Rangers of Shadow Deep – The Dread Swamp   Leave a comment

Gwalchmai and Link have descended the steps with their companions only to find themselves literally in deep water. Forced to swim they head towards relatively drier but still flooded land. A ruined village inhabited by dreaded swamp zombies lies ahead. Bat swarms follow from behind so there is no choice but to push on.

Dark vapours rise from the swamp. The rangers cover their faces with scarves to resist but the warhound takes damage. Gwalchmai slips and weighed down by his light armour struggles in the deep water for the first two turns taking damage as result. Link, being a strong swimmer forges ahead with the others. Dark Tom releases a fireball to clear the way and follows behind.

Link and the Warhound strugle against a zombie whilst Tom gets out of the deep water into the shallows only to be beset by another. Recruit Bobby and Man at Arms Birdo head to the right but Birdo gets entangled in vines in the deep and with his heavy armour and shield is trapped and struggling badly. Finally Gwalchmai catches his breath and with his head above water is able to Teleport onto the dry land of rocks ahead. Recruit pushes forward and finds the Bone Blade!

Dark Tom is badly wounded but just survives thanks to his staff. Steel Blaze the Swordsman rushes to his aid but once again is knocked out. Just then a Group of Lizardmen appear. Two archers and a warrior! The archers are clearly deadly shots and with their movement impeded by the flood the heroes struggle to close the distance. Gwalchmai finds and deciphers some arcane runes, learning a new spell for the heroes to choose in a future scenario. Heavy rain falls and offers some respite reducing visibility and the effectiveness of ranged shots.

Gwalchmai weakens the warrior who is then defeated by Link but Link takes heavy damage once again from archery, dodging the first he is felled by the next. Wielding the Bone Blade, Bobby the Recruit sets about the last of the zombies and tackles the first archer whilst Tom finds some useful flowers. Gwalchmai makes little headway with archery but with Bobby and Tom’s aid is eventually able to clear the last of the archers in melee. Our heroes head towards the exit as more zombies appear to block their way and Bats follow rapidly from behind.

Each Zombie is felled by the mighty Recruit and the Bone Blade and they make it off the edge in the final turn!

Our heroes amassed another 50xp in this very difficult scenario and all recover fully, except Dark tom who caught a nasty disease in his prolonged fight against a swamp zombie. The Lizardmen archers proved especially deadly foes.

Next they head towards a ruined farm-temple complex and find some allies sorely in need of rescue. Dark Tom prepares a Burning Rune in readiness using the new spell they have learnt.

Posted November 15, 2020 by wargamesdiary in Miniatures, Rangers of Shadowdeep

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