A Garden of War

The Battle of Hope's Return

Campaign: A Rumor of Hope


The Fifth Sword of Summer’s Descent

  • With Bishop Claymore sworn to ride out from Hope’s Return in just a tenday, five of those required to march their ragtag army, the resistance began preparations for open battle. With their newly acquired ringfall procured by the party of heroes, they would forge weapons and brew potions while Orden, a tactical genius, talked over battle-plans with Edra and the rest of the resistance officers.

The Fourteenth Sword of Summer’s Descent

  • On the evening of their fifth day at march, the resistance reached Hope’s Return and got their first looks at the goblin army entrenched around the stout keep. Over a thousand goblins were starving out the survivors within the castle. With Bishop Claymore’s 200 men, and the resistances 250 soldiers such as barbarians, knights, men-at-arms, priests, and flintlock sharpshooters, they were still outnumbered 2 to 1. The resistance would have to dig deep and rely on superior skill, tactics, and leadership to hope to win the coming battle.

The Fifteenth Sword of Summer’s Descent; Daetheleor’s Day

  • At high-noon on Daetheleor’s Day, with Vehana flying at her zenith, Bishop Claymore charged forth from Hope’s Return, their armor shone, their banners danced, their horns sang. Unawares of the resistance army’s flanking maneuver, the goblin army moved to face a single front. From behind rode the resistance’s screaming barbarians lead by Edra and Jarl Ingmar the Blackskull. Each officer lead their own contingent of soldiers, each had their duty in the bloody battle ahead.
  • The goblin general Lord Putrix lead more than just a contingent of his own kind; for his ranks were bolstered by orcish gorthek riders, a frost giant, and a juggernaut beetle that the general himself rode upon. It was a fearsome battle, with the frost giant hurling trees into the folds and a Goliath beetle scything through the resistance warriors, but the heroes triumphed in the end, dismounting their opposing general and moving in for a face-to-face against the first of the Gold Goblin’s generals they’d meet in battle!
Creature Name CR XP # XP
1st/2nd Goblin Brigade 10 9,600 2 19,200
Gorthek Platoon 8 4,800 1 4,800
Frost Giant 8 4,800 1 4,800
Juggernaut Beetle 10 9,600 1 9,600
Subtotal 38,400 / 6
Total 6,400xp



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