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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:07 am 
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Nate keeps shooting, paying particular attention to any groups that look to be establishing a beachhead on top of the wall, as well as any high value targets.

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Roger patrols the top of the wall to keep ladders off as much as possible. He takes occasional pot shots as well.

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:02 pm 
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All of the controlled soldiers look equally unimportant to Nate, and neither Count Groan (behind the smoke) nor the Seeker (having escaped) are anywhere to be seen. So he concentrates his fire on anyone who looks like they're getting close to the front:

Nathan: Guns: +5 Roll: +1 Total: +6
Invading army: Special: +0 Smoke: -1 Total: -1
Total shifts against the army: 62/100


Maybe it's Nate's imagination, but the invading soldiers seem to have slowed down a little. Perhaps the smoke is finally starting to get at them?

Arkady is not out of targets, nowhere even close. It seems that no matter how many he shoots, there are always more marching relentlessly out of the smoke. The causeway is as wide as the castle, so he can't see the whole of it, but he can certainly keep the area he can see free of invaders.

Arkady: Guns: +2 Roll: +0 Targeting the planks: +2 Total: +4
Invading Army: Special: +0 Smoke: -1 Total: -1
Total shifts against the army: 67/100


On the bright side, it does look like they're running short on planks. On the less bright side, though, there are now enough bodies in the moat that the approaching soldiers probably won't need planks to cross it.

Felix and Theresa concentrate their fire on the soldiers coming up the ladders...

Felix: Guns: +2 Visor: +4 Sidekick: +4 Roll: -2 Total: +8
Invading Army: Special: +0 Smoke: -1 Total: -1
Total shifts against the army: 76/100


Apart from a briefly worrisome moment when Felix trips on an uneven stone and his gunfire wavers momentarily, this strategy seems to go pretty well. Not only that, but Felix notices that the incoming soldiers have not stopped marching relentlessly, mindlessly, into the pitch fire he's previously set up, some of them carrying new soon-to-be-doomed ladders...

Fire: +2
Invading Army: Special: +0 Smoke: -1 Total: -1
Total shifts against the army: 79/100


Roger concentrates on the ladders being placed against the wall, yelling out warnings to Alstrom's men whenever they seem to have missed one:

Roger: Blocking: Alertness: +3 Roll: -1 Total: +1
Alstrom's men may use Roger's +1 in place of their own defensive strength this round


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Several more of the invaders reach the ladders this round, their greater numbers quickly working to force the defenders to split up more; no more will there be a ten-to-one superiority of the defenders on the top of the wall. Mind you, the attackers are still outnumbered, just no longer to the same degree.

Invaders: Weapons: +1 Bad Tactics: -1 Roll: +1 Total: +1
Alstrom's Men: Spears: +1 Roll: -1 Total: +0
Using Roger's result instead: +1
Total shifts against Alstrom's men: 1/50


Once again, the defenders manage to throw the attackers off the wall without taking casualties - but there are several defending soldiers who owe their lives to Roger's shouted warnings.

In the meantime, several of the defenders are dropping very large rocks on the attackers:

Alstrom's Men: Very Large Rocks: +1 Roll: +3 Total: +4
Invading Army: Special: +0 Smoke: -1 Total: -1
Total shifts against the army: 84/100


It works incredibly well, especially when one knocks an entire ladder full of invaders off all with the same rock.

The invading army is definitely looking significantly smaller than it used to. Unless they've got some other trick up their sleeves, they should no longer have the slightest chance of taking the Castle; it's now merely a matter of reducing the casualties suffered by Alstrom's men in the process.

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:43 pm 
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Felix and Theresa continue gunning down soldiers as they climb the ladders.

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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:35 pm 
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If they include themselves in his line of sight, Arkady will also target ladders. Otherwise he's trying to keep reinforcements from making it to the walls. In the back of his mind it occurs to him that there are cheaper ways to cut wood.

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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:48 pm 
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Nate continues to focus his attacks on any enemies who manage to make it to the top of the wall.

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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:56 pm 
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Roger continues patrolling, trying to keep ladders off the wall as much as possible.

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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:17 pm 
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Nate continues firing at targets of opportunity, targets who happen to be nearby, and targets who are within range.

