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    Down From Africa
    An AAR Side-story

    Since my AAR was going to end up being battle review after battle review, I decided to do something different to entertain myself. This sidestory takes place in the same "world" as my AAR, but since the main character does not know of the events of the Arche, it doesn't necessarily directly follow the AAR. After playing several years, I noticed that some units I had recruited many year prior had continued on and seen the bulk of the war. This story will be about one of those soldiers. (Once concluded, I plan to merge this with my AAR and continue it as before from where this ends.)
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    You never cease to surprise us, MAA.

    I must say I suffered a heart attack when I saw the closed symbol on the "Pyrrhic Dynasty".

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    My name is Tabriqo, and this is my story.

    I, my father, and his father before him were all poor hunters.
    My familly has lived in a small village just downriver from the
    city of Napata on the great river. In the days when I was
    born, the lands of my home were along the border between
    the lands of the Kingdom of the Hellenes and the lands of
    the Kingdom of Meroe. When I was but an infant the king
    of Meroe, who was a Hellene himself, sailed down the river
    and extended his kingdom all the way up to the walls of the
    city of Luxor.

    So, for the extent of my youth, I lived under the rule of the
    kings of Meroe. To fund his armies, the king levied heavy
    taxes and conscripted many people into his armies. When
    war came again with the Kingdom of the Hellenes, my father
    was drawn into the armies. With a little training, the army
    sailed down the river and attacked the Hellenes. The king of
    Meroe attacked Luxor without cause, even though there
    existed friendly relations between the Hellenes and Meroe.
    My father fought for the king of Meroe that day. He died
    outside the walls of the city of Luxor, falling to the armies of
    the great king of the Hellenes.

    [ Nubian soldiers at the Battle of Diopolis-Megale (152BC) : ]

    The king of the Hellenes fought back and personally lead his
    armies up the river. Before the inundation had come twice,
    that king had pushed his borders beyond the reach they had
    been at my birth. Now, my village fell under his dominion.
    Having stretched his army of Hellenes greatly and in need of
    new fighting men, the king began to recruit soldiers to help
    fight against the Kingdom of Meroe. I did not blame the king
    of the Hellenes for the death of my father, but rather the king
    of Meroe. Thus I volunteered. At this time, I had only seen
    just over twenty inundations, and looking back, see that at
    the time I was but a stupid child with much more to learn.

    Those of us who volunteered were taken to Luxor for training.
    I was, and still am, talented with a bow. Us with archery
    skills were grouped together, drilled in military discipline, and
    taught how to understand orders by horn or banner. After
    several months, we joined up with an army of Hellenes and
    Aigyptoi under the command of the Hellenic king's son,
    [Alypios] Antigonos [III].

    Antigonos was a great leader but not the type of man you
    would expect fighting a desert war. He was very learned and
    proper. He was a true Hellene. He always wore elaberate
    clothing and made sure his appearance was perfect at all
    times. He brought with him all the luxories of a city and
    rarely socialized with his men. On the battlefield, however,
    he was a true soldier. He was a great tactician and would
    enspire his men, even personally leading charges.

    From Luxor, Antigonos marched us east across the desert
    and then the mountains. Once on the coast, we marched
    south taking control of all villages and ports, though there
    were few. Finally we came to the port city that had been
    constructed by the ancestors of the king of Meroe, when
    they were still rulers of Aigyptos. After a siege, we were
    engaged the armies of the Kingdom of Meroe and defeated
    them on a hill just south of the city. The infantry held their
    line and the enemy threw themselves against it until they
    were tired.

    [ Tabriqo at the battle of Ptolemais-Theron (149BC) : ]

    Antigonos sued for peace with the king of Meroe, but it does
    not last. We were forced to first fight off an army that
    besieged us in the city and then another just inland. Due to
    enemy elephants and poor training, the Aigyptoi infantry took
    heavy losses. In the first battle, the elephants tore through
    our right flank. In the second, they charged the center then
    paniced and killed many. The battles, were won, nonetheless.

    We were forced to remain in the region for more than a year
    without any to do. We waited until the last army of the king of
    Meroe attacked us. It was the wet season and Antigonos
    chose one of the only river crossing to defend against the
    attack. In order to prevent any trouble from the elephants this
    time around, Antigonos personally ordered us to light our
    arrows on fire and target the beasts. While we targeted the
    elephants, Antigonos orders the infantry to form a crescent
    around the bridge landing. He allowed the bulk of the enemy
    force to cross the bridge before charging in and surrounding
    them. The enemy paniced again and we win the battle.

