Return of the Tower
Second Battle at Gentau Field
On the morning of the 26th of June, the Army of the Tower lined up on Genau Field. They appeared to be around four thousand, well armed, troops. They were accompanied by the now-legendary Red Tower Guard. Also at the battle was the leader of the Red Tower, Archmage Darix. It was the first and only time he ever appeared on the battlefield, which could reveal the desperate nature of the situation. The Tower occupied a slight upper slope compared to Laurance, and both sides exchanged extremely long ranged fire for the better part of the day, with hardly any losses, though the odd spell bridged the large distance between the armies. Laurance did not advance his troops, and both sides made camp within sight of each other. The next day it rained, and both sides held their lines again, skirmishing through the night, horns breaking the silence intermittently.
On the third day, after discussing the situation extensively with his advisers, he split his forces into three groups. Two equal groups of infantry would move around the sides, and the light cavalry would hold in reserve to charge the center. As the Empire troops were in the middle their separate marches around the field, the Tower forces slid to the North to face the Northern group independently. Sensing his mistake, Laurance led the cavalry on a charge through the center, despite the danger of a trap, knowing he needed to support his infantry. The Red Tower had little choice but to face the cavalry and the North infantry group at the same time, and began forming an angled battle line to receive both forces. They did not have a trap this time, and historians now think the previous magical trap that had covered the field had been planned and constructed for months, if not years.
The Tower army held their lines, and an extensive melee developed. For about half an hour, the Tower held off Laurance, and even started gaining the upper hand; however, the Red Tower failed to push back the Empire, and as the Southern infantry group began to approach, they signaled a retreat.