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  • #31
    Orders due in two days time guys. If orders are in early I can begin moderation early!
    First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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    • #32
      Turn 4

      The Assault of Euesperides-


      Krateros-

      Land-

      3 000 Silver Shield Hypapists
      12,000 Phalangites
      2,000 Mercenary Greek Hoplites
      2,950 Indian Longbowmen
      2 000 Agrianians
      1,000 Libyan Javelinmen
      3,000 Libyan Spearmen

      2 000 Thessalian Heavy Cavalry
      1 000 Sarmatian Heavy Cavalry
      2 000 Scythian Horse Archers

      Kyrene-

      700 Linothorax Hoplites
      2000 Bronze Curiass Hoplites


      Naval-

      103 Triremes
      75 Quadriremes


      Euesperides-

      Land-

      4,000 Hoplites
      1,000 Mercenary Hoplites
      1,000 Psiloi
      500 Hippeis
      4,000 Carthaginian Libyan Spearmen

      Naval-

      1 Quinirieme
      4 Quadriemes
      35 Pentekonters


      Krateros has grown frustrated with Euesperides' continued defiance in the face of the might of the Imperial Army and Fleet. A small polis on the edge of Cyrenaica had held up his advance into Punic territory for months, but it was time for that to change. Half of the ballistae from the entire Imperial fleet are brought ashore and prepared to fire by their crews. Catapults and ballistae begin their fire on the very first day of the month. Large rocks and ballista bolts rain down upon the rebel city as Krateros watches with approval. Artillery from the city responds, managing to dismantle several of the Macedonian ballistae, but the Macedonian artillery continue to pound the city until night falls upon the city.

      With the dawn comes a storm of blood, gore, and death. Macedonian ballistae and catapults again rain fire down upon Euesperides' walls as Krateros gives the orders for his mercenary hoplites and Libyans to advance to the walls with the siege towers. The remaining ballistae on the walls fire at the hoplites and Libyans, some of the bolts go through multiple men before losing their momentum.


      The mercenary hoplites fighting under Krateros reach the walls and after the drawbridges smash down upon the walls they begin their assault to clear the walls. They are met by hoplites that are determined to defend their city and an ugly and brutal fight develops with the Kraterid mercenary hoplites taking many casualties as they seek to hold the walls against the hoplites of Euesperides. Before the assault can be beaten off the Libyans reach the walls with their own towers and begin their assault. They are met by showers of javelins that pierce their light armor and cause a number of them to fall to their deaths back over the walls. However, they fight on with honor and courage against fellow Libyans and Greek hoplites. Both the Kraterid Libyans and mercenary hoplites manage to keep their spots on the walls, but due to the casualties being sustained they find it nearly impossible to capture and open the gates themselves.

      While this had been happening 12 Imperial quadriremes had lined up quite close to the chain that closed the harbor and then all 12 had rowed at their top speeds with the aim of breaking the chain. The chain broke a few seconds after impact, but the bottoms of 8 of the quadriremes had been torn out in the process. They slowly began to sink to the bottom as the rest of the Kraterid quadriremes advanced into the harbor to engage the enemy.

      Seeing that his troops on the wall were in an extremely precarious position Krateros advances in person with the Silver Shields, all carrying their siege ladders. Krateros leads them up to a captured part of the wall and then charges with the most elite infantry of the entire empire to assault the remaining Libyan spearmen and hoplites holding the walls. Krateros and his Silver Shields cut through the enemy with practiced ease and before long the gates are nearly captured. Krateros himself decapitates two men before leading the final charge that captures the gates. Within a minute the gates swing open to allow thousands of phalangites and Cyrenaican troops into the city...

      In the harbor a desperate battle has begun between the Punic and Imperial fleet. Ballistae bolts and other missiles buzz through the air everywhere as ships smash into each other and marines seek to capture the enemy's ships for themselves. A Punic pentekonter careens out of control as it burns before smashing into a Macedonian quadrireme. Before the quadrireme can back away it too catches fire and the men aboard jump into the water for safety. The Punic pentekonters realize the disadvantage they are at fighting the Imperial quadriremes and they decide that running is their best option. The 5 heavier Punic ships do their best to buy their comrades time and the hulking quinireme manages to ram and sink three of the Imperial quadriremes before it gets rammed from both sides and sinks. The four remaining Punic quadriremes do their best, but in the end they are either sunk or captured at great cost to the Imperial fleet. The Punic pentekonters are chased by enemy triremes as they try to make their escape, but as some turn back to fight the others row faster towards the West. 10 Punic pentekonters manage to make their escape, but the rest of the fleet has either been sunk or captured. Imperial marines are now free to land in the harbor without opposition.


