I should be doing something else tonight, but decided to do this instead. Basically, this is the next encounter for our previous group.
Danann Warrior, armed with a spear and wearing leather armour. The Warrior has expended a single Luck Point.
Leathe Rogue, armed with a shortbow and wearing leather armour.
Midlander Mage, armed with a staff. The Mage has expended 28 Soulfire and lost a Magic Level.
6 Wrothdar tribesmen, armed with bone hatchets and roundshields.
2 Wrothdar hunters, armed with bone knives and throwing spears.
2 Wrothdar champions, armed with spears and clad in hide armour.
1 Wrothdar chieftain, armed with a maul and clad in hide armour.
Rogue: 10 (6+d10)
Wrothdar hunters: 10 (3+d10)
Warrior: 9 (5+d10)
Wrothdar chieftain: 6 (4+d10)
Wrothdar champions: 6 (4+d10)
Wrothdar tribesmen: 6 (3+d10)
Mage: 6 (2+d10)
The Wrothdar chieftain and champions have the same base Initiative, and so had to roll off to determine who acts first.
The companions are clustered around a campfire in a clearing, deep in the woods. Suddenly, the trees around them erupt with fierce warcries, and a Wrothdar war party emerges from the forest, weapons hefted in meaty fists. Unknown to the party, at least as yet, two hunters lie in wait, ready to hurl javelins. The six tribesmen are arranged in a circle around the clearing, and the champions remain back with their chieftain on the western edge of the battlefield.
The Leathe Rogue spends the turn loading and then Aiming at one of the tribesmen.
The hunters emerge from Concealment and hurl their javelins, one at the Leathe and the other at the Danann. (77 and 34 under Ballistic Skill 38. Wrothdar don't suffer penalties from darkness, so the 34 on the Danann Warrior is a hit.) The Danann uses a half action to make a Dodge thanks to the Quick Reaction Talent. (15 under 42, a clear success) The throwing spear whistles past the Danann.
The Warrior retaliates by moving towards the tribesmen on the western edge of the clearing, hoping to take a few out and move on to the chieftain and champions.
The chieftain and champions remain at the rear, but the champion does use the Inspiring Presence Leadership Ability. (25 under Charisma 30, with +10 to Command.) All the Wrothdar will now get a +5 To Hit for 5 Rounds, or until the chieftain is wounded.
The tribesmen break from the treeline. Three charge directly at the Danann Warrior and hit close combat, two go for the Leathe Rogue and the last for the Midlander Mage. The three chargers each take a Reaction Attack from the Danann Warrior due to the Reach ability of the spear and the Warrior's Spear Mastery Talent, which allows the Warrior to make more than one Reaction Attack per Round. (68, 42, 37 under Combat Skill 45, or two hits.) Damage is Strength Modifier + Spear Damage or 4 + 5 for a total of 9 Damage. This is negated by the Toughness Modifier of the Wrothdar tribesmen and any armour they might wear, which in this case is none, leaving them with only the 4 negated by their Toughness. Two of the tribesmen therefore take 5 Damage. The three tribesmen make their return attacks on the Charge. (32, 47 and 75 under Combat Skill 35+5 due to Inspiring Presence, means only one hits the Danann Warrior.) The Danann has only used a half action to Dodge and then a free action to move towards the tribesmen and so still has a half action to make a Parry left. (26 against the tribesman's Combat Skill of 35. Thanks to the Danann's higher Combat Skill of 45, the Warrior has a +10 to this roll, and so, barely, makes the Parry.)
Lastly, the Midlander Mage, who is still recovering from the exertions of the previous encounter. Seeing the oncoming tribesman, the Mage moves to the Leathe Rogue, and prepares a Furious Gale, only able to use 2d10 to cast due to losing a Magic Level in the last encounter. (8 and 9 or 17, beating the 12+ Casting Value for Furious Gale) The two tribesmen approaching the Rogue are knocked over and blown 2 yards backwards (d10 x caster's Magic Level = 2). This is also the direction the hunters are in, and so the Rogue and Mage count as being in heavy cover next turn.
