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  • Frtigern
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    When Artorius heard word of mercenaries chasing pirates through Pontic traders, and after making an agreement with Rojik of Campania? he made haste with his men on horse fast enough where the horses and men could rest enough to do it again the next day, and the next, and the next. His men on foot would catch up. At Nicopsis on the edge of Colchis borders, Lord Artor (as was his nickname among his troops) had his men break into different groups. We know the coastal route is well travelled and populated with Colchis Kingdom loyalists. Them civilized folk tend to hug the safety of coasts. We don't need to waste time skirmishing with local garrisons.

    Artor brings in all of his horsemen, "This will be ride worthy of the gods, glory is earned with great deeds and as controllers of our own fate, we make this ride to make a name for ourselves! These Colchians have been found using treachery and deception to create chaos within friends. The Gods have made it our duty to correct this disorder. With legs fast, arrows true, and spears sharp our triumph will be gained. Gaze up and focus on the goal and the reward will be ten times as great than the crumbs beneath you!" A cheer goes off from the men, swords or cups raised, so begins the ride of the Sarmatians.

    We can use our mounts and stealth to move through the kingdom like thunder. At first, its like a distant rumbling that grows louder yet not close enough to feel, but before you have time to react, BANG! you're shaken to the core and we're on top of you and gone. Not long after, you might hear a company of men running at a jog along the outer paths and if you stare too long, arrows coming in your direction. Our archers take turns as they cover open areas we cross. A small contingent of light horse archers finds paths, locates threats and sends arrows through hostiles.

    We travel at the day to maximize speed but use more concealed routes where horses can travel just as fast on, like grasslands, pastures, plains, low scrubland, high deserts, etc. Depending on the situation we will wait till dusk to move around heavily big forts and towns. ROE is to fight defensively, get out of fights, tire them out so they give up while we don't make it worth the sacrifice! The goal is to maintain surprise as to our intentions. Word will travel of a horde moving through, so we just have to move fast enough to where they can't react quickly enough.

    He leaves a loyal friend and the hand to hand champion of the Sarmatians to lead the infantry quick march. It's not quite a run but not a quick walk either, more like a shuffle but can pickup as needed, and where safety is assured, songs are sung to lift the spirits during these runs. Where danger is expected, the whole formation can shuffle on their toes, finding ground where their shoes wouldn't give away their presence. Depending on the danger, the cavalry ride no more than half a day to a day's ride ahead but in sparse lands can be days ahead.

    Once within a day's ride from the Colchian encampment, we consolidate and go dark. Our forces merged we move silently through forests, brushland, high valleys, mountain passes, and at night to be undetected. We send scouts a cook fire smoke's length away to confirm their position. We maintain ourselves a horns blast distance away.

    The battle

    The Sarmatian Way. At dawn light horse archers loose a volley of arrows at the enemy encampment unless they somehow have arrayed themselves in a battle line expecting us, then we'll just shoot at them. All horsemen are split into an assault and defense group. The assault group is half light horse archers and half heavy horse archers. The defense group consists of the other half but also all the infantry close behind. When necessary the infantry can sprint behind the cavalry to exploit holes they create. The Sarmatian line looks like one long line but is split between two purposes. The assault group gallops up, releases its arrows, and turns around firing backward if necessary toward the defensive line where the defensive group can either flank one side or both sides or join in a combined charge and/or feint to draw cavalry even more out. If they do get drawn out, they either get killed chasing or catch an arrow or spear when they reach the infantry line. Since we're facing cavalry and which outnumbers us, we focus on taking away their mounts. Once their force is reduced by 2/3's or so we charge with infantry, as they mop up dismounted princes, lords, and bodyguards and taking down remaining cavalry.

    Rojik, we expect your force of infantry are close quarters experts so we can hope you can exploit their distraction to your advantage. With arrows from our horsemen and foot archers, we should be able to take their attention away from you.

    -Lord Artorius

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  • Rojik
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    Originally posted by Frtigern View Post

    Rojik of Heraclea, we were awaiting your reply. On your word my men can sneak behind them provided, there is forest cover or we move at night. We will maintain a far enough distance not to give away our sound or smell. I figure that King probably has some heavy cavalry that can wreck your cavalry or infantry and we will make sure to neutralize that. Focus on their infantry and once their cavalry is dealt with we can take care of their missile troops. Horses don't make great amphibious animals.
    Done. I will encamp my men and ready them for your attack. The pirates eyes are on us

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  • Rojik
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    Piracy in the Black Sea- The officer listens to Rojk and replies after his interpreter finishes his translation. "You may be hired mercenaries as you say, but you have not been hired by the kingdom of Colchis. Our king and his generals send out missives to the border garrisons with such news if we are to expect foreign soldiers entering the kingdom. Otherwise, I am to turn away large groups of armed men who may cause mischief and trouble."

    Very well, good sir. My men will camp for the night and move out of your lands at daybreak. I trust we will be afforded safe passage, and that we have not offended your king.