    [ Elephants at Alypios Antigonos' final Nubian battle (146BC) : ]

    After this battle, the second chapter of my life came to an end
    and a new one began. Having served five years, we were given
    the option of leaving the army, taking a job as garrison, or
    volunteering to continue with Antigonos. Still relatively young
    and stupid, I decided to follow the young prince. We travel
    west, across the desert until we come back to the river. We
    were not too far downstream from my home when we reach the
    river and turned to go north. For a moment I considered leaving
    the army and travelling up the river to my home, but chose to
    stay with the army. I later learned that the Kingdom of Meroe
    had regained control of my village, even at that time.

    Antigonos and the army sailed down the river. When we pass
    the city of Luxor, I realized that this is the farthest I've ever been
    from my home. I will travel much further from my home before
    my days begin to darken.

    As we traveled down the river, we saw many villages, farms, and
    cities along the river. There were also great statues, temples,
    and pyramids made from stone, built by the ancients. I had
    many times seen the pyramids of Merowe, but the pyramids I
    saw near the end of our journey were of such a great size that
    it is hard to believe they were built by men.

    Just passed these pyramids, we left the river and marched to the
    city of Alexandreia. I had heard stories of this city, a city of the
    Hellenes, a city of greatness. They had said it was something
    that only Hellenes could build and was an example of their
    greatness. To me, it was just a large, overcrowded, smelly
    version of every other city I'd ever seen. If Hellenic greatness
    meant putting a lot of people in one place, I didn't see why they
    were so great.

    During the journey, many of the Aigyptoi had left the army. Once
    in the city of Alexandreia, Antigonos went about recruiting more
    men to serve in his army, most of them Hellenes. Those of us who
    were veterans, wether Hellene, Aigytpoi, or Nubioi, were retrained
    and reequiped. I was given a new shield and was offered a new bow,
    but found my own superior to anything the Hellenes had to offer. In
    fact, my friends and I had a good laugh at what the Hellenes used
    as bows.

    Before our training was complete or all the necessary replacements
    recruited, Antigonos had to sail without us. We had heard of
    Persians rising again back home, but cared little. We hadn't seen
    anything Persian for hundreds of years. I would soon become very
    familiar with the Persians. While we were in Alexandreia, Antigonos
    met with his generals and planned a war with the Persians.

    The Persians, like the Kingdom of Meroe had gained strength at
    the expense of the kingdom of the Hellenes. While the Hellenes
    had fought amoungst themselves [Makedonian Civil War
    (177-159BC)], the Persians had unified several
    peoples and cast out all Hellenic rule. With a new-found strength,
    they had invaded the lands of the Hellenes and killed many Hellenes
    in a city known as Seleukeia. Antigonos, and all of us in his army,
    would lead the war against the Persians and recover what was lost.

    My first voyage on the sea was not an enjoyable one. Winter was
    fast approaching and the sea was rough. We arrived in Demetreia
    several months after Antigonos. It was another Hellenic city much
    like Alexandreia, although I liked this one more because it was
    cleaner and further from the sea. A few more men joined the army
    at the city of Demetreia. Amoungst them were some local archers.
    Unlike the Hellenic archers, these men were professional and were
    far superior to even my friends and I, who had practiced archery all
    our lives.

    We did not stay in this city long. Antigonos wanted us on the border,
    and so we marched through another desert to another river. They
    called the river the Euphrates. It was smaller than my river, but a camp
    along its shore became my home for more than a year.

    [ Armies of the Arche camped along the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers just prior to the invasion (c140BC) : ]

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    That was a good read, keep up the good stuff.

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    Extremely good read, though the last three paragraphs might have had a tad too much overview for a Nubian archer. But nevertheless I liked it very much. Keep it up! It's a good idea to learn of all these battles from the point of view of a humble soldier.
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    Noticing the lock on the Pyrrhic Dynasty thread I was shocked. Seeing your explanation and link to another storyline I was surprised. Reading it I was amazed!

