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    The Savaran cavalry (horse-riders) were Persian military units and were a division of cavalry during the time of the Sassanid Empire; they ranged from light cavalry such as horse archers to heavy cavalry such as Cataphracts. Each Savaran unit would have had its own Derafsh (banner). Membership in such units and other important posts was generally reserved for individuals of Aryan ancestry. The Savaran were led by Savaran Sardar.The Savaran Sardar were high ranking officers who were in charge of the Savaran cavalry, their position was so high up in Sassanid society that they were only answerable to the Eran-Sepahbod (Commander in Chief) and the Shahanshah himself. They would be guarded heavily by Cataphract style cavalry. The post of Savaran Sardar was held by a member of the Mihran-Pahlav family. Parts of the Savaran division were high ranking including the Poshtiban Body Guards a super heavy shock cavalry these were the royal guards of the Shah himself. The influential Savaran cavalry were mostly made up of heavily armored cavalry. Generally of which the cavalry were aristocracy or even from the imperial family themselves. There were also commander of which were Elite as well. These parts of the Savaran regiments were kept as reserves.The Savaran cavalry during this early period had much in common with their Parthian (Arsacid) predecessors, most of whom would have worn metal plate armor with mail. Their helmets, of the Spangenhelm type, would have been adapted throughout the Sassanid Persian period. Also horses would probably have been armored, with light leather coats or thin mail and plate armor. Some Savaran units such as mercenaries (Kushans, Indians, Huns) may perhaps not have worn armor at all, allowing them to be rather more mobile and swift. (Wikipedia) - Savaran

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