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A Fiery Samhain Night [Anders]
Vuurhaard Siege
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Adolf Arvidson Offline
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A Fiery Samhain Night [Anders]
Date: 15th of Late Scáth | 1721 ATA
Time of Day: Late Night
Weather: Cool, windy, cloudy
Location: Forests two leagues away from Vuurhaard homestead; Vuurhaard
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The kaleidoscopic of leaves were crushed under the soles of Adolf's boot as he walked in front of the collection of trunks stockpiled across each other creating a grand sight. A nippy breeze blew through his entire being causing him to grip his over tunic closer to his body. It one more sign of many that told of the impending coming of the short days was nearly upon him and his men. With a iron hard determination dwelling inside the gray depths of his eyes he turns his gaze away from the stockpile towards his men.

A ghost of his past flitted across his mind as he stared out across an eerily familiar scene of the army his father amassed for the siege on the Jarlessa and her forces. A sea of men clothed from head to toe in metals, the anticipation of bloodshed etched across their face in the form of a spine-chilling smirk, however this was not the past this was the very real present. Adolf shook his head clearing the memory from his mind before he regained his composure with a warm smile.

With his arm outstretched towards his warband of dishonored he begins, "Brothers and Sisters I know that you can feel the dread settle in your bones as the nightmare that is the short days creeps towards us. I know you all fear the ghostly white nights were you fall asleep next to a comrade and awaken to find him or her cold to the touch, lost forever in an eternal frozen slumber. And the days when you are so starved from the lack of rations that you are a corpse-like skeleton of yourself."

Turning towards the stockpile of trunks he slips a leather pouch from his waist. He brings the pouch to his lips and starts mumbling, "Ørindi villieldr eða varmr til fol." With a flick of his wrist he sent the pouch into the mass of trunks. He spun back to the crowd in front of him as the pouch hit the pile.

A sudden burst of heat blew its way past Adolf as flames erupted to life in the mass of trees, "I am here to tell you that we will not fear the icy death upon your shoulders my brothers and sisters. Tonight we are going to find a place where we can call it our own. When the sun crests that snowy tops of these mountains we will feel that dread burned away from our being by the heat of a hearth we can call our own. We will have our home my fellow dishonored and from there our honor!" His last words spread into even the darkest corners of the forest by the strong gust of wind whipping by him.

The crowd erupts into a mob of cheers and banging of steel against the hard packed earthen floor. Adolf basks in the joy and happiness radiating from his men for only a few moments before he continued silencing the crowd, "My friends! We will take the hearth with blood and steel! Some of you will fall, but do realize this my brothers and sisters none of you will be forgotten! All of you will be remembered as the men and women who gave the Children of Redemption their place they can call their own!

Again another wave of joy spread across the crowd; however, this time he let it die out on its own before finalizing his speech, "Now get prepared my brothers and sisters. Pray to the Allfather and his favored son for the impending battle. Be prepared for the siege against Vuurhaard. Be prepared to take your hearth!" With that he walks off to towards the dark shadows cast by the crackling flames of the bonfire, allowing his words to sink in.

In the embrace of the darkness of the shadows he comes next to closest friend, Anders the Feral. Taking a deep breathe he takes in the excitement and the great happiness bubbling from the acclamation of the warband. Sastified by his work a smile creeps on his face as he speaks to Anders, "Can you smell it Anders? Its the scent of men and women willing to lay their lives down for our cause, brother." He drapes an arm around Anders shoulder as a similar smile spreads across the man's lips, "Lets go my friend, the call of steel and blood is beckoning me. And I don't want to keep it waiting." Then he leads his friend farther into the forest towards the light were his senior members were awaiting for him.
07-07-2013 01:50 PM
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RE: A Fiery Samhain Night [Anders]
Anders stretched his muscled frame, preparing for the nocturnal hunt ahead of him. He was ready to give himself over to the battle, to remind the other dishonored why they called him "the Feral". Indeed, the scent of the men and women seeking the second chance was honorable and worthy; however, Anders had been looking forward to this night of blood. Vuurhaard would be theirs, HAD to be theirs. The anticipation and preparation for this battle has seeped into his being, which was no small deed on the part of Adolf, who had inspired and directed those things.