      With the gates of the city now open Sarmatian heavy cavalry charge into the city, catching many troops fleeing from walls unawares. They are cut down quickly, but the Sarmatians halt when confronted by hoplites and Libyan spearmen who have managed to reorganize into formations. The Kraterid Libyans, hoplites, and the Cyrenaican hoplites charge forward to deal with these men and again the fighting is hard and brutal. Libyans fight against Libyans and Greeks fight against Greeks in the confused bloodletting. The arrival of the Imperial marines signals the end of the assault as they strike the enemy in the rear. The situation quickly changes from a battle into a massacre as the soldiers who have taken heavy casualties to take the city seek their revenge. By the time Krateros arrives with the Silver Shields and Indian Longbowmen his men had slaughtered any man carrying a weapon. With the city captured Krateros lets his men loose upon the city....


      For three days Krateros' men loot the city. Women are raped and murdered, valuables are stolen, men, women, and children are enslaved, wine is drank in large quantities as the men fulfill their base desires. Finally the revelry winds down as Krateros brings order back to the desolate city. The order is given to sell all people not citizen males of military age as slaves. The proceeds are split between a bonus for the Kraterid troops and the rest is gifted to Tactitos and his Cyrenaican satrapy. Movable property is sold to nearby merchants and the proceeds are placed within Krateros's warchest. Before Krateros and his men leave the city the few surviving male citizens of military age lose both their right hands and their tongues. This gruesome punishment is obviously intended to deter future resistance to Krateros' advance. The Cyrenaican forces are left to garrison the empty city while the rest of the army prepares to continue its march west. Supply ships are gathered from Apollonia and the navy is finally ready to head west to support and supply the army on its journey. On the last day of the month the Imperial forces near the city of Arae Philanorum....


      Casualties-


      Euesperides-

      Land-
      Total

      Naval-
      10 Punic Pentekonters escape
      5 Punic Pentekonters captured
      20 Punic Pentekonters sunk
      1 Punic Quinirieme Sunk
      4 Punic Quadriremes sunk



      Krateros/Kyrene-


      Land-

      50 Silver Shield Hypapists
      1,500 Mercenary Greek Hoplites
      700 Libyan Javelinmen
      2,000 Libyan Spearmen

      Kyrene-

      700 Linothorax Hoplites
      500 Bronze Curiass Hoplites


      Naval-

      3 Triremes
      20 Quadriremes
      600 marines



      The Battle of Arae Philanorum

      Carthage-

      Manzyk Irk

      2000 Iberian Lancers
      500 Gallic Noble Cavalry
      500 Merc Numidian Noble Cavalry
      2000 Merc Numidian Cavalry
      2000 Allied Numdian Cavalry 4500 Manzyk Irk's Numidian Cavalry
      300 Manzyk Irk's Numidian Noble Cavalry


      Krateros-

      2 000 Thessalian Heavy Cavalry
      1 000 Sarmatian Heavy Cavalry
      2 000 Scythian Horse Archers

      The light wanes as Krateros' camps prepare for the night. Watchmen take up their posts and cavalry patrols search for any intruders who might be about. The Punic cavalry force approached slowly trying to approach unseen as they moved towards the camp. However, a roving patrol spots them and gallops towards Krateros' tent. Within minutes Krateros and his entire cavalry contigent are saddled and ready to ride. The Punic cavalry force lead by the now famous Manzyk Irk charges towards the camps looking to defeat these foreigners trespassing on Carthaginian land. Thousands upon thousands of cavalry ride with him as the sun slowly fades in the sky, the ground trembling because of the hooves of over 10,000 horses pounding upon the earth. Krateros charges with his own cavalry onto the plain to stop the Punic advance, but despite being horribly outnumbered he confidently leads the first charge in person.

