The Storm: Part 3

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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by Korbel » 20 Feb 2019, 07:11

But Jelal Ad-din ignored him between one and another dirty joke shared with his companions. Only some time later, when the company dissolved, he approached Izajasz.
"What do you want?"
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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by David Mogendo » 20 Feb 2019, 17:08

"I apologize for my actions earlier, I was not aware of your position at that moment. I formally request to be relieved of your command, as I am currently in the service of another lord, one who might have need of my expertise as this conflict grows more violent." Izajasz appears uncomfortable, nervous about the man's response.
"Nice to meet you." Said the man with the red hands.
But the man lied.
Lied through his teeth to a mirror.
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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by Korbel » 20 Feb 2019, 17:28

"No, you're not going anywhere my friend..."
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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by David Mogendo » 20 Feb 2019, 17:51

"Unfortunately I have to disagree." Izajasz turns to walk out of the Tartar camp, saying over his shoulder: "It was a good fight. Thank you." And he simply starts walking away, looking for any members of his retinue.
"Nice to meet you." Said the man with the red hands.
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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by Korbel » 20 Feb 2019, 17:58

Jelal was hesitating for a moment.
"So you have chosen... well, you'd better be careful now. It's a very dangerous place" he smiles, maybe to his own thoughts?
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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by Korbel » 24 Feb 2019, 06:37

The castle of Kauernick was garrisoned, of course. It became evident when our travelers saw a group of men at arms and pages leaving through the gate, taking the horses to the river for a morning watering. Aleksy got a little closer to the castle, and he reported it was full of soldiers, but - what's interesting - they were not really expecting any trouble yet, assuming the Allied Army is still far away.
But it was not only Benedykt, Adrian, Aleksy and Izajasz who were on this scouting mission, as earlier this day (or should we say, before dawn)...

"I know it might prove to be a little... problematic, but Vytautas insisted, my boy - King Jogaila was tired, as he didn't sleep well this night, when he was instructing Benedykt before the reconnaissance. "Jelal and Naiman-beg will accompany you. Listen, we need to know if the river Drewenz will let us pass. It's the last major obstacle before we can reach Marienburg castle, and as far as we know, there should be some places suitable to cross the river near Kauernick, maybe a bridge. We also need to know where the Grand Master and his army is. Go, go my boy! We will follow you in a few hours, hopefully we will meet again and I'll see you safe and sound, if that's the God Will. Farewell!

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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by Korbel » 03 Mar 2019, 09:46

Jelal was carrying his composite reflexive bow. It was very strong - as it turned out, only he and Izajasz were capable of drawing it. He also had a short, curved blade hanging from his belt, as well as an additional dagger and two quivers full of arrows. Mail protected his body, and a conical steel helmet - his head. Naiman-beg was armed in a similar way, though his bow was lighter and he had his favorite, trusted, longer saber by his side. Other than that, the two Tatar leaders were travelling light, only carrying some water and little food and their usual rope lariats.

And they were watching the Teuton group... Especially the horses, evaluating their value and trying to pick the best ones. Were they thinking about ambushing the enemy and taking the horses for themselves?
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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by David Mogendo » 28 Sep 2019, 19:10

Izajasz ponders the situation and approaches the Tartar men, an idea forming in his mind. "Jelal, I suggest that you and Naiman-beg hold back whilst Aleksy, Adrian, and I scout up ahead. If they catch us, we can pretend to be Teuton long enough to kill them or escape." He glances over at Benedyct. "And perhaps his lordship should remain here too, he might be recognized." He turns back to Jelal and his companion, waiting for a response.
"Nice to meet you." Said the man with the red hands.
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Lied through his teeth to a mirror.
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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by Korbel » 28 Sep 2019, 19:16

Jelal doesn't even look at Izajasz, focusing on teuton men approaching the river.
"No, we need to strike and strike fast, and break them before they even realize what happened. Then we take what we want, won't we, brother?"
Nayman Beg only flashed his teeth in response, getting his bow and arrows ready.
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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by David Mogendo » 28 Sep 2019, 19:24

Izajasz sighs heavily. "Fine, then with his lordship's leave, I will happily accompany you into the fray." He looks over towards Benedyct again, before looking back at Jelal and grinning. He tightens his hands in the Cestus around his horse's reins and stares at the objective.
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Lied through his teeth to a mirror.
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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by Adronio » 29 Sep 2019, 14:38

Benedykt studies Teutons for a moment.

"Aleksy, your thoughts?"
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Re: The Storm: Part 3

Post by Korbel » 30 Sep 2019, 17:27

"You see this depression in the ground leading all the way to the river? We could sneak up on them..."

Aleksy started crawling towards the Teutons together with Jelal and Nayman Beg until they were so close they could hear them talking, while the rest of the team approached from the other side. And soon bolts and arrows started flying, unerringly hitting exposed flesh and sending unsuspecting Teuton men to the ground, writhing from pain. The last ones remaining unwounded offered no resistance to speak of, and a few attempted to fly - only to get cut by Tatar sabers soon after.

"I told you?" Jelal was celebrating "strike fast and strike forcefully, and we were blessed with easy victory! Ah, let see..."

Adrian Donarski started looking for loot and Izajasz took care of the captives. But Jelal and Nayman had something else on their minds: the horses. Quickly they picked the only two destriers and Jelal also took the one most promising palfrey for himself.

"Shame, we can't take all of them!" - but sure he was glad he had the most valuable ones in possesion. The expedition has already payed off!
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