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The Conquest of Bohemia and Moravia

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The Conquest of Bohemia and Moravia
Bohemia and Moravia had long been around Europe, and had been part of many great Empires. But now, they have no real leader and are fractured into tiny lordships.
With the blessing of the Cardinals of Rome, King Tobias III will lead a campaign into Bohemia and Moravia to unite the two under one banner; The banner of Sielburg. Bohemia and Moravia are small Kingdoms, with several lords fighting against the King and eachother for power.

In order to strengthen Europe and to further strengthen and unite Christendom, Tobias will conquer the regions of Bohemia and Moravia, which are riddled with internal strife. Bohemia and Moravia are small Kingdoms, with several lords fighting against the King and eachother for power. His conquest will be bolstered by the armies of Varasd, who will also help conquer these lands, gaining territories whilst doing so.

Two armies will be sent to conquer these lands. The first army will be commanded by the King himself. The second will be commanded by Prince Matthias. These two armies are made of the soldiers of the King and the Prince, as well as the troops of the Lords of Sielburg.

Map of the Conquest:

Red Arrow - Army of the King
Burgundy Arrow - Army of the Prince

The King's army numbers to 8,000 men. They will be joined by the infamous knight, Sir Mark. Lord Bernard De Fannicci of Trento and his men, as well as a detachment of troops from Lord Jon of Munich and Innsbruck.

The Prince's army numbers to 5,000 men. The Prince will be aided heavily by Count Jacob Bruschwiettër, and will be joined by Lord Johan of Linz and Weis and his men.

Prince-Grand Master Stephan Konjski of Varasd, or more specifically, the Order of St. George, will be aided by General Aldwyn, Count Reuben and Commander Vajk Aba. The Order of Saint George will send an overall of 8,000 men. This army shall consist of 2000 units of heavy cavalry, 2000 units of light cavalry and 4000 infantry units.

Characters
Sielburgians
King Tobias III - King of Sielburg (Sielburg)
Prince Matthias - Prince and Heir of Sielburg (Sielburg)
Sir Mark - Heroic knight of Sielburg (Auvergne)
Lord Bernard De Fannicci - Lord of Trento (Sielburg)
Count Jacob Bruschwiettër - Important General of Sielburg (Sielburg)
Lord Johan - Lord of Linz and Weis (Sielburg)

Varasdians
Prince-Grand Master Stephan Konjski (Varasd)
General Aldwyn (Varasd)
Count Reuben (Judah)
Commander Vajk Aba (Varasd)

Bohemians
King Emaus - King of Bohemia (Sielburg)
Lord Jan - Loyal Lord to the King of Bohemia (Auvergne)
Lord Pavel - Disloyal Lord to the King of Bohemia (Sielburg)
Lord Vilem - Disloyal Lord to the King of Bohemia (Sielburg)

Moravians
King Jerolim - King of Moravia (Sielburg)
Lord Mikulas - Loyal Lord to the King of Moravia (Sielburg)
Lord Karel - Disloyal Lord to the King of Moravia (Sielburg)
Lord Stanislav - Disloyal Lord to the King of Moravia (Sielburg)


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Post by Grand Auvergne on Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:34 am

Jan loved theses lands. The air he was breathing, the ground he was walking on, the mountains, the rivers, the forests, the houses of Prague and the sun setting over them. Jan has been a bit of a traveller when he was younger, but in the end, from the Flanders to Poland, from the Dane's marchs to the Mayars lands, never he felt so much connexion to a country than with Bohemia itself. It was his birthplace, it was his blood, his soul.

But sometime, he felt like God was testing his love. Like last night, when he had to announce to King Emaus the decision of the Cardinals, and the somewhat surprising alliance between the Germans of Sielburg and the Varasdians. The king was not pleased, to say the least. One day he was asked "why do you still follow him ? What has he ever done to deserve this loyalty ?" it was not without anger that he answered "because he's the king !" But with every passing year he could only see the land a king was supposed to protect and unite struggle and destroy itself with petty squabble. Yes, Emaus was the king. But perhaps if someone else was...?

