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Post by hihama » Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:53 pm

Bofar will take cover and see how the situation develops.

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Post by Sturm » Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:47 pm

The Hill, east of the Shutturga
Scene XV - 5th month (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 14th day, 990 AC)


You and some of the other more seasoned warriors of the town slowly regain a semblance of order and a defensive line is formed beyond the wall. It did not take long to realize however that the dragon is beyond the range of long bows and heavy crossbows, and also just beyond the range of the ballista and light catapults that Guido's Fort has. It is also beyond the range of many common spells.
You begin to wonder why the dragon has come, when suddenly the air becomes noticeably chill and a wind begins to blow from the north. After a few minutes, you see dark clouds approaching from the north east.
"This does not seem very good - Bonth says - he is somehow controlling the weather".
After a bit more time, the town is under a true storm of wind and rain. Then the lightnings start. One quite big hits a section of the wooden wall in full, damaging it and throwing at least 5 or 6 defenders to the ground, wounded or dead.
Fear spread in the town, and you hear many whisper you should all run to the river to escape.

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Post by Dervish » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:10 pm

Bonth my friend as always you are a master of understatement...you know when i left specularum i thought maybe just maybe my troubles were at an end but no, its all witchs, hobgoblin kings, Dragons leading ravening hordes.... nothing but work, work, work all the time. Taradain says with a grim smile as she surveys the the terrain and forces still in the field (asked a question on my sheet)
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Post by Sturm » Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:57 pm

The Hill, east of the Shutturga
Scene XV - 5th month (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 14th day, 990 AC)


(Seen, replying here as it is of common interest).
"If you want a safe job in the library of Highforge, you can surely get it, if we survive this", Bonth says. The area between the town and the dragon is almost empty except for some rocks and shrubs which can provide little or no cover. Anyway no one dares to leave the wall, despite the fact that from time to time a section of it is hit by a lightning, each one taking its toll of some defenders lives. Some arrows fly toward the dragon, and even a ballista dart, but nothing seems able to reach him.
Yet there are no humanoids or other creatures in sight.
After three lightnings and the continuying heavy rain, you hear some screeches above you and then you see a winged creature diving toward you! At first you mistake it for a dragon and are almost paralyzed by fear, but soon you realize it is much smaller and has no arms, but only wings.
"Wyverns!" Bonth cries, running to help a lone warrior the wyvern is attacking, while another has been already hit by the tail, and is apparently dead.
More of the same creatures are swooping down from the rainy sky above you!

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Post by agathokles » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:41 pm

Lucius fires his crossbow at the wyverns and directs the nearest defenders to do the same, then drops it and switches to sword and shield.

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Post by Dervish » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:45 pm

Tardain tries to find a place where she hide and keep firing on the wyverns
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Post by Sturm » Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:26 pm

The Hill, east of the Shutturga
Scene XV - 5th month (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 14th day, 990 AC)


Lucius has no luck with his crossbow, missing two times in the heavy rain. When he attacks with sword however he is able to hit the nearest wyvern in the wing, wounding it.
Taradain hits it too with her crossbow, as does Bofar with his axe.
Dim also sends a magical light on the eyes of the wyvern.
Screeching again loudly, the creature flies away and disappears.
Bonth misses another one, but Kesh does something, and another wyverns moves away from you.
Agnja and Blago sends magical darts against a third one, and Neim hits it with his crossbow, while Cullen, Gareth, Ludovico and Dorus engage it in melee, quickly putting it down.
You have very little time to celebrate your victory however, as the wooden wall protection the town shakes.
"It was a diversion!" one of the warriors defending the wall cries, before he is taken by a huge blue hand, which seems composed of water.
The wall trembles again, then part of it falls down in front of you, revealing a 8 feet tall water elemental, appearing as a sort of humanoid wave in the rain. The elemental takes the two nearest defenders and put them inside his own body, drowning them. And what's more disturbing, you can see many more humanoid sized figures beyond him, running toward the town..
"Now is the time to fight with all we have or die, people! Do not use fire with it!" Bonth cries, running toward the elemental.

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Post by hihama » Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:51 pm

Bofar stares at the elemental, then looks at his hammer and curses. "I hate water." Then he runs after Bonth.

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Post by agathokles » Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:38 pm

[I suppose it's 8 m rather than 8 ft; if 8 ft is correct, the tactics should change to charging the elemental and scatter it, since it would not be much larger than a human]

Lucius rushes behind Bofar and Bonth. He aims sweeping blows to the elemental's lower legs, trying to topple it.