The Rogue looses at the tribesman that was chasing the Mage. (19 under Ballistic Skill 48, with a +10 modifier due to Aim, cancelled out by the -10 to hit due to the tribesman's shield) Damage is the Leathe's Strength Modifier + D10 + Bow Damage (3+d10+4 = 15). The tribesman takes 11 Damage after negating 4 thanks to Toughness, crucially, not dropping it. It does however need to take a Shock Check due to losing over half of its Health in a single strike. (30 under Willpower 32) The badly injured Wrothdar stays in the fight.
One hunter hefts a spear and Aims at the Leathe Rogue, the other tries to hit the Danann Warrior at range. (81 against Ballistic Skill 38 is a fail)
The Danann Warrior, still engaged by three tribesmen uses the Swift Disengagement Combat Manouevre, which is triggered by a successful Parry the previous turn. Swift Disengagement allows the Warrior to Disengage from combat without triggering Reaction Attacks. The Warrior Disengages and uses a free action to move back towards the fire. Now the tribesmen will have to move into range again, triggering Reaction Attacks and the Warrior still has a half action for either a Parry or a Dodge.
The chieftain hangs back again, conscious of keeping that Inspiring Presence ability active, but sends one of his champions forward to engage the Danann next round.
The three tribesmen charge the Danann once more, taking three Reaction Attacks again. (68, 18 and 35 under Combat Skill 45, or two hits once more) All the tribesmen are now wounded, and one of them quite badly. (Two of them have taken 5 Damage, and the other 10 Damage, from 14 Health.) The three tribesmen strike at the Warrior, and are quite effective. (33, 13 and 47 under Combat Skill 35+5, or two hits) The Danann attempts to Parry one (35 over 35+10 due to higher Combat Skill is a success) and succeeds, but the other Charge Attack goes through. Damage is the Wrothdar tribesman's Strength Modifier + D10 + Bone-axe Damage (3+d10+2 = 10). This is negated by the Danann's Toughness and armour value on the torso, or 3+2, so the Danann takes a total of 5 Damage. (The Danann Warrior started with 20 Health and now has 15.)
The other three tribesmen converge on the Mage and Rogue. The two that were knocked over have been hampered enough that they are not quite able to reach the Mage to wreak their vengeance, but the third which was shot is able to Charge the Leathe Rogue. (16 under 35+5 to hit is a success) Luckily, the Rogue only spent a half action Shooting and did not reload, allowing the Rogue to attempt a Dodge. (69 under 55 is a fail, but the Rogue expends a Luck Point to re-roll, scoring a much nicer 11) The tribesman's strike goes wide.
The Mage is in trouble, and critically, running out of Soulfire. Expending 16, (Leaving the Mage with only 10 more Soulfire, having started with 60) the Mage conjures a Blade Wall between the two companions and the hunters, granting that all important heavy cover once more. To do so, the Wall is conjured right on top of the two charging tribesmen, which take 2d10+ the caster's Magic Level worth of Damage. ( 8+8+1 = 17 Damage, negated to 13 by Toughness.) They both pass the corresponding Shock Checks (14 and 21 under Willpower 32). The Blade Wall will remain active for d10+caster's Magic Level Rounds, or until the caster is wounded.
The Leathe Rogue uses the Quick attribute of the dagger and draws it against the critically injured tribesman ahead, rolling a Full Attack. (17 to hit, under Combat Skill 30 is a success. The tribesman attempts to Parry with the free attempt given by the shield (20 against Leathe's Combat Skill of 30 is a failure, despite the +5 granted by possessing a higher Combat Skill) Damage is the Leathe's Strength Modifier + d10+ Dagger Damage, or 3+d10+2 = 10, causing 6 Damage after the 4 negated by Toughness, dropping the tribesman.
