Saturday, July 13, 2019

IHMN: Last Man Standing, Part 1 (Episode 5.12.1)

China is in turmoil in 1895; Western and Japanese Encroachment, diminished Imperial power, Warlords, ancient evils and bandits have all contributed to the chaos. Some are trying to maintain order, in their own way, and that man is General Ronglu of the Imperial Chinese Army. Unfortunately, Ronglu is a ruthless man and he has been ordered to destroy a village that will not recognize the authority of the Dowager Empress. Standing in his way is Kwai Chang Caine and the Martial Monks of Justice.

General Ronglu's Forces; yes, he has a yeti.

Kwai Chang Caine and the Martial Monks of Justice.

The Tabletop: Ronglu must travel through a ruined temple to get to the village. Little does he know that it is going to be a fight to the death.

Ronglu's men (and women and creature) move out with the new modern Chinese army to the front.

Caine's forces split into three groups: In the center is the Master who points out . . . oh never mind, Lü Bu, The Harmonious Fist of Wrath, and Daniel LaRusso, the Karate Man.

On the monk's left, Caine and another Shaolin monk advance.

On the right is another Shaolin monk and the Wonder twins Fai and Bao.

"General, the way is blocked!" yells the lead scout. "Grrrrrrr", says the wookie I mean yeti.

Caine has vowed to met out justice to General Ronglu.

The Master and the two heroes move through the dense foliage.

We interrupt this amazing battle report with a consumer message. The foliage I is mostly bought from pet stores. These are designed for fish aquariums and I use white glue to mount them on old CD's and DVD's. Very inexpensive and useful for all kinds of scenarios. The trees were bought at Hobby Lobby (a chain of stores in the USA for my non-American readers) and with their weekly 40% coupon came to about US $18. On with the mayhem.

"Spread out and form battle postions!"

Here we come a' runnin'. Note that the twins are staying together for the opportunity to yell "Wonder Twin powers, activate!"

 The Observer.
Yang Wei is a Chinese engineering scientist most famous for the invention of China's first arc generator and arc weapons. Yang is a world pioneer in the research fields of fracture mechanics, arc meso-mechanics, mechatronic reliability and has published a series books based on his research. The Master uses his Meticulous Planning talent to keep Wei and his Arc Rifle out of most of the battle - a mistake which will be discovered later.

The Mystical power "The Path of Shadows" catches Ronglu's company by surprise as they are suddenly engaged and unable to use their rifles.

Two legendary warriors face off: Yu Niu is the best swordswoman of China. She is a former Shaolin nun and while at her temple, she developed a style that is extremely efficient and ideally suited to smaller fighters having less strength.  Though conflicted, she owes a debt to Ronglu. Unfortunately for her, Lü Bu, The Harmonious Fist of Wrath, has the Numb talent and one hit is not good enough.

Pistol shots ring out and the twins are down! Fai is out of the game and Bao is knocked down.

Caine easily dispatches the soldier.

Bao bounces back as the Observer records the action (how do you think these reports get written?).

A blur of action as Caine engages General Ronglu.

Meanwhile everyone's favorite Chines engineer is moved further away.
The Master smacks a soldier aside his head while the Karate Man takes on the yeti.

Imperial Stormtroopers, I mean Imperial Chinese Soldiers are dropping like flies.

Caine is distracted by the stench of the yeti and is dispatched way too easily by General Ronglu and a Pluck roll of "1". The monks know lose his Leadership of +2 and must rely on the Master's +1.

Double tapped. Events are not looking well for the Martial Monks of Justice.

Bao uses the "Path of Shadows" to avoid more pistol fire.
The epic struggle continues as the Master and a Shaolin monk engage the General.


In our next Episode we find out:

1. How many bad martial arts and Three Stooges references I can make?
2. How much armor does an arc rifle reduce on the target?
3. With their leader dead, is there any hope for the Martial Monks of Justice?

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