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    Default Re: Year One: Baby Steps and Footholds (Part 1)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rad View Post
    This happens mid game on island regions. I saw it on Crete and Britain.
    There's still stack spam? How bad does it get, hopefully not to this level.

    Quote Originally Posted by Satapatiš
    Truly, the Hellenic world will never be safe until something is done about this looming barbarian menace.

    Kindly extending all the benefits of the properly civilized andrapodismos over those misty islands is in order.
    Indeed, my learned friend. Your wise counsel we will endeavor to heed.

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    Default Year One: Baby Steps and Footholds (Part 2)

    Year One: Footholds and Baby Steps (Part 2)

    You can always find men chaffing under the status quo. These men we gathered and set upon their own.
    Those who survived would rule as the new status quo. Serving the ultimate status quo.
    The Antigonid Empire.

    Spoiler for Early Autumn, 79 B.C.

    But they were betraying a proud and powerful kingdom, these tribes of long forgotten preeminence, in their jealous grasp at power once more. The Pritanoi united the islands under their rule some two centuries ago in establishing their kingdom. So strong would they become that raids on the mainland turned into full scale invasions and a continental presence for nearly one hundred years. At its height, the King of the Pritanoi controlled about as much land in northwestern europe as the size of Albion itself. But after seemingly endless wars with neighboring tribes and rising powers in their own rights, the Pritanoi were pushed back into the sea and confined to the islands ever since.

    Spoiler for "Pritanoi on the mainland



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    It was around this point that one of the powers that pushed them out, the Republic of Rome (a former regional rival), staged an invasion of their own. Of course, unlike our glorious imperial armies, theirs failed. Some legions rebelled over the course of their doomed campaign and ended up establishing their own isolated communities in the southwestern reaches. It is rumored that these have lasted generations, each passing down their training and equipment, even to this very day. Judging by the numbers of Pritanoi armies marching to and fro the area, our forces may have to face these rumors sooner or later.

    The Oracles have spoken. Our attacks will land with Autumn showers. It couldn't come soon enough for the men that have been encamped laying siege for six to nine months with rationing now being enforced. The personal Oracle to Eumenes Olizonios, Commander of the Third Army besieging Alauna, conveys the vision just as the first drops of rain fall to his face. Olizonios sends his runner to deliver the message to the Fourth and Fifth armies further north. The southern armies are cut off by land and word will have to eventually reach them by sea.

    The order is for all imperial armies to return to their nearby support fleets for rest and resupply, leaving their fortifications and siege equipment behind. Each Hellenic warrior is a precious resource in this epic war of attrition, not to be expended lightly. Instead, local warlords and their followers, with adventuring sellsword Celtic mercenaries from along the eastern coast, strike bargains with our negotiators to storm the strongholds, kill everyone who resists and capture the rest for handing over to our returning armies as slaves. With the Empire's backing, these minor strongmen will rule as kings of what's left, no longer beholden to the one King of the Pritanoi. May the irony be lost on these savages long enough for our forces to stabilize the region.

    So begin the assaults, near simultaneously. Field Army commanders remain to oversee operations, but none of them will leave the eerie mists of the northern wilds the same. Some question the wisdom of using foreign fighters to do our conquering. Did this betray the Oracles' vision? Did it betray our own sense of strength? These arguments would be better served by the scholars and speakers back home, however quite a few of our Field Army commanders are scholarly men themselves, known for public speaking and persuasive advocacy. There is a real question of whether any number of them will prove too smart for themselves and do something everyone will regret. A number of the Emperor's spies embedded with the armies to keep an eye on them did not survive the journey from the Peleponnese, and it was never entirely clear whether the storms were truly responsible for their demise. (see: @Razor)

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    Zoilos Idomeneus is the Field Commander in Kaledonia. Idomeneus served as the youngest general in the Carthaginian War when he led a freshly recruited reinforcing army towards the end of the campaign. His key contribution was wiping out the last roaming nobles of the Nabatu horde in the Fall of 90 B.C. An excellent leader of men and a learned student of warfare, Idomeneus is one of the more loyal generals in the Emperor's service and much of our success in the northern front will depend on his Fourth Army heavy corps. Now, however, the task is to lead enemy against enemy and watch the slaughter.

