The Jatu are a fierce warrior people that inhabit the eastern steppes of Pendor. They are one of the most dangerous forces in Pendor, being entirely mounted with good weapons and armor - as well as horses that are both heavier and faster than most nations equivalents. Beware them if you cross the eastern steppes with a large force, because they move quite fast and decimate lesser units easily.
Jatu Raiders and their upgrade, Jatu Lancers, are common in all Jatu groups and can be recruited from rescued prisoner stacks. Although they are not similarly recruitable, Jatu Battle Riders can be upgraded from Lancers. You may also see Jatu Warlords , but they are not obtainable due to being an elite unit. The only exception in which you can obtain the Jatu Warlords is through a heartbeat quest.
Jatu Armies typically spawn with 550-600 men, and consist of the following:
- 5-10 Jatu Warlords
- 1-5 Hero Adventurers
- 5-10 Adventurers
- 50-100 Jatu Battle Riders
- 150-250 Jatu Lancers
- 250-450 Jatu Raiders
In battle, they are a force to be reckoned with, and a force you will definitely wish that you have on your side. Unlike most other factions, the Jatu do not necessarily need discipline to win a battle. Their heavy Jatu Battle Riders are fearsome, swift and deadly. Even when dismounted, they still fight ferociously. Their medium cavalry, the Jatu Lancers, mix their equipments with both the saber and their signature Jatu Honor Lances. Even if the Jatu lancers are going against heavier cavalry and infantry, they combine both speed and power to decimate their foes. Their light cavalry, the Jatu Raiders, are poorly armored but their steeds are one of the fastest, allowing them to outrun enemies, while firing hails of arrows at their enemies safely from a distance.
When facing the Jatu in battle, their Lancers and Battle Riders will usually hit your army before you are properly organized. While your infantry are fighting for their lives, their Raiders will circle around your distracted infantry, archers or even your cavalry, picking them off from a safe distance. Don't underestimate their accuracy. Their mounted archery skill can be compared to even the Noldor, and if you choose not to engage them in hand-to-hand combat, you are bound to lose plenty of soldiers from ranged fire. The most sensible way to counter the Jatu would be to form a very thick infantry shield wall, coupled with spears and pikes but even so, be prepared for their Battle Riders and Lancers to still plow through a few ranks of infantry with ease.
If you wish to face the Jatu properly organized, try to distract the incoming Jatu with fodders or cavalry. However, even if you were to send in your heavy knights, expect to still take casualties. If you are lucky, and the battle is held near a river, place your infantry in the river to slow their cavalry and use that advantage to slaughter them.