Sunday, 20 October 2013

Revolt in Fadath Part 1

Revolt in Fadath Part 1

Fadath Revolt /Coup d’etat Game

It had been an unusually hot night and a haze is still visible in the streets.
Prince Hastuun looks out from a balcaney in the Old Palace surrounded by his elite body guard. The tension is almost unbearable , like grey hounds in the slips. The faint cry of dockers starting their work on the other side of the canal can be heard on the air mixed with sound of Gashant leather sandals marching on the city roads towards the New Barracks. The gilt of armour can be seen on the city walls and from the tops of guards towers , more than usual in numbers.

All is quiet in the Old Barracks as the orders for Princess Kristyanna’s birthday celebrations have been cancelled. A guard on the roof of the building smiles to himself as he sights the City Levy marching into sight at the far end of the parade grounds near the New Barracks entrance gate. “Silly fools, no one has told them the parade in cancelled” “Slave owning dogs! Get back to your shops and warehouses.” he mutters to himself. Then he looks to the city walls and towers and sees the City Guard forming up facing inwards. “More fools” he thinks to himself and returns to dreaming of owning property in the city once he has completed his service in the Fadath Foot. An Inn with dancing girls a plenty maybe......... “What ,the Royal Armoury Guard marching along the road as well?” “Have they all been drinking this morning or not stopped from the night before?”

In the New Barracks two officers of the Deadly Sting armed with colt revolvers and troops with rifled muskets march down the corridors towards the quarters of the Swift Death. When they reach the main door into the four roomed annex they draw back their hammers look to each other and nod and burst in. No one is there......




At the New Palace troops from “Kristyanna’s Shield” march to the entrance with grave news for the guards on duty.
Troops of the Palace Guard move stealthily across the palace roof tops. Cadets of Army & Fleet Academy move into the New Palace complex.

The Army & Fleet officer cadets and Palace but move into position from the roofs and from with the palace.But they are unaware of Royalist troops are within the walls too.

Prince Daanyo has moved his  Swift Death band and the small number of Dooms End troops from the New Barracks to the palace during the night suspecting 'rum goings on' after the parade was cancelled at the last minute.He has gone to his sister in law quarters to relay his worries.

The signal is given and the assult begins on the New Palace gate.

The assult is a bloody one as the Cossacks fire from their secure positions.

Kristyaana's  (Gisra's )Shield Break through the gate way.Only to find a nasty suprise!

The Swift Death & Dooms End break from cover and assult the Palace Guard and the Deadly Sting.


Friday, 11 October 2013

Fadath Coup d'etat Game

Fadath Coup d'├ętat Game

Prince Hastuun’s failed attempt of removing the human mercenaries and freed slave troops with the help of Oeotrian troops has placed suspicion on his command of the Deadly Sting. So he has been forced to restrict its remaining numbers to barracks. He is also officially spending more time at his country retreat but has increased the work of his spy networks.

He is not without troops in the city though. A swift strike against the “Melas whore” could still bring an end to human influence in the state and raise Hastuun to Regent. Of cause Prince Daanyo would have to die in the coup as he has betrayed his people and birth right.

The best opportunity within the year would be the Princess’s birthday which has become a public holiday since it was suggested to her by the Church.

Hastuun starts to put things into place for his coup to bring down K
ristyanna’s reign.

He knows he can rely on the following units, the Palace Guard, the City Guard, the guards at the Royal Armouries and Cadets at the Army & Fleet Academy but none of these are at a band level of strength. He needs some of those units that are unhappy with Kristyanna’s rule or the human involvement in Fadath affairs.

Namely “Kristyanna’s Shield” the ex-Royal bodyguard who have been replaced with Melas troops without justification. They also suffered heavy loses in the last war and feel aggrieved that they should be treated in such a way for no reason. Then the City Levy who recently having been placed on equal level to former slaves in the new corps. The remaining group is the old marines band which like “Kristyanna’s Shield” have grievances with the Princess. None of these are at full strength either but used for key functions or kept out of a counter coup would make it possible for the coup plot to succeed.

As for those troops loyal to the princess who would need to be removed altogether. Prince Hastuun must work a little of his military magic. He is still March Master of the Fadath Army, while this roll and title only comes into force while the city state is at official war, he can still order troop movements and organise training of units.

Now the Canal Watch are on regular patrols away from the city so they are already dealt with, so are the Rural Levy who are unarmed in their villages. Being that Hastunn holds their weapons in the Royal Armoury during times of peace.

He gives the order for the Dooms End to go on manoeuvres thereby removing them from the city for a number of weeks.

But he has little practical control over the Fadath Foot, the human mercenaries or the Swift Death. The Swift Death would all have to die either way as they are commanded by Prince Daanyo and even his officers wouldn’t turn. They are depleted in numbers though and shouldn’t be a major problem to deal with. The humans however are well trained, well armed and their livelihoods depend on the Princess. Worst is they hold key points in the city including the entry points of the New Palace. These troops would need to go straight away and the others dealt with later.

