Zarko was charged with the conquest of the Western province of Pesra, while Molari continued his pacification of Endra. Pesra province is populated by a diminutive race of people known as the Ying. Ying are generally looked down upon by the taller and finer-boned Jilani people of Endra province.
Bordos defeated men were pursued Westwards. Lawlessness was rife in Pesra, and Zarkos army was kept very busy suppressing banditry and spreading Lord Molaris rule into the surrounding towns and villages.
Before the year was out, Zarkos men controlled about a third of Pesra province, including Pesra city. Three legions, half the army were engaged in hunting down Bordos men in the Western hills, where they were being succored by Ying villagers.
Stripped of half his men, Zarko could do little but hold his ground. Operations against Bordos men ceased, and banditry began to become a problem once again.
Zarkos response was to order two of his legions to regroup on Pesra town. Only a single legion was left to keep the peace in the countryside. They were formed into warbands and given special powers to suppress banditry and dissent. Villages suspected of harbouring bandits were destroyed, often burned.
Zarkos remaining two legions met the advancing Bordo, and fought an inconclusive battle. Bordo withdrew to the town of Karnak. That night Zarkos army used magic to approach Karnak without being observed. Aware that an assault on the walled town would be suicide, Zarko ordered it burned. The towns thatched rooves were tinder-dry in the Summer heat and the fire quickly spread.
All Yings fleeing the burning town were slaughtered by Zarkos troops, whilst Jilani survivors were imprisoned and tortured. Those who confessed to supporting Bordo were hanged. Young Bordo himself managed to flee the carnage, along with some of his men.
Meanwhile, Lord Molaris defences had been crushed, and the armies of Lord Kamalan were sweeping into Pesra. Zarkos exhausted legions were met by Kamalans fresh troops, and destroyed.
Genaral Zarko is a character from a rôleplaying game
The Kings Men run by Samuel Haldane.
Character concept and artwork by Alex.
© Copyright Alex Tingle, 1997.
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