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The mercenary post is a recruitment building that allows the recruitment of specialist mercenary units. These units are available for only gold, needing no equipment from the armoury. Generally they are more expensive than units from the barracks, but they are instantly available.

Units normally gather in front of the post, but rally points for individual units as well as the post itself can be set to override it. Rally points are indicated by green or gray flags.

ContentsEdit

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An Albanian stradiot

Mercenaries are hired soldiers who usually take no affiliation with any organization or government. They fight by their contracts, which they need to fulfill in order to earn money. Mercenaries are often hired by wealthy landlords, band leaders and individuals alike, with purposes ranging from personal security to manhunts and as an attempt to display power.

From the Ancient Ages, mercenaries were employed by empires, who wanted to assemble their armies from multiple nations. In times when conquests and oppression was abundant, instability in regular armies would quickly lead to rebels and the collapse of the main defense. People who operated independently from any nation, army and culture and were solely interested making their combat skills worthwhile, were easy to recruit and use to any military purpose by anyone. Not needing to provide the most necessary equipments and the need of only paying hard cash, the convenience of mercenaries were favoured among many political figures.

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A German Black Rider

In Medieval Ages, the vast numbers of empires and country inequalities between them was a deciding factor when it came to fighting wars. Numerous areas, which were important trade hubs in the continent, had to rely on their wealth when defending themselves, as they were either too small or lacked a war industry. A great example of this is the Netherlands, which used Swiss pikeman mercenaries to defend from outside threats.

There were also specialized units for mercenary purposes, such as Albanian stradiots, Finnish hackapells and German Black Riders. They were independently acting groups, serving as a unit to their recruiters until dissolved or merged into regular armies several centuries later.

Mercenary post
General Information
Available in Stronghold Crusader
Usage Recruiting Arabian mercenary units
Cost 10 wood
Hotkey N

FunctionalityEdit

The mercenary post allow to recruit Arabian units. Arabs have a wide range of unconventional military and siege tactics, who cost only gold and peasants to hire, no weapons or armour. Most Arab units are more expensive than their European counterparts though and therefore may be less affordable.

Unlike the barracks, the mercenary post is built of wood. Therefore the post is easier to destroy, but cheaper to build. It is also susceptible to fire and it can spread flames around the perimeter.

List of mercenariesEdit

Unit Price Description
Arabian Bowman 75 gold Long-ranged basic missile unit.
Slave 5 gold Weak unit, used for lighting up buildings and digging moats.

Slinger

12 gold Weak ranged unit, uses a small slingshot.
Arabian Swordsman 80 gold Medium-armored, slow elite scimitar unit.
Fire Thrower 100 gold Short-ranged unit, lobs pots of Greek Fire on an area.
Assassin 60 gold Stealth melee unit, can climb walls.
Horse Archer 80 gold Mounted cavalry, can shoot while moving.

TriviaEdit

  • The assassin and fire thrower have faster movement speed when they are going to their assembly point. This can be used for the player's advantage in reinforcing situations.

Mercenary post
Mercenary tent
General Information
Available in Stronghold Crusader 2
Usage Recruiting mercenary units
Cost 100 gold
Hotkey N

FunctionalityEdit

The mercenary post allows to recruit from a wide number of versatile units. Mercenaries cost only gold and a peasant to hire, they need neither weapons, nor armour to equip.

Unlike the barracks, the mercenary post is built of wood, which makes it more susceptible to fire and it can spread flames around the perimeter.

List of mercenariesEdit

Unit Price Description
Assassin

100 gold

200 honour

Stealth melee unit, can climb walls.
Horse Archer 80 gold Mounted cavalry, can shoot while moving.
Pictish Boat Warrior 40 gold Weak melee unit, can move on water.
Outlaw 60 gold

Ambush unit equipped with a javelin and spear.

Berserker 80 gold Fast attacker with a huge axe.
Axe Thrower 100 gold Short-ranged unit throwing powerful axes.
Thief

10 gold

50 honor

Camouflaged unit used for stealing gold.
Hobilar

40 gold

2 honor

Fast shock cavalry equipped with a spear.

Mercenary post
General Information
Available in Stronghold Crusader 2
Usage Recruiting Arabian mercenary units
Cost 120 gold
Hotkey N

FunctionalityEdit

The mercenary post allows to recruit Arabian units with a wide range of unconventional tools and tactics. Mercenaries cost only gold and a peasant to hire, they need neither weapons nor armour to equip. Most units are much more expensive than their European counterparts, however.

The mercenary post is built of wood, but costs gold to build. It is hard to destroy, as well as it can spread flames as it may catch fire.

List of mercenariesEdit

Unit Price Description
Arabian Bowman 18 gold Long-ranged missile unit.
Slave 5 gold Weak unit, used for lighting up buildings.

Slave Driver

80 gold Support unit, provides slaves a defense aura.
Arabian Swordsman 60 gold Medium-armored, slow elite unit.
Oil Pot Thrower 40 gold Short-ranged unit, lobs pots of Greek Fire in an area.
Assassin 60 gold Stealth melee unit, can climb walls.
Horse Archer 30 gold Mounted cavalry, can shoot while moving.
Healer 80 gold Weak support unit, restores units' health in an area.
Whirling Dervish 120 gold

Light infantry unit that can deal area damage.

Sassanid Knight 300 gold Raiding cavalry that excels against infantry.

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