Hard to Starboard!

With the slumbering enemy swordsmen collapsed 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 collapsing; grasping his leg where an arrow had embedded 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Protected by Maruc, the mage was able to concentrate fully on his spellcasting. This time to great effect, for the entirety of the archers dropped their bows as they fell into slumber.

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.

With the majority of his raiding party sleeping soundly on the decks of his ship and facing a constant barrage of arrows and magic, the brigand leader rousted another of his crew and ordered a full retreat. What remained of the bandit crew set about to reversing the ship’s course as quickly as they could.

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6 responses to “Hard to Starboard!

  1. Mystara DM

    1:02pm, Lunadain, the 5th of Flaurmont, 1001AC
    Moderately cloudy, calm

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

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 23,915/24000
    Miklos: 23,915/40000
    Feldard: 24,155/34000
    Hasan: 23,360/32000
    Stephan: 23,205/32000
    Ludo: 22,710/40,000

  2. Ludo

    Seeing the pirate boat turning away, Ludo lowered his bow – turning to Miklos, he asked him, “could you cast your spell upon the leader that would cast him into the sky and then release it when his ship has sailed on without him”? With all that plate mail he would sink like a stone.

  3. Hasan

    “Ingenious,” interjected Hasan admiringly. And the elf summoned his levitation magics, focusing all their power on the pirate captain. To execute his incantation amid their own vessels movements taxed the elf’s concentration, so the elf could only hold his breath as he released the energies on their target and heaved upward with all his might.

  4. Stephan

    Stephan kept an eye on the pirate boat despite its turning away. Damn, he thought. Can’t retrieve those arrows. He watched to see what Hasan was up to.

    He couldn’t help but laugh at seeing the plate-armored leader of the other boat be unceremoniously lifted from his boat. The man let out a string of curse that made Stephan laugh even harder. He could see that Hasan, however, was not laughing but actually breaking a sweat; his face in stern concentration.

  5. Feldard

    Dwarf in the meantime was scrambling back to his feet and putting some distance between him and railing he’d almost gone through. He cast about looking for his dropped crossbow. Thankfully, it also hadn’t gone over the edge.

    Hearing laughter, Feldard followed his companions gazes up into the sky and the dwarf added his deep guffaws to their mirth.

    After seeing the man plummet to his watery doom, the dwarf looked across the waters to the fleeing boat. “Do we go after the others and deal with them now or wait til they regroup come for us again?”

  6. Ludo

    Ludo yelled across to the pirate riverboat “heave too and prepared to be boarded. If you resist you can expect no mercy! Captain, look lively – take us alongside, before the bandits awake. Ludo looked at the Mudlarks crewmen, you men grab some grapples and rope we need to secure these bandits before they awake”. No more innocent river travellers should be exposed to their piracy.

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