It was stunning how quickly the battle was joined. The invading armies were moving quickly through the forest, trying to take as much land as possible before the local defenses could organize. As such, they were moving with incredible haste, and the adventurers quickly decided that they would slow the invaders down as much as possible, even if ultimate victory wasn’t an option alone.
The adventurers were able to ambush the first scouts, but after that it quickly became a pitched battle. Salek crouched in a tree and fired arrows, his location protected by the chaos on the ground which prevented anyone from scanning the branches above for too long. Kah was drawing most of the attention, thundering through the battle as he was wont to do, while Celestra sniped soldiers with lightning bolts and Fror crept stealthily through the underbrush picking off stragglers. Even Gavin was helping, smashing enemies left and right with fists like flying boulders. (The rest of Gavin’s friends were a short ways off, though none of the travelers had the heart, or the interest, to check on how they were doing.)
They fell back and fell back, slowing the enemy down slightly but not even attempting to stop them outright. The adventurers were beginning to wonder if they should retreat entirely, rather than risk getting encircled, but before they could turn and run Salek caught sight of a most welcome surprise:
The army of Q’art Hadash, marching from Tevesta, was moving up to join the battle!
With the arrival of fresh troops, the battle became much more evenly matched. The invaders were powerful, and still more numerous than the defenders, but the locals were more familiar with the terrain and they were fighting for their homes. It was a brutal battle, but with the help of the adventurers it looked like they might just hold the line.
Then, a deafening roar split the sky. Read More →