Battle on Windrush River

Ludo was the first to see the foreign riverboat approaching. He yelled a warning to his companions, grabbed his bow and started shooting arrows at the bowmen. He focused his shooting at the bowmen, trusting in Feldard and Stephen to handle any boarders. As he was shooting his arrows he crouched low in the boat, to give himself as much cover as he could from the side of the boat and presenting himself as a target only when he was ready to release his arrow.

The angry thud of arrows swiftly brought Miklos below the gunwale. At least this river piracy wasn’t unexpected. First things first, he had to deal with the bowmen. If there was one advantage in boat travel, it took a while to do anything. They had time to coordinate.

“Hasan!” he snapped forgetting his usual honourific, “Can you put those swordsmen to sleep, I’ll take the bowmen.”

Miklos quickly gestured and, as he opened his mouth to speak the word of power, an arrow buried itself in his shoulder. The pain made his voice falter and his spell fail. He glanced hopefully at Hasan, the elf should be able to disable the second boat at the same time.

Hasan hailed their enemies, “For the Radlebb. For Elyas and the Elyan!” He was somewhat pleased their wait for the hidden rider had ended, and the simplicity of combat was upon them. He joined Miklos in casting a sleep enchantment, focusing his spell’s impact on the swordsmen. He too was targeted by the bowmen, but just managed to complete his incantation as an arrow ripped into his bicep. One by one all of the riverboat’s swordfighters fell as the brigand leader cursed.

Gratified that at least one of them had managed to get off a spell, Miklos ducked back preparing his second spell for the swordsmen.

Maruc pulled his shield around and ducked. He edged his way toward Miklos. The spellcasters had become targets before he had been able to get to him. With his stout shield, the priest hoped the mage would have the protection he needed.

Feldard cocked back the bolt in his crossbow and found himself a target. The man in plate armour. His release sounded more like a ‘tock’, compared to the twang of the bows of the elf and rogue.

The dwarf judged distances and reloaded again. He had to admit that the elf had done well by disabling the brigands’ grapples.

The river had begun to lull Stephan and he cursed himself for not being quicker to the bow. The twang of Ludo’s bow was already sounding as Stephan readied his own. He launched two arrows, minding to not send of his enchanted arrows just yet. He focused his bowmanship on the large fellow in plate. He’d have to get a lucky shot to get through that armor.

“Keep targeting the spellcasters!” barked the heavily armored leader, as he moved to his slumbering warriors and began trying to quickly roust them.

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7 responses to “Battle on Windrush River

  1. Mystara DM

    Hasan -4hp
    Miklos -4hp

    1:01pm, Lunadain, the 5th of Flaurmont, 1001AC
    Moderately cloudy, calm

    Maruc: 10xp+10xp
    Miklos: 10xp+10xp
    Feldard: 10xp
    Hasan: 10xp+10xp
    Stephan: 10xp+5xp
    Ludo: 10xp+10xp

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 23,905/24000
    Miklos: 23,905/40000
    Feldard: 24,135/34000
    Hasan: 23,335/32000
    Stephan: 23,185/32000
    Ludo: 22,690/40,000

  2. Ludo

    With the slumbering enermy swordsmen collasped on the deck of the approaching riverboat, Ludo had limited options for targets – he too would have liked to shot the man in platemail, but shooting from a moving boat across to another moving target was difficult at best, especially protected by armour. Therefore he continued to aim at the bowmen – it would take time for the pirate leader to rouse his men from their slumber and Ludo figured taking out the bowmen was the better option. He kept up a steady barrage of arrows and was satisfied to see two bowmen fall, one with an arrow through his chest, another collasping; grasping his leg where an arrow had enbedded itself.

    Ludo yelled at their own captain “Hard to Starboard” to steer the ‘Mudlark’ away from the approaching riverboat, with a little luck they might avoid being boarded.

  3. Feldard

    The dwarf, hearing the enemy’s barked order to target his spellcasting companions, took a more visible position as he raised his loaded crossbow. Feldard aimed as best he could towards the leader and fired off his bolt. He figured his aim was good enough to hit the human. The question was – would his bolt penetrate, or glance harmless off?

    Feldard didn’t get opportunity to see, as the Mudlark swung around ‘hard to starboard’ and nearly pitched the dwarf through the rails into the river.

  4. Stephan

    Stephan lurched with the Mudlark as it swiveled in the river. Regaining his position, he kept a barrage of arrows directed at the man in plate, hoping to at least keep him busy if not wound him.

  5. Hasan

    Hasan grinned through the pain. Blood coursed down his arm and he raised his fist in defiance. An arrow streaked past the Elyan, but the elf stood steady, euphoric in combat in ways his friends had rarely seen. The elf calmly called upon a second incantation. With speed no ordinary dart could achieve, a magical golden quarrel buried itself in the plate-armored leader. The man was not stopped, but he was bloodied.

  6. Maruc

    Frustrated at the chieftain Maruc soon realised that he had attracted the attention of his friends, this he would soon regret. Maruc winked at Miklos, the mage was chanting again.

  7. miklosdostevar

    Below the gunnels Miklos angrily pulled the arrow out of his shoulder. He winced, blood stained his travel worn robes. Gritting his teeth he began his second sleep spell….this time aimed deliberately and firmly within the ranks of the bowmen.

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