Riluan was leading the column. It was a very big column.
250 Celestial Gwiffons
947 Holy Hounds
473 Holy Lions
350 Cwusaders (mounted on Lions and gwiffons)
134 Shiny Spiwits
4 Beam Shooters
Tali, Level 3 Warlord
Lightbringer Riluan, Level 5 Warlord of Celestia.
Avewnus was a very tough city. Riluan knew it would be a hard battle. But they had hopes. They left those fiends alone for such a long time.
Avewnus's main defensive force, their Pit Fiends, were away from the capital. According to information they received, they all were marching to Twelftres. Celestia forces would have taken Twelftres from Tanaw, before the Pit council arrives, and would prepare a nice little ambush to them. Twelftres was an important city to Tanaw, and Avewnus's column was really strong, indeed.
But still, Riluan was afraid. She didn't trust the information they had. Avewnus was careful with their borders. It wasn't easy to scout them. But one of their scouts managed to get some information, which surprised the entire Celestia: Avewnus' Pit Council was marching to Tanaw lands. Apparently, they didn't know about truce between Celestia and Rauvins, so they left their capital a bit defenseless and sent most of their forces, including the council, to invade Tanaw. They were probably heading for Twelfetres, which was in the middle of 3 factions. Chief warlord Rilutar has made a plan. The column heading for Twelfetres was all ground units. Only fliers were the Pit Fiends. The column had only a few cannons.
"Why so few siege?" was the first question to be asked when the warlords of Celestia met.
They didn't know, but Rilutar believed it was because Avewnus was attacking at different cities at the same time. So their other troops, including their cannons, were marching to another Tanaw city. If so, their capital was pretty defenceless, but if not, it had cannons, dwakes, dwagons and igniters, possibly.
So, Rilutar has decided to make a fast raid to Twelfetres with his angels, using it to defend against Avewnus's attackers, and destroy the Pit Fiends. They didn't like the idea of laying a trap in a city, using the angels, but no other unit, not even their gwiffons were fast enough to make it to Twelfetres in 1 turn. Also, Rilutar didn't want to miss this chance.
"Avewnus will not be so vulnerable again. We must act."
said Rilutar in the meeting in Celestia.
These meetings were common in Celestia. Before any big decision, Archangel, the Chief Warlord and the 2 highest ranked warlords gathered and discussed strategy. Archangel would rarely interfere, only watch and let his chief warlord make the decisions. Unlike most other factions, there was a small hierarchy between warlords.
Archangel, above all. Chief Warlord below him. And below the Chief Warlord, were 2 warlords with "Lightbringer" title. They were below chief warlord, but above all other warlords and casters. Although this title just meant being called into strategy meetings.
Rilutar didn't like this system much, because it resembled the fiendish hierarchy Avewnus had. In Avewnus, any warlord was superior to those who are lower level than themselves. But Archangel used this "Lightbringer" title to make sure the Chief Warlord listens to other experienced commanders' opinions. Apparently, the chief warlord before Rilutar was a bit arrogant and has led Archangel to make such a decision.
"You may be right, Chief Warlord Rilutar, but Avewnus never had such an opening before, we must not act hasty."
"Why are you getting paranoid, Lightbringer Riluan? Do you think Avewnus misled our scouts? Nonsense. Those fiends are ignorant. They are so busy fighting each other that they won't even notice we are back before our forces are at their doors."
said Lightbringer Saevel.
"What's wrong with these people?" thought Riluan. "Why is the Archangel silent?" thought she once more.
"Lightbringer Riluan, you will lead a ground force to conquer Avewnus. Lightbringer Saevel, you will take half of our shiny spiwits, light bulbs and about fifty cwusaders and garrison at Holy Chandelier. Lightbringer Riluan, take all remaining Shiny Spiwits, half of remaining cwusaders, holy lions and holy dogs, along with our celestial gwiffins. Warlord Tali will accompany you, and you will take 4 Beam Shooters with you."
"This is...what are you thinking, Rilutar?"
"Chief Warlord Rilutar thinks that this opportunity is too good to be ignored, Lightbringer Riluan." said Saevel, with a cold tone in his voice.
"Archangel, requesting permission to deploy our dittomancer to the ground force."
Even if it was the Chief, he must always seek permission to deploy casters to such big assaults. And most of the time, the response would be,
"Denied.", except it was followed by a "Chief Warlord Rilutar's plan is approved. Meeting is over" this time.
Riluan thought that this opportunity was just to good to be true, but their Chief didn't listen. He wanted to end these fiends once and for all, and was getting impatient.
Yes...maybe this impatience was the sign of their doom, or maybe the sign of their victory. She didn't know. In times like this, she wished they had a signamancer. But they didn't. And she was in front of Avewnus anyway.
The city was tough, but their plan was simple. Beam Shooters were the key to this battle. Avewnus's advantage in defence was narrow bridges, making it hard for ground units, and impossible to use siege towers effectively. That was why they brought 4 Beam Shooters. These were artillery-like siege units, capable of attacking walls from a distance. Those shooters were Celestia's true strength. Not even Avewnus' enormous Igniter's were stronger than them.
But still, she was afraid...But she had a duty. A thinkagram came from Rilutar:
"Riluan, I know you have doubts about this plan, but worry not! We shall end this evil this turn, which taints our lands with their disgusting armies and cities. Soon, their Pit Council will fall to our angels, and Avewnus will be destroyed. Start the siege!"
"I know, Rilutar. I'm sorry, I shouldn't be afraid in such a glorious turn!"
Rilutar smiled, and the connection was cut. Riluan shouted, "Let us remove this taint! Charge!"
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