Concern has grown since there has been no communication from Arithdale for several days - have they fallen foul of the mysterious plague? Preacher Samuel of All Hallows, accompanied by the plague doctor Hugo and two local militiamen (and stout members of the preacher's congregation) Jacob and William, have crossed Skag Moor on their way to investigate.
I've introduced a variation on Two Hour Wargames PEF's so I don't know what the specific encounters will be, and these are the PEF positions. The number of markers was decided randomly, and produced four "static" and one "wandering" encounters (The wandering PEF is moving West along the road). The numbers under the markers (unknown to me until turned over) correspond to a numbered list of possible encounters.
Despite the shepherd's dire warnings of "strange goings on, in and around Arithdale", the group crosses the bridge.
.......completely unaware of the danger approaching (all together now - "It's Behind You!")
They had no time to register just what was going on though, as two of the snarling creatures were approaching them faster than the wounded preacher was retiring.
The fight was swift and bloody. William smashed the skull of his opponent but took a nasty wound himself, and Hugo was mauled by his attacker but also managed to land a killing blow as he stabbed it through the heart.
....and was somewhat shocked when it let out a ghastly yell and charged!
Hearing the unholy shout and the plague doctor's gasp of surprise, Samuel turned and rushed back to help his friend.
By this time, William was nowhere to be seen as Hugo turned his back on the bridge and the road to Arithdale, then with a grim expression (well, a grim expression behind his beaky mask) began the determined walk back to All Hallows.
The PEF's worked really well in 'spicing up' the game for solo play, and due to the associated random encounter table, no witches or mercenaries (the vampyres primary 'guardians') turned up, and because the nocterlinger (who are much dumber than witches or mercenaries but still basically intelligent) all died, there's no-one to report the event to the Vampyres.
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