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I've just read through the whole thing and must say I am really taken in by your vivid and captivating writing style. I am usually not a big fan of narrative-AARs but this is superb! *subscribes*
And should you ever run out of characters I suppose my name shouldn't be too difficult to italianize. :D

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redwolf- Thanks, I really enjoyed writing last chapter, glad you liked it

Lord Valentine- Thank you! Glad to have you onboard. And don't worry, you'll have your place in the AAR ;)

Update coming Monday or Tuesday!
 

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Capibara said:
Update coming Monday or Tuesday!
Marvellous, we're waiting eagerly! :D
 

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Marvellous, we're waiting eagerly! :D
Yes, we are! :D

*hopes he'll show up this time*
 

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Gratz on 2k posts Capibara!

Shall the next update tell more stories of the 'Bulls'?

Or just attack milanese?
 

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Gratz on 2k posts Capibara!

Shall the next update tell more stories of the 'Bulls'?

Or just attack milanese?
Thanks! Nope, the next update will focus on the war with Milan, but I promise the bulls will return!

Hopefully I'll post the update in a couple of hours.

Edit: Won't you get a custom avatar?
 

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Thanks! Nope, the next update will focus on the war with Milan, but I promise the bulls will return!

Hopefully I'll post the update in a couple of hours.

Edit: Won't you get a custom avatar?
I mod has to grant you a custom avatar, I don't have one because I haven't worked up the courage to ask. :D
 

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I mod has to grant you a custom avatar, I don't have one because I haven't worked up the courage to ask. :D
Lol, neither have I. :p
And my rank is back to 'recruit' because I want to confuse new members. :rofl:
 

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Chapter IV
The Battle of Siena​

The sun was still rising in the horizon when the army started moving. It was a beautiful morning, there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky, the green of the Tuscan country and the surrounding forest made all of it a pleasant scene. Captain Rossi had received word that the Milanese army was on the move and would attack sooner or later, even if the Sienese soldiers and their Bolognese allies weren’t ready at all. So Rossi had to form all the army in a hurry. Giovanni had been woken up by Giuseppe, who apparently hadn’t slept at all while Giulio had gone to join his regiment.

Captain Rossi’s plan was to hold the Milanese army with the Sienese soldiers as long as he could, while the Bolognese allies would hide and wait for the signal to ambush the Milanese by their left flank, where a forest would serve Rossi’s purposes. As the sunlight began to illuminate the green fields of the Toscana, the Sienese army assembled while the Bolognese army remained hidden between the shadows of the forest. Now it was a matter of time before the enemy appeared. But it didn’t take long.

Soon enough, the banners and flags of Milan were visible on the other side of the field. It was a huge army formed almost exclusively by professional soldiers, while the Sienese army included peasants recruited at the last moment due to the situation. They would really depend on the success of the Bolognese ambush if any hope of victory was to be had, otherwise, the battle would be a disaster. The leader of the Bolognese forces, Nestore Mancini assured Captain Rossi everything would go as planned, that there was nothing to be worried about. But still, Rossi didn’t trust anyone and readied his troops as if there were not any reinforcements hidden in the nearby trees.

After both armies were facing each other with a sea of grass, that promised to become a graveyard in a few hours, between them, the Milanese army decided to make the first move: a charge of cavalry. A wave of mounted soldiers rode across the field to charge against the front lines of the Sienese defenders. They were received by a rain of arrows, some soldiers fell from they horses, but this didn’t halt the attack.

Giovanni had been wondering how Giulio had felt during the battle against the Neapolitans but he couldn’t get it… until now. Now that he was in the front line, holding a halberd and hoping he could survive at least the first charge. He could feel just as his companion had described: nervous and with heart beating hard. The only difference was that he would not be fighting along a group of tough soldiers, but other inexperienced ones as himself. Giuseppe had been assigned to another regiment because of his experience. So there he was, standing alone, awaiting the start of the battle.

“Soldiers, this is where we stand, this is where we defend our beloved city from the evil Duchy of Milan” barked Captain Rossi. “We will fight until the last man if it’s needed, we are the sons of Siena, and we must make her proud and show the enemy who they are dealing with! For Siena!”

