Greetings, Archon! My new army is showing signs of promise. Already their names are being spoken of throughout Hellas, by our loyal allies and enemies alike… but it is not enough. Though they are fearsome when attacking at the vanguard, their lack of shields leaves them vulnerable. A smart general will be able to find this weakness and exploit it. I will not ask my uncle for assistance again – we shall take shields from the Persians by our own hands. We march today, Archon!