Selangod Times – Special Edition – June 15th, 1590
THE FIGHTING ENDS!
The taunting, bickering and public chastising existing between the towns of Pahand and Hatyad came to an official and violent end this week. Troops from Pahand descended on the northern territory and captured the keep at Hatyad after a short and bloody battle. The insurgents claimed their prize after only two days of fighting. The Army of Pahand numbered over a thousand worthies and included nobles and adventurers from throughout the kingdom.
Arguments between these two exterior mining communities have been notable for decades, becoming increasingly boisterous in recent months. Both sides complained of trade irregularities, barbarous theft of goods, and the raiding of food stores, always perpetrated by the other township. Assassination attempts were also believed to be committed by the opposing side. War was declared by Hatyad eight weeks ago and both sides built up their forces, hiring mercenaries and adventurers.
Baron Amishad V of the Royal Line, who has ruled Pahand for twelve years, expressed relief at the victory. “At last, the cruelty and harm caused by the leadership in the beleaguered town of Hatyad is at an end.” The Duke of Hatyad, also of the Royal Line, could not be reached for comment and is presumed lost.
Officer Terry Pritchert, Sheriff of Pahand and leader of the attacking forces, met with members of the newly formed “Hatyad Tribunal for Peace” after the battle. They all described the two-day conflict using similar terms:
The army of Pahand had marched for two weeks and prepared to lay siege to the town of Hatyad. Food shortages in the North suggested that a siege would bring about a swift victory for Pahand as supplies going into the city halted. The Pahandians gathered south of the city walls and began building fortifications.
The Hatyadians quickly learned of the danger, knowing that they would grow weaker every day and that the allegiance of their mercenaries was tenuous. They decided to act, sallying forth with their entire army. They employed hundreds of archers, infantry and even war elephants as they bravely charged the Pahandian lines. The presence of the elephants in combat between peoples is new, as they had only been used for clearing paths during Outside Incursions prior. Still, their terrifying presence and effectiveness caused the fortified Pahandian battle-lines to bend.
The army of Pahand, for their part, slew a great many Hatyadians by raining down arrows upon them. Their archers drew and drew. Additionally, adventurers in their ranks used magic to selectively kill their targets. Their battle lines found courage and held their places in the face of the on-coming elephants. Their leaders scampered about using veterans to fill holes in the lines, preventing breakthroughs.
When the bloodshed reached its peak, the Pahandians committed their strongest fighters to the battle, sending in their mounted warriors. These armored men on horseback swung around with great speed and attacked the Hatyadians from the rear, causing panic and confusion among Hatyadian soldier and elephant alike. Their brave infantry soon found themselves in a hopeless situation.
The Hatyadians began their retreat as the last of their mighty war elephants was brought down. The thunderous beasts had caught their share of arrows and lance-tips in the fighting, finally succumbing to their wounds. With their most powerful forces defeated and with nothing left to batter the Pahandian lines, the forces of Hatyad fell back, slowly at first. Then as the roaming cavalry gave chase, the measured retreat became a rout. The remaining Hatyadians ran at full pace back to the safety of their walls.
The battle left a grim field of human and animal remains not seen since the civil wars of prior generations. Over two hundred warriors from Hatyad lost their lives, with another hundred and fifty injured. Seventy-two fighters from Pahand perished, mostly due to the elephants, with another hundred injured. As nighttime fell, the moans of the dying filled the skies as their blood soaked the earth.
The next day saw the surrender of the forces and of the town of Hatyad. Now leaderless, with half of their army defeated and without the elephants, Hatyad had no other recourse. The terms of the surrender were accepted without exception and the flag of Pahand flew from the towers. Religious ceremonies were held, honoring the gods of Hatyad as well as those worshipped in Pahand. Services for fallen troops brought comfort to the people.
Later this week, the son and heir of Baron Amistad will get his first taste of rule at age sixteen. Amistad VI will enjoy the counsel of his sister, Periwitt, as well as that of Sheriff Pritchert. See our article in next month’s Selangod Times regarding the Amistad Line and the efforts to ensure peace between the towns. Rumors that Truskin, the Baron’s brother, would take the throne in Hatyad were ended with the surprise announcement that he had passed away in his sleep weeks prior.
Baron Amistad has assured the People’s House and the Council in the West that mining operations in Pahand and Hatyad will continue to produce material for any and all building projects to come. The mine in Hatyad will open again once the safety for the miners can be assured.