Both hunters hurl spears at the Leathe Rogue, one with a bonus due to having Aimed in the previous Round. (82 and 48, against 48 and 38 respectively means both miss, not even taking the heavy cover from Blade Wall into account.)
The Danann Warrior uses Blood Hunt, a Danann-only Combat Manouevre, triggered by both having taken and dealt Damage in the previous Round, granting a Quick Attack as a free action. (26 to hit, under Combat Skill 45 is a hit) The struck tribesman uses a free Parry due to the shield. (19 against the Danann's Combat Skill of 45 is a fail) The tribesman takes another 5 Damage, leaving it badly wounded. (Two tribesmen are now down to 4 health, the other is still on 9). The Warrior uses Swift Disengagement again too, again triggered by the successful Parry in the previous Round, moving back again towards the fire, leaving a half action available for either a Parry or Dodge.
The chieftain again hangs back with one of his champions, having sent the other champion to engage the Danann Warrior. The champion Charge the Danann, who makes a Reaction Attack once more. (06 under Combat Skill 45 is a good hit.) The champion takes only 4 Damage, negating 1 thanks to armour and 4 thanks to Toughness. (The champion is now on 13 Health.) The Charge Attack misses. (58 against Combat Skill 40)
Only one of the tribesmen who were engaging the Danann moves toward the Warrior, the other two, more badly injured, slink around the side of the engagement, hoping to take down the Mage and Rogue. The third Charges the Danann once more, getting hit for 5 Damage for his trouble. (45 under 45. Barely a hit.) The Charge attack is resolved. (68 against Combat Skill 35 is a miss.) All three of the tribesmen which originally engaged the Warrior are down to 4 Health now. The other two tribesmen go for the Mage, having already navigated their way through the Wall of Blades. (47 and 39 against Combat Skill 35 makes a very lucky Mage) Both miss.
The Mage knows things are desperate and frantically throws down a Magic Snare between the two tribesmen, using 6 Soulfire. (3+6 = 9, just beating the 8+ Casting Value. Both tribesmen are affected and they roll to resist. 57 and 87 against Willpower 30 is not enough and both are held immobile for d5+ caster's Magic Level Rounds or in this case, 2 Rounds.)
The Rogue can see the two badly injured tribesmen held by the Mage ahead, along with the two others approaching from behind. The Leathe makes a Charge attack with the dagger on one of the immobile tribesmen. (33, against Combat Skill 30 would normally be a failure, but due to the Magic Snare, the Rogue has a +20 to Hit, granting success.) Damage is the Leathe's Strength Modifier + d10+ Dagger Damage, or 3+d10+2 = 13, causing 9 Damage after the 4 negated by Toughness, dropping the injured tribesman.
Both hunters move a little closer and hurl their spears, one at the Leathe again, the other at the Mage. (57 and 90 are failures again, even without the heavy cover granted by the still active Blade Wall)
The Warrior, having not made a Parry in the previous Round, cannot use Swift Disengagement, and so makes a single Quick Attack at the one tribesman on 4 Health which is still engaged. (25 under 45 is a hit.) The tribesman makes a free Parry however thanks to the shield. (88 over the Danann's Combat Skill of 45, a success)
The chieftain and the unengaged champion move forward, ready to charge in. The engaged champion attempts to strike the Warrior. (21 under 40 with a +5 modifier is a success) The Warrior Parries this attempt quite handily. (91 over 40 with a +5 modifier for higher Combat Skill)
The tribesman still engaged with the warrior attempts to strike, but misses. (72 against 35) The other two tribesmen still capable of moving make for the Rogue and the Mage. They will be able to engage next Round.
