Name: Ekaterina Dragunova
AKA: Katie the Wolf
Soldier Type: Human Treasure Hunter
Miniature: Kalyna from Hasslefree Miniatures (HFH085)
Backstory: Ekaterina was abducted and ransomed at a very young age by bandits. Her family couldn’t – or wouldn’t – pay, and the bandit assigned to be her executioner couldn’t bring himself to complete his task. He abandoned her in the woods, instead, expecting that the end result would be basically the same.
Shortly after being abandoned she found a wolf cub in a snare, and not really knowing any better at such a young age, she freed it. The cub’s mother was nearby, and spared Ekaterina. Whether this initial act was gratitude or pity would never be entirely clear to the child; as she grew older Ekaterina came to believe that maybe her adoptive ‘mother’ had just realised what a powerful ally a tame human would be. Of course, as it turns out, an angry, abandoned young girl raised by wolves is anything but tame.
Eventually Ekaterina would rejoin society, and even be recognized for who she was (she would have been the spitting image of her mother if not for the terribly cold eyes of her father and some hard edges courtesy of her feral upbringing). Abandoning the birth name that she had long since forgotten, she found a new home in the urban underground, hiring herself out as a mercenary. She had worked with Rikkits before he began running with Xaalia’s crew; Xaalia never felt comfortable working with her and avoided hiring her. Loads of natural talent, and all the moral ambiguity one might expect from a terror raised among wolves, but a lack of respect for other people in general means that Katie the Wolf is undisciplined, and rarely takes direction well. She can be loyal to a fault, but the few that have ever managed to take advantage of that trait met their own ends badly enough that often only the truly desperate will hire her.
Morrigan suggested her as a potential replacement for Rikkits after his untimely demise, and Xaalia reluctantly put She in touch.
Name: Jaeger the Blade
Soldier Type: Human Barbarian
Miniature: Jholkar of Bolverk from Hasslefree
Backstory: Jaeger grew up in the same northern tribe as Beatrice. They both trained as Infantrymen together before striking out to earn their adulthoods in the South. Upon arriving in the region surrounding Felstad they worked primarily with a member of the Scaled Folk known as Skrixx Aeon’k. Eventually Jaeger’s own strengths showed themselves to differ from Beatrice’s, and they split up for a while to gone their individual skill sets. It was during this stretch that Jaeger worked with Rikkits and Xaalia.
Three-player Frostgrave this past Monday. The Headtakers, the Brass Knuckles, and the Resurrection (my temporary name for Chris’s Crew), facing off in the ‘Stars are Wrong’ scenario from the Sellsword expansion.
Went with a ‘lower’ battlefield than usual, without so many raised catwalks, just used a lot of terrain that was closer to the ground. I started in the graveyard corner largely because I often start in that corner; it worked out well in terms of treasure and freedom of movement, but also left me open to a lot of early ranged fire.
Those wrought iron fences don’t do much to block line of sight. Xaalia snagged some treasure early only to do it again for Skrixx Aeon’k to carry off, which freed her up to grab another. Wren the Unseen settled in behind a mausoleum and found himself a nice line of fire through the West Gate, while Alistair fired down the left side of the board at the Brass Knuckles Captain, Nicholas. Morrigan used Bones of the Earth to lock down Carl “Notch” O’Leary, a Brass Knuckles marksman who hadn’t yet had the opportunity to move.
I did this thinking it would lock him down, but in rereading the wording of the spell it very specifically points out that it prevents movement, and doesn’t technically state that the model is in combat, just that combat must be attempted to break free. With that in mind, we opted to allow non-move actions, so he wasn’t quite so locked down as I’d wanted, but it did the trick.
Later during that first turn, Notch would loose a crossbow bolt in my general direction but fail to hit me. During the second turn he opted to free himself rather than reload – “I’ll just hack this thing off” was the phrasing – and Bones of the Earth promptly rolled a natural 20. Even with Fight +0, it was enough to take an already injured Marksman right out of the game. During the End of Game rolls, Carl ‘Notch’ O’Leary would narrowly avoid death, having been Badly Wounded by the skeletal hand (dragged beneath the earth, I assume).
She (Who Will not be Named) spent her first turn using her Casting Gloves to cast Power Word [Strike Dead], and with her second turn got a fairly devastating Strike Dead in on Chris’ Witch (Lazarus, the Arcane One). Lazarus immediately used a Ring of Teleportation to get as far from She as he possibly could.
She would later be Badly Wounded via electrocution; an Eldritch bolt hit her hard and she failed to stay standing. This was a particularly bloody battle in general. A fair bit of treasure made it off the board cleanly, but the last few dragged every remaining soldier into the fray. If you didn’t leave with treasure, you didn’t leave at all.
Standouts for the Headtakers included Alastair and Anja. Alistair survived two Eldritch bolts, shot down two Brass Knuckles (including taking the fingers off Joey, the apprentice), and even managed to snag a treasure.
Anja – now Captain Anja – was a whirlwind this game, working around the battlefield with Reichenbach (the dog) and taking down five enemy soldiers before succumbing to injuries. She also managed to shift a treasure during the midgame, getting it into a better position to be carried off by one of her men. Reichenbach provided excellent support, and both Anja and her faithful mutt made full recoveries.
Wren the Unseen also managed to do some solid damage, taking out a Resurrection thief and the Brass Knickles’ Captain, but unfortunately not making it any further than that; Horny Pete of the Resurrection shot him down from a nearby tower. The injury was fairly serious, and Wren will be missing the next foray into Felstad.
Secunda Mae, Year of the Scaled Phoenix
-at the Eldritch fields
Colin the Blue, Enchanter, cut down by Swarthy
Nicholas, Captain, stabbed by Wren the Unseen
Gary Sinese, archer, shot by Alistair
Raul ‘Lightfoot’Smith, tracker, shot by Horny Pete
Timothy ‘Relic’ Dalton, treasure hunter, gouged by Anja
Dave ‘Deadshot’ Franco, archer, mysteriously knocked out, probably in a big messy rumble between the Brass Knuckles and the Resurrection over a treasure
Carl ‘Notch’ O’Leary, marksman, dragged under the stones by the Bones of the Earth
Joey, Apprentice Enchanter, fingers shot off by Alistair
Truman, apprentice Witch, knocked out by Timothy Dalton
Bagley, treasure hunter, cut down by Anja
Baldy, archer, knocked down by Anja
Gunderson, thief, shot by Wren the Unseen
Bearchest, barbarian, cut down by Anja
Podrick, apothecary, axed by Anja
Swarthy, ranger, stabbed by Captain Nicholas
Blondie, ranger, slashed by Timothy Dalton
Jaeger, badly wounded at the Well of Dreams and Sorrows
Morrigan, Apprentice Necromancer, shot by Raul ‘Lightfoot’ Smith
Anja, Captain, knocked out by Lightfoot
Reichenbach, war hound, knocked out by Lightfoot
She, Necromancer, electrocuted by Eldritch bolts
Wren the Unseen, ranger, shot by Horny Pete