Lots of players hate the “mortar” Chirons (and rightfully so I think). The problem with them is that they often start bombing you as you’re not aware of their presence. So you are out in the open and now with a team of disabled guys that potentially can not even heal themselves because both arms are disabled.
I recently finished a game with New Jericho and used lots of heavies in full Anvil-2 armor. In the “protect Tobia West’s fortress” mission, I saw 1 such Chiron in the first turn so were on my guards but still in the open. During Pandoran turn, 3 others join in to bomb my squad (they didn’t even care about New Jericho defenders). So 4 “mortar” Chirons bombing my face, and the result was … my sniper was nearly dead and Technician needed to restore all his body parts. But that’s it, my heavies barely had a scratch (and I had forgot to put the “+20 armor” from technician).
All this story to bring this: Mortar Chirons don’t bring a tactical aspect to the game. The only thing they bring is that, from now on, my teams will wear heavy armor once the first lair happens. I can compensate the loss in speed, not losing arms during combat.
I made a suggestion on canny (https://phoenixpoint.canny.io/feedback/p/body-parts-health-should-be-linked-to-strength) to have the body parts health scale with strength.
What good is it to have 30 strength, 300 HP if you still have an arm with 70 HP and a grenade can render your soldier useless ?
This would give more value to the “strength” skill. Your survivability against mortar Chirons or grenades would be greater.
Currently, on legend, you start with 14 strength and have 70HP arms (factor 5x). It would make the easier difficulties easier since by using this factor you would start with soldiers having 20 strength and 100HP arms and potentially reaching 30 strength 150HP arms. (I’m not saying it should be this formula)
Arthrons do have body parts with more HP as they progress, why don’t we ?
The people that want to put skill points in willpower or speed can still do so, but will have to suffer the consequences when “mortar” Chirons start coming (like today). This could prevent builds with 20 willpower or 25 speed as it can be ruined by mortar Chirons completely disabling you. Stay at 19 willpower but add 2 strength, or 18 WP but +4 strength. Same for speed.