Araby is a vast nation of humans south of the Old World , west of Nehekhara and northwest of the Southlands ' rainforests. South of Tilea , past the stormy seas of the Black Gulf , lies the kingdom of Araby. Here the decadent Caliphs and Sultans rule cities made of white stone, and their realms are the vast deserts, oases that glitter like jewels, and mountains inhabited by fierce nomad warriors. Several great cities form a loose coalition, though in effect they are all independent states with their own rulers, traditions and customs.
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Please register for Total War Access to use the forums. If you're an existing user, your forum details will be merged with Total War Access if you register with the same email or username. Wasn't a terribly long read, but well done. I must have Araby musketeers!
Mercenaries or not In the real world for instance China had gunpowder weapons long before Europe, and yet they never gained widespread use in their armies and eventually their weapons tech fell far behind that of others. There could be many cultural reasons why gunpowder weapons did not gain widespread prominence in Araby. Perhaps the leaders do not want to enable the common folk to have access to such power. Perhaps they view the weapons as unclean.
Or perhaps with so many other tools at their disposal, gunpowder seems unnecessary. If their usual foes are Tomb Kings, and Brettonian Crusaders then they are unlikely to feel like gunpowder weapons are a significant battlefield advantage. They need tools to take down skeletons with chariots and giant statues, or massed heavy cavalry charges - both of which early gunpowder weapons would be poorly suited against.
All I'm saying is that Discussions Activity Best Of Sign In. Welcome Please register for Total War Access to use the forums. Sign In Register. Categories March in General Discussion. If you're looking at this post and going like this right now: I don't blame you.
If you're still reading this, then a bit of an intro is in order. I've seen a lot of threads and videos about Araby's possible roster in TWW, but I kept thinking "Is that really all there is about Araby? What does the lore actually say? My journey through the rulebooks and armybooks is still ongoing, but at this point I'm ready to start revealing my work to the world.
Before we get started, a few things to get down: First, most of what follows comes from Warmaster Armies , pgs. I'll list other sources when I use them. If you have a source, name it and, if you have it, the page number.
GW's published an absurd amount of stuff over the years. I'll also point out areas where I'm speculating about info gaps. If a sentence doesn't have words like "probably" or "most likely", it's from the sources.
Multiple posts let me group content by subject, which I like. I know people hate this kind of thing, but for my purposes it's unavoidable.
The deeper I dug, the more lore I found, and there's some cool stuff in the forgotten corners of GW's older books. So get comfortable, or go click on another, more interesting threat. Like that Daemon thread that got a million replies. Or start another thread asking for Medieval 3 or something.
Third, critique me. If my writing is garbage, or you know I'm wrong about something, let me know. Fourth, there's two different ways to spell the pronoun for someone from Araby: "Arabian" the lazy way and "Arabyan" the slightly less lazy way. I'll be using Arabyan with a "y" throughout this except in direct quotes from the sources, because frankly, Arabian is lazier than even I'm comfortable with.
Any questions? TL;DR Araby has a lot of cool and interesting lore that can be used to make their list, including units that existed only in the background like Marauder Champions and Frosty Wyrms. With that out of the way, let's dive right in: The famous Araby Warmaster models from If someone says Araby had no lore or models, they're doing it wrong. First off, a bit of general background on Arabyan armies. The rulers of Araby maintain their own armies based upon the great cities and tributary tribes that live in the surrounding lands.
The leaders of the tribes are called Emirs in the north and west, and Sheiks in the south and east. The rulers of the cities and their surrounding lands are called Sultans. The Sultans are proud of their troops, especially their cavalry, and a lot of money goes into Araby's elite troops. Ordinary Arabyan troops and the irregular tribesmen are more plainly equipped, but they're by no means poorly equipped or poor fighters, as we will see.
Part I - Infantry Spearmen "Welcome to Araby, where pointy beards and moustaches are mandatory for every soldier! Despite Araby's cavalry being its most highly regarded asset, these humble infantrymen form the solid foundation of any Arabyan army. This isn't surprising, considering that Arabyans' most common foes each other, Tomb Kings, and crusading knights all make heavy use of cavalry, chariots, monsters, or all three.
Most of these troops carry tall spears and shields, but it's noted that some units fight with swords, making Swordsmen an easy unit to add to a TWW Araby roster. Interestingly, Arabyan Spearmen are actually part of a standing army. They're organized into regiments, fight in well-disciplined ranks, and garrison towns and cities and act as local policemen when they aren't engaged in military activities.
This system of organization standing army of non-mercenary soldiers that act as garrisons and police when not fighting or patrolling, good discipline actually sounds very close to the Empire's armies. To my knowledge Araby is the only other human nation confirmed to maintain standing armies. Could the Arabyans be copying the Empire's State Troops? It's certainly possible and, given the good reputation Imperial soldiers have in foreign lands, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they were.