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Post by Dervish » Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:35 pm

Taradain grinds her teeth as she takes aim on the incoming humanoids and fires
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Post by Sturm » Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:17 pm

The Hill, east of the Shutturga
Scene XV - 5th month (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 14th day, 990 AC)


(Well Rules Cyclopedia describes the water elemental as a living wave 8 feet tall and 32 feet wide, but let's say he can change form and initially appeared as an humanoid figure made of water, 24 feet tall and 16 wide).

Bonth, Lucius, Bofar, Gareth, Dorus try to engage the elemental, while Ludovico, Cullen and Neim fire at it and Kesh and Dim try some spells.
Despite its watery nature, the strikes of Lucius and Dorus seem to encounter something solid and harming it, while the creature manage to dodge at least partially the others. Neim too strikes it in the head with his crossbow, and the elemental seem bothered by the strike. But then it turns into a big wave 32 feet tall, and crashes over Lucius and Bofar. The man and the dwarf think they will be about to drown, but then the wave passes and spitting and cursing, they can stand again.
The best Dim can do is to send a magic missile against the creature, while Kesh touches it, apparently inflicting some pain. Blago has a magic missile too, but Agnja, probably lacking appropriate magic, use a sling and misses.
Taradain in the meantime fires against the running humanoids, taking at least two down. But many more are still coming.
Bonth, Cullen and Neim hit the creature again with all they have. Dim also has to use the crossbow now, while Kesh this time fails to touch the elemental, and Lucius and Bofar are still regaining their feet. Agnja and Blago use a sling again, with no effect.
Still the elemental seems uncertain and weak now, and its attack is furious but tired.
Yet it manages to completely engulf Dorus, and you realize the warrior will drown very soon!
Bonth, Lucius, Bofar and Gareth strike again and the elemental dissolves into the rain as if it never existed at all.
Dorus is down, not moving, and you are uncertain if he is still breathing.
Taradain strikes another humanoid down and cries at you, because orcs, bugbears, goblins are entering the town through the breach in the wall that the elemental created a few moments ago!

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Post by agathokles » Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:38 pm

Lucius leaves the fallen to the clerics, and tries to rally a's many warriors as possible to charge the humanoids and push them back through the gap. If this proves unfeasible, he withdraws to the nearest fortification.

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Post by Sturm » Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:18 pm

The Hill, east of the Shutturga
Scene XV - 5th month (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 14th day, 990 AC)


There is no nearest fortification, as the wooden wall is all Guido's Fort has. However you are not alone in defending the town. As the humanoids approach, a great lighning bolt hits and scatters several of them, showing there is a capable wizard among the defenders. But the enemy has his spellcasters too, and you see two warriors falling down in front of you, blocked by magic.
Kesh rush to aid Dorus and the other wounded, while Bonth runs to the breach to try to hold it against a group of hobgoblins and goblins.
Lucius is hit by an arrow on the right shoulder. The arrow has pierced his chainmail, which however avoided it could penetrate much. Still, it hurts and the wound surely will impair his ability with the sword.
Bofar hits an hobgoblin squarely in the chest and the creature falls down.
Gareth tries to do the same but the enemy parries his blow.
Ludovico, Cullen and Neim's shots have little effect, but then Dim, Agnja and Blago send magic missiles, magical darkness and a web spell on the area. This clearly stop and confuses the attackers for a while, allowing you to gain some precious time.
"Push that cart and topple it on the breach!" Bonth says, indicating a nearby cart full of hay.

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Post by agathokles » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:24 pm

Lucius tries to help with the cart. He's quite strong, but with the wound, he knows he will be less effective.

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Post by hihama » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:59 pm

Bofar also goes to push the cart.

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Post by Sturm » Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:00 pm

The Hill, east of the Shutturga
Scene XV - 5th month (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 14th day, 990 AC)


Working together you manage to push the cart to the breach, closing it at least for a while.
The spells sent by your wizards have stopped the enemy for some instant, but just as you are trying to better close the breach, several ogres and bugbears appear beyond the cart and try to smash it with heavy clubs.
In the same moment the still unseen enemy spellcaster acts again when Bonth, Bofar and Gareth fall down, apparently paralyzed by some magic, while Ludovico staggers a bit but somehow manages to resist the spell..

