When @ironmike and I found out we were going to be in the same area for a full two weeks last month, we felt that we needed to take the opportunity to play a campaign of interconnected battles, where the outcome of one impacted future fights. Given our love of lore and “forging the narrative”, it was obvious to us that this campaign needed a story to connect it. Thus, “Rewards and Ravages” was born, pitting the might of @ironmike 's Orc Marauders against my stout Dwarf Guilds. Part of the intention in playing these games was to test a series of narrative campaign rules that could be reused with any number of different army combinations. Once this campaign has been edited for content, we plan to release it to the One Page Rules community, so that you all can enjoy playing through similar games.
The battle reports themselves will at times be more photojournalism with stated outcomes, as we did not write down a play by play of each game. However, each battle report post will include the scenario and some commentary on how things went. Any feedback along the way is of course greatly appreciated.
Without further ado, I present our play-through of “Rewards and Ravages.”
Roxon Prime is a hot, dry planet located in the Roxon System of the Uhulis Sector in the Segmentum Pacificus. Notable for the red crust of dirt and mineral deposits that covers its surface, Roxon Prime shows some value for mining, but the extreme high temperatures during the day are not supportive of human habitation. However, Roxon Prime is the homeworld of the Roxonians, a race of small but aggressive bi-pedal reptiles. Roxonians exhibit a high level of intelligence and are incredibly resourceful. They stand at one meter tall on average and live short lives of approximately sixty standard years.
While mostly undisturbed by outsiders, Roxon Prime has had a few visitors over the years, including various exploratory missions by the Machine Cult to ascertain any potential value to the Imperium and their ever-churning, endlessly resource-hungry war machine.
Recently, the mining-warship, Vein of Mithril, of the Bastard Sons of the Emperor guild of Dwarves, has entered the Roxon System with the intent to investigate the rumored riches of natural materials, suggested by the old Machine Cult reports. Commanded by the Dwarf lord, Skosdram Mountainthane, the Vein of Mithril is equipped to settle in orbit over a planet, deploy mining crews and equipment for months at a time, and process whatever metals and minerals can be found.
However, the Bastard Sons of the Emperor are not the only new visitors to the Roxon System. A week after the Vein of Mithril made orbit above Roxon Prime, an Orc ship full of Marauders entered the system. Easily identified as a pirate ship by the excessive and eclectic collection of weaponry adorning its garishly painted hull, The Gold Abandoned seemed to be following in the wake of the Archmaniac of Calverna’s Waaagh! that had cut through the Segmentum Pacificus toward the Segmentum Tempestus.
For now, The Gold Abandoned remains a week away from Roxon Prime, but the crew of the Vein of Mithril have spotted small Orc landing craft streaking toward the planet, their bright yellow hulls looking like fireflies on recaf against the darkness of space…