Nate: Guns: +5 Roll: +1 Total: +6
Invading army: Special: +0 Smoke: -2 Total: -2
Total shifts against the army: 92/100


The section visible to Arkady includes no ladders up against the wall, as so far he's managed to keep them at the moat. Since the moat is now choked up to the point where they no longer need planks to cross (they're still laying the planks across, they're just no longer drowning themselves when the planks are broken), the only ladders Arkady can see are ones that are being carried.

Nonetheless, he smashes several of them.

Arkady: Guns: +2 Roll: +0 Total: +2
Invading army: Special: +0 Smoke: -2 Total: -2
Total shifts against the army: 96/100


Felix and Theresa lay down a withering hail of fire on what turns out to be the last of the invading army...

Felix: Guns: +2 Visor: +4 Sidekick: +4 Roll: +0 Total: +10
Invading army: Special: +0 Smoke: -2 Total: -2
Total shifts against the army: 100/100


After a few minutes, Felix lowers his gun. He takes a careful look around, but he can't see any sign of movement from the invaders, at all.

Where there once was an army, there is just... bodies. Bodies, more bodies, and clouds of smoke.

Roger keeps a careful lookout; because the attackers appear to have run out of bodies to throw at the walls, though. the defenders are able to easily repulse the last two invading soldiers to make it to the tops of their respective ladders.

As various people stop firing for lack of targets, a deathly quiet falls over the battlefield...

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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:21 am 
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Felix stands vigilante, peering over the battlefield looking for more enemies. As the moments pass and the adrenaline fades he starts to turn green. Within moments he's heaving over the side of the castle walls, emptying the contents of his stomach out onto the shattered battlefield below.

His stomach emptied, his legs give way and he collapses on the floor of the castle's wall.

"So many people... We have to find that Seeker and kill it."

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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:07 pm 
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Arkady looks through the arrow slit for a second, shakes his head, then matter of factly goes about policing up the brass and bringing everything back to the truck (presumably with the help of one or two locals). Then he finds Ortzel. That probably won't take long.

"Azash enslaved those men to kill you, and everyone in this castle with you. We've stopped their bodies. I am thinking we should now take a moment to pray for their souls."

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:44 am 
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As Felix looks out over the battlefield, the smoke begins to blow away, revealing - more bodies. Including, eventually, what looks like the bodies of Count Groan and his horse, who seem to have met a stray bullet or so during the fighting.

"Quite," says Ortzel, looking pale - and more than a little green - but keeping his stomach under control through (apparently) sheer stubbornness and pride. "I will lead a prayer for the souls of the dead. I understand that you are not a follower of the true Elene god?"

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:28 am 
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Arkady raises an eyebrow. "No. I serve someone else. Before we came here no Terran had ever heard of the Elene god. Or any of the gods of this place."
He glances towards the battlefield, then goes on: "My people have already made arrangements to tithe to the Elene church. If, as arch-prelate, you are wishing to send someone to see to our...education...you will find our laws specify tolerance to all law abiding religions, and they will be free to educate any of us who wish to listen. That privilege will not be granted to servants of Azash." He shakes his head, then sighs. "The dead are waiting. I will pray silently if you wish. I need to look to my own soul as much as theirs."

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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:05 pm 
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Felix finishes his business over the wall and wipes his mouth. Gesturing to Theresa, he heads down the wall to the gate to see if someone will open it for him. Once that's done they go to retrieve Groan's body and bring it to Alstrom. The two of them take care to be gentle. Regardless of being manipulated and controlled by Azash, he's still a noble and the locals probably have certain rules concerning noble bodies.

"I'm sorry. I guess he got caught by a stray bullet from one of our weapons. What's the proper procedure for this?"

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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:22 am 
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Ortzel heads off to lead the defending army in prayer for the souls of the dead.

Alstrom glares at Felix. "Let me and my men deal with the bodies of the dead; concern yourself with the living. If this was truly an attempt to stop my brother from ascending to the Archprelate's chair, then I very much doubt that it will be the last attempt."

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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:35 am 
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Arkady looks to Alstrom. "You are probably right. But it seems to me that you have another urgent problem. He (indicates the dead noble) probably stripped his lands of every man he could get to storm your walls, thinking that when he got his justice he could send the survivors right back. But that means there is no one left to keep the peace, or keep any of his...opportunistic neighbors from taking advantage. Perhaps you could help his heir as a gesture of peace?"

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