Keera the Sunderer 7: defeat at Axevena

An Ironsworn solo campaign, with battles fought with the Commands and Colors Ancients and Scenario-X boardgame rules. I have reduced armies to 10 units (instead of the standard 12 in Scenario-X) and set the end of the game to 5 victory points (aka Banners) instead of 6. Hex-Crawling is based on the Macchiato Monsters Map Generator by Eric Nieudan. See campaign set-up here. [This is a gaming campaign: please do not expect historical accuracy]


Previous Events: Keera is the leader of a Gallic clan: the Sunderers. She allies with the Wind-Riders, lead by Mogurix, in order to march South towards the richest lands that once were Gallic and are now controlled by the Romans. Keera swears to find the tomb of their mythical ancestor Dag. While the two clans travel South, the druid Beltros announces he must leave to follow a mysterious quest: he names the young Anunna as his replacement. After several fights against the Romans, the Gauls reach the tomb of Dag, on the Southern shore of a large lake. They are confronted by the Etruscan princes of the city of Axevena and defeat them.

NPCs:

Mogurix; the leader of the Wind-Riders, a clan allied with Keera’s Sunderers

Lavinia:  Mogurix’ wife. A Healer who was born a Roman but was adopted by the Gauls when a child.

Beltros: a Druid and the oldest member of Keera’s Sunderers. He disapproves the expedition South, believing that the risks of war should be avoided whenever possible.

Anunna: a young and honest priestess who replaces Beltros when he leaves he clan.

Vel: an Etruscan prince from Axevena. After fighting for years as a mercenary for the Romans, he rebelled against them and declared Axevena a free city.

Perca: Vel’s ambitious twin sister; she rules Axevena together with her brother.

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The Gauls proceed East along the Southern shore of the lake, determined to attack the city of Axevena, ruled by the twin princes Vel and Perca.

They face the Etruscan army below the walls of the city [bottom right of the board].
[The Gauls have 4 Command Cards; the Etruscans 5; victory requires 5 banners; the Gauls receive two banners for each unit that successfully climbs the city walls]

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Both armies deploy their cavalry in the Northern part of the field. Keera leads the Celtic warriors at the centre, opposite to the Etruscan elite infantry lead by Vel.

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Mogurix’ first charge; the Etruscan Auxilia conquer the hill

Mogurix leads his cavalry in an early charge: both sides loose cavalry unit. Perca is forced to retreat and join a light infantry unit [Gauls:1 Etruscans:1]. The Etruscan Auxilia is attacked by the Celtic warriors on the hill at the centre of the board: the attackers are destroyed [Gauls:1 Etruscans:2]

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Mogurix and Perca repeatedly clash

The battle is furious on the Celtic left flank: both sides loose 2 infantry units in the fight [Gauls:3, Etruscans:4]. Mogurix insists in his direct attack against Perca and destroys another Etruscan Medium Infantry unit [Gauls:4, Etruscans:4], but the princess manages to escape again.

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Perca resits a last charge and fights back forcing Mogurix to retreat. Her brother leads the final attack: Mogurix is forced to retreat again and finally a last Celtic warrior unit is destroyed [Gauls:4, Etruscans:5]. The first defeat ever for Keera!

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Vel’s final attack

Keera must Pay the Price [Oracle: the current situation worsens]
The Gauls are forced to retreat to the marshes near the Tomb of Dag: they are almost out of supplies [-1 now:1].


Keera’s current situation:

Stats – Edge:1 Heart:2 Iron:2 Shadow:3 Wits:1
Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:1 Momentum:4
Assets: Loyalist, Sunderer, Shadow-Walker
Vow: find the tomb of Dag in the South (Dangerous) – ACHIEVED
Vow: establish a settlement near the lake (Dangerous) – Progress:2
Background Vow: plunder a major Roman city (Extreme) Progress:1

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