As for the Fadath Foot. No slave can be allowed to carry arms on an equal level as the noble houses of Fadath. They must be put to the sword if they do not surrender their weapons. On a practical sense they must be boxed up in the Old Barracks until the Coup has succeeded, then dealt with harshly. They aren’t likely to surrender after gaining their freedom and would most likely fight to the death. Their officers and human mercenary advisors though should be eliminated at the start of the coup to prevent organised resistance.

Finally the Melas Freedom Guard , small in numbers and should be butchered like their brothers in the Melas  Royal Body Guard. Few city dwellers would bat an eyelid for the outsiders.

The political side of things:

Hastuun has secured support for the coup from the Oeotrians but can’t use their troops or been seen to use their troops. While he has no intensions of handing the city back to the Oeotrian Empire, he would be much more friendly to the empire and support a policy of no humans in the region and closing off a back door for the British Empire to the Oeotrian Empire.

Metropolitan Shiog'ii has given his full support to Hastuun and will publicly come out and support  “the return of a true believer in the faith” and demand all Mrohzanji followers support the Prince over the “Melas whore”. Converting to Christianity didn’t help the Princess politically within the traditional ranks of Fadath. He has also offered his Oeotrian personal body guard to Hastuun.

The Metropolitan Shiog'ii will also stirrup the populace to burn down the Cathedral which will act as a distraction to the attack on the palace.

The plan:

The Dooms End band are sent North a week before the Princesses birthday.

The Fadath Foot are instructed to line the route of the Princess parade and will rehearse in a manner to dispute and harass the general populations daily life a week before the day of celebration. This is designed to upset the common Fadath man and women against the Fadath Foot even more than already exists. The eve of the birthday celebration the parade will be cancelled and the troops ordered to remain in barracks the next morning.

The Melas Freedom Guard are asked to take part on the parade in the same manner as the Fadath Foot and told to stand down on the evening before the royal birthday celebrations .

On the day:

At sun raise-

The old marines will be close and hold the landing field to all transport. No cloudship my take off or land without written authority of Prince Hastuun.

The City Guard will close and secure all road gates, water gates and bridge crossings.

The Deadly Sting will arrest the Swift Death and execute them by firing squad at day break under the guise of the start of the day’s celebrations. They then will take up the position in the centre of the line facing the Old Barracks.

The City Levy will assemble at the Royal Armouries and march to the Old Barracks and link up with the City Guard holding the west side of the bridge forming up along the road to the New Barracks. Any Fadath Foot troops that attempt to leave the Old Barracks are to be shot. The City Levy are not to assault the Old Barracks though just hold their position.

The Royal Armouries Guard will link up on the City Levies right flank and hold with City Guards in the near tower and on the walls.

Once the Old Barracks is surrounded Kristyanna Shield will be dispatched to the New Palace and report a coup is under way and the New Barracks has fallen to the rebels. They have come to support the Princess. They are to gain entry from the North of the palace and await a horn signal. Then assault the human guards. Once removed make their way to the Melas Bodyguard within and put them to the sword.

At a given horn blow-

The Palace Guard will move across the Old Palace roofs onto the New Palace and assault the human guards and Melas bodyguard. They are also tasked with arresting Prince Daanyo and execute him on the spot.

Kristyanna Shield assault begins.

Army & Fleet Officers Academy cadets enter the New Palace by a secret entrance. Where they have been waiting since overnight in the Old Palace and make their way to the Princesses private quarters to seize her and hold her hostage. Should Daanyo not be in his quarters or organising resistance by this time he is to be shot on sight. His death will be blamed on the Melas bodyguards revolting and that Daanyo was leading the coup for Fadath freedom with the assistance Army & Fleet cadet officers!

By midday-

Once the New Palace is secure Prince Hastuun will be declared Regent by the Metropolitan.

The Metropolitan Shiog'ii will have already started stirring up the populace to burn down the Cathedral , attack humans and there dwellings within the city.

The Fadath Foot will be forced to lay down their arms or the Old Barracks will be bombarded with artillery. If they do come out and lay down their arms they are to be chained and taken to the slave pens. If any resist they are to be killed on the spot as an example to the others. They are also to be told they are being sold to the Oeotrian’s to calm them down a little. This is a lie but thinking of the treatment they could get from their former Fadath owners would make them more desperate. Though it is not expected that they will surrender, all officers must be prepared to put all slaves to death if necessary for the security of the city.

The Melas Freedom Guard will be rounded up by the cadets and stirred up city mobs for public executions.

Once the Fadath Foot is neutralised the remaining human mercenaries stationed at the City Armoury, City Works (
Gas Power Station/Sewers pumping station) and the HBTC compound who haven’t fled will be dealt with one location at a time by Fadath Regular troops. As these are sites of value and possible plunder the mobs must be steered away from these towards private human property.

Editors Bit
This is a little tease as I’ve still 50 “Wee men” to finish painting and I’m still involved in Venus terrain projects but I’m trying very hard to get a Fadath game played very soon.


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