This, as mentioned, will be three battles between three forces under three scenarios, the overall loser will be eliminated and the remaining two will progress to the knockout stages.
The loser is determined by:
- Number of victories
- Number of draws
- Number of major victories/or major losses
- Points obtained against points conceded
- A heroic duel between the contesting forces heroes (I personally would like this to happen)
Rivendell Vs Moria (Reconnoitre)
|Both sides split off into two directions. The goblin archers fire a volley |
towards the elven captain, who takes an arrow to the
right arm, yet it doesn't phase the elf lord.
|The elves arrive at the wall first, but the goblins |
mount their assault carefully.
|And two sneaky goblins vault the wall, slitting the throat of the |
defending elf as they pass!
|This allows more of the goblins to pass over, but the elves are not|
without hope, as the captain cuts down one of the attacking goblins.
|One of the goblins evades through elf lines, with more on their way, |
still the captain re-assumes them as he slices and
cleaves the two goblins nearby.
|By the house the elves have successfully held off the goblin attack.|
|And elf prowess shows, as yet another goblin|
succumbs to the elven blades.
|Another goblin manoeuvres through the elf lines, |
so two elves are sent to even the scores.
|The goblins strike back, stabbing an elf blocking two from certain escape.|
|And while the Elven captain finally brings down the shaman,|
the goblin captain kills another elf.
Moria = 10 + 5(breaking elves) + 5(models evading) = 20
Rivendell = 4 + 5(breaking goblins) + 3(killing shaman) + 2(models evading) = 14
Erebor Vs Rivendell (A Clash of Piquets)
Given the elves lost the previous encounter, they need to win to stand a chance of progressing.
|The forces more closer to the well and they increase in number, |
more arrive on the field as they march.
|The sides rush at each other, the elves getting the upper hand initially.|
|The last of each side have entered the field as they clash again.|
|This time the dwarf captain squishes an elf, another falls swiftly|
beside him, the elf captain takes a nasty cut on the thigh.
|But returns the favour to the dwarf, removing the leg from under him.|
|Both leaders go all out for the victory, killing upon either side.|
Rivendell = 10 + 5(breaking dwarves) = 15
Erebor = 4
Moria Vs Erebor (The High Ground)
Moria already have a victory, so a draw ensures progression, whereas the dwarves need a very distinct victory to stand a chance of progressing.
|Both sides approach the contested hill.|
|And split into two sections.|
|A fierce melee occurs.|
|Leaving three bloody goblins and a dwarf on the ground.|
|The goblins want more, and charge with the fury of the Shaman!|
|And three dwarves keel over from the red-eyed goblins.|
|Which leaves the dwarves to be swarmed by the many goblins.|
|But the dwarf captain provides a small lifeline of goblin corpses.|
|The dwarves hold out as more goblins fall. But one dwarf succumbs, |
leaving the dwarf force broken!
|They don't have time to flee, as the goblins force|
them to fight for their lives.
|Two goblins and the same number dwarves are |
cut down, leaving the goblins broken too!
|The goblin captain has had enough, but the shaman calls|
the goblins to arms and they charge again.
|All who remain.|
|Two goblins flee as the dwarves hold their ground, and the dwarf|
captain lobs the head of the nearest goblin, leaving
the hill claimed by the dwarves!
Erebor = 10 + 5(breaking goblins) + 3(number of dwarves on hill) = 18
Moria = 4 + 5(breaking dwarves) + 2(number of goblins on hill) = 11
So the final tallying's:
Rivendell (1 minor victory and loss) - pts = 29/24 (1st)
Moria (1 minor victory and loss) - pts = 31/32 (2nd)
Erebor (1 minor victory and loss) - pts = 22/26 (3rd)
Kills by Heroes
Elven Captain = 10 (12)
Dwarf Captain = 7 (7)
Goblin Captain = 5 (5)
Goblin Shaman = 0 (0)
So Erebor despite some late heroics, will not progress. Therefore Rivendell go through as 1st place and Moria 2nd place.
This makes the next battles as follows:
The Easterlings Vs The Serpent Horde (A Clash Of Piquets)
Rivendell Vs Cirth Ungol (To The Death!)
Isengard Raiders Vs The Fiefdoms (Seize The Prize)
Moria Vs Théoden's Host (Contest Of Champions)