Helepolis


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Helepolis

Age: Iron
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Barracks, build Archery Range, build Siege Workshop, build Market, research Craftsmanship, upgrade to Helepolis.
Upgrade Cost: 1500 food, 1000 wood
Research Cost: – – –
Cost: 100 wood, 80 gold
Hit Points: 55
Attack: 40
Armor: – – –
Piercing Armor: – – –
Range: 10
Speed: Slow
Upgrade of: Ballista
Special: Fire rate once/1.5 seconds; minimum range 3.
Description:
The Helepolis has more range and a faster fire rate than the Ballista. You must research Craftsmanship before you can upgrade to the Helepolis.
Siege weapons are used to attack buildings, towers, and walls.
Researching Alchemy increases attack strength. Ballistics increases accuracy. Engineering increases range.

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History

The Helepolis was one of the most advanced weapons of antiquity and a remarkable demonstration of ancient engineering ingenuity. It was in fact an automatic siege weapon that fired Ballista bolts. The top loading magazine of the Helepolis was a horizontal funnel in which were laid bundles of bolts. These were fed by gravity into the chamber of the weapon. A clever gearing mechanism automatically recocked the Helepolis and fired. Human operators needed only to keep it loaded and aimed, plus provide power by cranking. The original of the machine was abandoned outside the city of Rhodes when a besieging army withdrew. It has been reconstructed on paper from contemporary sketches and descriptions of that only known example.