Hello Friends! I have made coffee and hot chocolate! Gather round the Campfire while I spin a tale about the Land of La Longi!
General Gallio Cordius Ferentinus was furious with his Centuplicate, Pontus Uritinus when he discovered that an insult had come to James Rainport.
Intelligence had been gathered beforehand of his somewhat vengeful, impulsive nature and he had briefed his men accordingly. His specific instructions to the Centuplicates had been,
“We will agree with our adversary with haste when we confront him, then we will return with superior numbers and supply routes.”
Pontus Uritinus had disrupted the campaign.
James Rainport, apparently in an embarrassed rage descended on a centuple or 100 men, his left flank approach and speed of attack causing their formation to waiver.
He rode from the battlefield, shouting his name to Pontus Uritinus.
Without warning, two dozen men, led by Chandra of Vijayapura charged in boar formation savagely killing 84 of Pontus Uritinus’ men before they were eliminated by the Carsiolians.
Chandra had been known for his might in battle and the men of Vijayapura were known for their fierce warriors.
He and his men were looking for a glorious death and they found one at his expense. When his surviving men were triaged and cared for, the remaining army discovered that many of Chandra’s men were well over six feet tall, veritable giants to the shorter Carsiolians. To further crush the soldiers morale, James Rainport rode back to the mayhem and proclaimed that all citizens of La Longi would fight in such a manner if they returned.
General Gallio Cordius Ferentinus knew that Chandra was looking for lost honor and that James capitalized on a moment. His soldiers would not understand the complexity of the moment and only saw a fearful representation of unity, resolve, and fierceness.
The general trusted his intelligence that the central government was weak and divided amongst themselves. And he would continue his campaign for La Longi.
While assessing his options, his scouts returned with word from the surrounding countryside. From a distance, James Rainport’s men with the exception of Chandra watched the battle from a distance. From their perspective, James charged the Carsiolians with expendable mercenaries delivering a crushing blow and rout.
The intel was in essence, correct.
General Gallio would not immediately return to his camp for the moment so rumors would not spread of the event.. For the time being, he would stop at Khofi Springs and resupply.