The Mage makes a quick decision and concentrates on moving the Blade Wall. (14 under Willpower 42 is a success on the Channeling Check) The Wall can be moved up to d10 per caster's Magic Level yards in any direction, and the Mage pushes it towards the two hunters. (4, which is just not enough to get the hunters, who are 6 yards away from the wall now. The Mage uses a Luck Point to re-roll and scores an
The wall is pushed right onto the hunters, one of which is able to avoid the blades, the other is hit solidly and killed. (2d10 Damage each for 6 and 16 Damage caused. Toughness negates 3 Damage from each strike, but one of the hunters takes 13 Damage and is felled)
The Rogue makes a Charge Attack on one of the oncoming tribesmen. (13, under 30 is a good hit) The tribesman attempts to Parry and fails. (05 against 30 is an abject failure) Damage is the Leathe's Strength Modifier + d10+ Dagger Damage, or 3+d10+2 = 9, causing 5 Damage after the 4 negated by Toughness, which is just enough to kill the tribesman, but leave the Rogue open to a return attack from the other tribesman.
The last hunter, having made his way through the wall of blades, hurls his last spear at the Mage. (38 under 38 is just a hit, which makes the Mage's decision to move the Blade Wall potentially deadly) Damage is the Wrothdar's Strength Modifier + d10+ Throwing Spear Damage, or 3+d10+4 = 12, causing 9 Damage after the 3 negated by Toughness, badly injuring the Mage. The Mage just passes her Shock Check (39 under 42), but is now at 3 Health from a total of 12. The Blade Wall dissipates.
The Warrior, having made a successful Parry is able to use Swift Disengagement, a free action to retreat five yards and then makes a Charge Attack back towards the tribesman engaged with the Rogue. (25 under 45 is a good hit and the tribesman's free Parry fails with 27 against 45) Damage is the Danann's Strength Modifier + d10+ Spear Damage, or 4+d10+5 = 10, causing 6 Damage after the 4 negated by Toughness, enough to kill the tribesman, and save the Rogue from potential harm.
The chieftain and the champion are now too far away to engage the Danann Warrior, but regroup with the other champion and move forward with the express intention of Charging next Round.
Only two tribesmen remain and one of them is held immobile by the injured Mage. The other regroups with the champions and the chieftain.
The Mage makes a Full Attack on the immobile tribesman. (37 against 22, which is a fail, but Magic Snare grants a +20 to hit) Damage is Midlander's Strength Modifier + d10+ Staff Damage, or 2+d10+1 = 4, which would cause no damage. The Mage re-rolls with a Luck Point, and this time rolls a 10. After explosions, the Mage ends up with a staff strike causing 21 Damage, before the tribesman's Toughness reduces this to 17. The immobile tribesman's head is caved in.
A QUICK OVERVIEW
Danann Warrior, armed with a spear and wearing leather armour. The Warrior has expended a single Luck Point and is down to 15 Health.
Leathe Rogue, armed with a shortbow and wearing leather armour. The Rogue has expended a Luck Point.
Midlander Mage, armed with a staff. The Mage has expended 56 Soulfire, 2 Luck Points and lost a Magic Level. Also down to 3 Health, and Blade Wall is over.
6 Wrothdar tribesmen, armed with bone hatchets and roundshields. Only 1 has survived, on 4 Health.
2 Wrothdar hunters, armed with bone knives and throwing spears. Only 1 has survived, no spears left on 9 Health.
2 Wrothdar champions, armed with spears and clad in hide armour. One is wounded, on 13 Health.
1 Wrothdar chieftain, armed with a maul and clad in hide armour. Inspiring Presence is over.
So far, the Warrior has been pretty amazing, holding up the vast majority of the enemy while the Mage and Rogue engage in a frantic dog-fight. The Rogue's ability to run in and get crucial kills on wounded opponents escaping the Warrior has been critical, and the Mage has done well in a support role, let down by how all the enemies have been more spread out in this encounter than the one previous.
Back to the action.
The Rogue uses a free action to go five yards away from the conflict and draws and loads the bow, ready to shoot next Round.
The last hunter prepares to charge the Mage with knife in hand, having exhausted his throwing spears.
