I beat this game, domination win. Finished Jonas, took a bit out of Auric for those last few percentage points. Not much to discuss besides a backstab from alexis during which she took back a city, then had her invading force of CR3 Moroi tied down by a Ratha till Chalid could get over there and massacre it. 12 extra turns of stalling vs. Jonas, whoopee. Stephanos hit the scene and quickly got smashed to a pulp by the Illian army. Advantages to Charadon: Aggressive meant I needed quite a few less beastmen for my early rush, both because they were more effective and because less (none) of them died while scouting/heading for Cevedes. (Better odds vs. animals, no need to fight barbs) I never had to commit units to escorting workers or settlers, because barbs don't attack them. Because I did not need to protect backline cities against barbs, I could spare almost my entire military to fight Rhoanna. This was big, because I was stretched completely thin at the end of that war. Disadvantages: Without raider, I couldn't get to Alexis's core cities before she could build/move up new defenders. This made prespur much, much, much more costly to take. Alexis's Moroi were tough. I had to declare peace after that, with Mahala I might still have had some momentum. I lost the pact race because of inferior tech speed, yeah. That also would have been a big help vs. Alexis. As would cheap upgrade costs. The last wars would have gone more smoothly if Chalid had come right out with commando. I wouldn't have had to be so careful of assassins. I still won them handily though, so eh. With Ingenuity, I could have massed sons of asena and upgraded them for cheap. That's too costly as charadon.