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The battle for Edo left the Egyptian military forces in a commanding position in control of easy approaches to the Japanese capital of Kyoto. Most of the units were now experience but wounded to a varying degree and it would take two turns until 310 AD for most of the units to heal and return to full strength.
At the beginning of 310 AD, the Egyptian research teams completed the study of Engineering and gave our people the ability to plant forests and cross rivers without delays. This discovered allowed the grand planning council of the Egyptian empire to redirect all available funding (approximately 150 gpt) to speeding production of critical city improvements and additional military units. We would rely on our scholars studying the technical works of the world in the Great Library to provide our civilization with further advancements.
Road connections now became even more important because the river crossing penalty had been eliminated. Units could now move the full three to one road movement bonus through any terrain in our territory where roads existed or could be built.
mayhem in southern Japan
At the beginning of 300 AD, the port city of Yokohama fell to an assault wave of Egyptian war chariots. In 310 AD, war chariots slashed inland and south from Tokyoto capture the town of Nara on the fringe of the tundra at Japan’s southern edge. This last Japanese city revealed the edges of the mountain ranges that we had feared would block the advance of our war chariots and also indicated that we were perhaps close to removing the last of Tokugawa’s productive cities. The terrain further to the south and east appeared to be dominated by mountains and tundra. Any Japanese cities in this region would pose little threat to further conquest but might be difficult and tedious to destroy due to terrain features.
The battle for Nara was very bloody and we incurred almost 50% casualties in the attacking force. Half of these losses were due to Tokugawa’s effective use of what seemed to be the last Japanese horseman to run out from the protective cover of the Japanese town and pick off an Egyptian chariot before retreating back into the defensive position.
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