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Ambush at Cotton Wood Hill

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Boerogg Blackrime was sitting on throne, reviewing kingdom business, when Svetlana hurriedly walked in.

 

After a quick bow, Svetlana says “M’lord, a small contingent of Kargir approaches our gates with a banner of truce flying. Do you want me to crush them?”

 

Blackrime thinks for a second, then declares “No, Svetlana. Bring them to me. We will honor the banner of truce…for now.” Svetlana bowed and quickly moved to greet the Kargir. Blackrime sat in his throne, contemplating what this event could foretell.

 

Some minutes later, Sveltana escorts in two dusty orcs. “M’lord Blackrime, may I present Kavorgh, leader of the Kargir, and his personal bodyguard, Granak.” Granak bows before Blackrime, while Kavorgh coolly nods his head. Blackrime dismisses everyone else in the throne room, leaving the four of them to talk in private.

 

“So, what brings the leader of one our enemies to our doorstep? You here to pledge allegiance to me?” Blackrime chuckles.

 

Granak hisses his displeasure, which prompts Kavorgh to sharply bark out “Enough Granak! I am here to discuss the future of both of our kingdoms. No, I am not going to swear fealty to you! But hear me out, as I am hoping that you are willing to work with me for the greater…evil…of Savage North.”

 

Boerogg barks a short laugh. “Why should I trust anything you say? We’ve been at war for years!”

 

“True enough,” says Kavorgh. “But, hear me out none-the-less. A couple of months ago, I was marching my army to go capture a few Gnomes as slaves for our mines. Along the way, I got ambushed by Orba Sinhan’s pet dog, Boris. We were barely able to escape, but before we exited the field of battle, I personally took down Boris. I was confident I had seen the last of him. Just this past month, I decided that the Kragmarr Dwarves needed a stern talking to, so I went with a small contingent when, imagine my surprise, Boris attacks me again!! Orba must have a necromancer on his payroll. Most of my army didn’t survive this attack. Then, I sent a small scouting force out to try and locate where the main bulk of Orba’s army is encamped. I could only assume at this point that they are within my borders. Imagine my surprise when a survivor comes back saying that they were ambushed by Elves, sent by Orba! My warrior said that they spoke in a strange dialect, so I can only assume that they are from Prince Danithal in Taltos. It appears to me that we have an invasion on our hands, Boerogg. We need to band together now to stop this invasion before it gets out of hand. It is only a matter of time before they attack you too!”

 

Boerogg sat in silence for many long seconds, digesting this information. “How do I know this isn’t some elaborate orc trick to get me away from my lands so that you attack me from behind?”

 

Kavorgh sighed. “Have I ever tried anything like that? When was the last time you heard of a sneaky orc?” All four people in the room laughed heartily at that response. “I’ll make you a deal. You help me squash this invasion before it gets any further into our lands, and I’ll let you have any survivors as slaves, as well as take all of the loot.”

 

Boerogg looked genuinely surprised by the offer. “The situation must be dire for Kavorgh, leader of all Kargir, to offer me these things. I know how orcs love their loot.” He paused for a few seconds, and then says “I will help you. But on the condition that sometime in the future, at my choosing, when I need help, you will answer without hesitation. Deal?”

 

“Deal,” says Kavorgh. He reaches out his hand to shake on it, which is swallowed up by Blackrime’s meaty paw. “I will summon in my scouts so that we can discuss the location of Orba’s and Danithal’s troops. For once, we will be able to ambush them!”

 

Some time later, after the Kargir have left, Boerogg was contemplating his strategy when Svetlana approached. “Do you trust Kavorgh, m’lord?”

 

“Only about as far as I can throw him, which is pretty far I guess, huh?” laughs Boerogg. “We shall keep a close eye on our new found ‘allies’ during this upcoming battle...”

 

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The battle shall be fought on an 8’x4’ table. There shall be an intermixing of light and heavy woods all across the board, with “trails” open in between. There is no turn or time limit, as it is a Last Man Standing battle.

 

Warwick shall be required to field the following:

- Danithal will lead a contingent of 1,125 points.

- Orba will lead a contingent of 1,125 points.

 

Wild Bill shall be required to field the following:

- Kavorgh and Granak leading a contingent of 1,500 points.

- Boerogg and Svetlana leading a contingent of 1,500 points. No standards are allowed.

 

While the game will essentially be the ambush that Kavorgh wants, all will not necessarily go according to plan. Due to Boerogg’s lack of trust in Kavorgh, starting in Turn 4, if the Icingstead forces have less points on the field of battle than the Kargir forces, Boerogg’s suspicions that Kavorgh is just using him will “be coming true”, so a silent signal will be passed to his army. At the start of each of the Icingstead activations, before anything else is accomplished, the model with the highest DIS in the troop makes a check. If the model fails, then the entire troop is removed from the board. No checks are required to leave b2b contact. They just withdrawal, utilizing the confusion of the battlefield. No pursuit will be given by Orba’s or Danithal’s troops. Kavorgh’s army will stay to fight to the bitter end. Should the Kargir have less points on the field than the Icingstead at the beginning of a subsequent turn, then the Icingstead army will stay and fight…for now…

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Brutal. I should have known you would go big. This is going to be an all day game. Bring pizza and coffee. I'll have to spend some time on the army builder now. So much for writing today.

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Well, I wanted to do a 2v2 ambush, but there is a fine line between ambush and outright slaughter. If you go too much smaller in your army lists, you won't have anything big enough to counter what I would be fielding. That's not cool, nor is it a fun game. But, I liked the idea of possibly having the Ambusher turn into the Ambushee. :lol:

 

Yeah, I know the game will take a while. But, if we start in the morning, we'll be done by dinner. :poke:

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wow, 750 extra points, eh? Warwick, you will need to sneak in some uncounted artillery with you, or set booby traps...

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We are not afraid. And a lop-sided fight doesn't mean an un-fun fight. It's not about dying, it's about how they die. Did they give a good fight or collapse like blades of grass? I'm excited. Also worried about the size of the battle. That's a ton of models to track. I get a mage with the Storm tome, that's a first.

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