Jan chased the thought out of his mind. It was not the moment to think about such things. In the name of the king, Jan called for all the nobles and free men that were still loyals to join him. The army was forming and when Jan looked at it from the wall of Prague, he could only think "so few". The aggression was coming from all sides and all there was left to protect Bohemia was some pikemen, a few archers, some horses... the last of the loyalists. Men of honor and determination, if nothing else. Jan will lead them, to the mountains, where they'll reach the conclusion of their faith in their kingdom, where they'll fall or stand. Most of them hailed from christians famillies since a hundred years, since Cyril and Methodius. Another reason why Bohemia, and also Moravia, were so devided : paganism was still strong and in revolt against the kings, christians themselves.

But nontheless, Jan couldn't let divisions be in such times. He has sent messages to the disloyal nobles, asking for them to forget for one moment the conflict between them and the King, and to join him to defend what was ultimately their land too. Jan didn't expected much from this plea, to the contrary he was certain many would choose the invaders side, like the rats and traitors they were.

Jan also sent another letter, but to the King of Moravia, who was facing the same threats. Since months, he tried to negociate a marriage between the two kingdoms, to seal an alliance. But now, they needed to report the marriage and focus on the alliance. If Jerolim accepted, there could still be a chance to resist, to save both realms. The same problem as with the renegades lords : united we stand, divided...

He couldn't wait in Prague the answers to his pleas and offers. King Tobias and Prince-Grand Master Stephan Konjski were coming and it would have been bad for an host to not correctly recieve them. For now, Jan would retake the old forts in the mountains that had been abandoned since the weakening of the kingdom. He couldn't defend all sides so he choosed to go to Sumava, or Bohmerwald as the Germans called it. To meet the army of the Sielburgian and to stop them there, where numbers wouldn't matter so much. It couldn't be called a "risky bet", because a bet would imply there was another choice. If Jan decided to defend the cities, if he let the Germans and the Croatians reach the plains, then it was over. Numbers would wipe them all. So, in Sumava they'll go.

"Only God can save us now." thought Jan, before leading his army to the mountains. None of the soldiers was having any illusion, it was the price of their loyalty, to die in battle. With the fear of not knowing if the traitors would use their absence to attack their houses and famillies.
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Re: The Conquest of Bohemia and Moravia

Post by Guest on Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:59 pm

King Tobias III
With the King and his army right on the border of Sielburg and Moravia, he ordered his captains to go over final inspections of the troops. He ordered his men to form up, and he then left for his own tent, as his captains inspected the soldiers, to look over the plan of the conquest yet again.

After a few minutes, he sent a messenger to Sir Mark, asking that Mark makes his way to the King's tent with no further information.

Prince Matthias
The Prince and his army had recently crossed the border, and were making their way to the grasslands of Bohemia. However, while marching, a scout came running down as fast as he could. Prince Matthias halted his army, and waited for the scout.

When the scout arrived, he took a moment to regain his breath before speaking.
"My Prince, you must stop immediately! The Bohemians are held up in Bohmerwald which blocks our path." Yelled the scout.
The Prince was a decent tactician, and so he was able to fully understand the situation. Sumava was full of forestland and extremely mountainous. He knew that if he sent his men to attack the Bohemians in the forts in this type of terrain would have meant certain death. It was impossible to move around them, and so that idea was scratched completely. Then it hit him. Starve them out.
"Very well. You've done your job well, scout. I'll see to it that you receive wealth when we're done here. He spoke. He turned around, and began to shout.
"Alright men! Our path is blocked, and so, we will not be able to pass through without defeating those who block it. I want you soldiers to begin building a fortified camp. Count Jacob, please come with me. We'll need to discuss a few things..."

Lord Vilem
Vilem became disloyal to King Emaus after seeing what a weak ruler he was. He could no longer stand to have his homeland ruled by a brute with no leadership skills. Having taken some land in Northern Bohemia, he decided to remain there. However, he was surprised to receive a letter from his old friend, Lord Jan.

He read it, and understood the dire circumstances they were in. He had to make a decision...

That decision was to agree with the proposal, and thus, with several hundred men, he began to march to Sumava. He left a few men behind just in case Emaus tried something.

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Post by House of Judah on Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:13 am

Count Reuben

Reuben stood atop the hill where Prince-Grand Master and his generals had their tents and gazed north, towards his home, towards Riga and his wife. He had only just taken the banker's daughter as his bride. She was beautiful and, more importantly, she was brilliant. Not only had she her father's mind for administration, she had read widely. Scripture, Plato, Geber... endlessly into the night they could speak on all manner of subjects, though in truth he far more greatly preferred the nights they didn't speak, merely sat together in the great chair of his study by the roaring fire.

