Thursday, 17 May 2018

Sky-Pirates of The Harrowmark: The Selachii - part 2

Captain Bodrin Bok of Harrowmark skyvessel The Selachii leaned on the gunwales and looked down on the forests. The wind ruffled his already wild hair and long forked beard and he grunted with annoyance. They had been contracted to bring a load of cargo from Leechminster to Wortbad and they were already a week late. Now they found the village was occupied by orruk pirates. There were even a couple of greenskins on the dock itself - there was no chance they were going to land there.

He turned to the nearest crewman, that happened to be his nephew Anthor, and told him as much.

"Get ready to dump the Wortbad cargo overboard. We ain't picking anything up this run. We can come back over on the return leg if the winds are in our favour." he said. Anthor looked worried but didn't argue with his uncle. He knew better than that after the year he'd had aboard the Selachii.

As Anthor was about to head aft Bodrin said "Tell Darvon to come forward will you?" the boy nodded.

Anthor found Marcyn, Rohar and Josian and told them what was happening and together they started loosening the cargo nets. As they were about to pass over the skydock for a second time and let the cargo nets fall open, Darvon cam on deck. Anthor waved the Warrior Priest over.

"The Captain wants a word with you and I don't think you'll like it. But please do fight with him!" the boy pleaded. Darvon scowled but said he would do his best.

Brother Darvon walked forward along the deck, clinging to the rigging as he was still unsure of how safe the sky ship actually was, even after the long voyage, just as he approached the captain the crew let go the nets and barrels, sacks and crates tumbed out onto the deck of the skydock. Most of it bounced and rolled straight off again, carried by the momentum of the ship.

Darvon stopped and stared in horror as the cargo crashed to the ground 20 or 30 feet below.

"Ah, good Brother. I'm afraid we won't be setting you down today...."

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The Selachii are skyship merchants and pirates from The Harrowmark in Shyish, the Realm of Death. They are Freeguilders with wild hairstyles, fur-collared clothes and lots of skulls and other macabre trophies hung from their gear.

This warband is also intended as a small group of NPCs for The Harrowmark (alongside the Graveroot Wargrove and the Court of Spades). They may end up as a unit in the Ironfang Fleet, or occasionally oppose them.

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The Selachii explore the forests with a few old friends.







Bodrin Bok, the captain of the Selachii







The inspiration for his scroll:



Darvon, Warrior Priest





Rohar, musician





Marcyn, crewman





Kase, Champion with greatsword





Anthor, crewman





Josian, crewman



Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Thy Soul To Keep - part 12

Messages in the Rain

Three warbands meet in Lashing Rain, all attempting to Kill the Messenger.

Battleplan (Open War cards):
Objective: Kill the Messenger
Twist: Lashing Rain
3 Players - Triumph & Treachery turn sequence

The Rotmoons: 73 Renown
Kapitán Alunzo da Leeva - Orruk Warboss
El Doctoro - Orruk Great Shaman
Hammerhead - Ogor Crusher
Bortagno and 5 Orruk Boyz

The Raidho Othalas: 73 Renown
Arkanaut Admiral Grungi Gunnerson
3 Endrinriggers
3 Skywardens

The Gilded Hand: 67 Renown
Kalyustar of the Gilded Hand, Soulchemist - Collegiate Arcane Battle Wizard
Fernando amd 5 Fancy Fencers - Freeguild Guard
Lucius Scopos and 4 Venithyan Marksmen - Freeguild Crossbowmen
Karol and 4 Cuirassiers - Freeguild Pistoliers

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The Rotmoons listened to the rain hammering on the roof slates of the chapel on a quiet street of Wortbad. They had been sheltering inside for over an hour while Kapitán da Leeva sat with quill and ink and scratched away a a pile of papers. He frequently cursed and crossed words out and by the time the letter was done and sealed with drips of red chapel-candle wax the crew were restless and bored. Bortagno had not covered himself in glory over the last two weeks and he felt like he had something to prove. The hands were getting argumentative and at least one of them had been stabbed while they waited out the rain.

