Reinforcements

Breathing hard, Saeth wiped away the steady stream of blood that trailed down her jerkin, and scanned the inside of the tentlike curtains. Seeing nothing of note, she softly whispered words of the ancient elven tongue as she moved to a place she could keep an eye on the second, unbarred doorway. Magical forces enhanced her natural defenses as she finished mouthing the words to her spell.

With only one Orc remaining, Nicolai maneuved underneath the opposite curtain, seeking once again to position himself get behind an Orc opponent.

Though the Orc had proven himself a formidable opponent, actually able to wound the dwarf slightly, the young rogue’s help was not necessary. Feldard continued to swing and hack at his hated enemy. It was creatures like this one that continually tried raiding and looting the dwarven caverns and halls back home. It was time to exact some recompense. It was only a short matter of time before Feldard’s superior skill outmatched his clumsy, desperate foe. The Orc was cut down by a massive axe-thrust as Nicolai snuck into the curtained area.

Hearing the sound of the last unfortunate defender meet its fate, Miklos felt he could take stock of the room. Logically, the barred door would be the main entrance to the tower and this therefore would be the official entrance hall. Albeit converted into a makeshift Orc barracks, he thanked the gods that they had discovered the secret entrance. Forcing an entrance through those doors would take some doing. The way on was the doorway in front. It was likely to be barred from the other side. He guessed that it was Denetiata that spoke orcish, so he was well aware that his tower was being assaulted. It was a pity that Feldard’s thrown axe had missed. It could saved alot of trouble.

Maruc seeing his dwarven friend hard pressed he launched himself across the room at the beliguered orc. He took stock of his warring companions; Seath had taken a a rather unpleasant looking wound and Feldard had been nicked, but not badly. Seath would require the blessing of Halav before venturing further.

Saeth was couching her wound a little and her paling complexion belied the loss of blood as Maruc approached her placed his gear down and tended to her.
“Lets have a look at that, Saeth. One moment.” Maruc again drew the power of Halav and formed a healing aura to close the wound.

As Maruc finished she looked up with an alramed expression.

“What is it?” he said.

Shh!” she silenced him. “Ironshod footsteps from below.”

The sound was that of approaching orcs. Though they had expected to be attacked through the unexplored doorway, surprisingly, the sound came not from there, but from the stairwell through which they had chased the orc.

And this time, the clanking sound of metal as they approached indicated these Orcs were armored.

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10 responses to “Reinforcements

  1. Saeth is healed 5 hp. Back up to 10/11 hp now.

    Defeating the First Wave:
    Saeth: 10xp +10xp
    Maruc: 10xp +5xp
    Miklos: 10xp +5xp +10xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +10xp
    Feldard: 10xp +10xp

    +10xp each for defeating 1st wave of Orcs

    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 5375/8000
    Maruc: 5275/6000
    Miklos: 5260/10000
    Nicolai: 4950/9600
    Feldard: 5310/8800

  2. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    Feldard was wiping down his axe blade when the sound of the approaching Orcs could be heard. This was not good. He moved to the stairway taking up a blocking position at the top of the stairway – battle axe at the ready. Doing so would limit how many could attack at once. “Mage how many can you affect with that sleep spell of yours? We may need it here”

  3. Saeth Tegau

    Hearing the armoured steps approach from the tunnels, Saeth tried the unopened door. Finding it unlocked, she called out. “What do we gain by a standing fight? Nothing but a prepared foe at the end. Onward!”

    Saeth will lead through the door, if it is unlocked and the others follow

  4. Nicolai (T3)

    “Great, going into battle shouting the odds, just lets them know what they’re up against,” thought Nicolai as he followed Feldard and Saeth, sticking to the shadows as much as he could.

  5. Saeth Tegau

    I’m not positive, but I think Feldard and Saeth are going in opposite directions…

  6. Feldard (Dwf 3)

    (I think they are opposite one another as well.. Feldard is covering the staircase they had just come up.. Saeth was moving to the door)

  7. Nicolai (T3)

    Nicolai moves towards which ever entrance the reinforcements will come through

  8. Maruc (Clr3)

    Before the action above… also I have assumed the the onward door is locked and I have added Seaths post below. Hope thats OK.

    Saeth was couching her wound a little and her paling complexion belied the loss of blood as Maruc approached her placed his gear down and tended to her.
    “Lets have a look at that, Saeth. One moment.” Maruc again drew the power of Halav and formed a healing aura to close the wound.

    As Maruc finished she looked up with an alramed expression.

    “What is it?” he said.

    Shh!” she silenced him. “Ironshod footsteps from below.”

    Maruc could hear nothing, no wait very faintly. Not far off. Saeth sprung to her feet and crossed the room in a few fleet steps then tried the unopened door. Finding it locked, she called out. “What do we gain by a standing fight? Nothing but a prepared foe at the end. Onward!”

    Maruc picked up his shield and flail and went to join Feldard at the stairwell. He trusted the burly Dwarf’s eye for tactics, the orcs would be forced to fight off hand and up hill in the stairwell. The design of castles favours the defenders and higher ground. Also at the entrance the orcs could not use their superior numbers. It was amusing that the orcs were at this disadvantage in their own fortress.

    “Nicolai, if Feldard and I stand either side of the door I’d try to make use of that fine bow of yours just before we block the doorway.” Maruc suggested.

    I am assuming that Nicolai could get a rounds worth of arrowfire before the first orc charges past Maruc and Feldard. Then the orc will be subject to assualt from both sides as Maruc and Feldard step into the gap. At this point we start piling orc bodies to block the entrance. Hopefully their morale will fail before they break through.

    Well thats the theory….

  9. Miklos (Mu3)

    The young mage was hunting through the bodies when the cry from the elf maid made him look up.

    “Mage how many can you affect with that sleep spell of yours? We may need it here.” Feldard barked as he positioned himself professionaly next the the doorway.

    Miklos considered this for a moment.”I can affect five, maybe be six if they are bunched up together and have a low resistance to magic. I cannot direct the spell down the stairwell, I need line of sight. I will hold back, if they are lucky enough to get past you I will wait as long as I dare for them to form into a mob then do my best to stop them.”

    Miklos positioned himself toward the centre of the hall. He half expected the other door to burst open and Denetiata to emerge casting magical fire about and sealing their fate…

    “Seath, if the wizard opens that door, I don’t care how you do it.”

  10. Miklos (Mu3)

    the last line should have read…

    “Seath, if the wizard opens that door, don’t let him speak! I don’t care how you do it.”

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