June 12th, 2020
The Royal Palace
Eldras’ Study, 4am
Eldras couldn’t sleep. He keeps reviewing and looking over the maps. The whole plan seems insane and crazy, but at the same time, what else are they going to do? He already called for his Minister of the Army, but he still needs to look over everything. Eldras crosses the room and opens up a book The History of War trying to better understand everything, when he hears a knock at the door.
“Enter” Eldras ommands at the door.
As the door opens, he sees the familiar uniform of the Order of Xaethos. The man stands at attention. Eldras salutes him back allowing him to be at ease, “I heard your call my lord. You wanted to review the plans again?”
“Yes Ottus. I cannot in good faith send these soldiers out without going over it one more time. Today is the day we execute Operation Canal, but I have some reservations. Are you sure we need to send 20,000 soldiers to take all of this territory over?” Eldras asks. Ottus looks down at the maps for a couple of minutes before looking up at Eldras.
“Sir, permission to speak frankly?” Ottus asks. Eldras nods his head, “Sir, I believe that we don’t even have enough forces for all of this. We are sending roughly 20,000 soldiers into a territory that is dangerous. We don’t have enough Intel to tell us how armed or how dangerous the enemies we are facing. Plus the moment they leave our borders, they are out there on their own until we can get the proper infrastructure in there to support them. The only other thing that we need to settle is how are we dealing with Isle of Bandits? Rumor has it they were the ones responsible for sinking the Ballistrian ship.”
Eldras took a moment to consider. This was going to be a challenging decision for him to make, “Capture their leaders so that we may bring them to Ballistria for trial. Other than that, take all the cities, settlements, whatever they have on that island. I want to use that island as a joint army/navy base where we can host our allies for joint training. Make sure you limit all civilian casualties. I want to make sure no funny business goes on over there. This operation begins at 6am. That is my final seal of approval. Just make sure I’m kept in the loop”
Ottus salutes and says, “Yes, sir. Most of the soldiers should be waking up now, so it should be a rapid deployment.” Ottus exits the room with quickly, almost eager to begin the plans. Eldras sits down in his chair, still unable to sleep. He goes back to working on ballots for the referendum, and working out other logistics.
June 12th, 2020
The Eastern Border of Alksearia, 6:15am
The first wave of soldiers was deployed. 2,000 soldiers marched bravely into these lands on the opposite side of the Strait. Col. Jacques patiently waits for the orders to be handed down to move his group into the same territory. As he is waiting, Lt. Pierre of the XXth Squad approaches him.
“Fine day to be at war, eh?” Pierre jokes with him. Jacques looks over at him. The stare in his eyes tells Pierre that now is not the time. Pierre tries again and says, “Ya know, if I were…”
Jacques cuts him off, “Lt, if you wish to still hold that rank, I suggest you hold your tongue. You have a group of 200 men to keep an eye on AND keep moving, and you are here joking with me?” Pierre’s attitude became more serious before Jacques says, “Haha, look at you. You know I’m not that serious. I know your men are well trained. I just gotta”
As Jacques was saying this, his radio goes off, “Base to Beta, Base to Beta. You are clear to commence. I repeat you have the green light to proceed.”
Col. Jacques turns around to address the soldiers, “Alright! We have the green light! Roll out! For the King!”
“FOR THE KING!” the soldiers shout back in response. To Jacques, this is the day he has dreamed of: being able to fully command a full squadron out into the frontlines, but he has a lot of nervous about the whole operation. Who knows what he is going to encounter out there in the jungles. For now, he marches with his fellow soldier and is prepared to command them as needed.