The party were bolstering defenses at Aarvik after winning over the townsfolk to the banner of Jarl Bjorg when Jarl Ragnar’s longship arrived carrying Ragnar himself. Ragnar informed them of an army massing in the Unangiven Ruins to the east of Birka.
Heading back to Ulfsland the adventurers met with Jarl Bjorg and the headsfolk of the area. It was decided that despite fortifications being prepared on Ulfsland that the best form of defence was attack they prepared 8 longships with about 40 men on each and headed for the Unangiven Ruins.
In a daring night raid they strafed the shores where the main army was camped with fire arrows causing confusion and mayhem. Seeing the initiative was there’s the Ulfslanders landed and formed a beach head. Despite organised resistance the combination of surprise, team work and a certain magic user they were able to completely rout the beach camped forces. The survivors clambered up the hill where the Haslings formed a shield wall and waited.
Not wanting to risk a frontal assualt up the hill the party convinced Ragnar to head back to the ships and feign sailing away. In fact they sailed up the coast a few miles out of view and then the adventurers made landfall. Magnus Schmitt in bird-form scouted ahead and was able to accurately mark the Hasling sentries so the party was able to methodically sneak up on them and take them out – creating a path for Ragnar’s forces to follow up behind and ultimately surprise attack the hill fort ruins from the flank.
Despite the surprise attack it became clear the Hasling forces were ‘blessed’ and better organised. This however crumbled when Magnus’s magic frenzied them into wild attacks. Combined with Bob Smith moving around the wicker and wooden wall they had erected and setting fires the Haslings were confused, enraged and threw themselves against the Ulfslander’s shield wall.
Lauga (deceased) from a position on top a ruined wall was able wreck havoc with magic fire on the Ulfslander’s shield wall as well as reanimating the dead behind their lines (but this was stopped by Hanna Schneider, whose shieldmaiden training was clearly paying off). Sensing a turn in the turn due to Lauga’s magic, Magnus turned to dove form, flew above her and using all his magic powers (and fate points!) turned into a wolf, glowing unnaturally from the side effects of magic and swept down upon Lauga and her two guards. Lauga herself died in terrified disbelief and her arteries were severed by the beast formed Magnus.
Bob, after setting fires all around the wall stealed back into the ruins with it in mind to rush the Haslings from behind and drive through to his own allies shield wall. However he was spotted by a mounted and enraged Jarl Hafdan (deceased) who gave chase but was confounded by the smaller Bob’s dodging in and out of ruined walls and buildings. Finally out in the open he seemed ready to run down the Dwarf when he was hit by Hanna’s arrows. Magnus then jumped off the wall and attacked Hafdan’s horse, which threw him off and ran away in fear of the wolf.
Despite Hafdan’s best efforts to get to his feet and fight, the combination of arrows, axe and glowingwolf maw was too much for Hafdan and his dark gods abandoned him…the Hasling Lord was dead!
With the loss of their Jarl, his witch-daughter and most of their forces the remaining Haslings and other beastial allies routed. A spectacular victory won, with less than a third of the forces taking down an army that would have surely razed a defiant Ulfsland to the ground.