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"The gods smile on some, and on others they do not." That is what the members of Parmenio's Sacred Band would say. Parmenio formed his Sacred Band in secret, selecting only the toughest, most dedicated and courageous warriors. General Einar brought the members of the Sacred Band through a portal shortly after he saved Parmenio. Parmenio was happy to see his loyal soldiers. On Valhalla, they fight with Parmenio and Marcus Decimus Gallus. This Sacred Band is disciplined and they fight well with other disciplined troops.

Stats:

  • Life: 1
  • Move: 4
  • Range: 1
  • Attack: 3
  • Defense: 2
  • Point Value: 50
  • Figures Per Squad: 4

Abilities

  • Einar Warlord Bonding:
    Before taking a turn with Sacred Band, you may first take a turn with any Warlord you control who follows Einar.
  • Disciplined Army Defense Bonus:
    If every Army Card you control has a Disciplined personality, each soldier in the Sacred Band receives 1 additional defense die.

Synergy

  • Parmenio: Sacred Band Defy Death 15
    As Sacred Band units, the Sacred Band may benefit from Parmenio’s Sacred Band Defy Death 15 defense ability.
  • Marcus Decimus Gallus: Soldier Leadership
    As Soldiers, the Sacred Band may benefit from Marcus Decimus Gallus’ Soldier Leadership movement bonus ability.
  • Marcus Decimus Gallus: Soldier Attack Enhancement
    As Soldiers, the Sacred Band may benefit from Marcus Decimus Gallus’ Soldier Attack Enhancement ability.

Behind the Game

The name is based on The Sacred Band of Thebes (ancient Greek: Ἱερὸς Λόχος τῶν Θηβῶν Hieròs Lókhos tôn Thebôn), a troop of picked soldiers, consisting of 150 age-structured males, which formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC. It was organized by the Theban commander Gorgidas in 378 BC and played a crucial role in the Battle of Leuctra. It was annihilated by Philip II of Macedon in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC.

Disciplined Army Defense Bonus: If my drafted non-disciplined figures are destroyed and I'm left with only disciplined figures on the board. Do I then get the Disciplined Army Defense Bonus?
Yes. (Hasbro FAQ)

Sacred Band or Roman Legionnaires?

It is often argued that either of these Einar squads is stronger, though they are very similar, they have differences that could easily change the tide of a battle.

Legionnaires have the same base stats and cost as the Sacred Band, however the Legionnaires have a potential for +2 defense while the Sacred Band can only reach a maximum of +1. In order to reach their maximum power, Legionnaires must be adjacent to one another, whereas Sacred Band soldiers can hold their defense on their own, down to the last man, meaning they can't be picked off as easily and are more consistent. However their power limits who can be in their army, unlike the Romans, who can use their power reguardless who is in their army. Although the Greek Warlord, Parmenio, can make a single Unique Card disciplined, aiding with the defense boost and allowing a slightly more decent selection of figures.

On another note, Legionnaires offer a wider variety of bonding than the Sacred Band, allowing bonding with ANY warlord, including Me-Burq-Sa, Ne-Gok-Sa, the Venoc Warlord, etc. Otherwise, the Sacred Band is restricted to bonding with Marcus Decimus Gallus, Parmenio and Valguard.

Both squads recieve the same bonuses for the most part, but the Sacred Band additionally gets a 30% chance to survive a fatal attack while adjacent to Parmenio. Additionally, many players agree that the Legionnaires' Shields serve to make them more difficult targets.

Strategy

The Sacred Band is a good squad for fifty points. While they will bond with any Warlord who follows Einar, the best Warlord for them is Parmenio. He allows you to draft one non-disciplined unique Hero or Squad and offers the Sacred Band his "Defy Death" ability. If you draft two(2) Sacred Bands, the next best Warlord is Marcus Decimus Gallus, becase the Sacred Band are soldiers, they will also get the attack and move bonuses just like the Roman Legionnaires.

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