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WPC Diplo "Gods and Heroes" [Story Thread 1 - after restart]

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Troy is laying waste to the lightly defended far east of Thracia. But soon Troy's progress will start to stall..

 

For all those out there we spoke to: prepare for an attack in twenty cycles of the Moon (ooc: 20 turns).

You know where the Trojan army is, so you also know where it can't be..

 

Thracia will have it's revenge, especially since Troy methods of conducting war are so brutal.

They haven't captured a single city, they just ransacking and razing..

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OOC: yes Thracia I attacked you totally unprovoked, Something you're very familiar with ;-)

 

 

Hmm, apparantly you call Macedonian threats to take over my cities at the Macedonian <> Thracian border as "Unprovoked".

Most countries will see this differently.

 

(for the bureaucrats: we refer to statements #39, 40, 42 and 43)

 

 

OOC: Nope, I was referring to a game in another time/space continuum were we were "real" allies and you turned against me after a few turns from the start...

 

IC:

Titus was pleased that the relationship of his son Hector with his new girlfriend was going so well. One night Titus was eavesdropping at Hector's bedroom door and was pleased to hear his bed squeeking loud. This was what Titus dreamt of; getting a grandson and secure the bloodline of the Trojan nation.

 

Although this pleasing thought gave happiness to Titus' heart he immediately felt the same worries again he felt yesterday. He didn't worry about the war with Thrace; after all it was a righteous one; Macedonia was bullied year after year by the treacherous Thracians, conducting several spy missions and stealing technology from the hard working people from Macedonia. With the new relationship of his son Titus he just had to start a war.

No, what worried him more was the news his messenger came with; Thracia spreading rumours and lies talking about so called "friendships brutally broken". Friendships ? FFS we were only trading goods, we didn't slept together ! Furthermore the Thracian leader, Teres, calls for help by other civs. It seems Teres can't hold up his own pants ! As an added "bonus", there has been a change of leaders in Macedonia and the new leader has gone sloppy on the war with Thracia so what if Troy faces two, three or more enemies soon ?

 

Well, these problems are for tomorrom, Titus decided, the other Civ's leaders are probably smart leaders that won't fall for the propaganda spread by Teres. And if they are so foolish, let them come, Troy will be prepared for them....

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I don't know who this Phrynicus is, "the one who can't hold up his own pants"..

What I do know that the attack of Troy is slowing down, and that the Macedonian commitment to the war is recently slacking..

 

Teres I, king of Thracia

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I don't know who this Phrynicus is, "the one who can't hold up his own pants"..

What I do know that the attack of Troy is slowing down, and that the Macedonian commitment to the war is recently slacking..

 

Teres I, king of Thracia

Hmmm it seems you use another name. It's hard to keep track of all the name changes...

 

* Edit * error in naming the Thracian leader. Humble apology to Phrynicus for that

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Athens out of isolation, which he had imposed on himself. Athens government announced to all interested nations that hereafter is actively involved in world politics and who wants to discuss matters of any kind with Athenian diplomats.

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General Clelac seems to be succesfull in stabilizing the eastern front

 

After hard fought regional engagements general Clelac seems to be getting the overhand.

 

 

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General Clelac

 

 

His men from the 2nd Thracian Army Group, knicknamed "The Eastwatch", have fought brilliantly.

The hard Thracian battletraining, and good discipline, made sure that the engaments went according to plan.

 

The brilliant operational planning of Clecac, combined with the skills of "The Eastwatch" seems to be a combination which is hard on the stomach of the Trojan tyrants, brutes, rapists and arsenists.

Our men know what they fight for, it appears their Trojan adversaries are not so convinced of the cause they are fighting for.

 

Let us all hope Clelac's motto "Per aspera, ad astra!" (through hard times, to victory) will pay of..

 

In total, 5 Trojan Riffleman Divisions have been destroyed last month, along with 2 Mounted Divisions.

 

 

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The bayonet charge of the 9th Artanesian Riffles on the position of the 4th Trojan Rifflemen Division.

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What ? Ah another propagandic leaflet of Teres again ? Let me guess; another faery tale story from Thrace again describing heroic deeds from his noble warriors against the vile Trojan invaders ?

Titus was used to these kind of stories. In a war there are always 2 stories to be told. One Civ will tell you his side is fighting for the right cause and describing the other side as barbarians, the other Civ will tell you the other way around.

 

But the numbers Teres told of in his "glorious defeat of the raping Trojans" were greatly exaggerated.

