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EA Sauromatia, Amazon Queens

Lore

Sauromatia is a nation based on Herodotus' accounts of the Scythian peoples in The Histories. Here Scythians, Amazons, Sarmatians, and Androphags are described with their strange traditions and unsavory practices, and the book is a splendid source for any modder seeking inspiration for a new nation. Grave goods, archaeological findings, and Osprey military books have given the nation further life. Finally, Witch Kings and elements of the Pythian predecession (serpents, swamps, and hydras) were added to the Androphags to make the nation more sinister and Dominion-esque. -Illwinter

Sauromatia is a nation of nomadic warrior tribes ruled by women. Men and women fight side by side and all prominent tribes are ruled by warrior queens. This is a legacy of the Sauromatians merging with the Amazon tribes in times past. The Amazons leaders were not accepted, because they were not warriors, but they influenced the Sauromatians, and women warriors gained power and prestige. Only the tribe of the Androphags has totally rejected the notion of female leadership. The Androphags are ruled by ancient Witch Kings who introduced cannibalism and man flaying to the Sauromatians. The Androphags also use hydras from the Marshes of Pythia in warfare.

General Overview

Sauromatia is a nation of cavalry. Its incredibly-good early-game troops are offset by its incredibly-weird Magic paths and nonexistent infantry. There is no cheap filler in Sauromatia: your core playstyle will revolve around doomstacks of a few dozen horseys (more over time), quickly sweeping over poorly-defended provinces, dine-n'-dashing off the pillaged wealth, and rushing the heck back to lose as few horseys as possible. Your life revolves around the horse. Other than that, Soothsayers (the 90% that have astral 11) can sustain their Communion Master Enaries or their (much more expensive) Sabbath Master Witch Kings, and Hydras are always an option for the memes.

National Features

Race Military Magic Access Priests Buildings
Tattooed humans.
Hydras
Light and medium raiding cavalry
Poison-using Archers
Efficient and strong heavy cavalry
Sacred Serpent Riders
death 44 (rare 5)
nature 22 (rare 3)
blood 22 (rare 3)
astral 11
water 11 (uncommon, rare 2)
Hero
air 22astral 22death 44nature 44
air 33water 22death 44
death 44nature 11blood 33
Weak (holy 11)
Blood Sacrifice
Standard Forts(Fortress)
Light Cavalry w/o Forts

Capital Special Sites

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Swamps of Pythia The Bitter Stream The Enchanted Isle The Great Cauldron
Enables recruitment of Hydra Tamer, Hydra, and Hydra Hatchling Enables recruitment of Oiorpata.
Generates 1watergem3deathgem per turn.
Generates 1naturegem per turn. Enables recruitment of Manflayer, Witch King, Androphag, and Androphag Archer
Generates 2bloodslave per turn.

Units

Sauromatia favors cavalry and archers; their line infantry are unexceptional.

Get magic tattoos: most units have which give bonus combat speed and defense skill in addition to invulnerability on already tough and fast units. Your foot troops and most of your sacred lizard riders get the which grants better MR.

Commanders

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Img Unit Name —-SpecialAttributes—- Comments
Scout
Gold25
4
1
Stealthy (50)
Mountain Survival
Forest Survival
Good for foreign recruitment and while you have palisades and are building up to forts, they have niche strategic uses for sieging vs assassins but normally they are only made in provinces that have them natively.
Soothsayer
Gold55
4
2
random190%
Fortune Teller (10%)
Old Age (55/50)
The 90% random allows them to be recruited without a lab. Cheap and cheerful astral 11's, good for everything that astral 11's are good for. Efficient researchers particularly in magic scales, and the fortuneteller can offset the negative effects of misfortune too.
Chieftain
Gold60
14
1
+ foreign Rec Only
Inspirational (1)
Pillager (3)
Magic Horse Tattoo (1)
Basic 60 leadership commander, recruitable without a fort.
Sauromatian Manflayer
Gold90
37
1
Inspirational (1)
Pillager (5)
Magic Horse Tattoo (2)
Female
Rarely a reason to get these; you have abundant leadership from Warrior Sorceresses.
Warrior Priestess
Gold130
34
1
holy 11
Sacred
Pillager (5)
Magic Horse Tattoo (2)
Female
Warrior Sorceresses can do everything these can, and are not much more expensive.
Warrior Queen
Gold165
34
2
Sacred
Pillager (10)
Magic Horse Tattoo (3)
Female
A huge leader, but if you need that, Witch Kings or Warrior Sorceresses are also mages.
Spirit Guide
Gold45
1
2
death 11 7
Spirit Sight
Female
Your cheapest mage. Not very useful in battle, but efficient researchers.
Enarie
Gold145
1
2
astral 11death 22nature 11 13
Spirit Sight
Supply Bonus (10)
Fortune Teller (10%)
Female
Exceptionally versatile communion mages, capable of generating frightening amounts of skellispam. Beware their low morale though.
Warrior Sorceress
Gold180
16
2
nature 11holy 11random1100% 9
Sacred
Magic Horse Tattoo (1)
Magic Snake Tattoo (2)
Combat Caster
Female
An incredibly versatile unit; these provide useful paths and crosspaths, cast Awaken Tattoos, bless troops, lead troops, and serve as surprisingly effective light thugs.
Hydra Tamer
Gold25
10
1
Capital Only
Resist Poison (15)
Beastmaster (+2)
Swamp Survival
Swimming
Maybe useful to lead hydras? Still, chances are you have someone else who can do that.
Manflayer
Gold145
14
1
Capital Only
Sacred
Inspirational (1)
Magic Snake Tattoo (2)
Swamp Survival
Swimming
Not sure why you'd want to recruit these using a precious cap-only turn.
Witch King
Gold390
13
4
Capital Only
death 33nature 11blood 11random1100%+10% 17
Sacred
Resist Poison (15)
Fear (8)
Magic Snake Tattoo (2)
Swamp Survival
Swimming
Your big cap mage; one of the best death mages in the game. Capable of randoming D4. They can blood hunt (if inefficiently); they can join sabbaths; they can cast giant death spells in battle – and they do it all on a reasonably durable and mobile chassis.

