Excerpt from Chapter VI:
The twin volley decimated the first few Iberian ranks, many of whom died instantly with punctured skulls, gullets or chests, some of the ones who lived laid screaming for their mothers, unable to get up with their limbs punched dead to the earth. Others tried to reform a line, but the hastati’s charge saw to that. Stolo was in the second rank, and he saw Rubius use his scutum’s bottom rim to knock down a dazed warrior, and left him for Stolo, who sliced his gullet open and was past the man in an instant. Rubius was in the first rank, which meant he could not stop until he reached the enemy line proper, or he would have stalled those behind. They hit the Iberians with such force that the impact shook the entire line, jarring many Iberian shield arms, most of whom less heavily armored as the hastati. Rubius bashed his scutum on a man in the first rank, and drove his blade through an opening into the man’s side, who went down. They made quick work of the first three ranks, and Stolo constantly tried to cover Rubius because his friend could not deal with all the blows coming at him at once. After some time he switched places with Rubius as the signal came for the second rank to replace the first.
The Iberians were indeed half-trained levies, much easier to kill and deceive than many of the proper warriors Stolo had faced the last few months. He stopped a wild swing on his scutum, and soon found the classic legionary’s rhythm of “block, bash and thrust” - always a sign that he was ready to unleash Hades on the rabble of amateurs before him. He parried a spear thrust, and used his shield rim to drive the man back. The spearman was involuntarily pushed forth again by the sheer press of kinsmen behind, and Stolo rammed his gladius into the man’s belly, twisted and yanked it back out. At the rate the Iberians were dying, the principes might not even need to wet their blades.
"You see, this is what happens when you don't follow instructions, GKA..." -Edorix
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