Do not touch anything unnecessarily. Beware of pretty girls in dance halls and parks who may be spies, as well as bicycles, revolvers, uniforms, arms, dead horses, and men lying on roads - they are not there accidentally. - 1930s Soviet infantry manual

The Franks

Starting roster, Campaign Season 2

Campaign Season 2

As is customary in the land of the Franks, at the beginning of each year a few young men are selected from the villages of the land to join the ranks of the army. Thus, the ranks of the Frankish warband swelled.

Because of his Hard Ruler trait, Charlemal recruits 4 levy at the start of the Campaign Season.

Roster after successfully raiding Norway, Campaign Season 2

Raiding the Norwegian Vikings

The Franks, now ready for war, choose to raid the Norwegian Vikings in Hedemark.

After a long sea journey into the cold lands of the north, the Franks landed in a fjord in Hedemark and headed inland, catching up with a Viking force led by Ubba Goldtooth, who were escorting a baggage train laden with treasure in an attempt to move it to a safer place. An early assault by Frankish mounted knights caught the Vikings by surprise. A counter-attack by his much feared Berserkers was unsuccessful and the Vikings fell back to protect the baggage train.

Urging his men on, Charlemal's knights captured one of the baggage elements before their own destruction but the remaining two made a bid for escape while the battle, now centering around a duel between Ubba and Charlemal, hung in the balance. With the two Warlords and their supporting warriors fighting a protracted battle over a low hill the two baggage pieces moved steadily towards the safety of the opposite table edge on the Viking far right and the Franks could only respond by rushing a unit of warrior archers to block their exit to victory.

In a mighty duel, Ubba was struck down and killed, and with their leader fallen the surviving Vikings and baggage guards fled the field. Charlemal gave thanks for his victory in his first battle, and the Franks returned to their boats with their plunder, their task complete.

A lengthier report of this battle can be read here.

The Franks gain +1 point of Wealth and +1 CVP for heir successful raid. The Franks lost 1 Hearthguard and 2 Warriors. They merge the Warriors with another unit on their roster and recruit a new unit of 6 Levy. Finally, they choose to spend 1 point of Wealth on a War Banner which they assign to one of their Warrior units. They gain +1 point of Reputation when they acquire their new Banner.

Roster at end of Campaign Season 2

The Franks roll Choose on the Fate table at the end of the Campaign Season, and pick Warlord Experience. They elect to roll on the Special Rules table and Charlemal gains Bravery.

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