Heart of Oak

20150110

Enacting our grand plan

  • We run through our plan
    • We discuss the option of using a bow sniper
      • Blackeye recalls that Robert Clayton, one of our sailors, has mentioned that he’s a bow hunter
      • We discount this option for various reasons
    • John Drake will command the Dolphin while we’re away
    • Sargeant Edward Morgan will command the assault team on the two boats at the dock
      • 12 marines for each of the boats, the other 5 will engage the handful of people on the shore
    • 5 marines on the diversionary force will have an extra musket
      • Will retreat via a circuitous route to the landing spot 2 miles north of the fishing village
    • 16 marines will accompany the 5 lieutenants to storm the castle
      • Max will take 4 of the marines and dispatch the guards at the rear gate
      • The other 4 lieutenants will accompany the remaining marines and not engage until the initial attack begins
  • We initiate our attack
    • The land assault force heads off toward the castle
    • The diversionary force splits off from the rest of us… Max wishes them luck
    • Max and his team approach the tower and begin entering the moat for their attack

With everyone in place, the attack begins

  • Max and his team jump the half wall beside the path to the gate
    • Archie gets a fanastic hit on the first guard, who crumples to the ground in a bloody heap
    • Max follows up with a powerful attack that brings down the other guard
    • The gate is locked
      • No keys are found on the corpses
      • Archie attempts to impersonate the guard and fails
    • Max decides that climbing is required
  • Meanwhile, a double volley of musket fire is heard coming from a ridge northwest of the encamped army
    • The rest of the team begins quickly making their way to the gate
    • Several of us notice someone atop the tower looking down
      • Max’s team is asked, “Who are you? And why do you have grappling hooks?”
    • Grappling hooks are thrown up, Max’s hook catches and he begins climbing
      • The other marines soon follow
  • Fighting ensues on top of the tower
    • Everyone makes it to the top
      • Max attacks Horace, the leader of the team of tower guards
      • The other marines surround the guard who was attempting to cut one of the ropes
    • Max slices through Horace’s calf and he falls to the ground
    • The rope-cutting guard is soon dispatched, as well
  • Max assigns someone to open the gate while the rest of the team begins descending the stairs
    • As they descend, they hear someone walking up the stairs
    • The lone guard ascending the stairs is completely surprised by Max’s deadly attack
    • Max’s team hauls ass toward the front gate

The rest of the assault force reaches the now open gate

  • We notice that the tower guards have muskets ready and are training them on our group
    • Musket fire erupts around the group as they make their way up the path
  • As we pass through the gate, we see Max’s team running toward the front gate
  • Blackeye sends two marines to lock the rear gate
  • The rest of us run to support Max and his team
    • As Max approaches the gate guard, Max effectively disembowels him and entrails splatter across the gate and the ground
    • Max finds the controls for the gate and closes both the portcullis and the wooden gates
  • We divide into teams
    • Small teams to take each tower and to prevent anyone from entering the castle
    • The 5 of us attempt to get into the household apartments, which is locked
      • As the chapel is also locked, we try again for the apartments
    • Meanwhile, Blackeye assesses the tactical situation
      • There is furious activity on the bridge by the main gate
      • Half the army toward the northwest appears to be firing toward the ridge where our diversionary force was
      • The rest of the army appears to be still happily sleeping and unaware of anything going on in the castle
      • Blackeye gets shot in the face by a musket from the one tower
    • We take stairs to find another entrance to the apartments and find an unlocked door
      • Thor decides to lead the charge
      • Two men are taking cover behind an overturned table
        • One appears to be Stokes with a pistol and some Roman-styled blade
        • The other appears to be the Baron with a brace of pistols and a rapier
      • The Baron smile at Thor and states, “So, you’ve come to kill me, then.”

We engage the leaders of the evil forces

  • Thor takes the lead and tells us to open the other door while he engages the Baron
    • Thor takes a relatively minor pistol hit to the chest from the Baron; Stokes misses
    • Thor removes the wooden beam bracing the door closed
  • Several shots are exchanged and smoke begins to fill the room
  • Max breaks down the still-locked door, which now swings wide
  • The Baron shoots Thor again, hitting him in the arm
    • Thor returns fire, hitting the Baron, who clutches his arm and drops to the ground
  • Reg gets a shot into Stokes, hitting him in the thigh
  • Blackeye gets two more shots into Stokes, who collapses

The leaders are dead, so we begin looking into the papers

  • Mention of some long voyage
    • Map of Mediterranean
    • Description of an odd ship design
  • Max checks the other doors, which open into a very large, ornate bedroom
    • Bed, couch, a couple more doors
  • Thor checks the Baron’s corpse
    • 4 very nice looking pistols
    • A rapier
    • Nice clothes, a set of keys
    • 8 pence and 7 shillings
  • Thor finds several books about the Philosopher’s Stone
    • Multiple books authored by Christian Rosencruez
  • Reg finds a well-marked up book that appears to be a history of Egypt, mention of pharoahs, etc.
  • Eoghan finds a book about the weather patterns of the Mediterranean, focusing on the southern Mediterranean
  • Blackeye finds a couple valuable-looking books and takes them
  • Thor finds a bag in the bedroom with 19 shillings
  • Reg checks out the fireplace and notices a sliver of what appears to have been a journal or book
  • Thor relieves the Baron’s corpse of its head

