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  • Pruitt keeps his men under cover. Maybe they can still hit them unseen? The Iberians are deployed in a line, tying in with Rojk. The Scutari tie in with them and the Light Infantry are spread out next to them. The Slingers are dispersed among the Light Infantry, where they can advance or retreat. The Light Cavalry are held in Reserve in case the enemy breaks. The Slingers will retreat behind the Light Infantry and move to the Flank before contact happens.

    Pruitt
    Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

    Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

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    • We will defend the pass for as long we can.

      As soon we have determined the direction of march of the enemy, word will be sent to Leosthenes, once the likely strength of the enemy attack is established a second rider is sent.

      Upon receiving word of the skirmish at the pass,

      Bolgios will lead the 2nd lancers to the heights of the pass and order them dismount and establish a blocking position and prepare a defence on foot there.

      Between an improvised roadblock of the (hopefully) narrow mountain pass using rock and wood, the dismounted lancers acting as spearmen/swordmen, and the support of the lights who can use their javelins or other projectiles for hit-and-run attacks on the enemy approach, we should be able to hold against cavalry at least.

      1st Lancers is ordered to locate a defendable fallback position some distance behind the first, where they are to prepare to fight a similar delaying action if the enemy bring up the needed infantry to force the crossing of the first.

      The intention here is to make the enemy fight along the entire length of the pass - or at least create the impression that they will have to AND to have some tactical flexibility.

      Bolgios can either move up the 1st lancers to support the 2nd or have the 2nd fall back on the prepared position of the 1st, depending on events.


      At each stage of the fight – an additional rider is sent to Leosthenes not only to provide him with accurate info, but also to ascertain his own movements.
      Last edited by Snowygerry; 22 Apr 20, 04:20.
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      • (The only thing I hate more than redoing something is doing an amazing job and missing a detail that renders it all moot......)

        Aegeus smacks himself in the face with the palm of his hand as the green Samnites show his hand mere moments too soon. Quickly taking stock of the situation, whilst the Romans deploy, he gives his orders:

        Rojik, cover the Left Flank. Pruitt, the Right Flank. Send 5 scout riders apiece to find us a better piece of terrain to move to. This copse of trees is fine for an ambush, but it's not big enough if we have to fight them in a field battle. While you're covering the flanks, try for a tactical ambush of his cavalry if they move up ahead, I want his cavalry annihilated if they don't stay back with his main army.

        Turning to the Samnite and other mercenary captains he says: Ok, the green troops revealed our hand too soon. But the Roman doesn't know our full strength. His lightest and swiftest troops can outpace us, but his real force is in his hoplites, and they'll literally kill themselves to run after troops of our weight, I've seen it. They're not hardened hypaspists, they're citizen volunteers.

        As he watches the Romans start to deploy into battle formation, he says: Their Consul must have already run them ragged to catch up to us, we weren't moving overly fast but we had a significant head start. Rojik and Pruitt's cavalry scouts will find us a suitable forested hill to make our stand, and we will move swiftly there....or we will attack them in their camp if they give us that opportunity, Aegeus says with a smile.

        Alright, Samnites, they know you're there. I want you to start moving on, like you want to be elsewhere. I want you to draw their light units to pursue you and bring you to battle. Then we'll all fall on their light units, which also happen to be their youngest and least experienced men. Drive them off, kill as many as we can without getting dragged into a scrum with their hoplites, and withdraw.

        Keys to keep in mind. We must stay together. If we split off willy nilly their cavalry will pounce. We don't have pikes or spears in quantity, but javelins will turn cavalry if we stay together. We want to kill them, but we don't want to give them the decisive battle they want. If we were in a forest, I'd gladly invite the hoplites to die, but this mere copse is not sufficient. We want to let their skirmishers come to us, and then we'll attack and drive them off and fall back.

        My agema will blow the horns when it is time to withdraw, at the sound of the horn, everyone is to use this copse to break contact and fall back. We're far more fresh than they, and they've been running about before us as we've been resting. We can and will outpace their army, and we will run them to exhaustion and let them die tired....because tired fleeing enemies don't run fast and die easier.

        Hold position for now, the cover will conceal our numbers, and we will let their velites come to us and open the battle. IF their hoplites come first, we will throw javelins at them until we get them to charge, and then we will easily outpace their hoplites through the copse. If the consul sends his light infantry in first, let's use our better shields, armor, and the cover and shatter them, forcing the hoplites to advance....at which time we will blow the horns to withdraw. Do not get stuck in unless my Agema advance, they are the backstop and we will form the rear guard. If I see an opportunity to crush them on this field, I will send in the silver shields and you will know that we are going to slay them all on this ground.

