The Kingdom of Zagwe
Before the Solomonids defined the image of Ethiopia for nearly a millenia a Agaw dynasty dominated the Ethiopian highlands, erecting monumental churches and carrying on the legacy of Aksum. Medieval Ethiopia is shrouded in as much mystery as its Christian northern neighbors in the Sudan. A isolated mountain kingdom surrounded by hostile powers that aggressively resisted all foreign incursions. Ethiopian warfare revolves around the yeoman peasant farmer, a loyal fighter who is able to march great distances barefoot at the behest of his emperor. Ethiopian armies are light, reliant on guerilla tactics and skirmishing to grind the enemy down. While they are light in comparison to all other powers, their speed, endurance and bravery makes them a enemy not to be underestimated.
A Note on Ranged vs. Melee Units
Most Ethiopian units, like in Makuria, are both ranged and melee, starting as skirmishers and being able to fight in melee if need be. Hence in this roster dividing units into ranged and melee is a slight misnomer, as most units can fill both roles easily, albeit a little less than units more strongly specialized for one role or the other in other factions.
Negusa Nagast Ras
The king of Ethiopia maintains a traveling capital, moving from region to region throughout the year. It is then also fitting that his bodyguard be as mobile as his palace.
The mounted aristocracy is as revered in Ethiopia as it is in the Sudan. Though while their northern neighbours fight as heavy horsemen, here battles are fought with javelin, thrown with brutal accuracy and sureness of heart.
Gondarian Sewa (Late)
Work In Progress
LinusLinuthorax & Alejandro Sanchez for their incomparable store of knowledge on medieval Africa and endless willingness to provide resources.
the MK1212 dev team for their resources and feedback
the Ancient Empires team for their excellent model resources, especially their hide shields.
Toto, for providing the soundtrack to this factions development.
CA for making the game that makes this possible