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The Ballista is a defense engine.

DescriptionEdit

The ballista is a tower-mounted defense engine that hurls giant arrows at its target from long range. It can be placed in a tower with stable foundation and it is operated by engineers. Ballistae are slow to wind up and fire, but deliver great impact damage on units their bolts hit. They can also hit buildings. The ballista is destroyed when its host tower collapses.

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Ballista

A ballista deployed on the field

Ballistae were originally field artillery that were used against small groups of infantry and mechanical devices. The ballista works similar to a catapult, but instead of a pressable holder, it features a string mechanism resembling a giant crossbow. The string can be pulled backwards to fasten in a very taut way to store enough kinetic energy that when released, its projectile can fly with great speed.

Ballistae most often used javelins and stakes scaled to the device's size as ammunition. While heavy to move around and its deployment could take significant time, it made up for the fact that one well-placed shot could cause significant damage to enemy ranks. Ballistae were best used in dispatching advancing formations and damaging siege engines.

In medieval times, the ballista remained an excellent siege weapon, as well as a defense utility for its original purpose: dismantling personnel and mechanical equipment alike.

FunctionalityEdit

This engine is a huge crossbow, which hurls arrows at enemies and buildings. Mounted on the top of a tower, the ballista has a very long range. This machine is operated by two engineers, who wind up the string, insert the bolt, then fire. The ballista needs a tower with stable foundation to be placed on. Arrows from the ballista cause great damage to most units and siege engines, with little impact on buildings.

Ballistae can be instructed to attack a specified area or target. They have no aim tracking over their target.

UsageEdit

The ballista is primarily used as a general defense measure against troops and siege equipment. Unarmored troops like archers and spearmen instantly die from a single shot. Although armored soldiers take multiple hits, their health is greatly reduced when an arrow hits. The same applies to siege engines.

Surprisingly, ballistae can also be used to destroy buildings. This is a cheap but time-consuming process, as arrows cause very small damage on buildings.

Ballistae see limited effectiveness against moving target, as they aim at their target's original position rather than predicting its future location - stationary targets serve as best targets for them.

FunctionalityEdit

This engine is a huge crossbow, which hurls arrows at enemies and buildings. Mounted on the top of a tower, the ballista has a very long range. Arrows from the ballista cause great impact damage to most units and siege engines. They are also capable of setting buildings on fire on low health.

The ballista needs a tower with stable foundation to be placed on. This machine is operated by two engineers, who wind up the string, insert the bolt, then fire. These engineers automatically come upon siting.

UsageEdit

Ballistae see an extended usage against lined-up and densely packed units, as their arrows knock back units in the same way as catapulted rocks do. They can knock units into a river or trees, killing units instantly and they are also useful at removing a knight's mount.

Ballistae are quite unreliable to an extent, as they can sometimes lose track on units that get out of range. Retargetting them manually can solve the problem.

FunctionalityEdit

This engine is a huge crossbow, which hurls arrows at enemies and buildings. Coming with its own tower, the ballista has a very long range. Arrows from the ballista cause great damage to siege engines, with little impact on buildings and units. The machine winds up and fires by itself: it requires no crew to operate.

UsageEdit

The ballista is the main defense tool against siege equipment. They outrange every engine and they bolster a considerably high fire rate. As a result, most siege machines are destroyed after only a few hits. Their arrows are ineffective against units.

Surprisingly, ballistae can also be used to destroy buildings. This is a cheap but time-consuming process, as arrows cause very small damage on buildings.

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