The Ethiopians are an African civilization featured in The African Kingdoms expansion as an archer civilization.
The Ethiopians were historically known for the Aksumite and Zagwe kingdoms, who were dedicated followers of Orthodox Christianity and Judaism. Their architecture was the best in the region, and many stelae and other tall monuments exist to this day. For most of the Middle Ages, Ethiopian kingdoms were defensive - not offensive - powers. They protected their lands from various outsiders (Himyarite, Arab, Portuguese, etc.), and kept close watch of movements in their own region. To highlight this, the Ethiopian team bonus grants extra line of sight for Towers and Outposts.
Ethiopian kingdoms were positioned in a vital area - on the Horn of Africa at the narrow entrance to the Red Sea. This made Aksum a vital center for trade on the Indian Ocean; goods and materials from Europe, India, Arabia, and even China went through Ethiopian ports. Through the ages, they benefited from a regular influx of resources from outside the empire. This is represented in-game with the Ethiopians gaining 100 food and gold for free whenever they advance an age.
The Ethiopians were known to be mercenaries for fast deployments to other kingdoms (particularly Egypt) and were known to be very fierce in battle, but underequipped. To highlight the Ethiopian army, the Shotel Warrior can be created quickly in the Castle, to stress this rapidity they have a castle unique technology: Royal Heirs bringing about Shotel Warriors creation nearly instantly, but has very low defenses with high attack. Because historically, spears and polearms were a staple of most Ethiopian armies, the Ethiopians get the Pikemen upgrade at no cost.
Along with spears and shotel swords, the bow and arrow were important weapons in Ethiopia, and archers formed the backbone of the kingdom's army. Arabs referred to East African archers as Archers of the Eyes to reflect their expert marksmanship, letting loose showers of arrows aimed at the eyes of their enemies. To reflect these facts, Ethiopians' archers fire +15% faster.
Finally, the Ethiopians are one of the few civilizations to have preserved some of the lost technology from the Classical Age after the barbarians destroyed the Roman Empire. They were also exposed through trade to many forms of technology from all over the world. To highlight this, the Ethiopians are the only civilization to access all siege weapons, and have an imperial unique technology: Torsion Engines that increases the blast radius for siege weapons.
The Ethiopian Archery Range is pretty strong chiefly because of the archer line, since archers fire +15% faster. The Barrack lacks the Champion but gets Halberdiers. The Ethiopian's unique unit: the Shotel Warrior is a very fast infantry unit with high creation speed and being a fantastic raiding unit, however they are very weak in engagements. The Stable lacks the Paladin and upgrades such as: Bloodlines and Plate Barding Armor, but has the Hussar and the Heavy Camel. The Dock is moderately fine since they get the Galleon, but lacks Heavy Demolition Ship, Fast Fire Ship and Elite Cannon Galleon. The Monastery doesn't get Block Printing and Redemption, however the monks are worthy. The Siege Workshop is awesome with all the units available and benefiting from the civilization's imperial unique technology: Torsion Engines, that increases the blast radius for siege weapons. Their economy is nice only missing Crop Rotation. The Ethiopians will meet trouble with some civilizations such as the Berbers, due to Genitours being an anti-archer mounted skirmisher and their Stable is better, and they fare horribly against the Byzantines due to their unique unit, Cataphract is able to decimate Halberdiers and Shotel Warriors and cheaper skirmishers is a cost efficient answer to Ethiopian archers. The Ethiopians make a great civilization against civilizations like the Vikings who have slower archers and worst cavalry. Goths are the perfect counter to the Ethiopians lategame because the Ethiopians lack the Champion upgrade and have no cost effective counter to the Huskarl unit.
Unique Unit: Shotel Warrior (infantry)
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Ethiopian units speak Amharic, a South Semetic language that is related to Arabic, but is written with the Ge'ez script.
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