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Unique mounted unit of the Ayyubid civilization. Replaces the Knight. Requires Horses.
- Common traits:
- Can move after attacking
- No defensive terrain bonuses
- Special traits:
- No penalty when attacking cities
This is an Ayyubid unique unit, replacing the Knight. This unit has the same statistics as the Knight, but it is significantly better at attacking cities. The Mamluk can move after attacking. Its speed makes it difficult for the enemy to build a defensive line before the Mamluk reaches the target.
Like their northern counterparts, Muslim armies also contained heavy cavalry units, similar in form and function to European knights. Like the Europeans, the Muslim knights too were from the upper reaches of society, possessing the best arms, armor and horses. The armor might be modified to reflect the differences in climate - even the most noble knight would quickly roast if wearing plate armor in a Middle East summer - but it still gave them a great advantage over other units on the battlefield. Historical accounts admit that Muslim knights were generally a match for their European counterparts.
"Mamluk" is written as "مملوك" in Arabic and translates to "property" or "owned slave."