Part 5 Chaos
The guide, Megisthus, and Zeno decide to camp and allow time to rest and heal from the day’s activities. We move one mile from the area of blood and bodies to avoid having hyenas attack the camp. The two Egyptian slaves look after the animals, while we look after each other. Archi and Zeno both examine the note to see if they recognise the handwriting; neither of them do although we all suspect that it is Zorba Jason’s enemy and Archi’s cousin. Jason says that is the type of thing he would do, while Archi does not believe a family member would act so. We also bury the dead in 8 graves with Telamon resting as advised by Dr Archi. Archi, myself and Jason takes turns as night guard. As dark starts to fall with Archi on guard we hear the roar of lions in the distance. Then sometime later the lions approach the dead and start to feed, we hear there roaring all night.
The next two days are full of heat, sand and discomfort, travelling a desert is no fun and all for two slivers a day.
On day 6 of the trip we come across the scene of a fight. A group seem to have attacked a camp. The camp shows signs of camels and Greek food. There are 6 new graves around the camp site area. Jason scouts around and finds some Egyptian arrows, not quite the same as the ones used against them before but close. We open all the graves, a gruesome job but we need to know what happened. We find 4 Egyptian and 2 Greek bodies. They all look about one to two days dead. Archi looks for any evidence on the bodies or around the camp of a healer being at work, he finds no signs. It looks like the camp was here for two days and they left heading the way we are going a day ahead of us. We refill the graves leaving the coins on the Greeks eyes and then move on camping at the end of the day. AT least Zorba is down at least two men so has only four with him now.
The next three days are all much the same, hot sandy unpleasant days and cold sandy unpleasant nights. We keep up a guard and Telamon joins in as he feels he can cope with the pain from his lost arm. The arm will heal eventually but it will take a long time and never be much use to him. We talk about Archi making something to replace his lost forearm or finding a very powerful healer, both very unlikely.
Night of day 9, Telamon is on guard duty on a cloudy night with some starlight when he hears a noise, something moving out of sight in the desert. He knows this sound they heard it on the island last year a giant scorpion is coming their way. He wakes the others and they get ready near the fire with the camels and slaves on their right side. They see the monster scorpion at around 25 meters, Telamon is to the left of the fire and Archi to the right then Jason is behind and to the left of Telamon Zeno is behind Telamon to hand him Akons while Megishus, the guide, is behind the fire and I am behind Archi then off to the right is the camel park.
Archi prepares his belly-bow; Jason, who hates chaos, releases an arrow which sticks into its thorax. The scorpion charges at Barypos who quickly sets his spear to receive the charge [a luck point] and as the stinger and the spear have the same reach they hit each other simultaneously. Barypos’s spear catches the fore right leg and removes it [Critical hit, ignore armour and max damage]. The scorpions stinger hits Barypos in the head, again he was lucky [used luck point to reroll damage] and the helmet turned most of the damage. However the sting did reach his flesh and injected its venom. Barypos then rammed his spear into the thorax of the beast killing it and starts singing a Epinikia in victory. So Barypos the scorpion slayer has a cut on his head of no concern and the venom seemed to have no ill effect on him. A victory over chaos indeed, Archi opens up the scorpion to see what it looks like inside, he is a seeker of knowledge after all. The result is that we have scorpion leg meat for breakfast that is all except Jason who refuses to eat chaos.
Next day the tenth of our journey Megishus tells us that he can see the rocky area with the pyramid on ahead. Sometime later we can make out a camp at its foot, Jason goes stealthily forward to have a look. Once at around 100 meters he can see a small camp at the foot of the rocks near a pool of water feed from a stream coming down the rocky outcrop. The camp has 5 tents, 10 camels and he counts at least 7 people three of which he thinks are slaves. He comes back and tells us what he saw. We then spend quite a time discussing our options, which come down to kill Zorba or talk.
Jason doesn’t trust Zorbia one bit whereas Zeno wants to talk believing in the power of words and Archi does not want to kill a relative. Archi and Zeno end up having a loud disagreement over that as Archi says he has learnt that words do not always work. Jason uses this disagreement to end up convincing the whole group of his point of view and so an attack is planned. [Odd how often players decide to fight no matter the risks]
We arm up and sneak forward, Jason to within 60m and the rest of us 20m behind him. The guard see or hears us and shouts as Jason puts an arrow into his left arm dropping him. Later we find him dead as it was a serious injury.
Archi, Jason, Telamon and Barypos all jog forward as Zorba, we assume, calls his men to hide, while Telamon uses his authority to taunt them. They do not suddenly charge us. Jason then stops and loads his bow while we all walk forward Jason and Barypos both see a man hiding around the tents.
Archi uses his sling on the man he saw and hits his left leg stunning him, Jason misses with his shot.
As Archi and Jason load Zorba loses it and charges towards us. Telamon throws his Akon as he comes into range but misses, mainly due to his closing speed. I also throw and also miss.
Zorba hits Barypos in the head with his spear; as Barypos draws his kopis.
Archi continues to load his sling while Jason fires at another of Zorbas men killing outright. Zorbia. Spear attack is parried by Barypos, Telamon draws his heavy cavalry sword.
Archi uses his sling again killing another of Zorbia.s men while Jason swaps his bow for his dagger. Zorba stabs barypos in the head again this time knocking him out with a serious wound. Telamon swings his sword but Zorba parries it.
Archi swaps to his dagger, as Jason moves behind Zorba.
Archi moves to the side of Zorba, who now has Telamon in front and Jason behind. Jason stabs Zorba in his left leg leaving his dagger in while holding onto it. Zorba attacks Telamon who manages an amassing parry tripping Zorba with it. Telamon slashes with his sword but fails to have any effect he is tiring.
Archi hits Zorba in the back impaling his dagger as well, however as Zorba fell Jason lost his grip on his dagger. Zorba stands.
Jason hits Zorba with his shield knocking him to the ground again, but he just rolls back to his feet again.
Archi tries to twist and pull his dagger out but isn’t strong enough while Jason uses his shield again to no effect. Zorba jabs at Telamon and misses due in main to the daggers in his body. Telamon swings wildly again.
Archci pulls his dagger out this time and the pain knocks Zorba out.
Combat is over. Zorba is down but alive, three of his men are dead the last guard is stunned with a bad leg. Eumenes and the three slaves are unharmed. Archi tries his healing skills on Barypos to no effect leaving him unconscious with his head wound, while we round up our prisoners.