The Gathering Historical Gamers "Rise of Macedon" DBA 3.0 Campaign 2016
The Phocian Confederation had been illegally cultivating the sacred land on the Kirrhaean plain. The Amphictyonic League, a pan-Hellenic religious organisation for the protection and administration of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, fined the Phocian Confederation for this. However, the fine is far beyond the Phocians' ability to pay. A refusal to pay the fine would make the Phocians religious outcasts in Greece, and liable to have a sacred war declared against them. Therefore the Phocians held a special conference to decide what action to take. Philomelos, a citizen of Ledon, advocated a pre-emptive policy of seizing Delphi (which was situated within the boundaries of Phocis), and asserting the ancient claim of Phocis to the presidency of the Amphictyonic League. Philomelos began assembling a mercenary army and also raised a force of 1000 peltasts from amongst the Phocian citizenry. Then in 356 B.C. Philomelos marched on Delphi, just before the end of the period in which the Phocians had been required to pay their fine. He easily captured the city of Delphi, along with the sanctuary of Apollo. Philomelos then demanded that the priestess of Apollo (the Pythia) provide him with an oracle; she replied that he "could do whatever he wanted". Philomelos called that an oracle, and had it inscribed in the sanctuary, as was customary. This pseudo-oracle provided Philomelos with supposed divine justification from Apollo for his actions.
It is the year 355 B.C. & all of Greece now waits to see what happens…
- Sparta: Aaron (red)
- Athens: John (blue)
- Thebes: Gareth (yellow)
- Acheans (Free Helots): Ryan (pink)
- Phocus: Chris (orange)
- Macedon: Kev (green)
- GM: Garry
Elements in play prior to the start of play:
Rules: MOVEMENT & TURN
- Each Faction has 2 “Actions” / “Moves” per “Phase”
- Each “Year” has 2 “Phases” – “Phase”1 enacts “Action” 1; “Phase” 2 enacts “Action” 2
- Each player/faction carries out it’s first “Action” in order before the second “action” is revealed/enacted
- Players may cancel an “Action” if later in that “Phase” his territory is attacked & he can instead spend that “Action” to reach & defend that territory
- “holding position” counts as an “Action”
- Fighting a battle counts as an “Action” – the exception being that if you are attacked after your 2nd “Action” you can fight the battle
- Players can always return any distance to defend their capital
- 3 “Turns” per “Year” – SPRING; SUMMER; WINTER (winter has no combat)
- WINTER is used as end point/scoring/reset of “Year”
- Sea crossing hit trouble on D6 roll of “1” – this loses them Units
- Alliances & Non-Aggression Treaties last 1 “Year” before needing renewed
- Factions cannot move through another Faction’s territory without fighting/attacking it, unless they are Allied
- Cities are captured automatically if the owner loses a battle fought over that region
- Cities are captured on a 4+ (D6) if no battle is fought their that "Phase" - after 2 "Phases" of besieging a city is automaticallt captured
- Scores are totalled in WINTER & “Held” permanently - the total at WINTER “Turn” 2 is then added to it. Same on WINTER 3 then a final total in WINTER 4
- Holding a Territory: +1
- Holding a Vassal State: +1
- Victory in Battle: +1
- General Kill +1
- Camp Capture (at end of battle) +1
- Holding Delphi +1
- Vassal State gains +0.5 for battles their Master wins
- Ally gains +0.5 for battles the Main Player wins
- Diplomacy lasts one “Year” before requiring renewal
- Breach of “Non-Aggression Pact”: PUNISHMENT
- Breach of “Alliance”: PUNISHMENT
- An Alliance trumps a Non-Aggression Pact IF the Ally is attacked
- Non-Aggression Pact still remains if the Ally instigates the war/ is the attacker
- If a Faction’s army starts it’s Year in it’s own Territory & attacks no-one outside it’s own territory it gains +2 to it’s recruitment pool at the end of the Year
- Peacetime army: If a Faction does not attack outside it’s own Territory then it’s army is reduced to a maximum of 10 for the following Year
- After holding a Satrapy for 1 Year the Major power may gift the Satrapy Faction up to 2 recruitment points
- If a Faction attacks another Faction's territory then that Faction is always considered the Attacker for Campaign Purposes – this ignores the result of the Aggression Roll for the actual battle’s attacker/defender
- If a City holds off a siege for 1 "Phase" & the owner of that city has not returned to defend it with an army, the attacking Faction is concidered, from that point onwards, to be the "Defender" of that region if anyone else attacks into the region before the city is automatically captured at the end of the next "Phase"
Year 355 B.C.: Spring
With Delphi occupied, the Spartans, as the defender of Hellenism declare that it will liberate Delphi and immediately sends its army there. The Former Helots of Sparta, following the inspiration of this raise an army attack the Phocians in Messolongi. With Spartan armies on the move the Athenians not wishing to be seen as lagging behind declare their support for war and ‘invite’ the Barbarous Macedonians to support them. With the Athenians and Spartans against them, the Phocians, persuade the Thebans to join them against Thebes long time rivals. The Athenians and Macedonians delay getting into the action and invade Thebes late in the spring with the Thebans making their stand against the Macedonians at Thespia, while the inhabitants of Aulis hold the Athenians off. In Delphi, the Spartans invade, but not wishing to desecrated the sacred area remain away from it and cut the supplies off to the Phocians forcing them to come out and engage the Spartans.
