GEAR CO and the Mitgardian town of Skaeren call for all able body warriors that can find a summoning circle to aide in turning back an elemental portal.
Second Lord of Eastgate
(Out of character: details of the battle and how your heroes can help are found at the bottom of this post if you don’t want to read the story.
Basically, we are testing out some wargaming rules we have been working on for a long time, and decided to create a scenario / battle that tells a story in Historica also
It is a combination build / battle between me (skaforhire - Kaliphlin) and my brother (Scarst - Mitguardia))
::A one armed guard comes bursting out of the woods just beneath the farthest watchtower of the town of Skaeren on the southernmost Isle of Solitude::
“Water!” He screamed.
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The guards at the bottom of the tower cautiously brought him water, and took him to Garret Hailfist, Captain of the Guard.
“Sir… I am from Jorn Khordeem Ruins. The excavation there has… has… been attacked. There are many of the diggers and archeologists being held captive!”
Hailfist’s own son was one of the men who were employed by the private Mitgardian company based at the ruins to guard the area from grave robbers. He kept that fact silent for the moment.
“Did you come on foot man?”
“Partially, two days riding and running, I barely stopped.” He let out, his fatigue now showing.
Hailfist knew that assembling a small army would take days, and he would have no choice but to summon his best men quickly and lead a tiny party to the ruins. He was a seasoned veteran of many campaigns against rebels and Dark Elves alike, how hard could a bunch of grave robbers be?
“We must find a way to get their quickly. Jordie, grab Haglard and Frost and a few others you trust, we leave immediately, we will row if we have to.”
The one armed guard cut in: “Sir you don’t understand – their summoning things. A few weeks ago, parts of the ruins started to change…”
“Yes, strange things were happening, and then the summonings began. Small elementals attacked first, and then humans following them. I don’t know, I lost my arm on the second day of fighting, and on the third I was sent on horse to get help. I lost my horse about 18 hours ago.” He changed his tone to dead seriousness “You will need more men”
Hailfist knew this was when the word of the betrayal by Victor was first hitting the shores of the Islands. In his gut he knew they were connected. How could he get more men…
There was only one man in the town that knew anything about druids, elementals, or any of the old magic – Yer Algeen – an old mage from Kaliphlin who took summer residence in the isles to study the power of the northern current.
They went to the mage and related the story. For a while the mage thought, and then he spoke.
“Those ruins used to be a strong Druid Hearth. Meaning, it was a center for their magic in the days when Druids experimented with the elements. That is why the University of Petraea was interested in the contract to dig there offered to them by that secretive Mitguardian company that owns the site. “ Algeen said. “ It sounds as if cultists have taken the camp and the ruins. If that is true you will need many more men to close those portals. If we act quickly, they won’t be able to open the larger portals. I fear if they do that, this island and perhaps much of Mitgardia could be doomed.”
Kaliphlin scientists and historians there too? There might be many more people in need of recuing that he thought. He would need more men. “There are few on these isles, and it would take a long time to find them all within the mountains and what not. What about the Portal Circle you use to get here, can’t you bring more men here?” Asked Hailfist.
“IT does not work that way” he replied. “ Only few mages have the talent to do so – it is either something you can do, or something you can’t” he sighed. “Portals are one way, I can send a message but it would be up to other mages in the cities across Historica to open portals to my cottage here where I have my permanent circle set up.”
He motioned to a small stone circle built into the wooden floor of his cottage. “ I have never met a mage that could open a portal for more than 20 seconds, and it usually saps their stamina so much that they are unable to cast spells for the rest of the day or longer. That means that at most, maybe a few groups of 5 or 10 men will make it here in time. “ he paused. “I could come with you and create living portal anchors that other mages could reach out with their magic and hook onto my anchor upon the battlefield and deliver us reinforcements during the battle.”
Hailfist looked at the frail old man, he would be a liability, but perhaps their only shot to close the portals. He said “Looks like we have no choice, now to secure a boat.”
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There was only one boat in Skaeren, it belonged to Captain Muldune, and was owned by the Greater Eastgate Article and Supply Company out of Kaliphlin. The boat had been in harbor a month to refit after a hard spring sail. Upon approaching the Captain at the local tavern Hailfist said “I need your ship, many will die without it.”
Muldune cracked a thin, intrigued smile. “I would love to rent it to you – at a profit – but one problem, I have been refitting it from a ship to a brig, and we still have 20 days or more until we can sail.”
“I have no times for your merchant games. I call in the favor of Valdor.” Hailfist demanded.
Muldune gasped. “You know those do not come cheap, are you sure you wish to use it here.”
Hailfist had earned his favor a long time ago. The Favor of Valdor was a currency that all Kaliphlin merchants knew about. IT was symbolic only, as nothing represented it physically, but all Kaliphlin traers knew the tallies that were out there – or at least Hailfist thought. As a Kaliphlin merchant, you were given the right to own one once you were a captain of a merchant ship. These favors were traded, and eventually spent amongst the traders of Kaliphlin, but it was a rare instance when one of these favors as given to and outsider like Hailfist. Once these favors were called upon, a Kaliphlin merchant with any amount of honor would have to abide as long as it did not mean death for himself or his crew. Some merchants ignored that last bit, as keeping honor was much more important.
Hailfist said. “My son and many others are in trouble, I evoke the favor of Valdor.”
Muldoon sighed. “Very well, I have some oars and enough sober men to row. When do we leave?”
“Now.” Hailfist said.
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On board Muldune's Brig, The Siren
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I may only have had enough oars to show them on one side. ooops.
Out of Character:
The plan is simple. The call has gone out by raven , magic and other means to the far ends of Historica. Help is needed at the battle of the Jorn Khordeem. If you wish to join the battle, send your small troop by mage to Skaeren. They will then be taken by boat to the battle. OR, some of the more daring might try to connect with Algeen in the heat of battle.
Anyone that signs up while the battle is still going, we will try to get into the battle.
All we need is a pledge of men (1-10, although 10 may be hard to represent on the battlefield; the ideal number is squads of 5). We have an older collection here, so it might be hard to accurately represent some heroes or your actual men’s uniforms. (we may have to think of a magic related reason why they don’t look the same haha)
We will then give you men (or women!) stats and bring them into battle via magic or boat. They will then fight in the battle to see if they can help close the portal. If your hero or your men are known for a certain weapon style or ability, include it in your pledge. We will try to accommodate this in your character’s stats. You may want to also show us a picture of who you are sending, if you want us to try and replicate them.
WARNING: The soldiers you send may die – if you send a hero, you might want to tell us you would prefer they fell wounded or are likely to retreat. It is all luck of the dice (much like the tournaments that have been held)
Lastly, I know this is last minute, but I am only visiting my brother for a limited time. We are still building the battlefield (it won’t be the coolest MOC, but it will be more than we normally do when playtesting our rules) but we will probably begin the battle late Saturday night (EST) the cool thing is, we will keep checking the forums for new recruits and can add people all the way until the battle is done – probably Monday morning. So sign up at any point in the weekend.
Anyway, I hope some of you will heed Skaeren’s call to arms and join us for the battle of Jorn Khordeem
I don't know, maybe if we succeed in this battle against the forces of the elements characters can take the title "Heroes of Khordeem" or "Order of Khordeem" But I am not sure how giving titles works in the project.
Edited by SkaForHire, 29 June 2012 - 08:42 PM.