Wednesday, March 3, 2010

General Kettukal remembers a story he was once told.

Beseiging the Atkolel Heights was starting to wear on General Kettukal and his troops. He knew he needed to find a way to break the stalemate or he might lose troops to another operational theater. In the Empire successes were rewarded and it was best not to even consider failure.

Late one night Kettukal remembered a tale told to him about a ruined temple that was a portal to caverns that held something important. He couldn't remember the entire story but thought it was perhaps best to check it out. In Tekumel stories and myths usually had a scintila of truth.

He knew he needed to send good troops but not his own Legion. He decided on the Legion of Serqu, Sword of the Empire. They are excellent soldiers but not his own. If succesful he of course would claim the operation, his right as General. If a failure; however, it would bring no discredit upon him or his!

The General summoned a young officer of the 14th Imperial Heavy Infantry to his tent, relayed the story as he remembered from his youth and issued orders. Take forces of the 14th to investigate this ruin and look for any evidence of truth in the story.

The young officer deployed scouts to lead his column, it seemed wise to have an advance warning of anything encountered.

Next in his column he deployed his archers. These were good solid heavy infantrymen, surely they could make short work of anything they encountered.

In fact, he decided to lead the archers himself. He would be able to direct their firepower and upon a pre-arranged signal move them to allow the heavy spearmen to finish off any foes. He would still retain enough control of the archers to direct them at any possible problem areas.

Behind his archers in the column would be the heavy spearmen.

The spears of the Legion of Serqu are stout soldiers capable of handling anything the enemy might throw at them. They are well trained and able to pull off complex manuevers very quickly.

This clearly was a winning formation. So off they moved in the direction the General had told them to go. As they marched they sang of victory for the Empire, victory for General Kettukal and most importantly victory for the Legion of Serqu!

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