    I very much appreciate and admire your decision to abandon your well established (and incredibly successful) way of making AAR and switch to a completely new track into unexplored land. Such decisions are never easy to make, but extremely rewarding when accomplished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurio Nixalsverdrus View Post
    You never cease to surprise us, MAA.

    I must say I suffered a heart attack when I saw the closed symbol on the "Pyrrhic Dynasty".
    Agreed. Brix were shat. O.-

    Great stuff, although this Nubian archer seems to be very aware of modern Geopolitics

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    Thanks everybody. I plan to reopen my old thread and unite it with this one when this story ends.

    I added that paragraph about the overview of the Persian unification at the last minute. I wanted to mention that but it does really seem out of character. I justified it to myself by saying that he is telling this story in his old age after spending years fighting Persia. I figured he would have learned some of the backround behind the war. I probably should have left it out, though.

    The next part will have more details about each individual battles and actually start taking the AAR forward again.

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    The third thread for one campaign, that has to be an all-time record

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusAureliusAntoninus View Post
    I added that paragraph about the overview of the Persian unification at the last minute. I wanted to mention that but it does really seem out of character. I justified it to myself by saying that he is telling this story in his old age after spending years fighting Persia. I figured he would have learned some of the backround behind the war. I probably should have left it out, though.
    Perhaps you could implement overviews in objective, third person intermissions, or something comparable. This would leave no doubt about the actual horizon of knowledge the protagonist has, while still informing the reader about the situation beyond that horizon.
    Read about glory and decline of the Seleucid Empire... (EB 1.1 AAR)

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    Drawing Out the Enemy

    Antigonos left the army for some time. He left us in the camp and
    returned to his homeland to meet with his father. There was talk
    amoungst the Hellenes in the army over things such as citizenship
    and democracy, but it meant nothing to me. I spent my time
    practicing my archery. After seeing the men from Syria practice
    their archery, I took it upon myself to improve by technique. In the
    end, I really couldn't compete with them. Their bows were just of
    superior construction.

    We waited for nearly a year in that camp along the side of the river
    Euphrates. Word came that other Hellenic armies had assembled
    to the north and were going to join in on the war. At the time I didn't
    see the point in it. Our army had defeated the entire army of the
    Kingdom of Meroe. We had won a war all alone, I wondered why we
    would possibly need help to fight in this war. But in the following
    years, I would see skirmishes larger than the battles we had fought
    against the king of Meroe. I am not very familiar with the past wars
    the Hellenes fought, but it is my belief that in those days we were
    about began the largest war every fought by men.

    Antigonos eventually returned from the Hellenic home across the
    sea and once again went to meet with his generals. One of the
    generals, a cousin of Antigonos or something had once wanted to
    be king but was now only a general. Rumors went around the camp
    that he could not be trusted, but Antigonos gave him an army and
    trusted him to lead troops in this coming war. He and other royal
    cousins would lead the other armies of the Hellenic kingdom.

    While all the other armies were still preparing, we broke camp and
    crossed the river they called Euphrates. We crossed a desert and
    came to yet another river. They said this one was called Tigris. At
    this point, we were deep in enemy territory but had yet to confront
    any sizable force. Antigonos chose a good battlefield and set up
    camp nearby. He knew that the Persians would counter our intrusion.
    If they came to us, it would give us the advantage of choosing the
    field and of being the defender.

    Antigonos allowed his men to send out raiding parties to gather
    supplies. They were not really needed. Supplies continued to reach
    us from the kingdom of the Hellenes. Most likely the raids were
    simply done by the unexperienced troops and were simply to steal
    and destroy for fun. Antigonos allowed it but ordered no farm
    belonging to a Hellene to be attacked.

    After about a month of waiting, the entire army had once again
    gathered in the camp and we were beginning to wonder if we were
    going to be ordered to set up a timber wall around the camp or be
    ordered forward. Before a choice had to made, we heard news that
    a Persian army was approaching and would reach us in three days.

    When the day of the battle finally came, we marched out from our
    camp and lined up to face the enemy. The Hellenes formed the first
    two line with us archers in the third. For me, it was not the first battle
    but many of the young men who had been so eager just yesterday
    now stood silent with fear in their eyes.

    Antigonos was right to keep us protected behind the infantry, for the
    Persians charged forward quickly. Because of the length of our line,
    they chose to try and break through the center. The noble Hellenes
    in their heavy armor held the line quite well.

