I thought a direct attack might end the threat of the mercenaries quickly, but it seems all I've accomplished is to attract more attention.
A new force marched into the area, under a banner that marks them as troops of Clearchus. If the man commanding them is in fact a captain in the service of Clearchus, then he is a very capable officer with troops that include many Spartans.
He cannot be allowed to get a foothold here.
If Clearchus gets the idea that this area is easy pickings, we'll have mercenaries stabbing us by dinner.
Outstanding work. Perhaps they will get the message now.