|Third Battle of Minagith|
|Part of the Disith occupation of Anatoray|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Nestor Messina||David Mad-thane
|45 Reparation class battleships|
(15 + 30 reinforcements)
|22 Claimh Solais class battleships|
|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)
Ships Present At The Battle
- The Claimh Solais class battleships composing the Mad-thane fleet.
- Claimh Solais, flagship
- The Reparation class battleships composing the 23rd Disith Battle Fleet.
- A Guild Presence Ship serving as arbiter
- Two Vanships
- An Anatoray scout airship for the Emperor
- The Silvana
Course Of The Battle
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.
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.
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 E. Hamilton to keep her safe from the Guild.
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.
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 battleships.
The Goliath was sunk and Count Knowles killed in a duel against the Silvana at Walker Palace.