This article is about the 1585 battle. For the earlier siege of the city during the Estreci Wars, see Siege of Sundol. For the siege during the Troubled Times, see Siege of Sundol (1442).
The Battle of Sundol, fought on 24 May 1585, featured the largest cavalry charge ever in the history of the world. It is also where Pershepane forces have been finally beaten back during their invasion of the Sundol Kingdom. The battle was fought between the allied forces of Sundol, the Imperial League, and the Valstin Kingdom against the invasion force of Pershepane.
On May 22, Sundol forces under Commander Sotten were forced to retreat north from their final defense line near the town of Dalsk, with the Pershepane forces under Shalif Telmothep victorious during the brief Battle of Dalsk. The next day, Sotten’s forces (barely 45,000 men) have successfully regrouped with Commander Londaker’s troops (30,000 strong) in the capital, paving the way for a siege of the city.
Even with having almost the whole army of the Sundol kingdom present in the defense of the capital, the various battles prior have taken its toll in terms of casualties. In terms of numbers most of the divisions defending the capital are barely at half-strength (Sotten’s divisions were almost 100,000 strong during the start of the invasion; they have already lost more than half of their men in a long retreat back to the capital), and thus are strongly hoping that reinforcements would be forthcoming. Little do they know that their allies have mustered the largest cavalry force in history and are advancing from the east.
Sundol’s 2nd, 6th, and 8th divisions were deployed just to the south of the city, with the 9th serving as their local reserve. The 5th and 7th divisions were positioned to the west, while the 3rd and 10th divisions will be defending the eastern approaches. The 1st Division, the Prince’s Division, and a combined force comprising the Royal Guard and the Capital Guard stay within the city, acting as the general reserve for the defenders.
Sotten was given direct, overall command of the defending forces on May 23, although King Eadric stayed in the Royal Castle during the siege. By the 24th Pershepane forces, estimated to be at around 150,000 strong, have almost encircled the city, prompting Sotten to commit most of the reserves to the northwest and northeast (the 1st Division and the Prince’s Division respectively) to prevent having a complete encirclement of the capital.
Past midday, the southern defenses are near breaking-point, forcing Londaker to sally forth southwards with the remaining reserves in the city. Telmothep then increased the pressure along the western and eastern approaches of the city, especially in the east, as scouts have now reported sightings of “unidentified horsemen” from the general direction of the Valstin border.
As the Pershepane forces were forcing their way northward from both sides, several trumpets and horns were heard from the east and northeast of the city. It was the combined forces of the Imperial League and the Valstin kingdom, personally led by Emperor Vashonim. It was a purely cavalry force, as they had to be able to cover long distances in the shortest time possible to help their beleaguered ally almost immediately.
This 42,000 strong cavalry force charged down upon the eastern wing of the Pershepane forces, quickly bringing them into disarray. Telmothep was forced to shift troops from the western flank to shore up the eastern forces; eventually however Imperial League cavalry (specifically the 4th and 8th Cavalry regiments) were able to punch through the center, prompting Telmothep to commit his reserves. An ambitious maneuver of a combined Imperial League (3rd and 5th Cavalry regiments) and Valstin force (1st and 2nd Cavalry regiments) under General Korradin almost succeeded in splitting the Pershepane forces in half and encircling their eastern wing, but their timing was slightly late, and the Pershepane rearguard struggled to hold their position for the rest of the eastern forces to withdraw.
Telmothep was forced to retreat southwards, and a portion of his western wing, led by his deputy Sormalon of Kartus, served as his final rearguard during the afternoon. Although a few skirmishes still followed right until sunset, the battle has ended in victory for the defenders, mostly due to the efforts of Sundol’s allies for a timely arrival in helping defend the capital city of Sundol.
Pershepane losses were estimated to be around 75,000, half of its strength at the start of the battle. The Sundol forces meanwhile lost more than half of their remaining strength, with 40,000 casualties. The relief force under Emperor Vashonim counted 10,000 losses. The combined allied force thus had 50,000 casualties in total.
Even after losing half of his troops, Telmothep still held a slight numerical advantage, but rightly saw that his chance of taking the capital is gone for now, and chose to retreat from the battlefield. He brought most of his remaining soldiers south to Blazund (arriving in Jun 2), to wait for reinforcements, with the rest being tasked to provide some defense of the towns of Dalsk, Endor and Eregyn (only captured in May 28).
Although what eventually came to be known as the “Invasion from the Sands” will be raging on for more than 2 years after the battle, it is significant for the fact that this is actually the northernmost point the Pershepane forces will ever reach during the conflict. And with the pending arrival of additional armies for the invaders, the Imperial League and its allies have to muster even more forces for defending their lands.
Kingdom of Sundol Kingdom of Pershepane
The Imperial League
Kingdom of Valstin
Emperor Vashonim Shalif Telmothep
King Eadric of Sundol (nominally) Sormalon of Kartus
Prince Aerilon of Sundol
Casualties and losses
Sundol forces 75,000
So obviously this is written like a wiki article LOL. Serves as one for one of the battles featured in one of the stories I’ve written (well it’s actually part of my first and only NaNoWriMo attempt LOL)…