And yet here he was, miles from Riga and the warmth of his wife, once again on campaign. Reuben was grateful to Stefan. The man had been kind to his family, even with the knowledge of their... peculiarities when compared with the other families of Europe. He was certain the Stefan had kept their secrets, no matter how they might have discomforted him. Still, a small resentment had built. He had spoken at length with the Prince-Grand Master about his desire to give up the martial lifestyle, to remain in Riga and tend his fields, raise children of his own.

He sighed and turned back to his tent and entered it. He would write his wife and hope that the moon would not change too many times before they once more embraced one another.
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Lord Pavel
As Pavel walked outside of his keep, he felt the warmth and beauty of his homeland. The rolling mountains, the beautiful skies above him, the wonderful green trees that amassed on Bohemia. All were a sign of the land he needed to protect. Having received the letter from Lord Jan, he had to clear his mind. There were several options, and the choice was hard. If he sided with the Sielburgians, perhaps Bohemia would have a chance at seeing peace. With a solid ruler at their head, maybe Sielburg would be able to save Bohemia, and give it another chance at prosperity?

Perhaps, but he'd be labelled a traitor if he did. He would be disliked by many of his people, and many of those people have sided with King Emaus.

Pavel hated Emaus, and would work tirelessly to see him removed from power. He had brought nothing but foolishness and division to Pavel's beloved homeland. However, it was his homeland being invaded, and he needed to protect it. He would be loved by the Bohemians for staying true to them. A noble reward, but one he won't have. He could not put aside his hatred for Emaus, and would rather die than work with him. He could maybe defeat the Sielburgians, but do it for Emaus? Never.

He could also stay neutral, but then, Sielburg or his own kind would come for him.

Then it was decided. He would side with the Sielburg. He'd rather be called a traitor than see no peace in his lifetime. His army numbered to nine-hundred, only small, but nonetheless useful. He would send two messengers. One to Jan to deliver his decision, and one to King Tobias III, to describe his plans.

King Jerolim
Jerolim was a fair and just man, but he was soft and weak. Thus, he was afraid to fight. But, Moravia was under attack, and the King needed to step up. He was rallying troops when the message from Lord Jan was brought to him.

He read it, and knew that this was a chance at success, if not a valiant stand. So, King Jerolim would send a message to Jan describing his willingness for cooperation. The message would ask what their course of action was.

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Post by Grand Auvergne on Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:14 pm

Sir Mark :

"You have called, my liege ?" Asked the Champion to his Master who came by as soon as he received the message from Tobias.

Lord Jan :

With many worries, Jan opened and read the letters he recieved this morning. He had no doubt Jerolim would agree with an alliance, but the lord couldn't answer immediatly to him, for what they would do in the future depended a lot of how the battle for the mountains of Sumava would go. As for the answer of Pavel, it wasn't really surprising either. And yet, it had awaken an old anger and bitterness that Jan had almost forgotten. The closer they are to you, the more unforgivable a traitor is and when Pavel announced, years ago, that he was no longer vassal to Emaus, never a treason seemed so unforgivable to Jan. The two lords shared a real love for their land and Jan had thought at the time Pavel would stay true to his serments if not of loyalty, then at least for his land. The worse is Jan was trully certain the renegade did it all, even to side with the invaders, out of love for his peoples, but no love could bought back the honor Pavel had sold for nothing.

At least now the situation was clear. Except for Vilen. The other "disloyal" lord whose betrayal was the final straw that finished to crumble Jan's vision of the world, long ago. He cherished his friendship with Vilen and believed that he could count on him, even with all the others lords betraying their kings, Vilen and him would stood for what's right. They didn't and Jan was left alone.

That Vilen answer didn't arrived yet put fear in the heart of the loyalist. Could he stand against his old friend if the situation came to it ? Maybe. Years in service of Emaus left him broken and cold enough for such task.

"My Lord ?" Jan was forced to abandon his dark thoughts by the call of the messenger. "Yes ?" He asked back.

"The reports of last night are true : The Sielburgian are led by the Prince Matthias and are four thousand men strong. But they did not engaged in any pass yet. They have installed their camp and seems to be waiting for something."