    After first breaking their infantry and then a cavalry attack, the battle
    paused. From behind me, I heard Antigonos signal to reform the line.
    While the Hellenes returned to their position and I checked my arrows,
    another wave of Persian attack approached us.

    In this fight, I first witnessed the Persian elite warriors. They charged
    in at our line on either side but avoided the noble Hellenes in the center.
    Their strength was so great that Antigonos had to order in the second
    line in to reinforce the first. While the two armies fought in front of me,
    I noticed our cavalry move out to the flanks from behind me.

    Antigonos' companions moved to my right while the lighter horses moved
    to my left. By this time, I had used all of my arrows and our commander
    ordered us forward to be prepared to reinforce the infantry if necessary. I
    stood their nervous for a moment. That is, until I noticed how well the
    battle was going for us. The Persians were already beginning to flee and
    there would be no need to send us in to assist.

    Around that time, I looked around the field and noticed that off on a hilltop
    to the south the horsemen of Antigonos had confronted some Persian
    cavalry. In a small grove of large palms, the two groups of cavalry fought

    Just as the Persian infantry began to get frightened and random men
    began to turn and abandon the fight, our lighter cavalry charged across
    the field and completely broke the last of the Persian courage. The
    infantry and cavalry chased them from the field while we returned to
    defend our camp and the baggage train.

    We had twice outnumbered the Persians when the battle began. When
    the battle ended, we stood uninjured and the Persians had dispersed
    into the desert.

    Once the army was rested, Antigonos ordered the camp taken down
    and we once again moved forward. We moved down this river Tigris,
    attacking towns and looting supplies as we went. Antigonos ordered
    us to halt as we drew near the city of Seleukeia. It was a city I had
    heard of in the tales of the Hellenes. It was the site where thousands
    of Hellenes had been murdered by the Persians. At that time, I only
    saw the city from afar, but those in the city surely saw us.

    Almost as soon as we were in sight of the city another army attacked
    us, actually it was two separate armies and was reinforced by the
    garrison of the city. This would be one the first of a series of battles that
    would determine the war, though at the time I did not put as much
    thought into it.
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    Awesome stuff! Excellent update!


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    Amazing how you have been playing this campaign since before 1.0, and still keep it interesting ! This is a fantastic read MAA, and I am glad to see you aren't planning to stop anytime soon.


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    Awesome chapter! This is a great idea.
    "Go and tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie"
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    Look out for the upcoming PBM! Get ready to defend your tribe from both external and internal rivals!

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    Good job mate!
    My balloons:

    Quote Originally Posted by gamegeek2 View Post

    Steppe battles are very long, but the wars are short.

    Infantry battles aren't as long, but the wars are much longer.

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    Great idea!!
    Balloon-Count: x 15

    Many thanks to Hooahguy for this great sig.

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    Echoing all the previous comments: Great MAA
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    Thanks, everyone!

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    Yeah, very interesting!

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    For a moment I thought the world had ended when I saw that your AAR was locked.

    Congratulations! It's really impressive how many different styles you can use. Good job and I hope to see something new soon.

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    In my first AAR, I had planned to do every chapter in a unique style. I got bogged down in one section and bored myself, not to mention the readers, so I quite. I've tried to make this AAR collection a retelling of historical events in a different reality. Once again I bored myself with my writting style and changed it up a bit. If anyone doesn't like it, just say so. If it is constructive criticism, I'll know where I should improve.

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    The Battle of Seleukeia (140BC)

    Only a day or two after our army coming within sight of the city of
    Seleukeia, two Persian armies attacked us. Antigonos once again
    chose the battlefield. We would fight in a field where a Hellene's
    farm had once stood. The burned out ruins of the farmhouse stood
    in the center of the open field, but only dry grass stood where there
    had most likely once been fields of grain.

    We waited as a Persian army marched across those fields towards
    us. Because there were so many enemies entering this field,
    Antigonos had ordered us to hold back our arrows until they were
    close and to choose our targets wisely. The first wave of Persian
    attackers slowly marched toward us without fear.

    The Persian footmen moved slowly, but when the Persian cavalry
    drew close they charged in. Antigonos ordered us to fire and all at
    once the army let loose with arrow and throwing spear.

