A thinly veiled threat alluded to the impatience Edward felt with the troublesome Irish, but with his main gave settled on the Scots, it would fall to the likes of Hastinge as his deputy to enact his wrath.
It was already understood by Hastinge that the forces of the Irish were dispersed and irregular, but of great number:
|The Irish of Seamus O'Reagan - spot the deliberate mistake|
And so it was that he would set off at first with numbers of his best men, Those knights who could provide strong horses, but not so many as their loss would weaken the whole, and both dismounted men at arms and infantry were raised to the cause.
|The English - mostly old men, though Hastinge would not admit it|
|Seamus is to the North, with the English West and East|
|Spearmen dash for the village.|
|Irish skirmishers hurled a welcome of javelins|
|Welsh spears enter the village|
|Pardon his French|
|Spear & shield worked last time, but wasn't our formation better then?|
|Probably handy to have a priest for last rites at least...|
|Time to go boyo's|
Both sides would lick their wounds from this first encounter, and each arguably had learnt much, the English old guard seemed soft from years living amongst the Irish rather than time on campaign, and Hastinge vowed to recruit more fresh troops from his Welsh homelands. Whilst the Irish gained a healthy respect for the might of armoured infantry, but also knew that their lightest troops could take the fight to the enemy on any ground. But it was clear at this time that Hastinge would do all he could to keep the news from his lord of how the campaign had opened.
In terms of Glory, The Irish gained 5 points for completing the mission, but lost 2 points from unfulfilled boasts - as my leader scarpered mid battle, they were unable to challenge or defeat him in a duel! The English gained one point by defeating an Irish force before it lost any of it's own, but failed in it's other two boasts, and so ended up in a deficit of points. At the end of part one of the campaign therefore the results are: