Grrr ... computer crash ... almost finnished with long reply ... Aeler told me that his thegns had "sexed up" intelligence on my forces, and that he, therefore, would after-all not attack me. Rather stunned me ... I'm playing as Mercia, on Monarch level. I find it very hard to keep up in tech for some reason, even with the other Anglo-Saxon factions. I suppose one of them buys something from the Welsh and the rest buys it at a discount ... I've had some success bullying Hwicce and East Anglia for techs, but Raedwald just developed a spine, which precipitated my first major war. I've taken an East Anglian city west of the ruins at (78,108), and while an attack at a second one at the Wash failed, I'm reasonably confident I can take out the East Anglians as long as no-one intervenes on their side. A small previous war netted me a city Lindsey had built at the mountains SE of Caerlegion. I've caved in to some demands from Gwynedd and Powys - they grew very powerful very quickly. Rather counterintuitively, Powys also managed to plop down at least one city in eastern England during the initial landgrabbing phase. Needless to say, all the civs of England and Wales are crazy about sending settlers to Scotland. I dread to think what it looks like up there ... Snatching workers with Wanderers is great fun. However, my Wanderers do seem to suffer from a curse that makes them invariably lose when attacking Athelings and Beorns.