian ruler, Burebista. In 15 BC, Tiberius crushed the Scordisci. They became Roman subjects, providing valuable support for later campaigns against the Pannonians and Breuci. They started receiving Roman citizenship during Trajan’s rule (98–117 AD). With their Romanization, they ceased to exist as an independent ethno-political unit.

Visually, the Scordisci cross-cultural mix runs throughout the roster, from the lowest levy spearman to the noble Cordinau Orca, elite nobles wielding unique curved longswords. However, the Thracians stand out particularly in the Scordisci javelin units, and the Illyrians have a heavy presence in the Scordisci navies.

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