Thus, Anders smiled when Adolf spoke to the men. This night was representative of not just re-taking a homestead, but of regaining a home. The significance was undeniable; if the Children did not have a home by the end of the season, things were going to turn on them. Recruits would stop coming, and members would leave from lack of protection.

"Aye, as you say Adolf. Let us carve out our home from the bones of those who stand in our way!" said Anders in reply to Adolf. Then, following his friend and leader, Anders stepped whole-heartedly into the ever-present chill of the dark woods. The pine needle carpet of the forest floor gave way slightly, almost like a stiff sponge, as the heavy men walked over it. The shadows of the forest were disrupted by the shadows of the Aesir, and the moonlight shining down between the clouds and through the tall pines bathed the two men, giving (Anders at least) a dim glow.

Soon the men came into a small clearing where Bjorn and some other senior members stood. Bjorn looked far more intimidating in the shadows of the late night; his face except for his lower left cheek and jaw was shrouded by the night, while the moonlight highlighted the man's giant-like physique. He was wearing furs to keep warm, and his bo staff was, as per usual, resting his his right hand.

Anders nodded to the group before Adolf addressed them. Normally he would have exchanged banter with Bjorn, who he liked, but tonight was a night of blood and iron. Such nights were afforded a somber and sober respect by the Alflander, and Bjorn seemed to offer the same. Thus they stood, ready to listen to Adolf's plan.
(This post was last modified: 07-12-2013 07:56 AM by Anders the Feral.)
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RE: A Fiery Samhain Night [Anders]
Silence was his favorite aspect of a moonless night, such as the one like tonight. It was like the entire forest seem to hold its breathe in anticipation, and left only silence in the place of life. The towering giants of Aspen, Birch, and Beech looked down from their faraway perches up in the darkness of the sky to see what Adolf did next. It seem like even this ancient forest of hardwood trees, who have seen ages fly by and had seen immortals leave for the mortals to take their place, could tell Adolf had plans that would shake the foundation of not only the Aesir race, but all of Altear.

His footsteps were quietened by the layer of multicolored leaves, dampened by the light drizzle earlier in the day, that blanketed the forest floor. The soles of his boots slightly sunk into the layer of wet leaves, as he slipped in and out of the sliver of silvery lights that filtered through both the blanketing of clouds and the canopy of the hardwood trees.

As the pair of Aesir neared the crackling of the fire, tendrils of flames curled and snapped. The flames seemed to be beckoning the two to bask in the warmth that the fire promised them. Accepting the beckoning, the pair enter into the small assembly of men crowding around the fire, trying to burn the numbness that could be felt throughout their bodies.

Most gave him a quick nod; however, their were a few who just stared at him, still not used to taking orders from another. Many years spent as the scum of the Aesir society changes many men to trust non and be suspicious of all. Adolf pulled the fur-lined cloak closer to his figure and just stared back at the few who questioned his leadership. Soon, no matter how suspicious and uncertain they were about Adolf, they dropped their gaze to either the floor or crackling fire; all of them knew of the powers that Adolf held in his hands and all were not brave enough to face them.

Satisfied, he clapped the mountain that was Bjorn on the shoulder before speaking, "Brothers and Sister," he nodded to Sara, the most skilled scout the Children of Redemption had, before continuing, "In the near hour, we will march for the homestead of Vuurhaard. This is just beginning, once we have Vuurhaard in our grasp we will turn our eyes to the surrounding homesteads."

He looks across the half lit faces of his senior members of the Children. There was a large spectrum of emotions glistening in their eyes, some had complete trust in their eyes, others were nervous at the upcoming bloodshed, and some were just completely unsure about the entire ordeal. With a confidence radiating from him he spoke, "I know what yer all pondering as I say this. How will we possibly manage to achieve this mad goal, and I am here now to tell you how and reassure any of you who question this plan."