    Persian cavalry attacked our right side while the Persian infantry
    attacked the center. Once again, the nobel Hellenes were did their
    job well. They more than held the line, they pushed back the
    Persians and cut them to pieces.

    As the first row fought back the first wave of the enemy, the second
    wave of Persians approached from the line of trees at the far end of
    the field. Their cavalry charged forward, tiring themselves greatly,
    and moved to the right side of our line. In order to protect the line,
    Antigonos hurilied charged his companions toward the enemy horses.
    Some of the companions charged through our formation and knocked
    a couple of the men near me from their feet. No one was injured, but
    seeing the disorganization in the cavalry seemed to worry some of
    my comrades.

    Seeing the mass of Hellenes on horses must have frightened the
    Persians. They all turned and ran away. They ran back across the
    field and looked as though they were fleeing. We soon saw that they
    only fell back to join up with the rest of their force and prepared to
    move forward again. We could have moved forward and attacked the
    Persians while disorganized but Antigonos ordered us to hold our

    I had almost used all of my arrows and I recall thinking that I would
    have to conserve the remaining arrows and watch my shots carefully.
    Yet again, we would hold our fire until the enemy was close.

    The Persians once again restarted the battle by charging their cavalry
    in on the first line, while avoiding our strongest men in the center. It
    was on the left side of the line, this time. Arrow and spear slowed the
    charge by taking down the first row of horses.

    The main enemy army marched toward our center, but a small group
    of Persian soldiers, backed up by cavalry tried to circle around our
    right flank. Their actions were very plainly seen by all. Even I noticed
    their movements and direction. Antigonos quickly scattered this
    group with his companions while our infantry held the line in the center.

    By this point in the battle, I had used all of my arrows. I must admit
    that I wasted many trying to hit scattered Persian light infantry that
    were throwing spears at our first line. It did not matter much. All of
    their heavy infantry were engaging ours and Persian cavalry were
    difficult to take down with arrows.

    Another group of Persian cavalry attempted to circle around the left
    side of our line, but they fell into a trap Antigonos had set up during
    the pause in the battle. Out from the trees came the lighter Hellenic
    horses, throwing spears at the Persians.

    Shocked by the Hellenes surprise attack, the Persians on the left
    flank began to scatter. I watched as the Hellenes chased them down
    and trampled them.

    Yet another group of Persian horsemen entered the field, but Antigonos
    rode out to meet them. Far across the field, the two groups of horses
    charged in at eachother with full speed. Antigonos had more men who
    were better equiped, more experienced, and rode better horses. This
    finally group of Persian cavalry was easily wiped out.

    At first I did not like Antigonos. He seemed to be a typical Hellene who
    loved nothing but himself. After seeing him lead those charges that day,
    I grew to highly respect the man. He never walked the camp and spoke
    with his men, but he was my leader and with every battle I felt more
    drawn to follow him.

    Once their cavalry was wiped out, the Persian infantry were easily wiped
    out by Antigonos and his horses from behind. While the infantry and us
    archers secured the field, Antigonos ordered his cavalry to chase down
    all those who were late to join the battle and rout the last of the Persians.

    The numbers in the battle had been in favor of the Persians but once
    again we scattered them without many losses. The Persian army had
    been defeated, but most of the men from Seleukeia retreated back into
    that city before they even entered the field and fought with us.

    It was only a matter of days before yet another Persian army attacked
    us, and again they were reinforced by the men from within Seleukeia.
    This time the Persians were lead by a relative of the king of Persia but
    he brought less men to the field than we had fought in the previous battle.
    We fought on the same field, where dead bodies still lay on the ground
    ahead of us as we formed up.

    Just as they had done before, the Persians sent their cavalry in first. We
    let loose our arrows, but they had little effect on the horsemen. We
    stopped our fire as they approached our line and charged the Hellenes in
    the first line.

    The Persians soldiers followed soon after their cavalry. Man and horse
    attacked both sides of the front of our line. They avoided the center.
    They must have learned of the strength of the noble Hellenes and sought
    to avoid them. Under the leadership of their general, the Persians pushed
    back the Hellenes, requiring Antigonos to send in the second line. They
    then tried to flank us on both of the sides of the battle, requiring Antigonos
    to divide his cavalry to defend the flanks.

