|LORDS OF THE EARTH 38 - THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION|
|Newsfax Turn: #7 ( 2100 - 2096 BC )|
|January 23, 2016|
<--- westward expansion!
Aegean & Black Sea Areas
Greater Nile Valley
Southeast Asia <--- eastward expansion!
NILE VALLEY WAR
(1) Six different nations were involved (Thebes & Herakleopolis vs Minoans, Old Kingdom, Nubia & Meroe) moving and fighting. With the exception of the Minoans everyone wrongly tried moving their armies 8AP/year. While a leader has that many APs for non-movement actions, if they have units with them they move at the speed of the slowest unit - in this case infantry which gets 6AP/year. Leaders of 9 combat stat and higher have +1 to movement so those armies move 7AP/year; however if moving or coordinating with a 6AP/year army then it would be limited to the speed of its slower-moving ally. Thus everyone except the Minoans fell steadily "behind schedule" as far as when they planned to be somewhere or do something.
(2) When a region is invaded from two sides, if there are two defending armies they will each confront one invader. If there is one defending army it will be split with half to face each invader. Either response can be overruled by player standing orders.
(3) Apologies in advance if I missed anything - there were so many contingency orders I was flipping back & forth between turnsheets until I had to stop and just say "I'm done here".
Spent in movement as detailed in individual kingdom sections above & below.
A Herakleopolitan army of over 5,000 experienced warriors began crossed the Nile from Lower Egypt into Mansura while a second army of over 3,000 veteran Thebeans invaded from Ghebel Gharib. The defenders split to confront both threats.
An untested Minoan force of over 3,000 archers, swordsmen and skirmishers would defend along the Nile. If driven back they'd protect Heliopolis where their galleys were anchored. The Herakleopolitans suffered from Minoan archery as they crossed but then bludgeoned the Minoans out of the way inflicting more lossses than they received. Both sides manuvered for advantage.
One night the Herakleopolitan heir was stabbed in his tent1 - although wounded he remained in command but his effectiveness was greatly reduced. This made all the difference and the Minoans had much the better of the next encounter, driving the Herakleopolitans back across the Nile this time with heavier losses than their own.
Meanwhile Scota had led nearly 3,000 Old Kingdom veterans to face the Thebeans where he could anchor his line on three recently constructed stone forts. The invaders had been inspired by heir Tetmoses's pre-battle address and were the best-trained infantry in the Nile Valley but their ranks broke upon the Old Kingdom's forts while counter-attacking Old Kingdom infantry rolled up their flanks. About a third of the Thebeans escaped the slaughter, fleeing south into the desert led by a junior officer. The Old Kingdom had taken comparatively light casualties.
No sooner had Ramses received word of both defeats than another messenger arrived with news that the armies of Nubia and Meroe had invaded the Eastern Desert! "Nubia was an ally! May Amun curse them!"
Six hundred Thebean border guards were swept aside by nearly 7,000 Nubians and 3,000 Meroeans. By midsummer the Eastern Desert (including the astonished Thebean colonists) was pacified without Thebean reaction.
Next the combined armies turned west invading Aswan itself with the Meroen portion now led by Saba, who had come of age and been proclaimed king. The Thebean homeland had field forts at strategic locations but unlike the forts in Mansura lacked any supporting mobile forces, allowing them to be stormed on all sides while Nubian archers added to the garrisons' losses. The Thebeans fought virtually to the last man but were overwhelmed. By the end of the year Aswan was secured. The ungarrisoned Eastern Desert reverted to Thebean ownership but the settlement of Berenice declared its independence.
The Herakleopotian, Minoan and Old Kingdom armies spent much of the year recovering: their wounded healing and returning to active duty. Same for the Thebean army survivors sweltering in the Ghebel Gharib desert.
Further south, however, in the spring the armies of Nubia and Meroe assaulted Thebes itself. The capital had no walls and only 600 defenders. Nubian archers made casualties of many of them; then an overwhelming wave of attackers took the city, liberating hundreds of enslaved Old Kingdom prisoners. The garrison fought to the death. Ramses and his Herakleopolitan queen Netinbeti along with retainers escaped 2 in a light trade galley.
