Return of the Tower
Battle Near Red Valley
In his disorganized mob, Laurance started to lose a great many troops. When they eventually faced the Wolf Clan on the field, the army had lost almost a thousand men. Laurance’s army was scared, demoralized, and afraid of the newest Red Tower horror. Reports state that the Red Tower troops were almost as uncomfortable fighting alongside them. The battle that took place on the outskirts of the Red Valley probably included four thousand Tower troops and under a thousand of the Wolf Clan, opposed by around twenty-seven thousand Empire troops. Immediately after they moved forward to exchange ranged fire, the core of the Wolf Clan troops charged directly across the field, outpacing the Red Tower troops easily. The initial charge was so terrifying to Laurance’s harassed troops that they fled almost instantly. The whole center of the army routed, with Laurance trying to form up the cavalry for a charge on the monstrous armored troops that made up the Wolf Clan. Lord Emral DelaFonte reported that Laurance charged into the beasts with a handful of knights and was quite quickly split in half by a huge Wolf Clan, though they managed to take a beast down without him, before retreating with the two halves of his body.
The left and right sides of the deserted center began to falter, but were bolstered on both sides by the impressive efforts of two men. On the left, the Symbol Lord Beragul of the Flaming Sun rallied the Order troops, militia from Veram and Betana, and the forces of several other minor lords nearby, and moved to attack the Wolf Clan destroying the forces in the center. The Order’s bravery outlasted that of the militia, and, while they claimed to have killed seventeen Wolf Clan, they ended up joining the rout, though preserving the lives of many others.
On the right, Frederick II rallied his local troops and several others, attempting to move to the East and rally the routed troops. Frederick was lucky in that there was a large group of Jermish Pike-wielders, and he interspersed them with his own troops to protect them from the crushing charges of the Wolf Clan. They managed to march and orderly retreat, gathering at Bergan Ver, a town a few miles to the East. Frederick later defended Bergan Ver against the unified might of the Third Claw of the Wolf Clan, around three hundred strong, using pike lines and archers at the entrances to the town.