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  • Originally posted by allsirgarnet View Post
    Sir.

    The Ague has passed and I still live! May the Gods be praised!

    I and my soldiers are ready.

    Tungus Lucius [mucro cuspis]
    I know your moves Tungus Lucius...

    Aye Ok !!!



    FATE
    Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

    It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

    Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

    BORG

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    • Originally posted by allsirgarnet View Post
      The Ague has passed and I still live!

      May the Gods be praised.

      I and my soldiers are ready Sir.
      Most likely the Fermented fish from the last shipment of supplies...

      It takes a belly as stong as the Emperors to eat that with no Ill effects.
      BoRG
      "... and that was the last time they called me Freakboy Moses"

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      • Originally posted by Arthwys View Post
        Most likely the Fermented fish from the last shipment of supplies...

        It takes a belly as stong as the Emperors to eat that with no Ill effects.
        Quintus...

        If the original orders are correct, you will be clearing the oasis of Ara first and building a camp there.



        Greets,
        Stratego
        Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

        It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

        Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

        BORG

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        • Originally posted by Stratego View Post
          Quintus...

          If the original orders are correct, you will be clearing the oasis of Ara first and building a camp there.



          Greets,
          Stratego
          Indeed!
          Scouted, built and invested against unwanted attentions!
          BoRG
          "... and that was the last time they called me Freakboy Moses"

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          • Parthian Offensive around Nisibis

            Phase I: Daybreak till 8 A.M.

            1st of August 82 A.D.


            XX – II Tungus Lucius

            Your road from the village of Zahhad is deserted and desolate, it is obvious that the farmland has been raped and plundered by a large army. Bridges across the river are intact, so your Egyptian charioteers may cross the river.

            As soon as the river is crossed, your Egyptians notice the remains of what –not so long ago- must have been the camp of the Parthian army. Of what was once a fertile farmland, nothing more remains. Remains of tents and wooden improvised buildings, now demolished, are left behind. Innumerable blackened circles are the left-over clues of campfires that have once been lit there. The port is also deserted. All the buildings and ships have been demolished or put to the torch.

            Leading your vanguard of 820 Nubians on the southern bank, you are disgusted to see a large number of pikes upon which the decomposing heads of about 50 Roman POW are speared. It doesn’t take long before your cavalry is targeted by the first Parthian arrows from Nisibis’ southern tower. Luckily, the enemies range is far too great for you to suffer any losses. Things turn out for the worse however when flaming post are shot at you from the southern tower, causing havoc among your unsuspecting cavalry, resulting in a loss of 5 cavalry !!! It is obvious that Nisibis’ southern watchtower is aided by one of more onagers !

            Galloping safely out of range of the onagers, you head further east towards the river, carefully ! Taking a more safe southerly route you approach the edge of the river, but it soon becomes apparent that both bridges across have been destroyed ! Pontoon bridges will have to be made to get across, that much is sure…but this will not be easy, for across the river you soon here the sound of horns. Movement is soon seen from across the river accompanied by the sound of barking in the distance…

            It is obvious that Parthian troops are stationed there on the opposite bank. This is confirmed when suddenly hundreds of arrows come flying towards where you are…
            Best to get away for now in order to assess the situation !

            XX-III - Enemnogenus the Short

            Enemnogenus, your troops of the III have successfully completed the orders given without encumbering any obstacles. As far as you can see, the Temple mount is safe from enemy attacks !!! The Western gates and walls of Nisibis seem undefended and open to a storming attack...beware of the archers on the walls however !!!

            XXIV-II - Quintus Flavius

            Officer Quintus. As you move your scouts forward, you are pleased to get the confirmation that the oasis of Ara is secure. No enemy is reported in the distance. You may set up you forward base with your infantry just on the southern border of the oasis…it should be ready at the start of phase II...

            IV-II - Saulius

            Saulius, your troops of IV-II, supported by the troops of Amelius Garbo, have successfully marched along the Roman eastern wing and have encountered no enemy troops while heading south past the oasis of Charax. Your troops come to a halt just in front of the northern reaches of Mount Tiglaran which seem deserted.

            IV-III - Tiberius Decimus

            Tiberius, your troops - having moved in the footsteps of the troops of officer Quintus – have continued south east unhindered towards the oasis of Charax, protected on your left by the troops of Saulius and on the right by the cavalry of General Rubinus. As the troops of Saulius and the cavalry of General Rubinus continue southwards, you take a halt on the southern border of the oasis of Charax.