Jan thanked the messenger and gave him the authorisation to leave. Strange, the lord thought. Maybe Matthias was waiting for reinforcements before engaging his army in the mountain range ? Maybe. While in any other situation, Jan wouldn't have made any move and let the Prince and his army just stood there, because being surrounded on one side wasn't much of a bother, Matthias wasn't leading the only invading force and if Jan simply stood there, there wouldn't be any Moravia left to defend.

So, he started thinking and writing down orders and gave to his captains. Mid-day was closing in when one man on the tower of the fort started yelling. "It is Lord Villem and his army ! They have raised the colors of Moravia !"

Jan stood there a moment, not believing what he heard. "Open the doors ! Let him enter !" He ordered and so did his soldiers, not sure if it wasn't just a plan of the renegade to inflitrate their fort and backstab them, like he did before. But Jan still welcomed with open arms and a smile the lord.

"Sir Vilem ! My old friend ! So long it has been since the last time we saw each other ! I am overjoyed that you return to us at last, your absence was unbearable."

Jan was trully joyfull and didn't care that the blazon of Emaus weren't with thoses of Bohemia and Vilem. All that mattered was that Vilem came. His friend was no traitor, they will once again stand side by side. He punished himself mentally for doubting of him and for cursing his name so quickly this morning. He felt like a thirsty man finding fresh water in a desert. After all theses years, he was no longer alone. He hasn't be betrayed. Old wounds started to heal.

Its in this state of joy that Jan invited his old friend to enter his quarters where they spent the rest of the day discussing strategy, tactics, and what to do next.

"That Wilhem does not engage now is a chance for us." Explained Jan to his friend. "Tell your men to rest for the day, for now that you're here, we will not loose any more time. I have already gave orders for, during the hours before dawn, when the night is at its darkest, to attack the camp of our ennemy. With you we are three thousands, 1000 of us will stay here, in the forts, and keep the fires alight like all our troops where still there. Then, the 2000 others will go silently and raids the Prince's base. The surprise and the obscurity will be in our favors, their men won't even be armed for the most. To kill and capture them is unthinkable, but we can rout them out and maybe, yes, maybe, take the Prince of Sielburg as our prisoner. If we do, then we have a chance to negociate with the ennemy. We can end it here and now ! Are you with me, my friend ?"
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Post by Guest on Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:48 pm

Lord Vilem
Vilem smiled at the thought of the plan.
"Great! We might be able to rout their army. How many men do they have, and what fortifications does their camp have?"

Prince Matthias
After a few hours in his tent, he came out of it, along with Count Jacob, to see that the camp was built, with several strong fortifications like walls and gates that were capable of holding off an enemy. He decided to relay an order to his men:

'Spend the rest of the day resting in and guarding the fort. Shifts will be assigned by your captains. Tomorow, we will begin encircling the fort and raiding supply lines. However, we're in enemy territory, so sleep with your weapons right beside you, or you may not see the next day.'

King Tobias III
"Greetings Mark. As you know, tomorrow we will attack th forst batch of Moravians, and I want you to keep my men alive. I trust you with making orders in the front lines, unless I order something. Secondly, I was thinking about making you a lord if this campaign is successful."

At that moment, a messener came in, bowed and let a letter on the table before leaving, seeing that the king was busy. Tobias took the letter and read it.

"Smart man. Well, give me your answer, and then I must tell you about some delightful news."

Lord Mikulas
Sweat dripped down Mikulas' face. He was praying, and had been praying for hours on end. Tomorrow, he'd be facing the army of King Tobias. He knew that this batte would result in a loss, but there was a passage in which he could escape to the lands of Jerolim. Jerolim's territory, however, was behind both disloyal lords. This meant that they would have to face Tobias before Jerolim would have to.

But, he was not at ease for the battle that was coming...