    Spoiler for Battle of Dunopalator



    Eumenes Olizonios is the Field Commander in Legambrion, and a renowned victor from the Carthaginian War. As a young general nearly two decades ago leading the light corps in support of a heavier army, Olizonios campaigned and conquered in Sicily and across the northern coast of Afrika, winning many battles including a Heroic victory to his name. There, he would form close bonds with locals in various capacities and earn a reputation for being too welcoming to foreigners, casting doubts and sowing suspicions ever since about his loyalty and conviction to do what must be done in the name of Hellenism. However, as one of the most able and experienced commanders available to the Empire in this war, Olizonios has been given command of the Third Army heavy corps. Now while his army resupplies offshore, Olizonios will tend to his duties as overseer of the first steps of regime change.

    Spoiler for Battle of Alauna



    Akylos Myrkinios is the Field Commander in Iuerion, and the only heavy corps commander not to have fought in the Carthaginian War. He nevertheless served the Empire in a military capacity from a young age, before during and after the war, fighting and putting down rebellions around the Euxenios, from Thrakia to the Caucuses. And he will remind you of it as a proud veteran, and as a politician who petitioned Emperor Perigenes personally for this command. Commander of the Fifth Army heavy corps, Myrkinios also happens to be one of those who disagree with the strategy of pulling back our besieging armies as courting disaster in the face of the Oracles' message. His deeply held convictions leave little room for the nuances of interpretation, but the will of the Emperor leaves little room for that to matter. Goidelic tribes are let loose with a savage bloodlust against their Pritanoi oppressors. Little can be done to contain the carnage.

    Spoiler for Battle of Isamnion


    By the time the order to attack had reached Iuerion, a sizeable Pritanoi force had crossed the channel and was threatening the besieging Fifth Army's flank. The light corps, headed by Iordanes Singios, had been dispatched by Field Cmdr. Myrkinios some weeks earlier to head them off with orders to hold until receiving word that Isamnion had fallen. Singios is the youngest commander in this campaign, and the son of a general who fought in the Iberian theater of the Carthaginian War (now semi-retired in the Bosphorus). He will be the first to lead one of our Hellenic corps in open battle against a fully fledged Pritanoi army.

    Spoiler for Army Group V - Light Corps. (1st battle)
















    Once the dust has settled and the rest of our northern armies have resupplied, all corps disembark for what will now be the long run. Our northern line is established, with the perimeter drawn along choke points limiting any potential Pritanoi attacks to two armies at a time where possible. Also considered are the types of territory being left open for encroaching armies to occupy so as to be more amenable to our attack, though our northernmost positions are necessarily in the unfriendly terrain of woodlands and hills. Nevertheless, the strategy now is to fortify positions, invite enemy attacks or otherwise dissuade them from advancing past our lines as our authority is established, and find openings for counterattacks against isolated elements. With the proverbial hammer in the north taking shape, the anvil in the south must now carve out a space for itself in order for the two-pronged envelopment and destruction of all the Pritanoi to begin in earnest.

    Spoiler for Heading into Mid-Autumn, 79 B.C.


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    Default Re: Year One: Baby Steps and Footholds (Part 1)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooz View Post
    There's still stack spam? How bad does it get, hopefully not to this level.
    Not sure. I'd have to check if I have saved images.

    Edit: The images bellow are from 2016, so they're not from the current version. I do remember facing the Grey Death in the current version, though.

    Edit2: Just checked some conversations from 2019 - stack spam is still a thing.
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    Default Re: The War Council is hereby convened - Invasion: Britannia

    Yeah, they do. Just not on the old scale. Ptolemaic hordes can be running across the Salamis, for an example.
    Furthermore, I believe that Rome must be destroyed.




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