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    Lamian War


    Pretexts
    Macedonian Hegemony – Macedon is seen as an oppressive state which does not value the nations of liberty and has unjustly subjugated the people of Greece for too long. Swayed principally by Hypereides, a staunch anti-Macedonian rhetoric and demagogue, the Athenians declared war in the hopes of engendering a new, anti-Macedonian Hellenic League, and appointed Leosthenes general of the allied forces.

    Exiles Decree – Greeks that lost in the frequent wars or political enemies among the city states were often exiled and found themselves settling in the Persian Empire. Once Alexander conquered the Persians, he allowed some of these exiles to return to Greece under the Exiles Decree if they joined him early on (those who fought for Darius at Issus and afterwards were were sent to Bactria). Two large groups of these are the Samians of Samos and Acarnanians in Aetolia (Stratos) and they wish to have their cities restored to their rules (and then join Antigonus and Epirus respectively). Athens and Aetolia do not want this.

    Hellenic Leauge (anti-Macedonian)
    Athens – Leader of the coalition, desires to restore its former empire and be leader of the greeks
    Aetolian League- A new ambitious power which sees its chance to become a major power in Greece by throwing off Macedonian rule.
    Argolid-Arcadian League – perhaps the least eager participant, has joined Athens out of opportunism, is tasked with making sure Corinth or Sparta to not move against them.
    Thessaly(only Pherae so far) – Thessaly is very prone to revolt, if Macedon loses a battle the rest will revolt.
    Other Forces
    Leauge of Corinth (pro-Macedonian)
    Boeotian League – Recently defeated in battle against the Athenians under Lesothenes, currently under occupation but could be liberated
    Corinthian Leauge – Technically allied to Macedon but is not doing anything

    Neutral
    Sparta – Bitter, the Spartans won’t involve themselves in what they see as an Athenian led venture.
    Rhodes - Rhodes has quietly disengaged itself from the petty affairs of Greece and begun focusing on fortifying its city, building a fleet, and gaining trade
    Corcyra - An island city state that is independant although both Athens, Corinth, and Epirus view it as in their sphere of influence and are intent on conquering it.
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    Harpalus Caught!




    Shortly after Harpalus ran away from Athens he crossed with a squadron to nearby Megara. There he has lived a life of idleness and debauchery among the port bars and his identity soon became known to the locals. His few remaining true friends urged him to leave as he had overstayed his welcome but too late news reached Antipater’s spy network. Under the cover of darkness agents attacked Harpalus on his way back to his ship and without much torture were able to find where he hid the gold, in a cave some distance down the coast.

    As Antipater gains greatly from this windfall, the greeks now feel their position weakening, and spurred by desperate energy begin to move northwards.

    +1500 Talents to Antipater

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    Leosthenes gazed out at the massive encampment of the Athenian-Aetolian coalition. It had taken a years of combined political effort and a lifetime of experience but now the Greeks were ready. They had put aside their differences to defeat the enemy of liberty. Under his command, Leosthenes though, he will be remembered among such legends as Leonidas, Alcibiades, and Epaminondas. Not to mention an unparalled amount of influence in the Athenian Demos...

    Generals and political representaives from all greek states arrived now at his tent to discuss the plan.

    Leothenes began first;
    "Gentlemen. Most esteemed hellenes. I welcome you to this strategic summit. As you all may know, the Gods of Olympus have favored our designs and seen to it that events fall in our favor and against the Macedonians. Let us look at our current situation."

    Leothenes brings out the map

    Here at Thermopylae we control an impenetrable defensive line but this is not enough. It is time we move out into the Thessalian plains now that we have secured enough cavalry. The Macedonian Army cannot stand against us in open combat and Thessaly will soon swell our ranks. In addition to controlling the land we also control the sea, the Athenian Fleet dominates the Propontis Sea and is ready to move to block any attempt of the diadochi to reinforce Antipater from Asia via a crossing at the Hellespont. Our spies are intently following the moves of Kraterus and Polyperchon but as of yet they are bogged down in Cappadocia while Lysimachus is cut off tfrom his troops. Even Antigonos is warring in Cappadocia with Eumen."


    Heraclitus of Aetolia interjects;
    "Additionally it seems on the diplomatic front Antipater has become increasingly isolated and unable to influence events in Greece. Epirus, who is the greatest enemy of my people has resolved to not intervene and their King has even married into a pro hellenic Thessalian family. The King's cousin, Olympias the mother of Alexander also hates Antipater so much so that she would likely rather see us succeed.

    Thank you for that insight, Heraclitus. Yes, diplomatically Macedon is at its lowest since before the rise of Philip. Former Macedonian allies have been cowed into submission or in the case of the Boeotians, defeated by our peerless hoplites. When we march on Thessaly and liberate them I task you noble politicians to craft a treaty with macedon. I do not think it wise to provoke Antipater too much which may draw in the wrath of the other macedonian marshals, but it should be enough to create a new more equal relationship.

    So in conclusion, the attack must begin now while the "wind blows" as we Athenians say. Does anyone oppose this motion."


    No one did.


    At the pass of Thermopylae the combined forces of the "Hellenic Leauge"
    Leosthenes
    8 Mercenary Hippies (800)
    4 Elite Hoplites (1000)
    2 Mercenary Rhodian Slingers (500)
    12 Mercenary Hoplites (3000)
    8 Hoplites (2000)
    8 Psilioi (2000)
    4 Ekdromoi (1000)



    Heraclitus of Aetolia
    6 Hoplites (1500)
    4 Hippeis (400)
    8 Levy Hoplites (2000)
    4 Ekdromoi (1000)
    12 Psilioi (3000)



    Athenian Fleet@ Propontis
    10 Quadriremes
    100 Triremes
    100 Biremes




    Leosthenes begins his march on Thessaly, moving to Lamia then Larissa to free the region and liberate the state at regular march. If this occurs Thessalian units will join the greeks.

