The battle for Samosata that occurred last turn has me a tad on the worried side. On closer inspection of the battle report it appears that although the Parthians were outnumbered they still attacked across the river. They still managed to inflict quite a few casualties on my forces while not losing too many themselves, bearing in mind they were attacking across the river. I think I need to be quite wary about engaging them in open terrain, especially if it is a sizeable force.....
The siege of Melitene was successfully lifted this turn, I even managed to take some prisoners. They will be sold off as slaves as soon as I get enough to make it worthwhile.
The news that I have been waiting for.
Severus has returned with several veteran legions. He has arrived in Byzantium after an overland march from Rome.
He will continue his march along the coast of the Pontus Euxinus (The Black Sea nowadays) to Trapezus. If all goes well my plan is to send him from there down through Armenia taking Artaxata which will hopefully knock the Armenians out of the war and then onto Phraaspa. He will then be in a position from which he will be able to thrust deep into the Parthian heartlands operating in the rear of the main Parthian armies.
I will use my force that is presently in Melitene to try and preserve my position in front of Antiochia taking any opportunity to attack smaller Parthian stacks. For now this force is ordered back to Samosata as I think the Parthians will make another attempt to take it. I hope I get there before them...
My other force which is still building up in Hierosolyma will then be used for a southern thrust down the Euphrates towards Selucia and Babylon.