Saturday, 1 September 2012

Summer 991 - The Battle of Lake Corpuscento

The Altengard army switched its line of attack from the areas around the Sea of Strife to the mountainous regions in the north of Capalan. They brought the Capalan army to bay near the shores of Lake Corpuscento. Both armies deployed on hills facing each other.
 Early manoeuvring in the battle saw the skirmishers of both sides attacking each other. The Capalan skirmishers were supported by Vittorio the Victorious. While they pinned the enemy, Vittorio drove in on the flank and routed all the Altengard skirmishers.
 Seeking to offset the loss of their skirmishers, the Altengard general ordered all his troops forward at the double, sending his light cavalry forward to harass the right of the Capalan line.
 The Capalan skirmishers returned to the fray as Vittorio caught his breath. Capalan archers advanced on the left flank in a bid to break up the Altengard charge. It worked.
 The archers were routed but the charge was broken and the Capalan knights were able to do damage to the now isolated Altengard troops facing them.
 Then the Altengard infantry charged up the hill against the Capalan infantry, who suddenly all remembered that they had left pizza baking at home. As one they fled before the enemy's charge. The Capalan general and his city knights were now alone on the hill.
The Altengard army regrouped on the hill. At this point the skirmishers and Vittorio managed to return to the fray. The skirmishers harassed the enemy while Vittorio charged onto the hill and drove straight through an infantry unit.
Vittorio's blood was up. He charged the enemy general and his knights. The Capalan general's unit was badly mauled (blue circle). It and the supporting skirmishers would take no further part in the battle. The Altengard general was holding his own against Vittorio.
The fight on the hill went on as the Altengard infantry struggled to manoeuvre into position to support their leader. It was all in vain. Vittorio's sword lashed out and struck the Altengard general down. His unit routed and with it the rest of the Altengard army. The battle was won for Capalan.

There were no permanent losses on either side and both sides retained their full national morale, so the Capalan League will now counterattack into Altengard territory.

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