Levantine traditions

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See also: Military traditions

The Levantine traditions concentrate on the strong naval presence of the Phoenician cities and the use of phalanx tactics, light infantry, and camelry in the arid deserts of the Levant, Egypt, and Arabia. The Phoenicians were the most prominent traders of the Mediterranean, giving them unmatched experience with seafaring and ship building.

Availability[edit]

Levantine kingdom traditions.
Levantine maritime traditions.

The Levantine military tradition groups, Levantine kingdom and Levantine maritime, are available for countries with the following culture groups:

  • Aksumite
  • Arabian
  • Egyptian
  • Levantine (excluding Punic)
  • Nubian

The Levantine Kingdom traditions are additionally available for Flag of Egypt Egypt (or any country with Heritage of Ptolemaios heritage).

This tradition group can also be unlocked by embracing the military tradition:

Focus[edit]

The traditions focus on strengthening the following unit types, and possibly unlock some new abilities:

  • Attrition.png -15% Land unit attrition
  • Unit focus:
    • Strong Unit camel cavalry.png Camel cavalry
    • Good Unit heavy infantry.png Heavy infantry
    • Good Unit light infantry.png Light infantry
  • Possible ability unlocks:
    • Military colonies Military Colonies
    • Phalanx Phalanx
  • Possible unit unlocks:
    • Unit octere.png Octere
    • Unit mega-polyreme.png Mega-Polyreme

Levantine kingdom traditions[edit]

Levantine kingdom traditions.

Tradition On activation effect Effect Requirements
Levantine arabian path end bonus.png Trained Camelry N/A Discipline.png +10% Camel discipline N/A
Levantine arabian path 4.png Ships of the Desert N/A Combat bonus +15% Combat bonus in desert Trained Camelry
North african tribal path 3.png Embrace Afro-Punic Influence
  • Yes Unlock North African tradition groups if any of the below Policy cultural assimilation.png culture groups has either 500 pops or is equal to 25% of the country's primary culture pops:
    • Numidian
    • Punic
Combat bonus +5% Combat bonus in plains Ships of the Desert
Levantine arabian path 7.png Oasis Trade N/A
  • Cost −15% Camel cost
  • Cost −15% Heavy cavalry cost
  • Cost −15% Light cavalry cost
Ships of the Desert
Levantine arabian path 2.png Merchant Coast N/A Morale.png +10% Camel morale Oasis Trade
Levantine egyptian path 6.png Thick Hide N/A Defense +15% Camel defense Merchant Coast
Levantine arabian path 3.png Beasts of Burden N/A Offense +15% Camel offense Merchant Coast
Levantine arabian path 1.png Desert Sands N/A
  • Attrition.png +1 Hostile attrition
  • Combat bonus +10% Combat bonus in desert
N/A
Levantine greco path 5.png Good Reputation N/A Maintenance.png −10% Mercenary army maintenance cost Desert Sands
Levantine arabian path 6.png Legacy of the Builders Province investment Gain 4 Province investments
  • Local building slot.png +1 Global city building slots
  • Cost −15% Enact holy site cost
Good Reputation
Levantine egyptian path 4.png Colonial Integration
  • A city fullfiling the below:
    • Country capital.png Is not part of the capital state
    • Policy cultural assimilation.png Hellenistic culture is not the dominant culture group
    • Policy cultural assimilation.png Has a neighboring city without Hellenistic as the dominant culture group
    • Yes Has the highest room to grow (population captotal population)
  • Military colonies Enable "Military Colonies" ability
  • Cost −10% Found city cost modifier
Legacy of the Builders
Levantine egyptian path 3.png Stonemovers Fortification.png Gain a fortress building level in the most populous city (with available building slots)
  • Fortification.png +15% Fort defense
  • Fortification.png +1 National fort infrastructure capacity
Colonial Integration
Levantine egyptian path 7.png Cradle of Civilization Invention.png Gain 4 Innovations
  • Manpower.png +10% National manpower
  • Civilization.png +5% Country civilization level
Legacy of the Builders
Levantine greco path 7.png Unending Riches N/A Loyalty.png +5 Loyalty of governors Cradle of Civilization

