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Third Battle of Minagith
Part of the Disith occupation of Anatoray
Date G.D664
Location Minagith
Result Disith victory
Belligerents
Disith Anatoray
Commanders and leaders
Nestor Messina David Mad-thane
Charles Knowles
Alex Row
Units involved
45 Disith Battle Ships
(15 + 30 reinforcements)
22 Anatoray Battle Ships
Strength
121,860 men 65,714 men
Casualties and losses
15 ships lost
Approx. 41,000 killed (wounded unknown)
11 ships lost
Approx. 33,000 killed (wounded unknown)

The Third Battle of Minagith was the third and final naval battle fought by Anatoray and Disith over possession of Minagith. It was a great victory for the Disith due to an illegal ambush manuever.

The battle is depicted in the Last Exile episodes First Move and Luft Vanship.

Ships Present At The BattleEdit

Course Of The BattleEdit

Opening

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Ships line up to exchange musket fire

The battle opened with the ships lining up and exchanging fire between their musketeers, as required by Guild combat regulations. The combat was overwhelmingly in Anatoray's favor, prompting Duke David Mad-thane to offer the Disith forces a chance to surrender.

Artillery Commences

When the Disith fleet declined Duke Mad-thane's offer of surrender, the battle progressed to the exchange of artillery fire. The Anatoray forces continued to hold a commanding advantage; in the first volleys, they sunk Disith ships without losing any of their own. At this stage, it seemed inevitable that the battle would be a clear victory for the Anatoray forces. It was at this stage of the battle that the vanship piloted by Claus Valca and Lavie Head arrived at Minagith with a message for Duke Mad-thane and landed on the Claimh Solais.

Disith Ambush

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Disith fleet descending from above

As the Mad-thane Fleet was celebrating its victory, a second unregistered Disith fleet arrived at the battle from across the Grand Stream. Descending from above, they opened fire on the unsuspecting Anatoray forces and inflicted massive damage. The Temeraire and Answeller were sunk, and Count Charles Knowles of the Goliath panicked and fled the battlefield. When further fire sunk the Parthalon, a Reconaissance Ship observing the battle dispatched a vanship to the Imperial Capital to inform the Emperor that Minagith would be lost. This resulted in the Emperor's decision to send away Alvis Hamilton to keep her safe from the Guild.

Anatoray Retreat

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Damaged Anatoray Battle Ships under fire from the Disith

Caught between the remnants of the 23rd Disith Fleet and the newly arrived fleet, the Mad-thane Fleet was prepared to die fighting. However, the letter delivered to Duke Mad-thane by Claus and Lavie convinced him to retreat and live to fight another day. He ordered the remaining Anatoray ships into a formation with the damaged vessels in the center; Brionac and Connaught would break through the Disith fleet at the front, while Claimh Solais would protect the rear. Seeing that the Disith were pursuing the fleeing ships with the intent to destroy them, Claus and Lavie approached the Guild arbiter and requested that it call off the battle due to the illegal maneuver by the Disith. When the Guild refused to acknowledge their request, they decided to assist the Mad-thane Fleet by obscuring the Disith's line of fire with smoke. As they enacted their plan, the Silvana arrived on the battlefield. A military vanship flown by Tatiana Wisla and Alister Agrew sunk one Disith Battle Ship with a bomb, while cannon fire from the Silvana sunk many more. The remainder of the Mad-thane Fleet was able to use the distraction to break through the Disith lines and retreat to safety.

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Tatiana destroys a Disith Battle Ship

Consequences

The Disith fleet that took Minagith would proceed to invade Norkia and then strike at the Imperial Capital itself.

Duke Mad-thane was initially branded a coward for retreating from the battle rather than fighting to the death. However, his observation of Claus, Lavie, Tatiana, and Alister's role in the battle gave him new ideas about the potential usage of vanships in combat. These insights would later lead to the highly successful Alliance torpedo attacks against a fleet of Guild Battle Ships.

The Goliath was sunk and Count Knowles killed in a duel against the Silvana at Walker Palace.

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