Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Thy Soul To Keep - part 12

Messages in the Rain

Three warbands meet in Lashing Rain, all attempting to Kill the Messenger.

Battleplan (Open War cards):
Objective: Kill the Messenger
Twist: Lashing Rain
3 Players - Triumph & Treachery turn sequence

The Rotmoons: 73 Renown
Kapitán Alunzo da Leeva - Orruk Warboss
El Doctoro - Orruk Great Shaman
Hammerhead - Ogor Crusher
Bortagno and 5 Orruk Boyz

The Raidho Othalas: 73 Renown
Arkanaut Admiral Grungi Gunnerson
3 Endrinriggers
3 Skywardens

The Gilded Hand: 67 Renown
Kalyustar of the Gilded Hand, Soulchemist - Collegiate Arcane Battle Wizard
Fernando amd 5 Fancy Fencers - Freeguild Guard
Lucius Scopos and 4 Venithyan Marksmen - Freeguild Crossbowmen
Karol and 4 Cuirassiers - Freeguild Pistoliers

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The Rotmoons listened to the rain hammering on the roof slates of the chapel on a quiet street of Wortbad. They had been sheltering inside for over an hour while Kapitán da Leeva sat with quill and ink and scratched away a a pile of papers. He frequently cursed and crossed words out and by the time the letter was done and sealed with drips of red chapel-candle wax the crew were restless and bored. Bortagno had not covered himself in glory over the last two weeks and he felt like he had something to prove. The hands were getting argumentative and at least one of them had been stabbed while they waited out the rain.

Finally, when the letter ws safely tucked into a leather wallet and buckled into Hammerhead's bag, d Leeva gave the word fo the crew to make a move. But through the noise of the rain another sound made its way in. A droning whirr that sounded neither natural nor supernatural. It sounded mechanical, and these days that could only mean one thing: Kharadron.

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The orruk privateers bundled out of the chapel into the graveyard.

They saw that it was not just the duardin arrived.

A floating swarm of Endrinriggers bobbed and weaved over the woods...

... and into the grounds of the skydock.

The Raidho Othalas motored forward, over the ruined bridge of the skydock and opened fire at the Rotmoons. Bullets rained off the stone walls of the chapel but none found their mark!

El Doctoro tried to focus the energies of the Great Waaagh! but he got nothing but sparks that fizzled out on his fingers.

Bortangno and Percy percy charged the Raidho Othalas and killed an Endrinrigger.

Invisible Geists dragged Geedo Forks away screaming! A Drillcannon round punched through Hammerhead's cloak and badly wounded the swashbuckling ogor. The exploding fragments peppered Kapitán Alunzo da Leeva!

The rain stopped abruptly and the Freeguilders of the Gilded Hand moved up through the woods.

The Raidho Othalas fired a blast of Aethermatic Volleygun shots at Hammerhead but he shrugged off the single bullet that found it's mark - it dinged noisily of his engraved helmet.

Arkanaut Admiral Grungi Gunnerson charged into Bortagno and Percy Percy, he smashed Bortagno with his hammer and shot Percy Percy in the back!

Lucius Scopos and the Venithyan Marksmen loosed a volley of crossbow bolts at Hammerhead but the Ogor finally fell to the clawing spectral hands of an Invisible Geist.

Karol galloped away from the battle, his saddlebag containing a secret letter from Kalyustar to Pieter von Toorn.

The remaining Rotmoons were chased off by the pistoleers who charged them in clouds of black powder smoke.

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As the skies opened again and the storm returned the letter from Kapitán da Leeva to Bolet Ghosteater was lost in the stinking quagmire of blood and mud and rain....

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The Raidho Othalas earned a Minor Victory for killing one messenger but the Gilded Hand's messenger escaped.

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Viktor's side of this tale is here.