Tradition Description
Levantine arabian path end bonus.png Trained Camelry The colossi in the lands to north are stirring; the ancient pharaohs in the west have been usurped - we may have use for a trained force of warriors...
Levantine arabian path 4.png Ships of the Desert Our knowledge of the desert, and of the vagaries of the ever-shifting geography it creates, melds perfectly with our long tradition of swift, mounted warfare.
North african tribal path 3.png Embrace Afro-Punic Influence N/A
Levantine arabian path 7.png Oasis Trade To know the watering holes of the animals, the pastures where they graze, and their comings and goings, allows us to invest less time in shepherding them from place to place, as the ones to the west who call themselves 'civilized' do.
Levantine arabian path 2.png Merchant Coast Ships are the lifeblood of the Arabian and North African coast alike. There is no shortage of labor to build them, providing we can acquire the resources to do so.
Levantine egyptian path 6.png Thick Hide Our mounted warriors ride into battle on fierce and sturdy camels. Surprisingly resilient in battle, our camelry use their maneouverability as their main defense.
Levantine arabian path 3.png Beasts of Burden Camels are ideally suited to the inhospitable terrain in which they reside. Although used for domestic purposes during peace-time, a massed charge of camel skirmishers is a sight to behold.
Levantine arabian path 1.png Desert Sands Our people know the ways of the desert like no other. How to disappear without trace, how to leave a trail which leads enemy scouts in circles, and how to win a war of attrition without taking a single life.
Levantine greco path 5.png Good Reputation The vast wealth of the Egyptian kingdoms attracted sizable mercenary interest. A routine standard of payment of these forces allows for prices to be negotiated in our favor.
Levantine arabian path 6.png Legacy of the Builders From the Temple of Solomon to the grand edifices of Tylos, our ancestors have taught us to build well, and to build with pride.
Levantine egyptian path 4.png Colonial Integration Following in the footsteps of the Phoenician traders, the establishment of colonies of devoted, loyal soldiers, gives us a manpower base to draw upon.
Levantine egyptian path 3.png Stonemovers The monumental projects commissioned by our forefathers still stand as testament to our legacy in stonework. Whilst many of these techniques have been lost, our masons still possess an almost preternatural sense of the cold beauty of the stone they shape.
Levantine egyptian path 7.png Cradle of Civilization The densely packed Nile delta contains numerous bustling metropolises filled to the brim with those willing to serve us.
Levantine greco path 7.png Unending Riches The obscene wealth of the Ptolemaic dynasty, and the desperate need for experienced commanders, led to exorbitant sums being offered to any foreign generals who would work for them. Loyalty may be expensive, but it can be bought.

Levantine maritime traditions[edit]

Levantine maritime traditions.

Tradition On activation effect Effect Requirements
Levantine philosophy start bonus.png Pathfinders Port icon.png Gain 2 port building levels in the most populous coastal city (with available building slots)
  • Global state trade routes.png +0.15 Province import routes
  • Cost −15% Ship building cost
N/A
Levantine arabian path 5.png Sturdy Design Unit octere.png Gain a navy with 2 Octere units in a random owned port city
  • Unit octere.png Allows "Octere" units
  • Naval damage taken.png −10% Ship damage taken
Pathfinders
Levantine greco path 6.png Ramming Speed N/A Naval damage done.png +15% Ship damage done Sturdy Design
Levantine egyptian path 2.png Arms Race Unit mega-polyreme.png Gain a navy with a Mega-Polyreme unit in a random owned port city
  • Unit mega-polyreme.png Allows Mega-Polyreme units
  • Combat bonus +5% Combat bonus in open sea
  • Ship recruit speed +15% Ship recruit speed
Ramming Speed
Levantine egyptian path 5.png The Blood of Egypt N/A
  • Combat bonus +10% Combat bonus in open sea
  • Combat bonus +10% Combat bonus in riverine
  • Cost −15% Octere cost
  • Cost −15% Mega-Polyreme cost
Arms Race
Levantine greco path 4.png Greek Warfare N/A
  • Phalanx Enables "Phalanx" tactic
  • Discipline.png +2% Discipline
N/A
Greek antigonid path 2.png Embrace Levantine-Greek Influence
  • Yes Unlock Greek tradition groups if any of the below Policy cultural assimilation.png culture groups has either 500 pops or is equal to 25% of the country's primary culture pops:
    • Dacian
    • Hellenistic
    • Illyrian
Combat bonus +5% Combat bonus in coastal sea
  • Greek Warfare
  • Pathfinders
Levantine egyptian path 1.png The Spear of the Kingdom
  • A new character is generated with:
    • Military power.png 8 Martial
    • Steadfast Steadfast trait
Discipline.png +10% Light infantry discipline Greek Warfare
Levantine greco path 2.png Thorakitai N/A Morale.png +10% Light infantry morale The Spear of the Kingdom
Levantine egyptian path end bonus.png Rank Upon Rank N/A
  • Offense +15% Light infantry offense
  • Defense +15% Light infantry defense
Thorakitai
Levantine greco path 1.png Surfeit of War N/A Cost −15% Heavy infantry cost Greek Warfare
Levantine greco path 3.png Machimoi Epilektoi N/A Offense +10% Heavy infantry offense Surfeit of War
Levantine greco path end bonus.png Learning From the Best
  • A new character is generated with:
    • Military power.png 8 Martial
    • Steadfast Steadfast trait
Offense +10% Heavy infantry discipline Machimoi Epilektoi

