In our last game, the human rebels seeking to overthrow the likewise human king of the lands bordering the Darkened Wood ambushed the king's brother, the king's head tax collector, hoping to secure royal blood for a royal ransom. The gambit failed when the tax collector fell victim to a stray shot (parallel to a modern African mercenary game also played with the Savage Worlds Showdown sytsem, likewise seeking to kidnap a VIP, I played on the same terrain) and the result was a bloody mess. The leader of the tax collector's bodyguard, Captain Trent, barely escaped with his life.
Now, Captain Trent seeks to redeem himself. The Darkened Wood seems to attract strange stones that fall from the sky, and a large one just did so, breaking into several pieces as it impacted. The stones are useful to magicians, tend to glow green, cause hair loss and burns/lesions on the skin, and are highly prized. The king directed Captain Trent to get as many of the meteor fragments as possible, with hopes of attracting a mage-for-hire to the king's retinue.
But Captain Trent faces opposition. A group of Orcs, and an opposing coalition warband of Elves and Dwarves, also want the valuable stones. Looks like we'll have a contest for the precious magic treasure!
|Overhead view of the table. Captain Trent and the humans at bottom left, Orcs at bottom right, and Elves/Dwarves at top right.|
|The Orc line, a few in the center protecting the shaman, Goblins at far end to serve as a meat shield from Human arrows.|
|Human forces under Captain Trent. Archers, swordsmen, and warriors with spears.|
|The Elf/Dwarf coalition. The Elven archers on the far end intend to go the hill in the background and command as much of the field as possible with their arrows.|
This game proved a clear Human victory. They ran off with four out of five magical rocks and suffered no casualties. The Orcs grabbed one rock, the Elf/Dwarf coalition none, and both of those factions took heavy casualties. Perhaps this windfall will allow the Human king to hire a mage and match the other factions in the campaign with some magic of his own.