The Doom of Aethlweard Part Five
Part 1: The Raid
Part 2: Making Off with the Spoils
Part 3: Bring Him Back Alive!
Part 4: The Sacred Banner
The fifth battle in our Saga would be The Wild Hunt (10.1.14) with theFog / Mist complication (10.2.3). +50RP would be up for grabs for the force who managed to slay the foul beast. Aethelweard had high hopes for this encounter, as success would depend on both brute strength in combat, and the ability to reach the beast in the shortest time. The chance of Aethelweard's men doing this would be greatly enhanced by their victory in the previous encounter which won them the Scouts ability. This enabled Aethelweard to nominate four of his Fyrd as scouts and deploy them an extra 6 + speed in inches into the table.
We diced for the fog and mist by rolling 2D10. The result gave us the visibility in inches. On a roll of double 1 or double ten, the fog would lift and not return. In what is perhaps typical of our gaming experience we rolled double ten. The fog lifted before the game began. Well, we decided to apply our FudgeThat! rule and roll again. Visibility was reduced to 16". Not quite pea soup, but it did add a layer of mystery to the proceedings. In our minds at least. I don't have a smoke machine to make my photos more authentic...
In a completely atypical start, Aethelweard won the initiative roll and began pushing his men forwards. With no idea where the beast would go, it was important to try and draw it out of the ruins. he had to deploy his skirmishers as far forwards as possible, even though it meant risking poor old Algar (he with the blue shield).
Could it be that Aethelweard's fate is on the turn? It certainly seems possible. With Algar passing his fate roll and therefore not being dead, he returns to fight another day with a glorious tale of facing a fell beast and surviving. Aethelweard's force gained the +50RP and saw their points total soar to 412. The Draugr remained on 256.
Next time Aethelweard will have to Stop the Ritual (10.1.16). Can he do it? Personally, I have absolutely no idea...!