We recently finished game 5 of our 2018 Ghost Archipelago campaign. We only had 5 of our normal 8 players due to real life stuff getting in the way. The scenario this time was the third scenario in the rule book, The Abandoned Watchtowers. With having five players, we only set-up two towers. After setting up treasures, we then drew for starting locations. As is my preference, I was able to choose a corner position to protect my flank. I happened to end up opposite Fortrywn with Herndon to my left (To read Fortrywn's report, click here Fortrywn Game 5). The other two Heritors at the far end of the table were Kragmar and my mortal enemy, Griffin (his name is still in the book from Game 3).
|Starting positions for the Heritors|
On board his dhow, the Raven's Beak, Skorri sat under an awning discussing where to search next with the recently recovered Kukala (Hunter; missed last game due to injuries). Trying to sail through the mysterious islands of the archipelago in search of the fabled Crystal Pool was problematic. The dense fogs, narrow channels, shallow reefs, and seemingly shifting isles made navigation difficult at best. The old journal he has from his grandfather is oft times confusing. Its either a secret code written by a genius, or just the ramblings of a half-mad old man. And the handful of maps it contains are really just fragmented drawings with few landmarks. He had only found one map stone and it did not match anything in the journal. "Skorri, come take a look" rang out from the crow's nest. Skorri and Kukala stood up and moved to the railing. Skorri pulled out his telescope and took a look at the nearby island. A pair of old watch towers could be seem off in the distance, rising up out of the jungle. Skorri decided they would make a good area to search, "Heave to and make ready to go ashore" he called out. The ship came to a halt, the anchor dropped, and the sails were furled. Two boats were lowered and the crew climbed in to start rowing to a small, secluded beach.
|A watchtower has been spotted|
|Skorri's crew prepares to move out|
Kukala spies a screamer monkey on top of the nearby watch tower. Knowing these creatures have a tendency to draw other animals with their howling, he carefully draws his bow. Taking aim, he releases an arrow. It flies straight and true, hitting the monkey in the chest. The monkey falls out of sight. Agger (Beast Warden) mumbles the words to Summon Animal. Off in the distance he hears the "bzzzz...bzzzz" of a giant wasp.
|Amras and Amrod prepare to fire on opposing crewmen|
|Skorri picks up a treasure|
|Skorri's crew claim a treasure|
|A Wasp attacks Fortrywn's archer|
|Kukala takes out Fortrywn's Warden|
|The wasp attacking Fortrywn's crew|
Agger hears the hissing of a snake slithering up behind him. He turns and his heart skipped a beat or two - he sees an anaconda heading straight towards him. He quickly speaks the magic words for Control Animal. His success causes Agger to smile as he sends the creature off to protect the left flank.
Amras and Amrod continue their cycle of shooting and missing. Return fire is more accurate as Amras is hit by an arrow from Fortrywn's Hunter (4 points of damage). Skorri moves forward and takes a shot at Fortrywn's elven crewman. His miss causes his blood to boil as he Surges to shoot again. This time his shot is on target and the crewman slumps to the ground. Seeing Skorri moving forward, Agger casts Envenom on Skorri's sword. He might need it.
|Skorri and crew chase after a treasure|
Amras is then charged by Fortrywn himself. He tries to block his attack using his bow. Although Amras successfully deflects his thrust, he is forced to stumble backwards a few steps. He is then struck hard in the chest by an arrow fired by Fortrywn's Hunter. Dropping his cleaved bow, Amras falls into the jungle vegetation, never to rise again (Rolled a 1 on the recovery table).
|Skorri and Fortrywn cross swords|
Meanwhile, seeing the treasure chest get picked up, Amrod and Taucher move to engage in combat against Fortrywn's Pearl Diver. With a great display of swordsmanship, neither side can gain an advantage as the Pearl Diver does a good job of holding off Skorri's crewmen..
Seeing that he is outnumbered, and over-matched by Skorri's superior skills, Fortrywn calls upon his Heritor abilities and executes an Evade. He successfully spins around behind Chen Lee. The two exchange blows with Chen Lee taking a cut to his arm as he is forced back out of combat. Noticing that Chen Lee is safe for the moment, plus seeing the venom starting to have an effect on Fortrywn, Skorri decides to disengage. He turns to leave, as Fortrywn hurls profane insults at him. Ignoring him, Skorri rapidly moves to assist Amrod and Taucher with fighting Fortrywn's pearl diver. As he reaches the melee, he ignores the pain and Surges to engage his opponent. His momentum allows him to deflect the pearl diver's thrust. He then twists his blade to the left and strikes him hard with the flat side of the sword against his temple. The pearl diver collapses into the vegetation as he loses consciousness, the chest tumbling to the ground. Skorri directs Amrod to grab the treasure and fall back. He does so and quickly fades into the jungle (i.e. Runs off the table).
|Skorri and crew capture a treasure - from Fortrywn|
|Post game photo opportunity|
A good game for Skorri and his crew recovering three treasures, even though he did lose one of his Specialists (Amras the Archer). No really worth heading back to port to just replace a single Specialist - I hope. We'll see how the next game plays out.
Keeping the crew mostly together with covering and harassing fire from the archers seemed to work well this time around. The summoned wasp helped out also diverting Fortrwyn's crew's attention for a while. Skorri was aided by Fortrywn splitting his crew into three teams. Of course focusing on Fortrywn did allow Herndon to have a pretty much free attempt at the central treasure on top of the tower. Herndon did have to contend with a couple half-hearted attempts by both Kragmar and Griffin but didn't get any pictures of that action. Maybe next time I can get some action shot from the other end of the table.