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Post by Sturm » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:53 am

The Hill, east of the Shutturga
Scene XVI - 5th month (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 14th day, 990 AC)


Kesh is able to free Bonth, Bofar and Gareth of their paralysis, along with another soldier, and he has also healed Dorus enough to make it stand again.
The ogres however have smashed the cart you used to close the breach and are now inside the town, despite several missiles sent against them, which have taken down one ogre and two bugbears already.
In this area of the battle now Bonth, Bofar, Lucius, Gareth and Dorus are on the front line, facing 3 ogres and 3 bugbears. 3 hobgoblins and 5 goblins are coming too.
Behind the first line Neim, Ludovico, Cullen and Taradain can help you with missile weapons and Kesh, Agnja, Blago and Dim also with magic.

(In this particular fight, which could well be the last of this game, see OOC thread, I will also roll individual initiative. The order of action is 1 Taradain, Dim, 2 Agnia, Bonth, Goblin1, Gareth, 3 Ludovico, Bugbear1, Ogre1, 4 Blago, Goblin2, Goblin3, Bugbear2, Dorus, Ogre2, 5 Cullen, Neim, Kesh, Hobgoblin1, Bugbear3, Ogre3, 6 Bofar, Goblin4, Lucius, Goblin5, Hobgoblin2, Hobgoblin3.
Note that you can decide some particular combat maneuvers before it is your turn, i.e. parry, retreat or fighting withdrawal. I would need Taradain and Dim's actions first, but if they do not reply by Monday, early afternoon CET, I will move on anyway).

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Post by agathokles » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:16 pm

Lucius remains on the defense, as he's wounded and facing superior numbers.

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Post by hihama » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:01 pm

Bofar considers fighting withdrawal best option at the moment, hitting whichever opponet comes closest.

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Post by Sturm » Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:37 pm

The Hill, east of the Shutturga
Scene XVI - 5th month (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 14th day, 990 AC)


Taradain hits the first approaching bugbear with her crossbow, and the creature falls on his knees, wounded.
Dim launch Dancing lights on the first ogre, distracting him enough to slow him.
Agnja moves forward, blocking the second ogre and speaking sweetly to him. The creature smiles to the wizardess, apparently charmed.
Bonth faces the second bugbear and the third hobgoblin, and attacks the second bugbear, but only hits his shield.
The first goblin fires an arrow against Dorus, who is scratched on the shoulder. Dorus faces the first ogre.
Gareth faces the first and the second hobgoblin and attacks the first hobgoblin, but the creature parries the blow.
Ludovico fires at the second hobgoblin, wounding him.
Bofar faces the first and the third bugbear. The first bugbear cannot attack Bofar as he is wounded.
The first ogre cannot attack as he is slowed.
Blago sends a magical web against the third hobgoblin and the fifth goblin, but the latter escapes.
The second and the third goblin fire at you, but miss.
The second bugbear attacks Bonth, but he avoids the blow.
Dorus hits the first ogre, gravely wounding him.
The second ogre, charmed by Agnja, attacks the first ogre, but misses and lose his mace.
Cullen backstab the first hobgoblin, who is gravely wounded.
Neim fires at the first bugbear, wounding him again.
Kesh tries to blind the first ogre, but fails
The first hobgoblin tries to hit Cullen but miss.
The third bugbear attacks Bofar but miss.
Lucius faces the third ogre. The third ogre attacks Lucius but the man parries.
Bofar and Lucius stay on the defensive.
The fourth goblin fires at Bofar and has a lucky shot, hitting the dwarf with an arrow on the leg. The dwarf is now wounded and will have find quite difficult to move.
The fifth goblin and the third hobgoblin are escaping Blago's web.
The second hobgoblin attacks Gareth but misses.

Taradain fires at the second bugbear facing Bonth but misses.
Dim fires at the first ogres and wounds him with the sling.
Agnja stabs the first ogre with her knife, wounding him more
Bonth hits the second bugbear but only on the armor
The first goblin hits Dorus again with another arrow.
Gareth hits the first hobgoblin and takes him down.
Ludovico fires at the second hobgoblin but misses.
The first bugbear tries to attack Bofar but he is wounded and falls down clumsily.
The first ogre attacks Agnja but the girl avoid his blow.
Blago hits the first ogre with a fire spell, burning his arm.
The second goblin fires at Bonth, scratching him with an arrow.
The third goblin fires at Lucius but misses.
The second bugbear hits Bonth, wounding him lightly.
Dorus tries to hit the first ogre but misses.
The second ogre misses the first ogre.
Cullen hits the first ogre, wounding him again.
Neim fires at the third bugbear but misses.
Kesh hits the first goblin with some spell, and the creature runs away scared.
The third bugbear hits Bofar but the dwarf parries.
The third ogre hits Lucius but the man parries.
Bofar could risk an opportunity attack on the fallen first bugbear
Fourth and Fifht goblin fire but miss.
The second hobgoblin attacks Gareth but misses.
The third hobgoblin attacks Bonth but only hits his shield.

