As the boat lurched to a sudden stop, the dwarf who had been sullenly quiet the entire boat trip thus far, finally found his voice as he pitched forward into some stranger. “Of all the addle-brained, lack-witted ways to travels.. ooph! Maruc this is your fault! You suggested by river.”

Maruc tried to regain his balance. “Well it was this or miles of wandering through unfamiliar countryside,” he grinned rakishly.

Miklos had remained seated. You don’t stand in boats. Also he hadn’t stowed his gear in the bilges. They get wet. He was also thankful for the oilskin bag his spellbook was bound in. He wasn’t so impressed with the ‘experienced’ rivermen who had managed to apparently beach the boat. This raised an uncomfortable thought though.

These men didn’t look like rookies. There where twelve of them they were in the middle of the wilderness and they have an ‘accident’ on a river they travel for a living. Miklos didn’t like it at all. He began, as unobtrusively as possible, to prepare his sleep enchantment.

Upon the lurching of the boat, Stephan had found one hand gripping his neck pouch—instinctively checking its security around his neck. His other hand gripped the hilt of his blade. He looked quickly to the boatman, reading his face for an explanation of the thump. Clearly, it was unexpected not only by the passengers, but also by the crew.

Being a horseman and farmer at his root, Stephan was not accustomed to riverways, but did know that groundings and snags are common place. It was with this hope that he drew a measured breath. He was comforted by the presence of the four vagabonds—adventurers, and their obvious experience with unknown surprises. These folk had seen a bit of the world and knew the ambiguity of enemy territory. After steadying himself, he kept low, readying himself for action, taking into account the whereabouts of his henchmen and other belongings. His eyes checked the cardinal points, including directly above, for signs of danger. The encroaching forested banks did not lend comfort and Stephan scanned the surrounding foliage for any sign of movement—and it was there he saw trouble.

Feldard, lay half-sprawled at his side. He joined Stephan in glancing upwards, and his eyes widened. Arrows!

From the wooded right bank of the river, a squad of attackers had emerged. Bowmen stood in the brush reloading, while another group of men dove into the river and started to swim towards the boat.



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7 responses to “Ambush!

  1. Feldard: +10xp
    Maruc: +5xp
    Miklos: +5xp
    Stephan: +5xp +10xp

    Maruc: 17,075/24000
    Miklos: 17,145/20000
    Feldard: 17,205/34000
    Hasan: 16,515/32000
    Stephan: 16,015/32000

  2. Feldard

    “Arrows! Take cover!” The dwarf dropped behind the dubious protection of the boat railing and scrambled to load his crossbow. “We are ambushed!”

    As he loaded the bolt into place, he looked over towards his companions. The majority of the party was unarmoured for the journey by boat, which left them with little in the way of protection against the missile attack.

    Feldard glanced over towards Miklos and saw that the mage was already concentrating on his magicks. Hopefully, it would be something that would take out a good number of their foes.

    With his crossbow finally loaded, the dwarf turned and fired on one of the bowmen on shore and then ducked down again to reload.

  3. Maruc (Clr 5)

    Galvanised by the dwarf’s command Maruc yanked his shield from the pile and placed himself between the flight of arrows and Miklos. He braced the shield on the gunnel and crouched behind it as much as possible.

  4. Miklos (Mu 4)

    Seeing the danger lay not with the crew Miklos directed his attention to the flight of arrows. He quickly assess the the attackers would not shoot their own the immediate threat were the diving bandits. Then Maruc lept into his line of sight with his shield. He was about to curse when an arrow pinged off it’s edge and missed him by an inch. He lent around the edge as much as he dared and released the pent up magic at the swimmers.

    Miklos will cast his preprepared sleep spell at the squad of bandits swimming toward the boat. This hopefully will drown the lot!

  5. Miklos (Mu 4)


    *Quickly assessing that the attackers would not shoot their own friends, he guessed that they would stop shooting as soon as they boarded. The immediate threat then were the diving bandits.

  6. Stephan

    “Blessed Havlav….”, Stephan mutters as he readies his bow. From what ever is the best cover he can utilize, he quickly nocks an arrow while keeping his head down. Gauging the position of the trees to be sure the boat has not rotated, he raises just enough to spy one of the bowmen on shore and let his arrow fly at him. With a quick glance, he assessed the number of attackers on shore and in the water. He then lowered again while nocking another arrow.

    Seeing that the swimmers are almost upon them, Stephan barks to his henchmen, “Boris! Roklov! Get ready to bash any fingers you see coming over. But keep your noggin’s down!”

    He let another arrow fly at a bowman on the shore and quickly looked around to see if whatever these robbers have caught the boat on can be cut or otherwise destroyed. His thoughts race, “Can I grab that oar and use it to free the boat?”

    Realizing that when the attackers try to board the boat will tip exposing them to more arrow attack, Stephan lets as many arrows fly at the bowmen as possible. He then considers ordering Boris and Roklov and the oarsmen to the other side of the boat to keep the tipping to a minimum. All the while ready to drop his bow and wield his sword if the enemy closes…

  7. Hasan

    Hasan knelt behind the boat’s gunwhales. A curious thing, to find humans setting upon their own kind, he thought. Still, pehaps there can be an explanation. This river’s idle current would present no challenge to swimming skills honed in the bubbling brooks of Radlebb, Hasan reasoned, and he leaped into the water. He aimed for a point a bit to the east of the attackers launch. He hoped his forest skills and infravision would leave him well equipped, despite the lack of more than his sword, to bring at least one of their would be ambushers to heel.

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