Monday, November 14, 2016

The seige of Northwik, November 869 A.D.

Ireland had been a tough nut to crack, and the Vikings left to find a softer target.  They turned their attention to East Anglia.  They had been here a few years back, and the weak king had paid them to leave.  This time they came to stay.  Ivar set his sights on the city of Norwich.   He tasked Clovis with seizing the Eastern gate.
Originally a Roman town, the city had a stout stone wall.  Clovis used suprise and a ruse to grab the gatehouse.

The Anglians reacted swiftly, sending forces to block the gate.
A great shoving match ensued, Clovis men trying to get in and the Angles trying to push them back.

Suddenly the Angles broke and ran.  The Vikings had entered the city through the North.  Clovis had been a distraction, tying up the defenders while the viking ships sailed upriver and flanked them.
The Angles surrendered to Ivar and his brothers.   This time there would be a Norse King.  For his service Clovis was granted land and a manorhouse.  He spent the winter pacifying his new holdings. 
While he was here, his old companion Hakkon tracked him down.  He had returned from the North lands.

The Incident at Black Pool, summer 869 A D

Clovis and company wintered in North Umbria into 869.  In the summer he travelled with Ivar to Ireland.  The vikings planned to raid the Irish country,  but the sons of Erin had united and their army kept the norsemen bottled up in their port of Dublin.
Ivar devised a plan to fracture the Irish alliance.  He sent Clovis to the north to attack Irish holds to draw off their forces.
Clovis target was an Irish hold called Blackpool.

Clvis led the charge through the front door.

Candice secured the family as hostages.

The raid was a success.  The Irish lord reurned and negotiations begun to ransom the family. Clovis stalled for time, his mission was to keep these men away from the main Irish force.  But his scouts returned with dire news- the Irish were stalling for time too- they had sent a flanking force across upriver and they were preparing to fall upon Clovis company in the night.
The irish sorcerers had also summoned some foul magic air from the village well and it had put one of the camp folloers into an eternal sleep before Clovis discovered it.
The company abandoned the village beore the trap was sprung.  They returned to Dublin on their ships, giving the hostages to Ivar.