The Spartans set up with the Hoplites in the middle, the Auxillia on the right and the Cavalry on the left. The Phocians had their cavalry, including the General on the right, Hoplites next, then the Artillery and Psiloi. The Spartans line moves to the left while the Phocians send one of there Cavalry to the left. It is eventually herded back passed Delphi (present on the battlefield), where it is surrounded by a Hoplite and the Auxillia & where it does a heroic stand and scatters the Auxillia. Meanwhile the main Spartan line advances with the Phocians charging as the lines close! The Spartan Hoplites are able to force the Phocian Psiloi in front of them to Flee! creating a hole in the line. They are able to then come into the side of the Phocian Hoplite line slaughtering the left end. ThePhocian Psiloi recover & are then able to come back to stop this. On the other end the Phocian General moves out to try and get at the Spartan Cavalry, this allows the Spartan Hoplites on this end to wrap around the other end on the spearline and slaughter occurs again! In the middle of the line, the fighting turned against the Spartans as the Phocian Hoplites punched a hole through the Spartan line, killing many Spartans. The Spartans on the left now surround the Phocian General repeatedly, but are fought off each time. Meanwhile the hole in the Spartan line is increased with more Spartan loss. On the right of the Spartan line, the Hoplites start to surround and massacre the Phocian Psiloi. It is so great that the Phocian’s break and run. Delphi is saved, but not without loss of some of the treasures there which are melted down to fund the recruitment of mercenaries by the Phocians. The Spartans then make a dedication of the spoils to the Oracle and Apollo in honour of saving Delphi.
Meanwhile the Thebans stand against the barbarian Macedonian’s at Thespia. The Macedonians advance on the Thebans with the Pike Phalanx holding back from engaging the Theban Hoplites. Meanwhile the Companions, Cavalry & Light Horse sliced through the Theban Psiloi caught in the open. They then turn and charge the Theban Hoplites from behind destroying the line and routing the army. Victory to the Macedonians! They erect a trophy on the battlefield. The Pro-Macedonian Thespians gather up the leading Pro-Theban citizens (that have not escape already) and execute them while opening the city gates to allow the Macedonians in.
Meanwhile the Phocians in Messolongi resist the Helots awaiting relief from the army.
Year 355 B.C.: Summer.
With the victory at Thespia, the Macedonians march on to Thebes. There the remains of the Thebean army face the Macedonians. This time the Theban Cavalry face off against the Companions & Macedonian Cavalry who are supported by swift moving Auxilia & Psiloi. The Companions again slice through all opposition. The Theban Cavalry does scatter the Macedonian Light Horse, but is then surrounded and butchered by Macedonian Cavalry and Auxillia. With the flank clear the Companions again charge into the side of the Hoplites as they are trying to engage with the Macedonian Phalanx causing slaughter. Thebes is force to surrender and a puppet government is put in place by the Macedonians.
With news of the defeat, Aulis surrenders to the Athens. In retribution for the long siege, the Athenians enslave the women and children and slaughter all the citizens. Then over the winter Athenian Citizens are used to repopulate the city.
Meanwhile the Phocians, return to Delphi. The Spartans march out and form a battle line next to a fortress they have constructed. The Phocians advance while the Spartans pull back so as to stay out of Artillery range. Then, when the Phocian split their line to start to shoot their artillery at the fort, the Spartans advance. The Spartan Cavalry catches the Phocian cavalry off guard and wipes it out on the right of the Spartan line. Part of the Phocian line then charges the Spartan Hoplites in a vain attempt to break the line, but is pushed back. The Spartans follow up with the cavalry charging the line in the side scattering the defending psiloi. At this point with the Phocians surrounded the Spartans send a herald to them to end the battle. The Phocians are allowed to retrieve their dead and leave the battlefield under arms, but have to admit their guilt and promise to end the fighting against the Spartans.