Troops

Img Unit Name —-SpecialAttributes—- Comments
Sauromatian Archer
Gold10
5
9
Magic Snake Tattoo (1) Composite bows are pretty good for Early Age. More efficient at sieging than your cavalry.
Androphag Archer
Gold10
5
20
Capital Only
Magic Snake Tattoo (1) Cap-only and expensive in rec points, but costs the same gold as the non-poisoned variety. Sometimes the poison is worthwhile.
Sauromatian Amazon
Gold12
12
14
Magic Snake Tattoo (1)
Female
Your cavalry is more efficient in a stand-up fight, and you can generate blockers with Horde of Skeletons. Still, these are solid line infantry with tattoos active against many things.
Raider
Gold20
12
24
Pillager (1)
Magic Horse Tattoo (1)
Mounted archers; sometimes this is useful, but more often if you're paying for the horse you want it in melee smashing things.
Lancer
Gold20
14
24
Magic Horse Tattoo (1) Very fast light cavalry recruitable outside forts; can be useful in expansion or as light flankers.
Sauromatian Raider
Gold25
18
36
Pillager (1)
Magic Horse Tattoo (1)
Female
Raiders but with extra armor.
Sauromatian Lancer
Gold25
23
36
Magic Horse Tattoo (1)
Female
Medium cavalry comfortable in both melee and at range – but not as efficient as Cataphracts in melee or foot archers at range.
Sauromatian Cataphract
Gold30
34
46
Magic Horse Tattoo (2)
Female
Very good heavy cavalry for Early Age, reaching 20 defense with Tattoos active; hit quite hard with their heavy lance and broad sword. Pound for pound your most efficient melee troop.
Hydra Hatchling
25
1
15
Capital Only
Regeneration 10%
Fire Vulnerability (10)
Resist Poison (25)
Poison Cloud (4)
Unsurroundable (2)
Undisciplined
Blunt Resistant
Pierce Resistant
Animal
Cold Blooded
Swamp Survival
Swimming
Recuperation
Hazardous to mix with other troops without poison resistance. Has some uses as early expansion units in a retreat strategy, leaving behind clouds that will kill the chasing independents.
Hydra
200
1
15
Recruit Max 1/turn
Capital Only
Regeneration 10%
Fire Vulnerability (10)
Resist Poison 25
Poison Cloud 8
Fear 5
Unsurroundable 4
Undisciplined
Blunt Resistant
Pierce Resistant
Animal
Cold Blooded
Swamp Survival
Swimming
Recuperation
Can be used in combination with a high morale commander and fluffing. In general not often recruited due to their high upkeep and danger to your own troops.
Oiorpata
Gold45
16
46
Capital Only
Sacred
Magic Horse Tattoo (1)
Magic Snake Tattoo (1)
Female
Excellent light cavalry sacred, strong even with a light bless.
Androphag
Gold55
14
46
Capital Only
Sacred
Magic Snake Tattoo (1)
Swamp Survival
Swimming
Far more expensive then Oiorpatas, trading speed and defense skill for a little more strength, and ride on a mount with a lot more hp and a poison bite. (The mount survives when the rider is killed).

