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The Irish

Starting roster, Campaign Season 2

Campaign Season 2

Beneath his saintly facade, though, Conn was angry. Despite his Christian duty, deep in his heart he could not forgive his enemy, nor forget the loss of the herds of livestock they had made off with. The winter had been harsh in Ireland, and that loss had not helped. Yet the fact that the people had survived under his leadership proved that God was on his side. This year, he would make sure the unprovoked attack of the Viking raiders did not go unpunished.

In preparation, he had sought support from his neighbours. The Welsh were strong, and he could make use of such men in any enterprise. But his emissaries had been sent away after only a short meeting with the Lord of the Welsh, who had dismissed them briefly and politely. His men had not dallied - they were of the opinion that the mere suggestion of an alliance might have been taken as an insult, and they had no wish to be proved right. This year, the Irish would raid alone.

Roster after the raid on Denmark, Campaign Season 2

Vengeance Against Cnut

In return for the attacks of the previous season, the Irish choose to raid the Danish Vikings in Jutland.

The Irish had been pursuing the Vikings for some months. Conn was not a man to take the theft of his cattle lightly and was determined to get them back - to the point of launching a fleet of ships to pursue the Norsemen back to their homeland and return with the livestock. It was a very long journey, through treacherous seas and all weathers. Many times Conn had wondered whether or not it was worth all of this effort, but the slight on his honour had to be addressed and, if at all possible, avenged.

They landed on the coast of Jutland, a flat country ideally suited to cattle grazing, and it was not long before they had spotted their prize munching away at the lush green Danish grass. They attacked immediately, and pressed the enemy hard, but despite their best efforts and evident confusion amongst their Viking foe, they were held off at the end and left empty-handed after both brave Curaidh fell to the enemy swords. This outcome puzzled Conn. God's plan for him clearly did not concern the cattle. It was a clear sign that the Lord required his effort elsewhere, and he gave the order for his men to fall back in order rather than fight on. They would return to Ireland to contemplate their fate.

The battle ended in a draw. The Irish lost 2 Hearthguard and 2 Warriors. They replaced the lost Hearthguard during post-battle recruitment.

Roster at the end of Campaign Season 2

The Irish roll Poor Harvest on the Fate table at the end of the Campaign Season and so lose 1 point of Wealth.

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