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The wars of Ruthopheax I in detail

3. The War against State "E"

C. 634

The overthrow of Soucenel (State C) by Ruthopheax and Brumuzzi, 634

3. Inheriting the crown: the conquest of State "E", 633 - 634

Following the successes of Louron in Atlantidieh, Crechonni desperately sought peace with his rival, offering to cede everything Louron had gained west and south of the Dodolla and Great Lakes. This offer, made behind the backs of his councillors, was too much for them. He was quickly removed from command by a young army general, Soucenel, who took over in November 633 as Leader and the "official" Emperor of the Atlantean Empire.

Louron, meanwhile, was determined now to complete his conquest of the territories still belonging to State "E", Chalcrieh I and Dravidieh II, and thereafter to make himself Emperor. He therefore ignored all the requests by Crechonni for peace and prepared his armies for the final fights, which began after December. He lined up most of his forces along the Dodolla, three armies totalling 80000 men. He also strengthened his army in Meistayieh, into which the enemy had made some inroads earlier in the year, and gave it 50000 men. Other smaller forces lay in reserve, while just 40000 watched the line of the Gestes and Yall. Thiss, now under the control of State "A", but which showed no desire to join in any of the fighting. Louron was aware that he faced a difficult task now fighting Soucenel on his home ground and with many prepared defences. These included crossing the Dodolla, the line of hill defences around Snattarona, which had earlier held off the Republicans for decades, and finally the heights of the Crolden Hills on which lay the capital, Atlandravizzi. Louron therefore requested help from State "D", led by General Brumuzzi since the death of Buomil in 632. Buomil had, it will be recalled, already briefly joined in the war against the Republicans before being treacherously struck in the rear by State "B". Brumuzzi agreed, on the condition that he would receive Dravidieh II as his portion at the end. He had been waiting for the moment to strike a final blow against Soucenel and receive some of the pickings for a year or so, but he wanted to wait till the fighting should be easy. Therefore he did not hurry to engage the enemy and Louron had to fight alone till April of 634.

The fighting of the first few months was indeed quite hard and unsuccessful for Louron, and his military skills were not shown to their best advantage. Various reasons have been adduced for this, including illness, concern over revolts by die-hard Republicans in his rear and his involvement in reorganising the whole of his growing empire along Imperialist lines and reconstituting the army with loyal supporters. During January and February, his armies crossed the Dodolla, but their simple head-on attacks against the Snattarona hills, defended by 65000 men, were predictably unsuccessful. Indeed a major counter-attack forced them back to the river. Further east in Meistayieh, the offensive was also a failure. Louron now split his forces up still more, sending 25000 men to reinforce Meistayieh. This time his troops were more fortunate and the enemy in the west retired into Dravidieh II, back towards Lake Trannolla. At the same time his navy seized control of Lake Trannolla, defeating the enemy navy on the waters. In the east, Soucenel's forces were based on Atlanipand, behind the Thyggis river, and Louron's army here contented itself with simply observing this army for most of the period of the war.

Finally in April, Brumuzzi led his armies across the frontiers of Soucenel's territories. Soucenel was, however, prepared for this and had defences in place. Louron's and Brumuzzi's forces combined to besiege Gasirotto first of all - this siege, thanks to artillery, was successful by June. Near Micazzo an army of 50000 defeated Soucenel at the Battle of Micazzo. To the east another army of 35000 men moved on the fortress of Bratatinnu, and finally 40000 men threatened Dravizzi across the Thyggis, although they made no immediate progress. Soucenel now had barely enough troops to face all his enemies, and Louron took advantage of the fact that he had to withdraw some forces from the armies about Snattarona. In a strategic manoeuvre more typical of his usual genius, Louron sent a force of 15000 men across Lake Trannolla which linked up with another 20000 men striking east from the Dodolla south of Cennatlantis. Meanwhile his main army again advanced on Snattarona. Ina wide-ranging battle over two days, Louron's outflanking force defeated an enemy counter-attack and forced all his forces to retire from the Snattarona defences. They were chased right back to Yeldis during May.

However Soucenel's casualties had not been heavy, and he now concentrated his forces, based on Dravizzi, to deliver a series of blows against the enemy armies closing in all round on the Crolden Hills. Yeldis was strongly fortified and held up Louron's advance. This gave Soucenel the chance to go for Brumuzzi's army advancing headlong from Micazzo on the northern Crolden Hills (and not joining up with Louron west of Yeldis). Soucenel took up a strong defensive position in the hills, and then struck the enemy in flank. Leaving a small force to chase them back north, he next turned on Brumuzzi's army across the upper Thyggis. This had moved north round the course of the river in June, hoping to meet with its fellow army from Micazzo. However it too was hit and defeated by Soucenel. Further south, meanwhile, Louron's army by Lake Trannolla defeated its enemies and advanced up the east of the Burastoura towards Giestisso. It eventually made its way towards Atlandravizzi, where the "D" army facing Bratatinnu was also headed. This had decided to cross the Thyggis south of the fortress and wheel around on the capital, joining up with Louron's army en route.

The final days now approached. Defeated twice by Soucenel, Brumuzzi, suitably chastened, decided to concentrate his western, Micazzo army with Louron's forces. Louron had remained west of Yeldis for a month or so, until now his ally came round north of the city and the enemy were mostly trapped inside the fortifications or forced back over the river. In July and August a grand march ensued on to Dravizzi, which was where Soucenel was known to be. He and most of his forces were now surrounded there. With Dravizzi also surrounded, "E"'s forces gave up the game. They all gradually surrendered, a process which became much quicker when Soucenel himself led a forlorn attack against the besiegers by a small force on August 10th and was killed. The war was effectively over by September 634.

To read about Ruthopheax's war against State "C", go to: Ruthopheax I's wars against State C- 1- 644 and Ruthopheax I's wars against State C- 2- 645

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