    Will arrive in Thessaly in ~3 days
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    Liberation of Larissa!




    One by one the thessalian cities were "liberated". Phillip II had overthrown the king and restored the powers of the old aristocracy, under him, but now the aristocrats were being stripped in favor of a friend of Leosthenes named Tantalus. His claim to the throne was spurious at best, however Leosthenes knew Tantalus could be controlled as an ally, if not puppet of Athens...as it had been in the days of Athen's golden age. At Larissa the army of Thessaly joined the greek army, the most valuable asset being their shock cavalry which was sorely lacked among the army. The cavalry hooves thudded across the plains giving a preview of the martial skill to the southern greeks. Leosthenes clapped in approval and the politician Hypereides gave a rousing speech about the return of Liberty and the certain doom of the Macedonian Marshals.




    The Royal Thessalian army
    King Tantalus of Thessaly (6 Command, 6 combat, 7 admin)
    10 Thessalian Cavalry (1000)
    4 Hoplites (1000)
    12 Levy Hoplites (3000)
    10 psiloi (2500)


    Notes:
    +Thessaly to be added as an npc allied to Athens
    +Leosthenes will advance upon Macedonia itself in 1 day, and seize Dion for Athens, as it was once an Athenian city state.
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    ooc: battle happens today, posting really quickly sorry for lack of exposition

    Encounter at Dion


    Antipater arrives in Dion to see the Athenian owl standard flying above its gates. Outside the large Hellenic League army is beginning to array itself in battle formation. Leosthenes feels that the time has come for a great decisisve battle to determine the outcome of the war.

    Risks of Field battle (should you accept)
    If Macedon wins Thessaly will revert to Macedonian control and Boeotia will gain its independance
    If Macedon loses Macedon will be be broken up with only lower macedon remaining loyal to the Antipatrids



    The terrain is flat plains with scattered farms ideal for macedonian/thessailian cavalry providing 10% bonus


    Hellenic League Army
    Leosthenes
    8 Mercenary Hippies (800)
    4 Elite Hoplites (1000)
    2 Mercenary Rhodian Slingers (500)
    12 Mercenary Hoplites (3000)
    8 Hoplites (2000)
    8 Psilioi (2000)
    4 Ekdromoi (1000)

    Heraclitus of Aetolia
    6 Hoplites (1500)
    4 Hippeis (400)
    8 Levy Hoplites (2000)
    4 Ekdromoi (1000)
    12 Psilioi (3000)

    King Tantalus of Thessaly (6 Command, 6 combat, 7 admin)
    10 Thessalian Cavalry (1000)
    4 Hoplites (1000)
    12 Levy Hoplites (3000)
    10 psiloi (2500)


    Macedonians
    Antipater

    Pezhetairoi x 32 (8,000)
    Levy Phalanx x 16 (4,000)
    Psiloi x 26 (6,500)
    Prodromoi x 18 (1800)
    Xystophoroi x 18 (1800)
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    Naval Battle of Tenedos


    Weather/Sea Conditions
    Weather: Clear, no storm in sight
    Waves: No Surf
    Wind: Light easterly

    In order to secure the Hellespont crossing the Macedonians have dispatched their fleet to remove the Athenian presence/



    The situation:
    The Macedonian fleet is currently moving slowly between the island of Tenedos and is tightly packed between it and the land. As it heads towards the Hellespont the Athenian fleet is sighted emerging from its base at Imbros. The oars can be seen rapidly flashing up and back down into the sea, intent on the attack. It seems to be splitting to avoid the rabbit islands.


    The commander needs to now decide what to do. Experienced naval captains offer potential ideas. They could hold their current position, it is very defensive and almost impossible to ram if they all halt here and hold a very tight formation although the downside is many ships in the back may not be able to contribute much. The other solution is to move out from their position and seek to intercept the two groups of Athenians, on to the west of Imbros and the other to the east.

    They salute Lysimachus:
    “All oarsmen are at their stations awaiting your orders, Navarch.”

    Athenian Fleet
    Navarch PLEISTARCHOS Pleistarchos command 13
    Trierarchos HYLAS command 10
    Trierarchos MENTESs command 10

    Athenian [email protected] Propontis
    10 Quadriremes
    100 Triremes
    100 Biremes


    vs

    Lysimachid-Leonnatid-Ptolemaic Fleet
    LYSIMACHUS command 12
    POLYPERCHON command 12
    ALEXANDROS POLYPERCHONIDES command 10

    75 Quadriremes
    100 Triremes

    Antipatrid Macedonian Fleet
    20 Quadriremes
    45 Triremes





    Naval battles are more free-form, generally you command your ships to do a general strategy and either do;

    Boarding – Simplest form of naval combat, the more marines a ship has, the bigger it is, the and calmer the sea is the more effective it will generally be. Good against ships trying to ram. After the battle, a roll between 5-30% of the BP inflicted by boarding procedures will be captured by your fleet, and you can use them, provided that you can pay for upkeep.

    Ranged- both large and small ships can do this, larger ships have more range due to height of deck but smaller ships can avoid the enemy for longer due to speed. Good against ships trying to board, as you are able to shoot down many marines on the decks.

