Alright let's see how much I can get done tonight. For anyone new, I'm doing summaries of the the latest volume of Vanadis and I'm up to chapter 3 now. For the previous chapters' summaries see:
Sachstein is a country mostly of mountains and forests. In the past, a band of villages and towns united under one person would be considered a country. Once you go past a mountain there would be another small country there. Like this Sachstein used to be full of these countries. Because they each considered themselves a king, they each had very strong individuality. And the person united all these troublesome kings was named Augustus Benedict von Rothschild Sachstein. This year he is 42 years old, and like the sides of a cliff he had a very severe and stony face. Even when he got married to his queen, even when he had his firstborn, augustus did not once smile. While holding their newly firstborn baby, his wife asked him if he was displeased. He answered there was no way he could be unhappy, but his face remains emotionless.
Two years ago, there was a certain rumor that Augustus had smiled. It was when he found out the Brune had ended, and Duke Thenardier and King Faron had died.
To Augustus who wanted to conquer Brune, the existence of Thenardier and Faron, in addition to the Knight Roland were eyesores. He has tried many times but each time Roland would repel them from the western borders. If Augustus tried to invade throguh a means other than military force, Thenardier and Faron would stop him. Even though Thenardier was a man who planned to urusp his own king, he was also a man who extremely passionately defended the lands he considered his own territory. Faron knew this and worked together with him to stop Augustus. Augustus tried to separate Faron and Roland but that also failed. Roland's faith in Faron, and also Faron's trust in Roland was completely unshakable.
These three powerful enemies for Augustus had disappeared from the earth. He couldn't help but be overjoyed. But he didn't immediately march towards Brune. Faron died from sickness and Roland has been assassinated, however Thenardier was defeated on the battlefield. In other words, the person who defeated Thenardier is in Brune right now. So Augustus send spies to learn about Tigre and Regin.
And now the time has finally come to move. Amongst the three generals Augustus trusts, he calls two of them. They were Leonhart von Schmitt and Hans von Klugel. He orders the two of them to invade Alsace.
One or two days north of Nemetacum was an piece of land called Puranvil. Though there was only one hill there, it was a very big one. On top of this hill was the 20,000 sachstein troops under the command Hans von Klugel. The 20,000 troops are pretty much all infantry. The only people on horses were pretty much Klugel, his adjutant, generals and scouts.
Currently 31 years old, Klugel was born a commoner. He comments that everything is proceeding well. In his hands was two dices. He has received them when he was 15. All of sudden, he rolls the dice on the ground. The numbers on the dice was 2 and 4. In all the important moments of his life Klugel has always rolled these dices. When the numbers comes up odd, it meant he was going to have an easy time. however when it came up even it meant he was going to have a tough time. Of course, the results of these dices weren't absolute, there have been times that they were wrong. Klugel's forces has been camped on this hill for the past ten days. There has only been one fight and it was their victory. Brune is not in the position to just let them be. Expecting that the second battle will be coming soon, Klugel orders more scouts to scout the surrounding. Around this time, the army led by Tigre was about two days away.
According to the author Sachstein is based off of Germany
When Tigre met up with the forces led by Shaie of the Lutece Knights and the Viscount Bluleck, it was apparent what had happened. Everyone was covered in injuries and their armors were damaged. It was a defeat. Tigre meets and greets Shaie and Bluleck. Tigre notes Shaie was the person as he remembered two years ago, kind and polite. However Blueleck was very hostile, especially towards Tigre and Ellen/Zchted.
Together with Marthus, Ellen and Lim, Shaie starts explaining what had happened.
No one is Spain.
Shaie explains that to southeast of here in a days march was an area called Puranvil. Camped onto top of the hill there was the Sachstein forces. Shaie explains that Sachstein had set up the hill with defensive perimeter. When they captured a prisoner they told them it was a hill fort and it was called the Gelfort.
