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    Kitfox
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    The Battle of Gitt’s Farm

    The local dwarf miners were blamed for many things during their time, failing crops, sinkholes polluting the air across the valley, but in this case the blame fell properly upon them.  As they dug in the earth for rich seams of coal one of the miners happened upon a burial chamber long forgotten under Gitt’s Valley and disturbed the remains found within, after all who would miss one small gold ring.  As night fell a great chill wind blew along the valley and an unearthly moan echoed from hill to hill as the servants of the Balverine crawled from their repose to answer their master’s call once more.  As the warning bells sounded in the villages Farmer Gitt rallied his neighbours in defence as the Lord of the Miners, Lars Larsson hastily rushed to help defend the villagers from the deathly grip of the undead.

    Around 24 points of undead were chosen, the Barrow Wight known as the Balverine (Lesser Warbeast, Undead (No Feelings), Unstoppable March of the Dead), a unit of skeleton warriors (light foot, offensive), skeleton archers and lost souls (Scouts, undead, invisible, fear) to try and burn / corrupt the farms of the living, kill their warriors and most importantly chase kill their livestock.  30 points of dwarf warriors with a free unit of peasants (Ravening Hordes) and a free unit of 6 pigs (basically helpless but a target for the dead) came to their defence (the farmers started in play with the others arriving one unit each turn if a successful move activation was made) 1 x Elite foot (Lars and bodyguard with Commanding ability), 2 x scouts, 2 x heavy missile, 2 x heavy foot (offensive).

    The battle started well for the undead as they moved with uncanny speed towards the cornfields and buildings with destruction their aim, a potshot at the pigs caused no casualties and dull animals continued rooting for truffles in the fields while the peasants avoided contact with the enemy to herd their livestock to safety.  The buildings and fields were quickly put to flame all bar the storehouse as the dwarven defenders arrived, Lars Larsson in the lead followed by scouts and warriors with crossbows in support.  The early successes of the undead were not to last, with the livestock saved and the burning buildings all around the dwarves managed to form a defensive line pushing back the dead and destorying their main unit of warriors, the Balverine himself was wounded heavily in battle with the clansmen and fell back his work begun.  A unit of scouts attempted to cut-off and destroy the lost souls and while heavy damage was inflicted it was at the cost of their lives, this momentarily distracted Lars and his bodyguards slowing their pursuit of the Balverine allowing him to escape.

    Finally with the Balverine gone the undead archers faltered in their retreat and  Lars and his bodyguard charged them to see them away in pieces.  It was however not to be, perhaps they panicked, perhaps some grand plan of the undead but the tide of battle turned at the last moment leaving only Lars standing, his bodyguard lying dead all around as the skeletons finally withdrew…a close battle but a defeat for the living who could only watch as the farm burned around them accompanied by the moans of the dying.

     

    Death to all fanatics!

    #118063
    Darkest Star Games
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    Great write up.  That’s a high cost for a trinket.  Will Balverine continue to search for his ring, or is his mission accomplished?

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #118077
    Kitfox
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    He’ll be back in Part 2: Brewer Beware!

    Death to all fanatics!

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