    Ramming -Larger ships with inexperienced crews are generally poorer at ramming since they are slow but if they do strike its critical. Good against ships trying to use ranged attacks as they present an easy target to strike

    Notes
    • Choose your Navarch, and up to 2 Trierarchos
    • The Athenians are skilled sailors and can ram quite well (although they are nowhere as skilled as in in their golden age)
    • The wind is not as big a factor as in the Age of Sail, but it is more difficult to row against the wind, and faster to row with it
    • You can use your sails in battle for rapid speed if the wind is in your favor but they are an easy flammable target and take long to roll up
    • The lack of surf means all units will have good cohesion, and the accuracy of ranged attacks will be stronger, as well as the wind. Additionally, ships will be harder to capsize if they take damage, meaning this battle will not have undue casualties.



    http://i.imgur.com/0KYn7oy.jpg
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    Battle of the Hellespont



    As the battle became clearer and close it became evident of the superiority of the macedonian vessels. The Athenians, despite the skill of their crews, and capacities in ramming could not compete against the much larger and more powerful macedonian vessels and their crews on such calm seas. The Athenians should have retreated, but they didn't, over-eager for battle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lysimachus
    Plan:
    The fleet sails out from the strait between Tenedos and Hellespontine, moving toward the Athenians as they split their forces about the Rabbit Islands. Not wanting to become trapped in the constraining space of the straits through which they were passing.


    They split into three main group. The first group under Poly moves forward against the Athenian left group travel between the Rabbit Islands and Hellespontine, the second moves against the Athenian right as they move west of the Rabbit Islands, finally the third and smallest group moves around the far end of the Athenian right.


    Group 1: Under the Command of Polyperchon (12 Command)
    45 Quadriemes
    65 Triremes
    The heavier Quadriemes move toward the Athenian fleet, closing for a boarding maneuver. The lighter and more maneuverable Triremes move to protect the larger vessels by ramming the enemy ships against their far left.
    On this flank Polyperchon leads the marines to board the athenian vessels. Against the onslaught the athenians fight bravely but lose many ships. However, the hail of enemy arrow fire from the biremes circling about weakens the macedonian offensive while athenian triremes puncture a few quadrirmes on the flank. Meanwhile, the macedonian triremes flounder completely bumping into each other and breaking each others oars due to total lack of experience bad roll
    Status: Attack halted and driven back somewhat, incompetent rowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Lysimachus
    Group 2: Under the Command of Lysimachus (12 Command)
    45 Quadriemes
    60 Triremes
    The heavier Quadriemes move toward the Athenian fleet, closing for a boarding maneuver. The lighter and more maneuverable Triremes here move to protect the larger vessels, half attempting to ram the enemy and half providing ranged support to drive off enemy ships. A prerogative here is to hold the enemy ships in place to allow the 3rd group to fulfill its purpose.
    On this front it seemed the athenians tried a similiar tactic although the macedonians heavily outnumbered them. Morever, soon into the battle the enemy triarch Mentes was slain by a missile. Soon after the athenian ships began falling back which turned into a rout. Lysimachus was able to capture their flagship but the men had already giving up and were mourning Mentes.

    This decisisve victory that was unexpected meant Alexandros fleet was unecessary. Together the two fleets began moving around the rabbit islands but Navarvh Pleistarchos of the Athenians began his retreat rather than fight any more this day.


    Status: Complete breakthrough

    Athenian Ships:
    Navarch PLEISTARCHOS command 13
    Trierarchos HYLAS command 10
    Trierarchos MENTES command 10
    10 Quadriremes 6 Quadriremes
    100 Triremes 40 Triremes
    100 Biremes 25 Biremes

    Captured : (belongs to Lysimachus should he want them)
    2 Quadriremes
    20 Triremes
    30 Biremes



    Lysimachid-Leonnatid-Ptolemaic Fleet
    LYSIMACHUS command 12
    POLYPERCHON command 12
    ALEXANDROS POLYPERCHONIDES command 10
    75 Quadriremes 70 Quadriremes
    100 Triremes 85 Triremes

    Antipatrid Macedonian Fleet
    20 Quadriremes 18 Quadriremes
    45 Triremes 5 Triremes

    Effects:
    • Hellespont is now clear
    • Athenian fleet has withdraw to Athens harbor (Piraeus
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    Skirmish at Dion


    Quote Originally Posted by Antipater
    Antipater looked out before him at the Macedonian city of Dion. A brief moment of doubt beset him, as he had allowed the Greeks to march upon him before his forces were marshaled and it had provoked a mutiny amongst the Thessalians. No matter, he thought, the Gods fought with Alexander, and they will surely not desert us now. Antipater summoned a council of war among his lieutenants, few of whom had seen any combat. A few captains suggested withdrawing to Pella to await reinforcements from Macedon, while others argued to negotiate peace with the Athenians. Antipater dismissed both of these opinions. To allow the Greeks to ravage Macedon was wholly unacceptable and it would tarnish his career in the face of the other Diadochi. Alternatively, to negotiate would indicate weakness. Antipater had full faith and confidence that the Athenian blockade would be shattered, and that it was only a matter of time before the rest of the Macedonian Royal Army arrived in Greece to stamp out this Greek rabble of mercenaries and brigands. Antipater had a plan and chose to attack.

    Phase I - Skirmish

    Antipater ordered the Prodromoi and Psiloi to prepare themselves for battle. The skirmishers would act as a screening force to draw out the light infantry of the Greek and Hellenic line, and move to screen his forces' deployment to prevent Leosthenes from deducing his plans. Orders were given for the skirmishers to begin maneuvers while flanked by the cavalry. During this time, Antipater would arrange his army accordingly. To the skirmishers, he gave orders to delay and harrass the enemy line, but to avoid direct engagement. The Psiloi would exchange fire with the enemy while the Prodromoi move to harass the flanks. Behind them, the Xystophoroi would stand in two groups, one of six ala on the right flank, and one of twelve on the left, ready to protect the flanks, should the enemy counter-attack.

    Skirmishers
    Psiloi x 26 (6,500)
    Prodromoi x 18 (1800)
    Greek Skirmishers
    Psiloi x 30 (7500)
    MERC Rhodian Slingers 2 (500)


    After long waiting, encamped on opposite sides of the field, it seemed at last the macedonians were prepared to fight. Leosthenes was prepared for Antipater's attack.

