As breakfast was finished the signs of an invasion could be heard. Fergus rushed up stairs and began putting on his armour. Kurin rushed out into the streets to find out what was happening. Azimi rushed to the table to break out the crystal ball to scry what was happening. Skrogg finished his third breakfast. Thorsgrim and Ragnar put their boots up on the table and waited.
A troop of Bugbears was encounted by Kurin who were in the process of hacking, slaying and raiding. Kurin immediately ran up and fell over much to the amusement of the bugbears. However, it was all a ploy by kurin who began to hack about himself with much vim and vigour. Soon 7 of the ten bugbears were slain and the remaining three ran off.
Fergus continued to put on his armour. Azimi continued to scry.
Kurin continued down the street to encounted a bunch of calvary who shot some arrows at him, only to have the dwarf cast a hold person spell freezing three of them, run under a horse gutting the beast and slaying the rider. Covered in gore he began to hack not at the riders but in a professional dwarf way hack at the horses. The remaining riders ran off.
Fergus continued to put on his armour. Azimi summoned in the middle of the inn two air elementals and sent them above the magical sand storm to attack the air boats above.
Kurin next encountered a force of dire wolf riding goblins and two trolls. Being sensible he ran around the corner throwing off the trolls, only to emerge into the midst of the goblin riders. Again the axe flew chopping down 3 wolves causing the rest to flee. Kurin began to return to the inn.
Fergus continued to put on his armour. The air elementals acting a very large vacuum cleaners began to suck warriors off the top of the airships (STORY TRUMPS RULES), the vortexes of air lifted the almost helpless archers the cast them overboard with ease. The air boats (confirmed as 30 HD monsters – i guess for HP) were helpless in the attack of the elementals. (It almost seemed that a fighter had penetrated a world war two bomber screed and flew by at will). A captain on an Air boat was smashed into a pulp (each elemental doing 4d8 damage with each swing) and a boat was destroyed. However, two other boats nearby flew close allow mages on board to attempt to cast dispel magic spells. One elemental was banished, but the other flew other and slew a mage only to have itself banished by another mage.
Fergus finished putting on his armour, and the heroes of Ravenholm departed the Inn now in the company of gore covered kurin and began heading toward the docks. A raiding group of bugbears was encounted near a population of Akesoli who had formed a barricade. Apparently no singing was allowed on pain of lightning bolt. The bug bears were destroyed in 20 seconds from being poisoned, lanced, chopped, thrown hammered, staffed, and feathered. The heroes continued round the corner to encounter a juggernaut of wood.
Azimi released her most powerful fireball, as the 30 foot wide beast moved impossibly fast and attempted to crush members of the party. Many Smashes, hacks and hammer throws bounced off the wood, causing many splinters. Skrogg landed his Pegasus on the top and prepared to hack. Thorsgrim received a mighty crush as other landed telling blows. Many more lances, hacking and hewing occurred. Azimi was bashed by the hammer from the beast but just bounced off the wall nearby almost magically unharmed. After much hacking the beast was destroyed, and a huge pile of treasure was found inside by Skrogg.
The party finally made it to the dock to see a substantial force of enemy calvary attempting to light any boats on fire. Each hero attacked a squad.
- Azimi using the precision of magical missile soon shot 7 troopers with her first magical flying broom pass before slaying the final three with more magical missiles.
- Thorsgrim used the hold person spell several times to freeze his opposition before hammering the rest to death.
- Kuring jumped in and started hacking, one each round.
- Skrogg, Fergus and Ragnar professional multiple attack their groups soon slaying all.
- Stargard seemed to fly jumping on the top of the horses attack each trooper with his heavy staff, slaying them outright, 3 at a time.
In short time 70 enemy troopers were slain, without fuss. But according to the dwarf each only counted as one and he was still winning the enemy count.
With the docks clear, only the poor townsfolk remained, huddling together for comfort. Fergus using his leadership and tactical knowledge gathered together a force of town guardsman to fight for Akesoli thus allowing the populace to escape. A small force of 140 verses possibly thousands, what hope would there be, glorious death.
A plan was laid forth, using Sir Fergus’s tactics, trapping forces of the Nomads in town, removing the command structure and finally slaying them piecemeal. Soon the forces and command forces outside the were committed into a battle they didn’t expect.
The heroes effectively took command of the defense and managed to slay the command of the enemy with amazing effect, causing a victory for the forces of Akesoli over the invaders.
Seeing two further juggernauts rumble toward the Akesoli lines only to suddenly get stuck into mud. The juggernauts, then attempted to rumble their way out only to be suddenly stuck in rock and completely trapped.
With the threat from the Nomad Airships removed (thanks to Azimi’s air elementals) the heroes were able to control the air. Ragnar flew into the command tent aided by pegasus flying Skrogg and Griffon riding Fegus and with much slaying slew the commander of the enemy forces and his lieutenants who were trying to comprehend the destruction of their forces.
Thorsgrim in a form of gas floated towards a force of goblin wolf riders only to suddenly appear floating above them and utter a holy word slaying all within a 60’ circle. The goblins ran from the field. Chased by a flying Kurin mounted on a dragon breathing fire slaying many more.
As the Akesoli line began to battle with a sizeable force of Bugbears, a large number of hill giants attempted to breach the lines of the force only to see the Heroes, suddenly become incredibly quick and begin to wade into the giant lines, slaying some 20 giants slain in 30 seconds, breaking the giant force who fled the combat. At the front the hasted, Skrogg, Ragnar, Fergus, Kurin, Thorsgrim and Stargard efficiently and brutally. (some 24 attack each round) The rout of the giants caused the bugbear force to crumble and flee in the renewed on sort of the Akesoli guardmen.
The force of riders attempting to flank the main combat encountered a chemical warfare gas attack created by Azimi, slaying any who dared to approach. The remaining outriders retreated to the planes to the east, chased by the drifting patch of poisonous clouds, blown by air elementals.
At the end of the battle, thanks to the heroes (and Thorsgrim’s staff of healing) almost no guardsmen were slain and some 40% of the nomad force was slain/disabled, and the rest routed. A victory against all odds. The staff of healing from Thorsgrim was much in demand removing many wounds from the Akesoli forces.
After the battle with the rout of the nomad troops, the mayor of Akesoli declared that the Heroes of Ranehom were now also the Heroes of Akesoli as well. The bloody day ended with the Heros joining the population in the trip across the lake to Akeross.