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Welcolme, Rawfan, to your first Warmaster battle! Your instructions are below, and good luck commanding!

The Backstory

It is the year 280 BCE. You are Pyrrhus of Epirus, ruler of a small kingdom in modern-day Albania. Your cousin was Alexander the Great. Your ally, the Greek colony of Tarentum, on the sole of Italia's boot, has asked you to help it in a struggle against a new rising power: Rome. You have amassed a massive army with help from your allies in Greece and Egypt, and in exchange for loads of money, you sail to Tarentum. Once you arrive, you immediately learn that an army of Romans in on it's way, and they outnumber you. But before you try to fight them, learn of your army, and decide how you want to deploy it.

The Epirote Army

The Infantry

Phalangites

Class: Pikemen

Number of Troops: 15,000

Primary Weapon: Pike

Secondary Weapon: Shortsword

Tip: Alexander the Great used his phalangites to fight the Persian infantry while his cavalry punched through the flank of the enemy and trapped them between foot troops and horse. Pikes are also really good against cavalry and chariots, but are slow and weak from the flank or rear.

Hypaspists

Class: Heavy Infantry

Number of Troops: 3,000

Primary Weapon: Spear

Secondary Weapon: Shortsword

Tip: Use on the flanks of your phalangites, because they are more mobile and therefore can counter any attack on the pikemen's sides, where they are vulnerable.

Levy Spearmen

Class: Spearmen

Number of Troops: 5,000

Primary Weapon: Spear

Secondary Weapon: Shortsword

Tip: Use as army fodder to make the initial contact with the enemy before using your more elite phalangites and hypaspists. They are slightly good against light cavalry, and are very fast as well, with little armour.

Illyrian Skirmishers

Class: Missile Infantry

Number of Troops: 1,000

Primary Weapon: Javelin

Secondary Weapon: Shortsword

Tip: Use to harry the slower enemy infantry with javelins, but then get them out of enemy range, because they aren't very good at melee combat. As mercenaries, the Illyrians will not be very willing to fight, only here, like the rest of your army, for money.

Archers

Class: Missile Infantry

Number of Troops: 1,000

Primary Weapon: Bow

Secondary Weapon: Dagger

Tip: In grouped numbers, the archers are very effective, especially against slow infantry. Try to get them on your army flanks, since most of the melee fighting will actually be in the center.

Peltasts

Class: Missile Infantry

Number of Troops: 5,000

Primary Weapon: Javelin

Secondary Weapon: Dagger

Tip: Use as fodder, but try not to get them into melee battle. Peltasts are really good against other archers, however, so use that ability well!

Cretan Archers

Class: Missile Infantry

Number of Troops: 1,000

Primary Weapon: Bow

Secondary Weapon: Shortsword

Tip: Mercenaries from Crete, so they aren't very willing to fight. Don't be afraid to get them into melee combat; they have scale armour, helmets, and shields for protection, but don't let them get overrun by cavalry.

Rhodian Slinger

Class: Missile Infantry

Number of Troops: 500

Primary Weapon: Sling

Secondary Weapon: Dagger

Tip: The Rhodian Slingers have chainmail armour and shields, but are still weak against heavy infantry and most types of cavalry. Use the slingers against other archers and light infantry.

The Cavalry

Thessalian Cavalry

Class: Heavy Cavalry

Number of Troops: 4,000

Primary Weapon: Lance

Secondary Weapon: Kopis

Tip: Use to lure the Roman cavalry away from the battlefield, while your infantry fight each other. Be warned, though: NEVER attack the Roman spearmen with cavalry.

Tarentine Cavalry

Class: Missile Cavalry

Number of Troops: 1,000

Primary Weapon: Javelin

Secondary Weapon: Kopis

Tip: These troops are reluctant to have you as commander, since their true allegiance is to Tarentum, but they will fight your fight none the less. Use to harry the Romans and screen the advance of your infantry.

Indian Elephants

Class: Elephant

Number of Troops: 20

Rider's Weapon: Bow

Elephant's Weapon: Tusks

Tip: This is the key to success as Pyrrhus. The Romans have NEVER fought elephants before, and know nothing of how to defeat them. Alexander the Great defeated elephants using his pikemen, but the Romans don't have very many of those! Be warned, though: The elephants can run amok and might turn into your own lines and harass your own soldiers if they are frightened! Luckily, your soldiers riding the elephants are armed with daggers so they can put down the beasts on command, if necessary. However, try to make sure they run amok into the ROMAN lines rather than YOUR OWN.

Pyrrhus of Epirus

Class: General

Number of Troops: 10

Primary Weapon: Lance

Secondary Weapon: Kopis

Tip: This is Pyrrhus and his bodyguard. They are very powerful in combat, and any soldiers near them will have a great boost of morale. Pyrrhus is a determined war king and his presence on the battlefield will have a tremendous impact, especially since the Roman leaders rarely do the same.

Your Enemy

You know nothing of what troops the Roman Republic is bringing into the battlefield, but from what you have learned from the generals in Tarentum, the Romans prefer to start off battles with a screen of skirmishers throwing javelins, followed by one line of javelin-wielding spearmen called Hastati who will have the first impact. Heavily armed swordsmen called Principes will follow, and if they are not enough against your forces, their pikemen, the Triarii, will be called into fight. Their horsemen prefer to chase your own cavalry away from the battlefield, because the Roman strength is in their infantry. You already know that the Romans have a lot of mercenaries with them, and they outnumber you.

If you want, you can send scouts to search for the Roman army and learn of it's size and strengths.

Prepare for Battle!

At Heraclea, you are waiting for battle. Your first step is to create a formation. If you want to use abbreviations for your different units, here is what you will use:

Phalangites: Phal

Hypaspists: Hyp

Levy Spearmen: LeS

Illyrian Skirmishers: IS

Archers: Arch

Peltasts: Pel

Cretan Archers: CreArch

Rhodian Slingers: RhoS

Thessalian Cavalry: ThesCav

Tarentine Cavalry: TarCav

Indian Elephants: IE

Pyrrhus and his Bodyguard: Pyrr

  • Phalangite
  • Hypaspist
  • Levy Spearman
  • Illyrian Skirmisher
  • Archer
  • Peltast
  • Cretan Archer
  • Rhodian Slinger
  • Thessalian Cavalry
  • Tarentine Cavalry
  • Indian Elephant
  • Pyrrhus of Epirus (His Bodyguard look the same)

After this is complete, you can send scouts to ride past the enemy, but make sure they aren't caught and killed! If they survive, you will have information and a good number of your enemy troops. SO LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!!!

Raw's battle

Rawfan's Battle Formation

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