The entire army followed Rossi’s speech with shouts of encouragement and excitement from the troop, but Giovanni was too nervous to join them.

Padre nostro, che sei nei cieli, sia santificato il tuo nome...” prayed Giovanni in the very last moment before the enemy cavalry crashed against the front lines.

In that moment, the beautiful morning ended. The air filled with the screams of pain from both sides. Giovanni was lucky enough to pierce the chest of the upcoming horse with his halberd and see how the soldier mounting it flew forward and was killed by the Sienese soldiers after landing. But others weren’t that lucky: the charge was quick and violent and some soldiers didn’t have to react. The cavalry went deep in some places, but the Sienese didn’t break the formation and after surrounding them, they proceeded to finish the job. However, the initial charge had taken its toll on the Sienese front lines. Despite the casualties taken during the charge, this was repelled successfully, with some help of the own Sienese cavalry that pursued the fleeing enemies until they were entering the range of the Milanese archers.

Visconti, after realizing cavalry could not do the job properly decided to move the bulk of his army against the Sienese, trying to use his numerical superiority to get a quick victory. As the Milanese army marched towards them, Giovanni peeked nervously towards the forest at his right, hoping the Milanese would not discover the trap. But the enemy passed next to the forest without noticing anything. It was now time of the Sienese army to they job while the Bolognese prepared to do theirs.

Giovanni put his halberd aside and drew his sword, ready for the real battle after the skirmish against the enemy cavalry, his nerves had disappeared after the first clash with the enemy cavalry. It seemed a human wave was about to swallow them, but Giovanni, nor the other soldiers moved from their position and awaited bravely the unavoidable crash with the Milanese. And it didn’t take long before this happened. From one flank to another, both armies met in a collision of steel and blood.

Taken by an unnatural impulse, Giovanni entered the battle with rage and determination, almost like a Viking berserker. As he was fighting on the front line, he had to take one enemy after another, sometimes risking too much. But he had been granted with superb ability managing a sword and he was putting it into use.

The battle raged all across the field, with the Sienese defending bravely against the wave of attackers, that didn’t seem to stop at all. It wouldn’t be long before the Milanese overran the front lines.

“Where the hell is Mancini?” shouted Rossi to his officers in the back lines, watching how the Sienese soldiers were being pushed back slowly. “He should be here by now! He’s letting us bleed too much; we won’t be able to hold for much longer, he better come in right now before we are destroyed. And what is he doing there?

While captain Rossi wondered why Mancini and the Bolognese hadn’t arrived, Giovanni kept fighting with the same energy he had at the start of the battle, he hadn’t seen Giuseppe yet. Suddenly he saw one of the officers riding towards the front lines, shouting words of hope to his soldiers. Giovanni couldn’t recognize him since he was busy dealing with two enemies at once. He had picked up another sword and was trying to save both his skin and the one of his companions next to him. He saw the officer had arrived to the front line, in the very heart of the battle and was trying to give some relief to the soldiers. But it was too much for him and he was taken down of his horse. Now he was fighting against several enemies at once. Giovanni, realizing the officer would not hold for long, and that his death would be a severe moral strike, he decided to go and help him.

“You and you” said Giovanni calling two soldiers that had been fighting with him. “Come with me, someone needs our help. Quickly!”

Giovanni and his two companions ran through the field towards the center of the battle, killing some enemies in the process. When they arrived, Giovanni swiftly beheaded one of the harassers and put his sword through the back of another. His companions were dealing with another couple of enemies. The officer was now in the floor and a Milanese soldier was about to finish him, with a greedy look on his face, probably imagining the rewards he would get for killing a Sienese officer. Fortunately, Giovanni saw this in time, jumping the corpse of his most recent kill he swung his sword with force and made a deep cut in his enemy’s face, who yelled in pain, dropping his weapon and covering his face with his hands, the officer stood up quickly and finished him.

“Sir, are you all right?” asked Giovanni, breathing deeply, after the run from the other side of the field and the effort of killing several enemies in order to save the officer.

“Yes, I’m really thankful, you saved my life and…”

The face of the officer, that was just gratefulness a moment ago, now showed an expression of complete shock and surprise.

“But, it’s you, it can be possible.”

