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Samurai
Description
Japanese unique Medieval era melee unit. Does not suffer combat penalties when damaged.
Historical Context
Until the ‘ashigaru’ (peasant) infantry were armed with muskets, the samurai (“those who serve in close attendance”) dominated warfare and politics in Japan for nearly a thousand years. Although the roots lie in the Nara period, it was during the Heian period c. 800 AD that bushido (“the way of the warrior”) was codified and a number of noble clans adopted its philosophies. By the time of the Heiji Rebellion of 1160, the samurai clans dominated the landscape, with various factions fighting over the shogunate, defeating the Mongol invasion, and otherwise building an impressive historical legacy of fact and myth. Throughout the Edo period, Japan was unified and at peace, and so the samurai became refined - writing poetry, attending kabuki theater productions, and engaging in the sorts of intrigue that one would expect from a bored and pampered class of would-be warriors. Unfortunately, the Emperor Meiji instituted a number of reforms in 1868 – including the end of the shogunate and abolition of the samurai class.
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Traits

Unique To
Upgrades To
Promotion Class: Melee

Requirements

Technology
Production Cost
Base Cost: 160 Production
Base Resource Cost: 10 Iron (on Standard Speed)
Purchase Cost
Base Cost: 640 Gold
Maintenance Cost
Base Cost: 3 Gold
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ICON_UNIT_JAPANESE_SAMURAI
Description
Japanese unique Medieval era melee unit. Does not suffer combat penalties when damaged.
Historical Context
Until the ‘ashigaru’ (peasant) infantry were armed with muskets, the samurai (“those who serve in close attendance”) dominated warfare and politics in Japan for nearly a thousand years. Although the roots lie in the Nara period, it was during the Heian period c. 800 AD that bushido (“the way of the warrior”) was codified and a number of noble clans adopted its philosophies. By the time of the Heiji Rebellion of 1160, the samurai clans dominated the landscape, with various factions fighting over the shogunate, defeating the Mongol invasion, and otherwise building an impressive historical legacy of fact and myth. Throughout the Edo period, Japan was unified and at peace, and so the samurai became refined - writing poetry, attending kabuki theater productions, and engaging in the sorts of intrigue that one would expect from a bored and pampered class of would-be warriors. Unfortunately, the Emperor Meiji instituted a number of reforms in 1868 – including the end of the shogunate and abolition of the samurai class.

Traits

Unique To
Upgrades To
Promotion Class: Melee

Requirements

Technology
Production Cost
Base Cost: 160 Production
Base Resource Cost: 10 Iron (on Standard Speed)
Purchase Cost
Base Cost: 640 Gold
Maintenance Cost
Base Cost: 3 Gold
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