Type: Lancer Available to: Austria
Trained at: Castle
Cost: 60 Food, 65 Florins
Armor/Pierce Armor: 1/2
Special: +6 vs. cavalry, +3 vs. siege weapons, +1 armour vs anti-cavalry and ships.
Upgrades to: Reichsritter (requires Romzug)
Upgrade Century: 14th
Upgrade Cost: 1100 Food, 675 Florins
Hit Points: Bloodlines
Training time: Indenture
An Austrian unique unit, the Gefolgsmann combines a decent anticavalry performance with an anti-siege bonus and a solid all-around performance. It compares roughly to a trooper in terms of overall strength.
The Gefolgsmann benefits mainly from its versatility. It is also one of the few unique units available in the 13th century, and can hold its own against enemy cavalry while proving a capable buster of siege equipment. It is by far one of the more powerful medium cavalry units in the game.
However, Gefolgsmänner have their weaknesses. While they are lancers, which makes it harder for anticavalry units to whack them, they take extra damage from towers, cannon, and halberd militia. Their anticavalry bonus is not particularly that strong, and they attack just a tad slower (2.1 sec) than other units (usually 2 sec). Like all lancers, it isn't a good unit for assaulting fortifications, however, the Gefoglsmann can do very well in the open field.
The Habsburg family has been one of the most important in history, combining the empire of Austria with the Kingdom of Spain and creating the first empire on which the sun never set, a phrase coined by the Habsburg king Philip II (and later applied to the English). Their cavalry, particularly, consisting primarily of heavy lancers, allowed them to win many a battle. However, against the Swiss pikemen these fared less well, and the Gefolgsmänner of the house of Habsburg saw several defeats at the hands of the Helvetians.