        Admonishing two of his leaders, he tells Rojik and Pruitt to send their scout riders now to find him a better place to make a stand. The Roman is going to nip at our heels and I want to fight him, but I want to choose the ground. Find something less than a day's march away in the direction we're going, I want to know where I'm going to be fighting from tomorrow or the next day at the latest. (And yes, I know that this means we're going deeper into Roman territory, I'm hoping to continue to goad the Romans into reckless moves or letting their Velites run ahead of their main body). Aegeus personally ensures that the riders know their task and are off at the gallop.

        Aegeus tells his own medium infantry veterans that they will have the honor of protecting the whole of the army, and for now to hold position in the rear and be ready. To his agema hypaspists he distributes all the horns of the army to ensure that no one can screw up his plan. He tells them that at his order, when the Romans move to fully commit to battle, to blow the horns and signal the line to withdraw and march to the land that will be selected on the go.

        *I want a hill with broken ground, or a forest.....or preferably a forested hill or forested broken ground*
        Last edited by TacCovert4; 24 Apr 20, 20:22.
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        • Pruitt agrees as this will tie in well with his disposition of his men. All Infantry except the Slingers carry Javelins. The Slingers have a range advantage over the spear chuckers and will try to take advantage of any Romans trying to close with them. They will retreat before the Romans close and the Light Infantry will stop them with Javelins. The Scutari also have Javelins and will retreat last. The Scout Cavalry will line up behind the left flank and be prepared to advance into the Roman rear. Servants will carry extra Javelins to the troops and retrieve the Roman Missiles. Once we encircle the Romans the Slingers will specially target men on horseback

          Pruitt

          Tac has us on the Right Flank, so I will line up my Scout Cavalry behind the end of my Right Flank. The Slingers will end up on the extreme right flank where they can mangle the Roman Flank a bit. The Scutari are on the Left of where we tie in with our Allies, Then the light infantry/Slingers..
          Last edited by Pruitt; 23 Apr 20, 02:37.
          Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

          Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

          by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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          • Note Pruitt's modified job. Still as flank guard, but now to send rider scouts and to withdraw covering the flank with the rest of the army.
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            • Velites at the front, just inside the tree line. Behind them 200 yards back two lines of the light infantry. Behind them 200 paces back the medium infantry. 1000 yards back and on the flank is the horse.

              Orders are that the velites will bleed any attack until the enemy is close, then retreat in good order through the infantry lines. Reform, and throw javelins from behind the infantry. The infantry lines shall refuse the flank, slowly and in good order, so that the the third line is given an open flank to attack, and at that time the horse is unleashed to hit them from the rear.
              If they do not see us or move our way we wait and let them push at the middle before we attack

              Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

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              • The Samnite War-

                Phase 1, Skirmish-


                The Roman consul Longus acts defensively when learning of the presence of the enemy and immediately orders out his velites and cavalry to scout out the situation as his hoplites ready themselves for a battle and march forward. Over 2,400 velites advance towards the center of the mercenaries where the discovered Samnites were and before long they get within range for their javelins to be thrown. Their throws are overwhelmingly accurate and the green Samnite warriors are shaken as many of their own are felled by javelins, either falling silently to the ground as a corpse or screaming as a casualty. The Roman cavalry move up on both wings, searching for any enemies that might be further out from the center of the action.

                Phase 2

                Center- Aegeus moves to withdraw the beleaguered Samnite swordsmen from their precarious position, hoping to bait the Romans into attacking and drawing them deeper into his center. The move works and the overzealous velites pursue what they consider to be the beaten Samnites, cutting some few down before running headlong into Magna Graecian hoplites and Lusitanian swordsmen. These veteran mercenaries smash into the lightly armed velites and send them reeling backwards as Aegeus and his elite troops reform the Samnites into a cohesive fighting force.


                Rojk's Flank Guard- The Roman cavalry continue their advance on Rojk's flank and catch sight of his velites just as they near javelin range. The Italians' aim is true and their volley of javelins does significant damage to the Roman cavalry, downing several horses and hitting several riders that are tossed from their mounts grievously injured. The velites quickly move to filter through the lines of the Sons of Mars and the irritated Roman cavalry prepare to charge.


