The year is 1342.
Less than a year has passed since your forces were able to turn back the Germanic conqueror, Baron Von Schrapp, at the fens of Gladdenstone. The "Mad Wolf" has fallen back temporarily, to re-gather his forces before resuming his assault on the heart of England. While victorious at Gladdenstone, your forces were severely depleted, as well. Drawing on the reserve force of the King's Protectorate, you and the Royal Knights of the Crown have decided to steal a march and retake some of the ground lost to the Baron.
Several hours into your forces' march, scouts return to report that the Baron has fallen back to the town of Astbury, several miles to the south. As you hastily make plans to launch a surprise assault on the Mad Wolf, a lone scout charges into your camp from the eastern county of Lane. Breathlessly, the young soldier relays to you that the Baron has sent a large force to capture the monastary located to the north of the river Essex. Consulting your maps, you realize the Baron is trying to capture the iron fields located in the hills to the east of the ancient religous center. With control of the monastary, the invader would have an almost endless supply of ore to fuel his march to the throne.
Hastily, you consult your subordinates and decide to split your forces and lead a small army to defend the monastary. After a hard overnight march, you arrive at the bastion for peace and religous exploration just hours ahead of the Baron's forces. The monks, surprisingly, have offered to help in the fight, and join you in fortifying the monastary for the upcoming battle.
This is Part II of the "Mad Baron" series.
Part I: The Fens of Gladdenstone
Part III: The Battle for Essex
Part IV: Port Arthur
Part V: The Battle of Eldermore