The conclusion to this battle report...
King Kazador sees that besides Helfast, only the Ratnik Dwarves,
Beercart Defenders, and the Cannon are in place to intercept the
Beholder in the mid and back field. He can intercept as well, but he
must organize his men now and march out! Alhough, what if the Beholder
wants them to empty Easthold, to defend the Rune Vane, then instead
flies over the fortress walls? Should he stay inside and continue
protecting the crossbows, catapult, and Balgar the wizard? He
reluctantly decides to stay in Easthold.
3 crossbows on the wall and 2 from Helfast amount to 1 wound, which knocks out the Sleep power.
considers his options, he can cure either Helfast or Ulther, fire off a
Lightning Bolt, or Windblast the Beholder and stop it from moving for
one turn. He uses Lightning and knocks out the Charm Person power. 4
out of 9 minor eyes are destroyed.
Balgar decides to use his last points to cast Windblast! The Beholder may not move next turn! Whats going to happen?
Veers: Yes, Lord Vader. I've reached the main power generator. The shield will be down in moments. You may start your landing.
Sated, with vengeance and a full stomach, the Beholder decides to run down the tunnel towards the Eastgate of Moria and freedom. Feeling the cool night breeze in the Dimrill Dale, he finds the Anduin River, looks downstream at Lothlorien to his right, then across the river at Mirkwood, then finally upstream to his left towards the north. With his giant eye, he focuses past the Gladden Fields, past the Old Ford and the Carrock, to the source of the Great Anduin, up above in the snows of Ered Lithuin, even beyond them! There, he thinks to himself, beyond the politics of the Dwarves, Elves, Orcs, and Undead... he could make a new start in the wintery north of Forodwaith. He thinks to himself... "and no more Hellpepper eating contests! Even if its for Radagast's winning prize of Hasenpfeffer rabbit-stew!"
An enjoyable little battle for an evening. Mistakes were made! Mistakes, I tell you! And they cost the Dwarves dearly. Mostly, mistakes of underestimating the speed of the Beholder. Perhaps, more damage should have been allocated to slowing its movement down, instead of its firepower in the minor eyes. Also, the forces inside Easthold kept second guessing the goal of the Beholder by staying behind their walls. They were so sure the Beholder would first come in and deal with the firepower inside the fort before heading to the Rune Vane. They kept the midfield relatively clear, for the cannon, allowing the Beholder to run right through it. The Cannon only dealt 2 damage anyway, the one time it was able to fire. But seriously, blame the dice! No Dwarf unit was able to charge, or stand up to a charge from the Beholder... not a one! Its only a 50% chance to do so! But no, the Beholder had fortune on its side, which I can only attribute to its purity of purpose, it needed to do this thing and get free.
Run to the hills! Beholder... Run for your life!
We fought him hard, we fought him well
Out on the plains, we gave him hell
But many came, too much for Cree
Oh, will we ever be set free?
So what next? I think we must return to the events down under... in the Savage Lands with Balin! Then after that another adventure with Tyrion and Basic/Expert D&D. Where is Gimli and company, I hear ya say? Soon, all will be made clear. Patience young jedis. This blog is a juggling act, so much has to be timed, just right. Actually there is much to paint, terrain wise, for what Im planning to do with Gimli and friends... Oh, enough with the spoilers!
Next post: Welcome To The Jungle
Bonus feature: Soundtrack To This Post!
While playing this battle, I listened to:
Cirith Ungol - Paradise Lost
Liege Lord - Freedom's Rise
Metal Church - Metal Church (1984)
Warrior - Fighting for The Earth