    On the right flank, our infantry began to push back to Persians. Most
    likely to order to encourage his men on that flank, the Persian general
    charged the Hellenes. The Persian cavalry were quite the sight. Both
    man and horse were covered in metal. My first thought was that they
    looked like some monster born from a forge, and that if there were indeed
    man and horse within those monsters, surely they were dying from the

    As he was already around the rear of the enemy line, Antigonos charged
    the metal beasts from behind. To my surprise, the companions of
    Antigonos killed almost half of them immediately. The rest were
    surrounded and slaughtered. At that time, I came to the conclusion that
    they were dressed so weirdly to scare their enemy and lacked any skill.
    In later battles I would see what those metal monsters were truely
    capible of.

    The man from the Persian royalty fell dead with the rest of his men and
    panic spread through the Persian ranks. As men tried to flee, the lighter
    cavalry charged across the battlefield to trample and cut them down.

    There were thousands of men dead or dying in that field from the two days
    of combat. Some of the Hellenes were dead and many were injured. They
    said that only ten thousand Persians of of the of fifty thousand who had
    attacked us would fight again. The rest were killed, maimed, captured by
    us, or ran off to desert their army. From what I saw, I assumed most of
    them were dead. Before that day I had never considered a number such as
    fifty thousand and could have never amagined seeing that many dead bodies.
    From that day on, I would aways be able to think of what tens of thousands
    were and could picture what thousands of dead looked like.

    When the battle was over, we went about looting the dead and gathering
    their equipment. I took a bow from a dead Persian but found it ruined only
    a few days later after I had gotten it slightly wet. I did find something nice
    that day that lasted much longer. On a dead Persian I found a gold ring. It
    was quite beautiful and enscribed with an intrique design. A Hellene friend
    of mine in the army later told me that the design looked like it was from a
    place called Thraikia, in the Hellenic homeland. Most likely, the Persian
    had looted it off a dead man from that region and it had then passed to me.
    I still wear that ring to this day.

    We approached the city of Seleukeia, but the Persians had drawn all of their
    forces within its walls. We did not have any way of getting through those
    walls and they would not come out to fight us so we simply passed the city.
    We looted the fields and the homes outside of the city and crossed the river.
    On the other side of the river was a smaller city, built by the Persians. They
    said that it was built by their army while sieging the city of Seleukeia and
    before the slaughter. We looted the city but did not destroy it.

    Once again Antigonos found a suitable battlefield. The Persians would be
    coming to aid the cities and we would block their path. We set up another
    camp on the far side of the river. Messagers came to and from our new
    camp and news spread that the other armies upstream had broken their
    camps and were all marching down the rivers behind us.

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    You need some reforms to get those super-heavy horsemen into the army. Klibanophoroi?
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    Thanks for following and thanks to those who've commented.

    I had a busy weekend, so I haven't worked on the next chapter yet. I'm trying to devise some kind of challenge for the main character in this story but am trying to tie it to the game in some way and not have it entirely artificial.

    You mean the enemy kataphracts, gamegeek? Those are the late Hayasdan bodyguard units. The "March of Time" (vanilla Marian Reforms) have to occur for Hayasdan to get them.

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    Really cool

    This is a worthy side-story to your other great AAR.

    I also think your generals would have a use with such heavy cavalry. (why not give them Baktria late bodyguards)
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    MAA all that i can say is that you SCARE THE **** OUTTA ME!!!!
    Great job

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    Outstanding job there, MAA! Looking forward for the rest


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    The Battle of Ethesiphon (140BC)

    The army halted on the far bank of the river Tigris and we set up our camp.
    General Antigonos set up his headquarters in a recently abandoned villa
    and we assembled in the fields around it, digging a ditch and small
    palisade around the edge. For several months our supply lines were
    unsure and the majority of our food came from what was "scavenged" from
    the local farms, villages, and towns. Supplies and messages did come
    down the river, but until the garrisons at Seleukeia and the other cities
    behind us were removed, we would not be secure.

    A messenger camp to our camp one day, about two months after we had
    crossed the river. He reported to Antigonos, but soon the camp was filled
    with the news that Antigonos' cousin had won a victory. I believe this was
    the same cousin that the Hellenes did not trust. Up the same river we
    camped along, he had defeated two armies of Persia and moved to
    besiege the last of the Persians in that area who had hidden themselvs in
    a city to our north.