      Krateros leads the famed Thessalians in a thunderous charge against Manzyk Irk and his melee cavalry who also charge. The famed Thessalian lancers are armed with the finest arms and armor that money can buy, and their armor glints in the failing light as they and Krateros smash into Iberian, Numidian, and Gallic noble cavalry. Krateros and the Thessalians fight with elan and experience from many battles as Iberians are cut down or speared from their horses while Numidians try to flank Krateros and his Thessalians. Skythian horsearchers attempt to halt the Numidians despite being horribly outnumbered and the two sides exchange missiles with many a Numidian falling from their shaggy horses with an arrow in their side. However, the numbers and skill of the Numidians allows them to push the Skythians back while inflicting casualties. Javelins fly with pinpoint accuracy and pierce Skythian chests and throats. The Skythian scatter, but just as the Numidians are about to take the Thessalians in the rear the Sarmatian heavy cavalry join the melee as well. The following cavalry melee is exceedingly savage. Numidians stab with their javelins and short swords as as Sarmatians jab with their lances and duel with their sabres. Krateros and his Thessalians cut through Numidians, Iberians, and Gauls taking few casualties as they exhibit why they are considered some of the best heavy cavalry in the world. Skythians stay on the edge of the battlefield, sniping the enemies they can get in range, but not risking melee combat. The light is nearly gone as Krateros cuts down one Numidian and then another before a javelin pierces his shoulder. This only enrages the grizzled veteran and he and his bodyguard cut deep into the bodyguard of none other than Manzyk Irk himself. Krateros quickly kills the last guard separaing him from the enemy general and duels the wiley Numidian. The two trade heavy blows as their bodyguards also continue to fight, but Krateros is obviously the superior warrior and within a minute has left Manzyk Irk with a bloody slash across his chest. The Thessalians have taken losses but the Punic cavalry has simply been cut down by the skillful Thessalians. With their leader badly wounded and many of their number dead or wounded the Punic cavalry begin to withdraw from combat as best as they can with Skythians pursuing and sniping the entire way. Krateros and his men cut down those they can before retiring to their own camp in the dark. The Skythian's pursuit is short due to the darkness, but it is clear that the Punic force has been defeated for now. The bodies of Thessalians, Sarmatians, Skythians, Iberians, Gauls, and Numidians lay upon the battlefield either dead or dying in the dark. The cries of both men and horses can be heard, reminding the Macedonians that their victory had not been bloodless...




      Casualties-



      Manzyk Irk (bad chest wound)


      1,000 Iberian Lancers
      200 Gallic Noble Cavalry
      250 Merc Numidian Noble Cavalry
      500 Merc Numidian Cavalry
      400 Allied Numdian Cavalry
      2,000 Manzyk Irk's Numidian Cavalry
      100 Manzyk Irk's Numidian Noble Cavalry


      Krateros-(light shoulder wound)

      100 Thessalian Heavy Cavalry
      300 Sarmatian Heavy Cavalry
      700 Scythian Horse Archers





      Panormus-

      Punic envoys voyage across both Sicily and Southern Italy to warn merchants that Panormus is in rebellion and is being blockaded by the Punic navy. Many react well and promise to restrict trade in the area, but a few city states see no need to hurt their profit margins and refuse to guarantee that their merchants won't attempt to trade with Panormus.

      Both sides continue to fire on one another as the days go by. The mercenaries successfully recover all bodies within the breach and within the town, but the Punic soldiers to collect all bodies outside the town. Skirmishing continues with arrows, ballista bolts, and other missiles being fired, but through it all the walls are mostly patched and secondary walls are built behind the original walls for extra security.



      The Battle off Panormus-


      Carthage-

      1 Trieremiolai
      20 Pentekonters


      Kyrene-

      3 Triremes
      5 Pentekonters
      2 Pirate Pentekonters (Nikkie)


      The transports that satrap Tactitos had brought had nearly finished their unloading of troops when a number of ships were spotted coming from the west. A Punic admiral lead a fleet of 21 ships on a sweep down the coast to destroy the rebel mercenary's shipping, but upon spotting the warships and transports they raced forward to intercept them. Realizing that the remaining transports that were unloading needed protection satrap Tactitos' fleet moved to meet them. Outnumbered nearly two to one the Cyrenaican fleet is decimated. One Cyrenaican trireme is rammed by a pentekonter in each side before it rolls over into the water. Many of the heavier Greek hoplites drown in the water as their armor's weight drags them down to the depths. Within half an hour the Cyrenaican fleet has been destroyed, but all of the transports have been unloaded onto land by this time. Tactitos marched towards Panormus while the Punic admiral rounds up and captured the empty Cyrenaican transports.

      Upon hearing of the approach of an enemy army Gmanicus decides to end the siege and retire towards Eryx. Cavalry screen the withdrawal quite effectively as the artillery and siege engines burn. Tactitos arrives to see the burned equipment and decides to head in the direction of the Punic city of Solous....


      Casualties-


      Carthage-
      2 pentekonters sunk

      Kyrene-
      1 trireme captured
      2 triremes sunk
      3 pentekonters captured
      4 pentekonters sunk
      All transports captured



      The Assault on Solous



      Solous Militia-

      5,000 militia spearmen
      750 Libyan Spearmen
      1,500 psiloi


      Satrap Tactitos-

      4000 Mercenary Hoplites
      500 Libyan Spearmen
      1000 Libyan Slingers
      1000 Illyrian Peltasts
      1000 Sicil Peltasts
      2000 Libyan Skirmishers
      Appolonian Guard (80 light chariots (missile), 40 Heavy Chariots (missile/melee))
      500 Hippeis
      400 Noble Sons
      500 Light Cavalry (javelin)

