Exodus

Session 40: The Battle of Sargymir River

CARDS
Fade
Human Relations #9: Conflict Between Wanting to Help a Friend and Cheating
Xian-Yu and the Old Empire
Hulugu

The crossing continues…
Arandyr starts mining the tunnels with explosive wards and zombie bombs…
Vadim and Khadagan head north to try to make friends with some Bears…
Some hunters are chilling out by their long-canoes…
On the Nihil-blight side of the river…
Clearly placed to keep an eye on our craziness upriver…
One even has a telescope…a long bronze eye…
Vadim sneaks in and drops a Holy-Mountain Beast steak on their grill…
They very politely stand up (to full armored bear height)…
“Doesn’t look like a wolf, doesn’t smell like a wolf…”
Apparently they know how to speak Elvish…
We try to talk them into teaching us to sail…
They’re a little confused that ‘greenfolk’ burned their village…
And the Ulfeddin ships on the river…
They tell us their are sailors in Kalpmather…
A walled city…a city…with walls…flamable walls…
Ado steps in and starts trying to recruit them hardcore…
Their leaders are old, slow, wise, secure, etc.
We scare them with tales of 7 armies on our heels…
Apparently they’re expecting some “Imperial reinforcements”..
from the west…to honor old alliances…
We make some tentative alliance…

It is late in the evening…from the Nihil Blight comes a roiling black fog…
Seeping out of fissures in the ground to form an almost solid black wall…
We hear a moaning and the canter of hooves…then black arrows start to fall…
Their scouts lead…Vadim throws up a Wind Wall between them and ours…
We pull the Bent Blades back from the spiked earthworks we built…
Forcing them to close…scuicide squad style in dead silence…
There is a shuddering crash as the scouts close to knife range…
The first one crests…to find one of Khut’s arrow strait through its heart…
The second…takes an arrow right in the eye…
The third…finds Ithunn up in its grill…and has no head…
Then Ado files an entire volley of arrows by himself…
And a roiling cloud of poison gas from Ellen-Dear…
And soooooo many of them are left dead…
Fourteen of them charge Khut…one even hits…he laughs…
AND then everything is pink and sparkly thanks to Squee…
AND they are swarmed under by a pack of Vadim’s cackles…
Then out of the mist come endless, endless ranks of Old Empire zombies…
A barrage of fireballs from the boats rain down into the fog…
And the leading zombies run into some cancer-spore bombs…
But the rest of them swarm the scouts under by shear number…
Giant balls of bones come hurtling, twisting through the air…
Massive, skeletal holy mountain beasts launching HMB skulls…
But most of them were burned to death by the fireball barrage…
And Machek is leading them…
They shell our mages…but the Ulfeddin back-oar hard…
And the giant skulls splash down harmlessly into the water…
Our archers rain death on them from the river…
We run through the tunnels with the bent-blades, weavers, and cackles…
With piles of zombies dogging out heels…
And packs of blight-bird whelps screeching over their heads…
Khut knocks two arrows into the first one…
crashing it into a pile of zombies…and pissing it off…
where it is promptly eaten by a pack of cackles…
Ellen-Dear blasts one with acid, to no avail…
They respond with acid of their own…and it hurts…
Many are scorched…Vadim drops…
Six weavers are liquified…
Several Bent Blades are down by not out…
Ado heals Vadim…Vadim heals the Bent Blades…
The Bents fire a volley, then withdraw with the weavers…
Ithunn runs up a wall…axe-kicks one off of its perch…
And beats it to a pulp…breaking both wings…
Sorq hedges out the zombies with a Wall of Fire…
Turning the first rank of zombies to a fine ash…
Iron-Dear leaps through the wall and executes Ithunn’s bird…
Squee drops the Negasonic Squeenage Warhead again…
There is a shockwave of sparkly pink butterflies…
That reduces the zombies into piles glitter…
Khut puts two arrows in the eyes of the next blight bird…
Then Ellen-Dear blasts one of the tunnel supports…
The cieling starts to collapse…water rushes in…
Steam rushes up from the Wall of Fire…
Zombies are washed…through the wall of fire…
There are 4 rounds before the end of the world…
Ellen-Dear turns, runs, and ticks a delayed explosive glyph…
Iron-Dear swims for her life…
A blight-bird rushes in and chomps Sorqutani…
And promptly bursts into fire…
And Darth Sorq grows even larger and scarrier…
And sucks the life out of everyone…
And becomes resistant to all damage…
Ado prays to the Lord of Light and blesses all our attacks…
Vadim screams out in a primal tongue…
And a strange, multi-armed creature of earth shows up…
It grabs three weavers and starts earth-glide evacuating…
Ithunn surfs the wave of destruction punching birds as she goes…
AND there is yet another Negasonic Squeenage Warhead…
And a blight bird explodes into puff of rainbow feathers…
Khut dives and engages the last two blight birds…
He guts one with a single hit…stabs the second…
And comes up riding it…
And it vanishes out from under him…
Banished by Ellen-Dear…
We run, swim, surf, and ride the wave towards the exit…
behind us zombies continue to flush through the wall of fire…
Everyone grabs a weaver or two and we book it like crazy…
Vadim turns into an orca…
Khut and Squee start piling folks on his back…
We make it out…with 24 Weavers and 5 Bent Blades…

Up on the surface, the cable is broken, rafts are smashed, but we are across…
We are safe on the western shore…We call a war council…
The eastern shore is nothing but fire and fog and wreckage…
We have crossed the river with the overwhelming bulk of our troops intact…
The Ulfeddin and Vittebjorn still dominate the rivers…
The river runs to a large lake…
There is an Ulfeddin city one valley to the west…
There is a Vittebjorn city to the south on an island…
The trees here are not cursed, but the ground is not fertile…
The plague is still a problem, and their is unrest in the camp…
Golden Nail “shamans” continue to be challenged and killed…
We need to rest and reinforce…
but ‘not being chased’ might be a threat to our cohesion…
So we also need an enemy…
We decide to go sack the Ulfeddin city…
We set the Gray Lady to scry the Vittebjorn…
And Iron-Dear explains our chat with the hunters to her…
Trying to get more information about the old alliance
between the Maggotfolk and the Bears…

We have some peace for a while for a change…
Khut realizes that there is meat that swims under water…
And he starts teaching himself and the Nohei to spear fish…EPICLY!
Then Sorq introduces Hulugu to frozen fish…
Ado and Arandear take a longship and sail out to meat the Vittebjorn…
They let Arandyr up onto their ship…
Ado and Vadim perform some rituals to Awaken on the ships…
This should not work…you cannot awaken dead, inanimate objects…
BUT…It totally works…
The massive rampant bear-figureheads animate…
The ropes coil…the sails pull taught…
The rudder moves…finlike…against the current…
An enormous white bear with piercing blue eyes looks impressed…
He looks naked…but is dressed in fur that matches his own…
He puts a paw down on the deck, which ripples, like fluid…
Vedim has a chat with the ship…which is apparently of elven make…
Made of “Bone Wood”…but the Mistresses of the Ivory Tower…
Meanwhile, Ellen-Dear settles in to make some armor for his sister…
Studded leather with iron-wood studs…invested with the spirit of Thorn…

To be continued…



And the author said, “This is good, this thing I have done.” And he went for lunch and a drink. And it was good!

- From the ramblings of Khut

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