Viva La Resistance

Alex and Gwyn - Spring-Summer 609

Alex is traveling to Merywyn. On behalf of Kell, she is looking to learn as much as she can about the status of the occupied capital. Specifically she’s looking for Khardic troop movements, important individuals, the general attitude of the populace, and potential rebellion contacts. Special amount of attention will be given to the trains between Merywyn and Rhydden, such as schedule, security, and contents.

Meanwhile, Gwyn is being dispatched to Riversmet. There she will blend in to the refuge camp, and do what she can to keep an eye on the Khadoran fort being constructed there. Alex wants to make sure her protege keeps her head down, but Gwyn will be looking for important people, security holes in the fort, and activity concerning the Riversmet ruins.

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Kell - Spring > Summer 609

Kell will spend his time minding the bar and learning the ins and outs of the resistance. He’ll want to get in contact with Maurice’s contacts, learn about any cassified info such as safehouses and ammo caches that he is authorized to know.

In addition, Kell is going to improve the cellar and convert part of it into a hidden safe house of sorts from which the Brass Orbs can carry out mission planning.

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The Train Job

With the astounding success of the Brass Orbs in south eastern Llael, the resistance has struck a blow against the Khadoran occupiers. Crucial supplies have given the resistance the ability to arm those loyal to their cause, and the Order of the Golden Crucible is now working diligently to crack the Khadoran cortices so the resistance can make even greater use of the captured warjacks. More than just arms and armour, however, the train job provided information about Khadoran troop movements and fresh troops for the resistance, a number of the captured Winter Guard being Rynnish in origin and hoping to expel the Menite invaders. Though their training puts them above a standard resistance soldier, their recent history as Khadoran dogs means they’re working against a heavy bias.

Rumour has it DeGaulle of the Royal High Guard is even debating making the Brass Orbs honorary members of the Guard. This craze over the Brass Orbs, however, is also spreading throughout the Khadoran military ranks and it won’t be long before the occupiers manage to put two and two together…

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Alex and Gwyn - Summer-Fall 609

As with last season, Alex is spending much of her time in Merywyn. She’s keeping her finger on the pulse of the occupied capital, monitoring troop movements and morale as much as possible; as well as what rumors are been spoken about her principal’s employees, The Brass Orbs. She’s had some success building a network of spies and contacts, they are so far few, and largely incompetent, but she is looking to train them, as well as expand her network further.

Meanwhile, Gwyn is continuing to monitor Riversmet. With the aide of the first wave of Alex’s spies, she continues to keep an eye on the Khadoran fort as well as the forces of ‘Ragman’.

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Intro to Odd Auxiliaries

Kell’s bar falls silent as three mighty trollkin walk in, the lead clad in heavy armour formed from the bones of fallen beasts and a deep blue tartan with yellow accents. A massive, curved blade is sheathed on his back, contrasting with the two battle axes each of his guards carry. They approach the bar, their many scars becoming more evident as they lean warily against the counter and order Kell’s finest ale. They casually quaff the stuff and, when conversations in the bar resume, the lead trollkin leans towards Kell, and whispers in a gravel tone: “Ah heard ye coods help wi’ uir gatur problem.”

Thus did you find yourselves sharing the now cramped secret room under the bar with three large trollkin, each one dwarfing even Brass in his full armour. Kell comes down the stairs having just closed up the bar for the night, bringing in a keg and fair number of mugs for the meeting.

“Aam Hamish Stonebreaker,” says the lead trollkin, shaking anyone’s hand who’s willing, “Chieftain ay th’ Trollbluid kriel movin’ intae th’ Ecrivain Swamp.” He’ll down a mug of ale and then continue, “Here’s mah problem: th’ swamp is haunted by thes a nastae gatur, doesnae loch us movin’ in. Mah kriel is tired ay war an’ thes is th’ most remote place we can fin’ tae move in, but noo we’re in a war ay attrition against undeid abominations an’ it doesnae look guid.” The table creaks as he places two hamfists on it and leans toward you, “Every time we kill them, they jist gie back up ur reappear, slowly bringin’ doon uir numbers an’ drivin’ us it. At thes point, Ah dont think we hae th’ muscle tae drife them it.” By this point, its evident to all of you that he’s battle weary, “It looks loch we’re gonnae need tae kill them aw at ance tae make sure nane ay them is aroond tae bring’em back.”

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Brass: Summer-Fall 609
The Return of Barkeep

After the success of the train job, Brass more or less locked himself away in the smithy for days at a time. Forging and reforging bits and pieces of something big.

Salvaged pieces of the wrecked Decimator and whatever large farming equipment wasn’t in use were all broken down and re-purposed. What Brass was working on didn’t become evident until one night with a howl, a familiar hulking shape emerged. One of the missing members of the Brass Orbs had been remade.

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Fall to Winter 609: The Siege of Rhydden

-Hamish Stonebreaker and part of his kriel burst onto the scene shortly after the grove explodes, the large trollblood rushing over to where Van and Brass fell to the corrupted shrapnel. Powerful divine light shines around him, and then he places a hand on Brass and then on Van, the energy surging into them and repelling the dark energy worming into them through shards of wood. “Yoo’ve dain it. Yoo’ve stopped th’ gatormen bastards an’ pit an end tae uir misery. Thenk ye.” He offers a massive hand up to the two of them, pulling them out of the filthy swamp water. “Yoo’ve earned yer keep the-day an’, in time, we main be able tae lend ye a hain if ye need it.”

