Thursday, November 28, 2013

Timewalking Archive Trap: Battle-Civ Beta: Episode #3, But for mine own part, it was all Jade Falcon to me!

As you might be aware, I've recently redownloaded Civilization 2, one of the top three most addicting games ever created (the others being Minecraft and WoW). It brought up a lot of old memories and a quick search through my downloaded Xanga blog revealed that I'd already blogged about a game of Civilization 2. So enjoy this Timewalking Archive Trap from May of 2007.

So great was the concern of the Jade Falcons over more external warmongering that they simply saturated the country side with now-outdated Archers hunting for leads--any evidence to confirm the death of the warlike Indian culture. To the south and east, a contingent of new Viking battlemechs crossed the treacherous "Teeth of the World," 3000 miles of broken mountain ranges that connected the Jade Falcon mainland to the land called "Terra" by its inhabitants, who called themselves Hellenites, or sometimes Greeks.

And so, the Greeks and Jade Falcons met.

Their first meeting was their most telling. Unaware they had passed into the city limits of Pharsalos, the Jade Falcons faced a Greek contingent demanding their withdrawal. Their commander, a hero of the Indian War known for having easily-evoked pride, saw no city or other sign of habitation and disregarded the stark, militant Greek warning as blustering showmanship. He ordered the 'mechs of his units past, and when they were fired upon, returned fire. The fighting saw the defenses of Corinth fall before the Jade Falcon expedition forces withdrew under fire back across the Teeth of the World. Rough relations continued over a cease fire while the Jade Falcons explored the reaches of the uninhabited Eastern Hellas continent. Finally, Greek obstruction of the passage across the Teeth of the World resulted in low-level conflict between fortified Greek units and exploring and settling Jade Falcon units.

Since their acquisition of Indian lands, the Jade Falcons had begun expanding their colonies, building settlements that helped integrate their culturally-Indian minority with their larger, more traditional Jade Falcon population. Southeastern Hellas was found by scouting parties to be an ideal area for settlement, and since the Greeks had declined Jade Falcon requests for maps of the continent, the Khan opted to ignore their subsequent claims of the Greeks on the unsettled lands. The boiling point for relations was when a contingent of Greek Archers killed a group of Jade Falcon settlers.

Again, the Jade Falcon people were stirred to war. It was hard-fought, with Greek forces chewing up Vikings as they sluggishly crossed the Teeth of the World. The passage became known by some as the Teeth of Athens because of the green-painted wreckage littered across its southern lip. 

The peak of Greek success in the war was the arrival of three divisions of Greek Archers arriving on the lightly settled Plains of Ill-Omen just north of The Teeth. An ironically-named, idyllic settlement area on the Eastern coast of the Buhallain subcontinent, it had never before been a battlefield, until The Falcons fielded a new product of their Clan Technology: the Mad Dog. The Battle of Ill-Omen was a stunning Greek defeat and lived up to its name.

With the Mad Dog, the Jade Falcons won victory over their foes, even the taking the Greeks' secret base called Sparta, which had allowed them to flank the Tauman and cut off supplies to attack forces.

The defeat of the Greeks granted the Jade Falcons both the marvelous city of Athens and the knowledge of Heavy Gauss Rifles which allowed them the awesome security* of protecting their cities with Fafnir battlemechs.

The Teeth of the World, between the Plains of Ill-Omen to the north, and Hellas to the south

*Remembering that Fafnirs were what the Greeks were using to defend their cities before the Jade Falcons conquered them.

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