Quote:OOC Note: I will post the battle plans in my OOC account after Anders the Feral posts.
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RE: A Fiery Samhain Night [Anders]
Anders waited until Adolf paused in his speech to speak. His tone sober, his voice audible, and his demeanor an intimidating, battle-ready set jaw, Anders said, "If you be doubtin' your leadership, If you be fearin' for your life, know this: tonight a battle will be fought, blades will be drawn and blood will be spilt. There is one place where the fighting will be the most intense, most fierce. It ain't on the walls, at the gate, or in the 'omestead. It's here." Anders tapped his chest, on the left, where his heart beat steadily and purposefully.

"Now, we can win the 'omestead, friends. We have the power, the advantage, and the strength to do so. None of that matters if you all lose the battle here." Anders taps his chest again. "I've fought next to most of you, lived and eaten with you, froze with you. There ain't one of you I would call a coward. Some of you have fear in your eyes, scared of death and fearin' the outcome of the battle. That's normal."

The chill of the night seemed to have no affect on Anders, even when the wind picked up for a second. The heat of the coming battle was already making his blood run hot, and his eyes have a nearly predatory, fearless look to them. The bear claw gauntlet on his left hand doesn't help soften his image. Indeed, the confidence of someone at the top of the food chain seeped from the Alflander.

"I can't promise you that you'll live through the battle. I can't quell your fears. You lot are in charge of that, you lot have to fight that battle. I can promise one thing: If you lot win that battle in here... You can fight the battle out there. You can WIN the battle out there. We can earn with our blood, our lives, and our sweat a HOME." Anders tapped his chest again, and gestured towards Vuurhaard as he spoke of the two different battles to win.

Anders finished his talk, and resumed his silence next to Bjorn. Now was Adolf's turn to re-kindle the fires of war in the hearts of these half-weary men.

The moon shone down and reflected off Anders' eyes in the night. The resulting glint showed that Anders was watching Adolf intently as he listened.
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RE: A Fiery Samhain Night [Anders]
Battle Plan


Army:
  • 70 student warriors (Levy warriors)
  • 20 blooded warriors (Levy warriors)

Enemy Army:
  • 40 levy warriors
  • 20 huskarls

Advantages:
  1. Surprise
  2. Adolf's Seidr
  3. Bigger Fighting Force


Arsenal:
  • Copper Weaponry (For Student trained warriors)
  • Bronze Weaponry (For Blooded trained warriors)
  • Leather Armor


Setup of Army:

Army divided into 8 groups, each led by a senior member. (Adolf, Anders, Bjorn, etc) 10-12 people in each group. Two groups armed with bows, one of these is led by Sara. One of the groups will stay on the wall once it is captured, and another group with cover the other archers while they pick off wall-warriors from the ground. (that makes three groups in reserve during the wall breach: the two archer groups and the protecting group). Archer groups have swords for close combat.

