Heavily armed and armoured elites who are best used in the hottest of the fighting.
One of the two types of elite soldiers in the armies of the states of western Anatolia. Their name means "those beyond the shields" and refers to their role as champions of a sort. The region, host to the greatest war in history, maintains a warrior tradition that praises the individual skill of warriors who have left the protection of the shield line to challenge one another in single combat. Those who fight and die in the front ranks are worthy of greatest honor, alive or dead. These are among the bravest of the wealthiest men of their homeland. They should be used to spearhead assaults on enemy lines or enemy walls. They are offensive units with few parallels among the Hellenes, and in fact many of the men among them have cut their teeth in wars against Galatian invaders or in the armies of the Diadochoi.