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(Now please enjoy this little battle scene I helped my brother put together)
216BC, The Roman general Marcus Maxentius led his attack on the Macedonian city of Larissa. The Roman empire had conquered many cities and wanted more. Furthermore, Marcus had heard of the undefeated Macedonian general Adeos Memnus and wanted the glory of defeating him. General Maxentius had come to Larissa with over 7,000 infantry and over 3,000 cavalry units. Even though Adeos had 1,000 less men to his use, the skill of his men was unmatched by nearly any other unit. General Adeos deployed his men around the walls of Larissa in an attempt to get Marcus’s units within the range of the hidden archers atop the walls of Larissa. There were more than 600 of Macedon’s finest archers on Larissa’s walls, though Marcus could only see about 100 of them. Underestimating the skill and number of the archers atop the walls, Marcus charged his heavy cavalry at Adeos’s light infantry. Immediately, the hidden archers sprang out and sent wave after wave of their hundreds of arrows at Marcus’s cavalry. Marcus had lost nearly half of his cavalry in the charge, evening the number of units in the armies of the generals. Marcus then ordered his archers to fire at Adeos’s vast infantry and few cavalry units. Adeos then ordered the units that could form testudo (when infantry with large shields form walls on the sides and on top of themselves with their shields, making arrow fire nearly useless) Marcus then ordered his archers to focus only on Adeos’s cavalry units. Marcus’s archers were in the middle of many heavy infantry and cavalry units and couldn’t really be attacked, so Adeos ordered his phalanx-men (a phalanx is when units with particularly long spears form a wall of spears towards the enemy) with his archers close behind. He also sent his cavalry units to cover the side flanks of the phalanx-men, with heavy infantry behind the phalanx-men and the archers. The archers of both armies started firing at each other. Seeing as Marcus had more archers and not much time before his archers would be gone, Adeos sent his cavalry and few of his heavy infantry to the heavy infantry aside Marcus’s archers. Marcus then realized that Adeos was attacking his archers and sent the cavalry accompanying him at Adeos’s attackers. Adeos’s men were outnumbered and losing, when his brother’s (Demaros’s) great archer cavalry seemed to come out of nowhere and attack Marcus and his cavalry companions. You see, Adeos’s brother had been training some of the ancient world’s finest archer cavalry for many months. He had trained over 300 units of Macedon’s fine archer cavalry. Before Larissa’s walls were even in sight of Marcus, Demaros had deployed his archer cavalry on the far north and south sides of Larissa’s walls, and out of sight of Marcus. With more than three fourths of Marcus’s cavalry far from his general unit, Demaros’s archer cavalry were free to harass Marcus and his cavalry companions. With Marcus running from the archer cavalry, the rear flank of the archers was exposed and ready for Adeos’s remaining cavalry to charge from behind. Though Marcus’s heavy infantry had nearly surrounded Adeos’s phalanx-men and would finish them if no aid was received. So Marcus’s archers would remain untouched for now. Demaros saw that Marcus’s archers were still untouched and ordered his archer cavalry to attack Marcus’s archers. Marcus’s archers stood no chance. With few men remaining, Adeos’s phalanx-men and cavalry had beaten Marcus’s heavy infantry. With only few men left in Marcus’s unit, he was unable to help his heavy infantry that were now surrounded by phalanx-men, heavy infantry, and a combination of heavy and light cavalry. Marcus fled in fear of his life, leaving his heavy infantry to die. Marcus had escaped with his life, but not with his honor.
(This battle didn’t really happen, or it might have, but no discoveries of a battle like it have been found.)