“Sir?” Giovanni was completely puzzled, but soon a ray of understanding struck him and was just as surprised as the officer was. But there wasn’t too much time to give each other explanations, since the Milanese attack hadn’t stopped and they were in the middle of everything. They gave each other a nod, saying “We’ll explain everything later” and focused once again on the battle.

“That bastard, saved by a simple soldier” said captain Rossi, who had watched the entire scene from his spot. “Either way, he won’t be of too much help if this continues this way.”

“Sir, look!” said one of his soldiers “In the forest!”

Rossi turned his head slowly and for his surprise, the forest had suddenly “came to life”. Thousands of men were appearing from the deeps of it and were charging the left flank and back of the Milanese army. The Bolognese had arrived.

“It was about time. Mancini will have to explain this to me when this is over” Rossi said, half angered and half relieved.
After the Bolognese army entered the battle, it was a matter of time before things were resolved, the Sienese, although tired from the battle, received a moral boost at the sight of their allies, while the Milanese, tired from fighting the Sienese, weren’t ready to face a surprise attack and despite their efforts of facing the two fronts, the superiority of the combined forces was made clear and the enemy was routed. They had no other choice than retreat to Pisa.

The field was soon filled with shouts of victory from both armies. Giovanni was happier than ever and after a quick search he found Giuseppe, who was just as blood covered and tired as he was, but healthy and happy of having survived and won the battle. The next battles could wait; it was now time of celebrating with the others.

***​

“Where did those Bolognese come from?!? That victory was MINE!”

“Well my lord, we could suppose the Pope sent that army to reinforce the Sienese.”

“But why the Pope? I thought you said me this time he wouldn’t meddle with us.”

“It seems I was wrong.”

“‘It seems I was wrong’. It seems I’m putting you in the dungeons for putting me in this situation!!! We cannot keep going with the Pope watching every step we take. And the Emperor isn’t too happy either from our incursions into Switzerland.”

“I know our situation is desperate, sir, but we can do something about it; we can deal with the Pope.”

“Yes, sure. And what’s your magnificent idea this time?”

“Don’t be impatient my lord, I will tell you when the time comes, but first, we have to deal with the Sienese.”

“Very well, but hope your idea is a good one, you cannot fail me again, or you’ll end in some dark cell.”
 
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So Giovanni has emerged victorious and alive out of his first engagement. Mind you I am very curious to find out who that mysterious officer is. And what the duke of Milan will be up to next off course! Damn you for all the cliffhangers! :p

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A well-deserved victory, it seems -- cunning and planning can often beat sheer strength. And who was that officer?
 

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Yay, a battle!

And a victory is even better. :p

So a enemy coalition is plotting against the small Siena? :cool:
 

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Perhaps that mysterious officer is Giovanni's long lost cousin.

The son of his uncle, who followed in the footsteps of his father, and now is a high ranking officer in the Siennese army!!!

Great Chapter!!!

*still awaits appearance* :D
 

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i especially enjoyed Visconti being extremely patronsing.. but a very good chapter! You have a good talent for writing battle scenes, very gory! :D
 

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wow, I am surprised at Giovanni's skill. For just a peasant he seemed to fight like a hardened soldier. I wonder if he has natural talent *points to the officer that he rescued, and starts to wonder if it is Giovanni's father* :D
 

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Excellent work Capibara !! You've managed to keep just the right amount clouded from us to keep us wondering ! Very well calculated ! We also have to wonder about why the plan didn't go as smoothly as it should have . More things for us to ponder and worry about ! You've matured greatly as a writer !
 

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EUROO7 said:
Perhaps that mysterious officer is Giovanni's long lost cousin.

The son of his uncle, who followed in the footsteps of his father, and now is a high ranking officer in the Siennese army!!!

Great Chapter!!!

*still awaits appearance* :D
I actually think that officer was you...
I just read the AAR now and i must say, this was worth the time. Now i have to go to bed.
 

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Enewald said:
Lol, neither have I. :p
And my rank is back to 'recruit' because I want to confuse new members. :rofl:
Bah, you cowards! I sent a pm to BiB the day I hit 3,000, I think I asked Gigau to make me one at around 2,900 too :p

Long live Giovannia! That was not quite what I was expecting to see, keep it up Capibara!