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  • #16
    Turn III: From the West



    For long years the Scoti had warred and squabbled among one another. Kings of varying greatness and merit rose and fell as Christian missionaries spoke of peace and salvation and Druids spoke of true faith in the old gods without succumbing to the weakness of the white christ. Niall mac Dathi was perhaps the last and mightiest of the pagan warrior kings, uniting the better part of south and east Ireland behind him. Among his court those held in highest esteem were those raiders who had led expeditions out from his borders and brought back loot and cumal. With his court awash with tales of the weakness and wealth of Britannia after the Romans left, Niall made peace with his neighbours and began to raise his war host.

    Effects:
    • Scoti Major Invasion will strike Britannia this turn in 1-2 Areas adjacent to the Mare Hibernicum.
    • Niall mac Dathi's host is estimated at 500 men with a mixture of Trained and Green experience.
    • Any Area Controlled by Niall mac Dathi is available for Scoti Raiders to winter in.


    Update Segments:
    1. Turn Event - Complete
    2. Prestige/Glory Ladder - Complete
    3. Cartography Update - Complete
    4. (Romano)-British Net Income - Complete
    5. Raider Net Income - Complete
    Last edited by Khryses; 06 Dec 17, 07:09.
    Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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    • #17
      Turn III Prestige / Glory Ladder

      Prestige

      Romano-British: 18 (12+6)
      Strathclyde: 6 (3+3)
      Belgae: 8 (6+2)
      Brigantes: 7 (4+3)
      Dumnonia: 10 (4+6)
      Gwent: 11 (7+4)
      Iceni: 5 (2+3)

      Glory

      Scoti: 0
      Picts: 3 (2+1)
      Jutes: 2 (0+2)
      Last edited by Khryses; 06 Dec 17, 05:30.
      Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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      • #18
        Cartography Update: Turn III

        The map as of the beginning of Turn III:

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        • #19
          Turn III Faction Recruitment

          Hey guys,

          All faction sheets have now gone out. If you haven't received one, please let me know and I will update you.

          As it stands, the Pictish and Scots-Irish raiders are open for new players with Nikkie getting the Scots-Irish preferentially if she returns to reclaim them.


          Next orders deadline is aimed at Sunday 10th December at 2pn, AEST.
          Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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          • #20
            Excerpt from the Iceni Memories,

            Excerpt from the Iceni Memories (discovered in Norfolk and sent to the old library).


            ~And it came, in the time of tribulation that the Lord Arthwys did raise up the people of sept, clan, and tribe. He called them together those that once were one, and were now many. He brought us together in the time of fire and suffering. While wolves of two legs walked the land, savaging the weak, did he work to make his people strong.


            ~And they did meet, our Arthwys-Lord with The Ambrosius. Iceni Lord and the Imperator Prodigal. In Brotherhood came they together, wrist clasped to wrist as warriors ancient and well met. The shadows of chaos and ending that drew ‘round the legacy of Empire Eternal did halt their advance. Checked by the strength of peoples rejoined and a Commonwealth birthed, Britannia reborn.


            ~But the wolves haunt the shadows, and the drums of war call through the Blessed Isle...
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            • #21
              Foederati Pricing: Supply and Demand

              Owing to high demand and limited supply, in Turn III new Foederati hires are priced at:

              Foederati Spears: 1m, 14c
              Foederati Melee: 1m, 13c
              Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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              • #22
                Briton Chronicles: Book III



                Under the direct threat of invasion from great Pictish host, the Votadini council of elders took control of Strathclyde's war effort. Organized military forces withdrew from Lothian as indefensible despite the plaints of the local populace who so recently had declared their loyalty to the crown of Strathclyde. Disheartened by their abandonment, only a hundred local refugees follow the Strathclyde warband as they retreat to Carvetia. Hundreds more scatter, ignoring the counsel of Daemonicius' council. The scourge of the north swept in close behind, their painted warriors occupying the settlements without much in the way of local resistance. Elsewhere the brave warriors of Strathclyde defended the rivers Clota and Tueda, also manning watch posts on the crests of the hills in northern Carvetia. The caution of the warriors proved well founded, as bands of Picts struck all over that troubled land. The sentinels were keen eyed however, and only in North Bernicia did those cunning raiders slip past their guard. There the levied spearmen were tied up confronting a larger force of Angles seeking wealth and plunder south of Ynys Medcaut.

