Maria I, feeling emboldened by managing to stick a city next to Rome, has decided it’s time to put her big girl panties on and go for the city that was built in a turn. Perhaps she figures it’s a better idea than trying to take on France, and after all, if she manages to take some territory perhaps she’ll be better equipped to defend against the Big Blue Blob. Honestly, though, I don’t really see this in the cards for her. Rome is nearly all coast - really hard to capture, really easy to defend, and her army just doesn’t have what it takes to meatgrinder to victory. Leonidas meanwhile, decides he'd be missing out on fun old times if he didn't join Maria in her quest to persecute the Romans.