Magister Galtaniaus Julia ordered the 5th Cohort into Ambush in the old Bathhouse and then set up his command in the Vigilantes Precinct house accompanied by the surviving (RPG) century of the 6th Cohort. The Emperor had given his word he was coming with reinforcements as had that old Rogue Magister Equitium.
The Galtanians advanced in a line – the Galt Milita on the left occupying the Government buildings. The National Rifle Associates advanced on the bathhouse and were ambushed by the 6th Cohort losing infantry and HMG trucks.
The Condotiterro League deployed at long range and opened up on the 6th Cohort with their long range weapons.
While the Emperor dawdled bringing up his reinforcements the 6th Cohort found itself isolated and out gunned. Magister Julia’s Command platoon supported them with HMG fire inflicting a few casualties on the Galt Militia and came under air attack for its trouble but to no avail. Slowly and surely the 6th Cohort got whittled down and pinned by intense fire.
The disaster beckoned – reinforcements in the form of the 1st Cohort appeared in the Condotiterro league rear. Undeterred the Galtanians simply about turned and charged their stunned would be attackers. Despite the reputed higher quality of the Romans the mercenaries aided by NRA fire inflicted heavy casualties and threw them off the battlefield.
At this point the Mortar Platoon of the Galt Militia spotted the Roman Emperor leading the 4th Cohort towards the ruins of the Abbey of St Mark. Heavy, rapid and brilliantly accurate fire fell on the Emperor and his staff – killing him and destroying the command unit. As the news spread this was too much for the survivors of the 5th Cohort who routed from the bathhouse which was promptly occupied by the NRA. The 3rd Cohort also wobbled at the news.
The 4th Cohort attempted to flank the NRA but was driven back by the Condotiterro League heavy weapons which covered the Riflemen’s advance. Taking up defensive positions in the Abbey the 4th was hit by repeated Galt airstrikes which snapped it’s morale. Magister Julia was killed by the Galt Milita HMG truck raking his position with fire and the whole line looked shaky relying on the 3rd and token 6th Cohorts in the Vigiltes house.
At which point the Galtanian command decided to withdraw. They had succeeded in their objective to inflict damage on the Roman garrison. Leaving the dazed and bloodied ‘victors’ in the rubble they withdrew in good order.
Magister Equitium, late to the battlefield visited the Imperial Palace with his loyal Armour alae only to report the Imperial Family had been killed, to a man and woman by stray Galt mortar fire. Consequently the Senate have, following an Emergency Debate, elected him Emperor.
The contractors invovled in the Galtanian assault have all been awarded share-based payments. The members of the Galtanian Miltia mortar platoon have also been awarded an annuites.