            IV-V -Amelius Garbo

            Amelius, commander of Legio IV-V.
            You have advanced southwards on the furthest eastern Roman wing. Functioning as supporting troops for officer Saulius’ men you march behind them as they head south past the oasis of Charax. Having encountered no obstacles on your way, you come to a halt in front of the northern reaches of mount Tiglaran as the rearguard of IV-II.


            XXIV-I - General Rubinus

            General Rubinus, with your light cavalry from Gaul up front, you head past the scouts of officer Quintus and past the oasis of Ara. Protected by the troops of officer Tiberius to your left, you continue between both oasis’ without encountering any obstacles.
            Although you come quite close in range of the northern tower of Nisibis, you notice no enemy movements. No arrows are fired upon you. It seems as if the Parthians are letting you pass.
            However, you are soon alarmed by the presence of Parthian cavalry in front of you, in front of the Greek ruins in between the eastern heights of Nisibis and the tower of Mount Tiglaran, just around the hill. The sound of loud barking can be heard from a distance.
            Do you wish to continue on?


            So, that was it for the first phase...

            Time now to consider the next movements...

            Remember that you also have onagers and siege towers at your disposal. Since they havn't been allocated to any of the troops yet it will take one entire phase to get them to the right troops and to get them set up, ready for battle...

            Beware of the Roman centre (northwest between Beydar and Temple Mt)! They are currently open and need to be filled up...a Parthian attack from there would divide your army into two pieces !!!!




            Greets,
            FATE
            Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

            It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

            Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

            BORG

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            • So...probably time for a Map re-issue showing where we're at.

              Pretty please?
              BoRG
              "... and that was the last time they called me Freakboy Moses"

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              • Apologies...

                To the various players of the Roman legions in and around Nisibis - absent or present,

                It seems as if the Parthian Offensive seems to be unable to take a start due to various reasons. Therefore, I feel that I must stop the campaing…not only because it doesn’t seem to start, but also due to the situation in the Roman SPQR which is running behind.
                Perhaps it wasn’t such a wise choice to start more games at the same time…too much work, too many people, too many situations !!!

                I kinda compare it to the Roman Empire...growing much too large in the end to be governed by one man, too large to take care of all its problems inside and out. Like Rome, perhaps I got too overconfident ! My bad…

                As a sideshow of the entire SPQR game –but therefore, not less important- I will consider the Offensive in Parthia as successful !
                Scipius and Rubinius will have defeated the Parthian army at Nisibis on the 26th of August 82 AD !!!

                I hope the various players of the offensive won’t judge me too harshly for making this decision. I assure you that it wasn’t a fun decision to make…but the main game in Rome MUST continue…

                Please accept my deepest apologies for this inconvenience !



                Greets,
                FATE
                Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.- Napoleon

                It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.- Herman Melville

                Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

                BORG

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                • I agree with you FATE. Considering the current political turmoil in Rome, trying to handle an offensive against Parthia at the same time is a bit much, esp. when you're the only one actually running everything....

                  Glad to know we ultimately defeated the Parthians though.

                  Regards,
                  Senator Quintus Vespillo

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                  • This is not a problem. YOu are still doing great herr Stratego.
                    Life is Expensive Bullets are cheap anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.Me
                    I'm not lying I'm Just Improving the truth

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                    • XX-III - Enemnogenus the Short

                      So we can say that Enemnogenus and his hearty band of veterans won the day when they stormed the gates and took the city by storm?
                      History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
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                      • Hey Guys!!!!!!!

                        I am STILL in the city, hiding in hay and straw! All the local food and water has been poisoned by me, and the provisions that I brought along is running out!!!!!

                        Crabbus Irritatus - A very hungry and thirsty Director of Romeland Security
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                        Prayers.

                        BoRG

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                        • Originally posted by Salinator View Post
                          Hey Guys!!!!!!!

                          I am STILL in the city, hiding in hay and straw! All the local food and water has been poisoned by me, and the provisions that I brought along is running out!!!!!

                          Crabbus Irritatus - A very hungry and thirsty Director of Romeland Security
                          No onagers to fling yourself to freedom?

                          Well fate did say the offensive was successful... come out of the hay!
                          BoRG
                          "... and that was the last time they called me Freakboy Moses"

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                          • No Worries Fate!

                            there's always another game...and another day

                            Here's the question though: do our Legions return to Rome to help face down Drusus?

