Dave J McWeasely
Rulebook p16 wrote:
Retreating an Army
An Army retreats when the defender has used the Regroup tactics token and decides to end the battle.
An Army may retreat to an adjacent Region which
* does not contain an enemy Army, or an enemy-controlled Settlement or Stronghold; and
* is not adjacent to a Region containing the enemy Army (including the attacking Army); and
* is not beyond a Stream or Ford border.
Even if the requirements above are not fulfilled, an Army may always retreat to an adjacent Region with a friendly Army (in this case, if you have more than five Units there after the retreat, immediately remove any Unit in excess), or a friendly-controlled Settlement or Stronghold.
If no such Region is available, the attacker chooses any one free adjacent Region to move the retreating Army to, the retreating Army suffers one additional Damage. If no adjacent free Region is available, retreat is not allowed.
So, to untangle the order of paragraphs a little, the places an army can retreat are:
1) Any adjacent region with a friendly settlement, stronghold, or army, even across streams etc.
2) adjacent free regions not across bodies of water and not adjacent to hostiles
3) only if nothing else is available yet: adjacent free regions across streams/fords and/or adjacent to hostiles. In this case take an extra point of damage.
Am I reading this right?