Book 8: Act 1 - The Troubles of Men

It is the year 2946 of the Third Age, and the lands east of the Misty Mountains are astir. From the cloud-shrouded peaks above the High Pass to the spider-infested gloom of the forest of Mirkwood, paths long-deserted are trodden once again. Busy merchants carry their wares to new markets, messengers bring tidings from foreign realms, and kings send forth armed men to extend their influence and the rule of law. Some say that a new age of freedom has begun, a time for adventure and great deeds to reclaim glories lost in long centuries of oppression and decline.

But adventures are not really things that people go out and look for. They are dangerous and rarely end well. While it is true that a handful of valiant individuals set out to make their mark on the world, for others it seems that adventure chooses them, as though it is the path they are fated to tread. They are restless warriors, curious scholars and wanderers, always eager to seek what was lost or explore what was forgotten. Ordinary people call them adventurers, and when they return successful, they call them heroes. But if they fail, no one will even remember their names...

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Ruins of Men and Trolls: Round 2

Post by Othniel » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:24 am

Glirion switches to a more aggressive stance as well and cannot help but smile at the hobbit song.
I too will switch to Open stance and attack.

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Ruins of Men and Trolls: Round 2

Post by Wbweather » Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:42 am

Gerwald staggers to his feet limping slightly. As the battle rages around him he searches the ground for his weapon and gathers himself for the next round of attack. Planting his feet firmly, he prepares to thrust his great spear at the raging beast.
Not sure when exactly I will be ready to attack, but when I do, it will be from an open stance with my great spear, 3

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Ruins of Men and Trolls: Round 2-3

Post by Vardaen » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:30 pm

Round 2 Heroes, Troll
Round 3 Heroes, Troll
Finn stands before the troll and... and taunts it with a hobbit song? He's a brave man, maybe foolish, but brave and it gives you all some courage, but also worry.

Varuthil is not impressed, so she fires another arrow into the leg of the Stone Troll. The arrow pierces deeply into the thick hide and this time it roars and snaps the shaft off with a sweep of its mit.

Glirion joins Finn and stabs with spear, but the muck and mud, the downed tree, its all hard to move about and he straight up misses the great beast who jumps over the large downed tree snapping off a heavy branch as it moves.

Gerwald is up on his feet and Hild pulls him back to the camp where he grabs up his Great Spear, ready now to join the fight.

That's when the stone troll brings its smaller, yet still huge, tree club down into Finn's side. The blow crashes down, "No more singing!" it bellows as Finn can't move clear fast enough. The blow is brutal, but not fatal. He's driven a foot down into the mud, his boots fills up with mud, his mouth with blood. He's staggering and weary now from the impact and the Lake-man knows he can't take a second blow like that.

Your group, all of you, fight on...
Round 2
Finn: Open, Rally Comrades Song 4: Rolled: Feat Die: 1* Success Die: 5,3,3,5 Totaling: 17 Success All Recove 2 End
Varuthil: Rearward: Rolled: Feat Die: 8* Success Die: 4,2,4 Totaling: 18 Hit for 7 End
Glirion: Open Attack: Rolled: Feat Die: 1* Success Die: 2,2 Totaling: 5 = Miss
Gerwald: Gather's his items and can attack Round 3
Stone Troll: Attack Finn: Rolled: Feat Die: 9* Success Die: 1,4,2 Totaling: 16 Hit for 6 + Hate 6 (Horrible Str) = 12 End Finn @ 9!
"He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom." - Gandalf
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Ruins of Men and Trolls: Round 2-3

Post by Blubbo_Baggins » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:09 pm

Finn allows the mud to pull him in as he takes the blow, softening the pain and damage it could do.
Knockback so that he takes 6 dmg and is at 15 End instead of 9. When did Finn drop from 31 End to 21?

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Post by Othniel » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:40 pm

"Come, he is flagging!" Glirion shouts to the others.
Bluh. Forward stance and attack, let's kill this thing!

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Ruins of Men and Trolls: Round 2-3

Post by Muskrat » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:22 pm

Varuthil says nothing, but knocks another arrow, aims it at the troll with cold eyes, and looses it.
Stance: Rearward
Action: Attack the stone troll with Bow 3

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Ruins of Men and Trolls: Round 2-3

Post by Wbweather » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:22 pm

Gerwald having mostly composed himself, now grabs his spear. He has been told that this is a giant-slaying spear and now he intends to find out if it lives up to that reputation.
Forward stance, Spear 3, Spend hope to hit, Damage for a larger than human opponent is 13, edge is 8.

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Ruins of Men and Trolls: Round 3-4

Post by Vardaen » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:05 pm

Round 3 Heroes, Stone Troll
Round 4 Heroes, Stone Troll

Finn defended for Gerwald and took 10 End in round 1.
Someone claims the troll is flagging.... that's humorous. Finn rolls with the blow and is knocked back and out of the fight for a moment, but the soft mud helps him absorb some of the blow keeping him in the fight for a moment longer.

Glirion, a bowman, and not much of a spearman, strikes out, he nearly misses but a little extra effort puts the blade of his spear in a position to slice into the side of the great troll drawing a little blood.

Then an arrow lodges itself in the chest of the beast, right where the heartless beast's heart should be. Its a hell of a shot, but the arrow doesn't punch deeply enough in the thick hide of the mud covered stone troll. Still, the great olog howls out in pain now, and perhaps it is flagging?

Gerwald joins the fight, flanking spears with Glirion and he stabs into the leg of the beast, just under the buttock hoping to bring it down. The blow is good, but not good enough and the creature, filled with hate turns back on Gerwald once more with his half tree sized club. "Noooo!"

It screams and clubs into Gerwald again cracking three ribs and sending Gerwald tumbling four feet to the left covering him now completely in the mud of the marsh. He's barely awake, exhausted and weary, he can't take another hit... in fact he's lucky at this point that the blood in his mouth is only incidental and not fatal.

Your small company, suffering more and more each moment that passes....
Round 3
Finn: Knockback only 6 End
Glirion: Forward Stance, Attack Rolled: Feat Die: 2* Success Die: 4,4 Totaling: 10 Miss + Hope = Hit for 5 End
Varuthil: Rolled: GANDALF Success Die: 6t,2,2 Totaling: 10 with 1 success with 1 Auto Success Great Success for 14 End + Piercing Blow [Protection: Rolled: Feat Die: 7* Success Die: 6t,6t,4 Totaling: 23 with 2 successes] Not a Wound
Gerwald: Forward Spear: Rolled: Feat Die: 5* Success Die: 2,1,4 Totaling: 12 = Hit for 13 End
Stone Troll: Attack Gerwald: Rolled: Feat Die: 4* Success Die: 3,1,6t Totaling: 14 with 1 success: Hit for 12 + Hate 6 More = 18 End (Gerwald @ 5 End, Weary)
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Ruins of Men and Trolls: Round 3-4

Post by Blubbo_Baggins » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:23 pm

Finn stands up, grabbing his sword and shield which he dropped after rolling in the mud. He begins looking for an opening.
Recover from Knockback. Thanks for reminding me about the lost End from the first round! So at this point, Finn is 1 End above his fatigue level, and Gerwald is quite Weary, but everyone else is OK I think?

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Ruins of Men and Trolls: Round 3-4

Post by Othniel » Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:56 am

Once more, the golden-haired elf strikes at the troll with his spear. He misses standing at range with his bow in his hands, but need drives his actions.
I'm okay. Death or glory! Forward stance again and attack.

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