Military national wonder. Requires Barracks in all cities.
- All newly trained Units in this City receive the Morale Promotion, improving combat strength by 15%.
- Contains 1 slot for a Great Work of Writing
- +1 Happiness with Universal Healthcare tenet (any Ideology)
The Heroic Epic is one of the deadliest tools in a martial empire's arsenal, although largely reserved for the smallest of them. The 15% Morale bonus is an across-the-board improvement to all your units from that city. Apart from producing units, if you need to purchase any units outright, this city becomes the place to do it, so long as travel times aren't prohibitive to the unit's goals.
This bonus stacks on top of promotions, terrain, and Great Generals. As a result, these units become some of the meanest tools you can forge. Ensure that the city gets more than the Barracks it already created. Build an Armory and Military Academy there to start each unit as the best of the best. Combine this with Honor Policies to push the numbers as much in your favor as possible.
Martial civilizations tend to expand, making it hard (and competitively expensive) to have Barracks in all cities at all times. Thus, it's wise for an empire to build the Heroic Epic early and during peacetime when there are fewer enemies and cities to worry about. In addition, this gives you more of the game to enjoy the Wonder's benefit.
From ancient times, a "heroic epic" is a poem that defines a people or an era, and is usually centered upon the heroic actions of one or more people. The Greek Odyssey is such a work, as are the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh and the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf.