Herewith then, the final chapter
From the Journal of Frederick Cartington, in Jimland: (continued)
|The six natives on the flank f the expedition|
|Desultory native rifle fire as their spear men rush forward|
|Chaos as the bearers run in all directions, Frederick stands firm...|
|Bearers everywhere; Frederick still standing firm(ish) with two bearers|
|Enemy Spear-men rush to their deaths! (I threw a 1,2 and a 1 on 3D20s!)|
Almost as soon as got going, we were again attacked in the rear whilst once more crossing a stream. Same routine, I took up a defensive position in cover overlooking the extraction of the bearers whilst the Natives descended upon our rear"
They were, of course, no match for my sure aim and the sacrifice of a bearer bringing down one of the attackers with his final breath"
|Four of the five natives attacking the rear, the fifth was on a flank attack to their right|
|Natives close to combat|
|A bearer dies, but kills his attacker, rifle-fire is ineffective|
|A Native wades in to attack the bearers stuck in the mud!|
|Another bearer dies, but so does one of the natives riflemen|
|Pygmies to the front...|
"I gave the order to flee even though I was stuck in that damned stream mud!"
|...and to the rear and flank!|
|They swiftly close to our front...|
|...and our rear!|
|The bearers make it to safety, Frerick is stuck!|
|Frederick looking very lonely|
|"Every man for himself"|
|And the Natives continue toclose the range|
|Frederick joins the exodus, safely in cover|
|The expedition returns and Frederick counts his blessings (luck) I guess|
and Bible and made my way to the rendezvous point awaiting the arrival of the rest of the expedition."
"Of the seventeen bearers, only three showed up and none of these carried a load of food!" I had gone from having over three months of food to zero in a matter of moments. I did try to hunt for food but I guess the ruckus we had caused scared off any potential game!"
"With rumbling tum, my three bearers and I made a swift, uneventful return to Jim's Landing, passing the more, by now, almost obligatory ruins."
And with the very great threat of the pygmies, (who couldn't hit the legendary barn door - and even when they did Frederick Saved!) and the remarkable dice rolls that saved the expedition right up to the last , when Fred needed a two to a six on a D6 to survive being without food for a day.
It was a nail biting finish to the expedition and on points scored the most successful to date! (well over 500!).
That's it then for this week, next week I'll be posting about some of the things I've also been doing - (other than the recent additional expedition in Jimland!).
Thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.