Serving as the body guards of the Melitine nobles, the Melitine Imperial Guards are the most powerful infantry of the Melitine kingdom. Like all other warriors of their kingdom, they ride into battle, only dismounting to fight. This practice has allowed their infantry to be less fatigued when they need to fight the enemy.
Imperial Guards serve dominantly as shock troops. Their Lamellar Armor provides less protection as compared to heavier sets of armor, but it allows the guards to move and strike faster than other infantry units. Their endurance is extremely impressive, and less encumbrance allows them to reach an enemy line much faster than almost any other infantry.
They carry no shields, instead using heavy two-handed Northern Battle Axes and Old Empire Hastae throwing spears, great for cleaving enemies and halting cavalry. However, their lack of shields makes the long march towards an archer firing line extremely perilous, and thus, the Imperial Guards should be used to flank the enemy or protected behind the shieldwall of the Melitine Infantry or an onrushing charge of Melitine cavalry.
This troop is upgraded from Melitine Infantry for 160 d and upgrades no more.