All archery units have the problem that they are useless for attacking cities. They are great for holding them, but it's sooo bothersome to create a healthy unit mix. However, since archers upgrade from warriors, they can get the City Raiders promotion. But once they change classes, they can't get City Raiders II and III, so that means the only way to get City Raiders III for archers is to have level 4 warriors get the promotion and then switch to archer. Btw. City Raiders III means +90% attack against cities. Fighting gets XP, but since we are lazy we want them strong out of the box, which means we need free 10 XP (or 8 XP for charismatic leaders). The first 6 XP are (relatively) easy: Apprenticeship, Conquest and Theocracy civics. Take charismatic leader for 2 more XP (saved). Build command posts for 2 XP. Command posts are gained by sacrificing a great commander ... or by having an organized leader build them. The Bannor leader Sabathiel conveniently is Charismatic and Organized, which is exactly what the doctor ordered. As an extra perk, they also get the Crusade civic, which makes the warmonger complete. Another "advantage" of the Bannor is their total lack of unique units altogether, which helps to not let us feel like we are missing something. Let's have a look at the required techs: The required techs are yellow (assuming we want Longbowmen). As you can see, the research is surprisingly streamlined despite the wide array of required techs. However, if you look at the costs it's quite clear that this is not an early game strategy. And it skips some useful techs like animal husbandry which you probably want to get, too. And a religion would be nice ... RoK or Order come to mind. And if you think, city raiders II is enough and Crusade is politically incorrect, then consider taking the Amurite leader Valledia, who is Organized and Arcane and has access to the awesome Firebows - and a fireball more than makes up for the lack of charisma since it allows you to skip building catapults. I haven't tried it yet - I never even played any of those races. But I think I'll give them a try now.