 

Let's see the totals so far:

 

knights: killed 5, lost 5

riflemen: killed 1, lost 3

older, obsolete enemies: killed several

cities razed: 4

 

Well, these totalling numbers weren't so bad. After all, Titus only planned to put a stop on the rapid expansion and land picking Teres was performing, not it's total annihilation. Attacking the enemy riflemen hiding in the city would be suicide, so let's retreat the troops and let's hope he learned his lesson for now.

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Hmm, well then Troy sets it's goals too low:

 

Troy conducts a surprise attack with superior forces (both in number and at that moment in tech) on a civilisation which is fighting a long war on the complete opposite side of his country. Then after a short period Thracia manages to destroy the tip of the attack and now the Trojans are retreating to their home soil, while being attacked by the Thracian army.

 

In my book that is a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat..

 

 

Short news:

In further regional engagements another 2 Trojan Rifflemen divisions have been destroyed, the Eastwatch didn't suffer any losses.

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Operation "Bye Bye Bizye" has started.

Goal of this operation is to clear all Trojan troops from the Thracian borderregion around Bizye.

 

First results of "Bye Bye Bizye" are encouraging:

Seven Trojan divisions have been destroyed (3 riffle, 1 knight and 3 catapult), while the Eastwatch lost three rifflemen divisions.

 

(the 2 Trojan rifflemen divisions from the previous post are included in these numbers)

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CANNONS FOR PURCHASE OR UPGRADE

 

 

The Smelters Guild of Eurypon is pleased to announce the planned introduction of steel-forged cannons into the world soon. The Guild is willing to offer these cannons to any nation for purchase. Included in the purchase will be a small contingent of Spartan advisers to assist the receiving nation with basic proficiency training, maintenance, and stock management, though the receiving nation will need to provide its own men to operate these terrible machines.

 

The Guild is also willing to assist nations in upgrading their current siege and long-range weaponry into this new, gunpowder-boosted form. We recognize that the current stocks of simple iron cannons and siege equipment across the world are little more effective than their medieval predecessors, and Sparta Steel will always be a great improvement over them -or the steel of any competitors.

 

Prices are as follows for varying tiers of nations:

For freshly-built, new cannon batteries:

150% markup (limit 4) for unaligned nations or neutral nations with Rights of Passage agreements with Sparta

125% markup (limit 6) for unaligned nations or neutral nations with Embassies and/or Open Borders with Sparta

80% markup (limit 10) for "friends of Sparta" nations

50% markup (unlimited) for "allies of Sparta" nations

 

For upgraded siege equipment (total limits)

100% markup (limit 5) for unaligned nations or neutral nations with Rights of Passage agreements with Sparta

80% markup (limit 6) for unaligned nations or neutral nations with Embassies and/or Open Borders with Sparta

50% markup (limit 10) for "friends of Sparta" nations

10% markup (unlimited) for "allies of Sparta" nations

 

Production is expected to be approximately 1 battery per period, so reserve your slots immediately. We expect to begin operations soon, and are giving advanced notice to all nations for them to prepare their orders. How soon will depend on how many demands we receive for our steel.

 

[contact through Apolyton is preferred]

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I, Betarius XXIV, caretaker of my nation's long legacy, hereby declare war on Macedonia, in support of our friends in Thrace, who for years have fought a two front war, and in support of our friends, the Illyrians, who have been pressured geographically by Macedonia and look for a more equitable share of land.

 

May the Godz of War bless us all.

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Ha ha ha, We don't even know who you are, but obviously you know nothing about your so called friends, Thracia, or else you would know we are at peace (and btw they attacked us by stealing our worker)... We also don't know who the Illarians are..

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Cannons for sale! Get your cannons here!

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Half Measures

 

General Balat looked north over the anxious waters up to the churning sky. Dark clouds were massing, a foreshadowing of the expanding war in Macedonia. Just like the brewing storm he knew that such things could not be easily contained. He felt ungrateful for complaining, after all as military advisor to a backward commercial empire he was lucky to get as much access as he did, but is that all he was entrusted to do. Did his sworn duty to defend his nation end at that?

