The Dwarves talked quietly in the tavern, watching the other townsfolk. Dwóin sat with a bandage around his temple, one foot on another stool, his eyes shut as he slept peacefully. Fáli came rushing in through the door, breathing heavily, as though he’d been running. “Hunters! Come quick!” He called, “there’s Goblins about!”
Silé, Baeli, Fáli, Khîm, Lóni, Fári, Flói, Nári, Ári, Kúran, Safur and Lúfur
Large Goblin (Durbûrz), 18 Goblins (6 with Shields, 6 with Spears, 6 with Orc Bows), and 6 Wild Wargs
The Good side must defend the town, and kill the Large Goblin
The Hunters could hear the howling of Wargs and beatings of crude blades on shields as they waited for the enemy. ”They have one of the larger Goblins leading them,” Fáli said. “If we kill it, we may be able to drive them off.”
Two small packs of Wargs were guarding the Goblins flanks, two arrows hitting a Warg, but getting stuck in its thick hide. The Dwarves grimaced as the horde of Goblins advanced towards them. Baeli seemed prepared to die, a grim mood filling him. “There’s so many,” he whispered to himself. Death seemed inevitable.
Two more Dwarven arrows flew through the air, further infuriating the Warg they were stuck in. Lóni and Lúfur leapt at a Warg, with Fári not far behind them. The Goblins kept marching towards the Dwarves, Wargs nearly upon them. Safur gave a yell of triumph as his arrow killed a Warg, whilst Lóni, Lúfur and Fári easily defended themselves from the Wargs.
Lúfur, eager to prove his value to the hunters, threw an axe into a Warg, killing it. Lóni joined him in his assault on the Wargs, as Nári leapt to Fári’s defence, but the Goblins kept coming. Fáli grinned as his arrow brought down a Warg, Safur doing nothing to stop the impending threat. Between them, Lóni and Lúfur killed another of the foul creatures; Fári and Nári barely letting their enemy escape with its life.
The Goblins crashed against the Dwarves, axe meeting blade in mid air. Fáli’s arrow flew into a spear armed Goblin, causing the creature to howl in agony as it fell to the floor. Despite being attacked by two of the Goblins, Lóni not only defended himself, but managed to kill one of them as well! Nári was not so lucky, getting bashed on the head by a shield, before collapsing. This caused Ári to leap into a rage, and he quickly killed a Goblin, as Baeli beheaded the penultimate Warg, his heavy axe doing little to hinder him. Lúfur’s axes claimed another archer, as he began attacking all within his reach. Silé, Flói, Baeli, Khîm and Kúran all surged forwards, before the Goblins leapt at them. The Goblins pressed forwards their numerical advantage, equally matched against the skill and burning hatred of the Dwarves.
Lúfur smiled grimly as another of the archers fell to his whirling axes, as Ári was knocked out by the Goblin who had beaten his brother. Fáli yelled out, as Safur collapsed next to him, before decapitating his enemy. Angered, Silé swept the head off of another Goblin, whilst Baeli was stabbed in the knees. Flói’s axes flew through a Goblin, as the Khâzad Guard, inspired by Silé, leapt at the Goblins, axes swinging fluidly. The Large Goblin stared at Silé, before moving deliberately towards him, challenging him. Silé responded with a roar, but Goblins are not known for their honour, and the Large Goblin was joined by another. Lúfur was slammed into the ground by a Warg, as Lóni and Fári beheaded a pair of Goblins. One of Flói’s axes embedded itself in the back of a Goblin as the green creature attempted to flee from him. Khîm smashed his axe down through a Goblin’s skull, as he tried to fight his way to his Captain. All eyes were on Silé and the Large Goblin, the large brute giving three mighty howls, but Silé was vengeful now, and his axe blades stuck in the creature. Alas, its armour was too thick and protected it from the blows of the enraged Dwarf. Silé through an axe at it, cutting of a finger but not fatally wounding it. Kúran heroically leapt at the Large Goblin, and four of the Goblins began to flee, giving the Hunters enough time to regroup. Fáli sent an arrow through one of the Goblins and it flew out of the side of its neck. The creature stumbled forwards a few steps towards Fáli, before collapsing and landing on its spear, which skewered it.
Fári’s axe slammed into the open jaw of the last Warg, and it leapt away, howling in terror. Kúran found himself beaten to the floor, his helmet rolling off of his head, where the Large Goblin kicked his head, knocking the Dwarf unconscious. The Large Goblin yelled in fear as Silé gave a mighty yell, leaping forwards with Flói and Khîm. Baeli collapsed from exhaustion as the Large Goblins blade cut across Silé’s knee, wounding him slightly, but not fatally. Goblins began to run back towards their leader, afraid of the consequences of failure.
The large creature was beaten back, but the Hunters were losing their energy quickly – only the thought of Goblins killing villagers kept them from collapsing from exhaustion. The Goblins saw their leader surrounded, and screamed in terror. Three axes smashed into the skull of the large Goblin; Silé, Lóni and Khîm each bitterly wounding it.
Fáli finally passed out from exhaustion, but Silé easily rallied his companions. Khîm bludgeoned a Goblin to death with his heavy axe, as one Goblin vanished from their view.
Silé claimed another Goblin’s head, and amongst the caves and mines, he would be known as the Head-taker by Goblins, a cruel and merciless Dwarf. Flói’s axe flew through another Goblin, and they began chasing the last of the creatures. The trapped Goblin swung its bow, knocking Flói unconscious. Khîm calmly killed it, his axe fracturing its skull.
Good Victory – 4 Influence (total 5+3 (8))
Baeli rolls an 11, gaining D6 (3) influence and making a full recovery. Kúran, Flói, Fáli and Safur all make full recoveries; Ári, Nári and Lúfur remaining injured.
Silé gains a Might point. Ári becomes a hero, gaining a Fate point.
Fáli, Fári and Safur left the rest of the hunters as they went to reclaim their arrows. They were quickly joined by Dwóin, who had been waiting inside the tavern in case the Goblins killed the rest of the Hunters. “My friends,” he spoke quietly as they walked together. “I expect we will be leaving this village soon, and head back towards the Goblins. There is a chance they may have followed us here, and if they have, we must make it as safe as we can for those that live here, by leaving. With the destruction of the Rotten Shadow, this place is no longer as dangerous as it once was. Goblins wouldn’t have attacked if they feared something, unless something worse threatened them, and I’m sure that if this is the case, then it is something worse than a Wraith.” Silence fell in the street...
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