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Post by Varasd on Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:33 pm

Prince Stephan:

The journey through the Carpathians was rough, yet still easier than going to the Baltics and back. The Prince took his father's Orders to march to war in a rather annoyed mood, as he was more focused on setting up his Order in Lesser Poland than march once again. He rode up to Reuben for a quick conversation:

"Reuben, my good friend. Soon we arrive in enemy lands. Commander Aldwyn has fallen sick - I will need you to command the Knights until he gets better. Vajk will, for a change, be in command of the infantry, while I lead the Hungarians. It's about time for a change, don't you think? "
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Post by Grand Auvergne on Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:41 pm

Sir Mark :

"Sir, it will be an honor to lead your men to victory !" Proudly announced the knight. It was true, even if he preferred to be on the front, charging with his company of freemen the ennemies of his master, staying behind to watch over the battlefield wasn't what he liked, even if he had done it before and will do it again since it was his King's order.

Mark almost smirked, thinking about the faces of the other nobles at the announce it was the King's champion that will lead them. The "knight" was an outrage to all them, some lowborn walking among them and acting like he was their equal. Yes, it was a pleasure for Mark to do so, to see them almost spit bloods everytime he was there, while they couldn't do anything about it -even if God know never once Mark wasn't extremely cautious about his meals, preferring to eat with the footmen than with the nobles or secretly switching his plates when he couldn't refuse an invitation to a banquet or a diner- No, of all of them, only the King and his son found any favors in his eyes. Wasn't they the ones that accepted him in their services, always treating him with kindness and respects he hadn't foudn anywhere, even from his father ? No, there was no other Masters he would serve than the Kötterlot. That was a promised he made long ago, and that he will keep to the very end. No matter what titles other would give him, be it "Knight", "Champion" or even "the King's Dog".

"And what are thoses good news, my Lord ?" asked Mark.

Sir Jan :

Meanwhile, Jan explained to his friend, the renegade lord Vilem, what plan he had in mind for the Sielburgians. Both of them spent the rest of the day perfecting it, while their men rested and waited for their orders. Once the sun was gone to the other side of the horizon, the Bohemian started firecamp, around which they had their meals, talked, joked and slept. From afar, thoses fires would stay strong and numerous for the rest of the night. Even when, once midnight had passed, secret doors were used to get wholes companies of soldiers out in the night, swiftly moving amidst the trees and the darkness. Jan and Vilem were among them, leading thoses two thousands men taken from differents forts to their destination : Matthias Fort.

Fences of wood throning over ditchs, towers raised for the guards to watch over the mountains, tents for four thousands men and their luggages, wooden gates to secure the all. It was a well made camp, but Jan knew how to dispose of it. With their unpainted shields, all pieces of metal covered in tissus so light won't reflect on them, plants, leafs and muds all over them, the Bohemian stood silents. They were ready.

Jan raised his hands to his mouth and immited a wolf screaming to the moon. It was the signal. Almost immediatly, a hail of fire arrows rained on the camp, and the two groups of Bohemian, each a thousand men strong, charged, spears and shields raised, without a scream or a warcry. They threw dirts and wooden planks over the ditchs and two rams, two big trees trunks they had cut some days before, hiding their true nature by collecting woods for the fires at the same time. One the ditchs were no more, men with axes or torches came to tore down the walls, while under the protection of their colleagues with shields. All the while, arrows, with fire or not, kept on raining over the camp, randomly hiting the tents and the men insides. Some lucky ones spread their fires over the reserves and other inflammables structures.

The battle just started and Jan, watching it from the forest, prayed for God to stay on the side of the Bohemian.
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Post by House of Judah on Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:09 am

Varasd wrote:Prince Stephan:

The journey through the Carpathians was rough, yet still easier than going to the Baltics and back. The Prince took his father's Orders to march to war in a rather annoyed mood, as he was more focused on setting up his Order in Lesser Poland than march once again. He rode up to Reuben for a quick conversation:

"Reuben, my good friend. Soon we arrive in enemy lands. Commander Aldwyn has fallen sick - I will need you to command the Knights until he gets better. Vajk will, for a change, be in command of the infantry, while I lead the Hungarians. It's about time for a change, don't you think? "
Count Reuben

"If my Prince wills it," replied Count Reuben. There was a tiredness to his voice. "My Prince, you know well that I march under your banner and not Christ's, but I wonder if this is proper task for the Order. True, there are heathens a plenty in Bohemia and Moravia, but their lords are Christians. Our column marches to pit Christian against Christian in a struggle for power, not faith. I have no objection to the fight, such as it is, but I question if this is the best use of a Christian fellowship. Though King Tobias may have the blessings of Rome to claim the lands as his own, this seems to me the petty squabbles of feuding nobles. Why do we march to build his strength and not yours or the Churches?"
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Post by Varasd on Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:48 am

