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The SAGA Age of Vikings book presents 12 very different factions to players. This series will review each one in turn.
Who were they?
The Carolingians did not self-identify as such, however what historians now call the Carolingian Empire was a large, if short-lived nation state covering a large part of Western Europe. It existed at a time when even England was divided into a series of smaller kingdoms.
The Empire fractured and splintered by the end of the 9th century, but its most famous leader, Charlemagne, is still a significant figure in European history.
The Carolingians give the player the options of a mounted army as the Warlord, Hearthguard and Warriors all have the option of being on horseback. Warriors on foot may have bows, while Levy units have javelins.
Charlemagne is one of your Legendary character options, and allows you to take units of Hearthguard who are more resilient than usual, letting you hammer the foe with ease. Roland is your second option. He can only take forces on foot, but will summon 4 points of mounted Hearthguard on his death.
The Carolingian Battle Board lets you store SAGA dice in a special Proelium section. This section can be accessed later, and several abilities on the board require dice in your Proelium to function. For example the Ardor ability lets you activate a number of units less than or equal to your Proelium for a move or fire action which generates no fatigue.
A successful Carolingian general will manage army composition with careful use and timing of Battle Board abilities. Knowing when to assign dice to your Proelium and when to spend them is critical. The Carolingian army has the maximum of three stars for complexity in Age of Vikings.