PERSIANS

The Persians have the infamous War Elephant in the game. These beasts pack a large attack and heavy hit points. They are slow and can become vulnerable to enemy monks and cavalry archers. They are also very expensive and can eat up resources quickly.

There weakness is the lack of infantry taking away cheaper units in the early game. They need time to develop an army and they don’t have wall upgrades making them susceptible to early rush attacks.

They are best used in teams of cavalry. When enemy monks or cavalry archers attempt to kill your elephants, run them down with knights and paladins. Build castles and archers first before investing heavily on war elephants.

|--------------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
| Persians                 | o Start +50% wood, food                           |
|                          | o Town Center, Dock 2X HPs; work rate +10% Feudal |
|                          |   Age, +15% Castle Age, +20% Imperial Age         |
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|                          | Team Bonus: Knights +2 attack vs. archers         |
|                          | Unique unit: War Elephant                         |
|                          | Unique tech: Mahouts                              |
|--------------------------|---------------------------------------------------|

Unique Unit: War Elephant

The War Elephant was infamous in its use of breaking enemy lines and trampling over their bodies. The Persians and Indians used this strategy early on. Many elephants fell in battles causing the species to reduce in numbers quickly. Alexandra the Great obtained a few war elephants to deploy during his bloody campaign.

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The Persians (220 to 651)

The Persian Empire had existed for many centuries when the Middle Ages began. It had been reassembled following the conquest by Alexander in the fourth century BC and the subsequent breakup of his empire in later centuries. The Persians had been fighting the Romans since the third century AD.

The Persian Empire stretched from Mesopotamia to India and from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf, encompassing the modern nations of Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. They fought the Romans, and later the Byzantines, for control of modern Syria, Turkey, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, and Arabia. The capital of the Persian Empire was Ctesiphon, called Baghdad today.

During the third and fourth centuries, the Romans made several attempts to subdue the Persians. In 364 a peace treaty was signed between the two that allowed the Persians to consolidate their power to the east and north. Beginning with the sixth century, the Persians began attacking the Byzantine Empire in Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and modern Turkey. The war between the two powers went back and forth. In 626 the Persians besieged Byzantium itself without success, and the Byzantines were able to invade Persia the following year. Peace was made between the two exhausted empires in 628.

The Persians were unprepared for the fury of the Islamic Arabs in the seventh century. The Sassanid dynasty of Persia ended in battle in 636. The Persians did not have a capital with defenses comparable to those of Constantinople. Muslim conquest of Persia was complete by 651.

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