Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Through Thornleigh wood ...

Ragnar Olafson and his viking raiders, having defeated and dispersed the fyrd sent to intercept them, split into groups and set about pillaging and looting the area.

The group led by Ragnar was heading towards the village of Woodeaton (and then back to the rendezvous point); they had come down from small rise and had to go through Thornleigh wood, a mounted scout was sent forward to check the pathway through the wood.

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The scout reports back that the path through the wood is clear ...
They head slowly down the woodland path ......
Ragnar hesitates, a man to sent to look in the woods to the right tells him their is open marshy ground with probably hard ground by the edge of the wood; Ragnar wanting to avoid a possible ambush from both sides orders the men to move through the wood to the right...
they make slow progress, men fall an get stuck in he boggy ground but just manage to extricate themselves; as they pick their way through a small group of warriors move along the woodland path...
Going is slow but there is a dry way along the edge of the wood ....a straggler moving along the woodland path is picked off - an arrow strikes ... 
The warriors on the woodland path find their way blocked ...
They rush forward to attack, a saxon slinger downs one of them and archers another two....
Two men get across the barricade and fight the saxons to their front, as arrows whizz past them ...
Meanwhile the main group moves forward by some rocky ground ... 
The pack pony comes to halt and refuses to budge, as they try and get it to move they disturb a wild boar..
One of the men stumbles in a rabbit hole and falls.. an irate rabbit appears (and soon runs off)
Ragnar and the rest of his men move forward reaching the edge of the marshy area......
The pack pony exhausted keels over, the men have to gather up the loot and carry it ....
Ragnar and his men reach open ground and are joined by the one surviving member of the group that went down the woodland path.... a couple of saxons hang back by the wood ...
Ragnar and his men are no free to move on to plunder the village of Woodeaton ....

4 comments:

  1. Excellent story and the scenery has worked out really well indeed.

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  2. Ragnar Brown Eyes was extremely lucky to pass through the bogs without loss, though Ulf, Hagrid and Olaf came within inches of being sucked into the bottomless mire. No wonder his men continue to follow theman with the luck of the devil.

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  3. Excellent adventure Allan, who would not follow such a lucky star as Ragnar Brown eyes.

    Willz Harley.

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