Friday, May 16, 2008
Campaign for the Kingdom Pt. III
On a cold and rainy day, two armies collided at Old Digby Hill. The new king Rutiger was only able to muster is household troops along with Sir Maurice's troops and gaggle of mercenaries. Facing him was his formerly loyal commander, Lord Roderick. Roderick fared no better calling up troops on that miserable day. Only Sir Archibald (who had been on the losing side constantly since the campaign started) and a mercenary from the north, Ulric arrayed for battle.
Rutiger's army held the hill, with the river Digby on his right and the town of Dumfries anchoring his left. Roderick would be faced with an uphill fight he couldn't get his enemy to charge down after him. So, he decided to task the mercenary Ulric to take the hill.
From the start Ulric was hesitant to move. Though he urged them on from the front, the northern troops stayed rooted the spot. Eventually they would move up, only to be showered with arrows and driven from the field.
The rest of the battle was a bloody mess. Most troops on both sides broke and ran at the slightest damage or were killed to a man in one round.
In the end, though it initially looked close, Roderick's army broke first. He was hunted down later and executed. His son, Roderick the younger swore revenge. Sir Archibald was rewarded or his lackluster performance by the king.
Thanks to all who made it out. I love these rules....