|"Let the hull be of medium thinness, that the ship be capable of agility in movement and at the same time be solid and robust to repulse the foe."|
—Leo VI the Wise, Tactica Ch XIX.4
Fast raiding vessel, best used for taking out unarmed targets and patrol duty. Cheaper than War Galley.
|Prereq:||Build time||HP||LOS||Attack||Attack speed||Movement
|Upgrade of||Upgrades to|
|175||13||14 x 3||1.6s
|Cost||Created from||Armour||Weapon range||Specialty|
Whereas the Mediaeval Swooper is a warship armed with guns, in Bronze Dawn, the Swooper is now a heavy assault ship.
More armour, lower HP, range is set to 3. Should be allowed to attack from the front. Increased attack versus ships.
- Taking Enemy Fire — The increased accuracy of a Dromond's missiles and speed make them good for raiding and defending against fireships. On the other hand, their low cost makes them ideal as decoys.
- A Warm Welcome — As Dromonds are weak against heavy ships, complement your Dark Age fleet with fireships to keep enemy Longships and Roundships at bay.
- Planned Obsolescence — Upgrade your Dromonds to Barques once resources are available.
- Dromonas— The Byzantines do not build Dromonds, but instead maintain the Dromonas which is in fact the original prototype; the Dromond itself being a weaker and less efficient counterfeit thereof.
If you are playing the Western factions, this unit will undergo 3 different changes, depending on the Age you are in:
Musketeer of the Mercantile Era.
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Musketeer of the Imperial Era.
The term "dromond" was an Anglo-French derivation of the word "dromon", coming from the Greek word "drom-" (lit: run), meaning a "runner" or, in later Italian parlance, a "corsair", capable of good speeds at sea, while being sturdy enough to run down smaller prey. Contrary to more ancient models, dromonds did not ram enemies, but instead used a wooden beak or spar to break enemy oars, thus disabling the ship and making it easier to board. Dromon-type craft were popular to the communities that maintained contact with Byzantium (and were based off the more advanced Byzantine dromonas), although longships, based off a design used by Nordic tribes, were more popular throughout the North Sea and Baltic regions.