The Battle of Gentau Field

The Battle of Gentau Field

What follows is some conjecture, but mostly evidence pieced together by eyewitnesses.

The Empire’s army arrived on the battlefield in full force on the morning of June 14th. Advance forces had scouted the location, but on Appointed General DeLace’s orders, had not engaged. The whole of the army took the field, with some reserves, against the absolutely tiny force of Red Guard displayed against them. DeLace sent his cavalry around the woods to the North and South to hold them and make sure they didn’t escape the full sledgehammer of his main forces. They marched together in a straight line, pausing to exchange ranged fire with the Red Guard, who had brought out miniature Ballistas and siege screens to protect them. The ranged fire was very obviously one-sided, so Appointed General DeLace ordered a complete advance and encirclement.

Some time before the lines connected, reports vary on the distance, the whole field glowed blue in a massive interconnecting magic rune, causing the field to break out in flame beneath the center of the Empire’s army. Wizards emerged from the lines of the Red Guard, firing all manner of magical projectiles into whatever enemies they could see. Casualties passed a thousand within a minute of the trap, but it was fear that made the combined forces of the Emperor’s allies run. As the vast majority of their enemies fled the field, the Red Guard still had to fight the dedicated remnants of the Order’s troops. Though these were still five hundred to a thousand of the toughest and most battle-hardened of the Order’s forces, the Red Guard’s arcane support made immense difference. Eventaully, the Order, too, fled the field, losing many irreplaceable officers in the process. The core of the army was gutted, and it would take another year before the Empire would again make the trek to the Red Valley.

The Battle of Gentau Field

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