By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent
After 20 War Points: East Tygers 12, Midrealm Dragons 8
Although Pennsic XXXIX was decided Thursday on the rapier plateau, the Great Armies of the East and Midrealm met for the final time Friday for the Field Battle.
The Field Battle this year included three last-man-standing battles, each of which was worth one War Point. Combat archery and siege weapons were allowed for the third battle.
The East lined up its troops on the west side of the field. The Tuchux and Southern army took to the north side of the field. Black Talon, the Northern Army and Atlantia assembled in the center, while the Unsterblichen held the south.
The Midrealm’s forces lined up on the east side of the field. Calontir, Ealdormere and Ironlance took the north, Æthelmearc, Pentamere and House Darkmoon deployed in the center and House Ironwolf, and the Oaken armies deployed to the south.
The first fight saw a huge brawl erupt on the southern flank. South Oaken forces checked a flanking maneuver by the Bloodguard and then rolled the flank themselves, joining a maelstrom of fighting in the center of the battlefield. The Tuchux attempted to intervene from the north, but a tide of Midrealm warriors proved too strong for the East. Forces from Darkmoon, Ironlance and North Oaken were seen clearing the field when the cannon sounded, giving the Midrealm the first War Point.
According to East commanders, Duke Konrad devised the East’s strategy for the second fight. That strategy involved extending the flank to the south, while sending the whole Atlantian army at full charge to the northeast. The move created a huge diagonal skirmish line and the field became a huge battle of attrition.
After a long hold, the fight was confined to three small pockets to the north of the field, where the East had superior numbers. The East used its numerical advantage in the final push and eliminated the remnants of Ironlance to claim the second War Point.
The third fight saw forces on both sides hit each other hard early. The lines fluctuated several times before a hold was called. After the hold it was clear the East’s forces in the northwest corner of the field found themselves between two lines of Midrealm warriors. The jaws closed on the East’s forces and a wave of Dragon fighters swept the northern field. House Bloodguard made a heroic last stand, but the Midrealm claimed the third War Point.
HRM Edward of the East and HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm met at the center of the battlefield after the fight and embraced. Both kings had nothing but compliments for each other’s armies and commanders.
With the East winning the War, HRM Edward said it was a total team effort.
“Everybody dug in. Every last one of our forces contributed,” HRM Edward said, noting HRM Marguerite of the East and HRM Gerhild were instrumental in inspiring more rapier fighters to fight for the Tyger.
HRM Radagaisus told his troops he was happy with their efforts.
“You left every ounce of energy on the field,” HRM Radagaisus said. “We are very proud to be numbered among you.”