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Ballista Tower

Age: Iron
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Granary, research Watch Tower, upgrade to Sentry Tower, upgrade to Guard Tower, build Government Center, research Ballistics, upgrade to Ballista Tower.
Upgrade Cost: 1800 food, 750 stone
Research Cost: - - -
Cost: 150 stone
Hit Points: 200
Attack: 20
Armor: - - -
Range: 7
Upgrade of: Guard Tower
Special: Fire rate once/3 seconds.
The Ballista Tower is the ultimate tower. It has more attack strength than the Guard Tower. You must research Ballistics before you can upgrade to the Ballista Tower. You can research and upgrade towers at the Granary.
Towers are a defensive structures that fire missiles at enemy villagers and military within range.
Researching Architecture increases hit points and decreases construction time. Alchemy increases attack strength. Ballistics increases accuracy. Woodworking, Artisanship, and Craftsmanship increase range.
The tower discovered on the wall at the ancient site of Jericho served several purposes. It extended the visual range of look-outs that would be watching for the approach of raiders and other visitors. An early warning might have been the difference between a successful defense and the fall of the town. The tower was a superior firing position for archery. Bowmen shooting down had an advantage in range and penetration power of arrows versus enemies shooting up. Enemies sheltering at the bottom of the wall may have remained visible to archers in the tower. The tower itself was an independent bastion that could serve as the defensive position of last resort if the wall was carried. The Ballista Tower was the ultimate defensive fortification of the ancient era. It could withstand a major attack and was equipped and designed to take a heavy toll on attackers.
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