                [Pictish Invaders secure Lothian and are not contested by local militia (-1 Prestige for abandoning, 100 refugees for Strathclyde player, +1 Glory to Pictish Invaders, +1 Glory for good cb).
                Picti raid Strathclyde and are intercepted by 2 banners of local defenders. Militia muster but fail to intercept.
                Picti raid Galloway (by sea) and are intercepted by 1 banner of local defenders. Local militia do not muster.
                Picti raid Carvetia (by sea) and are intercepted by 2 banners of local defenders. Local militia do not muster.
                Picti raid North Bernicia (by sea) and are not intercepted by local defenders. Local militia do not muster. (-1 Prestige to Strathclyde, -400 coin taken, +1 Glory to Pictish invaders).
                NPC Angles raid North Bernicia (by sea) and are intercepted by 1 banner of local defenders. Local militia do not muster.]

                Southwards, the noble champion Iosephus Namathus was laid low by a summer fever. Though he clung to life, his court was paralysed by a mixture of dismay and unworthy ambition. His banners each defended the lands where they rested, befriending the local families of note.

                While the northern Kingdoms reeled under a tide of misfortune, the Roman Marcus Ambrosius was not one to rest on his fading laurels. The Last Roman gathered a host of hundreds and marched directly to subjugate the people of Deva from their northern liberators. Elsewhere the Romano-British horse recruited near their old battleground by the river in Danum, and were in perfect position to intercept a new Saxon raid as the furclad fighters leapt ashore from their longships.

                [Romano-British invade Deva, (automatic interception by 2 banners of Brigantes defenders and 1 banner of local militia).
                NPC Saxon raiders raid Danum, and are intercepted by 1 banner of Romano-British defenders, 1 banner of local militia and 1 banner of Eboracum militia (Inspired Local Militia Commander).]

                In the east, Lord Arthwys of the Iceni sent two full banners of spearmen into Eboracum to bolster his ally's defenses. The other eastern soldiery manned the coastal fortifications and kept a weather eye out to sea; though the raiders seemed afraid to try the Iceni, when eventually they came the tribesmen would be ready for them. Anticipating greater trade in the days to come, the Iceni set up a market town in Suffolk, encouraging merchants from as far away as Gallia, Germania and Rome to gather in their service.

                Indeed, reports came from across the border from Eboracum that Wulfstan's Jutish Raiders had struck at undefended Delgovicia instead. The local militia were slow to respond, and the savage raiders successfully plundered village after village before the large but ponderous force managed to bring them to battle.

                [Jutish Raiders court battle to deep raid (two loot rolls, two chances for local interception). Initially they take 200c of loot, then an additional 400c of loot before being intercepted by 3 banners of local militia.]

                In the west, Gwent's forces drew inward; abandoning Deva in favour of defending the coast and interior from any foe, be they Romano-British or Irish. Branwen's sole hostile act was to sweep the Romano-British agents from Gwyned; uncontested, as Ambrosius' men previously raiding that area had already left for Deva.

                South in Dumnonia the great and holy King Constantine Corneu invested great treasures in Devon, constructing a magnificent monastery for the glory of God Almighty. Most fervent of all Christ's disciples in Britannia, bishops across the land heeded his word and pilgrims began to journey to the holy site at Broadclyst. King Constantine journeyed with his personal guard to encourage the leading citizens of Avalon to join his protectorate. Captivated by his fervour, they gladly agreed and sent their delegates to his royal seat. Sadly there were less friendly visitors drawn to the Christian King's splendor, and the seas to the north filled with 28 coracles laden with fierce Irish warriors under their warlord Niall mac Dathi.

                [Dumnonia secures Avalon through diplomatic annexation (full loyalty, +1 Prestige for expansion, +1 Prestige for good cb).
                Niall mac Dathi invades Devon, automatic interception by 4 banners of defenders and 1 banner of local militia)]

                In the south, the Belgae constructed watchtowers all along the high places of Calleva to watch the tyrannical Romans. Gathering his banners, Lord Austega denounced the tax-gouging Romans who oppressed the British citizens of Tamesa. Vowing to free them from this heavy burden and to return to them the right to speak their native tongue rather than a foreign language with no roots in Britannia. Marching on Tamesa, they assailed the local Roman garrison in a full-blooded attempt to liberate the region.

                [Belgae invades Tamesa, automatically intercepted by 1 banner of defenders. Local militia do not muster.]

                The Romano-British star was rising as their enemies divided and tended to their own affairs. The dire threat in the north only grew despite all the hapless Votadini could do to stop it, and unless the brave Dumonii could defend their shores from the dire western threat there would be still more violent barbarians vying to destroy all that civilized men held dear.

                I will write more anon.

                Aneirin

                Pending - initial battle update.
                Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                • #23
                  Turn III Skirmishes:

                  Skirmishes (having only one banner on at least one side) are unmapped and typically consist of only one orders cycle.