At Messolongi, a Phocian herald appears and it is agreed between the Phocians and Helots that the city would be surrendered to the Helots, but that the citizens would be left unharmed. This is agreed and the gates are opened.
Victory Points at the end of Year 1:
Acheans (Helots): 4
Year 355 B.C.: Winter
During the Winter, with news of the Barbarian assault on Thebes, the Spartans, as leader of the Amphictyonic League, organises a pan-Hellic response to the invasion. The Phocians sign an Alliance with the Spartans to fight the Macedonians. The Helots, agree to send a detachment to assist their new Allies the Phocians against the Macedonians and to not attack the Spartans. The Athenians however snub the League. Instead they turn on Greece and side with the Barbarian invaders...
Year 354 B.C.: Spring.
The Athenians lusting after the gold of Delphi, and supplied with Theban slave soldiers from the Macedonians invade the sacred land of Delphi. However the Temple and Oracle are defended bravely by the locals, knowing Apollo is with them and the Athenians are held off. Meanwhile the Phocians attack Kyphus, where the Barbarian army engage them. The Spartans move to liberate the old Athenian colony at Amphipolis from the Barbarian Macedonians.
The Phocians, supported by the Helots, attacked from Calydon into the soil of sacred Macedon itself: setting their sites on the city of Kyphus. The Macedonian delay their march & meet them on the field!
The Macedonian Horse & psiloi moved forward on the left to engage the hill-bound Phocian artillery & Psiloi; the pike phalanx advanced centrally towards the Phocian Hoplites across dry farmland, Cavalry General & Psiloi; the Macedonian auxiliary waited on a hill on the right flank opposite the Helot Hoplites & cavalry & a single Phocian cavalry. After the artillery's first shot drives back the Macedonian Psiloi the Macedonian General & his cavalry force realise the are approaching bad terrain & drive centrally with the artillery "damaged" & no longer able to fire. The Macedonian knight General & cavalry engage the Hoplites flank but are repeatedly driven off! The Phocian Hoplites engage the shorter phalanx line along with their general while trying to flank on the right with their cavalry. Their Helot allies freeze! Although the Macedonian mercenaries on the right fall back the pike phalanx holds firm & the Phocian general flees his men! But at that moment the Phocian psiloi descend from their hill & with their Hoplites to the front they entrap Phillip himself! But in this direst of moments Philip drives forward crushing the Hoplites & freeing himself! Seeing their liege lord's mighty prowess the phalanx surges forward & with psiloi support breaks the Phocian Hoplite centre & surround the vicious Phocian psiloi who had single handedly been holding off the mercenaries!
Philip magnanimously offers the Phocians the hand of friendship as fellow brave warriors... but the foul Phocian general draped is his stolen gold charges forward, slapping aside the olive branch, & driving the Macedonian cavalry back upon their General in a crush of horses!There would be no peace & no mercy! The Macedonian cavalry & pike surround the Phocian general & he is brought down; along with the heroic psiloi on the opposite flank! Victory to Macedon as the sun sets! The Phocians drag their dead from the field & the Helots slope off into the night unbloodied...
With the Phocians defeated, the Macedonians marched on Amphipolis to face the Spartans. The Spartans lined up between two hills with the Cavalry on the left and auxilla on the right. The Macedonians had there Pike block on the left, next to a wood and their mounted wing on the right. The Mounted wing then moved further to the right, while the Spartan line expanded out to meet them. The Spartans then advance towards the mounted troops. At the last minute the Macedonians, now supported by Greek mercenaries, charged the line. The charge was held and pushed back with the Thessalian cavalry fleeing away. This created a hole in the line and the Spartan cavalry was able to charge Philip of Macedon in the side while he was engaged with hoplites in the front. His bodyguard was routed and he was taken prisoner. The Macedonian pike block now tried to advance, but with out the leadership it was too little too late. The Greek Mercenaries were surrounded next and destroyed. At this time, the Spartans showed clemency and allowed the Macedonians to leave the battlefield.
With victory going to the Spartans, Amphipolis opened its gates and welcomed the Spartans as liberators. With the news of the Spartan victory and capture of Philip, rumblings started in Thebes about overthrowing the Macedonian puppet government. In response, the pro Macedonian party, backed by Persian gold through Athens, seized the dissent ringleaders and murdered them. The families of the commanders of the Theban soldiers with the Athenians at Delphi, were taken in to custody as insurance that the army would not revolt. Then the puppet government declared its alliance with Macedon and Athens.
Year 354 B.C.: Summer
The Spartans now prepare to march to defend the sacred site of Delphi from the greed of Athens and Thebes, while the Macedonians catch the Phocians raiding into Kyphus...