King Shasesi ordered Thebes sacked and its people enslaved; the unrestrained warriors included the temple enclosure of Amun 3 in their rampage. Two hundred temple guards fought and the civilian population resisted, but all were crushed although not without loss to the victors. The loot and slaves were given over to the men of Meroe as compensation for their long march from home, resulting in some discontent among the Nubian soldiery. Leaving any dead Thebeans as food for the circling vultures, the two armies camped some distance away. Behind them the city was deserted but still standing.
As the year progressed Lower Egypt was increasingly restive with rumors of a beautiful woman who spoke inciting the populace to rebellion against Herakleopolitan occupation. However a healed & rested Akhtoy had nearly 4,000 warriors at his command and the locals remained submissive. His warriors soon had much more to worry about: in autumn almost five thousand Minoan and Old Kingdom warriors began crossing the Nile from Mansura into Lower Egypt bent on liberation.
Simultaneously Kyrsi, the Minoan 2nd in command (and First of the Council) left Heliopolis with a fleet of pentaconter war galleys and headed south (upriver) to play pirate.
Despite the protection of volleys of Minoan arrows, the combined armies had a hard, desperate fight but it was now the Herakleopolitan's turn to be bludgeoned back from the river, taking over 2,000 casualties. Akhtoy withdrew his forces south to Middle Egypt which being his homeland was far more valuable to protect. The Minoan army suffered over 800 casualties and the Old Kingdom army over 600. The opportunists who'd ruled Lower Egypt and Memphis after the Thebean conquest fled ahead of the liberating armies.
Meanwhile Kyrsi swept the Lower Nile of Thebean trade galleys (msp) capturing those they could and causing the rest to flee to the nearest safe river port. Trade galleys of other nations were left untouched. The Minoan crews having enjoyed themselves immensely (and developed a mysterious penchant for crying "arrr!") the boats returned north (downriver) to Heliopolis and their anchored transports whose crews sulked they'd missed the excitement.
Well to the south the warriors of Nubia and Meroe (and freed Old Kingdom prisoners) lived well, feasting and drinking, served by enslaved Thebeans. In the autumn Regent Jebelein of Meroe died in her sleep of old age.
In the spring the 2,000 remaining mixed Minoan soldiery led by Lonchi along with a thousand Old Kingdom swordsmen led by Scota boarded Kyrsi's various-sized galleys and headed south. Wary Herakleopolitan troops in Middle Egypt watched the fleet's passage upriver and breathed a sigh of relief when it passed out of sight.
The orders of the waterborne force were contingent upon Thebes being on fire 4 when they approached. Since it wasn't burning the land forces debarked there rather than on the Upper Egypt side of the Nile. The men prepared with enthusiasm before setting multiple fires. The flames spread quickly with no one to fight them and soon the entire city was ablaze. The soldiers of Crete and the Old Kingdom savored the spectacle awhile then boarded their galleys to return downriver before the year's end. 5
Mentha the Prophetess
With much celebration First of the Council Amurabi initiated trade from the newly built port area down the
Euphrates to both Ur and Uruk. Amurabi then returned to Ugarit to manage the day to day running of the
city-state. Upon his return he and Second of the Council Niqmaddu II were confronted by Mentha, mother of
Niqmaddu II and self-proclaimed seer.
"One Mad Eagle has arosen in land between the Valleys, another will rise soon," she warned, "Strike east to defend or never see the mad eagle coming." Both men accepted her words without question, her apparent certainty and their ready belief in seers and things mystical lending them weight. Deciding the 'Mad Eagle' was the deceased Sinjar of Assur who'd foolishly attempted to invade Subartu a few years earlier, they decided to launch a pre-emptive strike on Assur before another 'Mad Eagle' arose with Ugarit as the intended prey.
EUPHRATES VALLEY WAR
Four different nations were involved (Ur vs Kish, Uruk & Lagash) moving and fighting. This was completely separate from the Ugarit vs Assur conflict above.
An army of Kish led by general Manishtusu crossed the Euphrates into Circis and advanced northwest along the trade road to Mari, reaching the river port by the end of April. The Kishite leader called upon the Urian garrison to surrender pointing out the city's walls had not been rebuilt; the commander refused, believing a relief force would arrive in time.