                  Strathclyde Border Raid
                  Picti Raiders vs Strathclyde

                  The Warrior Council's eagle-eyed watch on the borders paid off when a group of Foederati Spears spied a band of 40 Pictish light horse making for a lightly defended crossing of the Clota. Leaving the large Second Banner of Warband watching the remainder of the border in case of deception, the 70-man Foederati Spear banner force-marched to keep up with the cavalry movement and arrived on the field before the Picts could commit. At the ford across the Clota was Lord Daemonicus himself with his 10 Household.

                  Picts or Strathclyde may decide to disengage and return to the nearest friendly Area to preserve their forces, in which case no Prestige/Glory gain/loss for the battle. If both factions disengage, the defender remains unraided.

                  Please send me your general intentions for this skirmish (and whether you disengage) before Tuesday morning AEST. I will process on the evening of the 26th/27th depending on which orders are received.

                  Galloway Sea Raid
                  Picti Raiders vs Strathclyde

                  Galloway was supposed to be a safe Area well behind the defended border, and so a perfect region for Strathclyde to build up its forces for the war to come. That at least was the idea, and so when the freshly recruited Warband heard that Picts had been sighted near the coastline, the 30-man Banner moved out eagerly to confront them. They were less confident when they caught up to them and confronted them with the smoke of one burning village already behind them. The 60 Pict Spears were heading across a gentle rolling slope between two ridges, heading towards a second village by a riverbank. The defenders could likely intercept the Picts in the low ground or attempt to block them on the ridge; they could potentially even beat them to the village if they raced for it.

                  Picts or Strathclyde may decide to disengage and return to the nearest friendly Area to preserve their forces, in which case no Prestige/Glory gain/loss for the battle. If both factions disengage, the defender is only half-raided.

                  Please send me your general intentions for this skirmish (and whether you disengage) before Tuesday morning AEST. I will process on the evening of the 26th/27th depending on which orders are received.

                  Carvetia Sea Raid
                  Picti Raiders vs Strathclyde

                  Carvetia was also supposed to be safe, though it was close enough to Lothian that the warrior council had assigned it border guards to watch from the hilltops. So it was a surprise when the alarm came from the new recruits forming by the coast, 100 Pagenses in all. While the local militia were laggardly in forming up, the 40 Pagenses watching the border were able to catch up with their newer brethren before the 60 Pictish Warriors gave up on outmaneuvering them. Now the 140 stand squarely atop a ridge between the raiders and their chosen prey, without any real woodland or scree to limit their movement.

                  Picts or Strathclyde may decide to disengage and return to the nearest friendly Area to preserve their forces, in which case no Prestige/Glory gain/loss for the battle. If both factions disengage, the defender remains unraided.

                  Please send me your general intentions for this skirmish (and whether you disengage) before Tuesday morning AEST. I will process on the evening of the 26th/27th depending on which orders are received.

                  North Bernicia Sea Raid
                  NPC Angles vs Strathclyde

                  While Pict raiders plagued North Bernicia - as every other Area in the Kingdom of Strathclyde - the 100 Pagenses recruits summoned by the Warrior Council were more concerned by the Angles driving directly for the chief market town in the region. Over a hundred in all - a mixture of Geoguth, Archers and Ceorls - the Pagenses would definitely be at a disadvantage in confronting them... but they couldn't simply let them past to strike at hapless civilians and merchants, could they? They find a decent battlefield to confront their foes, with their left anchored by woodland and their right dropping away into a low valley.

                  NPC Angles or Strathclyde may decide to disengage and return to the nearest friendly Area to preserve their forces, in which case no Prestige/Glory gain/loss for the battle. If both factions disengage, the defender remains unraided.

                  Please send me your general intentions for this skirmish (and whether you disengage) before Tuesday morning AEST. I will process on the evening of the 26th/27th depending on which orders are received.

                  Battle of the Third Dale
                  Belgae vs Romano-British

                  Trained in the peaceful South of Britannia and lightly seasoned by action against Gallic Pirati, the small Belgae army advanced with confidence across the border into Tamesa with their ears filled by reports of the Romano-British offensive into the north west. Three converging columns unite over 250 spearmen that drive squarely towards the principal seat of Roman authority in the Area. In the first valley and the second they take the time to assure the local citizenry that their rights would be respected (and even enhanced) under the Belgae crown. In the third they faced Brutus' XI Banner, some 40 Pagenses who had delayed as long as they could in hopes of the local civites militia joining them - but to no avail. Were they late, or had they been instructed not to come?