Heroes

Excellent national heroes; Kirke is a healer (healer 4 disease healer 4 with Worthy Heroes) with air and astral 22. Delgnat is your best water mage and also gives you air access. Skogu is a giant blood/death mage, saving you empowers to get into higher blood.

Img Unit Name —-SpecialAttributes—- Comments
Kirke - Pharmakeia
Hero turn arrival Limit: (10)
air 22astral 22death 44nature 44 29
Sacred
Glamour
Resist Poison (7)
Supply Bonus (40)
Stealthy (65)
Healer (1)
Female
Delgnat - Partholonian Sorceress
Hero turn arrival Limit: (10)
air 33water 22death 44 23
Resist Fire (-5)
Resist Cold (15)
Resist Shock (5)
Resist Poison (25)
Supply Bonus (10)
Homesick (20%)
Iron Vulnerability (1)
Immortal
Undead
Glamour
Sacred
Poor Amphibian
Inanimate
Spell-Singer
Need-Not-Eat
Female
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Hero turn arrival Limit: (5)
death 44nature 11blood 33 21
Sacred
Resist Poison (15)
Fear (14)
Magic Snake Tattoo (2)
Swamp Survival
Swimming
Supply Bonus (10)
Mounted
dec

Magic

National Magic & Summons

  • Call Ancestor: Conj 1, death 11. ( Ancestral Spiritx1) This gives your Spirit Guides something to do. It's not a very *strong* something, though.
  • Wrath of the Ancestors: Conj 7, death 11 1deathgem. ( Ancestral Spiritx20+[2/lv]). Improved Call Ancestor, giving you a large pile of Ancestral Spirits for a death gem. Against things without AoE (and especially without magic weapons) this can be a good tarpit. Memeblesses like Death Explosion or weapons can be funny on these, but this is more of a meme than a gamewinning move.
  • Daughter of Typhon: 5 2 Conj 9 for 30. ( Hydra - Daughter of Typhon). Gives you a big immortal hydra. At Conjuration 9, though, this is more of a meme than a national centerpiece.
  • Awaken Tattoos: 1 1 Ench 3. This is a remarkably useful buff castable by any Warrior Sorceress, boosting your troops' MR or Defense and giving them Invulnerability 10. Your Cataphracts have Defense 20 (counting shield parry) with this active, and the Invulnerability makes them quite resilient to nonmagical attacks.

Magic Access

Sauromatia has national access (discounting 10% randoms) to water 11astral 11nature 22death 44blood 22. With boosters up to Construction 6, they can reach water 22astral 11nature 33death 66blood 22. You will generally empower Blood anyway; this allows you to forge Armor of Twisting Thorns and from there a Moonvine Bracelet, getting you to nature 55. This is enough to summon a Faery Queen giving you air access.

Death 6 is enough to cast nearly anything other than Tartarian Gate off of your national recruits, which makes Sauromatia one of the strongest Death nations in the game.

Limited Earth access can be had through Spectral Mages, but in general Earth, Fire, and (until Conjuration 8) Air access will come through your pretender or indies. One of the Heliophagi (summonable at Blood 8) has fire 44, breaking you into Fire fully.

Combat Magic

Sauromatia is a nation with diverse combat magic, with Soothsayers, Enaries, Witch Kings, and Warrior Sorceresses all playing different roles. They are a nation with strong communions, which deserve their own section.

As a communion nation with access to all sorcery paths, you have access to a lot of powerful battlefield buffs: Mass Protection, Relief, Mass Regeneration, Antimagic, Light of the Northern Star, Will of the Fates, and even Darkness and Rigor Mortis when appropriate.

Soothsayers are cheap and cheerful astral 11 mages. They can serve as cheap point-buffers for Luck, Body Ethereal, and Cheat Fate, can cast Paralyze or Mind Burn with Light of the Northern Star active, or can cast massed Soul Slay or Enslave Mind as part of a communion. They are natural communion slaves, but you should take extreme care using them as slaves to Witch Kings or Enaries, whose off-path casting risks burning them out.

Enaries are versatile. They can cast Horde of Skeletons a few times on their own, but they come into their own in communions, either on their own or with Soothsayers, where they can cast impressive amounts of high-level death magic.

Witch Kings are your centerpiece cap-only mages. All are at least death 33, with some reaching death 44, and so can cast all but the most powerful Death spells. They can skellispam, cast multiple Shadow Blasts, or put up Darkness and Rigor Mortis to support a major skellispam army. All of them are communion-capable, but they don't always *need* a communion since their base death path is so high.

