This is the same Encounter as last time, with Sir Percy once again trying to remove the scourge of Vampirism from his lands.
This time I formed the men for battle early on, and my caution was rewarded.
Enemy resistance formed in three main groups this time. Longbowmen before me and to my left, and spearmen in the ruined castle gateway. Once again my archers, even more heavily outnumbered this time were shot down.
However a determined charge by Sir Percy dispersed the bowmen to my left.
And my footmen did the same with the bowmen to my front.
All was now set for a push onto the castle.
While on the battlements a sinister figure kept watch.
I had my billmen lead the charge with their deadly two handed weapons. Each man was backed by a spearman.
It was a desperate fight.
My men finally overwhelmed and destroyed the spearmen blocking our way.
The Vampire lord summoned dark energies to attack Sir Percy from a distance.
But could not focus the energy properly and the spell was ineffective.
We rushed into the courtyard,
As the Vampire fair sprinted for the entrance to the crypt.
Sir Percy dismounted to lead the assault.
With only one way into the crypt, the Vampire took up position.
And Sir Percy led his men onwards and upwards. Notice how the castle is so laid out as to create a number of choke points where only a single man map pass at a time.
The Vampire tried his fell hand at magic once more,
and conjured up an armoured skeletal warrior.
The skeleton charged!
A fierce melee broke out at the foot of the steps.
Although not the best fighter, the skeleton was mindless and so fearless.
Finally the monstrosity was driven back up the stairs.
And ultimately overcome.
Now it was a "simple" matter of putting down the Vampire.
But the enemy had something to say about that plan.
And slowly beat Sir Percy back...
...down the stairs.
The combatants broke off and returned to a neutral position.
Until finally with a blood curdling scream the Vampire charged and in his fury routed the entire party.
It was a close run thing but the scourge remains even now.
Next time I had better bring a priest.
Would have done this time but I hadn't devised rules for clerics when this game started!
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