This is the place to post general stuff concerning the game. Want to express your love for hoplites or find people to play the game with? Want to share your stories about matches you have played or discuss historical connections to the game? These and any other topics which are related to the game, but don't have their own forums belong in this forum.
Do you have any questions about modifying the game? What will you need to do what you want to? What are the best techniques? Discuss Modifications, Map Making, AI scripting and Random Map Scripting here.
Forums for decision-making on issues where a consensus can't be reached or isn't sufficient. The committees are chosen from among the official team members, but to ensure an open and transparent decision process it's publically viewable.
That “catapult” would have been invented during the Magadha–Vajji War of 484–468 BC, i.e. around the time of Xerxes I (r. 486–465 BC) and the Greco–Persian Wars. However, it's very important that the Buddhist and Jain literature emerged many centuries later. The source in question, the epic Trīṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacharitra “Lives of Sixty-Three Great Men”, was written by the Jain scholar Hemachandra (AD 1088–1173).
It's not entirely impossible they just might have existed. We just lack sources, descriptions, dimensions, drawings, etc., which would probably make it quite challenging for artists to model and animate one, but if someone wants to give it a try, I won't stop you.
That's not really surprising. Indians had neither bricks nor stone architecture at the time; war elephants and fire are very effective against wooden structures.
The first attestations of battering rams I know of are from the Neo-Assyrian Empire (911–609 BC), and those emerged in a region where wood was scarce and bricks and stone architecture existed for millennia.
@fatherbushido @Nescio @LordGood @Sundiata and anyone else wanting to give his/her opinion.
What about some stone-throwing catapults? Personally I think the cart-wheel shaped engine could be some kind of onager with two wheels twisted to make the torsion (like a ship's wheel to handle it).
Some ideas of devices that could fit large wheels:
Finally about the battering ram, I find interesting there is no mention of it.
What about a hammer-like device instead? It would fit the same role.
Why not Italic mercenaries?
I think we could take reference on the Lucanians to design new units.
From: A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century. Page 272.
Available on lib gen.
About Jaina literature:
I think I have found the source:
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra
Having determined on this device and having put the god in his heart, the king, Śreṇika’s son, observed a three-day fast. Impelled by his penance and the friendship in a former birth, Śakra and Indra Camara came to him then. The Indra of the gods and the Indra of the Asuras said, “Sir, what do you wish?” He said, “If you are pleased, let Ceṭaka be killed.” Śakra said again: “Ask for something else. Ceṭaka is a co-religionist of mine, Certainly, I will not kill him. Nevertheless, king, I shall give you bodily protection, so that you will not be conquered by him.” He said, “Very well.” Indra Camara thought fit to make a battle which had big stones and a thorn, and a second which had a chariot and a mace, leading to victory. In the first a pebble that had fallen would resemble a large stone. The thorn would be superior to a large weapon. In the second the chariot and the mace roam without an operator. The enemy-army, which had risen for battle, is crushed on all sides by them. Then the three, the Indra of the gods, the Indra of the Asuras, and the Indra of men, Kūṇika, fought with Ceṭaka’s army. A general, named Varuṇa, a grandson of the charioteer Nāga, an observer of the twelve vows, possessing right-belief, making a two-day fast, his mind always disgusted with worldly existence, having made a three-day fast at the end of the two-day fast, because of the attack on the king, strongly urged by King Ceṭaka himself, entered the battle, faithful to a promise, the chariot-mace being so irresistible.
This encyclopedia considers the same interpretation:
I don't know if other Jaina texts gives the same account but with a less religious narrative.
I've found that with these hero choices I can somewhat represent the various time periods of these civs. The Spartan hero Cleomenes removes hoplites and replaces them with phalangites, for instance. So, now with the Ptolemies, I've made Ptolemy I make the barracks train Macedonian phalangites, while the other 2 Ptolemaic heroes make the barracks train Egyptian phalangites.
See the footnote at the page 283 (or page 11 of the pdf):
The translation of Emmanuel de Rougé in 1876 says "throwers" as well. However it is a feminine noun in French, like it could be applied to a device. Nevertheless, it is done in the purpose to kill "a man a day" or slaying men daily as in your translation.