Week 2: The Continued Misadventures of Sargon the Oppressor
Hearing rumours of an abandoned mine that was now lair of a terrible Wyrm, Inhuman Resources set out to locate the mine in the hope of retrieving a wyrm egg, as such a beast would fetch a high price back in Zharr-Naggrund. The tunnels were too small to accommodate Agron, so the daemon engine was left outside along with Xathrites, who was recovering from his arm wound. As the dwarfs descended into the tunnels they saw torchlight ahead of them. A band of foul ratmen had beaten them to the mine, no doubt to take the egg for their own nefarious purposes (for Science! or for lunch?). Several of the rats scurried off deeper into the tunnels, while the rest held position blocking the passageway. The dwarfs advanced towards the skaven under a hail of stones, warplock bullets and warp lightning. The Gits returned fire, displaying uncharacteristic pinpoint accuracy as they stunned the slaves the skaven scientists were hiding behind.
Unfortunately, the passage was long enough that by the time the dwarfs reached them, they had managed to recover. Strange noises, squaks and roars echoed from deeper in the tunnels as battle was joined. Bel-Dagon, Mantu, Ardorach and the Gits engaged the slaves in melee. The skaven continued their fusillade, caring not for the wellbeing of their underlings. One of them threw an orb which released a cloud of poisoned gas, stunning Bel-Dagon and killing the slaves he was attacking. The continuous ranged onslaught knocked several dwarfs out of the fight, so Sargon decided it would be wise to call for a withdrawal despite the sounds from below suggesting that the ratmen had drawn the attention of an angry wyrm.
No serious injuries were suffered. Another henchman, Nazzaratus, was hired. The warband encountered a sorcerer consumed entirely by the curse of stone, and relieved him of his axe and lucky charm.
The warband next took a trip to the Northern Wastes in search of wyrdstone to fund new equipment. Nazzaratus claimed he was an expert at navigating difficult terrain, so was given the job of guiding Agron through the deep snows. Progress was slowed by the unhospitable terrain and freezing weather. As the dwarfs approached a ruined village, the greenskin warband from the bar emerged from the snowstorm. As the two forces manoeuvered through the snow, Bel-Dagon dashed ahead to collect a glowing wyrdstone from an ancient altar. Sargon repeatedly attempted his sorcerous magics but the winds of magic were fickle. His spells either fizzled out unsuccessfully or exploded violently, flinging him through the air.
As the two sides closed, the Gits moved to flank the orcs, drawing their ire with a shower of sling shots which downed one of the boyz. With the greenskins almost upon them, Nazzaratus lost control of Agron and the daemon engine embarked on a wild rampage, speeding past the orcs and colliding with the altar, before hurtling away from the fight. By the time he regained control of the daemon, Nazzaratus was too far away to be of any use. Ultimately, it didn't matter. The orcs lured away from the main force by the Gits' slinging tried to rush through a ruined house towards the dwarfs, but Bel-Dagon barrelled into them and Sargon finally succeded in casting his spell, melting into the ground as lava and emerging into the combat. The gits moved to attack the orc boyz from behind and Ardorach moved to block their escape. Trapped in the building and beset from all sides, the orcs soon fell, Captain Badrukk amongst the casualties. Meanwhile Dakuri, Xathrites and Mantu moved to meet the goblin archers that were crossing the stream, intent on claiming more slaves to add to the rather pitiful captive zealot. It was not to be, as the greenskins fled the battle.
Nazzaratus was quickly reassigned to combat duties before the next foray into the borderlands, with Xathrites (who turned out to be a skilled driver) taking command of Agron. Mantu had shown promising talent, so was promoted to Gaoler's Assistant. Sargon's exposure to the warping chaos magics caused his tusks to grow larger and sharper, strong enough to do serious injury to his foes. The wyrdstone proceeds secured a new handgun, with the remainder going into the warband's coffers. As they scoured the area for treasure, they found a wounded traveller. Too grievously hurt to be of any use, the dwarfs killed him and looted several gold crowns from his pockets.
Travelling back from the Chaos wastes, the warband got a little lost, so stopped at a village to demand directions from the locals. For some reason, they didn't think to enslave them too. Mantu proved extremely persuasive, extracting plenty of information from the nearest household with his questioning, and even more when he started axe-ing for more details. Sargon and Bel-Dagon rushed forward towards the centre of the village to terrify other peasants, while Xathrites parked Agron on the village green. Suddenly, shambling out of the darkness came an undead horde! Xathrites took aim at a degenerate ghoul, winging it with a bullet, before firing Agron's engines back into life. Sargon and Bel-Dagon began their questioning, quickly extracting information as the dead approached. Behind the zombified masses, a vampire and a necromancer also were going from house-to-house extracting information.
As Dakuri, Mantu and their henchmen moved to support those in the centre, three Terracotta Warriors appeared behind them. Thinking the constructs would make better slave labourers than the undead, they instead moved to engage them. This proved to be a mistake, as the warriors were extremely skilled and resilient. They parried most blows, and those which did land failed to scratch their armour. As the Terracotta Warriors slowly cut through the warband, the undead horde surrounded Sargon and Bel-Dagon. Sargon was assaulted by a pair of dregs, and though he dispatched one with his hammer the other prevailed aainst him. Bel-Dagon fought off several ghouls, zombies and the vampire before being dragged down by the sheer weight of attacks. Xathrites powered Agron forward, crushing a zombie beneath its wheels as the nimbler ghouls leapt to safety. He then pursued the necromancer. Mantu tried to aid the Gits in their fight but was cut down by the Constructs. Dakuri withdrew from the fight as the Gits were cut down, and advanced towards the ghouls, intent on causing enough damage to force them to retreat so that the skirmish was not a complete wash-out. The undead moved forward unopposed, and three corpse-eaters attacked Dakuri, who stood resolute. The Terracotta Warriors then moved on to deal with the undead, cutting down one of the ghouls and wading into the zombies. The reappearance of the Constructs and the numbers of Undead were too much for Dakuri, who fled from the melee. As the only warband member fighting fit, Xathrites decided it was best to take Agron and withdraw.
When the dust had settled, most of the warband successfully made it back to camp. The Shifty Git failed to return, Sargon's leg was badly wounded and he would be unable to take part in the next raid, and Mantu developed an intense hatred of Terracotta Warriors. The coffers were quite full by now, so the warband reinforced and reequipped. The Sneaky Git had become quite a good shot over the course of the last few fights, so was given a bow as a reward. A similarly skilled hobgoblin was recruited, the unit being renamed 'The Shooty Gits'. Two blunderbusses were procured, and a human scoundrel named Woochi was hired, supposedly a master magician able to fly through the air and summon a powerful flaming sword. While exploring, a rival slave-taker was encountered and permanently put out of business.
Dave - Black Dwarfs (Inhuman Resources) - Lure of Fortune - Rating 167 - CP 6
--- Heroes ---
Sargon the Oppressor - Sorcerer and Warband Leader
Bel-Dagon - Bull Centaur
Dakuri - Gaoler
Xathrites - Gaoler and Designated Driver
Mantu - Chaos Dwarf 'Assistant Gaoler'
--- Henchmen ---
The Shooty Gits - 2 Hobgoblins (Informers)
Ardorach - Chaos Dwarf
Nazzaratus - Chaos Dwarf
--- Hired Swords ---
Woochi the Scoundrel - Warlock
--- Vehicles ---
Agron - Daemon Engine