Dervishes (ETW Unit)
Although a sword, no matter what its design, may appear outdated next to a musket, it has one great advantage: it never needs loading. A truly skilled swordsman will never want for employment, and he is an intimidating sight to many regular musket-armed soldiers.
Units of swordsmen are also easier to handle tactically on a battlefield. A general does not have to make fine judgements about when to hold or give fire: he need only send his men forward to do their killing work at the right time. Once committed, they will keep fighting until death or victory comes.
Dervishes are an axe-wielding melee unit available only all Indian factions except the Marathas. They have average melee statistics which means that they are not exceptional on the field but can defeat lesser trained units in combat. Once the Marathas are able to recruit decent line infantry then the Dervishes will become obsolete as they will be gunned down before they can enter melee, if inadetactics are used. However if used in ambushes the the Dervishes are still able to create an impact.