| 1632 series |
POD: May, 1631
Ernst Hoffman was the leader of a mercenary band. His group were extorting money and lording it over the citizens in the walled town of Badenburg under the guise of protecting the inhabitants. They did absolutely nothing to protect the region outside the town's walls. Hoffman's band of about 500 initially participated in the Battle of the Crapper, but broke and ran before the action was fully joined. When the Catholic army was broken and defeated by the Americans and Alexander Mackay's mercenaries, Hoffman and his men took the opportunity to loot, pillage, and rape amongst the enemy baggage train and camp followers. Mike Stearns had anticipated this, and immediately ordered Hoffman and his mercenaries captured. Hoffman was subjected to an exhausting and embarrassing chase when he was spotted by several Armored Personnel Carriers. After finally collapsing from exhaustion, Hoffman was then personally handcuffed by Stearns, conclusively ending his reign over Badenburg.