Turn 36 – February 277
Tons of activity this turn.
First, Fabricius decided to end his consulship on an aggressive note, and launched an assault into southern Italy. Specifically, the main army attacked Luceria, and took it this time:
On top of that, Obsidius took his cavalry legion through the gap caused by the fall of Luceria, deep into enemy territory to Metapontum. The idea here was to try to snag those wagons I saw, but sadly, they finished loading and moved back to Pyrrhus at Venusia this turn.
Thirdly, I sent to the whole Roman fleet (5 ship units) in Avoid Battle mode to pick up Aemilius at Messana. While parked in the Fretum Siculus, we see to the south of us a Carthaginian fleet in the Taurus Promunturium. It looks like it might have seen some combat recently. Anyways, no Greek ships about, so it looks like the crossing arrow is open for me. I do notice that both Rhegium and Tauromenium (in Catania) are blockaded as a result.
And further intelligence data: Catania is tooltipped as 95% Carthage military control which indicates there is a siege going on there.
So, I'm deducing from this that Carthage had a naval battle just south of Rhegium, won, then landed troops in Catania. Which does not sound too good for the Epirans.
And the last bit of news: Consular elections! Here are the new consuls, and they are both considerable improvements over last year:
Gaius Junius Bubulcus Brutus 3-3-4
[INDENT][/INDENT]Very fast mover (25% move bonus if commander)
[INDENT][/INDENT]Strategist 2 (+3 command points for him and subordinates)
[INDENT][/INDENT]Unforgiving (no mercy to rebellious populations)
[INDENT][/INDENT]Infantryman (+10% firepower and assault to all regular infantry)
Publius Cornelius Rufinus 3-2-4
[INDENT][/INDENT]Superior tactician (+1 initiative for all attached elements)
[INDENT][/INDENT]Corrupt (+15% supply consumption if commander)
Brutus is in command of the main army, while the corrupt Rufinus is the one stuck in Sicily. Good thing it wasn't the other way around. Clearly what I need to do is get Brutus a promotion, then assign Rufinus to him as a clear subordinate. Like I said, Rufinus should be able to simply walk across the strait now.
And what to do with my navy, who has brought me such welcome news? I think we shall come to the aid of our Carthaginian friends. Ahead full, ram speed ... if Pyrrhus tries to battle that Carthaginian fleet again off Catania, he'll get more than he bargained for!