As swift as the God Apollo himself, no skirmishers shall outrun these fearsome Greek Hoplites. Born from a necessity to protect the hoplite phalanx from skirmishers, such as Peltasts, these hoplites have been adapted to carry lighter equipment. An extremely mobile soldier who can keep pace with lightly armed skirmishers and defeat them in combat.
Due to their lighter equipment these Hoplites should not be expected to fare well in combat against their more heavily equip kin. However, their mobility and speed of foot allows them to quickly re-position and flank the enemy lines. Whilst they might not be the most stalwart defenders, their mobility can be of use for flanking actions.
As trained soldiers, these light hoplites fight in formation much like their heavy kin. Whilst also disciplined enough to ignore the morale penalties which occur from the death of their General. It is this discipline which gives them a greater chance of reforming if their morale is broken by the enemy.
Thanks to their fleet footedness these light hoplites will endure fewer missile barrages from the skirmishers that they are closing in on to engage. Once the skirmishers are in flight the mobility of the light hoplite will not allow them to turnabout and unleash a volley of missile fire. Contrary to their heavier armed and armoured brethren who cannot maintain the same relentless pressure, both tiring sooner and receiving casualties while chasing.
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