The bog was slowly swallowing the swollen corpses. The sucking water had made it difficult to maneuver, forcing the two armies to simply hack each other to death. The piles of corpses sat in the stagnant water, feeding such a cloud of flies that it was impossible for the bog villagers to scavenge the bodies for some time. When the villagers were able to reach the battlefield, they found their nasty, brutish sensibilities awestruck by the carnage. Maggots gorged on the bloated bodies that lay in unnatural positions, some staring up at the sky, some face down in the muck.