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  • Game Thread-Krateros Goes West

    This is to be the official game thread for all the happenings in Krateros Goes West. I'll post updates and announcements in this thread. Please post all roleplay you guys want to do here as well.
    First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

  • #2
    Messengers travel to Barca, Ptolemais, Tauchira, and Euhespirides.

    Friends, Greeks, for too long have we sat in the shadow of the Phonecian. They have enriched their coffers while firmly standing astride the wealth of the West. Trade routes that are ours by right to ply and enrich ourselves. Yet they control them, and so we have spent generations trading to the East. And to the east has risen a new power. A Greek power. Greek culture, your culture and mine, has been spread far, and has taken the Persians.

    I have been approached by one of these new Greeks, Krateros, friend and General of Alexander of Macedon, and a true Greek in body and spirit. He has offered that we join him, and open the Markets of the West. He offers increased markets for our goods in the East, and aid and protection against the Phonecians in Carthage. And I implore you to join me and spread Greek ideals, and Greek culture to the West, and enrich us all as we do so. Should we continue to pay and enrich Carthage? Those foreigners that sacrifice children to their false god? Or shall we spread the enlightenment of Greek philosophy to the West, and become the princes of trade in this land. This Greek Krateros has promised the ships and men needed to make us prosper, and our strength together will make our cities safe for generations, and prosper for generations beyond!
    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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    • #3
      Cyrenaica

      The news of the agreement Kyrene has made with Krateros reaches every city in Cyrenaica. Many of the citizens are simply overjoyed at being joined with the greater Hellenic world. The envoys of their new satrap are graciously received in Ptolemais, Barca, and Tauchira. All three of these closely knit cities gratefully join the new satrapy with Kyrene as their capital. They send their monthly contributions to the upkeep of the satrapal army in convoys back to Kyrene along with delegations to lobby for their interests at the satrapal court. However, all of the news received is not good. The city of Euesperides farther to the West angrily rejects the offer which they claimed required hostages and extortionistic tribute. The people of the city arm themselves and send emissaries to the local Libyan tribes. Many of them fear the growing power of the Macedonians and Greeks. They band together and agree to an alliance with Eusperides, raising an army and meeting with the army of Eusperides. The new allies' war camps are large and it seems the new satrap of Cyrenaica already has a revolt on his hands.....
      First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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      • #4
        The chief of the Al'Amour tribe had been in talks with Carthage to udnetake a joint raid on Theveste. In the interests of his people, he had said yes.

        He would not take his whole host, but would lead 800 spearmen, 350 axemen and 500 archers to the meeting place at Zama, where the Carthaginians would be waiting. It would not take them long to arrive.
        "Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."- Napoleon.

        "A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood"- George S. Patton.

        "I will let you see that I was a grenadier before I was a marshal and still am one"- Jean Lannes, Siege of Ratisbon

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        • #5
          Carthage will dispatch a Force to meet with the Al'Amour tribal warriors at Zama and advance to Theveste.
          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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          • #6
            I need official orders from everyone within 2 days.
            First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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            • #7
              Ground Rules

              We've been having a few hitches here guys. I've posted a map thread if some of you have not noticed. Any city I mention is in the map thread, I promise.

              Also, I'll be instituting a week cutoff for turns orders. Once the last turn ends you have 7 days to post a new set of strategic orders.

              For tactical orders once I give relevant information to all involved parties there will be a 3 day deadline for tactical orders.

              These rules will hopefully clear up confusion and keep the game running somewhat smoothly.
              First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Delenda estRoma View Post
                I need official orders from everyone within 2 days.
                Naval order posted in Social group
                BoRG
                "... and that was the last time they called me Freakboy Moses"

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                • #9
                  Cyrene

                  The march from Alexandria had been long. Day after day the glittering column snaked along the coastal roads heading westwards, always westwards. Krateros rode among the cavalry at the van, but often rode back along the ranks of foot to accompany for a time this unit or that, to ensure they had enough water and supplies. When the weather turned each afternoon to bring the cooler breeze in, he gave the foot and half the horse an hour's relief at the first likely beach and they repaid him with renewed energy in the march on until the verge of nightfall.

