Mounted unit |
The Ottomans unique unit. (Replaces Lancer)
Quick - Regular - Epic - Marathon
|Upgrades to||Anti-tank gun|
This Ottoman Unique Unit receives a Penalty on Defense and no defensive bonuses. However, it can move after attacking, has no movement cost to pillage, and gets +1 Extra Sight. Replaces the Lancer.
The sipahi were the lancers of the Ottoman Empire. Founded during the reign of Murad I (ruled 1362 – 1389), the sipahi were drawn from the ethnic Turk landed gentry. They were extremely highly-motivated and loyal fighters and were the sultan's personal bodyguard. The sipahi were great rivals of the Janissaries (another special Ottoman unit), who were drawn from both Turkish and non-Turkish soldiers. In fact the sipahi enthusiastically assisted in the violent disbandment of the Janissaries in 1826, following an unsuccessful revolt by the latter group.