1.3.1 Maurya Roster Preview

Maurya Samrajya

The Maurya Samrajya or the Mauryan Empire was founded by Chandragupta Maurya, grandfather of Ashoka the Great, the famous Indian Emperor who ruled over the largest empire to ever span the Indian subcontinent. In 305 BC to 303 BC, Seleucus I Nicator initiated the Seleucid-Mauryan war in an attempt to re-establish the Indian satrapies of the Macedonian empire taken over by Chandragupta. The war ended in a Mauryan victory in which Seleucus ceded Gedrosia (Maka), the Hindu Kush, Punjab and parts of Afghanistan to Chandragupta. From this arrangement, Seleucus received 500 Indian war elephants, which subsequently influenced the Wars of the Diadochi. Seleucus and Chandragupta also agreed to a marriage alliance in which Berenice the daughter of Seleucus was offered as a bride to Chandragupta. It has been 20 years since the death of Chandragupta and his son Bindusara sits upon the Mauryan throne. Maka represents the Western most extent of the Mauryans who look to expand Westward on Persian and Hellenic factions that formerly antagonised them after Alexander’s conquests. As such, it has a special “Provincial Empire” government.

The Mauryan empire is also the only Hindu faction in-game with a Buddhist temple chain to signify the prevalence of Buddhism within their realm. Buddhism would become the major religion of the empire under the reign of Ashoka. The Mauryan faction boasts the best elephant units, long ranged archers and powerful armour penetration and shock infantry. While they lack in the cavalry and spearmen department, they do get access to the former with their unique reforms should they conquer the Nomadic lands of Transoxiana and Xvarazm to the North and spread the Hindu faith in those provinces. This is indicative of how subsequent Nomadic incursions into the Indian subcontinent influenced the Indians to adopt their own heavily armoured shock cavalry contingents.    

1.3.1 Arevaci Roster Preview

The Arevaci

The Arevaci were a Celtiberian tribe occupying central Spain. Their capital, Numantia, was the focus of several major Roman campaigns during the late Second Century BC. They were famous for their metalworking, which gave their nation great wealth and power. As a Celtiberian tribe, the Arevaci combine Celtic and Iberian elements, although they trend more toward the latter. As a nod to their Celtic heritage, as well as their historically-attested use of an orange-sepia body paint, one of the Arevaci signature units is the Iberi Uirodusios (Celtiberian Painted Warriors), who are fast-moving, hard-hitting naked warriors. Other standout units include the Birikantinoi (Celtiberian Champions), who carry some of the finest swords available (benefits of excellent Iberian metalworking traditions). Like other Iberians, they also possess excellent missile units, with a special emphasis on javelins and slings. Their cavalry is excellent in quality and variety. In addition to excellent horse skirmishers, they possess light lancers and sturdy melee cavalry.