Finally, when the letter ws safely tucked into a leather wallet and buckled into Hammerhead's bag, d Leeva gave the word fo the crew to make a move. But through the noise of the rain another sound made its way in. A droning whirr that sounded neither natural nor supernatural. It sounded mechanical, and these days that could only mean one thing: Kharadron.

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The orruk privateers bundled out of the chapel into the graveyard.


They saw that it was not just the duardin arrived.



A floating swarm of Endrinriggers bobbed and weaved over the woods...


... and into the grounds of the skydock.


The Raidho Othalas motored forward, over the ruined bridge of the skydock and opened fire at the Rotmoons. Bullets rained off the stone walls of the chapel but none found their mark!


El Doctoro tried to focus the energies of the Great Waaagh! but he got nothing but sparks that fizzled out on his fingers.



Bortangno and Percy percy charged the Raidho Othalas and killed an Endrinrigger.


Invisible Geists dragged Geedo Forks away screaming! A Drillcannon round punched through Hammerhead's cloak and badly wounded the swashbuckling ogor. The exploding fragments peppered Kapitán Alunzo da Leeva!


The rain stopped abruptly and the Freeguilders of the Gilded Hand moved up through the woods.



The Raidho Othalas fired a blast of Aethermatic Volleygun shots at Hammerhead but he shrugged off the single bullet that found it's mark - it dinged noisily of his engraved helmet.


Arkanaut Admiral Grungi Gunnerson charged into Bortagno and Percy Percy, he smashed Bortagno with his hammer and shot Percy Percy in the back!



Lucius Scopos and the Venithyan Marksmen loosed a volley of crossbow bolts at Hammerhead but the Ogor finally fell to the clawing spectral hands of an Invisible Geist.





Karol galloped away from the battle, his saddlebag containing a secret letter from Kalyustar to Pieter von Toorn.


The remaining Rotmoons were chased off by the pistoleers who charged them in clouds of black powder smoke.

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As the skies opened again and the storm returned the letter from Kapitán da Leeva to Bolet Ghosteater was lost in the stinking quagmire of blood and mud and rain....


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The Raidho Othalas earned a Minor Victory for killing one messenger but the Gilded Hand's messenger escaped.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Thy Soul To Keep - part 11

Capture the Sky Dock

A skyvessel passed over Wortbad but the captain was too fearful to land. He dumped the cargo bound for the village overboard onto the dock without slowing but it tumbled off the wooden platform in all directions. Now there is a free-for-all to claim the best stuff.

3 players, Skirmish Battleplan: Treasure Hunt, with Triumph & Treachery turn order.

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The crew of The Raidho Othala, 70 Renown, The Bloodied Skull
Arkanaut Admiral Grungi Gunnerson
Endrinmaster Fimirdul
The Fisherman - Arkanaut Company with skyhook
2 Grundstok Thunderers
2 Endrinriggers

The Gilded Hand, 63 Renown, The Writhing Serpent
(Order)
Kalyustar of the Gilded Hand, Soulchemist - Collegiate Arcane Battle Wizard
Fernando amd 3 Fancy Fencers - Freeguild Guard
Lucius Scopos and 4 Venithyan Marksmen - Freeguild Crossbowmen
Karol and 4 Cuirassiers - Freeguild Pistoliers

The Rotmoons, 64 Renown, The Balemoon
(Destruction)
Kapitán Alunzo da Leeva - Orruk Warboss
Hammerhead - Ogor Crusher
Rockeye Fuerte - Ogor Leadbelcher Thunderfist
Bortagno and 7 Orruk Boyz
Don Snotto - Grot

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Captain Bodrin Bok of Harrowmark skyvessel The Selachii leaned on the gunwales and looked down on the forests. The wind ruffled his already wild hair and long forked beard and he grunted with annoyance. They had been contracted to bring a load of cargo from Leechminster to Wortbad and they were already a week late. Now they found the village was occupied by orruk pirates. There were even a couple of greenskins on the dock itself - there was no chance they were going to land there.

He turned to the nearest crewman, that happened to be his nephew Anthor, and told him as much.