      The army of satrap Tactitos lays siege to the Punic city of Solous. The satrap fortifies his camp and sends light cavalry patrols out to make sure he is not interrupted. Ditches are dug by Libyans and other precautions are taken before the satrap concentrates on the city itself. During the night the majority of the army sleeps besides groups of slingers charging and firing at the walls in the dark. Some carrying torches and some simply firing their slingshots and retreating. This actually keeps the guards quite alert, but they feel no need to keep the rest of the militia awake. Random trumpets and horns are sounded throughout the night, keeping troops on both sides awake. It is a short time before dawn as Tactitos speaks to the assembled troops. Satrap Tacitos addresses his men, dressed in his full armor and carrying his sword and shield made especially for fighting in close quarters.
      "Men, days ago we made landfall. The Fleet made great sacrifices so that we could take this war from the shores of Kyrene and onto their shores. Behind those walls are desperate militiamen. They are not veterans, hardened men of war. Not like you. And they have never met the likes of you before. We have already stormed a Carthaginian fortress, what they hoped to be their greatest naval base. And we took it from them and utter victory was our result. We will take this city, and no farmers and shopkeepers playing soldier will stop us. We will honor the sacrifices of those that got us here, and gain glories of our own."
      Satrap Tacitos draws his sword and holds it above his head. "I will not sheath this sword until it has tasted Punic blood. No quarter shall be given until the city is ours. We will kill them until we're bathing in their blood and taking their wives for our concubines. Now keep to your orders, and do not stop pressing until we have victory. Your general charges with you! We attack before dawn!"

      Illyrian and Sicel peltasts are the first troops to begin the assault carrying their ladders and setting them up for the assault. Javelins rain down upon them from psiloi on the walls as they scale the ladders. Once on the walls the barbarian peltasts do quite well, cutting through the lightly armored Punic militia as they seek to keep their footholds on the walls. Tactitos personally leads half of the mercenary hoplites and some Libyan spearmen while his captain leads the other mercenary hoplites against another wall. Tactitos' personal assault goes well and he and his men push the militia from their wall and drive them towards the city's center. However, the captain leading the mercenary hoplites takes heavy casualties as several of the hastily made ladders crack under the weight. Hoplites fall to their death and the others are outnumbered upon the wall. It takes a quarter of an hour before Tactitos leads his own men to the rescue and routs the militia. With the gates open cavalry and chariots burst into the city as well. The remaining militia and Libyans gather in the agora where Tactitos comes to
      meet them. Hoplites and peltasts smash into the Punic troops and despite the disparity in quality and numbers the Punic troops manage to hold their ground. But the Cyrenaican cavalry and chariots hit their rear and put an end to the resistance. Those that are not killed quickly surrender to the victorious Tactitos and his army. The entire city is sacked by the Greeks, all movable property is taken along with any ships in the harbor which haven't fled. Another city in Sicily has fallen to the enemy.....


      Casualties-

      Solous Militia-
      Total


      Satrap Tactitos-

      1,500 Mercenary Hoplites
      200 Libyan Spearmen
      500 Illyrian Peltasts
      300 Sicil Peltasts
      50 Hippeis






      Further South of Theveste-

      The Punic army continues its march, but most Libyans seem to have fled from the immediate area. Further investigation by scouts leads them to believe the Libyans have concentrated in a larger force....
      First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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      • #33
        Thanks for the game , but I cannot continue.

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        • #34
          Are my little girls ok??

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          • #35
            Game Thread-Krateros Goes West




            The Battle off the Maltese Islands





            Imperial Navy-



            55 Quadriremes

            100 Triremes





            Punic Navy-



            44 Quadriremes

            160 Triremes



            The Imperial Fleet had sailed forth from Leptis Magna heading in the general direction of the island of Sicily. Thousands of rowers and many marines rotated to stretch their legs on deck as the wind gave their ships a good push forward, making oars rather unnecessary at the moment. There were many Carians, Greeks, Egyptians, and even Phoenicians among the crew that sailed these ships. Despite their diversity they communicated well enough, and the journey had went smoothly so far. Then a lookout aboard one of the scouting triremes blew a horn and within minutes the entire fleet could see what the fuss was all about. Over 200 Punic warships had come into view, all sleekly designed triremes and quadriremes built for speed and precision.



            Neither admiral flinched at the thought of battle and orders were quickly given and the fleets began to take shape. The Macedonian admiral decided to use a variation of Epaminondas' tactics and put his right flank and center into echelon formation. Effectively refusing it to the enemy, and hiding behind it was a reserve of 15 ships that were to defend against a flanking maneuver. The left flank was made up entirely of all 50 of the quadriremes of the Imperial Navy. They were to be the hammer with which the Macedonians broke the Punic fleet. 15 triremes were kept on the right flank as well by the Macedonian admiral.



