Nahik was frustrated, Nabu and the bulk of the army had raised camp a few days ago to chase the rumour of orcs. Nahik had been left with a few soldiers to track a small party of goblins. As the bulk of his forces breasted a nearby hill, Nahik riding with the chariots saw a group of archers in the woods blocking his path.
Nahik hurried to dismount and began chanting his priestly incantations. Before he could get the first words out of his mouth a blinding light struck the chariot in front of him followed by a hail of arrows, turning one of the great chariots to dust. Moreover a group of lance men marched out of the woods flanked by a small band of men clad in fur and hefting great axes (white lions).
Nahik did not know how to respond to such a strange threat, so he decided he must massacre the enemy archers and sent the remaining chariots to do the job, he concentrated again and brought the dried husks of maggots up to the surface beside him. He ordered the archers atop the hill to fire upon the strange men in fur causing them to panic and flee away from the field, while focusing his energy to try and force the chariots a little further, to his surprise his attempt was scornfully swatted aside by higher powers, though the archers atop his chariots did manage to fire a volley at those who had been stinging them with arrows.
As the ranks of men marched closer to the hill on which his archers were perched he ordered them to reform in preparation for a fight, meanwhile his chariots were further reduced by arrow fire and that strange white light, this time the light was accompanied by a dome of a similar light, whose effect Nahik could only guess at, though the fur coated men about to flee away from the battle seemed suddenly to gain a new confidence. Angered by this light Nahik ordered the remaining chariot to thunder forward against the archers, who strangely stood unflinching and released a final hail of arrows to destroy the last chariot. Nahik, seeing he would be next took advantage of his magical cloak to fly him up to the hill with his archers, who had managed to drop a few archers.
The swarms below the hill were wounded by the archers in the woods as Nahik ordered them to flank the axemen who were being charged by the archers under his command. The axemen made short work of the archers in front of them halving there number in combat while the swarms crawled over their flanks and managed to fell a few of them. Suddenly a blinding light hit Nahik and he fell into a pile of bones and dust.
After he was raised after the battle, his acolytes told him that the swarms of undead insects were flanked by a large group of spearmen leading to the collapse of the remainder of the undead army as they were no longer being sustained by Nahik’s magic.
Nahik swore revenge and spent all night raising his troops and organising the group of undead that had followed him with a small train of treasure, he unloaded the tomb scorpion that had been bearing most of this bulk and had it and the swarms of undead beetles bury themselves in the battlefield, at the same time he cut the trees in front of the hills back. And waited on the hill with his archers, guessing that this elf creature would come back to the debris of battle to examine Nahik’s items of magic.
The mage did return Nahik first saw the archers in the woods they had stayed in before and had his archers release a volley to weaken their numbers, then the main force of elves came marching out of the woods accompanied by another flash of blinding light. And a hail of arrows from the woods.
Fortunately the swarm had not burrowed deep and came up behind the group of spearmen the mage had sheltered in, charging them and throwing them into some disarray but again the bubble of light around the mage gave them great courage and they held on.
Meanwhile the men in pelts had swarmed up the hill and were once again destroying the archers, as the last of the archers fell Nahik swiftly flew to an abandoned building on the side of the battlefield. The swarm succeeded in destroying the remaining men guarding the mage, who fled away from them but was overrun by swarming maggots and fell as he ran. Nihak came up from behind the ruins and tried to wreak mighty vengeance on the fur clothed men but once again failed. Meanwhile the tomb scorpion appeared and chased the archers from the battle before being broken into pieces by the men in fur.
Nahik was satisfied that this was a victory, the army could be reanimated and even with the scorpion they were only set back by two days, plenty of time to track the goblins who would have to sleep. He was even more pleased with the death of the elven mage for he gained valuable knowledge from his corpse and had killed a foe who certainly knew much about wreaking havoc on the walking dead.
I would now like to point out that I won the second game I ever played against a human, without ever getting a spell through (boy was that liche priest useless!) and against an enemy who had the two undead killing spells and was able to use them almost at will, three dispel dice against five power dice. So Yay, oh and I apologise if this more a fancy battle report than a story.