IMPERIAL LEGION OF ROME
MUMMIES & UNDEAD OF THE NECROPOLIS OF STYGIA AND LINEAGE OF SOBEK
Battle played in the week of 18 to 24 May 2020
Headquarters of the Naran Team Turin
We played with armies of 4000 points and 1500 points of magic (Ars Arcana) each.
The armies were represented respectively by 147 miniatures of the Imperial Legion of Rome and 123 miniatures of Mummies & Undead of the Necropolis of Stygia and Creatures of Sobek, for a total of 270 miniatures. .
You can see in the following pages the complete lists of the miniatures of the two Armies employed in the battle:
STYGIAN UNDEAD AND SOBEK WARRIORS
The Scenario: De Bello Stygiano.
The emperor Augustus entrusted the mission to carry out an expedition to Stygia to the Legate Caio Cornelio Gallo, in order to reach the mysterious city of Tjeb, which is said to have been abandoned for many centuries, near which gold mines would be found.
Augustus obtained the consent from his friend Pharaoh Ramses to send a small fleet in the Coral Sea to Baranis, a fortified port city, the last southern bulwark of the Kingdom of Khem, from where the Legion commanded by the Legate Gallo will then continue towards Tjeb, after stopping in Beja, an ancient Khemita outpost abandoned for centuries. From there, the Legion will march towards Tjeb, facing the scorching sands of the disturbing and mysterious Bayuda desert.
Someone at the court of Ramses, who in the shadows acts as a spy for the Stygians, learned of what had been agreed between the Pharaoh and the Roman Emperor and informed the Satrapo of Ombos, Hem-netjer Sobek. He alarmed the Undead garrison located in the Alaqi oasis, commanded by the vampire queen Anach-Neferet. In reinforcement, Hem-netjer Sobek sent a contigent of his Sobekyr of the Ombos garrison to Alaqi. The Stygians will not allow the Romans to arrive in Tjeb.
The arrival in Tjeb.
When finally, after many days of grueling march in the desert, towards evening, the Legion arrived in sight of the ruins of Tjeb, by order of the Legato Gallo, the camp was placed near a small oasis. The evening passed quietly. After a frugal meal, the Romans retreated to their tents sheltered by the fortified field.
Towards the end of the night, at the fifth hour, the three Wizards attached to the Legion made the Legate wake up, to inform him that they had perceived the arrival of an enemy army. To the stunned Legato, they reported that the enemies appeared to be Undead and other terrible creatures.
The alarm went off immediately in the camp. Gaio Cornelio Gallo gave orders to his Tribunes and the Legion took sides for the battle to face the enemy army, who had already lined up.
Outcome of the clash in terms of points:
The battle ended with a "VICTORY" of the Undead and Krokodyr Army (Sandro) :
The Imperial Legion suffered 3555 loss points(Sergio);
The Army of Stygian Undead and Krokodyr suffered 2631 loss points(Sandro), with a difference of 924 points in its favor.
Starting the battle on the penultimate hour of the night penalized the Legionary Throwing Units, which suffered from the "Bad Light" were less effective in the first two turns. Furthermore, the outcome of the clash was greatly influenced by the fact that the Legion had fewer Giant Creatures in staff than it could have deployed (only one: the Giant Elephant), while the Stygian Army of Darkness had four: the powerful "War Sphinx", a Giant Crocodile, a Half Giant Sobek and a Half Giant Undead. He also deployed three units of Giant Creatures: one of Giant Mummies, one of Knights on Giant Cobra and one of Giant Warriors of Sobek, against a single one deployed by the Romans (Giant Minotaurs).
The terrible Sphinx engaged in combat and then killed the Giant Elephant, thus leaving the Giant Crocodile, deployed on the other side of the army, free to massacre first Giant Minotuars and then Roman Knights. To cope with the dangerous gap left uncovered by the eliminated Giant Elephant, the Cabal of the three Wizards was forced to evoke a supernatural Entity, which manifested itself in the form of a Giant Eagle, which then managed to eliminate the dangerous War Sphinx, but being in turn eliminated and driven back into its astral dimension. It was then recalled again by the Cabal of the three Wizards.
The Entity then returned and was committed to stopping the very powerful Knights on Giant Cobra Unit, which in turn had eliminated the Praetorians on horseback.
The Kabbalah of the three Undead Stygian Magicians also in turn evoked a supernatural Entity, obviously dark, which manifested itself in the form of a Giant Demon and attacked the Vendhyan Elephant and the Forest Elephant Unit behind it, the which had already eliminated the undead's war chariots and were breaking through on the left side of their deployment.
What made the situation more difficult for the Legion was the abandonment of the battlefield by one of the two Cohorts, whose components fled as a reaction to a failed morale test (1 on 1D6), when there were no more Priests who they could have "summoned the Gods" to attempt to rerun the test. They immolated themselves, together with their Clerics, invoking the Gods several times to save the Giant Elephant and then the Knights of the two "Elite" Units (Praetorians and Cataphracts).
In Rome, where the news of the scorching defeat has already arrived, in the Senate everyone still has the impression that the attempt to conquer Tjeb will be retried. All the Senators are known that on this question the Emperor Augustus is adamant. Meanwhile, on their return to Rome, the survivors of the cohort who left the camp will suffer the infamy of decimation. Even the position of Legato Caio Cornelio Gallo is not the happiest. The high Augustus will decide what the punishment will be for him, even if not all the faults are his, because it was not he who decided which troops to have under his command. He had to face the enemies with those that the Emperor had made available to him. He therefore trusts that the Emperor will take this into account and that he will be merciful.
Another epic battle of Naran Fantasy Wars !