The province of Novempopulonia lay on the borders of Seniira and Nequam reasoned that if he could defeat Lord De La Warre in battle the people would rise up to greet him as liberator, sharing language and custom with the folk of Seniira.
The battle was joined along the banks of the Phaedrum river. Lord De La Warre had selected an area of rough terrain, in an attempt hamper the Seniiran heavy cavalry, but Priceps Alerio had skillfully maneuvered to minimise the effects.
|Phaedrum River, rocky terrain to the left, gully in the center.|
The Seniiran line had been arrayed in a Counter Attack formation. The Veterans and infantry in the center, the bulk of the Auxiliaries on the right flank with the last unit of Auxiliaries on the left with the Skirmishers. The Eskelin Mercenary Knights made up the reserve.
The Seniiran center, with Alerio Nequam in the lead, moved forward with the Auxiliaries advancing along both flanks. In response the Treyine Archers deployed stakes and Lord De La Warre raised the Spear of St. Lindorf and wheeled the Foot Knights to face the Seniiran Auxiliaries while Sir Alaric Fitzhugh came up to support.
|Disposition after turn 1.|
|End of turn 2, the Seniiran scrying spell has gone UHF.|
|A better shot from the Treyine perspective.|
The Auxiliaries on the Seniiran right attempted to hold Sir Alaric and Lord De La Warre, but were outflanked and driven from the field by the armored juggernaut. In the center the Infantry extended the flanks around the Veteran assault and managed to drive of one unit of Archers with their pila. The other Archers were bloodied but unbowed and let loose another flurry of point blank fire into the Vetrans which saw Lord Alerio Nequams own unit turn tail and run. Festus leveled another Blast Spell at Dansforth and the Arquebusiers, making them ignominiously quit the field. The Archers on the Treyine center left wheeled to face the Seniirans while the Hykar horse drew back to cover their movement and harass the Seniiran Infantry. The Eskelin Knights rode up out of the gully and revealed themselves.
|End of turn 3, not looking too good for Seniira.|
The Eskelin Knights wheeled and began a thunderous charge toward the exposed flank of the Treyine Foot Knights. The horsemen drooled at the prospect of riding these effeminate tin cans down, but it was not to be. Later in song it was said that St. Lindorf himself came down and startled their mounts, no one knows for sure, but inexplicably the horses shied and the devastating charge was stopped short of being driven home. Lord De La Warre wheeled his Knights to face the enemy and Sir Alaric counter charged chasing the Eskelinese from the field. The day was lost and mercenaries are not the champions of lost causes. While the Veterans and the flanking Infantry were able to drive off the Archer who anchored the center right of Treyine, the combined firepower of the Archers and Hykar Horse drove off the Veterans and the other remaining unit of infantry. Festus thought that discretion was the better part of valor and ordered the Auxiliaries to turn around and retreat. Thus Seniira quit the field and Tryine was the victor.
|The field is conceded to Treyine.|
Alerio Nequam would regroup. Treyine was a more formidable foe than he had expected, but his destiny would not be denied.
The battle was pretty quick and bloody. It took longer than it appears to play because I was fumbling around for rules and the like, but the actual action was less than an hour. I'll be posting over on my blog more of the rules mechanics and thoughts on how well I followed the rules. Hope you enjoyed. And Heroes are really tough as can be seen from this and the Mirholme civil war.