The Defence of Rhegin, 477 AD

Historically, the kingdom of Rhegin (in modern day East Sussex) was first attacked by Saxon raiders in 477 AD. They managed to resist for quite a while- the territory around modern-day Pevensey falling in 491, and the last fragment of the kingdom conquered ten years later.

In this campaign, the kingdom’s armed forces are led by Tribune Marcus Alliminus the Powerful (a rather lame soubriquet if you ask me), while the Saxon horde are led by Aelfar the Impaler (that’s more like it!). At the start of the campaign, it’s 477 AD, the Saxons are raiding British lands from the sea, and the king of Rhegin is 56, so he probably won’t die of old age any time soon.

(Soubriquets are randomly generated, and a surprising number of them was generated for this campaign).

To read a up-to-date chronicle of the campaign, narrated from the British perspective, scroll down. Alternatively, you can read the individual battle reports here-

A Patrol Gone Ill

Drunks, Shattered Ranks and Final Stands 

The Current Situation, March 478 AD

Kingdom of Rhegin

Tribune Marcus Alliminus the Powerful- 451-Present
  27 years of age, Alliminius is a short and wiry man with an unfortunate tendency to flirt with other men’s wives. These controversies could possibly undermine his political position, and thus his loyalty to the crown. Fortunately, as the son of a Roman honestiore he has plenty of wealth to spend on buying roses  campaigning against the king’s enemies. 

Coalan ap Rlays- 454-Present

An aristocrat exiled by the Saxon conquests in modern day Kent, Coalan emphasises his proud Celtic history, even if his palaganised Christianity is a far cry from those of his “barbaric” ancestors. However, at 24 he has the short and bulky build of a very strong and dangerous warrior. His healthy constitution allowed him to survive capture by Aelfar’s forces early in 477 AD.

Titus Egullius- 445-Present
Raised in a legionary family, Egullius has practised the art of war since he was a youth. Now he is a battle-hardened veteran at 32 years of age, with considerable talent for leading the ranks into battle, and the height and muscle to match his reputation as a prominent man of war. 

Gaius Bosnius the Magnanimous- 450-477 AD
Gaius Bosnius remembers the Romans. 27 and wiry, he is also an exile fleeing Saxon raiders. He’s a thrifty and shrewd Roman aristocrat who managed to negotiate his ransom in March 477 AD from Saxon raiders for a surprisingly small sum.  Killed holding the British centre in a pitched battle outside Andertum in 477 AD.

Wealth: A Beggars Bowl (1)

Current forces: 6 Companions, 18 warriors, 18 levies, 4 missile troops

The king of Rhegin is 57

The Saxons

Drohtin (Warlord) Aelfar the Impaler – 451-Present
A pious Saxon aristocrat, Aelfar (age 27) believes he is going places. He launched a dazzling series of raids against Rhegin territory in Anderitum in March 477, captured no less than two Roman leaders and with that wealth, had himself declared warlord. He now seeks to make himself king of all Rhegin.

Averill, 450-Present
Averill is a quiet, studious, nondescript man, of average height and ordinary origins. He has risen to command some of Aelfar’s more successful raiding forays due to his undying loyalty to Aelfar, his liegelord, and his expertise at single combat.

Merton the Red- 443-Present
Red-bearded and red-chested, Merton is another peasant who rose to prominence in the dearth of experienced Saxon leadership after the disasters in 477. Honourable and hearty to a fault, he was perhaps selected more for his loyalty to Aelfar’s fragile leadership than any particular skill at arms or war. 

Cyneheard- 453-477 AD
A young and hardy peasant from the Saxon shore, Cyneheard (24) loves his women and his ale; his ability to drink is only matched by his ability to function as capably inebriated as sober. He first demonstrated his opportunistic mentality to field operations while raiding Anderitum in Aelfar’s very first raids around Andertum. Tragically, he died of pneumonia during the British winter of 477; his increased alcoholism making him perhaps another victim of Aelfar’s defeat in May 477. 

Wulfric- 444-477 AD
An older man at 33, Wulfric is a peasant who has mastered the art of combat where Cyneheard has specialised in alcoholic beverages. Armed with a very bright and obsessively-sharpened sword, he cuts a swathe through enemy ranks wherever he goes, and is notoriously hard to keep down. His death was the final straw for the Saxon forces during Aelfar’s disastrous march on Andertum in 477 AD.

Wealth: Flat-Out Broke (0)

Forces: 12 companions, 20 warriors, 4 skirmishers

The Magnus Portus Chronicle The studious chronicler of Magnus Portus

In March of the year of our Lord 447, the pagans crossed from over the sea under the leadership of a new chieftain, Aelfar the Impaler. Landing on the coast of Anderitum, they raided and pillaged to their heathen heart’s content.

The Tribune Alliminius raised an army to counter these godless men, and marched into the hills near the lost lands now ruled by the Saxon lords. However, one of his patrols was ambushed, and his army scattered by raiders who had been pillaging an iron mine nearby. Alliminius himself conducted himself with great valour, but he was betrayed as some of his army was lost on the road to the battle, and both Gaius Bosnius and ap Rlays, nobles exiled by the Saxon incursions but continuing to wage war on the heathens in the service of the tribune, were captured.

They were ransomed, but Alliminius was unable to raise a full muster again for two months, while Aelfar’s pagans plundered the land dry in his absence. Flattered by gifts taken from British lands by their liege lord, Aelfar’s hearthguard declared him warlord of Anderitium, and marched on the Roman shore fort only a few miles from the iron mines where the Christians had been defeated months before. They intended to take the town of Anderitium while Alliminius was still licking his wounds, but God deceived them, and they marched even as Alliminius marched his new army eastwards to meet the threat in open battle.

Confident of victory, the heathens spent the night before in rousing carousing, whereas the pious tribune ordered a night of vigil and prayer before the battle. As dawn dawned Aelfic and Alliminus sent their champions out to duel it out before their respective troops; but the Saxon, buoyed by beer, had the better of the exchange. The two armies clashed, the barbarians were worse for drink, but shattered the British levy before Alliminus rallied the right flank and bore through superior numbers of Saxons, killing Wulfric and almost the entire Saxon force. Tragically, Gaius Bosnius the Roman died that day.

However, Aelfic fled the field and Alliminus won the day. Later that year he was promoted to Praefectus, and British lands were unharried for the rest of the year.

 

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