Here is part of a piece I am doing on the military of Atlantis. Figure I have a lot more to go through but its a start.
On Matters Military
Atlantis was the greatest power of their time. A true global power that was only really challenged by Rama. Atlantis knew they were blessed by the Gods and were destined to rule the world. Initially, they had small armies, as they were friends with many and stayed to the waters edge. Rarely, did they venture beyond the shores, as they were children of the sea. Their main power was rooted in naval abilities, their ships could go anywhere.
For thousands of years the Atlantean kingdoms ruled the waves and befriended all that asked. Occasionally, they would have to help a friend in danger from some horde or barbarian group that came from further in-land. While their sailors were usually better armed than any of these more primitive peoples, the Atlanteans knew that the basic arms used by sailors would not always be enough.
This point was further brought home at the Battle of Kengo Pass in the year 7191. Admiral Sentar of the 4th fleet was tasked with helping the Fanlu against a large horde of Atlanta Questo barbarians. The admiral had spent most of the last two years helping the Fanlu to build a protective wall, 10 feet high around their main town, Monusha and its farming environs. There was a pass above Monusha called Kengo Pass and it blocked the horde from getting to the peaceful Fanlu. Admiral Sentar sent the Atlantean hero, Armitor and his band plus two hundred sailors to help the two hundred hunters of the Fanlu, guarding the pass.
The horde’s king, Pa Ming, had three thousand warriors under his command. This amounted to most of the strength of the tribes of Go Nah. They had raided around the inner regions of Atlanta Questo for the last 12 years and had grown haughty and proud in their conquests. The victories of Pa Ming had swelled his numbers with most of the Go Nah willing to take a subservient role to Pa Ming’s clan in the hopes of plunder and slaves. The Atlanteans were beseeched, by many of the interior peoples, to come and help but Atlantis never had the strength nor arms to go forth, far from the sea.
When the horde came to Kengo Pass, they found a hastily constructed wall built, at the top of the pass, that blocked almost the entire way. The wall was 20 feet high and Pa Ming could not see over it. What they did see, was the wall was not finished. There was a 30 foot stretch that had only a 2 to 3 foot high wall and the defenders were frantically trying to build it higher. Knowing they could overwhelm the defenders, if they can get into that breech, Pa Ming ordered his men forward.
Armitor was not only a very strong hero, wielding a 6 foot long sword that was Aether enabled, but was also a crafty warrior. He was been with Atlantis for going on 90 summers and commanded respect for his martial abilities as well as his sage knowledge. Armitor and his band of companions were the best armed of the defenders. The Fanlu hunters would be archers if they had more martial experience. They manned the walls to pelt the barbarians with arrows. The sailors were behind the companion line. This was the disposition of the brave defenders.
In those days, the use of the horse was limited to Atlantis and a few more technologically advanced allies of Atlantis. The peoples of Atlantis Questo were not among those to have tamed horses. As such, the barbarians had only war dogs. Large beasts that would run with their masters. A large number of the Go Nah used war dogs to hunt and fight. As the barbarians came to the breach and surrounding walls, they unleashed their dogs.
As the dogs came on, they sped faster towards Armitor and his companions who were right behind the wall. Before the dogs were at the point, where they could leap onto Armitor, they encountered the first surprise that Armitor had laid. Almost all the dogs feel into a pit with spikes. Most were killed outright by landing on spikes while others were trapped and could not get jump the distance needed to get out. Their men came on and stopped in time to avoid falling in but since the majority of the attack was also going towards the breach, those behind them pushed them into the spiked pit.
The massacre was horrible, as man and animal were screaming in pain, as more fell into the pit. As the pit filled with the unlucky, those that followed were able to run across the bodies of their brethren and reach Armitor. Hero and companions put up a valiant fight but they were only 60 against thousands. Slowly, they had to give ground and the sailors became engaged with the barbarians as well.
Unlike their hero and his companions, the sailors armor and weapons were not sufficient to stem the tide of barbarians. Some were also coming over the walls and while the Fanlu hunters acquitted themselves with honor, they were no match for the warriors from the steppes. Slowly the barbarians made more of a bubble at the breach and were slowly gaining the wall as well.
Then Armitor, who almost stood alone at the breach, yelled the signal that all were waiting for. Immediately the breech started to close. Sailors not part of the fighting started to move a large wooden barrier across the breach. Armitor, his companions and the sailors engaged in a fight fell back a little more to let in more barbarians. On their side was now about 200 barbarians. Before they knew it, the barrier had sealed the breach. And those 200 were trapped against a Hero, his companions and almost 140 sailors, wanting revenge.
The barrier was run along the wall on a track. The short wall hid the runner that allowed the barrier to be run smoothly into place. It was two feet down in the ground and wheeled, so it moved easily in or out but was deep enough that it could not be untracked by the barbarians, once they realized what was going on. Those on the inside were slaughtered to a man. Then the walls were retaken.
The barbarian horde fell back with Pa Ming completely at a loss as to how they were beaten back. The barrier opened with Armitor and his companions once again at the breach. This time there were a pile of the Go Nah dead stacked behind the companions, daring the living to come again.
The barbarians, being barbarians, fell in amongst themselves, blaming Pa Ming and others for the disaster visited on them. The fight grew from words and shoves to a pitched battle amongst the tribes. The leaders of the defenders wanted to sally forth and strike the distracted Go Nah but Armitor was smart enough to know they would be destroyed if the Go Nah suddenly united and attacked the defenders now without a defense to help them. The other leaders listened to his advice and stayed in their positions watching the barbarians kill one another. It was said that they had no choice, because Armitor would not sally forth and his companions stood with him.
Pa Ming was killed and his horde fell apart. The barbarians left the Kengo Pass defeated in detail. Long they would not come again to bother the Fanlu or even the other peoples of the interior. The Fanlu built the wall higher but left the breach as it was with an upgraded metal barrier as a sign of the danger of attacking Fanlu.
Atlantis lost 80 of their sailors and 15 of the companions. Upon return to Atlantis, Armitor and Admiral Sentar were received as heroes. But the lesson was learned. They needed to have a land force of superior strength to combat situations like Kengo Pass.
The Atlanteans started to build a force of 1000 soldiers. This was the first professional army in the world and they drilled constantly. The forges of Atlantis were powered by Aether and they built weapons of great strength and sharpness. Armor and shields, they made to protect their soldiers and make it much harder to harm them. They built their force into 6 groups of 100 men who fought together in a loose man on man formation. In the beginning, these men would fight near each other but not in a tight formation. They supported each other but the idea of a phalanx or other tight formation was not yet had.
Also learning from the effectiveness of the Fanlu archers, they built 6 units of archers to accompany each of the companies of swordsmen. As with the swordsmen, they were outfitted in armor and had strong bows. These men and women worked hard to perfect their shot and became expert marksmen. Their best was a woman named, Shana and it was said she could split an incoming arrow and get off a second shot at the opposing archer before the opponent could draw his bow back. Some said she was a daughter of Athena and that is how she became so good at her art.
The last remaining 100 were the support. Blacksmiths, healers, cooks, priests and others. While they were not as trained as the regular units, they also learned to fight, to ensure their survival, if attacked.
Atlantis kept their force at this level for over 3000 years. It was considered an honor to be part of this force. In time, they grew this force, as others learned of their skill and tried to emulate them. Never could they equal them in skill, weapons or armor but numbers could defeat even the greatest of warriors.