                Pruitt's Flank Guard- Pruitt's light infantry run straight into the Romans' far more numerous cavalry as they advance forward and within only a few minutes they are cut down or fleeing for their lives from the Roman advance. The Balearic slingers attempt to help with a cover fire, but their shots are for the most part inaccurate and ineffective.

                Phase 3

                Center- While Aegeus' plan had been successful in luring in the Roman velites and bloodying their nose, Longus reacts to the reverse with typical Roman aggression, sending the entirety of his 6,000 hoplites into the enemy center. The Lucanian and Greek mercenaries attempt to hold back the Roman advance, but the experienced Roman soldiers have fought the Lucanians and Greeks successfully for years and with the help of overwhelming numbers they break through the mercenaries' lines. The foreign mercenaries flee backwards towards Aegeus' reserve and the disheveled Samnites, with Aegeus hoping that his men could stop the inexorable Roman advance.

                Rojk's Flank Guard- The initial Roman charge is brutal as the Italians lacked any sort of real spearmen and attempted to use swords and javelins to fend off the frightful Roman charge. Lances and spears stab downward and pierce through leather armor as many a mercenary falls to the Roman cavalry. However, the men do not break and the battle dissolves into a hand to hand melee.

                Pruitt's Flank Guard- The Roman cavalry are still closely pursuing the mercenary light infantry as they run headlong into the Lusitanian spearmen. Despite being heavily outnumbered, the spearmen do an excellent job of breaking the Roman charge and allowing the rest of Pruitt's forces to come together to resist the enemy cavalry.

                Phase 4-

                Center- The Samnite swordsmen, pulled back by Aegeus and his reserve troops, are now thrust back into the battle in an attempt to blunt the relentless Roman advance. The two sides meet and despite not being in phalanx formation the experienced and heavier Roman infantry succeed in pushing the Samnite warriors backwards, seamlessly stabbing opponents and stepping over their corpses as they seem to sound the death knell of the mercenary forces and their mission.

                Rojk's Flank Guard- The Roman cavalry continue to give better than they receive as parts of their force disengage and charge the Sons of Mars in small units, not quite breaking the mercenary infantry, but coming close.

                Pruitt's Flank Guard- The reformed Roman cavalry on Pruitt's flank ready for another attack and charge in to attack, being careful to avoid charging headlong into spear carrying infantry this time. The Iberian Scutari receive their charge, showering the Roman forces with javelins before attacking with their swords. Despite their fervor, the Iberians are losing this battle with many a brave Iberian warrior falling with sword in hand.

                Phase 5-

                Center- Aegeus knew that if the center was not saved that the battle would be lost and with this in mind he decides to commit his reserves to the battle. The finest infantry in the world and the veterans of tens and possibly hundreds of battles charge in to do battle with the Romans, accompanied by the Samnite heroes. These elite and well rested troops meet the tired and quite winded Roman soldiers and their sheer fervor and experience halts the Roman advance in its tracks. Macedonian soldiers advance forward, casually downing Roman after Roman and worrying Longus enough that he directly intervenes in the fight and steadies his men and prevents a retreat. However, Aegeus sees his opportunity and shouts at his own men to assist him and cuts his way to the Roman consul, and proceeds to engage him in single combat. The duel is a close one as the Roman consul cuts into the thigh of Aegeus, but a quick strike in return by Aegeus pierces Longus' breastplate and mortally wounds him as he falls to the ground covered in his own blood. With their consul fallen, the Romans waver and pull back, not routed, but clearly acknowledging a reverse.

                Rojk's Flank Guard- Rojk's medium cavalry surprise their Roman counterparts as they attack them from the rear, devastating their cohesion and breaking their morale. Within minutes, the Roman cavalry is broke and fleeing in the direction of the main Roman formation.

                Pruitt's Flank Guard- Pruitt's men are saved by the victory of the center and opposite flank guard, despite forcing the mercenaries to give ground, the Roman cavalry are recalled to assist the Roman infantry in their withdrawal from the field. Leaving the exhausted Iberians to wearily cheer for their comrades' victory.


                Aftermath- The Romans, with their consul killed, move to extricate themselves from the brush and reform their army. Their velites and superior number of cavalry preclude any sort of pursuit on the part of the victors who are likely to exhausted to pursue the Romans anyway. The mercenaries were victorious, but the battlefield was not just filled with the bodies of Roman soldiers, hundreds if not thousands of Samnites and mercenaries lay dead or dying on the field with even more grievously wounded and unlikely to survive the night. While victory songs would be sung in camp tonight, the mercenaries would all silently ask themselves what was the cost of such a victory.