            The Punic approach was rather simple. 20 triremes would attempt to hit the Macedonians in their left flank while the rest of their fleet approached in line formation to attempt a massive diekplous.



            Macedonian Left Wing/Punic Right Wing





            The two fleets approach each other slowly as they assume their formations before the Punic flanking force on the Punic right is met by the 15 Macedonian triremes stationed behind the Macedonian quadriremes. They exchange arrow, slingshot, and javelin fire before the Punic ships suddenly rush in to ram. The outnumbered Macedonian triremes are hit hard with five of them rammed in the first minute of the attack. The Punic ships are not looking to board and they continue to crush the hulls of Macedonian ships with their rams. Two Punic ships are rammed by the end of the fight, but 12 of the 15 Macedonian triremes are sinking and the others decide to flee the battle. With the enemy routed the remaining Punic triremes continue their flanking maneuver...



            Macedonian Left/Punic Right



            The Punic quadriremes and triremes now try to execute their diekplous on the Macedonian left flank. Many of the smaller triremes are hit by ballista fire, and many marines and a few rowers are impaled by the giant bolts. However, the diekplous is successful and the Punic ships open holes in the Macedonian formation. The sides of Macedonian quadriremes are smashed in by bronze Punic rams and water gushes into the ships. Many rowers are drowned at their benches, a fair few not knowing how to swim at all. The outnumbered Macedonian quadriremes continue their fight despite the penetration of their line, but the flanking Punic triremes are fast approaching.





            Macedonian Center-Right/Punic Center-Left



            The Macedonians have refused this part of their line, which means battle isn't joined here until after battle has been engaged elsewhere. The Punic triremes ignore the Macedonians that are echeloned farther back and instead penetrate their lines closer to the center. Here the Macedonians are not outnumbered and they give a fairly good account of themselves. They lose more ships than they sink, but the fighting is rather fluid. The Macedonian triremes have lost their formation, but in the melee that follows a number of Punic ships are shown what a well handled Macedonian ram can do. However, events elsewhere effect the fate of this struggle....





            End Game-





            The Punic triremes have finally found their prey and their rams smash into the Macedonian quadriremes from the rear and flanks. The entire Macedonian left crumbles and those ships that don't flee are quickly sunk or captured. The victorious Punic ships now turn towards the Punic center and sink or capture any ships that are still fighting. The Macedonian admiral sees that the tide of the battle has gone against him and quickly extricates his remaining reserve and right wing from the battle. The order for chase is not given and instead the Punic fleet rescues sailors and repairs any damaged ships. Prizes are rounded up and the victorious Punic fleet heads to Carthage for water, food, and timber for repairs. The long anticipated naval battle for control of the Western Medditteranean has taken place and Carthage has emerged victorious. A large part of the Imperial Fleet remains undamaged, but without a large building programme or heavy reinforcements it is unlikely that the Imperial Fleet will again rule the seas.





            Casualties-





            Carthage-



            4 Quadriremes Sunk

            28 Triremes Sunk





            Macedonia-



            10 Quadriremes captured

            35 Quadriremes Sunk

            40 Triremes Sunk

            5 Triremes Captured

















            Aerae Philanorum-





            After a night's rest Krateros and his cavalry pursue Manzyk Irk and his followers as they retreat further into Punic territory. Manzyk Irk had not expected this pursuit, but abandons his other plans in favor of fleeing from Krateros and his men. The chase continues for days on end with Krateros falling a little farther behind every day before he finally halts at Leptis Magna and delivers a letter....



            The elders of the city council of Aerae Philanorum have been convinced by Krateros' victory on the field outside the city and they surrender the city to him. Krateros allows his men leisure time in the city and forces the new subjects to pay for the equipment of 500 spearmen of their own. After a week or so of recruiting around 500 men have volunteered for the honor and they are armed with quality arms and armor. Their training begins as soon as they are assembled and they are named the First of Aerae. A call is sent out for mercenary hoplites to assemble at the newly conquered city, but due to the distance from any Greek population centers it will take a month for these men to assemble.



            Libyan Diplomacy-



            The army of Libyans has advanced taking back the villages conquered by Carthage and they near Theveste itself. They receive the envoys sent by Krateros and listen to them with curiosity. It is not known what terms they were offered, but their demands are that Carthage evacuate Theveste in exchange for peace. They indicate that if Carthage refuses to immediately evacuate the city they will march to war. The Libyans camp several miles south of Theveste as they await Carthage's answer.





            Leptis Magna-



            Several thousand Macedonians are left in Aerae Philanorum as the rest of the Macedonian infantry march to Leptis Magna. The army seems to have expected a surrender, but with a number of Punic warships in the harbor surrender is refused immediately by the Punic admiral.



