A military unit represents a small band of approximately 20 skilled soldiers. The military unit could be as few as a dozen elite warriors or it could be as many as a hundred regular soldiers.
In military terms, a starting military unit is the equivalent of 100 soldiers - it has a military strength of 100. By comparison, a normal Imperial army has an effective military strength of 5000 and a normal fortification has an effective military strength of 3000.
This means that when the skills and experience of a starting military unit are assigned to an action then they add a military strength of 100 to the action. The combined military strength of all participants is crucial for the success of most military actions. If the action is paid work - then the wealth received by the unit is dependent on its military strength.
Each military unit upgrade increases the military strength of the unit by 20 with enchantments providing similar bonuses to the military strength of the unit.
Any military unit can always choose to engage in paid work. This happens automatically if the owner does not select any other option. The unit has an equal chance of gaining herbs, ingots or measures, money, or mana crystals as a result of this action - as if it were an appropriate resource of equivalent level.The most common form of paid work is guard duty (protecting a business, safeguarding a caravan, or working as hired muscle, for example), but it might also represent raiding barbarian strongholds, or adventuring in the wild places of the Empire. You are free to roleplay the details of this paid work as you wish within reason, as it does not have an impact on the ongoing campaign. Despite the name, you do not need to roleplay that the materials your military unit produces are actual payment - they can just as easily represent loot claimed from defeated opponents.
Each downtime, the player can choose one of four different types of action which are described in general terms below.
The production the military unit gains is based on the option the player selects each downtime. If the option provides any benefits, then they will usually be dependent on the military strength of the unit. Depending on the actions taken, the military unit may receive the Imperial guerdon.
If a player does not select a downtime option for their military unit, then the unit defaults to paid work. A new player who starts with a military unit always receives this random result; it is not possible to choose an action for your unit before you attend your first event.
Take Independent Action
A military unit can choose to take independent action. They will always be able to choose to take paid work; other options may be available depending on the campaign.
Paid work provides a standard return based on the rank of the military unit, but other independent actions do not provide any returns by default. Make sure to check what production is shown when you select the action from the drop down menu if that it is important.
A military unit can choose to take part in a military campaign by supporting an army or similar. They will always be able to support any Imperial army; other military engagements may be available depending on the campaign.
Any military units assigned to support an army are automatically assumed to help carry out the orders issued to the army by the general, whatever they may be. You can see what order you will be supporting when you select an army to support.
A military unit can choose to defend a territory or region. They will always be able to assist the garrison of any Imperial fortification; other options to defend an area may be available depending on the campaign.
Any military units assigned to defend a fortification are automatically assumed to patrol the area, seeking out enemy forces and other threats. The units will also help to prevent barbarian raids, bandit attacks and similar threats where these are taking place.
Scout an Area
A military unit can choose to perform reconnaissance in a territory or region. They will always be able to spy on an area using any Imperial spy network; other options to scout an area may be available depending on the campaign, including actions to carry our stealthy raids or similar.
In most cases, the degree of success depends on the total strength of the military units assigned to support the project - a single military unit is not normally sufficient.
Military units do not automatically earn wealth unless they take paid work, a type of independent action. Other options may provide income for the unit, but they do not do so by default.
The Quartermaster General of the Imperial Armies has control of the Imperial guerdon, a purse drawn from the Imperial treasury to recompense commanders who act in the interests of the Empire. It is shared between military units whose actions the Quartermaster deems eligible. The Quartermaster makes an announcement to the Imperial Senate each season to indicate which military options will benefit - they may choose any of the options available - they could even give the guerdon to those units taking paid work if they cared to.
The value of the Imperial guerdon is divided between each captain whose military unit supports an army in proportion to the military strength of their unit. The Senate may vote to increase or decrease the size of this fund.
|10 random resources||10 ingots or measures||180 rings||7 mana||6 True Vervain, 2 Cerulean Mazzarine, 2 Bladeroot, 2 Imperial Roseweald, 2 Marrowort|
|12 random resources||12 ingots or measures||200 rings||8 mana||6 True Vervain, 2 Cerulean Mazzarine, 2 Bladeroot, 2 Imperial Roseweald, 2 Marrowort, 2 random herbs|
|14 random resources||14 ingots or measures||220 rings||10 mana||6 True Vervain, 2 Cerulean Mazzarine, 2 Bladeroot, 2 Imperial Roseweald, 2 Marrowort, 4 random herbs|
|16 random resources||16 ingots or measures||240 rings||11 mana||6 True Vervain, 2 Cerulean Mazzarine, 2 Bladeroot, 2 Imperial Roseweald, 2 Marrowort, 6 random herbs|
|18 random resources||18 ingots or measures||260 rings||12 mana||6 True Vervain, 2 Cerulean Mazzarine, 2 Bladeroot, 2 Imperial Roseweald, 8 random herbs|
If you select paid work or a similar action from your downtime options then the system will state the production as "10 random resources". Any time you see this it means you have a 25% chance to receive either herbs, mana, money, or resources. How many of each you get will depend on how many random resources you are due to receive as a mana crystal is worth substantially more than a herb. The table opposite shows what you can expect to receive.
A military unit can be upgraded using mithril obtained from the Imperial Bourse. Each time a military unit is upgraded, the military strength of the unit is increased by 20. This means two extra random resources ranks from paid work, and a similar proportional increase in the share of the guerdon if appropriate.
To upgrade a military unit requires Imperial wains of mithril equal to the level the military unit is being upgraded to. So the first upgrade of a starting level 1 military unit costs 2 Imperial wains of mithril, from 2 to 3 costs 3 Imperial wains, etc.
A military unit cannot be diversified.