Tumultu ad Molendinum or “Trouble at t’Mill”
Hail Caesar Scenario
Last week saw Riothamus and the Romans victorious over Hengest and Childeric. Hengest suffered a wound and both Arvandus and Childeric fled the field. The barbarian cavalry fled without striking any blows so were able to screen Hengest’s retreat towards Gallia Belgica. There the remaining Saxons who survived the slaughter have been able to link up with Childeric and more Frankish reinforcements. Riothamus and Arvandus lost contact with the defeated army having had to gather more infantry reinforcements following the loss of Arvandus’ Roman infantry during the battle. Many Saxon and Frankish infantry however did not survive the pursuit having been scattered or slain in the vicious fighting and subsequent cavalry encirclement of the central battlefield.
This time Childeric is clearly in the ascendency and Hengest has been reduced to the role of subgeneral. The barbarians have mustered around an old Roman watermill lying alongside a pleasant river. This mill and granary complex is well supplied with grain, food and weaponry stores (Frankish axes and heavy throwing spears having recently been shipped in and placed in the warehouse by the Romans). Whilst the Franks and Saxons are enjoying the fine Gallic weather and taking part in bouts of martial profficiency with these new weapons their cavalry are out scouting. Cunningly Arvandus and his Tribune of Scouts have led the Roman forces through a little known route and come upon the barbarians with swift and ruthless efficiency.
Realising what is happening as the Romans deploy for battle the Barbarians sound their warhorns and prepare for clash of arms. Will their cavalry return in time? Will they run away again as fast as they did last time? Will Hengest gain his revenge on Arvandus for the wound received in personal combat during their last encounter or be able to settle old scores with Riothamus? Will Childeric prove a superior commander?