Tuesday 29 November 2022

Battle of the Great Harbour


A clash of triremes today with the battered athenians trying to force their way out of Syracuse during the Peloponnesian War
Fewer in number the syracusans form at the harbour's entrance
baiting the athenians to get closer...
Then springing into action
First blood for Athens with a side ram
Then a trireme is cleaven in two by their foes
And soon both fleets clash prow to prow
Fire arrows crisscross the sea
And vicious boarding actions are fought
The athenians gang up on a poor syracusan vessel
And get their first prey of the day
The sicilians have more hoplites on board however, and weight of numbers starts to tell in the confused melees fought ship to ship
More and more athenian triremes are captured
And some losses suffered
The northern battle has been won by Syracuse
While in the south Athens emerges triumphant

Another trireme is bruatally rammed on her side
While other galleys engage in melee
The last dregs of the southern syracusan force hold on for dear life
But it's all over for Athens that loses ships left and right

Battle comes to an end
With a crushing athenian defeat

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