Triarii (TWR2 Unit)
Wealth, experience and age make these battle-hardened veterans a fearsome force.
During the 4th Century BC the Romans abandoned the phalanx in favour of an army of hastati, principes and triarii. These were deployed in maniples: compact blocks of men, laid out in a checkerboard formation. This allowed flexibility moving across a battlefield, particularly when compared to a solid phalanx.
Like most sophisticated city-states in the ancient world, Rome expected its men to fight, and supply their own war gear when they did so. A cynical observer might be tempted to note that the manipular legion also made sure that the hierarchy of Rome was preserved. The youngest and least wealthy became hastati, the first line of battle in a Roman legion. Behind them came the second line of principes, older and richer men, and finally the triarii, the third line of the most experienced warriors. “Going to the triarii” was a Roman saying in all kind of situations, implying that everything else had been tried and found wanting.
The Triarii where the last line in the pre-marian legion they whore the wealthiest and most experienced men. They are armed with a spear called the Hasta and battled in phalax like formation with square shields called Scutum. In Total War: Rome II the Triarii have the formations Defensive Testudo that braces and improves shield block chance but stops the unit from moving and square that improves melee defense but stops the unit from moving. They also can be chosen has the general bodyguards before the marian reforms (cohort organisation - tech).
This unit has high melee defense, medium attack and good morale .