Out numbered the Spartans faced the combined might of Athens and Thebes outside of Delphi. The Athenians had set up near the coast. They had the Thebans on the right and the Athenian Hoplites on the left with some light troops in the middle. The mounted troops and some Hoplites were stationed on the Athenian fleet. The Spartans split their line with a small line of Hoplites holding the right hand side and the rest on the left of the woods. The Auxillia set up to move into the woods and the Cavalry was on the far left.
The Spartans advanced on the left against the Thebans, who tried to retreat, but were surrounded by the Spartan Cavalry and Hoplites, led by the King of Sparta. The Sacred band fell first, followed by the Theban commander. Meanwhile on the other side of the field the Athenian Hoplites smashed into the thin line of Spartans while the Light Horse came off the ships and was able to get behind the Spartan line. They managed to take the Spartan camp and liberate Philip, King of Macedon, who was recovering from his wounds suffered in his defeat. Meanwhile the Athenian Hoplites pushed through the Spartan line. In a close run battle the Thebans held on long enough to allow the Athenian Hoplites to defeat the Spartan holding force. The Spartan King was then forced to retire from the field.
The battle lasted long enough however for the Oracle of Delphi to hide all the treasures in the Sanctuary so that no force could take them.
In the North, the Regent of Macedon (in Philip’s absence) caught up with the retreating Phocians and was able force them to swear allegiance to Philip or he would surround and butcher them all. With the army all but destroyed, the Phocian council agreed to the move and came under Macedonian control.
Victory Points at the end of Year 2:
Macedonia: 14 (Year 1: 7; +3 Territories; +1 Satrapy; +2 Battle Wins; +1 General Killed)
Sparta: 13 (Year 1: 7; +3 Territories; +1 Battle Win; +1 General Killed)
Athens: 12 (Year 1: 4; +5 Territories; +1 for Delphi; +1 Battle Win;+1 Camp Plundered
Acheans (Helots): 8 (Year 1: 4; + 4 Territories)
Phocians: 4 (Year 1: 2; +2 Territories)
Thebes: 3 (Year 1: 1; +1 Territory; + 0.5 Satrapy Master's Battle Win; + 0.5 Allied Force Win)
Year 354 B.C.: Winter
Throughout the winter Persian gold poured over the Greeks as the Athenians convinced the Helots to turn on the Spartans. The Helots also announced an alliance with Athens and Thebes. The Athenians continue their Alliance with Macedon & their vassal state: Phocia.
Year 353 B.C.: Spring
The Helots, having announced their an alliance with Athens and Thebes, invaded Pylos, while the Athenians attacked Argos, where the Spartan army awaited. The Macedonians, now led by Philip again, marched on Amphipolis...
Knowing it could not get support from the Spartans Amphipolis surrendered it’s self to the Macedonians. The Pro-Spartan supporters who had not been able to flee the city were gathered up and executed by the Macedonians. The Phocians and Thebans both sat at home to regather their strength.
The invasion of Sparta began. The Athenians awaited the Spartans near Argos. Both sides lined up with the Athenians having their Cavalry and Light Horse on the right of the hoplites and their Archers on the Left. The Spartans had their Cavalry on the left and Auxillia on the right. Both sides then advanced once they had sorted out their battlelines. The Athenians charged and on their left punched a hole through the Spartan line. The shock of the charged pushed the entire Spartan line backwards, except around their General who slaughtered all the Athenians who came near him and his bodyguard. He was then able to swing around and catch more Athenians in the side causing more mayhem. On the Spartan left, the Athenian Light Horse fled from the battle, this allowed the Spartans to push the ends of the Athenian Hoplites back and isolated a group who were scattered. The Athenians now were able to increase the size of the hole they had created, but it was too late as the Spartans surrounded the last of the Athenian Hoplites on the left and wiped them out.
The Athenians retired, and under a truce were allowed to collected their dead. The Spartans erected a trophy to their victory near one that had been created during the Peloponnesian war.
The Spartans, then forced marched to Pylos and engaged the Helots. The Helots lined up with their Cavalry on the right and Light troops on the left. The Spartans had woods in the middle of their deployment and so had their Auxillia in it. On the left of the wood they had a small Hoplite force, while the General lead most of the hoplites and cavalry on the right. The Helots advance splitting their line in a few places, while the Spartans on the right advanced. The Spartan cavalry was able to get around the side of the Helots and scatter the Helot Psiloi there. The Helot Auxilia then engaged the Cavalry and held them off. Some of the Spartan Hoplites then got involved while the Helots and Spartans formed lines to fight. With the Spartan Auxillia in the woods, the Helot General advance in to block them coming out. Meanwhile the Helot Cavalry moved from the extreme right of the army to the left to aid their Auxilia. Here the Spartan Hoplites managed to engage the Cavalry and push it back, this allowed them to get in the side of the Auxilia and scatter them. The Spartan cavalry then shadowed the Helot cavalry allowing the Spartan Hoplites to turn and hit the Helot Hoplites guarding the flank. By this time the two Hoplite lines had clashed, with the Helot flank guards gone the Spartan Hoplites charged the side of the Helot Hoplite line causing great slaughter.