Setup of Battle Plan:
  1. Adolf summons wasps to attack the levy soldiers on the wall
  2. Two groups (Anders + XXXX) assault the smaller gate that is mine-side; three (Bjorn, Adolf, XXXX) will assault the larger gate
  3. As the levy soldiers positioned near the wall are distracted by the wasps Adolf under shield wall of the three groups will fire bomb the gate.
  4. As the gate burns three archers from the two archer groups will position themselves behind the shield wall and mainly distract the levy soldiers up there to allow the gate to burn down without interference by the levy soldiers.
  5. Once the gate is burned Adolf's group will merge with Bjorn's and the 30+ of the warriors will enter the breach.
  6. Adolf staying back the reserves will come and follow the main group and summon 5 wolves before entering the breach.
  7. Anders will breach the side gate, regroup with the survivors at the eastern tower.
  8. Reserves will come forward to take the walls, archers will be stationed there to provide cover fire.
  9. Adolf will then fight to the eastern tower where he will regroup with Anders and Ander’s survivors.
  10. Archers are called back from the walls to regroup as melee soldiers swarm the rest of the defenders and key archers pick them off.  (Anders and Adolf armed with fire-summon flasks and the magicked wolves)
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RE: A Fiery Samhain Night [Anders]
((Squad Adolf: Adolf + 9 Blooded Warriors
Squad Bjorn: Bjorn + 12 Student Warriors
Squad Anders: Anders +7 Bloodied Warriors
Squad Sara: Sara + 12 Student Archers
Squad I: 1 Bloodied Warrior + 10 Student Archers
Squad II: 1 Bloodied Warrior + 12 Student Warriors
Squad III: 1 Bloodied Warrior +12 Student Warriors
Squad IV: 1 Bloodied Warrior + 12 Student Warriors))

The efforts to be quiet were not that hard within the darkness, with a few guards and torches set just below the walls to stream light out but not to blind the men behind the wooden wall. The efforts made by the little bugs were surprising to the men who swore and swatted at them, only one having enough time to see the formation of shields from a score of them coming towards the gate.

The smaller gate was receiving it's own attentions, but there was more delay here. As they had not bought ladders or other siege materials with them, they resulted to hooks and human ladders for the palisade. Arrows struck forth from the men on the walls, but using the hooks also as weapons they take down two of the sentries there.

The loud clanging could be heard now from the gate, shortly followed by the roar of flame that smashed into the gate. It would take a few minutes for the fire to catch and consume thick logs that served as the entry into the place. In this time the noise of the summoning flame and bell had woken up the homestead, focusing the energies to the front and keeping now guards on the alert. As the gate continues to burn it provides some light to the dozen or so archers that are firing, but the opposing stark shadows and the wall itself provide enough cover that it is as planned, with only one or two arrows finding a mark.

The breach is made finally and the fires not to harm them as much as the gate, the score of men pushing through with Adolf and Bjorn move through. For the moment however, aside a single corpse at the gate covered in bee stings, the other guards are not present. At the smaller gate there was a whistle and something shouted over the fighting. For those knowing Jotunic it was "Get back!" With that the two guards fighting and cutting one of the three ropes to the wall fell back, one falling to Ander's edge. They go at a run and hop off the wall towards the center of the Homestead.
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RE: A Fiery Samhain Night [Anders]
Anders watched, suspicious. This was easier than he had expected; even as one of the Children fell past him, killed dead mid-climb by an arrow, and two more were wounded by other arrows, Anders couldn't help but feel that their plan was working TOO well. So far the enemy casualties were higher, even with their superior training. Adolf must be packing one hell of a punch.. thought Anders.

Then, as more men climbed the wall, Anders yelled out basic orders in Alflandic, orders the men had been trained to know before the fight, even if they weren't fluent in Alfand's tongue. "GATE! OPEN! NOW!" he said, quick to assist in jumping down and un-barring the small gate so that the rest of his group could enter Vuurhaard. Several men watched the backs of the gate-openers (of which Anders was one) so that the enemy's charge wouldn't take them by surprise if the retreat had been a ploy.

Clashes of iron, Adolf's fire, and the shouts of men dying and fighting and defending rose up into the night sky. Anders welcomed the fuel for his adrenal glands as they picked up and kept pumping the hormone through the Alflander's muscled form. A thrill rose and stayed in Anders' heart.

The gate was quickly opened, and Ander's men started entering the homestead. To their right was a wooden tower; it was the eastern tower of Vuurhaard. As the chaos of fire, war, iron, and blood all picked up in a fervent heated battle at the main gate, Anders prepared to rally at the eastern tower and then assist Adolf in pushing back the defenders if needed; however, he was still worried about the enemy that had retreated from the gate so quickly. He looked out across the homestead to see where the defenders had relocated to.
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