Honestly it sounds too bland. When I read «sabotage» I thought in a one-use unit like petard that not explode nor damage buildings but it infiltrates in an specific building making it work %50 slower. TCs and Castles are inmune to them.
Once a building is sabotaged its owner can’t do anything to revert its state. Delete it an build a new one, or keep using it at half capacity.
It could be trainned in TC from Feudal age. Cost 100F 100G and takes 35 secs TT.
35 HP 0/0 armor 0.9 speed 0 attack.
“Shield up” : long swordsmen and up take reduced damage for a few hits (similar to the Shrivamsha Rider ability, but instead of dodging, it reduces damage by a very few points). The purpose would be to make the swordsmen better front-line units for the given civ.
“Grapple” : when a militia hit a unit, this unit gets a short speed (mobility) penalty (non-cumulative). Sieges and heavy units (such as elephants) would not be affected. This would allow the militia-line to land a few more hits on faster moving units such as Eagle Warriors and Light Calvary.
“I’m on your side, Steve!” : Reduce the damage of friendly-fires from mangonels. The purpose is to remind anyone named Steve that it is better to use mangonels against the enemies than allies.
I like this as a UT, with the caveat that a dodge bar needs to let a unit completely dodge a hit. Otherwise it’s overly convoluted.
But yea a civ with a UT that lets militia units dodge projectiles could be cool. Depending on the empirical strength of the UT you could take away champion from the tech tree (it it’s strong) or grant the UT in castle age for cheap (it it’s weak).
As a variation, let the dodge bar block melee hits instead of/ or in addition to/ missile attacks.
Ohh you don’t like that it has “laming” potential.
Eh I don’t see an issue with one civ having a bonus where they can do this. Often players don’t take their deer anyway. Also the player with the bonus has to make scouts, and then instead of using them to scout or raid they are using them to hunt.
I mean sure if they want to use their one initial scout to slowly harvest deer instead of doing any scouting then it probably turns out to be a mediocre food eco bonus at the expense of having no idea what the opponent is doing or where most things on the map are.