            The Punic cavalry nearby begins a campaign to burn, carry away, or destroy any food or anything else of use to Krateros and his men. The majority of the countryside northwest of Leptis Magna is stripped and a smaller patrol of Numidians near Aerae Philanorum absolutely lays waste to the land. The scorched earth policy of Manzyk Irk is quite successful, but Krateros still has access to enough supplies to feed his men well enough.









            The Battle of Segesta



            Carthage-



            500 Gallic Noble Cavalry

            500 Gallic Merc Light Cavalry

            500 Tarantine Cavalry





            Tactitos-



            450 Hippeis

            400 Noble Sons

            500 Cyrenaican Light Cavalry





            The Gallic mercenary light cavalry posted outside of the city of Solous attack any and all patrols coming out of the city. Tactitos is left blind and he decides to clear the way for his army. He leads both his heavy and light cavalry forward to drive the Punic light cavalry away. For over a day the Gallic light mercenary cavalry retreats as Tactitos drives them back before they reach a plain with several copses of trees. With the Gallic light cavalry still in retreat Tactitos continues his drive forward, but suddenly over a thousand additional Punic cavalry emerge from the copses of trees.



            Gallic nobles charge forth from the woods with lances in hand charging for the rear of Tactitos' cavalry as they yell their barbarian warcries. Greek hippeis meet their charge and Gauls and Greeks are unhorsed as the two sides meet with an ungodly crash. The fighting is rather even as heavily armed Gallic nobles duel Greek cavalrymen in bloody combat.



            The Tarantines and Gallic light cavalry charge from the front loosing javelin after javelin into the ranks of the Noble Sons. Many of the sons of the nobility of Cyrenaica fall impaled by javelins from barbarians and their fellow Greeks. An attempted charge by the Noble Sons is only met by more javelins and they are forced to retire. The Gallic nobles have started to be hit with javelins from the Cyrenaican light cavalry and with assistance from the far more numerous Punic light cavalry they manage to withdraw themselves from the melee. Tactitos has taken heavy casualties and retires back towards his own army with his light cavalry covering his retreat. Punic forces pursue for a short time before plundering the battlefield and returning to their own force. Carthage has managed to bloody Tactitos' cavalry arm with a well planned ambush, but is a larger battle looming on the horizon?





            Casualties-



            Carthage-



            200 Gallic Noble Cavalry





            Tactitos-



            200 Noble Sons

            200 Hippeis

            100 Cyrenaican Light Cavalry













            Sicily-



            With the Cyrenaican cavalry defeated Gmanicus marches forward with his now reinforced army. Thousands of men and horses offer battle, but both Kolja and Tactitos have reconsidered their choices. Their armies withdraw back into their cities without a fight. The Punic cavalry continue their blockade of both cities. All messengers, patrols, and food convoys are intercepted and destroyed.
            First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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            • #36
              Alright I'm waiting on one person's orders and everyone's OOBs. Every faction will turn in an updated OOB with their orders both land and naval. This will save me hours and hours of work and migraines.
              First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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              • #37
                Turn 6

                Sicily-

                The Sicilian theatre is rather quiet compared to other fronts. Punic light cavalry keep watch upon Panormus and Solous, but there is little to watch. Kolja and Tactitos' soldiers stay within their cities waiting for a Punic attack. However, no such attack comes and both sides merely watch each other ever so closely.

                A Punic squadron heads East along the coast and manages to capture a few merchantmen before heading in the direction of Cyrenaica....



                Cyrenaica-

                Near the end of the turn over 60 Punic warships are sighted off the coast of Tauchira. Marines swarm from the warships and they begin to loot or destroy anything they can. Manors, crops, and smaller villages are looted and burned. Many Greeks and Libyans are taken as slaves by the Punic marines as they destroy the countryside of Tauchira. A few coastal merchants and a couple of round ships are taken as prizes at sea as well. The end of the month comes and the marines are still busy with their mission of destruction....


                Kraterid Diplomacy-

                Krateros announces an amnesty for all Greek, Libyan and non-Punic slaves presently held within Punic territory. They are now freed, to become effective when Macedonian authority reaches them. This does not preclude future slaves being taken into this area, but those that are here are (and will become) free men, women and children. Any slave leaders holding Punic territory at the time Krateros' forces reach the area will gain title to them under the Satrapy-to-come.

                The Libyan subjects of the Punic empire have been unfairly subjugated for centuries. In recognition of this injustice (and with thanks to our Libyan friends) we grant them a one-year amnesty from regular taxation from the time they come under our authority, following which they will be taxed at the same rate as anyone else who lives in the Satrapy and have the same access to gaining citizenship.

                These announcements make freed slaves and Libyans avid supporters of Krateros and the Argead Empire. Former Punic citizens and others are still unenthusiastic, but Krateros now has an active part of the population that supports his rule.


