The Rise And Fall Of The House Of Jimius

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Chapter IX – 223-218BC

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223 BC – Macedon Mashed 

Byzantium sally with 2000 peasants and gladiators. It turns out even gold-heron peasants flee if facing anything stronger than a mild breeze. This is one of those massacres.

Upon marching triumphantly into the city, 13,000 Macedonians are put to death, hopefully reducing it to a managable size. This is the last enclave of Macedons, and barring the recovery of their DNA from amber or something, they are effectively extinct. Only the second nation to go down, y’know. A small all-cavalry scouting force succeeds in losing to a group of Gauls hovering near Narbo Martius.

222 BC – Greece Gone and Numidia Knocked Out 
Now to terrorise the Hellenese, the Athenian troops board quinquiremes and beach up at Rhodes. Possessing an onager as they do, they attack immediately, and the Greeks, vastly outnumbered, have little hope, even the traditional crippling armoured general charge only killing a few hundred Romans. The Gauls make one last attempt to rescue their capital, striking out at Marcellus’ sieging army, but he’s having none of it. The Spanish take the last Numidian outpost of Tingi. 

221 BC – Germania Griefed 
The Britons finally subdue Germanic resistance, taking Domus Dulcis Domus.

A lot of this turn is dedicated to mopping up rebel pockets that have sprung up around the empire. I’d forgotten the rustic wholesomeness that is dealign with rebels with your own two hands.

After one particularly bloody battle, I get a general promoted! Yay! His name is Publius…oh God why?! 50 years in, y’know. The game stats have me as holding 27 regions, having won 107 battles and lost 47. That’s a lot of losses ¬_¬ 

220 BC – Carthage Carnage 
Can no-one stop the march of the Spaniards? They reach across the ocean to take Palma and crush Carthage. Oh good, the Scipii have declared war on them. Ignore what I just said. 

Seems stuff is going a bit stagnant so war with Brittania is called for. They hold all the old Germanic places so they’re no pushover. That’s why I took the precaution of moving 3 stacks of troops north, pre-emptive lyk. Spearheading the invasion is Captain Herius, who begins the game with a sieging of Mogontiacum. The Brits immediately fight back, and oh God, chariots.

My normal pre-charge tactics of darting around the enemy with cavalry have to take a back seat. Instead, the order of the day is harassing the only parts where there’s no chariots of death – the flanks. Teaming up with a unit of warhounds, a few warbands are taken out. To deal with the inevitable chariot charge, the second line of my troops (behind the legions) is skirmishers and spear auxilia, which rush forward to swamp any chariot charge when it happens.

Finally, cavalry wheel back around and crush the Brits from the flanks inwards. Mwuhaha. 

Now come the other two stacks. Marcellus from Gaul sieging Samarobreva, Quintus Julius II from Dacia sieging Vicus Gothi.

Again the brits react violently, attacking Quintus and he manages to shrug off some heavy casualties to lead them to a fine victory. Vicus Gothi enlists. 

219 to 218 BC – Closing the Net 

Quintus and Herius move around, soaking up Briton counter-attacks, while Marcellus storms into Samarobreva. Both sides’ infantry are caught in a churning melee by the gate, from which basically nothing emerges, both exhausted troops fleeing after taking horrendous losses. Then the archers are sent in to mop up. Turns out arrows are very good against light chariots, by the way.

Trier is sieged and the Brits are getting squeezed out of mainland Europe unless they can do something drastic.


Written by jiiiiim

December 2, 2008 at 7:00 am

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