    "Months of waiting are over, at last, it seems the Macedonians want to dance. Good! Let the fate of greece be decided upon this day, for I do not want our army bogged down in sieges but wreathes of glory put upon my brow back in Athens. "

    "Deploy our archers and peltasts, send in the rhodians and drive them back...oh and our special corps of gastraphetes, give them a taste of true hellenic engineering."


    From across the field both sides began loosing arrows and slingshots and a confused maelstrom. While the macedonian light cavalry sweeped around the flanks their manuever was clumsy and unworthy of alexander and allowed the athenians to turn their gastraphetes crossbows upon them and unleash deadly volleys which scattered the prodromoi. The intense missile fire from the greek side took its toll upon the macedonians and at last they broke and ran, the entire force melts away. (poor macedonian roll inflicting 5900 bp damage) (good greek roll inflicting 13300 bp damage)


    Result: Greek victory
    Effects: Small morale boost for the greeks

    Greek Losses
    15 x psiloi

    Macedonian Losses
    26 x psiloi
    3 x prodromoi
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    The army of Lysimachus, Polyperchon and Cassander had snuck its way into Attica, an army of Veterans supplied by the victorious allied fleet, and strengthened by the Silver Shields marched on the heart of the Lamian rebellion. In an audacious mission they sailed from Pergamon to Athens and took the Athenians by surprise, even as the Athenians busied themselves in the north striking at Macedon. Men about the countryside fled at the sight of the Macedonian army, seeking shelter behind to walls of their city, Athens, the great gem of Attica would certainly protect them.. or so they hoped. The population with in the city swelled as the siege lines went up in earnest, and when word came that their port might fall under blockade, panic came over the city. Their would be no wooden walls to cling to this time..

    Lysimachus scouted the walls under the guard of his Thessalian cavalry, watching the walls for weak points and guard rotations. It seemed funny, now that Thessaly had joined Athens, that a Thessalian, like Lysimachus, should bring an end to their pursuit of empire. They're likely over 10,000 strong, my lord. Said one of the cavalrymen, thoughtlessly. Good, more corpses to burn when we're done. He eyed the walls cooly, mouthing something to himself before speaking. Have you any word from my allies in the city, how much longer before they make a move? Lysimachus had friends still here in Greece, friends whose placement could very well come in handy during this battle. No word as of yet. His soldier replied blankly. Soon my lord, I am certain.

    Use: Traitor within the City
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    Athens has fallen!



    Athens, as a democracy was hardly a united state such as the superior Macedonian model of Kings and heirachies. Within the city Lysimachus had numerous contacts which were pro-macedonian oligarchists. In the opening days they sent messangers of support and promised to aid them in their swift victory. The macedonians waited for 2 weeks, because in the first couple of weeks the athenians were on especially high alert which gradually degenerated into routine. This was the moment the oligarchist faction waited for, ran into the gatehouse, slaughtered the guards and oepned the gates.

    Like the fall of Troy, such was the fall of Athens. The defenders sounded the alarm late but the troops were unready and panicked. Easily cut down by phalanx in the streets and thessalian cavalry storming through the city like demons from a nightmare.

    The Acropolis of Athens is where they made their final stand and so far the macedonians have been unable to take it completely.

    The rest of the army and whatever commanders have opted to board the fleet and make a breakout for Samos, the most loyal island to Athens.



    Macedonian Casualties
    -1 Alexander's Veterans (Cassander)

    Athenian Casualties
    total

    Effects:

    • Athens is under the occupation of Lysimachus
    • The Athenian fleet is attempting to escape to some island, likely samos, The Macedonian fleet may attempt to bottle them up and destroy/capture it but be warned: The Athenian fleet is now very desperate and will fight hard
    • The Boeotian league can be liberated if the Macedonians march through it at regular march and will be very open to aligning with their liberator be it Lysimachus or Polyperchon
    • If the battle of dion is won by Antipater, the war is over, if Leosthenes wins Dion the war will resume with Leosthenes marching back south
    • You may negotiate with the oligarch faction, creating a puppet state who will keep athens, naxos in return for the rest of the islands to you. The downsides being that you must protect it, and if you roll invasion event oligarch faction will be overthrown and this powerful resurgent athens will seek to retake all its islands
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    Athens Reorganized

    In the aftermath of the battle many things begin to change, edits are made to the constitution setting new extremly high property requirements for citizenship, enforcing a return to the days before the reforms of Solon. A purge is also instituted against the trouble making Athenian citizenry and those allied with leosthenes, those of note being forced to commit suicide or outright killed, others being given to kangaroo courts for judgement. In the wake of this Lysimachus moves to deliver a speech to the people of Athens.. the new Athenian citizenry. He was surrounded by the silver shields, silently keeping watch over their commander. Good people of Athens! He thundered, to the cheers of those he'd empowered. I have liberated this city from the chaos of the mob, and given it to you - the people, paragons of order. He smiled warmly. As if he were some kind of friend to these people. Together we will see the Lamian revolt crushed under heel, and Greece freed from these nonsensical and self destructive usurpers, usurpers like this Leosthenes.

    Effects:
    - Changes are made to the Athenian constitution, putting power in the hands of the oligarchs and dismantling the democracy the Athenians take so much pride in
    - A purge is insituted on the allies of Leosthenes and prominent opponents of the oligarchs, they are stripped of wealth and authority, many are forced to commit suicide or killed as traitors to the city
    - The new Athenian government becomes a protectorate of Lysimachus, sharing his friends and his enemies
    - A limit is put on both the size and number of ships the Athenians may field, nothing larger than a Trireme and no more than 100 ships: after all, the Macedonian fleet guarded them now
    - This new government cedes control of Samos, Lesbos, Lemnos, Chios, and Naxos
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    Blockade

    The combined fleets of Antipater and Lysimachus move to block the Athenian fleet as they attempt to flee. The Macedonians were cautious of their counterparts, knowing a cornered animal fights twice as hard.