Tradition Description
Levantine philosophy start bonus.png Pathfinders Knowledge of one's environment can be used as a weapon or as a tool. Living off the desert is entirely possible, if one knows where to look.
Levantine arabian path 5.png Sturdy Design The scarcity of shipbuilding material in many regions has led to our artisans ensuring that every plank is well spent. Our vessels are built with one purpose in mind: to endure.
Levantine greco path 6.png Ramming Speed The Ptolemaic navy was consistently in a process of development, not least due to the difficulty of obtaining appropriate building material. That said, the smaller ships of the Ptolemaios' could hold their own in battle, often defeating vessels much larger than themselves.
Levantine egyptian path 2.png Arms Race Disciplined crews of oarsmen serve us far better than the rag-tag slave crews employed by our adversaries.
Levantine egyptian path 5.png The Blood of Egypt The Nile has been the theater for numerous naval conflicts in ages past. Now that naval warfare has spilled out onto the Mediterranean, our long history of unusual naval tactics gives us an edge over more conventional forces.
Levantine greco path 4.png Greek Warfare As with the other successor states, the phalanx made up the core of the Ptolemiac army. Comprised of varying unit-types, the core principle was the same as inherited from the Macedonian reformation of the style, many decades previously.
Greek antigonid path 2.png Embrace Levantine-Greek Influence N/A
Levantine egyptian path 1.png The Spear of the Kingdom Egyptian ancestors fought with bronze spears, clad in all but the most basic protection. With the advent of iron-working, weapons and armor have been improved tenfold, and our soldiers further bolstered.
Levantine greco path 2.png Thorakitai Capable of working in the phalanx style, the thorakitai were often better equipped than their counterpart, the Thureophoroi, but were still used as a bridge between the heavier fighting men, and light, agile skirmishers.
Levantine egyptian path end bonus.png Rank Upon Rank The great hordes of Egypt, as if assembled by the Pharaohs of old, strike fear into the hearts of those who dare oppose us!
Levantine greco path 1.png Surfeit of War After the collapse of Alexander's empire, the Mediterranean was filled with a surfeit of unemployed warriors. Many of these were trained phalangites, and were often willing to work for a significantly reduced wage.
Levantine greco path 3.png Machimoi Epilektoi Native Egyptian soldiers played little part in the Ptolemaic army, until the formation of the 'Chosen Machimoi', after manpower concerns were raised. Despite the unpopularity of this move by the Greek soldiery, the Machimoi held a valued place in the Ptolemaic army, and were renowned for their ferocity.
Levantine greco path end bonus.png Learning From the Best Having seen Roman troops in action, the Seleukid and Ptolemaic dynasties attempted to mimic aspects of Roman military philosophy in their own forces. Whilst limited in success, the greater attention to mobility and flexibility must have paid dividends in many engagements.

References[edit]

  1. To update page content see reference files in folder /ImperatorRome/game/:
    1. For military tradition see reference file common/military_traditions/00_levantine.txt.
    2. For military tradition see reference file common/military_traditions/00_levantine_2.txt.
    3. For localization text see reference file localization/english/military_traditions_l_english.yml.