 

He had advised King Phrynicus of the state of the Miletian military and the King had agreed to some half measures. Ships stationed closer to home, units relocated, a few upgrades, half measures meant to appease a bothersome solicitor. The Economic Advisor was loath to disperse any of the funds, then suggested that the upgrades should be contingent on the disbanding of older units. He appraised the Science advisor of the technologies his attaches had witnessed in battle and of military tactics and formations being employed just over the boarder but his response was to improve education or to build universities, solutions that would take decades. The city governors all wanted harbors and universities. “Soldiers,” they said, “what would we do with those?” they asked. The Foreign Advisor he thought would be more realistic. He could see how far Milete was behind the rest of the world, he could see how quickly Macedon had lost its friends, he could see dangerous the world was, but no. “Milete has good relations with its neighbors. Wars happen up north, down here people like to trade and know how to talk, when there are problems we figure them out.” But what General Balat heard was “we appease, we acquiesce.”

 

Is that what they were doing? Taking half measures and hopping for the best? General Balat watched the storm clouds gather. As he wrestled with his thoughts he noticed how the rain fell even in peaceful Milete, that the lightning struck even though Milete was willing to talk, and that all the gold in the treasury could not convince the waves to crash elsewhere. Finally General Balat convinced himself of what his sworn duty demanded of him although he wondered if he had the courage to carry it out. He summoned his messenger and handed him the letter he had been carrying for weeks. Balat beseeched him to hurry despite the weather, the message needed to be on its way before the General, who had never witnessed a battle himself, lost his nerve. As the rider rode off into the night Balat knew that for him there was no turning back, from now on there would be no half measures for him, it would be his only real asset.

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Cannons for sale! Get your cannons here! Cannons for sale! Fine Spartan steel, good prices for all!

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General Clelac keeps his promise: all invaders have been expelled from Thrace

 

The biggest battle the world has ever seen has been fought in the woods south of Bizye. In a series of engagements general Clelac first managed the check the advance of 31 Trojan Divisions on Bizye. Then after the Trojans realized the chance to capture Bizye was lost they started a well organized retreat through hills, countryside and woods.

 

 

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General Clelac

 

 

This retreat was hard pressed by the Thracian battle veterans of the East Watch. The Thracian artillery kept the pressure on the Trojan troops, while Thracian elite troops tried to attack when the odds where in our favour.

 

These engagements went on for several cycles, but finally our troops realized they had the chance to eliminate the entire Trojan army group, although these took up good defensive positions in Ragnarok forest. Eager for revenge and after swearing that no Trojan shall leave Thracia alive general Clelac ordered a full scale attack. With devastating consequences. After the dust had settled all remaining Trojan divisions were destroyed.

 

Clelac's motto "Per aspera, ad astra!" (through hard times, to victory) has once again shown it's inspirational value.

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Thracian war statistics

(results of both the war against Macedonia and Troy, in which the latter has been the largest part)

 

K= Killed; L=Lost

 

Warriors K8 L1

Thracian Axemen K0 L10

Axemen K7 L1

Macemen K5 L0

Spearmen K2 L0

Musketmen K0 L2

Rifflemen K29 L11

Grenadier K10 L6

Archer K6 L1

Knight K10 L7

Cuirassier K1 L0

Catapult K5 L1

Cannon K4 L4

 

All in all 87 units have been destroyed, while 44 have been lost.

This while fighting against more advanced adversaries.

 

 

PS. I hope you forgive me for this ego-boost message ;)

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News from Macedonia claim that the Illyrian army has been completely annihilated after their so called ally has abandoned them and sat calmly on the conquered land.

Illyria has gained nothing from this war but lost thousands of soldiers and now even more backward than it was.

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COUP!

 

General Balat regretted his haste almost immediately but as per his plan there was no way to recall the fast rider. He felt alone crushed by the weight of his terrible secret, like a criminal in hiding, like a traitor. He consoled himself with the refrain that what he did was for the good of his country, that it was a selfless act on behalf of the people of Milete, that somehow history would exonerate his betrayal. But the verdict of history would be more honest than the general could be with himself; in the decades to come the final verdict was that he was a foolish man driven to this monstrous act in a desperate bid for respect.

 

But it was the lack of respect by his peers that made his farfetched plan possible. In the following months he excused himself from council meetings for an extended vacation in the hilly wilderness of the north eastern frontier. It was an unlikely vacation spot but, except for occasional jokes about some foolish mishap sparking an international incident, he was little missed. Little would anyone suspected that the international incident was not a foolish mistake but by design.

The rugged frontier was no vacation. The General was busier than he had ever been in the capitol. He lost his characteristic paunch as he supervised the construction of new roads to facilitate the flow of Lydian advisors and their voluminous equipment. He grew trim and fit as he drilled with his best riflemen in training camps run by Lydian infantry. By the time he returned to the capitol at the head of his men he had grown stern and serious, dispensing of his avuncular thinning white hair in favor of a shaved head.