                Oea-

                Carthage takes its scorched earth policy to an entirely new level. Citizens, slaves, and movable property are evacuated to the nearby Sabratha for the time being. Whatever cannot be moved is destroyed or burnt. All the manors, farms, and other buildings are burnt to the ground. Then as the last few ships leave the harbor the city itself is engulfed in flame as the people evacuating look on....


                Aerae Philanorum-

                Numidians continue to launch raids on the city's farms and manors, but Krateros' garrison chooses to remain inside the city. Farmers and many of the other residents have decided to evacuate themselves to Aerae Philanorum.


                The Assault of Leptis Magna-

                Leptis Magna-

                3,000 Militia Spearmen
                1,000 Militia Javelinmen
                220 Punic Marines


                Krateros-

                2 950 Silver Shield Hypapists
                12 000 Phalangites
                500 Mercenary Greek Hoplites
                2 950 Indian Longbowmen
                2 000 Agrianians
                300 Libyan Javelinmen
                1 000 Libyan Spearmen



                Leptis Magna has refused surrender which forces Krateros to finally assault the city itself. A few hundred Punic marines bolster the city's poorly armed militia, and they ready themselves to attempt to repel their Macedonian attackers. Krateros leads his Silver Shields on an attack of the enemy gate while the other phalangites assault the other three walls. Indian longbowmen sweep the walls with heavy fire as Krateros and his men reach the walls with his ladders. Grizzled Macedonian soldiers climb the ladders and attack those militia who are defending the walls. They stab forward with their spears and several Macedonians fall, but these veterans have never known defeat. Krateros and his men flow over the wall killing with extreme efficiency. Only the Punic marines put up a decent fight, but their small number means the Silver shields butcher them quickly. The remaining militia quickly surrender and Krateros makes sure there is no massacre and no looting. The conquered city pays a tribute of 100 talents initially with regular taxes to follow on a monthly basis. The small Punic squadron in the harbor fled when it was obvious that the city would fall.


                Casualties-

                Carthage-
                Total


                Krateros-
                500 Macedonian Phalangites
                50 Silver Shields




                Numidians continue their raiding and burning of the countryside throughout the month. However, none dare to actually attempt to assault the cities themselves.


                Sabratha-

                Lykurgos is given command of the infantry as they march for Oea. Numidians have roamed the land for months, burning everything in their path. Food is fairly scarce and foraging takes much longer than it usually does. Lykurgos reaches Oea only to find a smoking pile of rubble where the city had used to be. Discouraged, but not defeated Lykurgos marches to Sabratha which he reaches just as the month ends...


                The Battle of the Libyan Plains


                Libyan Army-

                1,000 Medium Libyan Cavalry
                6,000 Libyan Javelinmen
                4,000 Libyan Axemen
                20,000 Libyan Spearmen


                Carthaginian Army-

                Libyan Force-
                500 Liby-Phoenician Cavalry
                500 Citizen Cav
                1000 Numidian Cavalry
                1000 Mercenary Hoplites
                3500 Iberian Scutari
                2500 Celtiberian Swordsmen
                2000 Numidian Slingers
                1000 Numidian Skirmishers
                500 Iberian Caetrati
                2000 Liby-Phoenician Spearmen
                1000 Lusitannian Light Infantry
                10,000 Libyan Spearmen



                Manzyk Irk's Troops-
                2000 Numidian Slingers
                2000 Numidian Skirmishers
                2000 Psiloi
                500 Numidian Archers
                500 Balearic Slingers



                Krateros-

                1 900 Thessalian Heavy Cavalry
                700 Sarmatian Heavy Cavalry
                1 300 Scythian Horse Archers



                Diplomats were sent by Carthage to the Libyans to negotiate a peaceful end to the situation that they found themselves in. Yet, the Punic diplomats gave demands that were extremely unrealistic and after over a week of bargaining they suddenly just left the Libyan encampment. The Punic reinforcements had arrived and now the Carthaginians were eager to take the field. The Libyans withdrew, but towards the end of the month they stopped and prepared for battle. Over 60,000 soldiers were on the field readying for battle. Libyans readied their axes and spears while Carthage's mercenaries also prepared themselves polishing and sharpening their varied weapons. The Libyan chieftain looks upon his men and speaks to his warriors with passion. "They're only fighting for the riches they can gain, and because they love to make our people fight for them in their wars by force. We fight for our freedom, to be free of this tyranny and to no more fear. If we determine to die here today we will hold them, and beat them, and make them respect us for what we are. And never forget, we have a legendary ally, and I have received word that he is coming with his cavalry....cavalry that broke a Punic army twice their number. The Carthaginians can be beaten.....now we just have to do it." The Libyan warriors cheer smashing their weapons upon their shields as ready themselves for battle.


