Last time, I strangled Rome in its cradle with the Senones and this week it is time for one of the most able generals of his time to shine: King Pyrrhus of Epirus!
Note: when talking about Generals, I might sometimes add their stats in this form: 1-2-3. The first value is the strategic rating, the second value the offensive rating and the third the defensive rating.
A look at the map reveals that Pyrrhus is not the only one who hates the Romans:
This faction holds no territory in Greater Greece but has a sizeable army in Italy under the command of – who else! - Pyrrhus. He also has elephants! WAR ELEPHANTS! Aww yeah! Unfortunately Pyrrhus ships moved into a storm and thus the army is understrength and low on cohesion right now.
Additionally, a smaller contingent of two generals (one of them is actually a diplomat, but he can lead troops) and two understrength hoplite formations is in Tarentum, but these will also have to stay back because the hoplites are missing several elements.
And a squadron of transport ships, just so we have this list complete!
Gracia Magna (Greater Greece):
This faction was the one that called Pyrrhus to Italy in the first place. The city state of Tarentum to be more precise. Their leader Philonides (2-0-0) prefers to stay in Tarentum with his army, though. Not that I want Philonides, he has to be the worst leader in the game witht hese stats, but a few more troops wouldn't be so bad. Either way, I'll have to live with it. I will propably be able to unlock their army later.
They have a big fleet that is at mostly unlocked. I have a big advantage in naval forces over the Romans which means a landing somewhere along the Roman coast might be a possibility!
And as mentioned, the Etruscans are back! Their army seems to be exactly the same as in the war against the Senones. Led by the Lucumon (3-1-1) it's not very strong and easily defeated. But it is a second front against the Romans and that's great! Nobody likes two front wars (ask Germany)!
And another old friend, the Samnites! Their army is a shadow of the powerful forces that I lead during the third Samnite war, however! Two meagre units led by Tuticus Meddix (4-1-1). Well, better than nothing. Also, they are right now kind of "in exile". If I manage to retake former Samnite territory I will be able to recruit more Samnite units.
Syracuse [didn't join the war yet]:
The Syracusaens have to share Sicily with the Carthaginians. They don't like doing so. Pyrrhus historically joined them later with the intent of driving the Carthaginians from Sicily (and declaring himself King of Sicily I guess). The Carthaginians didn't like that and interestingly, neither did the Sicilian people. Anyway, let's see what they have in game: two smaller armies led by terrible generals: for one, the tyrant of Syracuse, Sosistratus (3-1-1) and Thynion (2-1-2). Don't let their mediocre stats fool you, these leaders both have traits that make them really terrible! But I'll detail that if they actually join the war
Their navy is even better than the navy of the Greek city states but since these fleets only become available when the Carthaginians can release their fleets as well I fear that once these fleets become available naval superiority will be nothing but a dream (depends on how well the AI uses the Carthaginian fleets).
I think everyone who reads this knows who Pyrrhus was. But how are his abilities represented in the game? Let's have a look:
With a 4-4-5 rating he is propably better than any consul of the Romans but that's not all: he also has some great traits:
- Admired Commander: + 25 % fatigue recovery for all units
- Gifted Commander: + 2 Command Points
- Superior Tactitian: + 1 initiative for all units
- Fast Mover: + 15 % movement speed
- Hated Occupant: I think this causes cities/regions with a low population loyalty to become pillaged but I am not sure
- Hotheaded: No retreat orders during first 2 hours of battle (as if I wanted to retreat anyway)
After this long introduction it's time to finally go to war!
The actual AAR will start in a few days because I don't want Jim to know my plans in advance