The Crusade is the name assigned by Historians to the period between 1280 and 1325, when the Lands of the Selkie were target of a Crusade by Christian Powers.
Symbol of the Crusaders was a red cross on a white ground, although there is no relation to the Knights Templar.
The Landings in Tipa - The Rape of Tipa (1280)
The Race for Creetown (1280-1289)
The Battle of the Slaitín Forest (1288)
The Coill-River Line (1290-1311)
The Battle of Beál (1291)
The Battle of Cruithneacht Field (1295)
The Battle of Dolatúr (1296)
The Great Raid (1297)
From 1280 to 1299, villages and farmsteads even deep in home territory had to fear raids from Christian Knights and horsemen out for loot, cattle, slaves and other things, as well as the occasional robber baron.
In 1297, the largest of these raids, the Great Raid, crossed over the Imeall, deep into the Trossach. A force of around 2,500 horsemen, mostly mounted infantry, crossed the Imeall north of Beál during the Winter and pushed westwards, sacking the towns of Scuab and Talamh before pushing deeper into the Trossach, towards the Town of Learg.
While Learg itself was well-defended and thus left alone by the raiding force, by now reduced to around a thousand horsemen due to losses and people turning around with the spoils of their raid, the same could not be said about the many small villages and farmsteads of the Trossach, including one, which was inhabited by the family of Gwen Lách of the Tribe of Galway.
Both the detached force and the main force were defeated on their return journey in the Battle of Luíochán.
The Siege of Bodmin (1298-1300)
The Coalition of the Cities forms (1299)
Spurred on by Gwen Lách of the Tribe of Galway, the Elder Council called upon all Cities and Towns to form a coalition, an alliance to defeat the Christian Invaders and to preserve the Freedom, which they all enjoyed,
The Siege of Cuan (1299/1300)
Although Christian Forces had, time and time again, crossed the Imeall, they never did so with a stable force, which would be able to conquer and hold. They had several bridges along the river, but none could support such a push either.
So, the Crusaders needed bridges and they needed them in a well-defensible position, which they could use as a staging ground for the push into the Lake Mór River System and towards Lake Mór itself. One of their tries to attain such a position was repelled in 1296, during the Battle of Dolatúr. Farantóir was too far to the north for their purposes.
That left only one major option: Cuan.
The Raid on Wembury (1302)
Driving Back the Invaders (1303-1322)
The Siege of Caisleán (1310)
The Siege of Castle Soladach (1315)The Siege of Castle Soladach lasted from the 6th of April 1315 to the 19th of May, a little over a month in time. The castle, by now a century old, was situated by the banks of the Tarraing River in the Baile.
In 1282, the Castle had been surrendered by a traitor, who had poisoned the majority of the crew for a high monetary reward. That traitor could not enjoy his rewards for long, being murdered by Shadowmaidens a few months later.
The Christians used the castle as a Forward Operating Base, using it as a staging ground for raids in the entire Baile and along the shores of the Silver Bay. The Great Raid of 1297 was assembled here and many more raids were launched and planned in the towers and on the exercise grounds. It was clear that, in order to retake the Baile, the Coalition had to retake Castle Soladach.
The End: The Siege of Tipa (1323-1325)
Life and Death during the Crusade
Life in the Occupied Cities and Towns
Life in the Selkie-Cities and Towns
Life on the countryside
One of the direct consequences of the Crusade was the foundation of Nouvelle-Dunkerque: Some of the ships of fleeing Crusaders was blown away in a storm, only to be washed up on the islands, where they quickly made a new home.
Composition and Equipment of the Selkie-Forces
- See Main Article: Weapons and Armour of the Selkie.
Composition and Equipment of the Crusading Forces
In difference to the Selkie, armor was very important to the Crusaders, the main armor being the chainmail armour reinforced by metal plates, for example over the joints. With the further developments of the Crusade, the first breastplates and cuirasses came up. The contact with Marcach armoured in Cathéide-Style Armor may have accelerated that development. However, depictions of crusaders in full plate armor or even Gothic-Style Armour are simply incorrect.
Infantry wore mostly
Much like the Selkie, the Crusaders relied on the power of their cavalry, but while the Selkie preferred light and swift cavalry and ranged attacks, the Crusaders preferred heavy cavalry with heavier charges.
It is said, not without reason, that the adoption of pikes by the Younger Militias for male Young Adults is a direct reaction to these cavalry charges.