 

The king and his former colleges on the council barely recognized him and not least of all because of the physical changes. They were amazed at his efficacy and daring and ultimately had to admit that he had been right. The new infantry units were as devastating as the general had always instead they would be. A single company overpowered the ceremonial longbowmen guarding the capitol, placed the King and the council under arrest, and gave General Balat a field promotion to Usurper.

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A MIGHTY HOST HAS LANDED ON THRACIAN SOIL.

 

* After hundreds years of fighting the violence level only increases.

 

* We suspect foreign funding of the war effort. Only such a short time ago we Thracians completely annihilated a grand army of Troy, now they have gathered 11 galleons which have put 30+ infantry, cannons etc. on our soil. And that's only half their current army.

 

* In a smart move the roads in the area of the main Thracian have been destroyed, thus enlarging travel time to the southern front.

 

* We are in a dire situation. But we will fight on.

 

 

PS. OOC: a request to Troy to play as early in the turn as possible, as we have no way of knowing if you played already or not, as PYT is still down.

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Again a mighty host is on the retreat from Thracian soil.

 

A mighty Trojan army of 35 divisions, mainly infantry, is retreating as the deadly machine gun makes it impossible for them to attack without sustaining terrible losses. This result is also achieved by our arduous workers who make it impossible for them to push through at a single weak point, as our troops can arrive at any endangered point by railroad.

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The Spartan Information Service has this to say:

 

A note for all world powers: any vessel traveling west of Marathon without prior authorization from Sparta will be sunk without warning, regardless of the flag being flown.

 

That is all.

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The Spartan Information Service has this to say:

 

Sparta is now in a state of war with Lydia. The Lydian 1st Fleet was discovered west of the Marathon line and promptly sunk. The Spartan fleet suffered heavy casualties defending Spartan waters. Our heroes will be remembered.

 

That is all.

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"Miss-click? What you mean by miss-click? Our admiraltess Artemisia have sent our fleet in Spartan waters by miss-click?"

 

"Yes, my King, this is what is believed happened. Or auto-pilot or whatever. Main thing is the fleet went there by accident. And the Spartans showed some balls by attacking us"

 

"Better this admiraltess Artemisia be killed in the sea battle, otherwise I will have to kill her myself. This is what you get for letting women command fleets." This said Krez of Lydia, King of the Kings and turned around in his ermine coat, sweeping away the rose leaves covering the marble floor in the Sardis palace putting an end to the meeting and leaving his advisers with sinking hearts. Not as sinking as the Great Lydian fleet, rumors for which defeat have reached the capitol.

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From The Daily Entrails, Macedonia's most popular (state-sanctioned) newspaper

 

KING P VOWS TO VACATION ON WESTERN SHORE OF LAKE PRESPA

 

With much pomp, circumstance and partial nudity, King P entertained Macedonian reporters today in the Palace Press Gallery by removing his ruby-studded bath robe to reveal a fetching candy-cane striped one-piece bathing suit with matching beanie. "This is what I'm going to wear next month when I'm vacationing on Lake Prespa!" exclaimed the 78th of his name, "The WESTERN shore of Lake Prespa!" he added, winking amid the chuckles.

 

The prognostication comes following several convincing victories by his grand army over the Illyrian hoard in the disputed lands east of that legendary body of water, home to several competing origin mythologies and, more importantly in modern times, several lucrative resort towns. The disputed lands, known locally as "Prespadonia", have long held the attention of the Macedonian elite, first as the source of many barbarian incursions (to whom we will always be grateful for transforming us into the mean-spirited warrior nation that we have become) and later as a potential annex with rich lands and resources, and weakly held by those same barbarian demon worshippers that somehow cobbled together a civilization. But never until now has a Macedonian ruler exposed so much skin and ambition simultaneously.

 

King P declined to comment on specifics of the war, stating that he has every confidence in his boys to pillage Illyrian lands and women with equal panache. When pressed over other foreign policy issues, including the suspected kidnapping of several prominent Athenian scholars by Macedonian agents, as well as an increase in military activity along the Thracian border, King P redonned his ruby-studded bath robe, declared a "pox on the lot of you rabble-rousing hoarders of prosaic cow dung!" and strutted from the gallery.

 

Long live the King!

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