Battle of the Alse
For thousands of years, the Empire of Lethea had ruled over the peoples of Southern Lethea, but in the year 5354 BA, the Lethean government began forcing their genetic modifications on their subjugated people, forcing the people of modern-day Pallernia to rise up and resist the tyrannical move.
The armies of Lethea came from the northeast, from where the town of Nauretrot lies nowadays. The separatists came from the south, from the Sullehacht heights, and both armies arrived at the river ford at around the same time. The rebels could afford to wait on the other side of the river, but since the Letheans knew that, they hoped they could quickly cross the river and send the rebels running back home before they even reached their defensive positions.
The Pallernian separatists noticed that their foes were approaching with the intent of crossing the Alse, and so they quickly rushed their light infantry to defend the river banks, and the archers and battlemages stood up on the high ground, ready to make use of their range advantage. Before the battle, the rebels had raided several armories and acquired heavy armor for a few hundred men, these men stood on the slope of the hills, right behind the light infantry and in front of the vulnerable archers.
The weather had been cloudy and the temperature around 13°C, but despite the cloud coverage, the winds had been calm, allowing the archers to be as effective as possible. The weeks leading up to the battle had been dry and so the river had become shallow, allowing the soldiers to move across it. For most soldiers, the water reached just below their belt.
PositioningAs the army of Lethea approached the river, the rebel light infantry units rushed to keep their side of the river protected. Rebel archers began attacking the approaching Rükish and Almithian archers and since they had the high ground, the arrows of their foes couldn't reach them. The rebel mages targeted the Empire's medics and heavily armored units.
FlankingThe light cavalry units of the Empire were the first ones in the river. They tried attacking the archers from the rear, but the rebels reacted in time and intercepted them. With the cavalry busy with the rebel infantry, the Pallernian archers kept picking the riders off from their horses, and the mages opened up the ground beneath their feet for a split second, trapping many of the horses and crushing their legs.
Crossing the RiverAt around the same time, the Lethean light infantry entered the river and marched as best as they could, against the center of the rebel infantry. The heavily armored infantry followed, but compared to the men wearing only gambesons and simple skullcaps, they were incredibly slow in the water.
Retreat & RegroupAs the light infantry of Lethea clashed against the rebels, the heavy infantry behind them began to split up and targeted the soldiers on the rebel flanks instead. For a while thing had gone steadily and it had been difficult to tell who was going to win the battle. The rebels on the southeastern flank had done well and they encircled their foes, but the other flank had been forced to retreat. When the fleeing rebels reached near the top of a hill, they noticed that the other flank had done incredibly well and their confidence returned.
EncirclementThe remaining line of men who had faced the brunt of the Lethean light infantry charge had been forced to retreat between the hills. The Pallernians who had regrouped saw it as an opportunity and they charged from their side at the same time as the other flank maneuvered around and moved between the Letheans and the river, cutting off their main escape route. Several hundred rebel light infantrymen had crossed the river and routed the archers right before the encirclement and without their deed, the encirclement would have been impossible.
Rebel VictoryDespite possessing far better arms and armor, the Lethean infantry perished, many ending up as prisoners of war but most refusing to submit to genetically inferior foes. Almost all of the Rükish and Alminthian soldiers offered their allegiance to the rebel leaders, in exchange for their promise to help liberate Alminthas and Rükenland.
Despite all odds, the Pallernian separatists managed to encircle and slaughter the Lethean army, inspiring others to rise up and fight for freedom.
The separatist victory started a chain of events that ended with the dismantling of the Empire of Lethea.
Somehow, through all the chaos, the brave freedom fighters had managed to encircle the heavily armored Zheans and after their blood had turned the river red, only then we realized that we had achieved total victory over our enemy, and the word of the battle began to spread like wildfire. With each passing day, more and more joined us in our righteous fight for freedom.
By the year 1567 AA, the Battle of the Alse, as well as the dismantling of the ancient Empire of Lethea, remains mostly unknown to the general populace. Only a few historians have ever heard anything about that time period and Galtea's Diary, the only remaining book with detailed reports of the battle and the rest of the war, lies in the hands of the Emperess of Pallernia.
- Conflict Result
- Separatist victory
Empire of Lethea