Richfest, 594 CY
Back at Pest’s Crossing, a couple of weeks after leaving Pregmere, our Heroes of the Liberation are enjoying the end of the mid-summer festival. Alone in the banquet hall of Calibos’ keep, dining and drinking, they discuss plans to root out the Mirror Duplicates and restore order to the Grand Duchy. They have the decoded messages and lists that they took for the council house, which highlighted the various lords and ladies that they suspect to be the enemy, as well as potential recruits to their cause. To gather more information about what towns and villages are under the sway of the Mirror Lords, Sidni hires ten spies to pose as couriers and travel from settlement to settlement, learning as much as they can. Already some have reported back: the Duke is massing an army at Gorna, several thousand strong, the entire military force that the Duchy can gather. Rumour has it that they intend to march on Pest’s Crossing and liberate it from the rebels and traitors that are there: in other words, the Heroes and their allies (Marquis Bertram and Baron Lionel). The Heroes have already established a war chest, filling it with gold, and word has gone out to attract mercenaries to join their small but growing rebel army (three companies of infantry, plus a platoon of cavalry, bowmen and more infantry). Meanwhile, Halmary’s church stronghold is nearing completion.
As they discuss further plans– such as where to go next, and whether they should head straight to Gorna and eliminate the generals of the army– the main course of their meal is wheeled in: a large roasted boar on a bed of roast vegetables. The two men roll it in on a cart, then suddenly raise a plank on the cart, throwing the food to the floor, and allowing a fancy mirror to sit upright, reflecting back the entire party in its silvered glass: immediately, mirror images of the heroes step forth with murderous intent, and suddenly the hall is filled with the sound of battle!
In the first few seconds, Calibos leaps over the table and hacks away at the Mirror version of Sidni; while the real Sidni gets into position and releases a lightning bolt, wounding three of the other images (Mirror Calibos, Mirror Halmary, and her counterpart), while both Xellos’ throw a spell of confusion on everyone in the room; although several resist, most are affected, making the rest of the battle more interesting as confused allies turn on one another, and others babble. An previously invisible mage pops up, summoning the earth’s teeth to injure Halmary and disrupt his prayers. Ungrid, the real dwarf, hastes himself and charges in to wound one of the assassins that brought the mirror in, then shatters/kills him with a mighty swing of his hammer. The fight spreads out across the hall, the enemy suffering most, as Xellos destroys his counterpart and Ungrid shatters the Mirror Halmary. The other assassin falls to Sidni’s numerous spear thrusts, and Xellos deals the death blow to the mage, then helps Ungrid finish off the dwarf’s duplicate. That leaves just the Mirror Calibos standing, but he proves difficult to hit thanks to his superior armour; plus it helps that Calibos and Sidni briefly end up fighting each other in their confusion. Ungrid tries to take on Mirror Calibos, but the duplicate gains the upper hand, and manages to take Ungrid down!
Then Calibos steps up to battle his mirror self, the confusion spell thankfully ended, and after an exchange of blows the final Mirror Man shatters.
End of Session
Kills: 2 assassins, 5 mirror lords.
KO’d: Ungrid (results to follow next session).