House of Judah wrote:Count Reuben

"If my Prince wills it," replied Count Reuben. There was a tiredness to his voice. "My Prince, you know well that I march under your banner and not Christ's, but I wonder if this is proper task for the Order. True, there are heathens a plenty in Bohemia and Moravia, but their lords are Christians. Our column marches to pit Christian against Christian in a struggle for power, not faith. I have no objection to the fight, such as it is, but I question if this is the best use of a Christian fellowship. Though King Tobias may have the blessings of Rome to claim the lands as his own, this seems to me the petty squabbles of feuding nobles. Why do we march to build his strength and not yours or the Churches?"

"I understand your concerns," said the Prince-Grand Master after a heavy sigh. "But we need make a name for our Order and show the heathens of the world that we are a force to be reckoned with. The Church has given legitimacy for the Order of Saint George and so we must never fail to answer the call to arms by the Church." The Prince thought for a while in silence, then spoke again, in a more natural tone. "Besides, we are still bound to my father, the King. It is he who gave support to King Tobias and not us, but we are the ones to fight this war. It does not sound fair but that is the way it is. Believe me, I was furious to hear it too - he only gave reasons for his decisions after I have asked several times, saying that now his forces are needed for a different cause. But at least it is not only the Order who is fighting, several Hungarian tribes are joining us. At least they know how to fight."

Meanwhile, the Order of Saint George marched straight into enemy territory, with minimal amount of resistance. It was Stephan who planned it so - he delayed the arrival of his troops so that the Bohemians and Moravians would already be focusing on the Western armies, yet the war wouldn't be over yet. The Order stopped to besiege every wooden- and hill-fort they've found to besiege it and win the locals over. So far, no major battles occured and most skirmishes by won by the Hungarians - if nothing but because of their superior numbers over the defenders.
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Grand Auvergne wrote:Sir Mark :

"Sir, it will be an honor to lead your men to victory !" Proudly announced the knight. It was true, even if he preferred to be on the front, charging with his company of freemen the ennemies of his master, staying behind to watch over the battlefield wasn't what he liked, even if he had done it before and will do it again since it was his King's order.

Mark almost smirked, thinking about the faces of the other nobles at the announce it was the King's champion that will lead them. The "knight" was an outrage to all them, some lowborn walking among them and acting like he was their equal. Yes, it was a pleasure for Mark to do so, to see them almost spit bloods everytime he was there, while they couldn't do anything about it -even if God know never once Mark wasn't extremely cautious about his meals, preferring to eat with the footmen than with the nobles or secretly switching his plates when he couldn't refuse an invitation to a banquet or a diner- No, of all of them, only the King and his son found any favors in his eyes. Wasn't they the ones that accepted him in their services, always treating him with kindness and respects he hadn't foudn anywhere, even from his father ? No, there was no other Masters he would serve than the Kötterlot. That was a promised he made long ago, and that he will keep to the very end. No matter what titles other would give him, be it "Knight", "Champion" or even "the King's Dog".

"And what are thoses good news, my Lord ?" asked Mark.

Sir Jan :

Meanwhile, Jan explained to his friend, the renegade lord Vilem, what plan he had in mind for the Sielburgians. Both of them spent the rest of the day perfecting it, while their men rested and waited for their orders. Once the sun was gone to the other side of the horizon, the Bohemian started firecamp, around which they had their meals, talked, joked and slept. From afar, thoses fires would stay strong and numerous for the rest of the night. Even when, once midnight had passed, secret doors were used to get wholes companies of soldiers out in the night, swiftly moving amidst the trees and the darkness. Jan and Vilem were among them, leading thoses two thousands men taken from differents forts to their destination : Matthias Fort.

Fences of wood throning over ditchs, towers raised for the guards to watch over the mountains, tents for four thousands men and their luggages, wooden gates to secure the all. It was a well made camp, but Jan knew how to dispose of it. With their unpainted shields, all pieces of metal covered in tissus so light won't reflect on them, plants, leafs and muds all over them, the Bohemian stood silents. They were ready.

