According to legend, the ant people, or Mrymidons, are descended from one of the old gods who had taken the form of an ant to enter the bed chamber of a princess. They originally inhabited the southern plain of Nycenae. Two hundred years ago, the Valkae Amazons had subjugated the Mrymidons. The Mrymidons left the plain and now live in the foot hills of the Slumbering Dragons mountain range among the other hill tribes.
Their chieftain, Aeolus, decided that with so much of the Nycenaean forces and resources committed to the war between Nica and Asteria, now would be a good time to throw off the yoke of Nycenaean rule.
While Nica could not send a large army, Queen Celeste placed the command of a modest force under one of Nica’s ablest commanders, Glauce the Elder.
“Lady Glauce, the scouts have returned.” said Clonie, her aid de camp.
“What do they report?” asked Lady Glaude.
“A strange deployment, my Lady. Infantry is divided into three blocks with light troops on both sides of the center block.”
“None sighted and no lights on either flank.” reported Clonie. “However, my Lady, the scouts report that the infantry is formed in very tight ranks and files.”
“Hmmm. That means they will outnumber us where they contact our lines. Our troops will need to work hard to hold the point of contact while the rest of the phalanx works to gain the flanks. Very well, send our cavalry to the left to harass their point of honor. I want the rest of the lights on my right. Pass the word that I want as many trained noblewomen in the front ranks as possible to hold their point of contact. I want the salpinx to signal the advance immediately after the sacrifice.”