|Belongs to||Ottoman Empire|
|Produced from||Cannon Foundry (higher levels of buildings cannot train this unit)|
|Shot Types||Round Shot, Canister Shot, Shrapnel Shot|
|Cost||670 SP/590 MP|
|Turns to Train||2|
9-lber Artillery is a type of cannon artillery in Empire: Total War.
A saker is an old-fashioned style of light cannon, deployed in a fixed position.
Artillery pieces are expensive to cast, as a result, they tend to be in service until captured, destroyed or rusted away. Sakers are a prime example of this, as many of the barrels date back to the 17th Century, even if they have been taken from dust-covered warehouses and mounted on refurbished carriages.
They are relatively light cannons in terms of the shot fired, which is much the same as a six-pounder. Some sakers are even old enough to have been intended for stone ammunition, and this is reflected in the fact that the windage (or difference between the barrel bore and shot size) is often quite large. This "rattling" of a shot down the barrel when it is fired does not help accuracy.
Despite the light weight of shot, sakers are anything but lightweight guns. Saker gun carriages are large, awkward and tactically immobile. Gunners and draft animals can drag them into place before a battle, but there is little chance of moving a gun to be a better firing position once the action has commenced.
Although obsolescent, there were 14 sakers in the "Blenhelm train" of artillery in 1704 available to the Duke of Marlborough - guns were expensive and he took what was available.
|Cannons||12-lber Foot Artillery • 18-lber Foot Artillery • 18-lber Horse Guard Artillery • 24-lber Foot Artillery • 24-lber Guard Artillery • 3-lber Horse Artillery • 6-lber Horse Artillery • 64-lber Great Gun • 64-lber Heavy Artillery • 9-lber Artillery • Cannons • Demi-Cannons • Guns • Native Artillery • Sakers|
|Howitzers and Mortars||12-lber Howitzer Foot Artillery • 24-lber Howitzer Foot Artillery • 4-inch Mortar Battery • Bombardment Mortars • Large Mortars • Mortars|
|Other||Organ Gun • Puckle Guns • Rocket Band • Rocket Troop|