The Helot army fled, leaving their dead on the field. The Spartans deemed creating a trophy for scattering slaves beneath them.
Year 353 B.C.: Summer
With the Athenians and Helots defeated the Spartans sent their herald with a peace proposal. With no counter offer, the Athenians send the herald away and again invade Argos with their allies invading Pylos. Again the Spartan army stands at Pylos to stop the Helots.
Meanwhile the pro-Macedonian group in Thebes find that they are having trouble suppressing the opposition and beg the Macedonians to send in a garrison to protect them. Thus more of Greece falls under the Barbarian while the Athenians carry on their insane attack on the Spartans with the real enemy behind them...
The battle at Pylos sees the Spartans lined up with the Auxilia to the right of the Spear line and their Cavalry behind it. The Helots, led by a Theban Mercenary General with an Athenian assistant, lined their Hoplites up in front with their Cavalry to the right. Both sides then advanced with the Spartan Cavalry moving to the left to counter the Helot Cavalry. They would have a brief fight and then stare at each other for the rest of the battle... The Helots then charged the Spartans and pushed them back! The Spartans then counter and punched a hole in the right of the Helot line. This hole was then blocked by the Helot reserve. The Helots however scatter the extreme left of the Spartan line and swung around into their side. The Spartan line held and their reserve hit the Helots from behind and eventually scattered them. Then disaster struck: the sun came out from behind the Helots shining into eyes of the Spartans. The Helots charged and almost destroyed the entire right of the Spartan line. Two thirds of the line was scattered! The Spartans recovered on the left and cut down the last of the Helots there, but with the right gone the Helots swung onto the Spartan General with the Theban Mercenaries charging into the front! The Spartan General heroically fought them off and then charged into the Thebans with his left wing coming into the side. The Thebans held them off and with the second Spartan charge the glow from the sun seem to create halos around the Thebans causing the Spartans to recoil in confusion. Seeing the confusion the Thebans charged with Helots coming in the side. The Spartan King and his bodyguard fought to the last, but were overrun. With this the Spartan army broke. The Helots created a trophy and under a truce the Theban Mercenary General allowed the Spartans to cover their fallen King and dead.
With the Spartan army gone Pylos then fell to the Helots; this was looted and burnt with the men slaughtered and women sold to slavery. When this was heard in Argos, they negotiated a peaceful surrender with the approaching Athenians. Back in Sparta the King was brought back on his shield and given a hero’s funeral; as he had won many victories for Sparta and had died fighting to defend her.
The Priests then came forward and announced that they had consulted with the Gods, and that they had turned away from Sparta as the Spartans had not shown the correct rites after the last battle with the Helots, and this was to teach the Spartans humility.
Victory Points at the end of Year 3:
Acheans (Helots): 15
Year 353 B.C.: Winter
With winter, the armies of the Greeks and Barbarians prepared for the next year. The Spartans also came to an agreement with the Athenians. With the Athenians now seeing the growing power of Macedon, the Spartans and Athenians signed an alliance. Part of the agreement was if the Athenians take land from the Macedonians then they will give Argos back to the Spartans.
Year 352 B.C.: Spring.
With the passing of winter the armies were on the march. The Macedonian’s marched on Delphi, and used their slave cities of the Phoican’s and Thebes to call for their intervention due to Athens having spilled blood on its sacred lands when they ‘illegally’ took the place from its defenders. With no Athenian army to defend it the priests allowed the Barbarians in.
The Macedonian lackeys, the Thebans, believing the Athenians would be distracted by the Macedonians, prepare to invade, but are caught outside of Thebes by the Athenians. The Athenian heralds declare that they are liberating Thebes from the oppression of the Barbarian Macedonians. The Thebans having been caught in front of Thebes, lined up their Hoplites in the centre and prepared to take the Athenians on. After the first Theban Hoplites fell, there was an attempt by the Thebans to surrender and to switch over to the Athenians side. But the Macedonian ‘advisor’ reminded the Theban general of the Macedonian garrison that was ‘protecting’ the Theban families in Thebes. Therefore the Thebans redoubled their effort. In what amounted to a blood bath on both sides, the Thebans nearly won through. But victory would go to the Athenians with a desperate assault on the Theban Camp.
