|The goblins were set upon and broken under Snowden's soldiers!|
|And the dwarves had crumpled the line of rebel skirmishers...|
Back to the action!
|So the a goblin and the troll turn to the winds leaving only two goblins,|
against the rebel companies, who start to turn northwards.
|Durburz bellows for his guard to stand their ground as the rebels |
surround them, one of his guard daggers a rebel throat.
|He subsequently has his legs removed from him by the captain, and the |
other two heroes match this by stabbing their respective opponents.
|The last two goblin warriors are reduced to one swiftly.|
|Durburz is assaulted by the rebels, but manages to hold them off.|
|The last goblin warrior is finished off, and the groups |
of rebels march to attack the dwarves.
|Mather assembles his remaining followers hoping the other |
allies will join him soon.
|On the western flank a dwarf is gutted and a rebel brought to his knees.|
|The captains order their units to reform.|
|Then Orin orders a dwarven charge!|
|Slicing, cutting through and bowling over Mather's section. Orin takes|
his mighty axe and cleaves the man in two, blood splattering the floor.
|The rebel forces march further south in hope of saving their friends.|
|Durburz twists and dodges the blows and slices, yet the captain jabs|
him straight between the eyes, leaving him motionless.
|Seeing the last of Mather's warriors flee, the dwarves start to|
reorganise themselves seeing the rebels mass before them.
|More standing off between these sides as arrows are exchanged.|
|Lord Snowden and the captain hasten North to re-join their forces.|
|The dwarves form a small line against the organising mass |
in-front of them.
|Hatain's company try to subdue the rebels before the shinier rebels arrive.|
|The shiny rebels are having none of it, and so, attack the dwarves. |
Who are still clearing up the other rebels, another group of them
start flanking the main attack.
|And so a couple of dwarves are pierced by many shiny rebel spears,|
the dwarves respond by cutting down two other rebels.
|Suddenly the shiny rebels are everywhere, engulfing the dwarf line.|
|Now half a dozen men and dwarves fall alike, with the rebels |
bettering the dwarves.
|Hatain is short of followers, yet the remaining green rebels make a|
hasty retreat, leaving things 'slightly' more even. But the shiny rebels
give no quarter and charge again.
|Although Snowden stabs the dwarf annoying him, two more shinys|
fall to dwarf axes, leaving another of his companies very worse
for wear. Then Hatain slices the nearby captain's arm, bringing him to
his knees and then punches him unconscious.
|Snowden calls for his men to hold their ground, yet two bowmen flee.|
He charges Hatain to deal with their biggest threat.
Snowden's men charge yet again.
|One of Orin's warriors succumbs to the shiny steel, bringing Orin |
to question if this battle is winnable.
|Orin throws caution to the wind, calls his dwarves to stand fast!|
And attacks the shiny mass.
|He brings down the two rebels with ease; leaving Snowden's bodyguard|
in pieces. The lord couldn't get the better of Hatain,
who gives him a nasty leg wound.
|Three rebels have had enough, along with one of Orin's dwarves, of the |
angry dwarf captain. The battle is now very finely balanced.
|And the dwarves bring the odds ever in their favour.|
|Two more rebels fleeing leaves the battle almost in dwarven hands.|
|Yet another rebel falls to dwarven might.|
|Hatain has managed to hold of the rebel lord, and Orin hurries to his aid.|
|Both rebels are quickly surrounded.|
|Both are cut, sliced and diced to the floor.|
The goblins were cut down upon the field, the rebels companies have been either scattered or killed, giving the dwarves the Victory!
Hatain pulled the rebel lord from the floor, he gave a cough and splutter, followed by a gush of blood.
"So tell me 'Lord'," Hatain began. "Who do you serve?" Lord Snowden looked bleakly at the dwarf. The dwarves had proved their skill upon too many occasions this day, and would in the future if the rebels rose against them. He would have to concede this field too.
"I serve you. If you'll have me lead my people as I have done for many seasons?" Snowden responded.
Which left Hatain in a predicament. Snowden couldn't return to the settlement and keep the faith of his people without potential revolts, but killing him would only lead to rebel uprisings no matter who governed these people, unless it was Snowden.
He had won the battle but lost the war...
At this point Orin interjected. "Hatain, the goblin wounded are dealt with, what of the rebels wounded and dead?" An idea then came to Hatain.
"Strip them of all their valuables, the Lord and captains also." Hatain ordered. "Then let them be on their way." Orin looked sharply at the captain, this was ill advised, they could muster up a force to deal with the dwarves easily. But he followed the orders given to him.
Over the course of the next day the injured and dead dwarves had been healed or buried under stones, the valuables of the rebels, in particular Lord Snowden, were loaded into wagons. So both, very depleted, dwarf companies prepared to leave the region and also let the rebel survivors go back to their homes. But as the wagons rode into the sunset, Hatain exchanged some last words with Snowden.
"Say what you will to your people, to keep them under your rule." Hatain said, "but we will return some time; and either you pay for our allegiance or the might of the dwarves will make your people rue this day, when anyone stood upon this field against us." And the dwarf captain turned away; flicking the hood over his head and walking towards the wagons receding on the horizon. Snowden stood gazing at the dwarves leaving.
His people would not take this defeat well if at all.