The Warrior stands still tempting the Wrothdar to charge.
The chieftain, champions and last tribesman move towards the Warrior, aiming to Charge next Round and overwhelm the Danann.
The Mage moves forward and expends the last of her Soulfire on an Aethyric Dart at the chieftain. (7+7 beats the Casting Value of 8+, but with a Miscast) Luckily, the effect of the Miscast is very minor, with a cold and unnatural wind blowing through the area, but the dart itself does a little damage. (d10+caster's Magic Level, or 7 Damage, 5 of which is negated by the chieftain's armour and Toughness)
The Rogue Aims at the wounded champion and shoots. (19 under 48 is a hit) Damage is Leathe's Strength Modifier + d10+ Bow Damage, or 3+d10+4 = 11, 5 Damage negated by the champion's Toughness and armour. (Wounded champion now on 7 Health)
The last hunter is now out of range of the Mage, and moves forward again, looking to engage.
The Warrior still stands, tempting the Wrothdar charges, with a full action to both Parry and Dodge.
The chieftain and his group take the bait and Charge the Warrior. The Warrior makes a Reaction Attack for each charger. (59, 59, 25, 55 is pretty poor. The Warrior re-rolls the strike against the wounded champion with a Luck Point, but unluckily rolls a 75 instead.) Only the unwounded champion is struck, and takes 4 Damage. The chieftain misses with his maul (54 against Combat Skill 48), one champion hits and the other misses (25 and 55 against the champions' Combat Skill of 40). The Warrior makes a successful Parry (80 over champion's Combat Skill of 40, with +5 modifier for higher Combat Skill) and the tribesman misses horribly (97 against Combat Skill 35).
The Mage stands next to the Rogue, hoping to protect the Leathe from the incoming hunter. Or for self-preservation, either is good.
The Rogue nocks, draws and shoots without Aiming this time at the oncoming hunter. (78 against 48 is a miss, so the Rogue expends another Luck Point, this time scoring a 33) Damage is Leathe's Strength Modifier + d10+ Bow Damage, or 3+d10+4 = 10. The hunter take 7 Damage and is put down.
The Warrior, having made a successful Parry, uses Swift Disengagement again to draw away from the mob of Wrothdar, and then holds position, still with a half action to either Parry or Dodge as necessary.
The chieftain uses Frenzy and Charges again, followed by the champions and the last tribesman. (36, 10, 79 and 00 are scored by the defending Danann's Reaction Attacks) The chieftain takes 4 Damage, as does one of the champions and the tribesman is felled. (The Critical Hit chart indicates the tribesman's throat was torn open, which would cause significant bleeding and suffocation Damage over the next few rounds, provided the tribesman had survived the initial hit. Which he didn't) The chieftain misses again (80 against 48) but both champions score hits. (35 and 28 against 40) The Warrior attempts to Parry one and succeeds. (71 over 40 with a +5 modifier) but the other strike goes through. Damage is the Wrothdar champion's Strength Modifier + D10 + Spear Damage (4+d10+4 = 9). This is negated by the Danann's Toughness and armour value on the torso, or 3+2, so the Danann takes a total of 4 Damage. (The Danann Warrior goes down to 11 Health)
The Mage holds position, still guarding the Rogue. She attempts to patch herself up a bit. (04 on the Heal Check, under 47 Intelligence and +10 to Heal Checks means 5 degrees of success and 3 Health regained, so she is back up to 6)
The Rogue nocks, draws and shoots at the chieftain, but a 69 is not going to get a hit.
The Danann Warrior triggers Blood Hunt again, triggered by both having taken and dealt Damage in the previous Round, granting a Quick Attack as a free action. (19 to hit, under Combat Skill 45 is a hit) The most heavily injured champion takes the strike and takes a further 4 Damage, bringing him down to 5 Health, the other champion sitting on 13. The Warrior then uses Swift Disengagement again too, again triggered by the successful Parry in the previous Round, moving back once more, leaving a half action available for either a Parry or Dodge.