                Casualties-

                Rome-
                Consul Longus KIA
                1,800 hoplites
                1,000 velites
                150 medium cavalry


                Mercenaries

                500 Samnites KIA/wounded too badly to fight
                300 Lucanians KIA/wounded too badly to fight

                commander killed
                150 Greeks KIA/wounded too badly to fight

                Aegeus
                30 KIA, 25 WIA Alexandrian Veternas
                30 KIA, 35 WIA Samnite Heroes

                Pruitt
                40 KIA, 25 WIA Scutari
                30 KIA, 25 WIA Spearmen
                5 KIA, 10 WIA Balearic Slingers

                Rojk
                80 KIA, 60 WIA Sons of Mars
                10 KIA, 20 WIA Medium Cavalry
                15 KIA, 10 WIA Velites


                Loot-
                600 talents
                Last edited by Delenda estRoma; 27 Apr 20, 14:48.
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                • The Lamian War- Bolgios' men manage to secure the pass before the arrival of the Antipatrid heavy cavalry and they are able to dismount and build a hastily made sort of roadblock in the pass. Ready to receive the Antipatrid attack, the Celts await and shortly after receive the charge. The Macedonians are well known as some of the best shock cavalry in the world and their initial charge into the Celts is damaging. Several horsemen jump the barrier completely while others push through it, in the initial phase of shock the Celts are pushed back as they are not used to being on the defensive. But the timely arrival of the second line of dismounted lancers enables the Celts to hold their position and repulse the Macedonian cavalry. From their position at the height of the pass, the Celts can see Macedonian infantry fast approaching, but their spirits are boosted with the arrival of Leosthenes' messenger declaring that the general and his vanguard were on their way at top speed. The lighter Macedonian infantry reach the top of the pass first and while their missiles do damage to the dismounted Celts, their attempts to force the pass by brute force are halted and before long Leosthenes and his own men arrive and take over the defense of the pass. Further Macedonian attempts to take the pass are repulsed as well and upon realizing that the cavalry had been reinforced, Antipater withdraws with Leosthenes hot on his heels. Antipater, with few options available to him, takes refuge in the city of Lamia and the two sides prepare for a siege.


                  Casualties-

                  Antipater-
                  120 light cavalry
                  80 heavy cavalry
                  300 light infantry
                  200 heavy infantry

                  Bolgios-
                  40 light cavalry killed
                  60 heavy lancers killed

                  Athenians- minimal
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                  • The camp is somber. They are far from home and lost many a friend that day. Here and there a bravado grins painfully through a face of blood, but mostly there is quiet muttering. Rojik sends out a small party to loot the dead, another to keep an eye on the enemy, and a third to fell trees so to prepare sharpened spikes if the Romans come back.

                    ’I failed you’. Rojik looks at them all in the eye. ‘I trusted Greeks to bring us money and women, but all we have is dead and little so show for it. I will get us fair recompense for today. We should be proud of our day, but also we have learnt something- we only have us. We are the sons of mars, and they are not. The romans fear us now, but one hundred of their dead is not worth one of ours’.

                    back in his tent he tells his trusted lieutenant to send for Aegeus, and also to to send a rider to the Romans to ask what price they will pay to see us leave
                    Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

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                    • Originally posted by Rojik View Post
                      The camp is somber. They are far from home and lost many a friend that day. Here and there a bravado grins painfully through a face of blood, but mostly there is quiet muttering. Rojik sends out a small party to loot the dead, another to keep an eye on the enemy, and a third to fell trees so to prepare sharpened spikes if the Romans come back.

                      ’I failed you’. Rojik looks at them all in the eye. ‘I trusted Greeks to bring us money and women, but all we have is dead and little so show for it. I will get us fair recompense for today. We should be proud of our day, but also we have learnt something- we only have us. We are the sons of mars, and they are not. The romans fear us now, but one hundred of their dead is not worth one of ours’.

                      back in his tent he tells his trusted lieutenant to send for Aegeus, and also to to send a rider to the Romans to ask what price they will pay to see us leave
                      The messenger returns with a message from the Roman legate in command, he offers the Sons of Mars free passage through Roman lands and 100 talents if they will desert the cause of the Samnites.
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                      • Originally posted by Delenda estRoma View Post
                        [....]
                        Bolgios-
                        40 light cavalry killed
                        60 heavy lancers killed

                        Athenians- minimal
                        See to it the dead are buried as good as can be in this rocky ground.