It was one day ago that Shaie and Bluleck's forces clashed with Sachstein, however it was eight days ago that they faced off each other. Shaie's Lutece Knight numbered 4000 cavalry and Bluleck's forces numbered 6000 cavalry. Shaie and Bluleck joined up headed south towards Nemetacum which was when they discovered the 20000 Sachstein army camped on top of Puranvil. Though Shaie and Bluleck were angry at the enemy, being that they are foreign invaders, they knew they were outnumbered 1:2, so they set up camp 500 meters away from the enemy while waiting for reinforcements. Sachstein, realizing they were waiting for reinforcements, started provoking them with crossbows and catapults. They would attack and retreat when Brune look like they want to counter attack. When they weren't attacking with weapons Sachstein attacked them with words. They taunted the Lutece Knights, threw vulgar words about Queen Regin, and the thing that made Shaie the most angry was their taunts regarding Roland. But Shaie did not give in to their bait. They endured for eight days.
it was then the Sachstein army marched out of their hill. The Sachstein soldiers had a short sword at their waist, and held a spear and a round shield. There were also soldiers who didn't have a spear and shield, those soldiers welded their crossbows. About 10,000 soldiers came out of the hill. Once they were about 300 meters away from the Gelfort, Shaie and Bluleck's forces started moving. They were all cavalry and the enemy were all infantry. They will now pay back the disgrace they suffered the past eight days.
With their morales high, they charged at the enemy. It doesn't need to be said about the superiority of cavalry against infantry. However Sachstein didn't just take it, they also fought back. When a man was trampled down, he would reach for his short sword and cut the horse's leg. The rider would fall down and immediately get stabbed by three spears. The crossbows also had a devastating effect. Sachstein was tough. No matter how many fell down, their formation never collapsed. But even still, the Brune army slowly pushed them back.
Even wityh then that Shaie realized they were too close to the Gelfort. They would charge, and Sachstein would fall back. That is natural. But what was unnatural was how the enemy would never rout, and in time they had already retreated several hundred meters. When Shaie ordered a retreat, Sachstein immediately fiercely counter attacked back. If 10,000 sachstein troops had come out of the hill, that had meant 10,000 remained on it. In an instant, using fences and even the ground itself, the hill had literally become a fort, and they were trapped in it. It was a disaster, troops on top of the fort would rain down on them with arrows and stones. In the end, only 7000 was able to escape. Fortunately both Shaie and Bluleck lived.
It was an unbelievable story to Tigre. This meant the enemy commander was able to use such a big hill to turn it into a fort. Tigre thanks them for the valuable information. Afterwards, They merge their forces together. Of the 7000, about 5000 were still able to fight. Together they now have 10000 men. Shaie and Bluleck also agreed to submit themselves to Tigre's command.
The meeting is adjoined and Ellen jokes that 10,000 is still better than 5000. Two years ago during the civil war, which Tigre struggled to secure food and fuel for his army. Presently, they can buy food and fuel from neighboring villages and towns and Tigre is thankful they don't have to worry about that stuff this time.
Ellen talks to Tigre telling hjim that they need to name their army, a name that would inspire fear to their enemies and courage to their allies. Tigre knew they couldn't just call it Silver Meteor again. Later that night during dinner, Tigre gathered Ellen, Lim, Marthus, Rurick, Casper and Titta. He wanted to discuss a name of their army. After a couple of ideas, they agree on Titta's idea. Titta explains the name was inspired from Regin. Though it was only a small period of time, Titta was Regin's personal and sole attendant. During that time they had formed a close bond. to honor that Tigre agreed to Titta's suggestion. Their army will now be called the Lumiere Army.
Is there no controversy for a filthy archer taking command?
Of course we all know his archery is overpowered as fuck and he's a good commander, but no one said peasant soldiers were smart.
The next day, the Lumiere Army stops 500 meters away from the hill Sachstein is on. Around the hill is just plains where they is no way the enemy could set up any tricks. Tigre wanted to see for himself what this Gelfort exactly was and decided to ride out by himself to take a closer look. Ellen suggested that she ride with him to protect him from arrows with her sword but Tigre refused. Tigre did not want to show the enemy their secrets.
350 meters away, Tigre stops. Tigre notes that the ground has been worked, and what appears to be one layer of fence was actually layered twice and even three times. There was also signs that there were other things camouflaged. Satsified and convinced they were facing against a fort, Tigre returned back. The enemy did not attack him, presumably because he was by himself.
Once he was back, they began their meeting. Tigre shared his findings and Marthus suggests they may have to think about how they could siege it. Tigre thought of two ways they could siege them. One was to surround the fort with a large army and wait it out. The other was to attack them with siege weapons. However they were half the forces of the enemy. In addition they had no siege weapon and no time to build any.
However they couldn't just do nothing. The southern sachstein army had already beat them once. News of it is sure to reach Nice and the western sachstein army. It would effect morale of the whole war. Marthus suggests that the move to the south of the enemy fort, explaining that although they couldn't completely cut off the supplies from the port town and Nemetacum, they could delay them. Tigre agrees and the Lumiere starts marching to the south of the fort.