- 1 The Honour Battles of the Friday
- 2 The Order of Battle
The Honour Battles of the Friday
It has been announced that the Twelfth Annual, named The Golden Ram for the sign Aries, will open with six battles that reflect the state of the magisteria around the Middle Sea.
The Five Glory Battles:
Carthage, Greece and Hellas Phoenicia
- Three nations compete for PRIVILEGED STATUS
- special conditions apply to that nation all weekend allowing them to choose their battles
- the losing nations must give up cities to a prize pot and enter EXPOSED STATUS
These three nations are have the smallest holdings of territory in the Great Game. Each of them will fight the other two in the fifteen warrior-per-side battles at 1830 (Carthage vs. Hellas Phoenicia), 1900 (Greece vs. Carthage) and 1930 (Greece vs. Hellas Phoenicia). The nation with the fewest defeats at the end of the three battles will spend the Twelfth Annual in PRIVILEGED STATUS. Each of the other two nations must nominate one city from their CURRENT territorial rosters at the start of the Twelfth Annual. These cities will be placed in the prize pot for the Champions and Warleaders' laurel battles at the end of the Annual. These two nations spend the Twelfth Annual in EXPOSED STATUS.
In the event of a tie, number of warriors left standing across all three battles will be the tie-break.
It is possible that one or both of the EXPOSED nations will be EJECTED from the Great Game during the Twelfth Annual. There are several ways and means this might be achieved; these will become obvious over the course of the weekend.
Egypt, Persia and Rome
- Three nations compete for the GOLDEN FLEECE and the HEAD OF MEDUSA in three-way battles
- the losing nations must give up cities to a prize pot
These three nations will fight two 10-per-side, 3-sided battles at 2000 and 2030. The two losing sides in each battle will nominate one city per defeat from their CURRENT territorial rosters at the start of the Twelfth Annual. These cities will be placed in the prize pot for the Champions and Warleaders' laurel battles at the end of the Annual. The victors in the first battle will claim THE HEAD OF MEDUSA and the victors in the second battle will claim THE GOLDEN FLEECE.
The six cities nominated for the prize pot will be placed at hazard in the Laurel Battles no matter who owns them by Sunday or how many times they change hands during the Annual.
The Sixth Battle
- A special challenge is issued to House Praxis
- The battle is for the tribute of (but not control of) the city of Epidamnos
- further instruction will come in audiences with the gods
The sixth and final battle of the evening is set aside by will of the Goddesses Cybele, Aphrodite, Isis, Ishtar and Astarte. By their will, House Praxis of Rome is invited to defend a special attack specifically for the tribute of the city of Epidamnos. Further instruction will be available direct from the goddesses themselves early on Friday.
The Order of Battle
The Rules of the Honour Battles:
• Additional rules may be agreed in advance only if acceded to by all combative parties.
The BANNER OF ATLAND will be given into the gift of KING MINOS.
- During the Announcement of the Battles for Saturday, he will gift it to the warband which has most impressed him in the arena during the Friday honour battles.
THE LIONSKIN OF HERAKLES will be given into the gift of KING RHADAMANTHUS.
- During the Announcement of the Battles for Saturday, he will gift it to the champion who has most impressed him in the arena during the Friday honour battles. Should that champion fall on Saturday, the champion who slays them may claim the Lionskin.
The First Laurel Battle of the Annual
- The first battle of the Annual is between the immortals and monsters
- such characters may not participate in the final Laurel Battles without losing their special status
- the prize is a sizable purse of money and quintessence
The better to identify them in the battles of the weekend, the first contest of Saturday at half past the Ninth Hour will be LAUREL OF THE IMMORTALS - this is a contest between those who have been blessed or cursed by the gods or twisted by Philosophy.
The Laurel of the Immortals is a battle between anyone who is champion of a god, any demigod, lamia, lycanthrope, ghul, ifrit, n’Hru, or anyone elevated through philosophy or any mortal champion who believes that through skill alone she may triumph against such creatures.
A rich financial purse is available to the winner of this battle.
Battles for Territory
- Five nations make four attacks on Saturday
- The sixth nation may join a battle as a third force Saturday
On the Friday of the Twelfth Annual, five of the six nations will offer four challenges for territory. The remaining Arena slots will be given over to specific challenges agreed between national or group leaders, barbarian forces brought to bear against armies by the gods, or grudge matches conducted under the rules of the Arena. As noted above, the sixth nation may join battles as a third force on a warband-by-warband basis.
Further - each Nation will be given as part of their tribute one, or two specialised Greater Mysteries which can significantly alter the balance of power in the Great Game during Saturday if cast swiftly and to good effect. These Mysteries are a gift to the nations from their war gods; watch for them in your tribute and use them wisely.
The battles of Sunday will not fit the usual model at the Twelfth Annual. Further details will be provided in due course.
Special Rules for the Privileged Nation
- The nation in PRIVILEGED STATUS may defend their national territories as per the normal rules of the Annual. (i.e. each Warband may defend once during the Saturday of the Twelfth Annual)
- However, they will not be permitted to declare any attacks during the Announcements on Friday night.
- Instead, each warband of the PRIVILEGED nation may choose to join any two territory battles' on the Saturday of the Twelfth Annual as a third force in the battle.
- These attacks replace the attacks that would normally be declared Friday night and allow for increased tactical flexibility.
- If they are the last nation standing in the three-way battle, they may claim the territory.
Declaration of intent to join a battle as a third force must be made to King Minos or King Rhadamanthus at least one hour before the battle's scheduled start time.
On Saturday Night there will be NO ANNOUNCEMENT OF BATTLES IN THE MAP ROOM. Rules for Sunday's battles will not be as previous annuals.See The Sunday of the Twelfth Annual
On Sunday of the Twelfth Annual, things will be very different from previous Annuals.
There will be no challenges this year for the Tribute of the Sands, Sea or Underworld; these artifacts will not be distributed by battle for the Final Annual. Use them wisely - you may not see their like again.