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By Duke of Skibbington Part of the Polybender Saga continuity.

Main Characters Books Battles Locations Updates

Siege of Fort Zuko

Concurrent

Battle of Fire Nation Palace

Next

Battle of Ursa Plains

Conflict

Fire Nation Civil War


Outcome

  • Hellenic Victory

Combatants

  • Hellenic Army
  • Foreign volunteers
  • Blue Flame
  • Hellenic volunteers

Commanders

Forces involved

  • 144 Waterbenders
  • 144 Firebenders
  • 72 Airbenders
  • 72 Earthbenders
  • 600 soldiers
  • 100 Tundra Tanks
  • 40 Catapults

Casualties

  • 32 Waterbenders
  • 64 Firebenders
  • 12 Airbenders
  • 6 Earthbenders
  • 465 Soldiers
  • 40 Tundra Tanks
  • 23 Catapults


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Background

The Blue Flame's invasion plan was to storm the northern beaches and flank the Fire Nation Capital, bringing heavy siege weapons; while a larger force attacked the capital directly. The intent was to capture the palace and route the defenders, thus trapping them and forcing them to surrender.

However, the Fire Nation knew of the plan, and Philip suggested, rather than directly oppose the landings on the northern beaches, the Hellenic Army fortifies a narrow pass and takes control of its defence. The new string of fortifications was named Fort Zuko, showing the Hellene's recognition of Zuko's claim.

Preparations

Hellenic

Philip Hellene and his colleague, Nikkolas fortified the narrowest passage to the Capital. They decided to use earthbending to create bunkers in which firebenders would take shelter and make use of quick blasts to force the attackers to take cover. Earthbenders would also create large, deep trenches between the bunkers and filled them with water, for the waterbenders. Waterbenders would be able to hide behind the bunkers if necessary. Further back, the earthbenders would launch large boulders from a safe distance, taking the role of artillery. Airbenders would hide in the mountains and strike supply lines, and launch raids behind enemy lines.

Blue Flame

Malus Ignus took charge of the assault. He decided on an attack using armoured divisions, as opposed to armoured escorts. The attack would be spearheaded by a tank division, followed by a waves of firebenders and then nonbenders. From the back, were catapults for ranged bombardment. The 100 tundra tanks were assigned groups of 20 tanks, whereas the 600 soldiers were split into groups of 100.

Battle

On the first day, a tank division sped to the Hellenic line, avoiding most of the falling rocks. Their armour was unharmed by the defending firebenders, and one armed with a ballista took down a bunker. However, the waterbenders were able to overcome the tanks' counterbalance system and crack many of them. The first wave of nonbenders was scattered by firebending Hellenes. They were forced to take cover behind fallen rocks and were easy pickings for the waterbenders. A wave of firebenders followed. It halted a safe distance from the bunkers and released a volley of fire. At their great distance, they could neither hit the enemy, nor be hit (save for a few lucky shots). Their strategy was ineffective when the waterbenders bent ice daggers at them and forced a retreat. Airbenders from the mountains picked off a few retreating soldiers.

On the second day, the catapults began their bombardment. Earthbenders managed to destroy several of their projectiles and retaliated with some of their own, destroying a few tanks in the process. Airbenders from behind the lines took down numerous catapults before retreating. A combined force of tanks, firebenders and nonbenders charged the defences. Nikkolas led his men to defend the bunkers from the front line. He, himself took down three tanks and seven soldiers. Once again, the attack was broken up the firebenders in the bunkers. Following an intense bombardment, ballista-armed tanks destroyed three bunkers and attempted to cross the water-filled trenches. This, however, was a mistake, as the body of water was frozen, crushing the attackers.

On the third day, Philip Hellene and Nikkolas lead side-by-side. Malus Ignus grew tired and decided to lead the offensive from the front. His last attack consisted of the remainder of his tanks, the last non-benders and all of the firebenders. It was an all or nothing attack. Despite strong resistance, the sheer bulk of the attack forced the defenders to abandon their first line of bunkers and trenches. The attackers took great casualties and found themselves struggling to breach the second layer.

During the final stages, Philip Hellene and Nikkolas faced off with Malus Ignus and a watervender. Ignus initially had the upper hand, but struggled to combat Philip's ability to convert the elements. Philip cast down Malus Ignus and he plunged into a lake; where Nikkolas condensed the water and crushed Ignus. (See also, Fort Zuko Duel).

Seeing their leader dead, and being out-flanked, the Blue Flame broke out and fled to the beaches.

Aftermath

The death of Malus Ignus left the northern force without a leader, and the military defeat crippled their fighting capabilities. The major victory, along with the concurrent naval victory at the Capital led to the Blue Flame Expeditionary Force being trapped, and unable to retreat. A combined Fire-Hellenic offensive at the Ursa Plains brought their campaign to an end.

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