Effects of no supply

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Apep
Joined: 2012-11-08 11:16
Effects of no supply

I'm trying to sort out the effects of an army having its supply cut off.

The rules say that troops lose 1hp/day and lose their ability to heal naturally.

In this case does it mean that the army as a whole loses 1hp worth of troops or that each unit loses a hp or that each soldier loses a hp?

For the latter two, does this mean that a week without supplies will end any army?

Reynard
Joined: 2012-11-16 23:01

I read it as each unit loses 1 uhp/day, as the game doesn't seem to operate at the individual-NPC scope; but it could do with a little clarification.

This is not "damage" as such but represents the deleterious effects of hunger, minor disease, and nominal wear-and-tear on equipment that full supplies would otherwise alleviate. Units reduced to 0 uhp, I imagine, wouldn't die off (they can survive plenty longer) but would be physically unfit for battle. This is to say nothing of their likely loyalty to their officers.

Given that most units have 4-8 uhp, after a few days without supply, an army will have to resort to requisition/looting to maintain its regulars' effectiveness. These supplies could perhaps be rationed out (per the text on "rations every other day") to prolong an army's operation in the field.

Apep
Joined: 2012-11-08 11:16

That is kinda what I expected, but it does leave a few questions pertinent to our situation.

Can an army that is reduced to 0 uhp march? Do they simply rout when attacked? Does being reduced to 0 uhp trigger a calamity roll for that unit (aside from the weekly roll due to having inadequate supply)?