                        As usual - a great feast is held to celebrate the victory, what payment there is, is distributed among the survivors.

                        The stories of Bolgios and his 300 Celts that duplicated the mythical feat of the Spartans at Thermopylae are spread throughout Greece and our homelands.

                        Bolgios will accompany Leosthenes to Lamia, taking particular care to keep a safe distance of the walls there
                        Lambert of Montaigu - Crusader.

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                        • Originally posted by Rojik View Post
                          The camp is somber. They are far from home and lost many a friend that day. Here and there a bravado grins painfully through a face of blood, but mostly there is quiet muttering. Rojik sends out a small party to loot the dead, another to keep an eye on the enemy, and a third to fell trees so to prepare sharpened spikes if the Romans come back.

                          ’I failed you’. Rojik looks at them all in the eye. ‘I trusted Greeks to bring us money and women, but all we have is dead and little so show for it. I will get us fair recompense for today. We should be proud of our day, but also we have learnt something- we only have us. We are the sons of mars, and they are not. The romans fear us now, but one hundred of their dead is not worth one of ours’.

                          back in his tent he tells his trusted lieutenant to send for Aegeus, and also to to send a rider to the Romans to ask what price they will pay to see us leave
                          Aegeus makes a particular point of walking, not riding, through the Mamertine portion of the camp, despite his recently bound wound. Though he does take with him a couple of his most trusted Agema and a couple of his own newly blooded Samnite peltasts, he is after all not an idiot.

                          "Let me guess, Rojik. The rider I saw going and coming went to see that whimpering dog of a tribune that's now in charge of the Roman legion, and they offered you a hundred and fifty talents to walk out of here. And safe passage, though everyone knows the Romans abhor mercenaries and think them a lower form of life." Aegeus doesn't really expect an answer, his campaigner's eye can see everything he needs to know.

                          "I've heard the rumors that you lot want to abandon this campaign on the very cusp of its ultimate conclusion. I've also heard the rumors, from the Greeks, the Lucanians, the Samnites, and the Iberians. Do you want to know what they're saying? They're saying that the Mamertines are only good for pillaging defenseless villages, and lose their bowels at the first sight of a foe worthy of fighting. Something about how until today the Mamertines had never stood up to fight anyone, ever, and are nothing but common pirates and thieves." As expected, the mood darkens, though Aegeus flicks his hand to motion his own men to remain still.

                          "But I saw what you did this day. You stood your ground, and without that stand, there would not have been a victory. Your men stood your ground against cavalry and showed that it can be done. And because you stood your ground, that legion is leaderless, and far more mauled than we are. Did our ambush succeed as we all hoped it would? No. Such things are life, and as Sons of Mars you should know that the Gods of war are fickle. But the Gods of war also reward those who fight valiantly, and that you did. My mathematics show that you already stand to earn two hundred and thirty three talents for this campaign, and we are not done yet.

                          We have all lost. I've lost men whom I campaigned with in Persia since before some of your men were born. But I know who lost more. We have all of our commanders, the Romans lost their very consul. I have studied these Romans all winter. They will have to send word to Rome, the Senate will have to elect, and another Consul will be sent. That will take a week or more to complete. Until then, we have a mere Tribune to contend with. The Romans also lost twice our numbers, and in far heavier troops than ours. Now we truly have an advantage, we need not concern ourselves with trickery. If we desired to, we could fall upon the Romans and defeat them, but we would have to pay the blood price for such a feat.

                          No, Rojik, we are going to punish Rome instead. We are going to keep marching, staying ahead of their forces, and we are going to pillage our way back to Samnium and gain yet more riches. Do you think you'd live to see the Roman Silver? Do you think they'd let you live once they separated you from this army? Now is the time, we march, and pillage, and work our way back onto excellent terrain and force these weakened Romans to attack uphill into our lines where we will fell them with missiles before we sweep them from the field broken and terrified, and then we will all have talents upon talents."

                          With that, Aegeus turns and walks back to his part of the camp.

                          Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                          • The men discuss their options among themselves. Some are for staying and fighting, others want to collect their payment and leave, while a third group suggests that with the Samnite army busy here their towns and villages would be ripe for a plunder. But no group can gain a consensus.

