The Military History of the Selkie in the 1st Century BCE is part of the Military History of the Selkie in the Age of the High Kings, as the High Kings Conor the Bard, Lugh the Seafarer and Irereo the Rock ruled.


Availability of Manpower

It is important to understand, that the Selkie of the 1st Century BCE had a smaller pool of manpower available for their campaigns, mainly because society was far less urbanized then in, for example, the Dark Ages. Society and centre of life was rural, within small villages with little militias, which could scare off bandits, but which had little place on a battlefield.

Society itself was also much more stratified and centralized, especially when it came to war and warriordom. While many men in the villages knew how to wield a spear or to shoot a bow, they were not the troops, which the High Kings relied on. Much rather, the High Kings and the more local kings relied on a professional army, based in their centres of rulership, usually the emerging cities and fortified places.


Defensive Arms and Armour


Cloth Armour

The most basic armour was padded cloth armour, which was surprisingly effective against a number of attacks, 

Leather Armour

Leather armour was not as far-spread as modern media would make one believe.

Metal Armour

Reserved for the richest of the rich, metal armour was usually scale armour, 

Other protective equipment

Offensive Arms - Close and Personal

Swords and daggers


Axes and other tools

Offensive Arms - Ranged


Bow and Arrow


Offensive Arms - Artillery

Other Equipment


Selkie rarely, if ever, used chariots in warfare. If they did, they did so in a role, that would liken them to modern APCs, a driver delivering one or two soldiers, who fought dismounted, while the chariot driver either went back to pick up the next one or two men or supported his soldiers in one way or the other. Their use in war, however, had stopped by the 1st century BCE for a few centuries.


Even in those times, Cavalry already played an important role and so did the development of proper saddles for said cavalry. One of the most important developments of that time was the Selkie-Saddle, also known as the Taca Droma-Type Saddle or Backrest-Type Saddle. The name stems from the cantle of the saddle, which was drawn out upwards to give the rider a better seat and, together with two pommels aiding in holding the thighs, allowed for greater movement ability.

Distinctive Types of Soldiers

Heavy Cavalry

Light and Medium Cavalry

Heavy Infantry

Light Infantry, Medium Infantry and Militias


The Nocht

See Main Article: Nocht.

Role of Women on the Battlefield


Although it would still be four centuries until Áed the Hunter would establish the Swordmaidens and the Lancemaidens, Warrior-Women played important roles on the battlefield in a number of applications. It was not uncommon for a woman of high birth to be able to fight, Princess Macha is known to have been an excellent horsearcher and Princess Tailtiu was known as a very capable axewoman.

As Díosc, Screechers,

Many of the militias also had female-only contingents to defend their towns and cities either if the men were already at war or when the direst of need was upon the city or town.



Organization and Logistics

See also

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