By Uilleam of Clan Friseal, Battlefield Reporter
Moments before the cannons fired, combattants filled the air with the sound of slamming shields as they prepared to charge. Mere seconds after initial charge, a hold was called to clear those who had fallen in a huge collision of charging armies on the bridges. This pattern of aggressive charges followed by short holds to clear the fallen continued through the whole battle. Following one particularly ferocious attack, EMS personnel were called onto the field to inspect a fighter, but the fighter was able to leave under their own power.
As fighters filled the bridges, those with shields and polearms were sent to the front lines, followed by archers as well as those with swords and axes. Once the shields and polearms could break large enough holes, the sword wielders would charge in and take out as many enemies as possible before dying or falling in behind the shield wall. Arrows and bolts filled the sky as fighters fell to unseen enemies with untold numbers spilling over the hay-bale bridge walls.
For a large portion of the battle, both armies were able to hold bridges equally, with one bridge being near to breach on both sides and the middle ones equally contested. After some time in the battle had passed, holds were called less frequently, but were still needed more often than in any other heavy armored battle of the war so far. The bridges began to fill in favor of the Middle Kingdom and its Allies, with one bridge near to being breached for the majority of the battle. This bridge was finally breached, if only for a moment, by a band of Tuchux and other shield-bearing allies. An especially aggressive counter attack to retake the bridge resulted in another brief hold, but soon the “lay on” was called and the fighting resumed for another long bout.
The Middle Kingdom and its Allies began to command the bridges, with the same Eastern bridge constantly being breached and retaken. A dispute between two fighters was seen on the side of the battlefield, and the two fighters held a duel to settle the argument as battle raged on behind them. When the duel ended, the two fighters shook hands as a sign of their respect of each other.
At the conclusion of a long and often changing battle, it was determined that Middle Kingdom and its Allies had had the lengthiest possessions of the bridges throughout and they were declared victorious.