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    Battle of Dion



    Greek Formation; split upon ethnic blocs

    To his assembled men, Antipater gave a speech. (written by cfm)

    "Men of Macedon, attention! Steel yourselves for the battle we are about to face, as we fight now for some distant king or some foreign conquest. We fight to defend our homeland, our families, the ancestors, against traitors, mercenaries, and usurpers who wish to destroy our country and everything our brothers have fought and died for. Honor your fathers, your brothers, and your fallen kin, as they smile down upon you from Elysium. The Athenians and their conspirators have seized one of our cities and have installed a puppet in mockery of our ancient kingdom and our ancestors.

    However, that is no matter. Each and everyone one of you is better than they. Amongst the civilized world, there is no finer army. The armies of Macedon have conquered the whole world, from the hundred nations of the Persian Empire to far Indus at the edge of the world. We were allowed this conquest because the Gods have sought to favor us as the sons of Achilles, and that the whole world is our birthright. I have personally trained you, and watched your progress from fresh recruits to hardened soldiers, and I can say, that there is no finer army than this here gathered today. Today, I proudly fight by your side as your companion. Today, we shall show these rebels what Macedonians are made of. Today, you will honor your King, Alexander, who sits among the Divines. Do not shame them with defeat. No retreat, and no surrender.

    Come with me and take this city!


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    Commanded by Antipater himself (survives)
    20x Pezhetairoi
    12 Xystophoroi
    10 Prodromoi

    Vs
    Heraclitus (survives)
    6 Aetolian Hoplites
    4 Aetolian Hippeis )
    8 Aetolian Levy Hoplites
    4 Aetolian Ekdromoi
    8 Aetolian Psilioi

    After his inspiring speech the old Antipater leads his mean to glory. Across the field the Aetolians deploy in a hazphazard phalanx. Heraclitus realized soon enough that this is where the Macedonian hammer was going to strike and tried to encourage his men however they were far from their land. After the aetolian hippeis broke against the macedonian xystophoroi and the light infantry were cut down by anitpaters horseman the hoplite phalanx is completley. compromised.The opposing Macedonian infantry were not in proper phalangite order only having small spears and swords to be mobile on the flank but they easily finished off the aetolian infantry.

    Crushing Victory

    MACEDONIAN LOSSES:
    1 x xystophoroi
    1 x xystophoroi

    AETOLIAN LOSSES: Completely routed



    Center

    6x Pezhetairoi
    6x Levy Phalanx

    Vs.

    8 Mercenary Hippies
    4 Elite Hoplites
    2 Mercenary Rhodian Slingers
    8 Mercenary Hoplites
    8 Hoplites
    4 Psilioi )
    4 Ekdromoi

    Although Leosthenes was in the reserve he was confident in his plan. Swiftly realizing that the Macedonian strike was against the aetolians a concentration of force on the weak Macedonian center was key to victory. After the aetolians gave ground his cavalry moved into the gap created and went behind the thin Macedonian phalanx, combined with overwhelming superior Athenian hoplites broke the enemy line.

    This would have been the end of the battle however a 1000 levy phalangites remain in reserve and inspired by this and antipater's success 750 pezhetairoi join to form a second battle line but the situation is still extremely desperate.

    Clear Defeat


    MACEDONIAN LOSSES: 6 x Levy Phalangites
    3 Pezhetairoi
    GREEK LOSSES: 2 MERC Hoplites



    Right

    6x Xystophoroi
    6x Pezhetairoi
    6x Levy Phalanx
    5 x Prodromoi

    Vs

    Tantalus (survives)
    10 Thessalian Cavalry
    4 Hoplites
    12 Levy Hoplites
    8 psiloi

    The Macedonian right is ordered to advance in a delayed echelon as the third flank to strike, with the Cavalry and light infantry guarding the flanks against enemy cavalry and irregulars. This plan proceeds apace, the thessalians fail to exploit the gaps that are a danger in any echelon formation but the superiority of the Thessalian cavalry (shock cavalry damage) and the dominance of Thessalian infantry become quite apparent. The prodromoi are driven off and the leading forces of the Macedonians are as well. Nevertheless the Macedonian fight extremely hard inflicting great casualties

    MACEDONIAN LOSSES: 6 x Levy Phalangites
    10 x Prodromoi
    2 x Xystophoroi


    GREEK LOSSES: 1 x Thessalian Cavalry
    6 x Levy Hoplites
    3 x Hoplites
    3 x psiloi

    Valiant Defeat


    Greek Reserves
    4x Merc Hoplites
    2 x Psiloi
    Notes
    • Both sides may deploy reserves to whatever side they want
    • Antipater is now allowed to wheel upon the athenian center and/or send units to bolster his basically nonexistent center although his pezhetaroi are not in proper phalanx order and cannot do this in any reasonable amount of time
    • The Macedonian have very little time to win the battle because the center is very weak, if Antipater cannot defeat the Athenians the soldiers will want to abandon the field






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    Battle of Dion (conclusion)



    Antipaters phalanx rushed to the aid of their comrade in the center there a great butchery of the most valiant soldiers of the hellene peoples took place. The Macedonian cavalry had the upper hand however and swept the greek hippeis off the field. Even so, the ferocity of the Athenians, eager to restore their empire and throw off the yoke fought with a surprising determination. Back and forth the line went for an hour.

    center result first roll: Indecisive...