With defeat in the field, the Macedonian Garrison butchered the hostages and then fled the city before the Athenians made it in. The Athenians then set up a pro-Athenian regime and executed any remaining pro-Macedonians. A Trophy was then erected on the battlefield and the dead on both sides were buried. With the Thebans now an Athenian Satrapy the Athenian army retires back to Aulis.
The other Macedonian slaves, the Phocians, invaded the Helots to take back their city of Messolongi. But the puppet regime there rallied the defenders and holds the Phocians off at the walls!
Meanwhile the Helot army was on the other side of the country preparing to invade Sparta. Their invasion was slightly delayed as the Theban General that had been leading them had returned to Thebes to lead their forces. A new Phocian General had been hired, but had caused a delay with his late arrival. Thus they found the Spartans had invaded them! The Spartans lined up their Hoplites in front with the Cavalry stationed behind them, with a wood on the right of the line. The Helots army was set up with their Hoplites in the middle, Psiloi on the right flank and Cavalry on the left. The Spartans advanced at first and then stopped, while the Helots advanced slightly, but sent their Cavalry around the woods to the left of their line. With this the Spartans advance and moved to their right. At this point the Phocian General had problems conveying his orders to his army and they stood still as the Spartans manoeuvred around them and hit the far left of the line in the front and side shattering the left end of the line! A group of Psiloi came around to fix up that side while the Psiloi remaining on the right of the line came out of the woods to hit the Spartan line in the flank. The Spartans initially held but then were defeated, but they held long enough for the Spartans on the left to surround and butcher an isolated Helot Hoplite unit. At this point the Helot Cavalry appeared from behind, but the Spartan Cavalry intercepted them. The Helots on the Spartan left then surrounded the next part of the Spartan line. It was able to fight the Helots off, while the Spartan right did a last desperate charge before the Helots could get into their rear. They hit the Helots from the front and side and destroyed another unit of their Hoplites. Meanwhile the Spartan Cavalry, noticing that the Helot cavalry was still trying to reform it’s ranks, charged in and dispatched them! With this the Helot army panicked and ran! The Spartans celebrated by constructing a trophy and allowing the Helots to take their dead away while making extra sacrifices to Ares for their victory.
The Spartans then occupied the destroyed town of Pylos. With the Spartans back a trickle of survivors that had hidden in the hills started to come back to the town.
Year 352 B.C.: Summer
After being defeated by the Spartans, the Helots regroup at their capital. Their Phocian general is sacked and they send envoys to Thebes to gain the serves of the great Theban general that defeated the Spartans. With the army not moving Messolongi finally surrenders to the Phocians. The Phocians enter and brutally punish the population, with the pro-Helot citizens executed.
Meanwhile the Spartans advance on the city of Elis, but as it is close to winter by the time they get there, the siege is abandoned without result.
The Helots delegation arrives at Thebes to find that the General is in the field with the Theban ally contingent of the Athenian army that has gone to defend Euboea from the Macedonians. The Macedonians deployed in North and the Athenians and Thebans in the South. The sea ran down the East of the battlefield. A steep hill sat in the northeastern quadrant in the Macedonian zone. A forest sat in the west of the Macedonian zone near the battlefield mid-point.
Macedon deployed near the forest with its Pike Phalanx central; Mercenary Spear on their left; Companions & Cavalry in column attached to Pike right - hugging the forest edge; Psiloi & Auxiliary held the steep hill on far left; Light Horse in the gap between the Psiloi & Spear.
Athens deployed with Cavalry & Light Horse on their left; Athenian Hoplites and Bow in the centre; then the Theban Hoplites next. The Psiloi were to be used in a naval landing.
The Thebans advanced down the coast with the Psiloi landing behind them & following them. Their Light Horse swung out wide behind the forest.
The Macedonians responded by advancing their heavy infantry & mounted column forward; taking their light troops from the hill to join the Light Horse as a screen on their left: opposite the Thebans.
The Athenians noticed the Macedonian General had left himself too close to their lines & slightly ahead of his Pike phalanx; & they charged their Cavalry into him with the Light Horse charging in the side. The Athenian Hoplites then wheeled from their left closing in on the Macedonian Pike block & changing the angle of the battle. While the Bow scampered round from the centre to their left flank. However Philip destroyed the Cavalry & pushed back the Light Horse! The Macedonian Cavalry then charged the Athenian Light Horse destroying it with Philip trapping it from the flank. The Athenian’s whole left flank now hung open.
The Athenian Bow then forced Philip back into the forest with a volley; while the heavy infantry watched on; the Thebans & Psiloi edged closer to the Macedonian light troops.
