"I may build an empire on lies, but they are the truth." — attr Genghis Khan
An Agent capable of conducting intelligence activities, including creation and destruction of informants as well as sniping of enemy units.
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Imperial Legates are the secret agents of various Asian powers, and are trained from the Nobles' Court. Trained in the arts of stealth and assassination, these men are highly skilled, and are able to carry out their deeds unnoticed. Their greatest strength is that they can remain hidden, even after assassinating an opponent, meaning that they can do a lot of damage if they are not detected. As a consequence of their skill and extensive training, their services are rather expensive. Also, even though Explorers cannot kill Legates, they can spot them, and once their cloak is blown, Imperial Legates can be quickly killed because they have sacrificed armour for stealth and mobility.
The most celebrated use of spies was to primarily gather information. By the High Middle Ages, the Mongols had learnt to coerce or recruit agents who would be used to explore for new lands to be turned to "pasture for Mongol herds", as well as to report back to the Khagan on areas of military and economic concern: ie how rich was the land, how strong were local military forces, and so forth. This was aided by the extensive links of the Silk Road, still in use by now, as well as the Mongol yam or pony courier services meant to speed up the gathering of information and increase administrative efficiency throughout the Mongol Empire.