The plain in the centre of the map is the main battle front, covered in various natural obstacles. Hot Gates, the narrow mountain pass closest to the shore and famous for being the spot where 300 Spartans made their last stand, is quite risky to take, but would open the backdoor to the heart of enemy territory if you succeed. The woods in the south are a great place for skirmishes and ambushes with lighter units. The lower canyon route on the northern part of the map is an easy position to defend with adequate support.
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The map is inspired by the famous mountain pass where an outnumbered army of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, took a stand against the Persian invasion, led by Xerxes I. The battle lasted for three days. The Greek forces were outflanked on the second day because of the treacherous betrayal of a Thermopylaen, which forced Leonidas to make an impossible decision. He dismissed the majority of the Greek army to save their lives and remained to guard their retreat, fighting to the death.