INVASION Battle of Tumbleton

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  1. Leighton Dayne

    Leighton Dayne Right Counsellor

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    A rough wind blew through the air, aggressively fluttering the banners of the houses assembled in service of the Kingdom of the Rock. Initial reports from advance scouting parties had indicated that the apple king was taking the first threat to his kingdom's sovereignty seriously. The results of today's battle would determine whether or not such preparations would be for naught.

    Reports from forward scouts had indicated that the Mandervale army was much more formidable than originally anticipated, and that the King Fossoway had taken personal control of preparations and was remarkably liberal in the allocation of his kingdom's resources preparing for the pending Lannister invasion. With so much being committed to the defense of Tumbleton, resources would be stretched thin in other parts of his realm. As the main host of the Lannister forces marched onward from the west, 500 soldiers had been raised from the southern Crownlands under the command of Ser Denys Farring. Troops from King's Landing had further been dispatched to the south to join forces under Ser Denys.

    Though his war council had reported invasion plans to him, King Atem had declined to ride east to participate in the battle. It would be King Atem's principal advisor, Lord Leighton Dayne, who had command of the Lannister forces.

    While the Reach had a number of healthy men to serve as troops, their equipment and discipline couldn't match that of Westerlands soldiers. While the wind would disrupt the efforts of archers, it was the enemy cavalry that concerned Lord Dayne. Even with a generous number of pikemen to counter cavalry, Lord Dayne was worried it might not be enough.

    2,500 men strong, the troops were fresh and ready for battle. In unison, they marched onward in line formation. Shields in the front, flanked by pikemen and line infantry. Remaining behind in command, Lord Dayne looked on at the advancing troops on horseback, with a small group of lieutenants and four companies of reserve infantry.

    Ser Denys Farring's troops had not yet arrived, but he was aware of the battle plans. The strike was to begin at dawn.

    So began the lion's conquest.
     
  2. Raymond Fossoway

    Raymond Fossoway Lord of New Barrel

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    Raymond Fossoway had been alerted of the movements of Lannister men, though the accuracy of the amount of men raised was shoddy. Some of the riders said four thousand. Some of them said three thousand. However, it seemed indeed accurate in Raymond's assumption that the enemy army would take the Kingsroad on their travel towards his lands, moving through crownland territory. So, as they marched, the Lannister men may be surprised that the closer they got to the border of the Reach, the more present various traps had been when assembled. Not necessarily lethal traps, but ones that were annoying.

    Pitfalls of which were easier to make and hide in the softer soils. The sharp caltrops of which lay hidden within the dirt and soil for men and horses to step upon. Only but a couple crossbows hidden with string hidden in low grass so that when stepped or tripped, a bolt flies out into the crowd. One might view them as minor distractions, but Raymond recognized that an army was a machine, and when one exerted their mental energy or physical energy getting out of traps and or looking to avoid them, it would make men uneasy. Worried of pain at any step or corner. Lugging around the wounded, too would be an exertion.

    Raymond was present with about four and a half thousand men. Four thousand foot and five hundred horses. From the Kingdom of Highgarden were to arrive a thousand five hundred strong. A thousand foot and five hundred cavalry so Raymond was expecting. Raymond lay in form wait around then.

    Four thousand five hundred. Nearly a quarter of the army of the Mandervale stood here to defend Tumbleton, and it was good that this was so. "If my assumptions are correct Lord Appleton, battle should break out very soon. According to the rider's reports. They also say that Lord Tarly has risen from Hornhill and has answered the obligation to war to assist us." A firm wait as an older looking man gives a firm nod of his head. "Yes. Your Grace. Though we know not how many potentially arrive as reinforcements in this regard."

    "I would expect when the Lannisters launch their assault on Tumbleton, our allies would arrive well in time to assault the Lannister men from behind if that's the case. If our defenses are ready, prepare the men for battle for the morning. I won't let a Lannister soldier take a single step into this city. We'll remind the Lion on what happens when they march on the Reach."
     
  3. Leighton Dayne

    Leighton Dayne Right Counsellor

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    The time of the Lion has come. For decades, the independent kingdoms of Westeros enjoyed their relative isolation, abdicating their responsibility to the throne which their people have long served. While others rested in their cradle of power, comfortable from the politics, struggles, and kinship of their neighbors of nation, House Lannister prepared itself for such a moment where the continent of Westeros would be reunified under a single crown - a Lannister crown. This battle at Tumbleton would be the vanguard to a new dynasty, that of King Atem Lannister, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm.

    While the Lannister troops were sure to be outnumbered, the question as to if they would be outmatched remained to be seen. Only a handful of troops had become encumbered from the journey to the staging area before the battle, and troop strength and morale was at a high. While the advantage often goes to the defense, with an aggressive wind and dry heat, conditions could not have been better for the attackers. Looking to his archer commander, he nodded and with a flick of his wrist toward the enemy encampments, orders began barking.

    Lines of light infantry began their advance, flanked tightly by pikemen. As the rhythmic sound of disciplined troops marching in formation continued, a dozen arrows or so flew overhead, flying in the direction of the enemy encampment. These arrows though would fall short and slightly off target, affected by the wind surely; this apparent shortcoming was by design however, as the archers were simply gauging distance and zeroing their shots. In preparation for the battle to come.

    While first strikes are a critical juncture in warfare, Lord Dayne was not one to adopt such a doctrine in battle. Though some of the defensive capabilities were still known, it was nearly impossible to tell with certainty what tricks the apple lord had up his sleeve. Soon, he would find out.

    Raymond Fossoway Rolland Tarly
     
  4. Raymond Fossoway

    Raymond Fossoway Lord of New Barrel

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    Raymond has had a considerable amount of time to prepare for his foes, marching his men and resources to the defense of his border as a first battle and deterrent. What the Lannister men were met with was more or less, quite possibly an intimidating sight. The Reachman army had stood in the field to engage them for the time being near the border of Tumbleton, pavises resting before them. Portable wooden walls that would shield their lines from arrows, and obscuring true visage on how many men there were exactly, but also the dug in trenches behind them. Their front line was a solid wall.

    Five hundred cavalry, a thousand five hundred archers, and two thousand infantry of varying assortments. What was evident. The Reachmen stand firm and strong, and with it, the Lannister archers fire their arrows into the sky, and evidently their arrows fall short, in part from wind, but also because they weren't quite in that ideal range as of yet.

    Raymond remains along the back line with his cavalry division, sword by his side, lance in one arm, and a one handed warhammer in the other. "They're within the ideal range. Loose Ballistae!" Perhaps it was a boon for the Westerlander army to come in uniform position, for within just a few moments, Ballistae fire out, their long and powerful bolts soaring through the air, looking to crash within their formations, the elongated bolts not truly needing to hit any specific targets, but to disrupt their formations and concentration.

    What's next. "LET LOOSE TREBUCHETS! LOOSE!" Lord Mason Appleton calls forth, and with it, there is the sound of flinging, a detachment as six gigantic rounded stones soar through the air, the shadows of the huge stones starting small, but swiftly growing larger as they descend towards the ground towards the Lannister rankings. Even if they were to fall short, it is of little consequence, for they bounce and roll towards their foes, and or crack and send shards of broken stone ripping into their formed masses. That said? The Reachmen do not advance, and instead maintain their superior defensive formations seemingly for a moment before Raymond orders.

    "Retreat! Fall back!" Orders ripple, and with it, the men at the front lift the pavises, several men per wall by the connected ropes, and the forces seemingly withdraw, pulling back from their archer fire, but also making the men seem like cowards at the same token. They pull back in a fast retreat of sorts, but stop just before their trenches, awaiting for an advance. Raymond's ranged weapons reload in this period, and it seems to be that the Reach King was more than inclined to allow his enemies to advance further if they wished.

    Raymond's archers utilize his opponent's ranged references to adjust their aim, adjust their best to the wind that blows the banners, and prepare. The Lannisters came ill prepared for such a battle. Their first formation likely devastated by the superior firepower that was being packed. However, it was now to see if the Lannisters would fall for Raymond's trap and advance, or would take the time to reorganize their ranks. Whatever the case. Raymond's men had pulled back enough to force their archers to press forward again to readjust their aim,

    The infantry raise their shields to protect themselves from any potential archer retaliation the enemy might have, and in turn, the Reachman morale was firm. Their men well rested and tensed. Four thousand five hundred against two thousand five hundred. Reinforcements not yet arrived. Though perhaps the men of Highgarden had rallied with the Tarly men to coordinate? Raymond would find out soon.
     

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