Situation:
Two enemies down, but Bofar has still the first and third bugbear in front of him and Lucius has the third ogre, still unwounded.

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Bofar makes an opportunity attack on the first bugbear.

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Post by agathokles » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:22 pm

Lucius remains on the defensive. The ogre seems a powerful opponent, so drawing his attention for now is the best Lucius can do.

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Post by Sturm » Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:40 pm

The Hill, east of the Shutturga
Scene XVI - 5th month (Buhrlen, Felmont, Summer, 14th day, 990 AC)


Taradain fires at second bugbear but misses.
Dim fires at first ogre but misses.
Agnja fires at first with the sling and takes him down.
Bonth hits the second bugbear and wounds him.
Gareth tries to hit the second hobgoblin but does not wound him.
Ludovico tries to stab the second hobgoblin but fails.
Bofar hits the first bugbear and takes him down.
Blago fires at the fourth goblin and scratch him.
The second and third goblin miss Bofar.
The second bugbear wounds Bonth.
Dorus attacks the second hobgoblin and wounds him.
The second ogre charmed by Agnja does the same and takes him down.
Cullen stabs the third ogre but fails to wound him.
Neim fires at the third ogre and wounds him.
Kesh fires at the third ogre but misses him.
The third bugbear attacks Bofar but misses.
The third ogre attacks Cullen but misses.
The fourth goblin fires at the second ogre and wounds him.
The fifth goblin fires at Bonth but misses.
The third hobgoblin attacks Bonth but the gnome parries.

Now that four enemies of their first line are down, one ogre is fighting for you and a goblin ran away, the survivor lose their will to fight and begin to retreat, the ogre, the two surviving bugbears and the hobgoblin snarling at you, the four goblin firing some arrows for cover.
Dim, Agnja, Neim, Ludovico, Cullen and Taradain do the same, but all the missiles hit earth, shields or armours without causing damage.
Your side has not much will to pursue the enemy either, as Bonth is wounded, and Bofar, Lucius and Dorus too.
Even if the wooden wall of Guido's Fort has mostly been destroyed, the humanoids are retreating in the fog, and defenders cheers along the line..
"It was a good battle - Bonth says, smiling despite his wounds - because we won". The others too seem happy, Kesh looking at the wounded among you, some sit on the ground exhausted by the battle.
Then you hear the roar.
You had forget the dragon, the noise bring it back to you with a wave of primal terror.
The red dragon emerges from the fog and tears down what remains of the wall some yards to your left. Then he breaths fire. Not at you, but at another group of people, maybe the wizard who was casting spells before and his or her companions..
You hear people screaming in pain and terror, then some instants of perfect silence, then the dragon looks at you.
Nothing you have experienced before this moment has prepared you. Stories are just stories. Looking at a 25 feet tall dragon a few yards from you is completely different. Every corner of your mind screams at you to run away now!
You are just a mouse in front of the cat. You are the prey.
Bonth seems very tired, as if he was about to fall down, then he looks at you. He seems on the point of saying something, but then he casts his eyes down and turn toward the dragon.
He runs toward the beast without saying a word. No one else moves yet. In a few istants, each one of you realizes he or she has a huge choice to make.

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Post by hihama » Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:57 pm

Bofar looks at the dragon eyes full of fear. Then he whimpers something, turns around and starts to limp away from the dragon as fast as he can.

(OC: Made a personality check and he is full of fear.)

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Post by agathokles » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:39 pm

Lucius seems about to go his own way, then looks at Bofar and Bonth, and says: "If we start acting irrationally, we're all dead. Bofar, you got a leg wound, and you weren't exactly a runner to start with. Fleeing is no option, find cover, and ready your crossbow! Bonth, if you leave the team without coordination, there's no way we'll survive. And, if you don't mind, I'd rather survive!"
He then raises his voice, to be heard by everybody: "Everyone, scatter! Archers, mages, fire as soon as that thing is in range. Those with no missile weapons, stay ready to protect the archers."

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