And we’re back, while you may have noticed that you observed a successful example of SOCIALISM (turn away, you Yankee readers) as I gave Captain D’Val his sword back, since I already had two.
Luke 3 : 11, anyone?
Oh yeah, that’s right – John the Baptist was a downright COMMUNIST!
While my more right-wing readers recover, the more caring members of our little band of soldiers head out to the barricade to defend our comrades.
We note the enemy cavalry pouring from various sides and, more worryingly, cowardly foot soldiers are herding terrified Ruanese in front of them as human shields.
D’Val accurately, in response to these tactics, calls Barraka a ‘cur’, but, before we can more effectively condemn the enemy for declining to follow Marquis of Queensbury rules, a hidden catapult (concealed behind enemy lines) flings an explosive into our midst which sprays my allies with burning oil. In the confusion, the enemy footsoldiers promptly cast aside their human shields and attack.
Juuuust when things ‘couldn’t get any worse’ (although I didn’t actually say that phrase, because that is REALLY tempting fate) D’Val calls from my assistance, as his cloak and tunic are ablaze.
Luckily, my advanced Kai rank of Warman [Warperson?] allows me to take charge. Ordering a couple of soldiers to aid D’Val, I jump on a convenient wagon and see that the enemy has reached the outer perimeter, being less than one hundred yards from our wall.
If only Captain America was here (@ 1:35 of the below clip).
As the Vassagonian (!?) bandits charge (where the heck is Vassagonia??) I order several volleys of arrows, which stop the first wave of attackers dead in their tracks.
Scattered attackers reach the barricade, and I am confronted by one particularly obstinate varmint.
Lone Wolf : CS : 29, E : 25
Vassagonian Warrior : CS : 18 E : 25
I defeat the upstart at a cost of 2 Endurance (down to 23, after Healing taken into account).
I don’t even get a chance to loot the body (!) before I am informed that D’Val has routed the other soldiers with the aid of friendly archers. As the cries of victory echo from our lips, I am warned of a ‘new threat’.
A ‘mantlet’, which is a fancy word for a wheeled wooden blockade, is pushed towards our barricade, and said mantlet appears temporarily impervious to our collective volleys of arrows.
In act of bravery which goes unacknowledged by the text, an enemy mage steps out from behind the mantlet and, although cut down and killed by an arrow, lets off a fireball towards our barricade, killing and wounding many, while shattering our protection.
The enemy cavalry, in a disciplined display, choose this moment to charge, with one likely fellow pointing his lance directly at my chest.
I can stand and fight, or retreat to the watchtower.
Although it personally may have some danger, I am aware of the potentially serious effect on morale of a war leader such as myself refusing to face the danger sought by my soldiers.
That reason, too.
I am calmly told that we initially can only fight one round of combat.
Vassagonian Horseman : CS : 20, E : 28
Lone Wolf – CS : 29, E : 25
I lose 2 Endurance in the first round of combat, but manage to unhorse my opponent. While smiling wickedly with his (British dental, presumably) blackened teeth, he charges at me with his broadswrd
Notwithstanding the previous combat check, I am informed of default new stats as follows :
Lone Wolf – CS 29, E : 24
Bandit Horsemen – CS : 17, E : 24
I luckily end the enemy’s wretched life in one blow, and now note (at a distance) the leader of the enemy troops, attempting to rally his men.
Grabbing a nearby bow, I take aim.
And, for the first time in four books, I actually regret not taking Weaponskill as a Kai discipline, as it would have helped with my aim in this situation.
Not to worry…..[gulp]….my R10 check is a…..4.
This is a middling result, which means my arrow pierces the enemy’s shoulder.
Aside : Seriously, how often in action movies / books is the ‘shoulder’ the go-to ‘wounded but not fatally’ option? And seriously, do these people realise how incapacitating a shoulder wound actually is?
In any event, I see that the enemy leader is still attempting to rally his troops and, noticing that my quiver is empty, draft a Sommlending sargeant into temporary service and ask him to shoot this specific enemy, and he obliges, landing a shaft into the leader’s heart.
Aside : Um, did he really need me to ask him to do this? He’s obviously an expert archer, he has a clear shot on the enemy leader (who is wounded and therefore slow-moving) but this sargeant needed my directive to take the shot? I’ve heard of disciplined, but this is ridiculous.
Anyway, enemy dead, let’s move on.
Base Stats : CS : 17, E : 20, GC 38
Modified Stats : CS : 29, E : 26
Weapons : Sommerswerd (+8 CS),
Backpack : 1 Meal, Laumspur potion (+4E), Holy Water, Brass Key, Tinderbox, 1 Torch, Shovel (2 slots).
Special Items : Map, Crystal Star, Shield (+2 CS), Sommerswerd, Padded Waistcoat (+2 E), Chainmail Waistcoat (+4 E) Blue Stone Triangle Pendant, Diamond, Ornate Silver Key, Scroll with Verse (para 84 of tCoD)
Kai Rank : Journeyman
Kai Disciplines : Camouflage, Animal Kinship, Tracking, Hunting, Sixth Sense, Healing, Mind Over Matter, Mindblast (+2CS)
Final Paragraph : 323