Catullus, Silk, Byron, and Aegon approach the center of the enemy line under the cover of Guillaume’s Veil. Before engaging, Aegon casts an illusion making each of them appear to be the Champion, to confuse the enemy.
Silk reveals himself first by throwing his dagger at the nearest battle mage. Catullus joins him against the battle mages and golems marching between cohorts of legionaries.
Aegon opens the line of legionaries with a fireball, allowing Byron to charge into the fray atop Waricorn. Over a hundred legionaries fall in this first bout.
Silk easily took care of two battle mages while Catullus used psionic control to distract the two golems towering over the small rogue. Their deaths did nothing to stop the advance of the golems, as Aegon and Silk had theorized. However, it gave Silk the opportunity to start chipping away at the iron hide of the golems, sadly to little effect.
The first two volleys from the ballistae along the wall opened on the golems. Amazingly, each powerful bolt struck to little effect. Aegon saw with his arcane senses that an abjuration protected the golems from ranged weapons. A similar, weaker spell was being cast by the battle mages within the enemy cohorts, to protect the soldiers from the same attacks.
Surrounded by legionaries, Byron created a hallowed circle around himself, burning his enemies with divine light. Nearly the entire cohort fell in this last attack.
With nearly 800 dead, Aegon focused his thoughts on the crown, raising the enemy as an army of the undead. Their Centurion fled this grisly scene but was drawn back into the fray by Avandra’s intervention. He was eventually consumed by his former brothers in arms.
Unfortunately, a cleric of Julius and battle mage were in the midst of the cohort. The cleric’s divine magic burned the horde to cinders but not before Aegon and Catullus could take him out from afar.
One of the golem’s prepared to fire a beam weapon on Silk but Byron interceded for his deity, drawing the golem toward him. Byron took the full brunt of the beam without budging (although Silk was confident he could have dodged the beam, as he had done earlier, without the intervention of Byron).
With his undead dying quickly from friendly fire, Aegon took to the air to raise the dead away from his allies, but not before peering into the insides of the damaged golem that had been pulled to Byron. Noticing some of the intricacies of the magic animating these hulking machines, Aegon dispelled some of this magic. The machine shut down from the inside out. WIth this information in hand, Aegon flew to other parts of the battle.
Meanwhile, Silk retrieved a strange bracer from one of the battle mages he killed, electing to examine it later with someone more knowledgeable in arcane equipment.
Turning his attention to the other nearby golem, Silk took his life into his hands and leaped onto the machine, climbing onto its more vulnerable chest. One strong blow knocked the golem “unconscious”, then two more strikes finished the job just as it was standing up again.
From the comparative safety of his circle, Byron placed his divine mark on one of the golems approaching Silk from deeper in the enemy ranks. It turned its attention to the Hero, getting one strong blow on him before Silk finished with his golem and could do another acrobatic display on this one.
By this time, next cohort down had advanced to their position. Byron took a fireball from a battle mage behind the legionaries; Silk deftly dodged the flames.
Hoping his own mages on the wall would notice, Aegon flew passed four golems. On each one, he dispelled the abjuration protecting it from arrows. After one more sporadic volley that managed to take out a few battle mages, the ballistae were redirected to the three vulnerable golems. Half of the next volley was still ineffective, but the rest was sufficient to destroy one golem and badly damage another. They all fell after another three volleys.
In the next volleys, the ballistae sniped battle mages and clerics.
During this time, the legions came into range of the catapults. These were directed at the eastern side of the advancing army, to avoid collateral on the three heroes.
Aegon killed the cleric in the next cohort from afar then burned most of the legionaries in a fountain of flames and killed the rest with an orb of lightning. After a brief duel with the battle mage for that cohort, Aegon raised about 700 men of the cohort into an army. These were thrown at the legion behind them, Aegon opening their ranks with a well-placed ice storm. As his army spread, the dead were continually raised to join their ranks, reaching an equilibrium with those put down in the advance.
His minions at work, Aegon turned his attention to the device on the battle mages arm. A quick analysis told him that the bracer was an arcane reservoir, providing a stockpile of spells to whomever wore the device. This gave Aegon a plan, but it would have to wait.
Beforehand, Aegon needed to support the advance of his army. Using illusions, Aegon redirected a golem to the right of his horde to attack the nearby cohort. Thinking the mage had gained control of their escort, the cohort was slaughtered fighting back against it, the machine continuing to attack its new targets even once the illusions subsided.
Aegon’s horde was bolstered by the dead from catapults and the golem’s slaughter, another cohort having fallen by this point. To deal with the other golem that was towering over the undead, Aegon used the bracer to dispel its abjuration, alerting the mages on the wall to redirect ballista volleys toward that golem (it’s been two minutes by now).
Collecting six more bracers from dead mages, Aegon returned to the skies to dispel the abjurations on eight more golems as the need arose to protect his horde. To add the next three cohorts, Aegon employed an array of illusions to turn the legionaries against one another, giving his undead avenues to enter the cohorts. However, these were the last of his illusions.
Now the battle mages around the unshielded golems were becoming a serious threat to Aegon’s horde. They were too spread for him to handle himself and they were using their allotted fireball spell to tear through the horde (leaving only one dispel charge on each bracer). This thinned the horde faster than it grew but Aegon eventually took care of this threat to his growing army.
With nine thinned cohorts of undead, Aegon led his army north into the rest of the legions. However, at this time, the cohorts flanking the horde had regained their bearings and were marching from both sides to crush the undead.
Aegon conjured an ice storm on one advancing cohort but the difficult icy terrain did nothing to halt the legionaries, despite the hundreds that died in the initial blizzard.
Using his last powerful spell, Aegon conjured a kill zone on another cohort. This created a slight buffer for the main horde but the legionaries’ advance was relentless. At this point, he used what little time remained to dispel the protection on two more golems before directing his full attention to other battle mages.
Another three battle mages were killed before Aegon had suffered enough blows to choose a more distant involvement in the battle. He used the two bracers he pilfered for another two dispel effects but the next two minutes of the fight had him casting frost spells to defend his horde as it was gradually ground down to nothing.
A total of 20 cohorts (or 3.3 legions) and 18 golems fell to Aegon before his horde was defeated. Another few thousand from intact cohorts were also killed by the horde. Over the rest of the battle, Aegon killed another 800 legionaries attacking from above (a total of around 19,300 kills).