Half the population of his planet had been decimated by famine and war.
Qatwal has been under attack directly since Anshan was decimated by that lunatic A'Ran.
The city would be completely dead before morning, decimated within a day.
In that rough age crimes of violence predominated, and the king's justiciars regularly perambulated the land in search of offenders, and decimated every village which refused to surrender fugitive criminals.
The position was then desperate, wholesale desertion and starvation had decimated the garrison, and three weeks later Ali Riza Pasha, the Turkish commander, was compelled to surrender.