Re: killer Llamas

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Posted by High Llamas on November 11, 2002 at 10:36:52:

In Reply to: killer Llamas posted by wayne on November 11, 2002 at 09:29:54:

High Llamas are in a peculiar position. They are so fast that they can run down anyone else's steeds. This means that unlike all other heavy cavalry, they tend to be able to both keep their formation (admittedly not as tight as Bison Riders) and still run down light cavalry. Yowza! They actually reverse the normal relationship between heavies and lights! At first glance, this would appear to be bad news for Impala people (for instance).
However, the High Llamas are so large and gawky, and comparatively ill-armored, that they make fine targets for missiles. This doesn't mean that they can't still run down sable-archers, but it means that they take somewhat more casualties doing so than would true light cavalry. In the end, the result is that high llama folk, are still somewhat superior to missile-armed warriors, but the gap is narrow enough that experienced or well-led archers can beat green or poorly-led high llamas. Or if the archers can obtain a terrain advantage, etc. The impala folk generally react to a high llama charge by taking advantage of their greatly superior numbers -- dispersing and running in all directions. The high llamas must select one group of impalas to chase, and the other groups can either get away, or ride along behind and shoot at the high llamas, trying to distract them from their main target.

The sables and bison don't have enough superiority in numbers to use this technique (which does result in losses for the impalas, but on the other hand the high llamas can't afford the losses as much as the impalas), but on the other hand the sables and bison have heavy cavalry in their tribes, which can accompany their light cavalry and defend them against a high llama attack.

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