Okay, so what I’m planning to do here is sort of a historical account of one of my campaigns. I’ll be pausing every now and again to record events pretty much as they happen, so I don’t have to write loads in one go and the events are fresh in my mind. However, I’ll probably post these things in pretty big blocks. Criticism is welcome and appreciated. Also, feel free to tell me what a noob I am at playing RTW, and please also find it in you to tell me what I’m doing wrong and how to correct it.
I usually like playing Europa Barbarorum but Vanilla campaigns move along a lot quicker and will probably be easier to write a chronicle about. Hope you like it!
In the summer of 270 BC, Tiberius Brutus, Imperator of the house of Brutii received orders from the Senate: Take the Settlement of Appolonia for the Glory of Rome. Though he had been given a five year period to carry out this Mission, he immediately responded by sending his son Amulius to board a fleet docked in the port of Tarentum and cross the Aegean. The ships were under the command of Admiral Marcus. Amulius had a clear grasp on battle command and tactics and was accounted one of Rome’s greatest generals. He ordered Admiral Marcus to land within sight of Appolonia, and proceeded without delay to take the town.
Appolonia was a small settlement without walls, defended by a crude local militia. Amulius stormed the town only losing 10 men in the quick but decisive battle that followed; most of the enemy defenders surrendered.
Later that year, a rebel army was spotted between the cities of Tarentum and Croton. Aulus Brutus, heir to the house of Brutii was promptly sent to destroy them. Aulus was no military man but nevertheless as the heir of his house he was out in the field with an army, endeavouring to gain some glory and this ragtag force of Brigands presented him with a golden opportunity to do so. He led a small but well organized force of Romans against the brigands, who promptly fell back. Amulius pursued and met them in battle soon after. Though he lost more men than was desirable to well aimed enemy javelins, he won a decisive victory to say the least, leaving only one enemy survivor.
Late that year, a Macedonian envoy came to Appolonia and requested trade rights with the house of Brutii. This deal was accepted.
New orders also arrived in Tarentum from Rome, asking Tiberius to send a fleet to blockade the port of the Greek city state of Syracuse. However, Syracuse traded with Tarentum and so Tiberius was rather reluctant to directly cut off this source of income. He also had the safety of Appolonia to worry about, since it was situated not far north from the Greek city of Thermon. However, since he knew that the house of Scipii were attempting to take control of the city themselves, and that the rest of Rome was ready to aid them, he decided to comply with the Senate’s wishes, sending Admiral Marcus and his fleet to do so. The fleet reached the city later that year, arriving not much later than the Scipii army which had moved to besiege the place.
The blockade continued until the beginning of the following year, when the Senate deemed that it had gone on long enough and promised to consider appointing a member of the house into its ranks. They then promptly sent new orders to Tarentum, asking Tiberius to seize the settlement of Salona, which was situated to the north of Appolonia.
In order to do so, Tiberius resolved to send Aulus to take command at Appolonia, allowing his younger, more talented brother Amulius to march north with his army.
Admiral Marcus was sent North to the port of Tarentum, which suited him well since a fleet of pirates which matched his own strength had recently appeared close by. Deciding not to engage in an evenly matched battle, he immediately complied and set sail for Tarentum.
It was at this time that Cassius, son of Amulius came of age in Appolonia. Cassius was ill and completely lacking in talent for command, yet he was appointed captain of the Garrison in Appolonia.
In the latter part of that year Admiral Marcus arrived at the port of Croton, having not been pursued by the pirates, who clearly saw the port of Syracuse as a much easier target. Aulus rode to meet him and arrived in Appolonia that winter. Amulius left immediately, taking his son Cassius with him and leaving Aulus to raise a local militia to keep the populace under control himself, without his guard captain.
Amulius reached Salona early the next year and immediately attacked. The rulers of the city had recruited local mercenaries and pirates to defend them, but it was not enough to stand against a professional Roman army. In the ensuing battle Cassius distinguished himself, riding with his father and leading the equites into battle. The Roman army took light casualties, but they weren’t very severe.
When news of the battle reached Tiberius, he sent Admiral Marcus to pick up Amulius’ army and bring them to Tarentum to be bought back up to full strength, meaning that Amulius also now needed to keep the city under control without the help of a garrison.
When news of the battle reached Tiberius, he sent admiral Marcus to pick up Amulius’ army and bring them to Tarentum to be bought back up to full strength, meaning that Amulius also now
needed to keep the city under control without the help of a garrison.
