105 P.A. Coalition States (CS) Tolkeen War / GM: Dan Frederick
An Introduction: Letters from the Tolkeen Front
Tactical Report 00132
Major Jan Yoblonksy
Intel Division, Squad Leader Observation Team Three
Operation First Strike: Video report 00132 — October 11, 105 P.A.
“I regret to say, there’s not much to report. At 0500 hours, CS forces unleashed a volley of low yield nuclear missiles at the enemy as a preemptive strike. Approximately five minutes before zero hour, the ley lines around the city exhibited increased activity, seeming to pulse and throb with light.”
“Moments before the strike, an electrical discharge began to crackle in arcs that created a massive spherical shape around both the City of Tolkeen and the City of Dragons across the river. A moment later, three flares of blue and white light burst upward like a pillar of energy shooting maybe a mile into the sky.”
“We could see a massive Rift open up at each of the three locations, all places where two or more ley lines intersected. The one viewed from our vantage point swallowed what we estimate to have been 30 missiles. They simply rocketed into the maw of energy and vanished.”
“I assume the other two Rifts similarly disposed of our missile assault. Team IDO-3 reported from their observation point what may have been as many as a dozen missiles missing the Rifts, but they appeared to have been intercepted and neutralized or contained by unidentified energies and forces. At least two impacted on the energy field that encircled the twin cities but with no tangible effect.”
“Approximately 72 seconds later, the turbulence of crackling energy was gone and the ley lines assumed their normal appearance. One would never suspect an event had occurred.”
“Corresponding video confirmation will substantiate this report.”
“Assessment. Point: Further missile bombardment was ineffective, with less than 10% percent of missile yield reaching target and less than 1% seeming to penetrate the enemy defensive field. Regrettably, while some explosions seemed to be identified under the defense field, it was impossible to determine damage. If any it was minimal.”
“Point: Enemy defense system unknown, although it clearly utilizes magic and some previously unseen dimensional, portal defense system.”
“Point: Enemy may have some sort of early warning system of unknown origin. How else could they have anticipated and countered our attack? The only alternative is a Tolkeen mole or other leak within the Coalition Army. Suggest investigation.”
“Point: Enemy continues to display resources beyond our understanding.”
“Suggestion: Conduct advanced ground invasion primarily using Skelebots, Dog Packs, and Mercenaries with mounting intensity to test the enemy and assess their strength and resources.”
“Evaluation: Enemy is highly unpredictable and dangerous despite their small numbers and seemingly low level of technology compared to CS forces. Any offensive assault will be hard fought and met with great resistance. Anticipate high CS casualties.”
“An all-out ground and air offensive that contains and slowly whittles down the enemy is the only viable option that I see. Said recommendation means a war that could last 3-5 years; two years minimum. However, CS forces should win from weight of sheer numbers, technological superiority and purity of purpose.”
“Major Jan Yoblonksy, Intel Division, reporting.”
An Introduction: Meeting with the Tolkeen King
The Defense of Tolkeen — October 11, 105 P.A.
King Robert Creed stood silently in the Royal City gardens. At the age of 53 he was proud to be a Tolkeenite and ruler of the City for 20 plus years. The gardens had been his favorite place to visit as a young child, they still were. His bygone days of youth seemed so distant, along with the carefree and fun days of rule. His thoughts were troubled by the Coalition States. Had Tolkeen been located a few hundred, or a thousand miles further away from the technological warriors of the CS Empire there may never have been an impending war. The fact was, Tolkeen and her magical ways were too close to the CS for an inevitable war to not erupt.
Only moments ago the forces of the Coalition had fired a nuclear attack at the city. This part of the Royal garden was always beneath a clear magic dome. Now a massive magical dome stood over the entire city. Watching as the intersecting Ley Lines were utilized by several members of the Council of Twelve to send the incoming missiles away from the city via opened rifts the King smiled then turned around. The general populace of the city did not know it but the ancient and magical artifact, Yorik, had been used by the council to learn of the attack in advance. They had been ready. The missiles stopped. King Creed sighed knowing that as the population celebrated the CS would be mounting a land based army to attack the city soon enough.
The wizard king looked at the other man in the garden. A grizzled, older man, with his face hidden beneath a wide brim Stetson hat with long black and greying hair. He was human. A human dimensional traveler not from Earth. A dark shadowy man with a low hung gunslingers pistol on his right leg. One of the defenders of the city. A Legionnaire of Tolkeen. The last surviving member of the Odd Squad.
“As your late squad discovered, the CS is coming. They will stop at nothing to destroy our city. I want to rebuild the Odd Squad.”
The King sighed and looked back up into the sky and asked the off world gunslinger, “Do you ever think about your home world Anton?”
After a long moment in which the king thought the man would not answer, the gunslinger stated: “Do I remember the world I came from or how I got here? I can recall I made my way through the dragons grave. I can recall the shadow of an old hawk, of bygone days of youth. I often remember a wizard’s tower. A man I chased. I remember a door. I fought a demon in man’s skin, though I know not if I won. My memories of my lost home are hazy. What I do know is even though I am not from this world, I now call it my own. The men and women of the City State of Tolkeen, you King Creed, took me in. I will defend all in this city with my life. I stand with the Legion. I will defend them with my six-guns. I stand with Tolkeen.”
The King smiled.
“Tolkeen thanks you. I thank you. This war is going to be hell but we will prevail. Magic verses the evil technology of the Coalition.”
“Yes my liege. I have a few individuals whom I will be asking to reform the odd Squad. By your leave I will seek them out now and work on rebuilding my team. There is little time to waste, especially if you want the artifact Yorik recovered.”
The king nodded as the gunslinger turned to leave.