This one is even worse than the Ra game - I'd actually forgotten I'd played it until I looked in the screenshot file.
Continuing our cycle, we're back to the Norse, and this time, we're playing as Odin. Odin makes your soldiers more resilient - some of them actually regenerate - and also, once you enter the Classical (second) Age, gives you two free, respawning raven scouts. The Norse in general are still all about mobility, so being able to scout ahead and keep your armies alive longer can be a big help.
As can this. ^_^ Great Hunt increases the number of animals in a group you select. I invoked it on my starting herd of cows, and ended up with a whole swarm of the blighters. Once they reach full growth, they'll give a nice shot of food to my economy.