Amara of Whitebridge 9 – The Cave of the Harrow Beasts

Amara and her allies are travelling South in search of the twin sorceresses Varena and Purena. Heavy rains induce them to enter a cave in the hills and they are attacked by a number of harrow beasts.

[An Ironsworn adventure in the Ironlands. I play skirmishes with the Song of Blades and Heroes rule-set by Ganesha Games. Larger battles are played with the Ancient One Hour Wargames rules by Neil Thomas]

Previous events: Amara of Whitebridge, Quinn and the crossbowman Delos attack a group of Broken near the village. Amara is defeated. The overseer Lestara harshly critiques Amara’s initiative, which ended in favouring Lestara’s rival Zura. The heroes leave Whitebridge and reach Stoneford, where they meet the healer’s son Kaivan. The Stoneford river-idol is stolen by the Makari, a mysterious invading army, as a diversion to help in the occupation of Stoneford. Kaivan leaves the party, blaming Amara for the deception. The others join a successful counter attack against the Makari: the leader is the friendly Lago of Redhall – it’s love at first sight with Amara. The heroes free Lestara, who had been imprisoned by the Makari in Whitebridge. Lago and Quinn fall in the fight. Amara reaches Redhall where the overseer Maya, mother of Lago and Lona, asks her to travel south in search of the twin sorceresses Varena and Purena: they are authorities among the Broken and their help is necessary to re-conquer Whitebridge.

Main character: Amara
Edge:+1 Heart:+3 Iron:+2 Shadow:+2 Wits:+1
Health:3 Spirit:4 Supply:3 Momentum:9
Place Whitebrige – a riverside village
NW Haven (near the center of the Ironlands)
ASSETS:
Martial Focus – BRAWLER Secure an Advantage by engaging in close-quarters brawling.
Ritual – AUGUR Summon a murder of crows and ask a single question.
Path – HERBALIST Heal people using herbal remedies.
BONDS:
Deshi (Amara’s father) [oracle: stingy and manipulative forager]
Lestara (Whitebridge overseer) [oracle: generous and powerful healer]
Quinn (Amara’s cousin) strong and dumb warrior
Lago – an attractive and friendly warrior from Redhall
Other NPCs:
Zura – a warrior from Whitebridge who wants to replace Lestara as overseer
Kaivan – the son of the Stoneford healer
Lona – Lago’s sister, another Redhall prominent warrior
Maya – Redhall overseer
Varena and Purena – twin sorceresses
VOWS
Extreme Background Vow: When Amara’s father Deshi was overseer, he started a feud with the nearby Stoneford community (another village on the same river, twenty miles NE of Whitebridge). Amara intends to mend the conflict started by her father. Progress: 0.5
Dangerous Vow: Let Lestara be overseer for the next seven years. Progress:4
Dangerous Vow: Reconquer Whitebridge from the Makari. Progress:0
Formidable Journey to find Varena and Purena: Progress 3


Amara, Delos and the two Redhall fighters Temir and Flint proceed along their south-bound journey.

Undertake a Journey – Challenge:7,3 Action:3+1(Wits)=4 Weak Hit
Progress in now 4, Supply:2

Undertake a Journey – Challenge:8,10 Action:1+1(Wits)=2 MISS
[Burn momentum (9) to make this a Weak Hit]
Progress:5 Supply:1

The party reaches a [Location Oracle] “low spring”: they are entering a marshy area.
They are low of supply: time for hunting.

Resupply – Challenge:4,2 Action:3+1=4 Weak Hit
+1 Supply (now 2) -1 Momentum (now 1)
The area is not favourable for hunting, nor for collecting vegetable food: more plants and animal are poisonous in the marshes.

Undertake a Journey – Challenge:5,10 Action:1+1(Wits)=2 MISS
[Location Oracle] “abandoned cave”
It is raining heavily, they climb a low hill raising between the marshes. They find a cave that apparently is occasionally used by nomadic Broken and enter it: it is the only shelter in sight. When they enter the cave, the soaked rock ceiling gives way, trapping them inside. They reach a large chamber: rays of light suggest that there are several other exits. But four Harrow Beasts (giant insects) advance to attack!

a1

Amara attacks the largest beast, a caterpillar-like creature. Delos stays in the rear-guard, ready to use his crossbow. Temir and Flint attack a grasshopper-like creature.

b2

The Redhall warriors kill a first creature, but they the attacked by other two. Temir is killed. Amara is wounded by the caterpillar. Delos’bolts keep the cockroach-like beast back.

c3

Amara disengages from the fight with the caterpillar and leads the group towards and exit on the opposite side of the chamber. Delos follow her, but poor Flint doesn’t make it.

d4

Amara has been wounded [2 Harms, I decide. Health=1]

Endure Harm: Challenge:3,5 Action:5+2(Iron)=7 Strong Hit [+1 Momentum, now 2]
Amara is still sure that they are on the right track.

Make Camp: Challenge:5,10 Action:2+2(Supply)=4 MISS
They search a place to rest, but they cannot find other hills emerging from the marshes. The rain is too heavy to see at any distance.
[-1 Momentum, now 1]

Current situation:
Health:1 Spirit:4 Supply:2 Momentum:1
Extreme Background Vow: (alliance with Stoneford) Progress:0.5
Dangerous Vow (reconquer Whitebridge) Progress:0
Dangerous Vow (have Lestara oversee for the next years) Progress:4
Formidable Journey to find Varena and Purena: Progress 5

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