IntroductionIn an earlier post (see Invasion below) we learned that the Wild Men of the East had been pushed West into Nearsea. Here we discover who did the pushing.
Descending from the mountains, a collaboration between tribes of Orcs, Goblins and Trolls was responsible for clearing Men from a large swathe of the Eastern Lands, destroying their farms and villages and leaving all in ruins. Now it is High Summer, and without a mutual enemy they have begun to fight each other.
The following battle had two causes. Firstly, the Orc Band involved was looking for a source of water in this time of drought; and secondly, the Goblin Tribe controlling the nearest well had insulted the Orcs by using the head of a fallen Orc Champion on one of their standards (it was known locally as the "stick with orc 'ed 'andle" - apologies to Marriott Edgar).
The setting is a ruined farmstead controlled by the Goblin tribe. The Orcs have two objectives; capture the well to the South and destroy the offending Standard. The rules are the Fantasy version of Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame in the side bar.
|A dry (gridded) land - the well is visible next to the dead tree|
|The Goblin Tribe|
|Orc "Cavalry" rush by the hill heading for the well to the rear|
|The Main force of Orcs attack the defended hill|
|Battle rages at the foot of the hill but all is calm at the rear.. for now|
|The Wolf Riders charge the Goblin guards|
|Fighting in all areas|
|The Orcs begin to take ground amid the ruins|
|The Standard falls - Revenge!!|
|The Goblins are breaking (Exhaustion Point was set at 50% and reached by Turn 7)|
|The Orcs have taken their second objective|
|The Goblin Chief fights to the end|
|The last Hobgoblin archers are mopped up|