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POLL: Roman Armies & Devotio


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Quadratus writes:

Scenario specific. Not a rule writ in stone.

Would it rally broken troops?
Give a bonus to morale/waver checks?
make it harder to issue new orders to troops?


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
no opinion
36
14%
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it should be a special rule
29
11%
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it should be a campaign special rule
22
8%
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other (explain)
6
2%
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it should be ignored as too obscure
99
37%
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it should be a scenario-specific rule
73
28%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

An article in a recent issue of Ancient Warfare describes Consular Suicide...

Devotio was a Roman religious act that was performed only in very dangerous and extreme battle situations. If the Roman army was seriously threatened, the consul – military and religious chief of the army – could take recourse to this ritual. Calling out to the entire Roman pantheon, he offered himself, together with all the enemies of Rome, to the gods of the Underworld and to the Earth (to the Di Manes and Tellus) as a sacrifice in order to obtain divine protection and victory for Rome and her allies…. Having completed these rites, the consul would ride into the enemy ranks, spear in hand, not stopping his onrush until he was killed....

How should Ancient rulesets handle devotio?