                  Mounted outriders visited each unwalled town ahead of the main body, allaying the fears such a large cloud of dust raised among the locals, assuring them of the Macedonian good intent and offering to pay for any fresh supplies they cared to provide the men. The nights when the army camped outside a town rather than in the midst of the wilderness were good nights indeed. They had passed by Apollonia to the enthusiastic cheers of the locals and Krateros had declined the city fathers' offer to feast him and his senior officers; they had pressing business in the west, he assured them.

                  Yesterday they had neared Cyrene at last and Krateros had ordered a half-day's liberty. The one proviso was that their arms and armour must be in their finest nick, and polished so brightly they gleamed in the desert sun. He'd sent ahead a rider to advise the new Satrap of Cyrenaica of his movements and requesting the city be opened to him as well; now he would lead the full splendid might of the army granted him by his King straight through the heart of the city and out the other gate.

                  With his men four ranks wide, the first man would leave the walled city before the last entered it.
                  Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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                  • #10
                    Theveste

                    Numerous men, horses, and some men even say elephants have gathered from across the many lands to come to Theveste. Manzyk Irk leads this expedition which includes Numidian tribes, Libyan tribes, and Carthage's own soldiers. The marches of the many men gathered here were actually quite tame. Depots were set up long in advance with ample food and water for all. No man lacks for provisions or water in Manzyk Irk's combined army. The people of Theveste fled at his advances and have shut themselves within the walls of the city itself. The walls are made of mudbrick and wood, but they are nearly 12 feet high with a number of towers for archers and slingers to shoot from. Many defenders man the walls and it seems unlikely that the city will starve or surrender to Manzyk Irk anytime soon.

                    OOC: Orders requested from Nick the Noodle. He is the general in charge.

                    Malta-

                    Word trickled to foreigners that the island of Melita or Malta has been visited by a Punic fleet. Soldiers brought by the fleet and many local laborers have begun work on some sort of stockade. The local port and docks are also being expanded at an astonishing rate that is visible to any who care to look.


                    Carthage-

                    Word in the great city is that a large part of the fleet has sailed to a location that ordinary people don't seem to know. Clearly the Punic Navy is quite active...

                    Scouts around Carthage look high and low for someone or something, but after days of searching they finally ask the locals. Apparently they are searching for the remaining warriors of the Libyan tribe they have hired to take Theveste....


                    Krateros-


                    Krateros marches from Alexandria with a picked force of soldiers. They are considered the best in the world and they have proven it on battlefields in both Europe, Africa, and Asia. A rather large fleet of warships and transports follow and supply this priceless army as it marches across Egypt before finally reaching Cyrenaica. Village after village swears fealty to the Argead Empire and upon reaching Kyrene the city also swears its fealty to Alexander and his dynasty. Krateros continues his march across Cyrenaica to Euesperides, receiving the submission of all towns and villages that he passes through.


                    Kyrene-

                    The army and fleet of Kyrene prepare for war. Thousands of mercenaries prepare themselves along with the citizen soldiers of Kyrene itself. The fleet readies itself at Appolonia before it too begins its journey towards Euesperides. The fleet and army stay close, the sun glinting off the armor and shields of the Greek hoplites in the hot African sun. The march is long and hard, but finally both fleet and army reach the outskirts of Euesperides.

                    Euesperides-

                    The camps of the Greeks and Libyans are long gone. The Libyan tribes have melted back into the deserts from which they came, but they are surely not finished with their fight. The Greeks of Euesperides have prepared for a siege, pulling all crops into the city and arming all of its citizens. Archers, spearmen, and ballistae line the walls of the city as they shout defiance at the Army of Kyrene. The satrap orders his men to prepare for a siege and they do. Ditches are dug and the city is encircled. The fleet of Kyrene begins its blockade and merchants either run or are captured by the swift Greek galleys of Kyrene. The Libyans make their presence felt by the besieging army in a big way. They target sentries, wanderers, and any who lag behind in any operations. The losses are not high, but they are still dead Greeks.

