Battle of the Northern Ridge

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Battle of the Northern Ridge
Date approx 9 IC
Location Fifty miles south of the coast [1b]
Outcome Victory for Norsca and Warriors of Chaos
Combatants
Norsca, Warriors of Chaos Jutones, Thuringians, Udose, Unberogen [1b]
Commanders
Cormac Bloodaxe [1b] Sigmar [1b]
Strength
8,000 Warriors [1b]
Losses/Survivors
About 1,000 killed or captured. [1c] About 300 killed or wounded. [1c]


History

Whilst Sigmar was destroying the Roppsmenn, Cormac and Kar Odacen had built a mighty fleet of 500 wolfships and an alliance with many Chaos worshipping tribes to destroy the newly created Empire. [1a]

When they landed, they were delayed by the Udose under Conn Carsten, giving time for Sigmar to raise an army and march to meet them in battle. [1b]

Battle

Sigmar's army deployed on a forested ridge in disciplined formations, anticipating that the northmen would attack in a frenzie but disorganised mass. As the tribal warriors waited under the many colourful banners, the weather shifted abrubtly, storm-clouds suddenly appearing as rain and lightning began to fall upon them. [1b]

As the army of the Empire advanced, a bolt of lightning arced down to incinerate the banner bearer of the White Wolves, riding with Sigmar and the rain quickly began to turn the battlefield into a quagmire. [1b]

Now under the skull banner of Cormac, the Norsii and their allies march forth, not in a fluid horde but also in regiments. The advancing Thuringians were first harressed by horse archers and then as they faltered, they were charged by heavy cavalry on huge steeds. [1b]

It was only the intervention of the Jutones lancers that saved them and Count Otwin was wounded, having to be carried from the field by Marius himself. The battle continued in the same vein, with every strategem that Sigmar tried being countered by the Norsii until by the evening, it was obvious the battle was lost. [1b]

He sounded the retreat and it was as the warriors of the empire fell back that the discipline of the northern tribes finally broke down as they as they fell upon the wounded. [1b] The Jutones lancers and mercenary crossbowmen covered the survivors, preventing it from becoming a rout. [1c]

Sigmar's forces marched through the night to esape the enemy, heading for Middenheim. [1b]

Order of Battle

The Empire

Norsii and the Warriors of Chaos

Sources

Great Tribes
Tribes Asoborn - Brigundians - Cherusen - Endals - Jutones - Menogoths - Merogens - Ostagoths - Taleutens - Teutogen - Thuringians - Udoses - Unberogen
Characters Adelhard - Aldred - Alfgeir - Aloysis - Alessa - Artur - Berongunden - Björn - Bysen - Conn Carsten - Cradoc - Cuthwin - Ebrulf - Egil - Eoforth - Freya - Fridleifr - Garr - Gerreon - Govannon - Griseldis - Henroth - Idris Gwylt - Krugar - Laredus - Leovulf - Maedbh - Marbad - Marika - Marius - Markus - Myrsa - Notker - Otwin - Pendrag - Petra - Ravenna - Redmane Dregor - Redwane - Siggurd - Sigmar - Sigulf - Trinovantes - Ulfdar - Ulrike - Wolfgart - Wolfila
Warriors of Chaos
Units Bile Troll - Chaos Champion - Chaos Chariot - Chaos Warhound - Chaos Chosen - Chaos Goblin - Chaos Hound - Chaos Knight - Chaos Lord - Chaos Marauder - Chaos Ogre - Chaos Siege Giant - Chaos Sorcerer - Chaos Sorcerer Lord - Chaos Spawn - Chaos Thug - Chaos War Mammoth - Chaos Warrior - Chaos Warshrine - Daemon Prince - Dragon Ogre - Flayerkin - Forsaken - Giant - Gorebeast Chariot - Hellcannon - Hellstrider - Marauder Champion - Marauder Chieftain - Marauder Horsemen - Mutalith Vortex Beast - Skin Wolf - Skullcrusher - Skullreaper - Slaughterbrute - Troll - Wrathmonger
Characters Abrax the Bloody - Aekold Helbrass - Agellor - Arbaal - Archaon - Arek Daemonclaw - Asavar Kul - Bayl - Baudros - Beorg Bearstruck - Caramon - Lothar Bubonicus - Dechala - Dónalegur - Drusil Spittletongue - Egrimm van Horstmann - Elrion - Ferik Kasterman - Festus the Leechlord - Feytor - Festak Krann - Festasmus - Galrauch - Gilberion - Grimjack - Grulmak Deathmonger - Grungni Ironhand - Grydal - Gurni Ironarm - Haargroth - Hakka - Harald Hammerstorm - Helgrim Darkblade - Iskard Lustviper - Karadok - Kastragar - Kayzk - Khagul Bloodfist - Kholek Suneater - Kordel Shorgaar - Kormak - Krakanrok the Black - Mawhrin Skell - Merga - Melekh - Merroc - Mordrek - Morkar - Mortkin - Ngaaranh - Olaf Wolfhound - Oxblood Foulgrim - Ryðklumpur - Sapir Redwolf - Saardis Vaarn - Sargath - Sayl - Scyla Anfingrimm - Semjaza - Sigvald - Skarr Bloodwrath - Sog'Kog - Styrkaar - Tamurkhan - Thorgar the Blooded One - Throgg - Tuula Bloodhair - Urak Soulbane - Valgar - Valkia - Valnir - Vandred - Vardek Crom - Vilitch - Werner Flamefist - Winter King - Wulfrik - Yevgeny Yefimovich - Yrlman
Tribes and Warbands Aesling - Beasts of Telldros - Dolgan - Draghar - Gharhag - Graeling - Hung - Iron Wolves - Khazag - Kul - Kurgan - Mung - Sarl - Schwarzvolf - Skaelings - Skaramor - Snaegr - Sons of Nifflecht - Sortsvinaer - Swords of Chaos - Tormentors - Wei-Tu - Yusak
Images - Magic Items - Miniatures - Vehicles
Norsca
Units Berserker - Bondi - Bondsdwarf - Bondsmen Archer - Huscarl - Norse Archer - Norse Bolt Thrower - Norse Dwarf - Norse Dwarf Crossbow - Norse Dwarf Berserker - Norse Dwarf Giant Slayer - Norse Dwarf Troll Slayer - Norse Lord - Norse Magician - Norse Slinger - Norse Standard Bearer - Norse War Mammoth - Norse Warrior - Thrall - Ulfwerenar
Characters Adella‎‎ - Aygar Mistletaine - Bayl - Beorg Bearstruck - Bjorn Irongrim - Bransùil - Cormac Bloodaxe - Dónalegur - Egil Styrbjorn - Erik Redaxe - Erik the Lost - Haargroth - Juggo Joriksonn - Kar Odacen - Karl Ustracutter - Keorl Thunderhand - Khagul Bloodfist - Kjell Red Fist - Lars Mortensen - Losteriksson - Magnus the Mad - Morkar - Olaf Wolfhound - Ravenswyrd - Ryðklumpur - Soren Hoarder‎ - Stürmjarl - Styrkaar - Tuula Bloodhair - Ulfric Grondal - Valgar - Vandred - Wulfrik
Tribes and Warbands Aesling - Bjornling - Iron Wolves - Sarl - Skaelings - Skeggi - Snaegr - Sortsvinaer
Images - Magic Items - Miniatures - Vehicles