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The Rogues Great Folly - Army to the left, Army to the right, Caught in the middle again

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Some 3,000 Mauryan mercenaries found themselves facing a force of 15,000 soldiers, which became known as the Rogues Army.  The Rogues Army was severely lacking in military leadership, discipline and shared purpose.  For instance certain units were expected to always provide night guard duty.  The Mauryan mercenary army took full advantage of the fractured Rogues Army and their own cavalry to make a night attack on the Rogue Army camp.  The Mauryans would never have made an assault like this one against their regular foes, the Marius army because the Marius always fortify their camps to prevent sneak night attacks. 

 

The Mauryans used all their battle tactics and magic in the assault.  The Rogues Army was almost entirely destroyed.  The mercenaries were killed, captured or ran, never to return to this field of battle.  The Kingdom of Rogues standing army was reduced to approximately 7,000, although many were wounded.  The Mauryan mercenaries suffered minimal loses (less than 100 men killed or wounded).

 

With no other option the Chief Administrator was forced to recall the mercenaries in the Realm of the Seven Ports. and fearing that the nearly 2,000 mercenaries he possessed would be insufficient to remove the Mauryans from his land turned to The Scipion Empire (Skip-I-On) for formal assistance.  The The Scipion Empire (Skip-I-On) did not desire to enter into a direct conflict with either The Realm of Quintus or the Kingdom of Rogues.  Instead they released some of their own military companies to act as mercenary companies in the campaign.  None of the mercenary companies flew the banners of The Scipion Empire (Skip-I-On).

 

The Realm of Quintus also had no desire to enter into direct conflict with The Scipion Empire (Skip-I-On) or their best trading partner.  Instead the Emperor provided a writ allowing his nobles to follow their desires to either aid the Kingdom of Rogues or not.  Many nobles formed mercenary companies and treated the entire affair as a kind of crusade against The Scipion Empire (Skip-I-On).

 

The Mauryan mercenaries took the great city of Florence to use as a military base of operations for the coming war. The city is still under Mauryan mercenary rule. 

 

The Marian mercenaries also took the city of Milan as their base of operations.  Since then the two mercenary armies have conducted raids against each other, their enemies’ home countries and the Kingdom of Rogues

 

Meanwhile the Marian mercenaries that besieged the city of Alexandria decided to stay.  They pillaged, burned and collected sacrifices surrounding Alexandria.  Sacrifices were conducted to Agrik in full view of the citizens of Alexandria.  Victims often suffered for days, sometimes weeks before dying. 

 

Now the Kingdom of Rogues was in a bind in the West were the forces of the Realm and to their East were those of the Empire and sitting in the middle of the two nations was Venice their last great city and capital for the better part of the next year the two nations would war in the heartlands of the Kingdom of Rogues who’s people would suffer great losses as they were caught between two armies who raided and burned farmers fields to feed their forces and starve their enemies.

David Tannen

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