Then disaster struck as the Macedonian General & his Companions were scattered by the Athenian bow! With their General gone the Macedonians struggled to get orders. Their left flank was edged back as the Thebans pushed on. The Pikes held from combat while their Cavalry repeatedly engaged the Athenian Bow.
With the Macedonian left falling too far behind the Pike block to help it, the Pike engaged the Athenians Hoplites! After a period of pushing back & forth the Macedonian mercenary Hoplites broke their opponents, leaving the Athenians General's right flank exposed! But some Athenian Psiloi ran in from their right to draw the mercenaries away.
With the sun setting the Athenian bow were finally overrun by the Macedonian Cavalry; while in the centre their Pike continually tried to isolate the rightmost Hoplite to overrun it, but failed yet again; however the Athenian General was surprisingly destroyed by the Pike block opposing him! Victory to Macedon as the Athenians broke!
The Macedonians erected a trophy and bury the dead and the city of Euboea opens up its gates. The Macedonians install a garrison and execute some of the leading citizens as a warning and extract a large ransom from the rest, which cripples the cities finances.
With the Athenian General dead and the army scattered, the Thebans returned home to find the Athenian garrison had plundered the city and fled. The Citizenry had scattered to the hills and the only people left in the city were the Helot delegation. The Theban General therefore accepts serve to lead the Helot army.
Year 352 B.C.: Winter.
Over the Winter, The Theban General, using the natural Helot/slave tendency to follow and obey (and a bit of bribery and violence), was able to get himself installed as Tyrant of the Helots.
Victory Points at the end of Year 4:
Athens : 25
Year 351 B.C.: Spring
With the thaw of winter passing the Athenians invade Aulis from Euboea. With the disastrous fighting last year, the Athenians have recruited heavily, including a recruitment drive in the ally Sparta’s land. There many flock to the banner with the blessing of the Spartan Kings, but due to the long distance, and the early attack, the Spartan recruits do not make it in time for the battle...
The Macedonians, attempt to invade Thebes, but the forward scouts find the Thebans firmly behind their walls. The decision is made that a siege would take too long and the army retires to defend Aulis from the Athenians.
Meanwhile their Satrapy: the Phocians, prepare to march to Delphi, but before they leave, the Helots attack Messolongi from Sikyon stopping their move!
The Helot landing goes badly as a storm at the last minute strikes: sinking nearly a third of the fleet. The survivors land to face the Phocians in battle - which goes badly. The Phocians put the Helots to the sword, routing them and taking the Phocian Camp. The survivors limp back and the Theban General is imprisoned after the debacle...
Meanwhile the Athenians advance against the Barbarians, in a bloodbath of a battle with heavy casualties on both sides; the Athenians are victorious and drive the Barbarians away. A trophy is erected to the defence of Greece and Aulis opens its gates. The pro-Macedonian faction is hunted down, and those that have not escaped are thrown from the city walls.
Year 351 B.C.: Summer.
The Helot army now retreats back to its Capital to recover. Meanwhile the Phocians advance to Delphi where they dedicate to the Priest the plunder from the Helot camp. While there the Spartan army appears. So as not to draw the wrath of Apollo, the Spartans camp until the Phocian religious festival is over. Heralds are exchanged during the festival to organise when the battle will take place and the Spartans are invited to compete in some of the games the Phocians hold.
Meanwhile, the barbarous Macedonians strike back into Aulis, engaging the heroic Athenians in battle...
At Delphi, after consulting the Oracle, The Spartans and Phocians line up in battle. The Phocians set up with the Hoplites in the middle with most of the Psiloi to there left and the Cavalry to the right with some Psiloi linking the Hoplites and Cavalry. The Spartans set up on their extreme right with the Auxilia and Cavalry to the right.
The Phocians, swing their hoplites around and the Cavalry General moves from his right flank to the left to support the Psiloi, while the rest of the Cavalry gallop towards the Spartan camp. The Spartans advance and extend their line aiming to hit the Psiloi. The Spartan Cavalry and Auxilia charge into the Psiloi just as the Phocian General arrives, the Spartans scatter part of psiloi line and push part back. Then the Hoplites clash as the Phoican General clashes with the Spartan Cavalry. The Spartan hoplites punch a hole in the Phocian line and are then able to surround part of the line. The Phocians are now rattled, but the General leads a charge against the Spartan Cavalry, pushing them into the Spartan Auxilia scattering them. Then the Phocian Hoplites on the right of their line ran over the edge of the Spartan hoplite line. Then calm entered the field as a pause occurred. Then the Phocians charged, but the Spartans held them off and the Spartan King and hoplites charged and surrounded a unit of Phocian hoplites butchering those who could not escape. The Phocians turned and fleed. The Spartans erected a trophy and allowed the Phocians to collect their dead. The capture arms were then dedicated to Apollo for the victory and placed in the Temple.
