Chagatid Ulus

This is an attempt to simulate the army of the Chagatai ulus originally bequeathed to Chagatai, the second son of Temujin Khan, and his successors who ruled from a center on the steppes in the Issyk Kul region near the Ili basin. Chagatai ruled from 1127 to 1242. His descendants ruled either as independent khans or as subjects of other ulus until the defeat of the Chagatids by Timur-il-Leng in 1363 and the elimination of the rump Chagatid ulus by the khojas in the late Sixteenth Century. This list does not simulate the renaissance of the Chagatid ulus after its defeat by Timur-il-Leng and Timur's subsequent declaration that he was the khan of the Chagatids and a descendant of Temujin Khan.

As such, this list also does not reflect the organization of the derivative Chagatid states ruled by ethnic Turks in eastern Transoxiana after the split of the ulus in 1346-1347 but only that entity known as the Chagatid ulus centered in the Issyk Kul region.

Era: Triumph of Cavalry   Chagatid Ulus CR: H: 2 L: 6   BP: 2 Init: 7
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
1 HC(d) Nokhor or Altun urug Key 5(1)0 +2 Lance/bow 15
1 HC(d) Utu duru-iin kumun Key 4(0)0 +1 Lance/bow 12
2 LC(d) Irged or arad Key 2(0)0 +1 Various/bows 8
2 LC(d) Kharc* Key 1(0)0 +1 Bows 6
1 HC(d) Nokhor or Darkhad Key 4(0)0 +1 Lance/bow 12
2 HC(d) Utu-duru-iin kumun Key 4(0)0 +1 Lance/bow 12
8 LC(d) Irged or arad Key 2(0)0 +1 Various/bows 8
6 LC(d) Kharc* Key 1(0)0 +1 Bows 6
3 SI Bool*   2(1)0 +1 Javelins 2


Core: 1 GR

Bonus: (Max: 2 ) 2 GR, 1 RG


Core: 95 Bonus: 142

Bool are members of a conquered tribe who are required to serve the victorious tribe. The term as used here does not include u-te-g-u bool who are bool that are released from servitude nor the affectionate, perhaps patronizing, use of the term by Temujin when applied to Jebe or Subodai and others of Temujin's hounds. Kharc (black bones lineage people) are common people, low people, subordinates. Kharc must outnumber bool by at least two to one.

Although the bool were most probably mounted, simulating them as SI appears appropriate. They had neglible combat value either as archers or in melee. The task of the bool seemed to be to screen more valuable tribal members from archery rather than acting as effective members of the Chagatid military. Any casualties that the bool inflicted on the enemy were jam so long as the bool preserved Mongol lives. Therefore, SI with javelins with a lower than usual FV for javelin armed SI seems to fit even though bool most probably had bows. Think of the javelins as being short range bows used by poor shots. Simulated in this manner, the bool are less effective than horse archers, are vulnerable to melee in the open, have little melee value in protective terrain, and add color to the army.

LC dismount as SI with a BP of 2, an FV of 2(1)1, a Prot of +2, and are armed with a bow with an 18 inch range. When dismounted they have the same arc of fire as foot bows despite retaining the shorter range of mounted bows. Dismounted LC remain key units. Dismounted LC are SI in all other respects including dispersal and missile drop off.

Ordo Link: Chagatid Ulus

Last Edited: 16 January 2006

List Author: Subodai Bahadur