    [Battle of Gaugamela Bridge (140BC), Arche forces commanded by Euktimenos Demetrios Idomeneus : ]

    This news raised spirits within the camp. The defeat of the Persians in the
    north meant that there was one less garrison to our rear. It also confrimed
    that the reinforcements were still moving forward and would join with us
    soon. Being this far into land controlled by an enemy unnerved the whole
    army, not just myself. We were in constant fear that the enemy would
    circle around our position or one of the garrisons would emerge from the
    cities behind us. Every time we heard good new from behind us, our
    courage rebuilt itself.

    A week or so after the message of the victory in the north arrived in camp,
    our scouts spotted a Persian army approaching us. Several days later the
    two armies were on the field of battle, facing eachother.

    Once again, our general chose the battlefield. It was a flat open field with
    a small group of trees on the far side ahead of us, the river and our camp
    some ways behind us. Antigonos ordered us into three lines, and we
    waited for the Persians to start the battle. Once again, they began by
    charging their horses forward first. Their armored horsemen charged into
    our right and their standard horsemen charged in at our center.

    General Antigonos immediately moved his heavy cavalry to the right flank
    and drew the armored horsemen from our line and into a fight with his
    companions. In that battle, just off to our right flank, Antigonos defeated the
    armored horses and chased off the Persian general.

    While the Hellenes in the infantry line fought with the Persian infantry,
    Antigonos moved behind them and wiped out their supporting troops. This
    seemed to be the last thing necessary to fighten the Persian infantry. They
    fled the field.

    While the heavy companion cavalry gave chase on the right flank and the
    lighter companions gave chase on the left. For those on foot in the army,
    we reformed and marched forward.

    We would have no further fighting that day. The Persians fled south but did
    not go far. They eventually crossed the river and moved around our rear.
    Many in the army wanted to give chase and wipe out those Persians who
    had survived, but Antigonos ordered us to remain where we were. Had we
    crossed the river and attacked the survivors, the army hiding behind the walls
    of Seleukeia may have come out and assisted. The Hellenic officers told us
    that leaving the men in Seleukeia behind the walls was much easier than
    drawing them out to fight them. This was true, for within a month an army
    from the north under the command of one of Antigonos' brothers had
    surrounded the city and besieged it.

    Before that army could reach Seleukeia or any of the reinforcing armies come
    to our aid, we were attacked once more. We thought this was just another
    battle like the last, and indeed the enemy brought less men to the field, but
    this would be a much more difficult battle. We lined up on the same field
    once again and awaited the Persian's approach. As the battle started,
    Antigonos hurrily changed his plans. I didn't know it at the time, but would
    later clearly see that the army across the river had once again crossed it and
    was going to reinforce from the south. We had not finished them or given
    chase and they were back to challenge us once more.

    The larger army, from the east, was the first to arrive. This time they held
    back their cavalry and moved in slowly. They seemed to be buying time for
    their reinforcements to arrive. To force them to make a move, Antigonos
    moved his horses to either flank and ordered us archers to open fire, over the
    first two lines of Hellenes.

    Under a rain of arrow and spear, the Persian army did as Antigonos wanted
    and charged the forward and into our line. Both on foot and atop horses, the
    Persians pushed forward as hard as they could.

    To everyone's surprise the Persians pushed right through the first line and
    force the second line to quickly fill the gaps. I can remember the fear has
    had at that moment. Just ahead of me was one of those Persian soldiers
    atop a horse completely encased in metal. This time the metal horsemen
    cut through the Hellenes just ahead of me. The sound and the appearance
    of those metal horses in that moment is just one of dozen of memories from
    that war that will stay with me always. Even their eyes were forged of iron.

    Behind the enemy line, the lighter Hellenic cavalry had engaged Persian
    reserves, but without much success. At the same moment the Persians
    pushed through our line, I saw them fleeing the Persians. They pulled away
    to the north but managed to gather their senses and would rejoin the battle
    before it was over.

    A runner ran up to our officer and then left. I knew the day that I had feared
    since I joined the army had finally come. The Hellenic officer in charge of the
    archers gave the order to draw our knives, swords, or clubs and then gave the
    signal to charge. All of us in the archery units, both those who had been
    recruited from the villages along the great river and those from the land called
    Syria, charged forward to fill the holes that had been made by the Persians in
    the combined infantry lines.

