62BC Again, the germanics begin to muster forces but stay at arms length. Both the Dacians and persians attempt to withdraw to safer positions. Our count of new civitas status cities this turn is 47. Our treasury is boosted by this and rises to 50gpt surplus. Our Julii army withdraws from Palmyra as planned. Let's see if they take the bait. Meanwhile, the Brutii army sweeps down into Thapsacus. We wait at the walls to cause disruption to the flow of parthic reenforcements southwards. A sizeable force heads out eastwards from Miletene for Amida. It feels as though the Persian war is beginning to turn but we check our optimism. They still have 85 units visible and we will not underestimate them. Our legionary force advances to the walls of Sirmium and velite bombardment destroys the gatehouse. Our brave soldiers will storm the city soon. A supporting force is following in significant numbers although they may yet be ordered to turn northeast into the Dacian hearthlands. 60BC A huge force of Dacian eques advances on our position near Sirmium. These are dangerous units. The Persian war machine seems exhausted. Our rectangular 'cage' tactic seems to have worked with almost 30 units of horse archers destroyed. No new ones have appeared this turn. In fact, some forces have been diverted northwards to deal with the threat to Amida and some eastwards in an attempt to go round and take Palmyra. We'll do well to remember that. The Germans again attempt a half-hearted invasion but leave themselves in full view of our velites, ballistae and legios. The Sirmiun invasion force heads west into forest directly towards the eques. We immediatley marshal the Scipio army to advance in support. A force of velites and ballistaehead to the southeast walls. With most of the hippotoxotae dead, our armies in the east turn to the elephants and foot soldiers of the Persians. They have caused grave damage to the local road network and this will hamper our support forces. the Amida force is now in place. The Germanic attack force is completely routed. We expected more from these barbarians. 58BC The Dacian eques advance through Sirmium and launch a devastating attack which destroys 4 velites and 2 ballistae. We vow they will not survive to cause any more problems. Our armiy is arrayed at the gates of Sirmium. It will fall next turn. The Persians are in full retreat. Without their horse archers they are impotent. The elephants are strong but too slow to matter. The gates of Amida are torn down and the standard of the Misfits Legio is raised high above the town square. We are in pusuit of the persians south of Thapsacus where our forces will shortly begin an assault. (screenshot) Still the Germanics refuse to talk peace. It is a frustrating fact as we wish to free these forces in order to cross into Dacia.