In the Gathering Storm expansion, the Khevsur requires 10 Iron to train.
- +7 Combat Strength and no Movement penalties in Hills.
- +10 Combat Strength vs. anti-cavalry units.
Not much can be said about this unit, as it is strong but since the Khevsur does not replace any other units, it cannot be pre-built and upgraded into. The most efficient way to make use of the Khevsur is to buy it with Faith when you choose to build Grand Master's Chapel and adopt Theocracy as your government. However, since Georgia's Faith generation power is quite restricted (you need to be able to declare Protectorate Wars) and extra Faith from the Tsikhe does not come into play until the next era (which happens to be when the Khevsur becomes obsolete), it is very hard to use this unit within its limited time frame. Not to mention, since you can only decide where you want to settle, not that of your enemy, the Combat Strength bonus when fighting in Hills will most likely benefit you only on defense.
The warriors from Georgia’s Khevsureti territory maintained their traditions for countless generations. (Until the early 20th Century, they continued to fight with weapons and armor more suited to medieval times.) These fierce Georgians dressed in chainmail and carried swords, axes, and small, black bucklers adorned with crosses for nighttime raids—due to the shield’s color, the warriors were practically invisible in the moonlight. Though tradition was their watchword, they did adapt with the times, incorporating firearms as their importance on the battlefield became unmistakable.
- The Khevsur was originally called the Khevsureti, but since this name refers to a region rather than an ethnic group, it was changed (as shown in the Emergencies Deep Dive video with Sarah Darney and Anton Strenger).