    The Thessalians on the right performed poorly being only hesitant warriors, many of the nobles themselves pro-Macedonian. Philip II had granted them enormous privileges and they were keen to return to the more distant rule of Pella than the nearer rule of Larissa's Monarchy. This delay and lack of desire to push the advantage likely cost the entire battle. Some nobles quietly quit the field rather than fight any longer. The more pro-royalist finally broke through at long last however they looked around and saw how thin their own Thessalonian ranks had become from desertion, and abandoned the Athenian center. For this, the Athenians would hate the Thessalonians in the years to come.

    right result roll: Pyrrhic Victory


    With the lack of support from the Thessalonians the Athenians became increasingly pressured by the Macedonian cavalry and Leosthenes command had become lacking, being in combat with forces Antipater had sent to delay him (successful attempt)

    At long last the Athenians lowered their spears and gave up. Leosthenes gathered as many of his troops as possible and escaped

    center result final roll: Victory

    Total Casualties:

    Hellenic League Army
    Leosthenes escaped
    8 Mercenary Hippies (800)
    4 Elite Hoplites (1000) 2 Elite Hoplites
    2 Mercenary Rhodian Slingers (500)
    12 Mercenary Hoplites (3000)
    8 Hoplites (2000) 4 Hoplites
    8 Psilioi (2000)
    4 Ekdromoi (1000)

    Heraclitus of Aetolia escaped
    6 Hoplites (1500)
    4 Hippeis (400)
    8 Levy Hoplites (2000)
    4 Ekdromoi (1000)
    12 Psilioi (3000)

    King Tantalus of Thessaly (6 Command, 6 combat, 7 admin) captured by Antipater
    10 Thessalian Cavalry (1000)
    4 Hoplites (1000)
    12 Levy Hoplites (3000)
    10 psiloi (2500)



    Macedonians
    Antipater

    Pezhetairoi x 32 (8,000) 25 Pezhetairoi
    Levy Phalanx x 16 (4,000)
    Psiloi x 26 (6,500)
    Prodromoi x 18 (1800) 8 Prodromoi
    Xystophoroi x 18 (1800) 12 Xystophoroi

    ~

    Effects:
    • Dion has capitulated, Thessaly has overthrown King Tantalus and the aristocracy returns its loyalty to Macedon, Boeotia had
    • Boeotia had declared Independence and attributes this to Antipater, rather than Lysimachus or Polyperchon
    • Leosthenes has fled to Lamia with the rest of the Aetolian Army, they offer a separate peace treaty to Antipater giving him control over the strategic city of Lamia. If not they threaten to hold it under siege.




    The Macedonians celebrate their continue triumph over the subordinate southern greeks, Macedonian military might cannot be contested by any in the known world!
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    Daggers in the Night


    Leosthenes toured the camp of the Greek coalition army in Lamia. Their bruising defeat had fractured their morale and broken their army. With the Thessalians completely under the sway of Macedon, with Athens captured by the Lysimachids, and the Aetolians routed, the situation is completely dire for the Athenian coalition. Leosethenes was the glue that held the coalition together. Originally, his rebellion was covertly supported by the Athenian Assembly, but was officially an independent venture, and it was through his rhetoric and administration that he cobbled together a Greek alliance to oppose the Macedonians as the legendary leaders of Greece had done in the past.

    As Leosthenes mused about his situation, forces were at work beyond him. As Leosthenes was touring the fortification outside the camp, he was set upon by armed men with knives. It was only through the work of one of his bodyguards that he was able to escape with his life. Unfortunately, the assassins escaped into the night and could not be identified.

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    Situation in 320 BC


    Antipater surveyed the situation in Greece. His victory over the Greeks at Lamia was decisive, but not total. The capture of Athens and the liberation of Boetia was assured, but as long as Leosthenes still possessed an army the Macedonian homeland was still threatened. To this end, he marched his army with haste to Lamia to confront the coalition directly. However, he knew that time was on his side. Already, the alliance has shown signs of fracturing. The Thessalians have defected back into the Macedonian fold, while the Boetians have broken free, and the Arcadians and Aetolians have become weary of war. To this end, Antipater resolved himself to engage in diplomacy to thwart the alliance without unsheathing his sword and risking more precious blood being spilled.


    Letter to the Aetolians
    Heraclitus,

    The Aetolian League has been defeated in battle once before, and my forces have marshaled themselves to become stronger than ever. Mighty Athens has fallen, your armies are shattered, Boetia has thrown off the shackles of servitude, and we have marshaled the League of Corinth. My army is marching swiftly to Lamia to end this war utterly. You may accept my terms of surrender, or be destroyed utterly and your cities will be destroyed in the same fashion as Thebes was destroyed by Alexander, or Athens was subjugated by Lysimachus. I know Heraclitus is aware of the might of the Macedonian arms, as you have served alongside Alexander, and I also know that this war was initiated not of your own doing, but due to the cupidity and bellicosity of your council. I wish you to consider an offer of peace and surrender before your destruction to spare your cities harm. Withdraw your armies and return to Aetolia, and pledge allegiance and fidelity to the League of Corinth, including its tribute, and we will spare you and your cities.

    Antipater


    Letter to the Arcadians
    To the Arcadians are Argolids,

    Your treachery to the oaths you made have not gone unnoticed. However, your protectors have been utterly vanquished. Leosthenes has been routed at Dion utterly, while Athens has been humbled, Thebes destroyed, Thessaly conquered, and my army marches to destroy the last of the traitors at Lamia. We are willing to negotiate your surrender, for you cannot hope to survive alone against both the Macedonians and the Laconians. Withdraw your armies and return to Arcadia, and pledge allegiance and fidelity to the League of Corinth, including its tribute, and we will spare you and your cities.

    Antipater


    Letter to the Corinthians
    Hail citizens of Corinth,

    Word has reached me of your fidelity to Macedon. I am honored to know that the Corinthians have upheld the oaths they have made to Macedonian Empire. I ask you now to honor your oaths and marshal your forces for the defense of mighty Hellas against those who would do our alliance harm. The cities of the Argolid-Arcadian League have been tasked with subduing your lands, threatening your liberty, and hoping to supplant your people. I call upon you to honor your oaths an levy an army to defend your homeland and join the Macedonians in defense of our country. Your loyalty, patience, and fidelity will not be forgotten.

