The Gilded Blade’s Diary I

The Gilded Blade moments before their first battle on the streets of Mordheim.

The Gilded Blade moments before their first battle on the streets of Mordheim.

After the Family’s arrival Johan and his sons were sitting down in a dirty tavern in the even more dirty settlement of Black Pit. All preparations were made and the Gilded Blade was more than ready to explore the nearby city of the damned. Tales of roaming terrors in the streets as well as the starring bloodshot eyes of potential rivals in the tavern could not becloud Johan’s pleasant anticipation. Tomorrow would be the day. Hours before he spent almost his last coins to hire a mercenary who said that he already knew the streets of Mordheim. Johan had seen enough Assassins during his days to recognise this man, Francesco di Cosimo as a ruthless killer. Now Johan only had to watch out for his man getting not too drunk or into some trouble.
The next morning came and the Gilded Blade finally entered the mist clouded city through a shattered part of its once impressive wall.  Eventually they found a place which seemed to a promising place to search for the highly sought after wyrdstone. The men had just started the search as Wouter rose his head forcing the other men to be quiet. He had heard something. A rat like squeak was to be heard and the sound of fast footsteps on the ground. The men of Marienburg had heard the tales about the evil rat men of the Old World. Yet they had never faced a Skaven before. Johan did not waste any more time and ordered a quick rush towards the streets. He did not want to be closed in on his first day in Mordheim.

The scenario was “4: breakthrough” and due to their lower warband’s rating the Skaven decided to let the Marienburgers be the attackers.

The Gilded Blade decided to break through the enemy lines together.

The Gilded Blade decided to break through the enemy lines together.

The Skaven are covering two ways and their Sorcerer summoned two giant rats.

The Skaven are covering two ways and their Sorcerer summoned two giant rats.

The men of Marienburg tried to break through on the right flank of the battlefield but were immediately stopped by two Black Skaven and two Giant Rats. A long range combat duell started between two Skaven with slings and the three Marksmen.

The men of Marienburg tried to break through on the right flank of the battlefield but were immediately stopped by two Black Skaven and two Giant Rats. A long-range combat duel started between two Skaven with slings and the three Marksmen.

The Skavens' ambush.

The Skavens’ ambush.

The leader of the Skaven Warband swam through the river to assist his henchmen.

The leader of the Skaven Warband swam through the river to assist his henchmen.

The fight continued.

The fight continued.

The first Skaven were going down but the battle was not over yet.

The first Skaven were going down but the battle was not over yet.

The men of the Gilded Blade were pushing forward, leaving none of the Skaven unharmed.

The men of the Gilded Blade were pushing forward, leaving none of the Skaven unharmed.

The Skaven leader was cornered by the Van Spreuvens. The Skaven saw no way to run and fought wild against the two skilled heroes.

The Skaven leader was cornered by the Van Spreuvens. The Skaven saw no way to run and fought wild against the two skilled heroes.

The long-range combat on the other side had no result and the battle went on to hand to hand combat.

The long-range combat on the other side had no result and the battle went on to hand to hand combat.

Under the Skaven's Blade Johan went to the ground but luckily his son could take care of the ratman.

Under the Skaven’s Blade Johan went to the ground but luckily his son could take care of the ratman.

The battle was nearly at an end, as a desperate cry echoed through the streets. A restless spirit of one of the former people living here was haunting the streets. No one was affected though as the ghost was roaming the streets on the other side of the battlefield.

The battle was nearly at an end, as a desperate cry echoed through the streets. A restless spirit of one of the former people living here was haunting the streets. No one was affected though as the ghost was roaming the streets on the other side of the battlefield.

The battle ended after eight turns. None of the Marienburgers was heavily injured and eight ratmen were lying bleeding on the ground. The rest of them left in a hurry. The battle was won - flawless victory for Johan's Gilded Blade.

The battle ended after eight turns. None of the Marienburgers was heavily injured and eight ratmen were lying bleeding on the ground. The rest of them left in a hurry. The battle was won – flawless victory for Johan’s Gilded Blade.

The Battle’s results:
Injuries:

  • None

Experience:

  • Marksmen: +1 BS
  • Swordsmen: +1 I & +1 WS

Income:

  • Found 4 shards, sold 3 for 60 Gold Coins
  • Found an Overturned Cart and 9 Gold Coins

Rest:

  • Paid upkeep for the Assassin
  • Hired 2 new Warriors with Clubs

(Note: We made a little mistake during the beginning of the campaign, giving all henchmen experience for slain enemies.)

Johan was sitting again in the tavern surrounded by his sons. Things went very good for the Gilded Blade so far. At first the men were frightened by the fierce rat men but when they saw that they were no match for their blades they cut them down like hay. Collecting enough riches for a fast return to Marienburg seemed like no problem if things stayed the way they are. Johan even thought about hiring new men here in the dirty settlements surrounding Mordheim.

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