|The expedition moves onwards
So once more,
From the Journal of Frederick Cartington:
|Bearers flee for cover or get stuck in the stream, the explorers take cover
"No sooner had we ventured into unknown territory than we were beset upon by a large group of slavers whom we sent packing in great style"
|The explorers in cover
|A stuck bearer fights off two attackers, killing one
|Slaver reinforcements are attacked by a snake.
|The snake is wounded !
|Horatio aids the hard-pressed bearer
|The snake, bags a slaver, dying in the process, whilst Horatio and a Bearer bag another!
"For the next week we pressed on into 'terra incognito' discovering a new plant species, having a wandering soldier join us and finding some valuable looking native artifacts. We also lost a bearer (laden with food) to one of the very annoying native snares, whilst a friendly native wandered into camp wishing to join us as a bearer - for free!."
"Our good fortune was to last for as we broke camp in a swamp we were set upon by several hostiles. A combination of the swamp slowing them down and some excellent shooting soon saw these fellows off."
|The 'column' pre-warned of the native attack readies itself.
|The expedition's opening volley, - five shots four hits!
|Time to flee for your lives!
|The column, now in grasslands, once more readies itself for an attack.
And that is where I'll be leaving it for this week, not quite such a cliffhanger this time.
Whilst many won't be interested in the chance that Ned died, as a statistician, I was as when I moved him into the forest I was 90% sure he would survive (his chance making his 'save' roll; coupled with the chance of his attacker hitting him and the doc not saving him the odds were just over 1% . The dice gods are really fickle at times!
Next week, I'll hopefully be able to take a short break fro this adventure and report upon the "Border Reiver" wargame show, providing I'm able to attend.
In the meantime I'm off to hospital for another exciting day of lying down ( it's a minor IV thing that takes all day and it'll be my third or so over the last several years (so nothing to get excited about really). It'll be a chance to take a rest from spousal care and a break from having my five-year old granddaughter for the bank-holiday weekend.
That's it then for another week, thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.