Meanwhile the Barbarian horde descended on Aulis. The Macedonians met the Athenians on the plains of Northern Attics by the coast. The Macedonians swing back northward to meet the Athenian sea landing behind them. The battlefield had a wood to the east of the mid point with a difficult hill southwest of it leaving a gap where the forces would engage.
The Athenians deployed their Hoplites centrally with their Bow behind. Their Cavalry & Light Horse landing by sea. The Macedonians deployed opposite but slightly withdrawn with Pikes & Hoplite to the west with Psiloi between them & the Knight General & Cavalry on the east.
The Athenian horse decided to land far to the rear with their cavalry heading round behind their lines but the light horse heading south along the coast to attack the Barbarian camp. While the camp was left to it's fate the Macedonian Companions & Psiloi caught & destroyed the Athenian Bow near the woods edge while heavy foot engaged centrally with the Macedonian Cavalry swinging round to the western end of the line.
As the Macedonian camp held out the eastern most Athenian Hoplites were destroyed by Pike & Psiloi to the flank; next the Athenian Cavalry were destroyed by pike & cavalry in a trap; & finally the Athenian General was trapped & killed by mercenary Hoplites to the front & Psiloi pushing on from the east.
The Macedonian camp, still standing strong & with their General fallen the Athenians flee! Victory to Macedon.
With the Athenian army destroyed Aulis again changed hands. This time the city faced barbarian justice and the men of military age were murdered and the rest of the city reduced to slavery.
Year 351 B.C.: Winter
With the Winter, the Athenians hand back Argos to the Spartans, but not before they strip it of all its wealth and food in an attempt to rebuild their army.
Victory Points at the end of Year 5:
Athens : 30
Year 350 B.C.: Spring
The Macedonians were now secure in being the most powerful nation in Greece, but because of Sparta controlling Delphi, the Greeks still consider the Macedonians as little more than invading Barbarians. To be seen as equal to and ‘accepted’ by the Greeks, Phillip of Macedon needs to retake Delphi, this way he could dominate the Amphictyonic council and convince it to add Macedonia as a member and therefore seen as being ‘Greek’. Then he can launch his Pan-Hellenic invasion of Persia. After raising his army and commanding the enslaved Greeks to send men, Phillip and his horde march on Delphi.
The Spartan’s are well warned by the Oracle’s visions and send heralds to the Acheans and Athenians to come with what troops they have and to present a united Free Greek army to stop the Barbarians. The Greeks form up and are ready to face the Barbarian Horde in defence of Greek Civilisation...
The Battle of Delphi 350 B.C.
The Spartans lined up in the centre with the Helots to their left and Athenians to their right. On the Macedonian side the Pike set up on the left with Philip leading them with their left wing anchored on a Wood held by some Auxilia & opposite the Spartans, while the Phocian Hoplites and Psiloi hold the centre and their mixed Cavalry force deploy on the far right.
The Thebans march a force to the field of battle - but lack the bravery to chose a side...
It started to rain as the battle got underway - slowing down the Spartan centre's advance & the Macedonian & Phocian cavalry on their right - both getting bogged down in the muddy fields or having to reform to move around them...
The Greeks advanced while the Athenian Light Horse skirted around the Wood to get behind the Macedonian Pike block. On the Greek left the Macedonian & Phocian Cavalry thunders around whilst their Light Horse drops back to try & intercept their Athenian counterparts. Then the Spartans and Macedonians are joined! with the Helots holding back to stop the outflanking Cavalry and Phocians, whilst the Athenian Light Horse hits the Pike in the rear! But the tide turns as the Athenian Light Horse are driven off & Philip leads his Companions in and cuts down the Spartan King & his Hoplite bodyguard whilst a Pike block destroys the Hoplites engaging it. The Macedonian Pike then push through the Spartan line destroying it! - The Spartans turn and run, interfering with the advancing Athenians who's Hoplites are manoeuvring as they do not want to enter the Wood...
Then it is the Helots turn as they face the Phocian Hoplites & Psiloi to the front and Macedonian & Phocian Cavalry (having driven off the loan Helot cavalry) to the rear. They valiantly charge forward, but are held and destroyed. Causing the whole army to break...
With the Athenians having held back, Philip gives them good terms. Added to this is his need for their navy for the coming invasion of Persia. Philip is then elected to the Amphictyonic Council to unite Greece. Meanwhile, in Sparta no terms are accepted and the city waits for Philip to invade...
Photos from the Battle of Delphi - more to follow