The Covenant of the Phoenix, along with its allies, defeated the 100+ strong Chinese army last night in CotP's first large scale entanglement involving Life is Feudal's battle system.
The war is literally for the entire Buyan server. With most European and American based clans, kingships and guilds living in the northern regions putting aside their existing arguments in favor of dealing with the massive invasion of Chinese clans and influence, the Warband Allance was proactive in throwing down the gauntlet and looking to deal a blow to CPLA's city claim.
The risk is certain. Win, and we reduce CPLA's city size and loot the entire enemy army. Lose, and all the gear we take into the battle is theirs for the taking. Participants on the Warband side included but was not limited to the aforementioned CotP, New France, Vanguard, RES, LR and RIP. The Chinese side consisted of CRTG, Sixgods and many of their allies.
The mood in the CotP fortress was solemn. Most of us were done sharpening our blades, stringing our bows and fixing up our armor, and focused on mentally preparing ourselves for the oncoming battle. Standing around our now glorious monument, some prayed, some said their goodbyes, and all were ready to serve their guild with honor.
The call to arms came out and CotP answered with the largest showing of all involved parties, as expected. Squads were created, battalions were formed and our members joined the shield wall, the assault crew, the cavalry and the archers. We had but minutes before initial enemy contact was made. Immediately, our side realized that the fighting would be in the midst of a large overgrown forest. CotP fighters grinned....this was our kind of country. We knew how to march in formation in spite of endless trees, we knew how to shoot through the undergrowth, and yes, we knew our cavalry's greatest enemy....the juniper, would be afoot en masse.
The conflict started first with infantry, we established our shield wall and moved forward slowly, taking moderate damage from the onslaught of the enemy's bows and crossbows. Archer's following the shield wall, and led by CotP's "Zhek the Great" looked for the terrain necessary to gain clean angles to help progress our assault. Calvary attacked separately, flanking the enemy and distracting them from the main assault.
The initial push by the shield wall proved successful, and the enemy was pushed back quickly and efficiently. Our Archers were making headway but the advance was stalled with both sides taking significant losses. The Calvary seemed slow in creating enough of a distraction due to the terrain and undergrowth.
The infantry was now passed the point of no return. Losses began to pile up with several of our side falling to the endless barrage of arrows and bolts. Damage was nearing a critical point with our shields beginning to break and many wounded and bleeding. The decision to charge in and break the enemy will was made with little to no protest. Huscarl's leaned into their busted tower shields, Assaulters assumed the posta di falcone and Archer's threw their bows aside and pulled their swords. The Cavalry began to turn the tide as the infantry charge commenced. For as much damage was done to our shields, the enemy was absolutely crushed within 45 seconds of the final assault. Cavalry mopped up the retreating and defeated enemy. We took the field and the battle was won.
We looted the enemy and left to go home to a hearty meal and a neat brew, or two. One night would be all the time we would have to celebrate....the fall harvest awaits.