During the time known as “the Founding” Knox’s men were occasionally attacked by small bands of wild men, often times when timbering parties went into the woods to chop timber for their buildings. The wild men’s stone and wood weapons were no match for Knox’s few remaining cannons and muskets.
A year after completing the wall around Stormguard a small skiff was sailing south along the coast in the hopes of encountering another civilized people when it encountered a longboat with twenty oars. Upon hailing the longboat, the “Swift Eye” was attacked by a hail of arrows. The “Swift Eye” used it’s six-pounder to destroy the longboat’s oars and escape. Six months later, Knox attempted to establish an outpost where the Northflow met Sweat Lake. One night, with the wooden palisade at the outpost completed, the men were set upon by a band of red haired, pale men, armed with giant two-handed swords and ring mail. Once again, Knox’s men were able to use their muskets to defeat the attackers. There were heavy causalities on both sides and a few of the red haired men escaped. However, Knox’s men captured two of the attackers and held the outpost.
The next morning, the men abandoned the outpost, they had lost too many men to withstand another attack. Upon hearing the news, Know personally integrated the prisoners. Before biting off their tongues and drowning themselves in their own blood they spat, “Your magic sticks will not defeat the Great Khan on land or sea!” Realizing the threat to the south, Knox took 150 men, all of the cannons, and started marching south.
Knox left 30 men and the few women who had sailed with the “Blood Eagle”. After a two week march, Knox and what remained of his regiment, the “Screaming 5th”, arrived at the edge of the plan. The made camp for a night among the trees that bordered the plan. The following morning they awoke to see a dust column upon the plan. Knox ordered his men to advance and draw up a fighting line with the four cannons protecting their flanks. Soon the column of pale, red haired, men noticed Knox’s formation and turned to meet them.
Known as the “Red Horde” by their enemies, they numbered more than 3,000. Men of violence and crafters of iron, they had heard stories from the Wild Tribes about tall men with magic sticks that were cutting down the forest. After one of their oarboats had been attacked and cripple and a scout party had been destroyed they had held council and voted to destroy the magic men.
Seeing Knox’s men on a slight rise before the trees the Red Horde spread out in a company deep battle line with their Longstriders on the flanks. The Red Horde intended to outflank the enemy and crush them from behind.
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