Hyborian Campaign: Zamora vs Corinthia

Every Summer the high priestess of Ishtar the beautiful princess Arathena, daughter to King Murillo of Corinthia travels to the shrine of Ishtar in the Karpash Mountains on the Road of Kings between Corinthia and spider-haunted Zamora to sacrifice and pray. She does not go alone, as the Karpash mountains are full of hidden dangers. This year she is accompanied by her father’s general Antagonistes as well as a new captain from the north. His name is Conan.

The Corinthian Army: General spear and 3 spears, Nemedian mercenary knights x 1, Corinthian hillmen with bows x 2, ballista x 1, the priestess Arathena (cleric), Conan a hero. 24 points.

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Far off in Zamora’s thief-infested capital Shadizar King Mitradites laughs cruelly. He looks thoughtfully at the sinister mage standing before him and says “Yara I like your plan. Snatch me this rare beauty of a priestess and return her to me. We will make King Murillo empty his coffers to have her returned.

The Zamoran Army: Yara magician general, gigantic spider behemoth, spider beasts x 2, Zamoran blades x 2, Zamoran bows x 2, Kushite mercenary warbands x 2.24 points.

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For this game I was using a Cleric and Artillery for the first time. Corinthia relied on these to blunt the threat of a magician and a behemoth-The wizard Yara and his gigantic spider-demon. Yara also had spider-beasts and a mercenary group of warbands from Kush. Their quick-kills against spear were Yara’s hope to break the Corinthian centre.

General Antagonistes intended to stand firm and not be drawn out. Yara advanced his army, but held his swords and behemoth back, to avoid Conan and the artillery waiting for them.

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31082016650With a rush Yara sent the Kushite warbands and beasts towards the centre and the left. His archers moved up to support. When battle was joined the rash Nemedian mercenary knights that Antagonistes had brought with him started to push forwards trampling the oncoming beasts. Conan also grew impetuous and wishing to draw Yara’s swords into the battle charged.

 

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31082016654In the centre the Kushite warbands were not having the effect that Yara wanted and he was being countered in his sorcerous attacks against Antagonistes’ spears by the power of the priestess Arathena. Suddenly things broke and beast killed knight, while Conan flanked the Kushite warbands to wreak their ruin on the points of hoplite spears.

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31082016665And still Yara did not commit his swords or the foul demon by his side.

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31082016674Then with the hoplites of Antagonistes wheeling to meet the threat of Yara’s swords he unleashed twin attacks on left and right. A swarm of spiders and swift archers attacked the Corinthian bows who were protecting the priestess now the knights were gone. The giant spider-demon of Yara leapt forward despite shots from the Corinthian ballista on the right. Conan was outflanked by the foul monster while attacking a forest of Zamoran swords. He fell senseless,stricken by poison and knew no more.

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31082016681Too late to do anything except meet their deaths the soldiers manning the Corinthian ballista were crushed and rent by the monstrous spider-demon of Yara. The way was now open to take the priestess Arathena.

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31082016687In a last gasp General Antagonistes saw a chance and charged towards the evil Yara, as the rest of his spears and bows were slain or routed. It was too late to save the day.

“Sheath your sword General or my pet will devour your pretty priestess,” mocked Yara. “It is a long way to go before we reach Shadizar and King Mitradites.”

Later as the sunset a shadow moved inside the temple of Ishtar. Battered but alive Conan watched the long caravan of Yara’s army march away towards Zamora with vengeance in his heart.

After the battle:

Well. Conan does it again and thinks with his heart rather than with his brain. Antagonistes said hold and let them come to us, but Conan and the mercenary Nemedians just had to have a go. Those knights just love to break up a battle line. Maybe Antagonistes should have brought along more loyal spears to defend the line.

What did work well for the Corinthians was that the priestess was able to blunt the magician Yara’s attacks against the lines quite well. Also the ballista and hero Conan did give Yara pause for thought about attacking on that flank.

Double ranked spears are firm, but the line was too easily outflanked in the end.

In terms of the campaign it means that Zamora will go forward to the next round. They will be fighting either Koth-Ophir or Shem, both desert kingdoms. Conan wishes to rescue the priestess Arathena and return her to her father in Corinthia. He must now be on the winning side of the next battle to be able to do this. Let’s hope he learns from his previous mistakes.

Hope you have enjoyed this battle report. Comments and crits welcome.

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~ by kropotkin303 on August 31, 2016.

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