13. The Great War Part 2: The fall of the Getai
The Getai had been reduced to 2 provinces by Cleon but his army was quite depleted and 3 Roman armies were on their way to Greece. Cleon received reinforcements from Pella and defeated the last of the Getic armies. However, their final city was well defended with over 30 000 heavily armed Thracian warriors. This made an assault too risky as he knew that on the walls the Thracian blades would cut his army apart. After some deliberation he decided to withdraw and wait for the King. Nikeratos arrived just as the Romans began besieging Cleons forces and his horse-archers came out of the blue and overwhelmed the first Roman army. It was a massacre. The head of the consul was thrown into the camp of the second Roman army which caused a panic. Nikeratos then surrounded the Roman camp and rained flaming arrows down on them for 3 days. A majority of the army was killed trying to break out.
The third Roman army was more cautious but Nikeratos had another trick up his sleeve. Out of no-where a vast German horde attacked the Roman legions and they were routed by the sheer surprise and ferocity of the attack. The Getai were destroyed by the combines armies of the Sweboz, Nikeratos and Cleon. The Romans had conquered most of Germania and the displaced German horde had been invited by Nikeratos to settle down in An-Kink. This created a buffer state for the Seleucids. Instead of a long slogging match in Europe, the Germans a created a huge buffer which restricted the war to the north near Germany. Several generals were sent to the Roman-Germany/Sarmatian/Seleucid border to invade Germany. Meanwhile, a fleet of 500 ships had arrived at the port of Ambrakia and 100 000 men marched into Greece from the East awaiting the orders of their King. Fleeing from the city of Carthage, a lone stranger arrived in the camp of Nikeratos. A bitter man, filled with hatred of Rome. A legendary figure who had only a decade ago marched his army over mountains to Reach Rome. That man was Hannibal Barca