Back to Crete it is then after the triumph of the Byzantines. The Egyptian army moved back two places in our piston campaign and thus it is now fully reinforced. For clarity's sake our areas are: Constantinople - Thessaloniki - Thessaly - Crete - Damascus - Alexandria - Cairo. The first three belong to Byzantium and the last to Egypt. Crete is the neutral area where it all started. Currently, after three battles, the areas are Constantinople - Thessaloniki - Thessaly - Crete - Damascus - Alexandria - Cairo because after the two victories of Egypt there was a Byzantine victory which brought the series back to Crete.
Now, all the units which replaced lost ones come from a limited pool of two extra armies (apart from the initial one) so there is always the danger of running out of reinforcements. In addition, we also have a 'replenishment' rule: after a battle is concluded, the loser rolls the die with a penalty of 3 and the winner with a penalty of 1 and they recover the equivalent of lost units in the battle (but no more than half). This gives a better chance to an attacker deep within enemy territory to recover losses after a victory, since plenty of normal reinforcements are not probable. Lastly, if the camp falls to the opponent then the loser cannot replenish. On to the battle then and we hope you enjoy it!
Dukas moves boldly today. The varangian guard (Bd) has almost crossed the gorge with the support of kavallarioi (Cv). On the slopes, supporting them from left and right are Bulgarians (Ax) and Seljuqs (Ps). Dukas himself is on the mountain top with his bodyguards. The Egyptians are maneuvering the infantry to a more favourable position.
The rash saracens are chopped down by the varangians but on the right the Greek psiloi are shot down by the sudanese archers. Dukas is suddenly vulnerable, an uexpected target for the Arab marksmen.