We don't know if Arabyan soldiers are full-time professionals like Imperial ones are, but the similarities in how they're organized are still striking. Bowmen I swear, it's like they never wanted you to get a good look at these guys. Probably to hide that magnificent facial hair! Bow-armed infantry and little to no armor. Arabyans place great faith in the bow, and every Arabyan city maintains strong bodies of archers. According to Warmaster Armies , although firearms are known in Araby, they're nowhere near as common or as advanced as those used in the Old World, and even then they're rarely issued to common troops.
The only reference I've found to the Arabyans having religious and social dogmas agains gunpowder comes from the 2nd edition Battle Bestiary , back when the Arabyans straight-up worshipped Allah. The Warmaster fluff from contradicts this, and just says that Arabyan gunpowder weapons aren't as advanced or prolific as Old World ones.
Since it's 22 years more recent and doesn't involve obviously retconned things like Arabyans being actual Muslims, I assume the Warmaster fluff is the most canon regarding Araby's gunpowder situation. Guards OK, seriously, does GW just not realize that not every Middle Eastern guy wears his facial hair long and pointy? Or even has facial hair? The first elite Arabyan infantry. Guards are well-equipped "with steel armor, keen tulwars [curved swords and sabers originally from India in our world], gleaming helmets, and fine silk clothing.
These household troops or guards accompany the Sultans when they travel beyond the grounds of their magnificent palaces.
The loyalty of these troops is famous. They are amply rewarded with riches, luxuries, and prestige as a result" Warmaster Armies , pg. According to the unit description, every Sultan, Caliph, and many lesser nobles and sorcerers have their own group of Guards.
These soldiers are so unflinchingly loyal that they'd die at their own hand if their master ordered it. Sometimes, instead of Guards, Arabyan rulers will draw their bodyguards from more outlandish communities in the south. Lore this old is so non-canon it's hilarious; for example, the Arabyans literally worshipped Allah! However, the land of the Dervishes is still on maps of Araby, so they probably still exist in some form, and this is the only real description of them I can find.
The Battle Bestiary says that in Warhammer, "Dervishers are fanatical, religious warriors all too willing to die for Allah" and they had the Frenzy rule. Since I didn't know what a dervish is, I Googled it.
According to Wikipedia the most reliable source for anything ever! They focus on the universal values of love and service, deserting the illusions of ego to reach God.
Many dervishes practice dhikr through physical exertions or religious practices to attain the ecstatic trance to reach God. Sufi whirling, a type of active meditation, is often associated rightly or not with dervishes. Historically, dervishes can become fighters, and they could probably be very good fighters given their tolerance of hardship and deep faith, but the Victorian British often mistook other "wild" Muslim groups, such as the Sudanese Mahdists, as dervishes.
The British may have also used "dervishes" as a generic pejorative term to mean any Islamic opponents during Britain's colonial wars though Britain did actually fight a so-called Dervish state once. Back to Warhammer: Arabyan Dervishes would probably function similarly to Wardancers as a lightly armored but fast moving and high-damaging infantry unit. No matter what, their morale would be excellent, and they'd Eunochs No images because Eunochs look totally normal with their pants on, and without Arabyan Eunochs were first mentioned alongside Dervishes in the Battle Bestiary pg.
Their only description comes from the Battle Bestiary : "Eunochs are only rarely slaves, more often they are individuals brought up and trained as warriors or guards. They are unusually steadfast and loyal. Ibn notes describes them as "exceptionally loyal eunuch soldiers from [the Sultan's] palace guard It's possible that Eunochs are exactly the same as the Guards covered earlier, but I think they could stand apart as a different unit. That takes serious guts.
Assassins "And it was at this moment that Sir Jaques of Parravon regretted his life choices Except he didn't.
Ultimate Araby Unit List (The Canon Edition)
Please register for Total War Access to use the forums. If you're an existing user, your forum details will be merged with Total War Access if you register with the same email or username. Wasn't a terribly long read, but well done. I must have Araby musketeers! Mercenaries or not In the real world for instance China had gunpowder weapons long before Europe, and yet they never gained widespread use in their armies and eventually their weapons tech fell far behind that of others. There could be many cultural reasons why gunpowder weapons did not gain widespread prominence in Araby.
Araby was an area in the Warhammer World based roughly on the medieval Middle East. The Arabyans had scimitars and jezzail muskets and used them to fight back those Tomb King guys when they came about uninvited stirring shit up. Much like Kislev , they had an army all the way back in Warmaster , which included flying carpets and magicians who could summon djinni. Oh and they had Elephant Cavalry.