    Regent of Macedon,

    Antipater


    Letter to the Boetians
    Hail citizens of Boetia,

    I am honored and pleased to hear of your successful overthrow of the tyrannical Athenians. I am happy to hear of your newfound liberty, and I ask that you help us complete this victory by marshaling your forces and placing it under our command. We seek to defend your homeland and all of Hellas from this rebel horde.

    Regent of Macedon,

    Antipater



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    Maecdonian Diplomacy


    After many months the cities of greece have returned their reply to Macedon's diplomatic blitzkrieg, however negotiations are not yet finished...




    “The Aetolian council has met, all tribes and cities have voted, and an offer of white peace is to be given to Macedon. Additionally, Leosthenses and the democratic Athenian exiles shall remain in Aetolia.”
    • Aetolia offers this terms with 100% acceptance rate
    • Otherwise you may try to coerce them into your league with the following chance, although should this fail they will mobilize all their reserves in a major defense of their territory and will have to be utterly defeated.


    Aetolia
    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Greek Liberty Desire/hate of Macedonians -40% (aetolians were famous anti-macedonians)
    Friendly with enemies (Corinth/Boeoetia) -10%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Threat 5%
    Protection +30%
    55%


    Your demands for protection (add as many of these as you see fit)
    -10% for 50 talents of tribute
    -10% for 10% of army service should you require it in war


    A man representing the corinthian and Achaean cities delivers a message;
    The League of Corinth welcomes the macedonian armies in a defense pact and look foward to your appearance at the Isthmian Games. We only implore you to set your demands lightly upon us, as true allies.”

    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Greek Liberty Desire/hate of macedonians -20%
    pre-existing relations +10%
    Mutual Enemies (against Aetolia, Argolis, and Athens) +15%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Protection +30%
    105%

    Your demands for protectionadd as many of these as you see fit)
    -10% for 50 talents of tribute
    -10% for 10% of army service should you require it in war



    Well dressed aristocratic diplomats arrive at Pella and present a small scroll in reply

    Antipater

    Your spies must be mistaken for we have never waged war upon your allies in greece. The peloponesse has been peaceful, I only took my men on training exercises near corinth. Argos and Arcadia only seek to protect itself from Sparta and Corinth, we have no desire to fight mighty macedonians.

    Strategos Nicostratus
    • Aetolia offers this terms with 100% acceptance rate
    • Otherwise you may try to coerce them into your league with the following chance, although should this fail they will mobilize all their reserves in a major defense of their territory and will have to be utterly defeated.



    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Liberty Desire/hate of macedonians -20%
    Friendly with enemies (Corinth/achaea) -15%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Protection +30%
    65%

    Your demands for protection (add as many of these as you see fit)
    -10% for 50 talents of tribute
    -10% for 10% of army service should you require it in war



    A small group of shabby diplomats returned from the cities of Orchomenus;



    “Antipater, General of Macedon

    We are greateful to Antipater and Lysimachus for the liberation of our cities. We have already met Lysimachus and he is a great and noble man we hear the same of Antipater. In gratitude we accept Macedon as our protector but we also have one request from the homeless Thebans. They have been reduced to abject poverty ever since Alexander destroyed Thebes and it is a disgrace to hellenic peoples everywhere that such barbarism, asiatic savagery as the razing of entire cities for denouching a tyrant has happened. To rebuild the city would be most noble and generous.

    Peisis of Thespiae
    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Liberty Desire/hate of macedonians -20%
    Liberated by Macedonians +20%
    Mutual Enemies (against Aetolia, Argolis, and Athens) +15%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Protection +30%
    115%

    Your demands for protection (add as many of these as you see fit)
    -10% for 50 talents of tribute
    -10% for 10% of army service should you require it in war
    -50% for a city (possible in this case)

    Notes
    • Every proposal will cost 50 Talents, accepting the white peace offers from Aetolians and Arcadians is free howeverr
    • Promising to rebuild Thebes will improve your reputation (600 Talents) by+10% in all proposals and +30% for Boeotia. You don’t have to pay immediately, this is just a promise to be done by 315 or else Greeks will depise you.
    • Any who accept your offers may be merged into a single greater League faction if you want
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    Leosthenes speaks before the walls to the besiegers:

    "Men of Macedon, enough blood has been spilt, my own city is under occupation by traitors, all I ask is that you let me and my brave men live the rest of our days in peace among the rugged tribes of Aetolia. We will not challenge your hegemony again, for the Gods have shown the error of our pride. Accept peace, go home to your families, or return to fight each other, the greeks care not!"



    Siege of Lamia - Begins 3/24
    Lamia (Coastal) - Moderate Walls - 5 days to starve out. The city is under blockade. The city will capitulate on 3/29.
    Takes 1 day to build light siege engines to assault one side of the wall (ready 3/25)
    Takes 3 days to build heavy siege engines to assault two sides of the walls (ready 3/27)
    Chance of breaching: ???%


    Garrison
    Heraclitus of Aetolia (Command: 10
    Admin: 8
    Combat: 8

    6 Aetolian Hoplites (1500)
    4 Aetolian Hippeis (400)
    8 Aetolian Levy Hoplites (2000)
    4 Aetolian Ekdromoi (1000)
    12 Aetolian Psilioi (3000)

    Leosthenes (Command: 12
    Admin: 8
    Combat: 9)

    2 Elite Athenian Hoplites
    4 Athenian Hoplites
    4 Athenian Ekdromoi (1000)
    vs

    Besiegers -
    Antipater(Command Talent: 9
    Personal Combat Ability: 5
    Administrative Ability: 5)

    Cassander (Command Talent: 12
    Personal Combat Ability: 7
    Administrative Ability: 7)


    7 x Alexandrian Veterans
    5 x Veteran Thessalian Cavalry
    10 x Mercenary Hippeis
    6 x Mercenary Thracian Peltasts
    25 x Pezhetairoi
    8 x Prodromoi
    12 x Xystophoroi





    Meanwhile in Aetolia, their new army has been raised to staunchly deter any macedonian invader:

    Amfissa
    12 Levy Hoplites,
    10 Psiloi,
    6 Ekdromoi

    Naupaktos
    12 Levy Hoplites,
    10 Psiloi,
    6 Ekdromoi

    Thermos
    10 Hoplites
    12 Levy Hoplites,
    10 Psiloi,
    6 Ekdromoi

    Stratos
    12 Levy Hoplites,
    10 Psiloi,
    6 Ekdromoi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aetius View Post
    Maecdonian Diplomacy


    After many months the cities of greece have returned their reply to Macedon's diplomatic blitzkrieg, however negotiations are not yet finished...






