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(TFT) Re: Greff's Journal
Padrone Gibeah is greatly cheered by the news that Greff and Lance bring
on their return. The fact that they returned at all is enough to bring a
momentary smile to his face. But there is still a lot to do if he is to keep
his team alive until reinforcements arrive.
Taking some time to talk with Greff and Lance as they rest, Ben decides
that if the enemy is taking time to make traps, basically laying seige to his
fort, then they are not likely to attck for at least two days. "They expect
us to make a run for it." he tells Greff and Lance. "Well Lance here," he
continues, laying a proud hand on Lance's shoulder, "has gone out there
twice, and helped kill dozens of goblins. They are starting to fear us.
That gives us an advantage." Then Padrone chuckles a bit. "Burned a wizards
tent and killed his apprentises. I am putting you two up for commendation
when we get back. Good job men!" Padrone Gibeah is very proud of his Thon,
which is, in his opinion, the finest Thon in the Thorsz service.
Leaving Greff and Lance to rest, Padrone Gibeah finds Pak.
Pak, this may be a good time to gather your plants. Our heroic scouts
report no serious enemy activity close by. And Lance can use a poltice to
deal with his wound as well. Get Rarri to help you rig a litter, and make
sure it can handle a fast ride while keeping you safely on it. I'll take you
around for a bit and find your plants, if we can.
Padrone finds Galendaar, and puts him in charge of the palisade when he
and Pak are ready to leave, and sets 'lm in charge of the peasants. Then
Padrone, taking Merrick with them for tactical support, JIC, heads off to
look for the plants Pak needs, pulling Pak behind him on a litter. Padrone
reviews the teams hand signals, reminds Merrick to stay extra alert for
traps, and sends Merrick out a little ahead of himself and Pak. Ben knows
that he is noisier than usual while dragging a litter behind him, and wants a
quiet scout to help keep them from being surprised. He moves slowly, letting
Pak look for plants, and probes each likely spot with the staff/stick that he
picked up as they left camp. "Forest, swamp, or what?" he asks Pak. "Which
way do we go?"
Keeping his mind on his search for plants, traps, and enemy
scouts/troops, makes for a pleasant change of pace for Padrone Gibeah. But a
small part of his mind continues to imagine the results of tomorrow's planned
Dig a ditch around the palisade, half a meter deep. (Make sure that the
workers don't cover over or step into the traps right at the wall of the
palisade! He silently reminds himself.) Throw the dirt up on the side
closer to the palisade, making it harder to jump, and easier to slip back
into the ditch if the jump is short, or not high enough. Fill the ditch with
brush, tinder, and wood. Rebuild the watch-fires. One day's work. If that
goes well, a one die arbalist inside of the dirt piled beside the ditch,
should take only one day if everyone works on it. Lots of sharp sticks,
pointing out, protected from fire in the ditch by the dirt. For a moment he
smiles. Once his team and the workmen (He finds it hard to think of them as
"sheep" anymore. Not when his Thon's survival depends on their work.) have
completed the defences, he hopes the goblins attack. We'll make them pay!
But now the task is simple, poke with the staff, take a step or three,
poke with the staff, scan the area, remember to look up, take a few more
steps. The safe search for healing herbs while scanning the area occupies
almost all of his attention. There's Merrick, scouting ahead. What a team!
Padrone Gibeah hopes that he proves worthy of the command he has been
given. The finest Thon in the kingdom.
And what of the dead goblins that Greff and Lance found? Reinforcements?
Some of the Thorsz scouts? Or just a survivor or three from one of the
Still hoping for a few troopers or a mage as reinforcements,
Padrone "Sureshot" Gibeah
Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings,
they did it by killing all those who opposed them.
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