"Get ready to dump the Wortbad cargo overboard. We ain't picking anything up this run. We can come back over on the return leg if the winds are in our favour." he said. Anthor looked worried but didn't argue with his uncle. He knew better than that after the year he'd had aboard the Selachii.

As Anthor was about to head aft Bodrin said "Tell Darvon to come forward will you?" the boy nodded.

Anthor found Marcyn, Rohar and Josian and told them what was happening and together they started loosening the cargo nets. As they were about to pass over the skydock for a second time and let the cargo nets fall open, Darvon cam on deck. Anthor waved the Warrior Priest over.

"The Captain wants a word with you and I don't think you'll like it. But please do fight with him!" the boy pleaded. Darvon scowled but said he would do his best.

Brother Darvon walked forward along the deck, clinging to the rigging as he was still unsure of how safe the sky ship actually was, even after the long voyage, just as he approached the captain the crew let go the nets and barrels, sacks and crates tumbed out onto the deck of the skydock. Most of it bounced and rolled straight off again, carried by the momentum of the ship.

Darvon stopped and stared in horror as the cargo crashed to the ground 20 or 30 feet below.

"Ah, good Brother. I'm afraid we won't be setting you down today...."

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The Rotmoons, and others, saw the skyvessel approaching the small village long before it passed overhead - they had seen its running light in the darkness a few weeks before and watched it keenly as it made its slow and ponderous way across the thickest parts of the forest, struggling against the wind and the magical currents that swept across the trees. By the time it reach Wortbad there was no chance of keeping its arrival secret and a number of warbands had gathered to watch it dock. When it passed overhead without stopping there was a great outcry from all of them, but they realised quickly the ship was circling to make a second approach. When it didn't slow the second time but just emptied its hold onto the skydock landing stage (and the ground around it) they prepared themselves for a fight to get the best of the crop!



Rockeye sprinted ahead and took the skydock first (which surprised everyone since he was carrying a cannon!) and he searched through the pile of goods that had fallen right at the foot of the tower, but he found nothing of worth there.



The rest of the Rotmoons followed, not far behind. hammerhead and Don Snotto continued their argument about which was better: pork or beef. Bortagno growled at them to "Stow it!" with a sideways glance at the Kapitán.



Karol and the Cuirassiers trotted through the woods ahead of the Gilded Hand. The fencers and the Marksmen ran to keep up but slowed as they passed through the uneven ground around the trees.



The Raidho Othalas hung back around Fallow's End House to watch what unfolded.



The Cuirassiers sped up to a gallop as they broke the tree line. One of them held back and searched the crates dumped outside the walls of the dock - he found it was worth holding on to it!



And in a clatter or pistol reports and a cloud of powder smoke they charged into the skydock's grounds and crashed into Rockeye.



The Rotmoons approached and got ready to make their move.



While the Marksmen peppered them with crossbow bolts.







A Thunderer with an Aether Rifle took out a Cuirassiers then the Endrinrigger with a Drill Cannon wounded Hammerhead.



Buoyed by their successes the rest of the Raidho Othalas advanced cautiously.





Rockeye and the Cuirassiers battled furiously, in the cramped courtyard neither side was able to use their normal tactics and they held each other at a stalemate.



The other Endrinrigger was exploded by an Arcane Bolt from Kalyustar. The Raidho Orthalas were shaken by the Sum of All Fears then and three of them ran.





The Gilded Hand were then assailed by foul spirits, portained by both the Rotmoons and the Raidho Othalas, the Sum of All Fears shook then and four of the Freeguild fighters fled in terror.



The orruk privateers charged, with the Kapitán in the lead.



Geedo Forks and Dudoso found their cache of loot had some very useful supplies within!



Rockeye blasted Karol at point-blank range. Kapitán da Leeva's kutlass lashed out and two Cuirassiers fell, then the other orruks joined the fight, leaping over the ruined walls, and another Cuirassier fell.


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The Rotmoons held two of the more tasty piles of loot. They claimed a Major Victory as a result! The Raidho Orthalas fell back toward the centre of the village and the Gilded Hand withdrew into the forest.

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Viktor's side of this tale is here.