Ajedrezern Rider was a form of armoured heavy cavalry used in ancient warfare by a number of peoples in Sotuhwestern Hieyoks, southern Aels and Northern Zarhuy. Historically, the Ajedrezen was a very heavily armored horseman, with both the rider and steed draped from head to toe in scale armour, while typically wielding a lance or long sword as their weapon.
Ajedrezern served as either the elite cavalry or assault force for most empires and nations that fielded them, primarily used for impetuous charges to break through infantry formations. Chronicled by many historians from the 5th Century of the Early Human Age up until The Cataclysm -and still centuries later, but each time in a more reduced way-, they are believed to have given rise in part or wholly to the age of feudalism in Aels and the later Aelian equivalents of knights and paladins, via contact with the Unnlic Empire.
Notable peoples and states deploying Ajedrezern at some point in their history include: the Farsian, Dannu, Dumian Army and the Unnlic Army, among many others.
In Aels, the fashion for heavily armored Dumian Cavalry seems to have been a response to the Eastern campaigns of the Farsian in the region of the Caritz Sea, as well as numerous defeats at the hands of Ajedrezern across the steppes of Hieyoks. Traditionally, Dumian cavalry was neither heavily armoured nor all that effective; the Dumian riders were composed mainly of lightly armored horsemen bearing spears and swords to chase down stragglers and to rout enemies. The adoption of ajedrezern-like cavalry formations took hold amongst the late Dumian Army, in the wars against the Early Dark Legion and their allies.
The evolution of the heavily armored horseman was not isolated to one focal point during a specific era, but rather developed simultaneously in different parts of southwestern Hieyoks.
Tactics and DeploymentEdit
While they varied in design and appearance, Ajedrezern riders were universally the heavy assault force of most nations that deployed them, acting as "shock troops" to deliver the bulk of an offensive manoeuvre, while being supported by various forms of infantry and archers (both mounted and unmounted). While their roles in military history often seem to overlap wit lancers or generic heavy cavalry, they should not be considered analogous to these forms of cavalry, and instead represent the separate evolution of a very distinct class of heavy cavalry in the Near Hieyoks that had certain connotations of prestige, nobility and esprit de corps attached to them. In many armies, this reflected upon social stratification or a caste system, as only the wealthiest men of noble birth could afford the panoply of the Ajedrezern, not to mention the costs of supporting several war horses and ample amounts of weaponry and armor.
Fire support was deemed particularly important for the proper deployment of Ajedrezern, being common for successful Ajedrezern formations to operate primarily as a combined arms team of Ajedrezen and horse archers, using a combination of fire and movement, which pinned the enemy down, wore them out and left them vulnerable to a concluding deathblow.
The Ajedrezern charge was very effective due to the disciplined riders and the large numbers of horses deployed.
Farsian Ajedrezern Raiders were a contiguous division known as the Ajedran during the era of the Farsian Empire and remained a formidable force until the collapse of the Farsian Empire. The elite of the Farsian Ajedrezern, known as the Istaban Body Guards, were sourced from the very best of the Ajedran divisions and were used exclusively by Farsian Sha.
The Ajedrezern KingdomsEdit
The Ajedrezern Riders, heavy cavalry units of the Farsian had become in the last decades of the Middle Human Age increasingly in a unit composed of ethnic Torks, recently converted to the Islam and fanatics. These men, during the Holy Wars, where able to conquer several of the newly founded Christian kingdoms, but rather than handing them back to the Farsian emperor or other Muslim princes, the Ajedrezern Riders -or Ajedrezern Knights, as called by the Christians- keep these realms for themselves, to keep the costs of their armoured cavalry armies, becoming an increasingly independent political entity, that escaped control of Farsia and the Farsian Shah.
Cretorian Empire and the AjedrezernEdit
For long, they will be able to keep out of the sphere of influence as well of the Tork Empire of Cretor, and while they where defeated and annexed after the battle of Mazkürtirk at 2878 a.a.H, they keep some degree of autonomy in their controlled territories.
In 3157, after the dissolution of the Cretorian Empire, they formed an independent province, who barely was able to keep it's independence from successive invasions of the Motzabilian, Ignacian and Baziks. However, weakened, they were finally defeated by the Guaderos at the 2248 a.a.H, and were incorporated to Guaderia.
Ajedrezen in GuaderiaEdit
By then, the Ajedrezern riders still fought as their ancestors armoured and on horseback, and their forces joined the Guaderian Army, suffering heavy casualties on the Battle of Aiud-Ebber at 3259, from which they never fully recovered. The traditional armoured cavalry Ajedrezern finally disappeared in all but the military parades, being replaced by mechanised units during the modernisation of the Royal Guaderian Army by Bazikstan, finishing the long story of the Ajedrezern Knights.