Monday, May 4, 2015

A few more chapters in the John Quade Saga

The Challenge

John Quade the Anglo-Dane and his band of stalwart . . . Anglo-Danes  prepare to face off against the nasty Viking invaders.  John Quade stands alone in front of his mead hall while awaiting the arrival of his companions.
Something looks odd across the field
 Suddenly John Quade is rushed by the enemy warlord who is accomplanied by 4 berserker slayers.  Their 21 dice with re-rolled misses are enough to lay poor John Quade low.  This seems familiar for some reason.  So ends this chapter.
A little help, please?
                                           Clash of Warlords

In the next chapter, the opposing warbands square off in a quiet hamlet.  The runes were cast and a severe bloodletting was foretold.
 The two armies advanced boldly towards each other.  John Quade Redux had decided to try and overwhelm Vikings on one side of the hall while stalling on the other until the two halves could rejoin.
 Loyal huscarls and tough ceorls advance on the Viking levies, taking casualities from the cowardly slingers along the way.  The levies are beaten back without too much difficulty.
 Behind the hall, quivering with berserk slayer rage, a motley group of Vikings wait in ambush.
 Only one of the orange-haired mushroom biters remains in the end, but they had done their bloody work.  John Quade Redux had formed a good plan.  But it worked too well.  Not only had John Quade taken out the better part of the Vikings on this side of the hall; he had also killed off all of his own men in the vicinity.


 On the other side, warriors and hearthguard clash and reclash, axes cleave and swords sing.  Eventually a lone dane axe wielding survivor faces the Viking warlord.  Who will live to sing the song of this day?
 Well, actually, a bunch of other Vikings decide to pile in, too.
 So now John manages to link up with his 4 remaining warriors.  One of them points to the unbelievable treachery of the Vikings.

 But pointing is all that is left as there aren't enough turns left in the game for the two sides to get close enough to settle the affair with steel.
John Quade had a rough day of it.  Two chapters, two losses.  If you listen to certain folk late at night, there are sometimes whispers of a third chapter being written this day in which John was victorious.  But, any documents that existed were lost.  Did a third ferocious skirmish occur on this day or was it merely myth or legend that has become entwined with this continuing Saga?