Lynneth Posted April 17, 2010 Report Share Posted April 17, 2010 (edited) [b]Burgas province, Byzantine Empire 180 kilometers northwest of Constantinople[/b] "Fire!" The cracking of muskets filled the air, smoke quickly rising into the sky. They were near the city of Varna, a fort built a century ago overlooking the region. The army he, Johann von Habsburg, Duke of the Ostmarch was leading was supposed to relieve the Byzantine armies around Constantinople. Instead, they'd run into Turkish patrols who were reinforced insanely quickly by their nearby garrison as it seemed. His 8,000 men - both cavalry and infantry, with 30 guns - were not in the best shape, but nontheless, they fought valiantly. The Turks had slightly larger numbers, God knows how they did that. Luckily, they lacked any artillery, even though the chambered cannons he had at his disposal weren't the most accurate guns ever. A mere 400 meters away were the Turks, or Ottomans as they were more and more often called these days, after their leader. Much like the Austrians, they'd fired their guns, both sides all at once. Dozens fell, but hundreds stood as the Pikemen walked forward on the Austrian side to prevent Turkic cavalry to ram into their lines. "Right flank!" Halberdiers protected the flanks, their weapons more versatile if harder to use than the common pikes. They lowered their weapons, waiting for the oncoming storm of Turks on their horses, lightly armoured but armed with bows and curved swords, devastatingly efficient with both of these weapons. Unfortunately, many had their bows at the ready. "Bowmen!" But before the Turks could attack, a rain of arrows would hopefully hit them. Johann watched the arrows fly into the air, arc and... 'Yes!', he thought to himself. They indeed did hit, though despite all this, many of the riders were still on their horses. "How in the Lord's name are they this resilient?", he muttered. The Turks fired. The Austrian bowmen would retaliate. Then the lines of Musketeers woudl fire again, at both enemy cavalry and infantry. It was a slow, grinding battle, unlike others fought all over the Byzantine Empire, but this one was the most deceisive of all. Every last second these troops were fighting, they couldn't reinforce the Second Rome, Constantinople. And every second, the Turks drew closer to the city, with a mere 7,000 Byzantines and 10,000 Austrians within its walls, against what would be a flood of Ottomans. Constantine XI. was preparing personally for the battle. Messengers predicted the Turks would arrive within the next week. Yet, the reinforcements were nowhere in sight. It was wednesday, the 28th March of 1453. Edited April 18, 2010 by Lynneth Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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