Distinction

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Phalera helmetman.png Distinctions are earned by Legion.png legions over the course of their service as a reward or burden for notable battles, sieges, and other actions, serving as a marker of its past deeds, glories, and disgraces and permanently marking the legion with various bonuses or maluses going forward. Distinctions can either be honors, which are rewarded for actions such as battling in dangerous terrain and weather, defeating barbarians, or capturing important Territory city.png cities, or dishonors, which are given for more disgraceful actions such as sacking a Holy Site.png holy site, rampant looting, or revolting during a Civil war.png civil war. There is no limit on the number of distinctions that a legion can get, and once a legions gets a distinction, it will carry that distinction for the rest of the game (except for the Phalera zeus.png Pia and Phalera zeus dishonor.png Impia distinction), unless the legion itself is completely destroyed (by losing all territories in the governorship) and then recreated.

All distinctions, except for the default Phalera swords.png Legion Dedication honour, require the Heirs of Alexander DLC.

List of Distinctions[edit]

Honors[edit]

Distinction Requirements Effects Flavor Text
Phalera swords.png Legion Dedication
  • Given to all legions when created

Unit Modifier:

  • Morale.png +5% Morale of Armies
  • Army movement speed.png +10% Army Movement Speed
  • Discipline.png +5% Discipline
The founding of any standing legion is a monumental day in the history of our nation. With pride and honor, our loyal troops shall remember the oaths they swore whenever they do battle against our foes.
Phalera archer.png Insidiatrix
  • ~9% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men on Marsh marsh, Jungle jungle or, Forest forest terrain
Unit Modifier:
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
  • Marsh +15% Marsh Combat Bonus
  • Jungle +15% Jungle Combat Bonus
  • Forest +15% Forest Combat Bonus
Having carefully outmaneuvered and ambushed an enemy to a masterful degree, this legion has earned a distinction for being particularly good at fighting in covered terrain.
Phalera tower.png Montigena
  • ~9% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men on Mountains mountains or Hills hills terrain
Unit Modifier:
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
  • Mountains +15% Mountain Combat Bonus
  • Hills +15% Hills Combat Bonus
This legion is well attested to fight well in hilly and mountainous terrain. Controlling such battlefields with great ease they have held much larger enemy forces at bay.
Phalera horse.png Campester
  • ~9% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men on Plains plains or Farmland farmland terrain
Unit Modifier:
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
  • Plains +15% Plains Combat Bonus
  • Farmland +15% Farmland Combat Bonus
Excelling at fighting in the open, this legion is renowned for its many successful battles in plains.
Phalera swords.png Harenaria
  • ~9% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men on Desert desert terrain
Unit Modifier:
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
  • Desert +20% Desert Combat Bonus
This legion has gained a name for being greatly adept at maneuvering in deserts, fearing neither sun nor sand and being able to make use of sandstorms and the cold desert nights to its advantage.
Phalera swords.png Defenstrix
  • ~9% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men against Flag of Barbarians Barbarians
Unit Modifier:
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
  • Unit archers.png +10% Archers Defense
  • Engineer cohort.png +10% Engineers Defense
  • Unit light infantry.png +10% Light Infantry Defense
Having fought off great hordes, this legion has become permanently associated with the protection of our homeland against barbarian forces. Few can match their ability to deter a greater force.
Phalera helmetman.png Primigenia
  • Given to a legion when created if no other legion in the country has the Primigenia distinction, almost always the first legion created
Unit Modifier:
  • Morale.png +10% Army Morale Recovery
  • Loyalty gain chance.png -10% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
The first born among the legions, this is the oldest and most venerable fighting unit that a soldier can be part of.
Phalera archer.png Adiutrix
  • Yearly chance for legions with an army that has more than Experience 50% average cohort experience and at least Land combat.png 10 cohorts
Unit Modifier:
  • Army maintenance cost.png -5% Legion Maintenance Cost
  • Experience decay -1% Experience Decay
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
This legion is known for its tradition of encouraging intiative and exceptional standards, successfully passing along hard-earned knowledge to new recruits and applying past learnings.
Phalera horse.png Hetairoi
  • ~9% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men with a legion that has at least 16 cavalry cohorts (Unit light cavalry.png light cavalry, Unit heavy cavalry.png heavy cavalry, Unit camel cavalry.png camel cavalry, or Unit horse archers.png horse archers)
Unit Modifier:
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
  • Unit heavy cavalry.png +10% Heavy Cavalry Morale
  • Unit horse archers.png +10% Horse Archers Morale
  • Unit light cavalry.png +10% Light Cavalry Morale
This legion has earned the honor of being named after the Hetairoi, the companion cavalry assigned to Alexander the Great himself.
Phalera eagle.png Regnatrix
  • ~9% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men with a legion that is being Commander.png led by the primary heir
Unit Modifier:
  • Morale.png +10% Army Morale Recovery
  • Loyalty gain chance.png -10% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance

Commander Modifier:

  • Leader.png +15 Succession Value
This legion has won great victories while under the command of a royal heir, something that they still cherish, holding themselves to a higher standard than other legions.
Phalera tower.png Poliorcetes
  • 2.4% chance after successfully winning a siege with a legion unit that has at least Engineer cohort.png 1 engineer cohort
Unit Modifier:
  • Siege ability +10% Siege Ability
  • Siege ability +1 Siege Engineers
This Legion was awarded the nickname Poliorcetes after having laid long and decisive sieges to great fortifications. This legacy is still strong in the whole unit, which remains a highly adept besieging force.
Phalera zeus.png Pia
  • Given after Desecrate holy site desecrating a Holy Site.png holy site dedicated to a god which does not belong to the state religion, which will also remove the Phalera zeus dishonor.png Impia distinction if the legion currently has it
Unit Modifier:
  • Morale.png +10% Morale of Armies
  • Loyalty gain chance.png -5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance

Commander Modifier:

  • Popularity.png +0.01 Monthly Popularity
  • Religious power.png +1 Zeal
Zealousness is strong in this legion, which has brought down the edifices of foreign gods in enemy lands.
Phalera ox.png Barca
  • 10% chance when entering a Mountains mountains, Hills hills, Desert desert, Marsh marsh, or Jungle jungle territory with Force march force march enabled
Unit Modifier:
  • Army weight modifier.png -10% Army Weight Modifier
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
  • Unit light cavalry.png +10% Light Cavalry Offense
  • Unit light infantry.png +10% Light Infantry Offense

Commander Modifier:

  • Military power.png +1 Martial
This legion has followed its commander on campaigns far beyond our homeland, acquiring an instinctive knowledge of the leadership style and goals in that campaign. To this day it is known as Barca, or thunderbolt, for its brave offensives.
Phalera ox.png Constans
  • ~5% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men against another Legion.png legion
Unit Modifier:
  • Assault ability.png +15% Assault Ability
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
  • Unit heavy cavalry.png +10% Heavy Cavalry Offense
  • Unit light infantry.png +10% Light Infantry Offense

Commander Modifier:

  • Military power.png +2 Martial
This army was once commanded by one of the most famous generals of the ancient world, acquiring a reputation for not only greatness but also for being uniquely skilled at causing cities to fall.
Phalera ox.png Elephantina
  • ~9% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men with a legion that has at least Unit war elephants.png 10 war elephant cohorts
Unit Modifier:
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
  • Unit war elephants.png +10% War Elephant Offense
  • Unit war elephants.png -15% War Elephant Maintenance Cost
  • Unit war elephants.png +20% War Elephant Movement Speed

Commander Modifier:

  • Military power.png +1 Martial
The elephant corps of this legion has been described as a wall of thunder crushing everything before it. Over time it has acquired experience and know-how both in how to make these animals perform to their fullest in battle and how to feed and transport them with a minimum of hurdles.
Phalera sword shield.png Argyraspides
  • ~9% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men against an army belonging to a Policy cultural assimilation.png Hellenistic culture group country
Unit Modifier:
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance
  • Unit heavy infantry.png +10% Heavy Infantry Offense
  • Unit heavy infantry.png +10% Heavy Infantry Defense
  • Unit heavy infantry.png -10% Heavy Infantry Maintenance Cost
Likened to the silver shields of old, an elite fighting unit in the armies of Alexander the Great, this unit has earned a reputation as an unbreakable phalanx.
Phalera helmet.png Corona Obsidionalis
  • ~13% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men on a territory with an owned Fortification.png fort
Unit Modifier:
  • Morale.png +10% Army Morale Recovery
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance

Commander Modifier:

