"40 thousand!!!" Guan Yi yelled, "I am afraid we wont be ready in time to draft that many. "You are right, we dont need 40 thousand, Alls i need is one thousand of your best troops." Aias said looking over the map of Guan Yi's territory. Guan Yi and his captains looked at the boy in amazement. "Look at this pass right here, they would have to bring there forces through here, or go around which would then give us another two days. Wu Pang doesnt want to wait it seems, he knows that you still have to draft more troops to fight. Allow me to take 1000 of your best soldiers, and we will stop at Rottsuka Pass." Aias declared. "We have only 1000 spearmen ready at this time." Guan Yi said sadly. "HA!!! Wonderful!!!" Aias said. "Have them ready to march in 20 minutes." Aias said leaving to go to his chamber and ready himself for war.
As he left, Guan Yi gave the order to the spearmen to be assembled. "Are you really going to let this boy lead 1000 men into a hopeless battle." A captain cried. "Yes I am, Do you have a problem with it?" Guan Yi said fiercely. "He is naught but 16!" The captain cried again. "Yes he is, and I saw that 16 year old BOY, take down a man twice his size and age in a single spear thrust, then i watched him deflect arrows with his sword while untyinh captured prisoners. Not to mention there was only one badger in that fortress he lived in that he could not defeat, and that was Ironclaw himself." Guan Yi said angerily walking out. He stopped at the door, and turned. "If you want to lead that army, go challenge that BOY for it." Guan Yi said leaving.
Soon the spearmen were ready, and waiting for Aias to come and lead them. Guan Yi brought Aias horse to him, Aias smiled at the old warrior. "Do you see other calvary? Lord guan Yi?" Aias asked smartly. "No, but the commander should be on his horse." Guan Yi said. "Well, its a good thing im not a commander then, I shall march, in the front, with the men." Aias declared. Guan Yi notted and went to the stables. " Oh yes, and My lord, Make sure you food ready for the men when we return." Aias said putting on his war helmet and started the march with the men. The pass was only a hour march. When they arrived in the pass, Wu Pangs army could be seen easily from the distance, marching straight for the pass. The pass was so narrow, that only 50 men could fit across. Then they were 20 deep. They formed up and were ready and patient. "I see I have gathered here with fellow brothers of the Spear....." He said all eyes on him now. "Today, I have called upon you, the greatest of the Samurians, I would be honored, if today, and forever you will valiantly fight by my side. I would rather fight besides you, then any army of thousands." He yelled. There was a loud clammer as the army smashed their spears into there Shields. "Were you trained in the formation Phalanx?" Aias asked a soldier in fornt of him. "Yes sir, this is what we specialized in being the only group of spearmen." He answered. "Very well." He then raised his voice. "Here they come, They have no doubt seen us, and laugh at what only a thousand men can do to their force. But they no not that today, they will go no further. Look at the man next to you, Tonight, he will be there, next to you drinking the sweet wine of victory. But alas, the enemy is here. Fear naught death, but only fear that your sheilds may be dented and your spear gone dull!!!!" Aias shouted as was the loud warcry from his spearmen.
Now the army was only 500 yards away. Aias saw Wu Pang and Diao Tian on horseback going to the center. Aias put up his spear and walked to the center meeting them there. Wu Pang smiled at the boy. "Is this what the great Guan Yi sent to face me, a mere child and a thousand spears." Wu Pang laughed. "HAHAHA!!!!! Thats good!!" Aias said quickly swinging his spear and slicing off the goatee of Wu Pang. Wu Pang backed up. "Careful boy! Put down your weapons and you will not be harmed. Aias turned and threw his spear, 100 yards the throw was!!!!! "There it is, go get it." Aias said drawing his sword. Wu Pang was in rage, " I will kill everysingle one of you!!!!" He shouted as he rode back to his forces. The whole time, the young and beautiful Diao Tian could not take her eyes off Aias.
Aias returned to his forces. "My lord, i dont think that was wise." A soldier said watching Aias pulled his spear from the ground. "Well, a wise man was never much of a warrior." Aias smiled as he said it. He turned across the pass. The front lines of the Wu Pang army began to march forward, almost into a full out sprint. The Battle was almost under way!
Tell the Spartans, Stranger passing by,
That here, Obedient to their laws, We lie,