Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

IHMN: "The Legion does not surrender!" Part 1


From the private journal of Dr. John Watson, MD:  Through a series of contacts Mr. Mycroft Holmes had discovered that there were waypoints, or doors to put it plainly, that allowed the Witch King to move around our fair land and others with ease.  With the enemy stopped from entering Oz, it was imperative that the portal leading back from the Burning Desert be discovered and hopefully, hope beyond hope, the Witch King would be trapped.  My good friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, was away with the mysterious "Doctor"  so it was with some surprise, therefore, that I saw him walk into my consulting room upon the evening of April 24th. It struck me that he was looking even paler and thinner than usual.


 “Yes, I have been using myself up rather too freely,” he remarked, in answer to my look rather than to my words; “I have been a little pressed of late. Have you any objection to my closing your shutters?”
The only light in the room came from the lamp upon the table at which I had been reading. Holmes edged his way round the wall, and, flinging the shutters together, he bolted them securely.
“You are afraid of something?” I asked.
“Well, I am.”
"What is it?" 
“You have probably never heard of Professor Moriarty?” said he.
“Never.”
 “Ay, there’s the genius and the wonder of the thing!” he cried. “The man pervades London, and no one has heard of him.  My dear Watson, only that man could mathematically discover where the way point is and I am afraid I have made a deal with the devil himself.  Be as it may, the portal is in Algeria and I sent an urgent telegram to Lieutenant Colonel Jacques Duchesne to secure the way point and prevent the Witch King from entering."
"What was his answer?"
"The Legion does not surrender."
 
   The Witch King emerges from one portal with his company only to see the French Foreign Legion defending the other portal.
 
The hastily constructed defenses around the other portal.
 
The Witch King deploys for Battle. 

 In a surprise move, Amelie Moebius uses her power of Mesmerism to force the Destroyer to attack the Witch King.  She would be successful several times with this tactic keeping the Witch King out of the fight.
 
 Members of the Ruga-Ruga outflank the French defenses.

 The troglodytes charge right down the wadi toward the fort while other Ruga-Ruga guardsmen take up position to use their firepower against the legionnaires.

 An effective position overlooking the French.

 The Legion opens with volley fire against the running troglodytes and the target is taken out.

 The forces of evil descend on the defenders.
 
 "Two can play that game," thunders the Witch King as he uses is Helm of Making you do things against your Will against Sergeant Chef Baptiste to attack Amelie.  The Colonel fires his arc pistol at the Destroyer and misses.

 Troglodytes are dropping like sand fleas as the superior fire power and training of the legion takes its toll.
 
 And in a duel of sword and shield against bayonet, the trog is knocked down!

 Professor Moebius, in addition to passing out his serums (which were pretty much useless throughout the engagement) uses his medical skills to save Senior Corporal O'Rourke from the long range sniper fire.
 
 Once again the Destroyer is forced to fight the Witch King.

 Bullets richochet and screams are heard during the furious fighting.

 Ameilie Moebius.
 
 Honneur et Fidélité!

 "Dang it. If I have to fight my own minion one more time . . ."

 O'Rourke is hit again, this time fatally . . . 
 
  . . . while Legionnaire 1st Class Hub Mcann falls to a vicious sword cut.

 The perimeter is penetrated! (Note the Arc generator for the Colonel's arc pistol I finally remembered to place in the game.)  The Witch King forces the best marksman to attack Amelie again keeping them both occupied.
 
 Bang!  One less Ruga-Ruga guard to worry about.

 (Large crackling lightning like zap noise)  So, the arc pistol does work.

 The Chef Sergeant smacks Amelie across the head . . .

 . . . while the other troglodyte takes a bayonet thrust in a gap through the armor.
 
 The Destroyer enters the make shift fort as the Colonel holds his ground.

 The professor heals his daughter but the Chef Sergeant is still mesmerized.

 Six turns over and six to go.

In the conclusion we learn:  That the French Foreign Legion really doesn't like cursed swords, not to count your Destroyers before they destroy, when will someone take out that Ruga-Ruga sniper, and is their another enemy in the shadows?

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