Yeah that's what I thought Dustin. I kinda figured that to beat the hoplites I have to attack them from the back (I didn't realize it was a shield at first =P). turpentine just made it a bit easier. I didn't have firebombs anyway. But that's fine. I just wanted to know about the whole nexus thing. Otherwise I would have taken a wrong move and gone to the nexus or wherever where I shouldn't have.
Just tell me, are there any other important items I might have missed out on for which I should go about the palace again? Or am I better off finding it myself?
P.S: I didn't read your strategy but thanks. Once you said firebombs aren't necessary, I was ok. It felt so good going on a good run without dying yesterday.