When was the last time someone saw a regular soldier in Thebes? Not for a good while i'll be bound, and why is that?
Simple: The place is so rough you only have to pop outside your door to get a knife in the back or a mad princess slashing away with her
The Thebans have to try everything they can, underhand and sneaky, to keep Avalonian gold in their banks and while it's not a bad place to invest it's not a nice place to travel to.
* * * Your money is safer in a bank * * *
* * * and safer in Mycenae * * *
* * * C'os `Never Fear, The Barons are near' * * *