Greek Heroes


Achilles
Achilles

Information: (circa 1200 BC): Achilles is a master of all forms of combat, but his weapon of choice is Xyphos, a weapon of ferocious capabilities and gift from his mother. Featuring an amazing constitution, Achilles wades into battle without fear.

Achilles’ Fanaticism of the Gods is a mighty battle cry that makes all nearby allied units temporarily invulnerable to enemy attack. As Achilles becomes a more proficient warrior, his battle cry affects even larger groups of troops.

Weaknesses: Achilles is slightly slower than the other Heroes, and he’s not as proficient with the bow. As a result, he can only zoom in x1.

History: According to Homer's Iliad, Achilles was a Greek hero caught up in the Trojan War between the Greeks and Trojans. According to the story, not only was he known for his supreme fighting ability in battle, but was described as "god-like"--referring to his attitude. He fought many battles during the Greek's ten-year siege of Troy. When the Mycenaean king Agamemnon seized the captive slaved Briseis from him during the war, Achilles withdrew the Myrmidons from battle and sulked in his tent. Emboldened by his absence, the Trojans attacked the Greeks and drove them into total retreat. It was then that Patroclus, Achilles's friend and companion, begged Achilles to lend him his armor and let him lead the Myrmidons into battle. To this Achilles consented, but with much later regret. Patroclus was killed by the Trojan prince Hector, and afterward the grief-stricken Achilles returned to battle and met Hector in battle and slew him. He dragged his body in triumph behind his chariot. Achilles fought his last battle with Memnon, king of the Ethiopians. After slaying the king, Achilles led the Greeks to the walls of Troy. During this fight he was mortally wounded in the heel by Paris, the Trojan prince whose abduction of Helen, queen of Sparta, started the Trojan War. Achilles will always be remembered for his unmatched heroic fighting abilities.

Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great

Information: (356 BC to 323 BC): Armed with a sword and shield, Alexander the Great can quickly slice through legions of enemy soldiers. If the situation is especially dire, he’ll unleash the Bow of Zeus, which fires arrows that have been doused with naphtha. When one of these arrows strikes its victim, it immediately sets them ablaze, turning the surrounding area into an inferno.

Alexander is an excellent, well-balanced Hero. Every time he kills an enemy soldier, you gain extra Glory.

Weaknesses: None

History: Alexander the Great will always be remembered as one of the world's greatest conquerors. Within a period of 8 years, he subjugated the entire known civilized world--and not once losing a battle. He conquered more territory within this short period of time than what many prior conquerors took a lifetime conquering. Even more fascinating is the fact that Alexander was not the type of commander to just sit back and let his forces do all the dirty work. He always deployed himself at the front and fought in the thick of battle alongside his troops. This, of course, placed him in great jeopardy and he was wounded in battle on several occasions. Alexander was wounded in neck and head at the Granicus River, in the thigh at Issus, and the shoulder at Gaza. He suffered a broken leg in Turkestan, was wounded on three occasions in Afghanistan, and, most seriously, had his lung pierced by an arrow in India. More than once he was the first man over the wall at the storming of a city. Although extremely risky, these outstanding feats of heroic display undoubtedly added to the morale of his troops during battle.