                    Casualties-

                    50 Greek Hoplites
                    First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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                    • #11
                      The Battle off Euesperides



                      Kyrene-

                      15 triremes
                      5 pentekonters


                      Carthage-

                      25 pentekonters

                      Euesperides-

                      5 pentekonters
                      2 akatos


                      The fleet of Kyrene kept up its regular routine with 5 pentekonters posted to keep watch over Euesperides' harbor while the remainder of the fleet was brought up on the beaches to dry out. The crews started fires and made breakfast, relaxing as another day of the boring siege began on this sunny morning. Yet, this day was destined to be much more lively than the seamen of Kyrene had anticipated a fleet 25 warships strong was followed by a number of transports. All flying the emblem of Carthage. The five pentekonters quickly signal their brethren on shore to get them into the water. 24 Punic ships rush forward at top speed to try to engage the enemy scouts before the rest of the ships can be readied, but the Greek seamen are good at their jobs and all 20 Greek warships are in the water before the Punic ships can close. The haste with which they are put into the water means they can only form a very basic and uneven line formation before the Punic ships close the range. Punic archers and slingers let loose with a hellish rain of missiles that kill or injure many Greek rowers or marines. One hoplite is hit with a shot straight in the chest and stumbles into the sea, drowning due to his heavy armor. The nimble Punic ships are all pentekonters and they use this to dart in and ram their enemies in the sides. Several Punic ships receive blows from enemy rams, but it is obvious the Greeks are getting the worst of it as a Greek pentekonter is torn in half by its Punic counterpart. With all of the ships so close together a number of boarding melees develop, the Greeks already injured from missile fire are evenly matched for a while. However, their heavier armor allow them to gain the upper hand on some ships, but then after nearly 25 minutes of fighting the Euesperides' navy comes from the port. 5 pentekonters and 2 converted merchant akatos row forward at great speed to join the battle. Hit from the rear the Punic ships look to beach themselves and reach the safety of the army of Kyrene which is now on the shores. Several manage to make it and are protected by the Greeks, but the Punic ships simply kill the survivors in the water and man their captures before sailing into the harbor with the the transports. Thousands of Libyan soldiers exit their transports along with money and food for the city. Damaged ships are given repairs by local carpenters and shipwrights and all ships should be ready to go by the end of the month.


                      Casualties-

                      Carthage-

                      5 pentekonters sunk or too damaged for repair


                      Kyrene-

                      2 pentekonters sunk
                      2 pentekonters captured by Carthage
                      4 triremes sunk
                      8 triremes captured by Carthage
                      First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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                      • #12
                        As the three diplomats come out of Euespirides, they are met by charioteers of the Appolonian Guard, in gleaming curiass, and conveyed to the camp of Satrap Tacitos. As they come into camp they see formations of hoplites, resplendent in their armor and accoutrements, completing evening drills, marching in disciplined ranks. Around the tents there is a feast, with the Noble Sons and other soldiers eating and drinking and carousing with the camp women.

                        Once they are escorted to the tent, they meet Satrap Tacitos, in a fine tunic with his sword and dagger belted. He is not hiding in his tent, but rather outside the tent, speaking to the men, and feasting with them. Tacitos greets them warmly, and encourages them to eat their fill of the steer roasting over an fire, and the other foods laid out.

                        Once they have eaten and drank their fill, Tacitos beckons them to join him in his tent, along with several of his Appolonian Guard. Inside, Tacitos takes a more serious tone. "I am concerned, that this disagreement between myself and your leaders, will end the worse for your people. Are we not all Greeks, of a proud and noble tradition? Mayhaps we disagree, but that does not change who we are. What concerns me is that you have now become a pawn of Carthage. And yet they do not respect you as a proper Greek should. We quarreled, and I arrived with an army the size of your own, to settle our quarrel.