The army of Ur led by King Ur-Nammu had waited a month in Selucia for additional units to arrive. In April the reinforced army plus twelve hundred Selucian skirmishers under feudal ally Utultar launched an attack across the border into Circis. Facing no opposition at the border the combined force caught up to the army of Kish in May, finding them already engaged in their attack to liberate Mari.
Fortunately for Kish their patrolling battle carts had seen the Ur-Selucian approach and at Manishtusu's command the rear Kishite ranks turned to fight them. Both sides had a unit mix of battle carts, infantry, archers and skirmishers with generally even combat experience and generalship. Kish's army had the numeric edge but had been caught in an awkward position.
Archers exchanged volleys, honors being about even as the armies closed. Hard fighting followed, again with honors about even. However a thrown javelin had hit Ur-Nammu, wounding him. Intending all along for his foray into Circis to be brief, the king ordered a disciplined withdrawal back towards the Selucian border taking his wounded with him. About 900 men of either side lay dead on the battlefield.
Menishtusu did not pursue as his orders were to liberate Mari then remain in Circis on alert. The street to street fighting ended with the remaining Urian warriors in Mari surrendering once they realized relief was in fact not coming.
Meanwhile events were unfolding to the south. It had taken months for the armies of Uruk and Lagash to cross the Euphrates into Kuwait due to the masses of heavy spearmen included in both forces. It wasn't until August the combined force - with Ur-Ningirsu the Brave of Lagash in overall command - launched its attack upon Ur's homeland.
Kuwait was defended by five thick-walled forts of baked mud brick; while formidable they lacked any supporting mobile units and could be stormed from all sides. Additionally the Urukish contingent included 800 engineers specially trained in seige warfare and having mining equipment to tunnel under and/or undercut just such fortifications.
Warriors of Uruk and Lagash totalling over 14,000 stormed the forts while Lagashan archers fired covering volleys and battle carts patrolled. The garrisons fought bravely until they were almost wiped out and their forts rubble, inflicting about 500 casualties upon their enemies.
Receiving word of the invasion by Uruk and Lagash ("May Nanna-Sin curse them!") King Ur-Nammu of Ur rushed southward with three thousand men while his vassal Utultar remained in Selucia. Meanwhile the armies of Uruk and Lagash were seiging Ur itself. The soldiers atop the walls rained down javelins, rocks, boiling water and burning tar upon the warriors climbing scaling ladders or ramming against the gates. Archers from Lagash picked off what defenders they could.
Arriving early April the men of Ur found their city under seige and its harbor blockaded by war galleys. While the army of Lagash continued the seige, that of Uruk marched to intercept Ur-Nammu's approaching force. The warriors of Ur realized they were badly outnumbered and grimly resolved to take as many foes with them as possible.
The army of Ur fought with desperation but could not hold against the ranks of Urukish heavy infantry advancing in phalanx-like formation. They broke through the Urian center while Urukish swordsmen and skirmishers assailed the crumbling flanks. King Ur-Nammu and a few hundred men managed to flee northward by battle cart; the rest of his army were either slain or captured. To their credit they'd managed to kill nearly 1,000 Urukish and wound twice as many.
By this time the walls of Ur had been reduced and its small garrison crushed. Although Shamas was in command he had aban-doned his post and escaped during the fighting. It fell to the ignored heir Ninazu, son of the previous king, to emerge from the palace and surrender the city to Ur-Ningirsu of Lagash.
Kuwait is garrisoned by Urukish forces and the city of Ur by Lagashan. To the astonishment of the population there is no looting, sacking, enslaving or burning.
The Kishite force led by Manishtusu remained in Circis. The armies of Uruk and Lagash remained in Kuwait. Rumors out of Selucia reported the deaths of both King Ur-Nammu and its lord Utultar; whether they are linked or not is unknown. Selucia declared itself independent as did the Babylon settlement.
The armies of Kish, Uruk and Lagash remained watchful.
Manishtusu and his army invaded Selucia, severely thrashing the local militia at slight cost. An ambitious minor noble was then appointed satrap on behalf of Kish.
The armies of Uruk and Lagash cross back over the Euphrates to triumphant welcomes in their respective homelands and cities.