The lot of you spend some time recovering from the unearthly ordeal, the Morrowan clergy offering prayers to ease your recovery. Eventually, when you all gather to discuss your next contract DeGaulle enters Kell’s bar, excitement written over his features. He ushers you aside, ordering a drink of the finest drink Kell may have (looking rather disappointed when he sips it) and then beginning his report. “The Khadoran assault against Lerwyn failed horribly. The lack of supplies meant their soldiers were starving and lacking important ammunition to press the siege. Tzepesci was dogged all the way back to Rhydden by Menite forces, his forces further dwindled from the zealot’s attacks!” DeGaulle takes a larger swig of his drink, then continues, “General Lyrra thinks now is the time to strike at them, for the resistance to have a home in the open again. We’ve dispatched envoys to a number of the mercenary companies in the area, and the resistance now calls upon the Brass Orbs to help us in this great moment. Resistance leaders and mercenary commanders will be meeting at a barn east of where the Blackriver crosses the Voxsauny-Southryne border. The meeting takes place one week from now. Your cell will be paid 14,000 gold crowns for your participation in the siege.”

Well built farmers work the lands around the barn where you meet, tall corn stalks concealing the members as they come in. You find the barn’s been mostly cleaned out for your meeting and that you’re far from alone. Standing around a table are several individuals, the majority of whom are well armed. DeGaulle welcomes you all to the meeting, giving a round of introductions:
Leading the Steelhead company is Commander McGarry, a stout man with impressive brown mutton chops and a barrel chest that would even impress Barkeep. Flint Strongarm, the trollblood representative from Stonebreaker’s kriel, introduces himself and explains that Hamish was unwilling to send out more than a scout group should things go wrong in the swamp. A stout woman in heavy, armoured robes and sporting an impressive array of scars is introduced as Lucretzia Breganza, leader of the Siege Breakers – a so called ‘pavise personal artillery unit’ where ranks of tower shields protect rear ranks of spellcasters. Then a man clad in Morrowan-styled white plate mail offers his hand to the lot of you, amicably introducing himself as Commander Valerius of the Lords of Thunder. Finally General Dexeter Lyrra gives you a respectful nod, his old frame clearly suffering from old war wounds, and Col. Stoyan Jarov gives a quick salute, his well-worn warcaster armour creaking in protest only slightly.

“The plan,” begins General Lyrra, leaning on the table, “is to capture Rhydden before the Khadorans are allowed to recoup their losses and-” he gives a long, hacking cough – you can all see Jarov shoot the General a worried glance – and then Lyrra continues, “before winter gets a firm grasp on the area.” His finger trembles a bit as he points to the map on the table, specifically at the southern gate of Rhydden. While they’re not on the map, even more refugee hovels exist around Rhydden, many clustered around the southern gate. They will offer excellent cover to our fighters to advance on the wall, especially because we will be doing this at night." Seeing his own hand shaking, he returns it to help support his weight on the table. “The Brass Orbs, acting as an independent and cohesive small unit, will infiltrate Rhydden in advance. Your primary and first objective will be to get to the southern gate and open it for our forces, ideally doing so without alerting the enemy to any problems. After that, you can quickly redeploy to deal with other threats and targets of opportunity. If possible, we’d ask that you sabotage or demolish the southern Khadoran garrison, eliminating their infantry; assassinate key Khadoran leaders within the city, slowing their response time; and capture the jack depots deeper into the city, hopefully depriving the Khadorans of their heavy firepower.”

“We have armed who we can and trained them as best we can under the guise of Steelhead recruits, so we’ll have a numerical advantage over the wounded Khadoran forces. However, despite the supply train hit by the Brass Orbs, the bulk of our forces are woefully under equipped.”

Valerius interrupts Lyrra’s briefing here, “An operation deserving recognition,” he says, bowing his head to the Orbs, “Your timing and adaptation admirable, and the number of men you spared and took alive very honourable.”

Lyrra clears his throat, then continues: “Steelhead units will be bolstering resistance fighters throughout the battle, using their mixed arms training to supplement the sheer number of resistance members. DeGaulle and his Royal Guard will be spread amongst the resistance fighters for leadership, and to use their combat expertise to tackle major threats that arise. The Siege Breakers will follow them, providing long range support and then consolidating our hold on any ground taken. Our advantage lies in surprise, the longer we can maintain it and keep the Khadorans in disarray, the easier this will be.” He runs a finger along the main road leading into the city from the southern gate, “Once stealth is broken, the Lords of Thunder will utilize their heavy cavalry to control main routes through the city, further sowing confusion and breaking enemy reinforcements before they reach their objectives.” Another bout of coughing, this time lasting long enough to make people shuffle awkwardly, “Strongarm’s scouts will primarily act as a reserve and messenger force to keep people appraised of the overall battle. They’ll spread out around the city and harry the enemy when they can, support those that need it and generally be available for redeployment to targets of opportunity.”

“Everyone should familiarize themselves with the map before the time of battle. For now, are there any questions?”

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Alex and Gwyn - Fall-Winter 609

Knowing where the next mission will be occurring, Alex will travel to Rhyden, along with her growing band of spies. She hopes to learn much in preparation for the Resistance’s assault. Chief in her mind is to identify all of the targets, both Khadoran officers and structures. For people, names, abilities, habits, strengths and weaknesses are her goals; concerning structures, vantage points, structural weak points, ways of access and security is what she looks to discover. She will make contact with black marketeers, smugglers and thieves to learn any possible secret ways into the city, or how to move about unseen.

Meanwhile, Gwyn is left to monitor Alex’s interests in the capital. After introducing Gwyn to her network of contacts, Alex has left her protege to mainatin and expand the web. Further, to continue controlling talk concerning the Brass Orbs, as well as monitor opinion and movements of thew factions in the area

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