                            Finally a stern and weathered warrior stands up and motions for silence.
                            ”For over 20 years I campaigned with Marcus One-Eye. From Spain to Syria, and all places in between. We were closer than brothers, and now he lies dead with a Roman spear in his belly. I don’t want their blood money. I want revenge. And I’ll fight them alone if need be.”
                            A voice is raised-
                            “I’ll stand with you!”
                            And another
                            “And I!”
                            And another and another, and soon the whole camp is in agreement.
                            When the noise dies down Rojik speaks.
                            “The Sons of Mars have spoken - we fight!”
                            A huge cheer goes up and swords are raised in the air.
                            ”We fight!” The men yell back.
                            Rojik nods at the nearest man to him.
                            ”Go find the Greek and tell him The Sons of Mars will finish what we started.”
                            Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

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                            • Aegeus attends the funeral of the commander of his Greek mercenaries, men from Neapolis. He learns that he did have a wife and brings coin from his own purse to have sent to her, and from a well-worn pouch produces a pair of drachmae to complete the funeral pyre. The other Macedonians also attend, their armor and shields cleaned and brilliant as they provide an honor guard alongside the Neapolitans.

                              Aegeus speaks a eulogy, praising his stalwart defiance in the face of the massed Romans and how he took vengeance for Neapolis upon the Romans several times before he finally fell at the right hand of his men.

                              Speaking to them in Greek of course, Aegeus invites them to join his host. True Greeks would always be welcomed, and those who amassed skills and honors would be welcomed to bear the Silver Shield and join that exclusive fraternity of hypaspists. Aegeus tells them of his plans to continue to punish the Romans and gain riches and glories. And Aegeus also tells them that while the Samnites have been most generous hosts to him over this past season, in truth he misses the culture of a Greek city, and while he has no desire to involve himself in the quarrels over the dividing of Alexander's empire, there are other Greek Cities, and even ones which might be liberated from Rome to form an enclave of both Greek Culture and Macedonian martial prowress that could thrive here.
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                              • Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                                Aegeus attends the funeral of the commander of his Greek mercenaries, men from Neapolis. He learns that he did have a wife and brings coin from his own purse to have sent to her, and from a well-worn pouch produces a pair of drachmae to complete the funeral pyre. The other Macedonians also attend, their armor and shields cleaned and brilliant as they provide an honor guard alongside the Neapolitans.

                                Aegeus speaks a eulogy, praising his stalwart defiance in the face of the massed Romans and how he took vengeance for Neapolis upon the Romans several times before he finally fell at the right hand of his men.

                                Speaking to them in Greek of course, Aegeus invites them to join his host. True Greeks would always be welcomed, and those who amassed skills and honors would be welcomed to bear the Silver Shield and join that exclusive fraternity of hypaspists. Aegeus tells them of his plans to continue to punish the Romans and gain riches and glories. And Aegeus also tells them that while the Samnites have been most generous hosts to him over this past season, in truth he misses the culture of a Greek city, and while he has no desire to involve himself in the quarrels over the dividing of Alexander's empire, there are other Greek Cities, and even ones which might be liberated from Rome to form an enclave of both Greek Culture and Macedonian martial prowress that could thrive here.
                                The Greek mercenaries are leaderless, the commander who had led them before the battle perishing while bravely seeking to stop the advance of the Roman infantry. Yet, their morale was not broken. For they still had a purpose, a single goal that had driven them from their homes in Neapolis and into the wilds as wandering mercenaries. For their once great and independent city had become a battleground with Samnite and Roman taking it in turn before it was fully absorbed into the Roman sphere in 327 BCE. These men were what remained of the staunchest and most hardcore advocates of independence from both the Romans and Samnites. They were exiled from the city by the Roman rulers and Neapolitans that sided with then and forced to make their living through war. Their battles had hardened them, increasing both their skill and their resolve to retake their city. One of them, a man who had once been an officer in the Neapolitans’ army, replies to Aegeus. “Tales of your exploits had reached is Macedonian, from your former king’s conquest of Persia to your own personal war with the Romans. It was one of the reasons we decided to accept employment with the Samnites. So, while we view you as qualified to lead our men, we need assurances that you will fight for our interests and not just your own. If we were to side with you we would ask that you pay the outstanding debts of the men and take a vow before the gods to help us retake Neapolis from the Romans. While the city has a Roman garrison and some Roman citizens, we still have sympathizers within the walls of the city. Do these two things, and we will join your company.”


                                1. Pay 150 talents to wipe out the debts of the Neapolitan hoplites
                                2. Use the next campaigning season to retake Neapolis from Rome

                                OOC: As a result of the increase in Tac’s prestige or reputation, he received an event. Victory in battle or duels helps to raise reputation and can have benefits like this.



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