    I ran forward and then halted with a group of Persians just before me. They
    bore large shields and spears, both looked poorly made. I swung wildly at a
    Persian soldier and my club hit him in the upper right arm before he could move
    his shield. He fell to the ground, but before I could even determine his fate, a
    group of Hellenes came between me and the Persians. I spent the rest of the
    battle behind this group of Hellenes, helping them push forward. I do not know
    the fate of the man I knocked down. If he was not killed by a Hellene, he most
    likely would have died from the damage to the bones in his arm.

    The battle continued for some time, but I could see nothing from where I was.
    Eventually, the Persians broke and fled. The generals of both Persian armies,
    relatives of the Persian king, had fallen on the battlefield. Both Persian armies
    had been wiped out, but it had cost us greatly. By that point in the campaign,
    from all the battles we had fought, we had lost over a third of our initial number.
    Thousands in the Hellenic army were now dead. Most likely, the Persians had
    lost ten times as many. Although I don't know the numbers. After viewing the
    previous battlefield, I had stopped thinking about it.

    Back in camp, I talked with a Hellene, who was a friend of mine. Around the
    same time I had charged forward, Antigonos had pulled his unit from the battle
    and arranged them to fight the reinforcements coming in from the south. This
    was part of the reason the archers were ordered forward. Antigonos had to fight
    two battles with but one army.

    The Persians had charged this line, but only the Persian cavalry held their
    ground. My friend said that he was their just before the Persian general when
    he was offered his life by the Hellenes. Surrounded by Hellenes and with
    spears at his throught, he refused to surrender and fought on. My friend claimed
    he had been one of the men to stab his spear through the Persian's side and
    ended his life.

    Once their general was dead, the Persians paniced and fled. While Antigonos
    moved his companions to come the aid of the battle I was still fighting in, my
    friend and the remaining infantry in the southern battle charged after what was
    left of the Persians.

    After the battle we looted the battlefield and returned to camp. The Persians who
    had fought were mostly peasants so I found nothing of great value on the field.
    It seems that it was their general who had encouraged them to fight so well.

    The reinforcing armies of the Hellenic kingdom soon arrived and we in the army
    of Antigonos were allowed to have a break from the war. By this time it was the
    high point in the dry season and we spent most of it in our camp. Antigonos
    crossed back across the river and met with his brothers [brothers-in-law]. Two
    armies would besiege the last two garrisons on the rivers and Antigonos would
    take his army deeper into Persian territory. Antigonos' cousin who nobody trusted
    would continue his siege against the last garrison in the north. The fourth army,
    which was commanded by Antigonos' uncle, would cross the two rivers and be
    prepared to come to our aid if we needed it. This was all explained to us by our
    officers who wanted us to have confidence in our general.

    Once our general returned, we marched eastwards again. It was still very hot
    and dry in those lands but we would soon be leaving them. We marched away
    from the river until we came within sight of great mountains. I had seen
    mountains before and had already crossed a back when we were heading
    towards the sea to fight the king of Meroe. These mountains were larger than
    any I had seen. On this side of the mountains was land belonging to the
    Hellenes, but on the far side was the lands of the Persians. Someone said that
    the Hellenes had once ruled those lands too, but another said that it had never
    been conquered. This was all tied to their hero of legend, Alexandros, who had
    conquered the world.

    Our rate of progress slowed greatly when we came to the base of the mountains,
    but Antigonos demanded only that we make a camp high in the mountains. We
    would not need to cross over them or even reach the highest point... yet. We
    set up camp in the largest pass over those mountains. That was the very pass
    that all the Persian armies had used to invade Hellenic lands and then to march
    down and attack us. From here, we were able to block any reinforcements that
    would try to rescue the besieged garrison in the lands below.

    Many things were about to change for the army, myself, and general Antigonos.
    In a way, the march up that pass was the end of another chapter in my life. No
    battle of armies would be fought on that pass, but I would be challenged and

    The dry season was coming to an end and soon I would see snow for the first
    time. At the same point in time just one year prior, we had been planning to set
    out from our camp back in the Hellenic kingdom. We had crossed great distances,
    done many deeds, and defeated the armies of Persia in a short time.
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    Just finally caught up to this. What a great job my friend. Those look like some epic battles. Ha just saw your update. We posted three minutes apart!

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