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The Battle of Carlion

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Battle
Irish Irish Logres Anarchy Lothain Saxons Saxons Escavalon Cornwall Cambrian hill-men Saxons Britain499 Picts Malahaut Gomeret Cameliard Salisbury Summer- land Gentian Silchester Dorsette Jagent Ascalon Tintagel Cornwall Lyonesse West Seaxe Wight Suth Seaxe Kent Caerwent Caercolun Huntland Hartland Thames- mouth Rydychan Berroc Linden Bedegraine Clarence Tribruit Wuer- ensis Lonazep Lambor Glevum Escavalon Estragales Cameliard Cheshire Norgales Gomeret Roestock Amans Pase Lestroite Rheged Malahaut Diera Nohaut Cambernet North- umbria Maris Powys Orofoise Galvoie Ergynn Cardigan Ystrad Tywy Builth Elfael Brycheiniog Merionydd Gwaelod Gore Lothain Garloth Escoe Strangorre Benoic Orkneys Western Isles Long Isles Connacht Pomitain Out Isles Munster Leinster Meath Eire Oriel Ailech Dal Riada Dal Araide Dal Fiatach
Information
Year: 439 A.D.
Commander: Constantine
Opponent: Niall
Outcome: Decisive Victory
Length of battle: 4 turns
Battle size: Small
 

Description

Britain under King Constantinus had been a constant struggle to establish independent strength in the wake of abandonment by a feeble Roman Empire. In 439, Constantinus position was such that he was able to muster a significant force in an effort to drive the Irish firmly out of Escavalon. The Irish, led by their cruel chieftian Niall, were confident in their strength and met Constantinus on the field of battle outside of Carlion, an old Roman city in southeastern Cambria.

Despite being outnumbered, the Irish fought the battle to a standstill. Late in the afternoon several young and brave warriors from Salisbury broke through Irish lines and captured their standard single-handed, waving it as a rallying cry before being cut down. In the mad rush to recapture their standard, the Irish collectively turned their backs on Constantinus soldiers. The center collapsed and the battle quickly became a massacre as the disciplined British forces capitalized on the moment. Only a handful of the warriors from Salisbury survived, and as a reward for their bravery, they were granted lands of their own.

As a result of the battle, Escavalon was freed from Irish occupation, though raids from Ireland continued unabated.


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