Last time the High king's army fought the goblins, they were savagely beaten, due to lack of numbers (I knew I shouldn't have put in Elendil :( ). This time nothings changed, the bar is set higher. If the Men lose, all pride will be taken away with no wins at all, only a win will keep them within reach of the other teams. On the other hand the goblins are within reach of second place if they win both upcoming battles and the elves lose both.
Anyway on to the battle! The forces are set up as below:
1st turn - Good
The Men form a barricade to take advantage of the barrier rule. The goblins rush forth towards the opposing hill.
2nd turn - Evil
Again the goblin warriors rush ahead passing the trees. The men hold their ground trusting the rocky ridge will hold the oncoming horde.
3rd turn - Good
The men prepare to embrace the charge of the goblins. The goblins rush against the ridge, Elendil feels a magic grip his heart and is forced forwards, the minions surround the high king.(Nazgul got 4, Elendil rolled a 1)
The ensuing combat is a battering of shields, the goblins forced back. Elendil is not so lucky, receiving two wounds (and he failed his fate point). The Nazgul scowls beneath the opaque hood.
4th turn - Good
Elendil pounces upon the cursed spirit, eager for revenge. The goblins assault the ridge again, and the troll moves behind the Battle line, only to be intercepted by a Numenorian warrior. Also two Numenorians move to aid the king.
Elendil Swings Narsil around covering his back, cleaving a three goblins, then stabs the wraith in the heart, who crumples into nothingness. The goblin king has to back from his opponents but is unscathed. The Numenorian captain takes a spear to the arm, but his mail shifted the spear tip away from coming through his arm (-1 fate and might). Two men fall, one to the troll, the others taking two goblins.
5th turn - Evil
The troll attacks the men holding a line atop of the ridge, also trapping the captain, the other goblins mob on lone men. Elendil can only watch as the goblins assault the beleaguered men.
Elendil cuts down the goblin in-front, and rushes into the swarm felling another two goblins. The goblin king losses his combat but not any wounds.The Numenorian swordsmen attack the troll with surprising ferocity, leaving the troll with two deep cuts. The captain kills the goblins attacking him. Things are looking better for the Men.
6th turn - Good
The captain summons his men to attack the troll, one freezes in terror, he is attacked by goblins. Elsewhere a Man rushes over the wall, but lands on his face, he is also beset upon.
Both kings kill their immediate opponents. Elendil kills 3 (-3might), Durburz kills 2 (-2might). Elendil races towards Durburz, although he backs away his armour prevents any injuries. The troll squashes a Numenorian, and wounds the captain. The evil force is broken, the Men are nearing half strength too.
7th turn - Evil
The captain calls for the men to act quickly, Elendil charges the opposition king. This makes three goblins flee for their lives. The goblin king and his followers surround Elendil, The accident prone Man charges to save the fate that might befall him.
Elendil attacks the goblin twice but fails to kill him(-1 fate Goblin king),The troll kills another Man, and Elendil's saviour is slaughtered, his last action of devotion to his king killed him. Leaving the Men broken.
8th turn - Evil
Durburz calls a Stand Fast! the troll engages the captain alone, the goblins swarm the king.
The Numenorian Captain gives his strength to face the troll, who stumbles, allowing the captain to pierce the beast for it's third and final time. Elendil losses his battle and crawls over the ridge, to safety?
9th turn - Good
Elendil stands upon the ridge, his men behind gang upon the few goblins. Durburz summons his minions over the ridge, where they attack the king.
The captain fells the goblin beside him, Elendil twirls and blocks all oncoming attacks, except a single spear that cuts deep into his armour. Durburz is angry he could not kill the king.
10th turn - Evil
The king strategically moves his followers.
But Durburz fails to wound his enemy, but the captain kills his opponent.
11th turn - Evil
Once again The forces assault each other.
Again the captain kills his opponent and the king fails.
12th turn - Good
The forces set upon each other with no event.
13th turn - Evil
Both leaders struggle to rally their followers. But neither side has an advantage.
14th turn - Good
Both sides attack again. The king takes a cut to his torso, and his last minion is cut down.
15th turn - Good
The captain loses his heart and flees the field. His soldiers stand their ground against the king who assaults them, buy to no avail.
16th turn -Evil
The king Turns tail and runs as fast as his short legs will carry him! One man flees the other keeps his heart. and earns the victory for his kinsmen!
The goblins return to their holes in fear. This means the men have finally taken a victory over their adversaries!
The score 6 - 5 of the High king
- High king: 3 + 1(breaking opponents) + 2(heroes/troll killed) = 6
- Moria(+Nazgul): 1 + 3(Elendil killed) + 1(breaking opponents) = 5
Also Elendil gains Blessed by the valar (+3pts) in his heroic escape of the Nazgul and crawling to safety.
Also if your interested the heroes kills:
- Elendil = 12 !
- Numenorian captain = 8
- Troll = 3
- Goblin King = 2
The Men have kept up with the goblins and the goblins will no longer be able to come second. This leaves the final battle of the 5th round Rivendell Vs Minas Morgul.