The tribune looked disapprovingly at his new command. He had left the pleasures of the Almalfi coast for this “ promotion”, four cohorts of the most disreputable wretches this side of the Great Wall. And the mission for these sons of Mars? Rescue a caravan of merchants from a clutch of shepherd’ huts on the Road North.
Flavius and his only dependable soldier!
Johan Wodenhammer saw his prize. Enough spice, amorphas of sweet wine, and gems to win him his own kingdom. With the caravan in his clutches, life would begin again. But, from the South of the farmstead, he heard the unmistakable noise of horses, and that meant his prize would have to be fought for!
A lordship or a return ticket to Italia!?
The Roman horse dug their spurs in to gain ground on the Saxons. They were on the hillside to the North but as yet unaware of the relief column. The “Roman” foot soldiers, mainly drawn from local homesteads , grumbled and cussed as they tried to keep up with the equites.
Flavius had a plan in mind. The hill to the west would house the archer cohort. One troop of horse would test the mettle of the raiders whilst a more experienced turmae looked for a flank.
The Saxons we’re going to mass for a single punch toward the prize. Speed was needed but the thought of cavalry gave the raiders pause for thought.
The leading Roman horsemen charge the Saxon. Arrows fly but fail to find a mark. Flavius curses his men for not keeping their bowstrings dry in last night’s downpour.
The charge was ill- timed. Falling short, the Roman riders had to spur their blown horses forward again to reach the Saxon shield wall.
Only two riders survived the melee. Death means nothing to these raiders! Flavius would need a new stratagem against these Saxons if even the lowly warriors could wreak such havoc!
The equestrian Flavius had no alternative plan. With his honour slighted, the proud Roman sent another unit into the fray.
Jeers rose from the Saxon. Was this the best the Roman could do? Finally the Roman officer saw sense and controlled his pride.
The Roman foot gave succour to the traders. No doubt a few gems would be missing from the manifest. Flavius would need to combine his troops to slow these Saxons. The wall would aid the defence.
The Saxon warlord had been directing his warriors but is found hanging back as the raiders decided that the archers must be silenced.
Years of patrolling the frontier had hardened these Romans into masters of blade as well as bow. After dispatching the Saxon warriors they went on to hit Johan with a well aimed arrow.
The arrow in Johan seriously affected the greedy Saxon. He would not risk his chosen men against the walls of the Croft. Having seen his warriors cut down by arrows, Johan treacherously sought sanctuary behind is own archers and called for his own hearth guards back from the attack. The veterans would not appreciate the chance to act as meat shields to the would be warlord!
Flavius saw his chance of achieving enough Virtus to get himself home. Charging with all that he had left in his trusty stallion, Flavius charged the barbarian archers and slew six in seconds!
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You always know when you have had a good game when both players go off and buy more figures. I sent for more Saxons, a tough adversary and John /Johan went for Scots- Irish. Perhaps the javelin bog dwellers would be more suited to John’s default style of play. The SAGA rules certainly reward the player who can use the boards most effectively and that was certainly John on this occasion. We may yet see Johan Knock- knees return to the North?
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Off to the beach now to get rid of those Northern chills! I wonder if Flavius made it to Almalfi????
Best Wishes for a happy Summer
Looking forward to next Freya’s day!