The Steppe Resistance

Retreat was always the deadly part.

The generals had decided that the battle was lost, and I could agree with them.  When I noticed the chariots on our flanks, I knew the Steppe tribesman had us beat.  Their expertise on horseback – how could any man ride like that?! – as well as with the bow made them a fearful power to behold.

I marched with all my power.  My sword was in its sheath so I could go faster, but I didn’t want to leave my cousin Nahim behind.  He moved more slowly as he carried his bow.

An arrow hit me in the leg.  I fell, and the men behind me parted – but not well enough.  A couple tripped while I cried out.  A man on horseback came immediately after.

He aimed between my eyes.

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This was written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend writing prompt, ‘Arrow.’  This was also inspired by the Dan Carlin podcast, “Kings of Kings,” which was about ancient middle eastern warfare.  I was impressed at the defensive capabilities of the Steppe tribesmen and their legendary use of cavalry and bows.

2 thoughts on “The Steppe Resistance

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      This was written from the perspective of a soldier under a Persian emperor, like Cyrus. The Steppe tribesmen were well known for their abilities with the bow on horseback, and even the great empires at a time had difficulties controlling these nomads from the north due to that one technological advancement.

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