                Punic Left Wing/Libyan Right Wing

                All of the Libyan cavalry have been massed on this wing. The majority have lighter armor, but they do carry lances to use. Balearic slingers advance and take them under heavy fire, the Libyan cavalry decide to charge to stop the deadly fire as lancer after lancer fall from their mounts. The slingers retreat behind the cavalry as Numidians toss their javelins and the Carthaginian citizen cavalry meets the Libyan charge. Despite the numerous casualties taken due to missiles the Libyan cavalry still outnumber their Punic counterparts and they're beginning to push the Punic troopers back. However, a charge by the caetrati and Celtiberian swordsmen utterly routs the Libyan cavalry. With the Libyan cavalry retreating the left wing now goes to flank the Libyan right...


                Punic Left/Libyan Right


                Skirmishers here trade javelin and slingshot fire pretty evenly, but the greater number of Punic skirmishers and the presence of slingers gives them the edge. The Libyan javelinmen are forced to retreat and equal numbers of Libyan spearmen crash into each other on both sides. Despite Punic missile fire the clash between the spearmen is rather even and no side seems to have an advantage. However, the Punic left wing is closing in on the Libyan's right.


                Center

                Nearly 10,000 Libyan spearmen clash with hoplites, scutari, and Liby-Phoenician spearmen in the center. The Libyan javelinmen screening the center are hit hard by javelins from the scutari, but they too throw the javelins they have before withdrawing. Despite being outnumbered by nearly 3,000 men the Punic mercenaries carve a bloody swathe through the Libyan ranks. Hoplites march forward crushing all opposition in their path and Iberian scutari use their falcata to cut down a number of the lightly armored Libyan spearmen. The Liby-Phoenicians have a much harder time of it and they take a number of casualties, but the success of the hoplites and scutari forces the Libyans engaging the Liby-Phoenicians back. The continued Punic attacks in the center are simply too much for the Libyans and their center breaks....



                Punic Right/Libyan Left

                Many slingers of both Balearic and Numidian origin as well as a number of Numidian javelinmen engage the Libyan javelinmen. The slingstones wreak havoc among the lightly armored Libyans and eventually they are forced to retreat. The Libyan spearmen who are now advancing are hit hard by the Punic missile troops before the two equal groups of Libyan spearmen reach other. The Punic right wing seeks to flank the Libyan spearmen, but nearly 4,000 axemen block their advance. Celtiberians, missile troops, and cavalry assault these axemen to enable them to continue their flanking maneuver, but they hold despite taking a number of casualties. On the horizon is a cloud of dust and the Libyans shout the name of the legendary warrior, Krateros.


                Endgame


                By this time the Libyan right has been flanked by the Punic left wing. The Libyans simply cannot hold under such tremendous pressure and they break formation to flee for their lives. The Libyan center has also broken and the Punic army pursues aggressively, but despite appearances the battle is not yet over.

                Krateros rides at the head of his entire cavalry force his banner whipping in the wind above the heads of his men. The Punic stalling had allowed them to reinforce their army, but it had also allowed Krateros to ship his cavalry as close to Theveste as possible before galloping to the site of the battle. Messengers exchanged between Krateros and the Libyans had managed to let him intervene on their behalf. Seeing the situation before him Krateros knew the battle was lost, but something could be saved from the mess. Only the Libyan left has managed to hold and it seemed that without help they too would soon fold. Krateros charges across the plain with his Thessalians and Sarmatians while the Scythians provide cover fire. The Punic cavalry, Celtiberians, and missile troops that have engaged the Libyan axemen are taken in the rear and slaughtered as Krateros and his elite heavy cavalry smash into them. Within mere minutes they are routed, but the Punic general brings forth his reserves and the center and left are coming Krateros' way as well. Despite this Krateros' mere presence allows the Libyan left to withdraw without any major casualties. This action saves a large enough part of the Libyan army for them to still be a potent force. However, Carthage has won the field on this day and taken a number of prisoners. Not one person can dispute the resounding victory won by Punic forces on this rather bloody field.



                Casualties-

                Libyans-

                700 Medium Libyan Cavalry
                3,000 Libyan Javelinmen
                500 Libyan Axemen
                8,000 Libyan Spearmen killed
                5,000 Libyan Spearmen captured

                Carthage-

                100 Citizen Cavalry
                500 Liby-Phoenician Cavalry
                500 Balearic Slingers
                1,500 Celtiberian Swordsmen
                1,200 Numidian Skirmishers
                750 Numidian Slingers
                2,000 Libyan Spearmen
                400 Liby-Phoenician Spearmen
                200 Scutari

                Krateros-
                50 Sarmatian Heavy Cavalry
                First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov

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