    • Aetolia offers this terms with 100% acceptance rate
    • Otherwise you may try to coerce them into your league with the following chance, although should this fail they will mobilize all their reserves in a major defense of their territory and will have to be utterly defeated.


    Aetolia
    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Greek Liberty Desire/hate of Macedonians -40% (aetolians were famous anti-macedonians)
    Friendly with enemies (Corinth/Boeoetia) -10%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Threat 5%
    Protection +30%
    55%


    Your demands for protection (add as many of these as you see fit)
    -10% for 50 talents of tribute
    -10% for 10% of army service should you require it in war
    The Aetolians were the only real risk, as Antipater foresaw a simple White Peace as emboldening the Anti-Macedonian faction within Greece. Additionally, terms of surrender allowed for Leosthenes to escape to Aetolia as an exile, which was utterly unacceptable to Antipater. Instead, with new reinforcements being mustered in Thessaly, Antipater felt confident in imposing the treaty upon the Aetolians. Already, the bulk of the Aetolian Army and its strategos were under siege in Lamia, and the new levies would likely be no match to break the siege. Additionally, the city is projected to surrender shortly, so time was on Antipater's side. If the Aetolians were to refuse the terms, he would have the core of their army under his heel and could ransom them back for better terms.


    Aetolia
    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Greek Liberty Desire/hate of Macedonians -40% (aetolians were famous anti-macedonians)
    Friendly with enemies (Corinth/Boeoetia) -10%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Threat 5%
    Promise to Rebuild Boetia +10%
    Protection +30%
    65%


    Quote Originally Posted by Aetius View Post

    A man representing the corinthian and Achaean cities delivers a message;



    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Greek Liberty Desire/hate of macedonians -20%
    pre-existing relations +10%
    Mutual Enemies (against Aetolia, Argolis, and Athens) +15%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Protection +30%
    105%

    Your demands for protectionadd as many of these as you see fit)
    -10% for 50 talents of tribute
    -10% for 10% of army service should you require it in war
    Corinth has traditionally been the backbone of the Greek alliance, and so light terms were given to the Corinthians to bolster their relationship with Macedon. Their only requests are a tribute to Macedon, which will initially be used to rebuild the Sacred City of Thebes, thus ensuring Greek loyalty to Macedon.


    Corinthian League
    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Greek Liberty Desire/hate of macedonians -20%
    pre-existing relations +10%
    Mutual Enemies (against Aetolia, Argolis, and Athens) +15%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Promise to Rebuild Thebes +10%
    Protection +30%
    Tribute of 100 Talents -20%
    95%



    Quote Originally Posted by Aetius View Post


    Well dressed aristocratic diplomats arrive at Pella and present a small scroll in reply



    • Arcadia offers this terms with 100% acceptance rate
    • Otherwise you may try to coerce them into your league with the following chance, although should this fail they will mobilize all their reserves in a major defense of their territory and will have to be utterly defeated.



    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Liberty Desire/hate of macedonians -20%
    Friendly with enemies (Corinth/achaea) -15%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Protection +30%
    65%

    Your demands for protection (add as many of these as you see fit)
    -10% for 50 talents of tribute
    -10% for 10% of army service should you require it in war
    Antipater accepts the White Peace. Although the ultimate goal is to incorporate Arcadia into the League of Corinth, for now they are beyond the grasp of the Regent of Macedon and will need to be dealt with separately.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aetius View Post



    A small group of shabby diplomats returned from the cities of Orchomenus;





    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Liberty Desire/hate of macedonians -20%
    Liberated by Macedonians +20%
    Mutual Enemies (against Aetolia, Argolis, and Athens) +15%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Offer to Rebuild Thebes +30%
    Protection +30%
    115%


    Notes
    • Every proposal will cost 50 Talents, accepting the white peace offers from Aetolians and Arcadians is free howeverr
    • Promising to rebuild Thebes will improve your reputation (600 Talents) by+10% in all proposals and +30% for Boeotia. You don’t have to pay immediately, this is just a promise to be done by 315 or else Greeks will depise you.
    • Any who accept your offers may be merged into a single greater League faction if you want
    Antipater sends the following offer to the Boetians, and promises to rebuild the Sacred City of Thebes with funds gathered throughout the Corinthian League, as well as funds directly from Macedon.


    Base 50%
    Hellenic 10%
    Liberty Desire/hate of macedonians -20%
    Liberated by Macedonians +20%
    Mutual Enemies (against Aetolia, Argolis, and Athens) +15%
    Second Largest Navy +10%
    Offer to Rebuild Thebes +30%
    Tribute of 250 Talents - -50%
    Protection +30%
    95%

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    The Siege of Lamia



    Currently the Antipatrid forces have the Coalition Army besieged in Lamia, with provisions for the Greeks dwindling rapidly. The city is projected to be able to hold for only a short time, and Antipater knows this. His forces, bolstered by the reinforcements of Polyperchon coming from Delphi, will continue the siege. Antipater orders light siege weapons to be constructed to shell the city, and for the city to be invested with earthen and palisade fortifications. Two series of walls are to be constructed, circumvallation walls around the city itself, and contravallation to defend against a possible relief force.


    Investment, with circumvallation and contravallation walls was common in ancient sieges


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