The annals for 893 reported that a large Viking army had landed in the Lympne Estuary, Kent and a smaller force had landed in the Thames estuary under the command of Danish king Hastein. These were reinforced by ships from the settled Danes of East Anglia and Northumbria, some of this contingent sailed round the coast to besiege a fortified place (known as a burh) and Exeter, both in Devon. The English king Alfred the Great, on hearing of Exeter's demise, led all his mounted men to relieve the city. He left his son-in-law Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians and ealdormen Æthelhelm, Æthelnoth, and others in charge of defending various towns and cities from the rest of the Viking army.
The king's thegns managed to assemble a great army consisting of both Saxons and Welsh. The combined army laid siege to the Vikings who had built a fortification at Buttington. After several weeks the starving Vikings broke out of their fortification only to be beaten by the combined English and Welsh army with many of the Vikings being put to flight.
SAXONS & WELSH (Use Tan blocks)
• Leader: Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians
• 5 Command Cards
• 4 Inspired Action tokens
VIKINGS (Use Purple Blocks)
• Leader: Hastein
• 6 Command Cards
• 3 Inspired Action tokens
• Move first
Vikings gain 1 banner for each unit exiting off the Saxon-Welsh baseline.
The River is fordable.
Auxilia units Battleback with 1 extra die.
Saxons use the Byzantine Inspired Actions
Vikings use all Inspired Actions
Replace the Mounted Charge Command card text to read
Select one foot unit and up to two adjacent foot units. Each unit can move one extra hex and battle.
When battling, add 1 die to each supported unit. Ordered units may not engage in Ranged Combat.