Year Four of the campaign was another year of peace. It allowed Rosmia to bring its army back to full strength, activating a unit of mounted knights from the reserve.
Year Five and the die roll decreed an invasion by Rosmia into Ethus.
For six days General Barnardus and his invasion force had been moving through Ethus, they had found no enemy so far. Instead, the small hamlets and farmsteads had contained only women, children and old men. The occupants had been sullen and unhelpful, hardly surprising when confronted by an invading army. Barnardus had insisted that the farmers be paid in silver for the supplies taken by his troops, he was not here to loot and pillage, they appeared to have little enough as it was.
He was also aware, that his every move was being watched by distant figures on fast horses. He had little or no chance of catching these spies, but was concerned that Sheikh al Taif, knew not only his exact location, but also the make up of his army, whilst he, had no such information. He could only press on in the direction of the capital city in the hope that the Sheikh would be forced to take the field in defence of it.
General Barnardus and his army. Four units of mounted knights, three of whom are drilled. The spears and archers are also veterans of previous battles so I will give them an improved stat. General Barnardus is commanding, and his range is extended from twelve to eighteen inches.
Sheikh al Taif, has a completely mounted army, he has also selected the ground on which the battle will be fought.
Three units of heavy cavalry, same stats as mounted men at arms. Saladin is with one of them.
Two units of light cavalry with javelins.
One unit of mounted archers.
It should prove an interesting challenge for General Barnardus.
The battle will be fought over the weekend.