Target neutralized! My team and I have defeated a wyvern! An eagle riders most terrible foe – bested by teamwork and heavy weapons!
On a routine delivery mission (and clandestine inspection trip), we were asked by the human commander of one of the outermost but secluded posts to clear a nearby island of a band of orc raiders. We were warned they held a wyvern in their ranks, so we developed a strategy to lure the orcs into a disadvantageous combat position while drawing the wyvern into close quarters with the ship where its lack of maneuverability could be exploited.
Fortunately, our plan brought us the success we desired but not without heavy risks on our side. The plan went as follows: I was to fly at an extremely high altitude upon our approach, concealing my presence from our enemies. A troop of Rathan soldiers, led by Wade, were hidden below decks while the crew, Tannin, Kaman and the elf remained on deck – a seemingly tempting target for orc raiders. In addition, we concealed the presence of a loaded ballista on the bow. We were to tempt the orcs to board the ship and the wyvern (who we did not know would be riderless) to land. Once the signal was given, I was to swoop down and attack the wyvern, thereby drawing its attention and leadingh it into our ballista fire. At the same time, the Rathan soldiers were to boil forth from below decks and overwhelm the unsuspecting orcs. However, I can not admit that everything went according to plan.
First, Kaman must not have given a clear enough signal, as the rathans waited just a beat too long before coming forth. Wade used the element of suprise to drag the shaman below decks to be mobbed by the soldiers before coming out – while effective at eliminating a high priority target, came at the cost of Kaman and Ulundo almost losing their lives! In addition, and much to my suprise, I was unable to draw the wyverns attention for long at all. I came down from on high, plowed through it with a tactical weighted combat delivery, plugged a bolt between its scales, and flew upward between the masts towards the ballista. One of our gnome crewmen manned the siege weapon and took aim… as the wyvern chose a rathan target clear on the other side of the boat. I could not hold my position for long as Kaman desperately needed healing – I flew to his aid while the gnome took his shot and the ballista bolt found its mark! From here on, we managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. I would not call this a technical success – too much blood was carelessly shed. However, we did come away with a dead wyvern, several captured orcs, and zero casualties on our side.
I eagerly await my return to base with tidings of victory… and what I’m sure will be a constructive lecture on risk and communication.
the entry is followed by a drawn out battle plan, blue marks reflecting the original plan, red marks reflecting the plan as executed. Risks, successes and failures are all highlighted and notated.
In addition, I bear grave news of this human posts eagle rider. He has fallen to illness and his eagle has fled in grief. The eagle searched the surrounding area for help to no avail. I found no other evidence as to the source of the riders sickness. This position, while remote and made relatively safe by the orc temple concealed there, should be restaffed (and restocked) as soon as possible. The Rathans have proved their mettle in combat but are not being enabled to fight at their fullest potential. aIt looks like the emperor plucked them out of the farmlands and placed them on an island with no naval training – they’ve even made their only sea worthy vessel into a river barge after its mast was damaged long ago. They are able in mind in spirit, but will sink if not supported properly.