The Latter part of that year though, bought a few surprises for the house of Brutii. The Scipii had failed in their siege of Syracuse, as the city had strong stone walls and adequate defenders. In response, the Senate once again ordered Tiberius to blockade the city’s port. Admiral Marcus, however, had his own problems. The pirates who had threatened him near Sicily had returned and were now poised to attack once more. The pirate fleet was experienced, and Marcus decided to fall back to the safety of the port of Tarentum, where he could order more ships to be built to aid him. However, a small Greek navy had also appeared in the southern Aegean. Marcus outnumbered them three to one, yet he was not such a fool as to discount them, despite the fact he had no real talent for command.
There was also a new cause for concern in the new Greek provinces of Appolonia and Salona: A small Macedonian force had crossed the Roman border between the two towns. The army was under the command of the 17 year old Macedonian prince Aloeus. Aulus and Amulius decided to wait and see what these Macedonians would do next, rather than meet them in force immediately.
[This is one of those times I’d really like to be able to send a Transgression message]
By the next year, the Macedonians had left Brutii lands, causing Tiberius to surmise that they had either been forced to retreat into his territory, or (as was more likely) they had been a scouting party.
Tiberius had also approved Admiral Marcus’ request for more Biremes, and so now the Admiral prepared to sail against the pirates, who had come to the coast of southern Italy and were within striking distance of both the ports of Tarentum and Croton. However, Marcus decided to only sail to block the pirates, not to attack them. The reason for this was that a Scipii navy had been spotted off the coast of Southern Italy, and he hoped that they had come to aid him in the coming battle as fellow Romans.
However, he was mistaken. The Scipii did not come to his aid, though he still came out victorious when the Pirates assailed him in his first naval battle. The Scipii had in fact come to land a small army in Brutii territory. However, this did not concern Tiberius, as they were of course fellow Romans and allies, and as such they had access to his lands, and he to theirs.
Aulus, however, had a more worrying case of intrusion. A Macedonian army had once again been sighted close to Appolonia, and it was larger this time.
Admiral Marcus, having defeated the pirates in the winter of the previous year had arrived with his ships to take Amulius’ army back to Tarentum. Before much more time passed Amulius would have to decide whether it was safe to leave Appolonia and Salona at Macedon’s mercy...
The year continued and bought bad news for Amulius. A second Macedonian army had marched into Brutii territory and now both were heading towards Salona. Both armies outnumbered Amulius’ and the threat to the city was dire.
Whatever happened next, it was clear to Amulius that war was upon him, and that it would take a great feat of strategy by the house’s finest general if he was to stand victorious. Luckily though, it seemed he didn’t stand alone. Aulus was poised to march, (though he only had a local militia at his disposal) and Admiral Marcus could bring reinforcements from Italy when they were needed. Word was sent to Tiberius that Macedonia had committed an act of war and Amulius set his mind to the task of defending his city.
However, the Macedonians then made a surprise move. The two armies joined up and then marched north, back to the edge of Brutii territory. This presented Amulius with an opportunity. Reinforcements had arrived from Italy (comprising of the army Aulus had faced the brigands with as well as more troops who had been stationed in Tarentum) Amulius rode to take command of them, leaving Cassius in command of his father’s old army and Salona.
The Macedonians were marching north through a mountain pass. Amulius marched north behind them, so that they would not be able to cross back into Brutii territory. Amulius did not seek open war with Macedon, so he did not attack and was content to keep them from returning.
The Macedonian army left the mountain pass and Brutii territory; however the now marched westwards, making for another, wider pass which they could take to emerge only a few miles north of Salona. Amulius once again moved to block them; stationing his army on the road which led to Salona from the north.
However, with all the war preparations Admiral Marcus had been required to ferry troops from Italy to Greece and had been unable to blockade the port of Syracuse as had been scheduled.
It was now early in the new year of 264 BC. It was at this time that Aulus’ son Titus came of age. Titus had no talent for command but was slightly more likely to develop one than Cassius. As it had been with Cassius, Titus was promoted to captain of Appolonia’s guard.
At the same time, Aulus’ 18 year old daughter Paulina was betrothed to a 21 year old Garrison commander named Herius Pompilius. Pompilius had a small talent for command and governorship; skills that Tiberius recognized could be developed if he was accepted into one of the ruling families. For this reason, Tiberius gave his approval for the marriage to be scheduled. As a member of the Brutii house, Herius was given the position of guard captain in Appolonia alongside his new half-brother Titus.
In the latter part of that year the Senate gave orders for Tiberius to send ships to blockade the port at Sparta. Tiberius was hardly content to do so, as an impending war with Macedon had caused him to consider a truce with the Greek city states. As such, Admiral Marcus was not immediately sent.
The Scipii army which had landed in Brutii territory over a year ago was contending with a rebel army which was marching south into Tiberius’ realms. Admiral Marcus had recently arrived from Greece bringing with him the army which had been stationed in Salona. It was now in Tarentum being bought back up to full strength, so Tiberius resolved to send them to aid the Scipii once the retraining was completed.
