The Doom of Aethelweard Part Six
Part 1: The Raid
Part 2: Making Off with the Spoils
Part 3: Bring Him Back Alive!
Part 4: The Sacred Banner
Part 5: The Wild Hunt
Aethelweard had hardly been able to allow the hunting and killing of the Fiery Great Boar to sink in before learning even more terrible news. The Draugr had been spotted approaching the ancient henge known as Rollbad. (This is not to be confused with the Rollright Stones, three Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monuments located near the village of Long Compton on the borders of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. No one has a clue how, or indeed when, this lot of stones appeared.) Aethelweard had no choice but to rally his men once more and set out to Stop the Ritual (10.1.16)!
My men took full advantage of the 6" deployment zone. Te fell Draugr did the same at their table edge, aware from previous games that my men had a greater movement speed than they.
At the end of the first turn, both sides were closing in on Rollbad Henge. You'll notice that the still chanting Not-Soggan had stepped back to screen himself with the warriors. Evil cowardly villain!
Aethelweard had seen his skirmisher and four Fyrd spearmen fall in battle. Thanks to some successful Fate Rolls, he had only lost the skirmisher and one of the spearmen. However, that reduced the pool by -46RP. Gaining +6RP for slaying Not-Soggan and three warriors and +30RP for stopping the ritual, Aethelweard's win actually cost him -1RP overall and reduced his total to 402RP.
The only consolation was that Non-Soggan was well and truly dead, along with one of the Draugr warriors. The Draugr now had a total pool of only 215 points...
The Saga will conclude with one more battle. Death at their Heels (10.1.9) will be happening on Monday night. The report of that fateful conclusion will be here on this blog before that week is out!