The chieftain, blinded by rage Charges once more, followed by the two champions. (27, 07 and 27, all under the Danann's Combat Skill of 45) One champion is down to 9 Health, the other on 1. The chieftain has lost 9 Health so far from a total of 25. The chieftain finally gets a hit (44 under 48), and the Warrior doesn't risk the Impact attribute of the chieftain's maul, opting to Dodge instead of Parry (03 under 40 Agility, with a +10 bonus to Dodge pushing the Dodge under 00). The Danann Warrior has the Acrobatic Lunge Talent, allowing Ripostes to be performed on a Critical Dodge as well as a Critical Parry. (27 under 45 is a good hit) Damage is the Danann's Strength Modifier + D10 + Spear Damage (4+d10+5 = 15). 6 of this is negated by the Frenzied chieftain's Toughness and armour (Toughness has been bumped to 53 from 48 by Frenzy), but the Wrothdar leader is now down to only 5 Health. One champion gets a solid hit in on the Warrior however, and damage is the Wrothdar champion's Strength Modifier + D10 + Spear Damage (4+d10+4 = 10). This is negated by the Danann's Toughness and armour value on the torso, or 3+2, so the Danann takes a total of 5 Damage. (The Danann Warrior goes down to 6 Health)
The Mage moves in to the combat and attempts crack one of the champions over the head. (58 is a pretty poor effort).
The Rogue looses another shot at the chieftain. (11 under 48) Damage is the Leathe's Strength Modifier + D10 + Bow Damage (3+d10+4 = 16). 6 Damage is negated by the chieftain's armour and Toughness, but the arrow is still enough to hopefully put him down. (19 under Willpower 42, with a -5 penalty for the extra Damage caused by the Rogue. This still passes, and so thanks to Frenzy, that chieftain is still up on -5 Health) The chieftain however is still standing, refusing to go down just yet.
The Warrior triggers Blood Hunt again (09 under 45, making a hit) and puts one of the champions down. He then makes a Quick Attack on the chieftain. (25 under 45, another hit causing another 3 Damage. 20 under Willpower 42, with a -8 penalty keeps the chieftain up)
The chieftain and the last champion strike at the Warrior. The chieftain misses, but the champion hits. (75 and 30 under 48 and 40 respectively) The Warrior tries to Parry (68 over 40 is a success)
The Mage makes a hit on the chieftain (22 against Combat Skill 22). Damage is Midlander's Strength Modifier + d10+ Staff Damage, or 2+d10+1 = 12. The chieftain negates 6 Damage, but takes another 6, finally falling. (51 against Willpower 42, with a -14 modifier).
The Rogue shoots into combat and misses the last champion, who looks ready to flee.
The Warrior finishes the champion off with a spear thrust as he tries to flee the combat.
Wow, that was intense. It also took ages, but I think it probably would have gone quicker if it were played by a group rather than an intensely lonely single man.
The Warrior was brilliant in this one. The battlefield control spear build is a good one, and judicious use of Quick Attacks to whittle some health away while staying mobile and exploiting the Swift Disengage Talent was really effective.
The Mage was, obviously, less effective in this one and had to play a lot smarter to have an impact. That said, she certainly did. Shifting the Blade Wall was a big error in the end. The hunters only did one thing really in the end, and that skewering the Mage after she shifted the wall away from between her and the hunters. Sure it took one down, but it was doing some good work just by providing cover.
The Rogue was impressive again. Clinical in dispatching foes. Towards the end there a few shots were missed, which may have gone differently if they were Aimed, but there was a bit of pressure time wise. Neither the Warrior nor Mage were in great shape by the end there.
I did contemplate having the Mage use Blood Magic to fuel one last spell but figure that was far too risky at 3 Health.
As for the enemies, much tougher than the skeletons. Wrothdar are quite fierce and strong fighters, and they certainly left their mark on this little group.