Presently Admiral Marcus had been sent along with a Roman diplomat to negotiate peace with Greece. (Negotiations were to begin after Marcus and a Scipii fleet had dealt with the scattered Greek ships in the area and then proceed to blockade the port at Sparta as had been requested by the Senate) a small contingent of Marcus’ ships though were sent back to Tarentum to pick up a Roman spy, for the purpose of finding the strength of the Macedonian army which still lingered in Brutii territory. Amulius knew they outnumbered him greatly, but he needed to know if they could outfight him too...
In the winter of that year a Greek diplomat arrived in Salona and demanded that the house of Brutii became protectorate to the Greeks. Cassius refused, and when word of this got to Tiberius he sent word to Admiral Marcus that the blockade of Sparta may need to go on for longer than had been planned.
As far as the near future went, though, there would be no blockade at all, nor any engagement with a small rebel army to the north. When Cassius had refused to have his house become vassals of the Greeks, the Greeks had responded by besieging Appolonia. The ships Marcus had sent to bring a spy to the Macedonian camp was diverted to take Amulius’ old army from Tarentum to Appolonia, and Marcus himself decided to prioritize and use the large amount of ships under his command to stop any Greek reinforcements from reaching the besieged town.
The onset of that year saw two naval skirmishes with Greek ships, Marcus being the victor in both due to his superior numbers. The Macedonians had finally retreated, leaving Amulius free to march south to the aid of Appolonia.
The reinforcements from Tarentum also arrived under the command of General Nero, and the stage was set for the Battle for Appolonia.
The ensuing battle was the largest the house of Brutii had yet faced, involving many hundreds on both sides.
Nero came to the battle with a squadron of equites, (who served as his guard) and several hundred Brutii heavy infantry (who fought in the style of Hastati) Seeing the number of light cavalry the Greeks had bought to the battle, Nero made the first move, charging home against them. However, he got more than he bargained for when his squadron was cut to pieces by enemy slings and javelins. The survivors of the charge broke and fled, but Nero himself was slain by an enemy javelin trying to escape with his men.
Things looked bleak for the Romans when hope was restored by the Arrival of Aulus and his two sons and captains Titus and Herius leading the town’s militia. Aulus knew that his militia were capable of fighting in battle, but he and his two captains were accompanied by a guard of the finest horsemen of their house. Coming up swiftly behind the Greeks, they charged home and first decimated the Rhodian slingers, then split up and moved on to the Greek light cavalry, who fled. The Roman horsemen were too swift for them though, and they eventually caught them and forced them to fight hand to hand. In this they were no match for the mail armed horsemen and fell to the Roman lances. The survivors of the Roman onslaught broke and routed.
All that was left now was the militia phalanx, which had broken apart to deal with both the cavalry behind and the infantry in front. Using cavalry tactics of the Macedonian fashion, the three squadrons charged at the rear of the hoplites, who not being better trained than Aulus’ militia quickly fled. The Roman infantry never engaged in hand to hand combat, for by the time the survivors of the Greek phalanx reached their line, they were severely weakened and unable to withstand the hail of Javelins that met them. The battle was a decisive victory, though it can be speculated that Aulus wept afterwards, as his firstborn son Titus perished charging a Greek phalanx.
Amulius now sent a small part of his army back into Salona where Cassius was now governor. He then marched south with the rest of his force to Appolonia, where he would take command of the late General Nero’s army.
Meanwhile, the Imperator Tiberius ordered the garrison of Croton to be mobilized and sent to aid the Scipii army up north. In the battle that followed many were lost, though the combined Scipii and Brutii forces prevailed.
Later that year the Senate gave the house of Brutii a new mission: take the northern settlement of Segastica. The settlement was poorly defended to say the least, yet Tiberius had bigger problems. Namely, the Greek settlement of Thermon, where their king was governor. If Tiberius could take Thermon and kill the king of Sparta in the process, he could deal a terrible blow to the city states. Clearly, the best man to do this was Amulius with his new army; the largest the Brutii houses had ever seen, for the greatest campaign yet attempted.
Amulius knew the city to have sturdy wooden walls and an amount of defenders to match his own force in numbers if not in skill. Therefore, he planned to besiege the city and starve the defenders out. Wasting no time, Amulius marched south.
The city was almost in sight when Amulius detected the trap. Being well versed in the arts of warfare he had sent scout out to watch the flanks of his column. There he discovered a massive Greek army lying in wait. Amulius formed his men up for battle, but now he was faced with a choice. Was he to meet this superior Greek force in battle, so to clear the way to Thermon? Or would retreating be the wiser course?