                        Yet Carthage's Phoneicans send word that they will reinforce you. And they bought the hearts of your leaders with some silver and a few libyans? They know full well that I have more power available that I did not bring, and that General Krateros is coming with his army....an army that destroyed that mighty Phonecian city Tyre. If this quarrel continues, only Phonecians will gain. Would you have it said that Carthage fought in Eusperides to the last Greek? Such a city known for its fleet cared so little for you that their relief fleet was almost defeated by a mere squadron. Were it not for Greeks, Carthage would have turned back and left you in the lurch. Their reinforcements can make the city more costly to take, but they cannot make you impregnable. Yet they might have tried. Did they send their Phonecian Hoplites? No. We watched mere Libyan mercenaries deploy. They have paid you a song, and wish you to all perish for them for it. They know what is coming, and they would see you die to make their own burden lighter.

                        And yet I am not vengeful, nor am I filled with spite. I am filled with respect for your willingness to stand, and with sorrow that you have allied yourself with one that obviously cares so little for your people. And so I will offer you terms.

                        (Terms noted to Del, unless he wants them publicly noted)

                        I would encourage you to decide quickly, for even now my ally marches and sails. And when he arrives, the time for words will have ended. I have received messengers, and he has determined that should Greeks refuse to see reason and align themselves with those that would destroy them, those Greeks should be removed that others might take their place. I am not in disagreement with him, and though the cost would vex my soul to watch your children enslaved and all others killed, it would vex me more to know that the Phonecian Carthaginians led you to your deaths, treating you as little more than dogs, and feeding you mere scraps to watch you sacrifice yourselves for their glory. For the sake of Greeks and of Grecia Magna, we must not let such happen."

                        Satrap Tacitos and his Appolonians lead the Greek diplomats back to the chariots, where he personally leads the parade conveying them to near their own lines, departing with them as a Greek wouldst embrace a fellow Greek, before riding back into the night.
                        Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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                        • #13
                          Euesperides Answers

                          The council of the city debates the satrap's offer for a few hours, Punic representatives watching with bated breath. They talk about the victory their forces have won, the food in their stores, and the mercenaries coming to their city. Surely they could hold the city long enough to become such a bother to Krateros he would simply go further into Africa. After a little more time a vote is taken, and the city will continue to fight against the satrap and general....
                          First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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                          • #14
                            Assault of Theveste

                            The giant army surrounded Theveste with ditches dug and camps busy as the soldiers built the engines that would be used in assault. Ladders, covered rams, and siege towers were quickly coming together under the direction of Punic and Greek siege engineers. With the engines finished, the troops were readied for an assault upon the walls. Slingers, archers, and javelinmen swept the walls with a huge volume of fire. Many of Theveste's defenders are hit and they fall from the walls as they scream in fear and pain. A Punic herald yells out a demand for surrender, but the demand is met with carefully aimed missile fire. The rams are wheeled towards the walls by the soldiers while their own missile troops keep up a steady fire. Several of the rams catch fire because of the defenders' efforts and a number of Punic soldiers die trying to protect the rams. Several holes are knocked in the walls, but the Punic soldiers have definitely taken heavy casualties. Thousands upon thousands of Libyan spearmen charge into the breaches in the walls, climb ladders to assault the city, and use the siege towers to attempt to gain the walls. The fighting is brutal, many men are speared in the chest or throat. Blood and gore coat the ground and the rubble. After nearly half an hour many of the Libyan spearmen retreat from the assault, broken by the hard fighting defenders. However, with the attacks of the better armed and trained Liby-Phoenicians and the Iberian Scutari the defenders are pushed from the walls and into the streets. After another hour of savage street fighting the defenders collapse and surrender in droves. The Punic troops kill a number of them, but finally accept surrender and begin looting the city. Slaves are gathered and anything that can be grabbed and carried is looted from the city. Theveste has fallen, but at what cost?

                            Casualties-

                            Theveste-
                            Total

                            Carthage-
                            3,000 Libyan Spearmen
                            500 Liby-Phoenician Spearmen
                            First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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                            • #15
                              End of Turn 1

                              This is the official end of turn 1. Orders are due seven days from today please guys.
                              First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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