Max heads up to the tower

  • Finds 4 corpses… it must have been a bloody fight
  • It appears that the entire army is awake now, and at least a third of the camp appears to be gone
    • Are they chasing after our diversionary force?
  • Max approaches another tower, dispatches the remaining guard; the marines are all dead
  • Reg and Blackeye head up
    • See one of our guys in the Southeast tower
    • See two guards in the Southwest tower, heading eyeballing Max as he approaches
  • Thor and Eoghan arrive
    • Thor announces to the blockade team, “Baron Tillman is dead! He’s not paying you anymore!” and tosses the head to them
  • Max takes two shots to the chest from the guards he’s approaching
    • He ducks into the west tower and heads down
    • Sees some burn marks and odd symbols, and again notices the strong smell of sulfur and other unidentifiable aromas
    • On the ground floor, there are numerous crates, a workbench full of tools, beakers, other items he can’t identify
  • Reg gets a musket shot on one of the guards that shot at Max, hitting him solidly in the chest
    • Reg hears the other guard fire back as Reg is running to catch up with Thor, Blackeye and Eoghan
    • Reg meets up with the rest, and continue on to the southwest tower
  • Max heads toward the tower via the ground level
    • Bumps into some of the non-military hired help
    • Starts climbing up into the tower
    • Upon reaching the top, he peers up and notices two guards that have just finished reloading
    • Max sneaks up behind the guards, nearly hacks the first guard’s leg off… he falls
    • Max hits the other one in the chest, which already had a bullet wound, and the second guard falls
    • One of our marines is dead, and Blackeye performs first aid on the other two
  • Max heads to the north towers to assess our situation
    • The blockade appears to be abandoned, some men are milling about the camp
  • The rest of us head down to the laboratory in the west tower
    • We see the symbols and such that Max described
      • Blackeye notices that some of the symbols are planets
    • We head to the second floor
      • We open the door and enter
      • Tables filled with all sorts of apparatus
      • A library along the one wall
      • A man with a massive bushy beard, wearing flowing purple robes who beckons Joergen
        • Blackeye doesn’t recognize the man
      • The mystery man knows all our names, calls us all in, tells us to retrieve Maxwell
        • Claims he wants to “take readings” of all of us
        • After Max and Reg arrive, he begins writing on a small slate
        • The scribblings are unintelligable to us, and then he begins speaking seemingly random numbers
        • As he’s writing, his hands begin to shake and his animated face turns to sadness or shock
          • He has decyphered, “The beast did evil by the shore to cast down the palace of Netzach”
        • After trying to splash us with the liquid in some beaker, we bind the man’s hands
      • We decide to head back to the Dolphin with the man
        • Reg grabs the slate on which the man was writing

We plan for our exit

  • Max begins collecting our dead into a wagon
  • Reg retrieves the book of Egyptian history that’s been heavily marked up
  • Eoghan heads off to the south towers
  • Blackeye and Thor are busy searching and then head off downstairs, suddenly hearing a scream from upstairs
    • The old man is slumped on the floor, facing into the corner, appears to have died a painful death
    • His body appears to have suffered numerous previous wounds and bears multiple scars
    • Blackeye shoots the old man in the forehead before he leaves, just to make sure
  • Eventually, we all meet up at the rear gate
    • We notice some small groups still milling about around the castle
    • We look down to the harbor
      • The brig doesn’t look too bloody
        • Some enemies taken
        • Some of our team shooting toward the beach
      • On the sloop, it appears to have been a fast, bloody battle
        • A few of our men seen on deck
        • Our men are also exchanging fire with the beach from the sloop
    • We negotiate with the mercenaries outside the castle to let us leave in peace
      • Negotiation seems to be successful and we begin making our way down the trail

We approach the beach

  • We see that the defenders had taken up a position on the beach, but surrender as we approach
    • Some of our men jump from the ship to the dock and cautiously move toward the beach
  • We load the dead onto the ships
  • We easily bring the brig out of the harbor and near to the Dolphin
  • The sloop has some difficulty clearing the harbor, but finally gets its act together
  • We hook things up on the towed ship and head out to pick up our diversionary force
    • Reg heads out with 20 marines to check for the men
    • There are numerous torches visible throughout the woods
    • We return to the ship and wait for the team to return
  • A few hours later, we see 3 marines taking the longboat back to the ship
  • Our mission is complete and we begin the trip back

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