Jan raised his hands to his mouth and immited a wolf screaming to the moon. It was the signal. Almost immediatly, a hail of fire arrows rained on the camp, and the two groups of Bohemian, each a thousand men strong, charged, spears and shields raised, without a scream or a warcry. They threw dirts and wooden planks over the ditchs and two rams, two big trees trunks they had cut some days before, hiding their true nature by collecting woods for the fires at the same time. One the ditchs were no more, men with axes or torches came to tore down the walls, while under the protection of their colleagues with shields. All the while, arrows, with fire or not, kept on raining over the camp, randomly hiting the tents and the men insides. Some lucky ones spread their fires over the reserves and other inflammables structures.

The battle just started and Jan, watching it from the forest, prayed for God to stay on the side of the Bohemian.
King Tobias:
"Well, I just received a note that the renegade Lord Pavel will fight for us. I have sent a letter back, telling him to remain in his territories. However, he will help us in our battles with the other Lords. Shall we trust him? What say you?"

Prince Matthias:
Matthias had awoken to the screams of dying men who had been pierced by arrows. He immediately grabbed his sword and put on some of his armour before joining the other men outside. He saw that they were being attacked and that he had to devise a plan. Thankfully, most of the men had heard his advice of having a sword right next to them, so they were armed with swords and shields. Some even had the time to get some armour on. He called orders to his men, and set up a tactical defence. The regular tents were set in three rows, with an alleyway every fifteen tents. He ordered that his men fill up these alleyways, and that they present a shield wall to the attackers. Archers would go to the back, and fire back at their attackers. This way, they'd be able to hold their opponents at several important choke-holds. Behind them were the supply tents, so they could easily access them if needed. They also made sure that they were a small distance between the alleyway and the tents, so that they wouldn't be burned alive by the fiery tents.

The Prince began: "Men! We will hold these points with our lives! We will not fail, otherwise, we will lose, and our campaign shall end before it has begun! Take the bastards down as soon as they come flooding in, and watch out for each other. They have not seen this line of defence, so when they burst through the walls, they'll be surprised, and that is our moment! The archers will fire a volley, and they will charge right into our walls. We shall hold them back, and our archers will take care of their archers. We must be victorious!"

With this, the men grunted, and presented their shield walls. Meanwhile, the archers began to prepare their bows. The Count himself joined the defence, and began to rally the men.

The battle had begun, and the Sielburgians were now prepared.

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Post by Grand Auvergne on Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:55 pm

Sir Mark :

"I do not know the Bohemian Lords, so I do not know how much we can trust him. But I agree with you, he would be better behind the ennemies ligns. But I would say, we shouldn't be too quick to give him our trust. Traitors are usefull but dangerous men to play with.

Sir Jan :

Jan looked at the battle, behind the cover of the foresty hill. At first the attack was going well, but soon, the germans bowmen managed to appear on the little wooden towers. They took heavy casualties but managed to make each drop of their blood costly for the slavs. The momentum of the bohemian was stoped and slow them enough for the germans to prepare their defenses despite the fire taking over large parts of the camp.

The Bohemian managed to open multiples breach in the walls and the doors, but the shieldwalls were ready. The slavic warriors charged into them, kicking and throwing spears, but despite some weakness here and there, the Bavarian stood their ground. Many of the assailants died for very minor gains.

The momentum, and the surprise, was lost. Jan turned to one of the men around him and ordered him "Announce the Retreat." The man nodded and blew a horn. The grave sound resounded in the piedmonts of Sumava. The rear guards of the Bohemian was the first to obey, and most of the army followed, with only thoses figthing directly with the Bavarians unable to flee. The archers, still hidden in the forest, doubled down their efforts to cover them.

So, the Bohemian returned to the mountains forts, leaving behind many deads and a half destroyed camp. Some groups stayed in the forest, to cover the retreat of the others and attacks and Sielburgians trying to pursue them and Jan returned to the fortress he was using as his main base, looking at his depleted troops. He had hoped too much of the assault, but at least they didn't lost everything.

It is at this moment messengers came about Prince Matthias advance through Bohemia. Jan sat down and thought. the situation was undefendable. Soon, Prague will be in danger and the city was almost defenseless.

"Vilem." Said Jan. "you and your men stay with me. Half of my men will return to Prague, to defend the city. We will try to hold the lign here for now." He then turned to one of his helper. "Prepare your pens, we are writing to the Prince of Varasd."
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