The tone in the cave was somber, many good people had lost their lives today. A nest of spiders was discovered deep in the caves and the survivors were called to arms. Commander Koren directed the attack and Keito led the charge. The peasant shield wall did much to protect the men and Kettu and Meuke led the bandits in attack while DikDik tended to the wounded.
The fight started out strongly, the plan was sound, and the drone yielded minimal resistance. Alas as they delved deeper into the mines the peasants began to get spooked. The shield wall started to falter and the men fell back. It was all Koren and Keito could do rally the line.
Their very retreat though turned into a huge advantage, as they withdrew the Queen lost focus and control on her spiders resulting in most of them being slaughtered and opening a clear path to her chamber. The bandit core continued to withdraw, but Koren drove the remainder on.
This dissent was nearly their downfall, overconfident the peasants charged forward only to have the Queen and two of her warriors appear from the ground behind them. They decimated the lines before they were finally overwhelmed.
DikDik stayed the hands of the peasants, preventing them from outright slaying the Queen. She spoke of legends in which the Dark controlled Stone Spiders and how she believed they could do the same. She spoke to the Queen and came to an agreement. As long as they provide fresh meat, the Queen would serve “The Masters”.
For future reference, here are the numbers behind the battle. The numbers are approximiate.
|Round||Token Mod||Terrain Mod||Tactics Mod||Heroic Action Mod||Token Loss||Tokens||Morale|
|1||Healer (+1)||Lead the Peasants (+2)||Lead the Bandits (+1)||-|
|2||Shaken||Lead the Peasants (+1)||Shaken||Lead the Bandits (+2)|
|3||Healer (+2)||Rally the Troops (+1 Moral)||Lead the Sailors (+2)||Lead the Bandits (+2)|
|4||-||Lead the Peasants (+2)||Withdrew||Withdrew|
|Round||Token||Terrain||Tactics||Foe Action||Token Loss||Tokens|
|4||Defend the Queen (+1 +2)||Sneak attack (+1)|