Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Thursday, March 7, 2019

IHMN: The War of the Witches Season 4.2

The War of the Witches is a series of adventures that take place in the fictional Victorian Universe of the the late 19th Century using the versatile rules In Her Majesty's Name. As we continue with Season Four, a evil discovers the path to our world as the Western Powers start to coordinate through Mr. Sherlock Holmes. The crew of the Audacity show up and Mr. Sherlock Holmes is also afraid that he might have to coordinate with his greatest adversary . . .



Season 4. Episode 406: The Legion Does not surrender!

 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.

 The Witch King emerges from one portal with his company only to see the French Foreign Legion defending the other portal.

 “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."
  Troglodytes are dropping like sand fleas as the superior fire power and training of the legion takes its toll.

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

 On the last turn the Witch King fails his pluck roll to get back up and is captured.  Now what we do with him?

The Witch King is taken into French Custody and guarded by the Guard Zouaves.


Season 4. Episode 406: Professor Moriarity

 "Well, well, what do we have here?" muses the Napoleon of Crime.

"But in calling Moriarty a criminal you are uttering libel in the eyes of the law—and there lie the glory and the wonder of it! The greatest schemer of all time, the organizer of every devilry, the controlling brain of the underworld, a brain which might have made or marred the destiny of nations—that's the man! But so aloof is he from general suspicion, so immune from criticism, so admirable in his management and self-effacement, that for those very words that you have uttered he could hale you to a court and emerge with your year's pension as a solatium for his wounded character. Is he not the celebrated author of The Dynamics of an Asteroid, a book which ascends to such rarefied heights of pure mathematics that it is said that there was no man in the scientific press capable of criticizing it? Is this a man to traduce? Foulmouthed doctor and slandered professor—such would be your respective roles! That's genius, Watson." — Holmes, The Valley of Fear.







Professor Moriarty is highly ruthless, shown by his steadfast vow to Sherlock Holmes that "if you are clever enough to bring destruction upon me, rest assured that I shall do as much to you".  Moriarty is categorized by Holmes as an extremely powerful criminal mastermind who is purely adept at committing any atrocity to perfection without losing any sleep over it. It is stated in The Final Problem that Moriarty does not directly participate in the activities he plans, but only orchestrates the events. As Holmes stated above, what makes Moriarty so dangerous is his extremely cunning intellect.


Baron Maupertuis

Captain Cold
 


COMMUNICATIONS FROM LIEUTENANT COLONEL JACQUES DUCHESNE
No. 156893

RECEPIENT: MR SHERLOCK HOLMES
221B BAKER STREET WESTMINSTER LONDON ENGLAND

WITCH KING HAS DISAPPEARED -(STOP)- ZOUAVE GUARDS FOUND DEAD WITH NO APPARENT CAUSE -(STOP)- I APOLOGIZE ON BEHALF OF THE HONOR OF FRANCE -(STOP)- BE CAREFUL MON AMI.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL JAQUES DUCHESNE
 
 Børglum
 
 Erik gathers his most powerful companions and goes to kill Surtr or forever dwell in Valhalla . . .

The forces of Astragard are decimated by the Witch King
 
 BWAH HAH HAH!  WE WANT BAMA NEXT! (for my friends not in the United States that is some collegiate American football humor)
 
COMMUNICATIONS FROM MR SHERLOCK HOLMES
No. 159387

RECEPIENT: CAPTAIN J. T. KIRK
FORMERLY OF THE USS AUDACITY PORTSMOUTH NAVAL YARD ENGLAND

I AM CONFRONTING THE PROFESSOR -(STOP)-YOUR SERVICES ARE NEEDED IMMEDIATELY -(STOP)- I WILL SEND DOCTOR WATSON TO EXPLAIN -(STOP)- THIS MAYBE A NO WIN SCENARIO -(STOP)- GOOD LUCK AND GOD SPEED.

SHERLOCK HOLMES
 
 
COMMUNICATIONS FROM CAPTAIN J. T. KIRK
No. 161478

RECEPIENT: MR SHERLOCK HOLMES
221B BAKER STREET WESTMINSTER LONDON ENGLAND

I DON'T BELIEVE IN NO WIN SCENARIOS -(STOP)-

CAPTAIN J. T. KIRK
 
Season 4. Episode 407: To Trap a King

Captain's Log October 26th, 1894.  Soon my crew and myself will jump by luft harness from the HMS Swordfish onto the mysterious island of Astragard.  I have familiarized myself with the files provided by Doctor Watson on this "Witch King" and have planned appropriately. Our species can only survive if we have obstacles to overcome. Without them to strengthen us, we will weaken and die. I will stop this obstacle. Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on . . .








Time is up for the Witch King as the Warriors of Astragard arrive in overwhelming force and he is thrown in prison with "magic" chains to hold him in place.

Next:  A "Wicked" Threat


4 comments:

  1. Thanks for this much needed break from humdrum reality on a cold wet day!

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  2. A disturbing tale of daring do, is the dastardly brilliant Moriarty behind BREXIT?
    A great way to get all those favourite figures on table, and it's a very nice table as well.

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