After two entirely ignored cases of border incident provocation, King Graveth finally declared war on the Nords. Right on time, since Uxkhal is currently garrisoned with 150+ top tier troops, and another 50~ high level troops. They sure as shit ain't gonna take it any time soon so long as I join my army with said garrison if their marshal comes to take the town, army in tow.
Speakin' of besieging towns, I stole what was once a Swadian town; Praven; straight away from the Nords. 300 garrisoned men? Childs play for my 70~ man battalion of the Swadian Knight-Rhodok Sharpshooter combo. Unfortunately, before I even had the chance to split Uxkhal's garrison with Praven's, the marshal came running with every bloody Nord Jarl. An army of nigh a thousand was marchin' towards my army of 120. Yeah, no supreme combo of troops is gonna win that. For the first time in the entire game, I was forced to retreat and leave a fortress I just took without a garrison.
Doesn't matter though. I flanked three of the Jarls straggling from the main army. Alongside Praven's garrison they'l need to replace, their army is already down 300 or so troops. Half of my men were wounded at this point however (leaving me with mostly non-top tier units), so a full retreat was absolutely necessary for survival. Hiding in Uxkhal, once everyone heals up, I'll be on the offensive once more. Hopefully before they take one of our border castles.