I developed this plan to defeat the White Mantle, a defeat that they likely will never recover from. Remember, Chipsy Chips said it first!!!
The main forces of the Shining Blades now reside within the Dakutu Village. They believe that they should conceal their location for safety. I disagree. I believe that they should expose their location to the White Mantle and setup an ambush there.
I had been studying the landscape of Dakutu Village. What I like about this area is that there are only 3 exits. They are:
1) Northern Bridge
2) Eastern Bridge
3) South East exit forward Tears of the Fallen
What I purpose is an ambush to destroy the majority of White Mantle forces.
Step 1) Expose the Shining Blades location in Dakutu Village.
The White Mantles are devoted zealots of their false gods which we now know as the Mursaat. They believe that when they fight for their god they are invincible. We should take advantage of their overconfidence.
My hope is that the White Mantles at Lion's Arch, once they know of Queen Salma's location, will mobilize most of their forces up north for a direct attack. They won't send ships to ask for reinforcements from southern areas like the Riverside Province since that will delay their progress. Once again, they are overconfident and often underestimate their enemies.
When the White Mantle discovers that the Shining Blades is in Dakutu Village for sure they will attack with might. Their numbers will be massive. They will come in waves to crush all Shining Blades. Do not worry my brothers. With my plan the more they send the more deaths they shall suffer.
Step 2) Prepare for the ambush.
It is obvious that Shining Blades cannot take on the White Mantles head on. The White Mantles simply have too many men. And they will have Mursaats with them. Any uninfused human, pretty much everyone in the Shining Blades rank, will die within seconds when facing them. So ambush is the only way.
Here is my ambush setup. R=Ranger, E=Elementalist, W=Warrior.
The majority of our main forces should actually be waiting in Tears of the Fallen. The ambush group should mostly be with the warriors and rangers group. We should have only a few elementalists in Dakutu Village itself and a few of them in the Tears of the Fallen exit.
Step 3) Ambush!!!
The overconfident White Mantles will charge head first into the Dakutu Village. Their elite forces, probably including a large number of Mursaats, will lead the forces up front.
We should engage the White Mantle forces in mini skirmishes in Talmark Wilderness, but retreat quickly forward the Tears of the Fallen. This will further boost the White Mantle’s confidence.
We will wait until around 80% of their forces have crossed the two bridges before ambushing them. Here are the ambush steps
1) Rangers in the area will destroy the two bridges.
-Dwarf gunpowder should be placed beforehand under the bridge for this purpose. With the bridges destroyed the enemies that have already crossed the river will be trapped.
2) Elementalists hiding in Dakutu Village will use fire magic to start a wild forest fire.
-The White Mantle expected us to defend the Dakutu village. Instead we should trap them in the village and burn it to the ground along with them. This will allow us to burn to death a majority of the trapped enemy without a fight. It is highly unlikely that the White Mantle can retain battle command in this chaos, as everyone would be running for their lives.
Mursaat Elementalists uses lightning magic. While White Mantle Savants uses lightning and fire magic. Neither are capable of putting out a wild forest fire. Their lack of water magic training will be their doom.
3) Elementalists hiding near the Tears of the Fallen exit will use earth magic to trigger mudslides in order to ruin this exit.
-This will delay the White Mantle’s retreat forward the south, further increasing their casualty from the wild fire.
Some of the enemies will attempt to jump into the river to escape. Their warriors will probably drown due to heavy equipments. Their mages and rangers might be able to swim. However if we put some lightning elementalists along the coast down stream I doubt any of the enemies will survive. One lightning stirke can kill like 10 of them since they are in water.
4) The rangers and warriors hiding in the north shore will ambush the White Mantles that didn’t cross the river.
-These White Mantles, without their leaders, should be in total chaos at this point; Most likely abandoning their food, weapon and supplies in their retreat. So it should be easy picking for us. Even those that escape will most likely die due to starvation and exposure.
5) Main Shining Blade forces finish off anyone that escaped to Tears of the Fallen.
-Tears of the Fallen will be there place were the last surviving White Mantles meet their dooms. At this point they would have lost a majority of their equipments and supplies. They would also be exhausted after just running from the fire. When fighting against the fresh troops of the Shining Blade I doubt any would escape.
Tears of the Fallen. What a fitting name for the White Mantle's grave.
Predicted battle result:
Shining Blade Casualties: Minimal. Most engagements are against under equipped and weakened enemies. Assuming an original manpower of 10,000, fewer than 500 would have died.
White Mantle Causalities: Near total. #1 cause of death will be burning and smoke caused suffocation. #2 will be battle deaths. #3 will be starvation and exposure. Those few that escape will probably never fight again. Assuming an original manpower of 100,000, fewer than 1,000 would escape alive.
After this battle the tide will turn greatly in Shining Blade’s favor. A lot more civilians, who had feared the White Mantle, will for sure join up with us. A large amount of abandoned White Mantle supplies can also be picked up, further strengthening our military assets.
What do you guys think? I look forward to raising minion pets from the corpses of White Mantles.