Xenophon’s March


Campaign Walkthroughs

Xenophon’s March

This scenario is very much a single-line event, you can’t help it. The object is to capture the Artifact and return it to your Government center, all the way at the North of the map. Your path is set out for you by geography, you just follow it blowing away anything that blocks you. The only tricky part is how to get started. 
First off, build a Storage Pit. You’ll need the wood’re going to chop later on, but for now, just put Pit right where start. Set your Villagers chopping and move rest of forces out, along only path available. As Northwest map edge, eventually come upon War Elephant some Swordsmen. Kill Swordsmen with Ballistas convert Elephant, it be useful later. Repeat process round corner into town, killing destroying everything, healing units Priest. When’ve destroyed or converted bring up two Dock. >
At your Dock, build three Triremes. Send them back Southeast, killing anything on the shore, and build two Heavy Transports. Load all your units, including the Villagers on the transports and move Southeast, but don’t unload until your Triremes have cleared out as much as possible. Land your forces at the enemy town and immediately take out the Tower with your Ballistas. Finish mopping up, destroying any enemy units here and healing your casualties, then have your two Villagers build a Storage Pit and start mining Gold. 
Move your original two Villagers up the map edge and build a second Storage Pit when you run out of wood to chop at your starting location. After you’ve mined a little Gold, build a Siege Workshop right near the Gold mines and start producing Helepoli as soon as you can. These will replace any you lose, or have already lost. Heavy Catapults, while helpful against Towers, can be more trouble than they’re worth. 
When you’re ready to move again, head Northeast and bring your Priest up to the Wall. Take out any units you meet before the Wall, but let your Priests convert units behind the Wall. Then let those converts fight your battles. Use your Helepoli to take down the Wall, as well as your War Elephants, and move your forces through. Continue on like this using Helepoli against the Towers, and healing any of your injuries before moving on. 
As you round the corner and take out the third Persian town, you should be winding down on Gold mining. Bring your Villagers up and build a second Siege Workshop here, heal everything and then take out the next Tower and Wall. Keep moving around the corner, use your Helepoli to take on anything at range and your Academy units to protect them from enemy mounted units. If you need to, build an Academy and replenish your strength. 
As you move further Southwest, you’ll find a Temple walled in and protected by Towers. Take out any Priests that may be hanging around, then take the Towers out. You may lose a few Helepoli here, just build more. Keep moving and you’ll see another walled-in area with your Artifact. Use the Helepoli to take out the defenders, then the walls, and run a unit in to claim the Artifact. Ignore everything else that isn’t chasing you, and beat a hasty retreat to the Northern shoreline. 
Bring your Villagers up and build a Dock, then a few Triremes to take on any enemy fleet there may be. Once you have those built and defending your sea rights, build a Heavy Transport, load the Artifact on it and sail North to your Government Center. Unload the Artifact and move it next to the Government Center for the win.