The Battle of Atropatene (アトロパチネの合戦 Atoropatene no Kaisen? ) is the 2nd chapter of the Arslan Senki Manga by Hiromu Arakawa. It was released in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine.


In Prince Arslan's maiden battle, the Pars army finds itself charging into a trap of massive proportions.


The events take place three years after Etoile escaped from Ecbatana.

Before the Battle Edit

Arslan and Vahriz are in middle of a sword training in the palace. A messenger appears, informing them that a battle was going to take place soon. He tells them that the Lusitanian Army has taken over their ally Maryam and that the Parsian Army has to stop them

Andragoras III leads the Parsian Army to stop the invading Lusitanian Army, alongside the other generals of the Parsian Army such as Vahriz, Karlan, and Daryun. The army consists of 85,000 horsemen, 138,000 footmen and 5000 men from the Royal Guard. Arslan worries about the weather conditions when he sees General Kishward's hawk Azrael's wet feathers, but Karlan reassures him that he has scouted the area, through he later decide to rescouted the area. The soldiers are not covince by Arslan's doubts, thinking it cowardly or inexperience. Arslan's prediction come true as the sky get foggy.

Arslan , near a army tent, is joins by Vahriz, who tell him to not travel too far away and to not be afraid of the fog.Then, they are approached by a mounted messenger who informs Vahriz that his nephew has incurred Andragoras' wrath.

Arslan and Vahriz enter the tent. Daryun is seen as advising Andragoras to retreat, believing that the Lusitanian Army has set up a trap with the assistance from a traitorous Parsian. This claims enrage Andragoras. Vahriz punishes him and begs Andragoras to forgive his nephew, stating that he "has behaved with no manners to speak of". Andragoras agrees to do so if he can prove his worth in the upcoming battle, through he will be a mere Horseman as he was demoted from his command and his rank.

A short time after the incident, Vahriz ask Daryun if Arslan "look more like the king or the queen". Vahriz then requests him to swear his loyalty to Arslan for him, to which he does.

The signal for the gather of troups is launch; the army assembles immediately.

During the Battle Edit

Andragoras asks Kharlan the size of the attacking Lusitanian Army. He replies that they have an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 cavalry and roughly 80,000 to 90,000 footmen. Andragoras is surprised, stating that as the Lusitanian Army fought battle after battle, their numbers should have diminished. Kharlan states that reinforcements from home must have swelled up in numbers, resulting in the large number of troops.

A messenger informs Andragoras that the Lusitanian Army is approximately eight amaj (2 kilometers, 1.24 miles) away behind the Parsian Army . Andragoras questions Kharlan regarding the matter, to which he responds that before the Army of Pars lies a vast plain without any dips or rises, so they can charge without doubt.

Regardless of the huge number of enemies and the fog in front of them, the Parsian Army charges forward. Suddenly, a large number of the troops fell into a trench hidden by the fog. To the dismay of the Parsian Army, the trench was filled with oil, and a flurry of flaming arrows spelled the end of the troops that fell in. Unable to stop in time the charge, cavalry lines came to push lines preceding them and sending them to their death. The Parsian Army is then subject to heavy arrows fire, coming from sieges towers, after managing to get around the ditch. The Lusitanian Infantry and the Lusitanian Calvary engage the Parsian Army.

Arslan escapes the frontlines, fight and manages to kill a Lusitanian Horseman. He is traumatized by what he did. He calls for help, mentioning Daryun, Vahriz, his father and even the Hawk of Kishward, Azrael.

Suddenly, He heard Kharlan's calls; hoping for a rescues he yells that all his attendants have been killed or are missing, but stop with horror when he realize that the soldiers accompanying Kharlan and who came out of the fog are not Parsian, but Lusitanian while a sadistic smile appears on Kharlan's face.

Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit

Characters in italic are only seen briefly and have yet to make a proper appearance.


Volume 1 Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4
Volume 2 Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10
Volume 3 Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19
Volume 4 Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27
Volume 5 Chapter 28Chapter 29Chapter 30Chapter 31Chapter 32Chapter 33Chapter 34
Not Yet Collected Chapter 35