Those that roll nature 22 are your highest communionable nature mages. They can cast big nature buffs, although if you have a decently large communion, giving a Thistle Mace to an Enarie and letting him do it can save your Witch Kings for other jobs. They can cast Wooden Warriors and Mass Protection without a communion when needed.

Those that roll water 11 are not terribly stand-out. However, they are your only access to water in communions, so if you need big water spells, this is your only national source.

Finally those that roll blood 22 can enter sabbaths without falling asleep immediately outside of magic scales, giving you faster access to big blood buffs like Rush of Strength more readily, or cast spells like Life for a Life.

Warrior Sorceresses have four main roles. The first two are straightforward: as the only priest you'll recruit in large numbers, they will be blessing sacreds. The randoms can enter a sabbath and cast Divine Blessing. Additionally they are your only commander who can cast Awaken Tattoos.

The third role is as straightforward battle casters. They are your only non-cap sources of nature 22 (useful for Wooden Warriors and other nature buffs, particularly with a Thistle Mace) and (useful for Mossbody and sometimes for Frozen Heart).

Their fourth role is as light thugs. They combine useful buffing paths, particularly those that roll water, with high base stats and mobility. Alone or in combination, they can buff each other or other thugs and make an outsized impact on the battlefield with basic gear, whether that is chopping up PD as raiders or as high-impact army thugs with Quickness/Quicken Self, Mossbody, Protection, Elemental Fortitude, Awaken Tattoos, or whatever other buffs are useful in the situation – plus Body Ethereal and Luck from the Soothsayers. Those that roll are most useful in this role.

Communions

Sauromatia is a premiere communion nation.

The simplest communions you can make are pure Soothsayer communions casting mass Soul Slay or Enslave Mind. The masters in such a communion can have a lot more impact with Eye of the Void and/or Spell Focus.

Adding Enaries as masters to this sort of communion can be dangerous, since they tend to cast Horde of Skeletons offscript, fatiguing the slaves quickly. But a few Enaries as masters can add buffs like Personal Regeneration, Elemental Fortitude, Twist Fate, Personal Luck, and Invulnerability. If you want mostly astral magic, don't hesitate to have Enaries as slaves to Soothsayers. It is not the most efficient use of Enaries, but it allows them to contribute to a Soul Slay communion without going off script and burning it out.

Enarie-centric communions (with Enaries as both masters and slaves) can be effective too, of course. These can generate a frightening amount of Horde of Skeletons, which can destroy armies not prepared for it.

It is always helpful to have at least one Witch King or Warrior Sorceress join a communion as a master. They can then cast Reinvigoration to clear slaves' fatigue, which can greatly extend a communion's endurance.

Ritual Magic

Sauromatia is one of the few nations that has recruitable death 44 access. This allows them to cast big late-game spells like Manifestation, Well of Misery, Lichcraft, and Summon Wraith Lord without pretender help.

The have access to lower-level Death spells as well; they can get good use out of Pale Riders, Summon Spectre (which can get you earth access), and even occasionally Behemoth. They can cast Summon Mound Fiend, but generally do not need even more death mages.

Magic Items

Strategy

Early Game

Sauromatia has excellent expansion with either scales troops and lightly blessed Oiorpata, supplemented by foreignrec Lancers, or with heavier blesses on Oiorpata. Can build forts without labs and start making Soothsayers, giving an early research push. Good early targets are Alt 4 for Luck and Body Ethereal and Enchantment 3 for Awaken Tattoos, followed by Enchantment 5 for Horde of Skeletons.

Mid Game

Sauromatia is a premier communion skellispam nation and can dominate midgame battles with Horde of Skeletons, Relief, and Rigor Mortis. They have access to Foul Vapors and large communions with Soul Slay. Enchantment 5 is a significant powerspike for them; in some cases, so are Thaum 5 (Soul Slay) and Thaum 6 (Enslave Mind).

Late Game

Sauromatia has access to lategame death summons like Wraith Lord and Lich, along with Well of Misery, without pretender help. They are not a prime blood nation like Mictlan, but they can establish a decent blood economy and access things like Vampire Counts with Curse of Blood and blood uniques if need be.

Their early and midgame strength allows them to take good scales, giving them more toys and research in the late game.

Breaking into air and earth is a necessary step which a pretender can help greatly with. Otherwise your route to Air is through your national heroes or Faery Queens, and you will have to get Earth from indies or from 1/4 of Spectral Mages.

As a human communion nation of nonsacred mages, they are *intensely* vulnerable to battlefield and stack wipes like Murdering Winter and Fire Storm. You will have to play carefully around these spells in the lategame.

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sauromatia-ea.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/20 18:01 by joste