Date: September 4, 109 PA
Weather: Normal for season (warm); light wind, heavy rain
Location: Fort Hope (Omaha, NE)
Ley Line: Very Large (three quarters mile wide, 2000 feet tall, 75 miles long), stretches 75 miles north of the fort (Whiting, IA)
Light: Dim -1 (ley line is quite bright)
Visibility: -2 from the rain
The brodkil are savage, but seemingly no less savage than the Trailblazers. Even as Nazo races to heal the Sandymans -- repeatedly -- Charlemagne leaps to the bank and cuts through their ranks with his psi-swords and Vik opens up with his TK machine gun. Ashley blazes through the horde, and Karsk drowns them in the river while Toad smashes their heads. Thomas, safely out of sight, using brodkil to kill brodkil.
Bill Sandyman and his family try and defend themselves as best they can.
Daniel Cazier, the cyber-doc, tries to cover his friend Ashley as best he can.
Zacra Daeli fires at brodkil trying to flank Charlemagne.
Liz Urzenski crouched down near where Thomas had turned invisible, firing her laser rifle.
William Norris, the towboat captain, returned fire at the brodkil.
Charlize stood back to back with Vik, keeping brodkil off of him as he fired his weapon.
The barge crew opened up with the big gun, as well as their own rifles, taking cover behind the rail of the tow boat.
The mercenaries also laid down fire.
The laborers the team had recruited did what they could, fighting with knives or whatever weapons they could.
From the fort, the commander of the garrison barked orders to his troops, and they returned fire at the brodkils’ flanks.
As the brodkil flee into the night, the garrison soldiers clamber from behind the earthworks to help tie up the barge and assess the wounded.
Charlize is favoring one leg where she caught a laser blast. She tries to play off the injury, not wanting to be an inconvenience.
Casualties were thankfully much lighter than they could have been had the Trailblazers not driven off the demons. Two of the laborers were dead, as well as two of the mercenaries. When the heroes finally clamber over the wall, they see the garrison soldiers are tending to one of their own dead, as well.
A large bulldog-headed dogboy in Huntsman armor approached them, holding out his hand. His armor looked like it had taken a hit, but he didn’t seem to be injured.
he introduced himself gruffly, giving a bit of a salute, even though he outranked the members of the Trailblazers. “I lead this motley crew.”
He gestured toward his soldiers, who all formed up ranks. “Thanks for the assist. Not sure what we woulda done if you hadn’t shown up. Never seen that many brodkil before.
“Welcome to Fort Hope.”
You get your first look at the fort. It isn’t much more than the earthwork and dry moat situated near a dock. A few trees inside the compound provide observation points. Tents are the only shelter, and a supply dump appears to have been situated on the northwest side.
came a cry from outside the walls. “We found something!”
The dogboy stepped up on the earthworks and spotted a trio of his men that had been sent out to make sure the brodkil remained routed were dragging back a large, long crate.