  • Popularity.png +0.01 Monthly Popularity
  • Family prestige +0.05 Monthly Family Prestige
The highest military decoration in the Roman Army was the Corona Obsidionalis, or Blockade Crown. This was earned by the commander of this legion after a great military victory.
Phalera eagle.png Triumphalis Unit Modifier:
  • Morale.png +10% Morale of Armies
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +10% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance

Commander Modifier:

  • Popularity.png +0.01 Monthly Popularity
  • Family prestige +0.05 Monthly Family Prestige
This legion was awarded the honor of entering the capital as part of the triumph of its commander, an honor it still cherishes to this day.
Phalera sword shield.png Ferrata
  • ~9% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men with a legion that has at least Unit heavy infantry.png 16 heavy infantry cohorts
Unit Modifier:
  • Unit heavy infantry.png +15% Heavy Infantry Discipline
  • Unit heavy infantry.png +10% Heavy Infantry Morale
  • Unit light infantry.png +15% Light Infantry Discipline
Having acquired a reputation for its great loyalty and steadfastness, this legion has earned the name 'Ferrata' or Ironclad.
Phalera zeus.png Fulminata
  • Given after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men in a territory with the Attrition.png Winter Storm, Attrition.png Desert Storm, or Tax income.png Catastrophic Storm Damage modifiers
Unit Modifier:
  • Unit archers.png +10% Archers Defense
  • Unit heavy infantry.png +10% Heavy Infantry Defense
  • Unit light infantry.png +10% Light Infantry Defense
This legion was blessed by the divine when it was saved by a thunderstorm from certain defeat.
Phalera amphore.png Frumentaria
  • ~5% chance after winning a battle involving at least 8000 men against another Legion.png legion while the army has at least 90% of its maximum Monthly food.png food storage
Unit Modifier:
  • Army weight modifier.png -20% Army Weight Modifier
  • Reinforcement speed.png +15% Reinforcement Speed
  • Morale.png +10% Army Morale Recovery
This legion has been honored and been greatly acclaimed for its ability to live off the land and make the most of any situation.

Dishonors[edit]

Distinction Requirements Effects Flavor Text
Phalera lion dishonor.png Trepida
  • ~9.5% chance after losing a battle involving at least 8000 men
Unit Modifier:
  • Morale.png -15% Morale of Armies

Commander Modifier:

  • Family prestige -0.05 Monthly Family Prestige
This legion has a reputation stained by its infamous show of cowardice in the past.
Phalera amphore dishonor.png Rapax
  • 25% chance if the harshest looting (4th) option is selected after capturing a city
    • Note: The harshest option will only appear when capturing large or important cities
Unit Modifier:
  • Morale.png -10% Army Morale Recovery
  • Loyalty gain chance.png -5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance

Commander Modifier:

  • Family prestige -0.05 Monthly Family Prestige
Having behaved in an indefensible way against those too weak to defend themselves, this legion carries a permanent stain on its honor from its past actions.
Phalera skull dishonor.png Desertrix
  • Given to all legions that defect to the rebel side in a Civil war.png civil war
Unit Modifier:
  • Loyalty gain chance.png +15% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance

Commander Modifier:

  • Family prestige -0.05 Monthly Family Prestige
  • Oratory power.png +1 Charisma
This legion is forever known for the infidelity of a past civil war, when it joined with the traitors and betrayers on the losing side.
Phalera zeus dishonor.png Impia
  • Given after Desecrate holy site desecrating a Holy Site.png holy site dedicated to a god which belongs to the state religion, which will also remove the Phalera zeus.png Pia distinction if the legion currently has it
Unit Modifier:
  • Morale.png -10% Morale of Armies

Commander Modifier:

  • Family prestige -0.05 Monthly Family Prestige
  • Religious power.png -1 Zeal
The honor of this legion is stained after it sacked the temple of one of the gods it was supposed to honor and worship.
Phalera swords dishonor.png Improba
  • 25% chance if the legion's Commander.png commander is killed in battle
Unit Modifier:
  • Loyalty gain chance.png -5% Cohort Loyalty Gain Chance

Commander Modifier:

  • Family prestige -0.05 Monthly Family Prestige
  • Military power.png -1 Martial
Having been unable to protect its commander, this legion has an everlasting stain on its honor.

Achievements[edit]

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Legio Augusta
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