    We move to a safer and defensible position, and I tell my men to be alert. There will not be much sleep tonight but as I remind the men ‘to sleep now may mean to sleep forever’.
    Last edited by Rojik; 30 May 20, 02:20.

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  • Frtigern
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    Originally posted by Rojik View Post
    I think that if we don’t hear from Lord Artorius of the Sarmatians shorty we shall have to retreat and attempt a sea attack. Not my favourite option, but as odds are even (at best) it would be foolish to pick a fight here.

    Although we could always loot some sea villages on the way out and claim victory... hmmm
    Rojik of Heraclea, we were awaiting your reply. On your word my men can sneak behind them provided, there is forest cover or we move at night. We will maintain a far enough distance not to give away our sound or smell. I figure that King probably has some heavy cavalry that can wreck your cavalry or infantry and we will make sure to neutralize that. Focus on their infantry and once their cavalry is dealt with we can take care of their missile troops. Horses don't make great amphibious animals.

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  • Pruitt
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    I need to get my convoy into Rhodes. The Traders have cargo to deliver and I have two pirate ships with various loot found aboard each. If I get some money out of this battle I need to hire a few people as crew and defense crews. I did lose some Light Spearmen as the Pirates closed and tried to board. To balance out my crews I need to see who is out of action. I have a couple of ideas on spending any money I can get. I might need to get some new Sling Bullets. Lookouts go back up the masts!

    Pruitt

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  • Rojik
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    I think that if we don’t hear from Lord Artorius of the Sarmatians shorty we shall have to retreat and attempt a sea attack. Not my favourite option, but as odds are even (at best) it would be foolish to pick a fight here.

    Although we could always loot some sea villages on the way out and claim victory... hmmm

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  • TacCovert4
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    Aegeus looks at Bolgios after the clash they had just participated in. Seeing some of the Thessalian horses still milling about within the ranks of his men, Aegeus gives Bolgios their options.

    Snowygerry

    We can either form up and maintain this flank in case the Thessalians return. Or we can be aggressive. If we double-mount my infantry, we can make a play for the Greek encampment and the riches that must be there. This gives risks as well as rewards, for assuredly it will take a sizeable number of our remaining men to successfully breach whatever they have remaining at the camp.

    A third alternative is that you stick to skirmishing with the Thessalians, to keep them busy and from re-forming properly.....while I lead our forces in an attack on what remains to the right of the Greek phalanx, and make a play for the phalanx itself.

    What say ye?

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  • TacCovert4
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    Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
    Give me a day or so, while Bolgios considers his options, and I carefully read the battle reports
    Thanks....I'm actually going to change my post, I had posted rather hastily and there were some options I didn't think about.

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  • Snowygerry
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    Give me a day or so, while Bolgios considers his options, and I carefully read the battle reports

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  • Delenda estRoma
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    Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
    When can we find out casualties?

    Pruitt
    When I post them at the end of each contract. Both other contracts are still going, as is yours.

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  • Pruitt
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    When can we find out casualties?

    Pruitt

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  • Pruitt
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    I guess we can sell them in the Rhodes Slave Market.

    Pruitt

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  • Delenda estRoma
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    The captured pirates speak Greek and seem to be from Crete. They do not reveal the location of their base.

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  • Pruitt
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    What information was Pruitt able to get from wounded Pirates on who they are and where they are based?

    Pruitt

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  • TacCovert4
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    Aegeus looks at his Hypaspists and Levy spearmen, all tired from the fighting. And at the Thessalians, broken but unbowed, riding away. He salutes Snowygerry Bolgios, and asks if his men have enough left to keep the Thessalians honest and keep them from looting the camp by skirmishing.

    Aegeus looks at the right of the Greek Phalanx with blood in his eyes. The prize of every true warrior, a chance at cutting through the cream of the enemy's line. And at the archers and psiloi that protect it. Taking that opportunity would not be without risk, however.

    Deciding quickly Aegeus helps a Greek hypaspist stand. You've earned the silver on your shield today, you all have stood against the best cavalry on earth, I should know. And you did not break. I ask one more thing of you, all of you. You, and the Phrygian Spearmen, shall cover the phalanx. I want you to form into ranks, not the full wall of shields, but where you can close ranks to receive any charge but also turn quickly. The Thessalians have been sorely bloodied, but they may return. Form, and protect our rear against a charge, and take some minutes to catch your breath after the fight you have given. Hopefully Bolgios and his valiant riders will keep them distracted skirmishing while the battle is won, but if they return you are the line in the sand betwixt victory and defeat. Immortality is yours this day, just a little longer and it will be finished. He motions a servant to bring his horse forward, and he mounts one of the wounded upon it. If the Thessalians return, ride to me and I will return to aid you in destroying the traitors.

    Aegeus orders his archers to advance and skirmish with the enemy light troops protecting their Right. The phrygian peltasts as well. As soon as the light troops retreat, the peltasts are to throw javelins into the exposed right of the Greek Phalanx and assail it. If the peltasts get the chance to make a charge, Aegeus will lead his Samnite Peltasts in as well, hurling javelins over the heads of their compatriots and then charging home to shatter the Greeks.

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