                  Aside from the gentle mound of the Roman Road heading toward the old Roman capital to the north and a duck pond to the west, there was not that much available terrain to work with - and the Banner had run out of room to give without yielding the Area.

                  Belgae or Romano-British may decide to disengage and return to the nearest friendly Area to preserve their forces, in which case no Prestige/Glory gain/loss for the battle. If both factions disengage, the defender retains Tamesa.

                  Please send me your general intentions for this skirmish (and whether you disengage) before Tuesday morning AEST. I will process on the evening of the 26th/27th depending on which orders are received.

                  Turn III Minor Battles:

                  Minor Battles (having at least 2+ banners per side and less than 10 total on the field) are mapped and may consist of more than one orders cycle.

                  Liberation of Deva
                  Romano-British vs Brigantes



                  Outraged by what he saw as a betrayal of their ancestral loyalties, Marcus Ambrosius led 340 foot to free the Roman citizens of Deva from the yoke of Brigantes tribal authority. He had half-hoped to confront Gwent at the same battle, but found instead that Branwen's forces had marched away. The local Brigantes commander had gathered both his banners and 180 local militia up behind a bridge at a fast-moving tributary of the river Deva, though the close battlefield could easily favor the superior roman training of the Comitatenses and Limitanei. While not attached to a specific unit, the inspirational leadership of Marcus Ambrosius could easily prove decisive wherever it was applied.

                  Romano-British or Brigantes may decide to disengage and return to the nearest friendly Area to preserve their forces, in which case no Prestige/Glory gain/loss for the battle. If both factions disengage, the defender retains Deva.

                  Please send me your general intentions for this battle (and whether you disengage) before Tuesday morning AEST. I will process on the evening of the 26th/27th depending on which orders are received.

                  Battle of Second Danum
                  NPC Saxons vs Romano-British



                  While the Romano-British cavalry heard about the Saxons almost as soon as they arrived, gathering the local militia forces took longer and the Saxons had successfully razed one village by the time the united Romano-British forces caught up with them. Local command had fallen to the inspirational Eboracum militia commander, who had led 70 local militia in a forced-march to do battle with the Saxons and managed to reach the battlefield in the nick of time. There were two other villages near to the marsh, but the Romano-British were squarely between the Saxons and the sea. One way or the other, battle was likely this day.

                  Romano-British or Saxon NPC may decide to disengage and return to the nearest friendly Area (or the sea) to preserve their forces, in which case no Prestige/Glory gain/loss for the battle. If both factions disengage, Saxons only inflict 1/3 raid damage.

                  Please send me your general intentions for this battle (and whether you disengage) before Tuesday morning AEST. I will process on the evening of the 26th/27th depending on which orders are received.

                  Harrowing of Delgovicia
                  Jute Raiders vs Delgovicia Militia


                  Actively courting battle against local militia, Wulfstan's Jute raiders looted and pillaged their way through half a dozen villages before the full muster of all available militia managed to reach them. Even so the locals were demoralized enough that they deployed in defense of the last local village in the area rather than going after the Jutes directly. Arriving at the head of his men, Wulfstan saw some 300 militia arrayed before the village and had to consider whether bringing them to battle was worth the likely breakage to his own force - barely over 100 in all, though superior in experience.

                  Please send me your general intentions for this battle (and whether you disengage) before Tuesday morning AEST. I will process on the evening of the 26th/27th depending on which orders are received.

                  Turn III Major Battles:

                  Major Battles (having at least 2+ banners per side and more than 10 total on the field) are mapped and will likely consist of more than one orders cycle.

                  Battle of Broadclyst
                  Niall mac Dathi vs Dumnonia



                  Niall mac Dathi kept his war plans a secret even from his own chieftains until shortly before they set sail. Perhaps he was still deciding, and the fame and prestige of the work at Broadclyst lured him. Perhaps he always intended to strike at Devon, but to Dumnonia he came and led his great host square into the teeth of Constantine's mightiest mustering. Absent the wise king's prescience the Irish victory would have been swift, brutal and overwhelming. As it stands the defenders have a hard fight on their hands but with god's grace will triumph. They just wish that the King himself was on the field to lead them to victory, and some speak of disengaging and waiting for him to join them. That would mean abandoning their capital though. Surely this is unthinkable?

                  Dumnonia may decide to disengage and return to the nearest friendly Area to preserve their forces, in which case no Prestige/Glory gain/loss for the battle. Niall mac Dathi is committed and may not disengage.

                  Please send me your general intentions for this battle (and whether you disengage) before Tuesday morning AEST. I will process on the evening of the 26th/27th depending on which orders are received.
                  Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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