The intensity of the fighting increased significantly in the fourth week of the campaign. As the Generals began to familiarize themselves with the layout of the terrain, they found all manner of ways to hunt down, trap, or evade their enemies. Battle broke out across the center of the island, with Apollyon and his Abyssals challenging Duke Baranabus Mumblepeg and the Rhordians, Hazdra’Khan and his Abyssal Dwarfs launching an attack on the Undead of Long Toof da Blood Drinka, and the Elves of Ar’noth stalking after Istvaan and his Ogre tribe.
The fierce ranged attacks of the Abyssals proved devastating for the Rhordians. Halflings headed for the hills as bolts of lightning scorched across the battlefield with alarming speed. In the few melees which took place the Rhordians exacted revenge. In the end, despite winning the battle, Apollyon decided to pull his minions back and allow the humans and halflings to tend to their wounds. After the battle, Ba’su’su sneaked off to investigate the surrounding countryside. It is believed that he may have, indeed, come across a shard of the Fenulian Mirror. However, in his vanity he was consumed with gazing upon his reflection until he could feel Apollyon’s summons, at which point he tossed the shard and flew back to the monstrous daemon.
Meanwhile, the Abyssal Dwarfs and Undead took to battle with grim determination. Neither side was willing to cede an inch of territory to their enemy, and the combats were dragged out with bloody consequences. As the dust settled on the battlefield, no clear winner could be determined. After the battle, Hazdra’khan realized his precious shard of the Fenulian Mirror had been stolen during the previous night. With an impressive fury, he smashed apart the nearby Armory until he discovered a replacement. Heading to the Gatehouse, Long Toof stumbled upon an ancient journal containing many descriptions (and pictures… he’s illiterate) of the trials and tribulations of Captain Grizzlebeard Brandywine, the famed halfling leader of Valundar’s highway patrol. Delighted, he felt better prepared to Inspire his troops to victory.
After suffering many defeats, Ar’noth’s tactical prowess gave the Elves just the advantage they needed to achieve a victory against Istvaan and the Berserkers. To be fair, he was also aided by the local Goblin tribes, who popped out of their myriad tunnels at just the right moments to rain destruction on the Ogres with their arrows and war trombones. As the battle drew to a close, Ar’noth dismounted from his trusty Dragon and decided to enter the Goblin tunnels. After a few hours of wandering his was ambushed by a ravenous pack of mawbeasts. After a close brush with death he cut down the last of the mawbeasts and discovered a shard of the Fenulian Mirror among the bones in the lair of the vile creatures.
The current standings are:
Peyton – 3
Jon, Keith, Jim – 2
Kevin – 1
Chris, Scott – 0
It’s still anyone’s campaign as we cross into the second half of the adventure!