                            Cheers
                            BoRG
                            "... and that was the last time they called me Freakboy Moses"

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                            • Well shoot oh well thanks for trying Stratego

                              BTW since I was cheated of my glory may I march back to rome and perhaps regain my honor?
                              The Napoleonic Era, and WWI and WWII are NOT! the be all, end all of Military History.

                              Properly trained Cavalry can and will beat the vaunted infantry man

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                              • Tribunes, Soldiers of Rome and Armeina:

                                When Parthian forces made the tactical blunder of assuming that Roman forces would habitually & hastily seek earth shattering engagement of their forces, regardless of location or disposition, the mold of their defeat was cast. By their retreat back into the fortified city of Nisibis following our glorious rout of them on the immediate cusp of their renewed offensive on Armenia, they mistakenly placed themselves within the confines of their own self made prison. Their only hope of victory in the siege of Nisibis was by harried engagement of forces filled with - and blinded by - a blood lust for total destruction of their fortified redoubt.

                                As has so obviously been my strategic judgment - from the very conclusion of their rout & beginning of this fortuitous happenstance - by observation, consideration & logical deduction of their own self induced predicament... that one only need enforce & influence the conditions of their own imprisonment, harrasingly from without & insidiously - as well as covertly - from within, to win by ultimately denying them the strategic thing they depended upon & sought most - an ultimate gnashing & tactical advantage played upon the irrationality inherent in a blood lust blinded assault against a nearly immovable object.

                                Nay, Tribunes of Rome... we have not - nor will we - be so blinded by sole focus upon the needless & reckless waste of our soldiers, our strength, our very real, tangible glory & honor in remaining as fully intact & ably imposing as to bring ultimate decision in Romes full favor against all of Parthia, not just that portion of Parthian strength now defeated by their own actions by their own imprisonment within Nisibis...

                                Nay, we have maintained & increased our enemy's suffering, reduced their abilities, & crushed their will for ultimate battle by imposing the realities of their own self imposed imprisonment - by our certain maintenance of it - & its inherent vulnerabilities to their simple survival... and done so while not submitting, as well as succumbing to extreme loss for little more than immediate gratification & fleeting glory which would be accompanied by such degradation & certain cost to our ultimate extant power & ability to remain fully in & able to remain victoriously as the very walls of Rome & Armenia against further Parthian offense & design in this war.

                                Hear me, my fellow Romans & Armenians... just as it is to ones crass & often decisive disadvantage to interrupt an enemy's choice & conduct of mistaken strategies... so, too, is it to ones own strategic advantage to encourage their pursuits of them & tactically play upon the result in such manner as to magnify the devastating consequences wrought upon an enemy by their own pursuit & conduct of such flawed tactics.

                                Even in pursuit of holding Phraates to his prison & our covert harassments within it, our own forces have sustained losses approaching 30% - primarily among our lesser experienced, hardened & battle wise recruits. If you find yourself questioning the wisdom of our seeming lack of all out offensive actions, weigh it against the certain casualties & losses which would have been certain had all out Roman offensive - the hand wielding Gladius - against the stone wall of Nisibis - offering those within the luxury of passive protection from whence to visit certain devastation & attrition upon the unprotected - would have yielded, then ask yourself how the result would serve all Romes expectation & resolve that we remain steadfastly opposed to, & ultimately victorious against all Parthia!

                                We are victorious at Nisibis - this is certain - but Nisibis is not all Parthia!

                                Roman Victory against Parthia comes only when all Parthia submits to the concession of it by Parthian Decree & total withdrawal from the conflict & demands beyond their borders... or its total military defeat & full civil submission to Rome is complete!

                                It is difficult to refrain warriors from the conduct of their craft...

                                It is equally difficult to remain seized of ones strategic & tactical wits such that one realizes victory in the face of defeat!

                                Regardless of the treachery & total desertion of the greater portions of Roman power in the east under the traitor Drusus...

                                The Victorious Legio's Of Rubinus & Scipius Stand To Our Duty & Roman Charge!

                                We remain commited to the better interests of all Rome and her people!

                                Victa Roma!



                                Scipius
                                General of Rome
                                Legatus - Legio IV, Legio XX

                                Governor of Cappadocia & Judea

                                Supreme Military Commander - Parthia/Armenia
                                Guardian of Rome

                                On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

                                ACG History Today

                                BoRG

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