Go! Through The Gate!

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“Go! Through the gate!” the dwarf called out to his companions as he grabbed up his dropped crossbow.

Stephan followed Feldard’s advice and, finding his footing on the bridge, lunged for the open gate.

Needing no further encouragement Miklos sprinted for the offer of sanctuary after Stephan. “Thank you.” he breathed as he barreled into the smoke-filled yard. “Shame. We almost had them there,” he added.

Another scratch. Feldard’s attitude must be wearing off in him, Maruc hadn’t even noticed it until several seconds later. A whistling sound of speeding metal and he pulled his head back. Close. A jaring thud on his shield. A muffled shout.

“What?” he called. Helms! Couldn’t hear a thing. Another wild swing of the flail to get himself a chance to look round. The others were backing off. Why? Then he caught the movement of the riders, and groaned inwardly, the shorter goblin in front of him ducked under his shield. “No you don’t.” Maruc planted his foot against it and booted it backward using the inertia to spin him around and a deft swing of the arm he brought his shield round to cover his back as he sprang away.

Hasan squirmed away from the blow of a yowling wolf-rider. He didn’t think much of their riding skills, but then he had to give the poor boys credit for the courage of mounting their steeds. He pulled Maruc on and through the doorway.

Being the slowest of the group, Feldard guarded the backs of the others as they ran to the bridge. The dwarf loaded his crossbow on the run and fired back towards the encroaching riders. They were almost upon him!

Hasan and Stephan fired arrows at the fast-approaching riders to help cover Feldard’s rush to safety. One of the goblin riders fell off his wolfsteed, his skull pierced by the elven-launched missile. The dwarf pushed his legs to a speed not natural to any dwarf, and was rewarded when he passed through the gate.

“Bar the gate!” Feldard called out, turning about pulling his axe in the chance that one or more of the riders slipped in before the gate could be fully closed.

Surprisingly, the gate had been held open by a young woman, who quickly shut and barred it. To Stephan of course, she was no stranger—she was Alfana, wife of his nephew Taras. She was the best horse tamer he had ever known. Spears, hurled by the mounted goblins, thudded into the timbers of the heavy gatehouse door as it crashed shut.

The light of the burning palisades and thatch angrily marauded through the barn and the northern part of the palisade, towards the gatehouse of the Sukiskyn homestead. It seemed as if they were safe for the moment.

“Well, now,” observed the elf. He turned to Stephan, “A fine mess we’ve found. And now we’re bound up in it. Who are the goblins, and what business have they with your brother’s people? Or the Ringmen?”

There was not time for an answer. Beyond the burning barn, a group of scarlet-clad goblin had broken through the palisade. Some fell to missiles fired from the main building, but the rest, a group of five pressed on. Unmoved, Alfana waited until her husband made his way down the ladder from the smokefilled tower. The couple then made a dash to the main buildings. “Follow us!” they yelled.

Stephan regarded the goblins. These were clad in the blood-hued dress of the Red Blade clan. Two goblin clans working together? Now that highly irregular. He was thankful that he and Pyotr had designed the homestead with defense in mind, as the arrow slits in the stone tower were paying dividends right now.

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  1. Note: Buildings in gray/blue are stone—all else is oak.

    Maruc: 10xp+10xp
    Miklos: 10xp+10xp
    Feldard: 10xp+10xp
    Hasan: 10xp+10xp+10xp
    Stephan: 10xp+10xp

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 17,360/24000
    Miklos: 17,425/20000
    Feldard: 17,460/34000
    Hasan: 16,805/32000
    Stephan: 16,265/32000

  2. miklosdostevar

    Miklos paused. He could down the five with a word. He did.

    With a defiant sweep of his hand he released the last of his sleep incantations at the group to buy them time to get to the relative safety of the main buildings.

    “At least they’ll be easier to shoot!” he cried as he hastily chased after the others.

  3. Maruc

    Maruc nodded to the woman as he hurried after her. “We need somewhere safe.” the cleric eye’d the blaze. “Safe from burning. Do you have injured folk? I am a priest, I can help.”

  4. Feldard

    The dwarf once again guarded their backs as they headed to the main building. As he saw the 5 goblins drop thanks to the mages spell, he was tempted to go back and finish them off but the archers from the tower were quicker than he.

    “How many do you have for defense?” he questioned once they were inside.

  5. Stephan

    Hanging his bow across his back and hefting his shield, Stephan followed Alfana and tried to respond to Hasan as he ran.

    “Believe me, while we’ve heard of more goblin activity in Dymrak, all of it has been far removed from these parts. This attack is very strange. To see Red Blade and Wolfskull working together is unheard of! And to have seen The Ring only today and not but a league away! Something is afoot!”

    He finished while jumping a fallen Red Blade.

  6. Stephan

    Once inside Stephan asked Alfana, “Do you have any idea how many goblins there are? And do we have some pitch or else to cast on them from above?”

    He wiped more grime from his forehead.

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