The Battle of Baggins, Part 3
Rochester High Street...
Griffin burst out of Baggins, saying "Get out the way! I've got to kill that dragon!"
The shopkeeper asked "What about the gunman?!"
"He's leaving, don't get in his way! I'll hunt him down after I've killed that thing!"
That was when Griffin got his wings out and made like a bolt from the blue towards the dragon, and nearly struck it. His objective now was to kill the thing before it killed someone!The dragon roared "WHO DARES?!"The Dragon's stats are in Gamemaster's Guide (p. 132), but with INT and PRE of 0, Favoured Environment (Air), Move-By Action, Close Combat: Unarmed (to represent use of teeth) and Ranged Combat: Fire Breath at +8.
The Dragon is Surprised. Roll Initiative! Dragon gets 15 and Griffin gets 5. The Dragon's Favoured Environment is active and set to Offence while Griffin's Favoured Environment is active and also set to Offence. They both get a HP for entering combat and they're both using lethal force.
In the surprise round, Griffin does the Flurry of Steel on the Dragon and gets 16. The Dragon gets 32 and resists.
As Griffin turned to face the dragon, he roared "Turn and face me, dovah! Face me and die!"
The dragon turned and roared back "You are no Dovahkiin, feathered one! But perhaps you might make for the sport that these mortals lack! Yol Toor Shul!"As they charged each other, Griffin tried to stab the dragon right between the eyes, aiming for an insta-kill.The Dragon uses Fire Breath, getting 16 and missing. Griffin attacks with the Flurry of Steel and gets 16. The Dragon gets 28 and resists. Griffin sets his Favoured Environment to Defence.The dragon roared "You think you can slay me?! Ha!" as Griffin survived another fiery pass.The Dragon used its teeth, getting 16 and missing. Griffin attacks with the Flurry of Steel and gets a Natural 20, crit scored! He stunts it into The One-Way Ticket: Cumlative Affliction 10 (Resisted and Overcome by Will): Impaired, Disabled, Dying. DC 20. The Dragon got 21 and resisted.Griffin smacked the dragon in the lower jaw to try and shut it up! It simply went "You cannot silence my Thu'um!"The Dragon uses Fire Breath, getting 25. Griffin got 16 then he spent a HP, getting 28 and resisting. Griffin attacks with the Flurry of Steel and gets 25. The Dragon gets a Natural 20.
Griffin: 3 HP.The dragon then tried to burn Griffin's wings off, but Griffin simply wasn't having it.The Dragon uses his teeth and gets 23. Griffin gets a Natural 20 to resist and a Natural 1 while using the Flurry of Steel.The dragon said "I thought you would make for fine sport, but I see that you are only prey!"The Dragon uses Fire Breath, getting 28. Griffin got 30 to resist, then used the Flurry of Steel, getting 24. The Dragon got 17 and spent a HP, getting 33 to resist.
Dragon: 1 HP.Griffin roared "This isn't a sport!" as he beheaded the dragon in a single blow! The dragon disintegrated like the Space Marine did before it hit the ground.The Dragon uses his teeth and gets 18. Griffin gets 23 and resists, attacking with the Flurry of Steel and getting 20. The Dragon gets 21 and spends a HP, getting 27 and resisting the attack.
Dragon: 0 HP.The Dragon used Fire Breath, getting 21. Griffin got 22 and resisted, using the Flurry of Steel and getting 27. The Dragon got a Natural 1 and was killed outright! Fight's Over!
As Griffin landed on top of Rochester Castle, he went "I can't believe I just did that!" He sheathed his sword and looked at his watch, saying "Annabelle, it's Griffin and I have a problem! West summoned a dragon, forcing me to let him go!"
"You let him go?!"
"I had to kill that dragon before it killed someone! Where is West heading now?"
"Let's see... Mr. West is on a white boat with a green roof, just below you!"
"I see the boat, I'm moving in!"
As soon as Griffin landed, West turned and fired his gun. The bullets just bounced off Griffin, who went "Surrender, traitor!"
Mr. West went "Surrender?! To a vigilante?! Come on, you f**king civilian! Let's see you face a real fighter!"Griffin tries to intimidate West and gets 18. West gets 25 on his Will check and resists.
That was when Griffin charged. And parried West's lightsabre! He barely caught it being turned on! Griffin bopped West with the pommel of his sword.Griffin pulled a feint that West fell for, exposing his lack of skill with the lightsabre.Both combatants got 7 for initiative but West goes first (due to higher Dodge). West has a *Lightsabre* (Damage 6; Dangerous, Penetrating 6) and he attacks with it, getting a Natural 20, crit scored! West goes for +5 DC. Griffin gets a Natural 1, spends a HP and gets 30, resisting the blow. He then responds with the Flurry of Steel, getting 23. West got 13 and was hit and dazed.
They both get a HP for entering combat. Griffin gets a HP for using non-lethal force while West's trying to kill him.
West: 1 Injury, Dazed.
Griffin: 5 HPWest was good, Griffin had to admit, but he wasn't trained in swordsmanship by Archangel Michael. Griffin grabbed West's wrist and then broke his ribs and his leg! He proved for the third time that day that he was the better fighter!West attacks, getting 10 and missing. Griffin uses the Flurry of Steel and gets 23. West gets 12, spends a HP and gets 22.
West: 1 HP."Don't get up. I mean it! I just broke your ribs and your leg! Stand down, soldier! NOW!"West attacks and gets a Natural 1 and spends his last HP, getting 23. Griffin gets a Natural 1 and spends a HP. He gets 29 and resists. Griffin then uses the Flurry of Steel and gets 24. West gets 6 on his Toughness and is Incapacitated! Fight's Over!
West said "Alright, you got me!" As he turned the lightsabre off, West said to Griffin "You know, I've seen some things. I've done all sorts of stuff, I've killed some dangerous people, I've even shot a power or two in my time... But you... What are you?!"
Griffin revealed his wings, saying "The name's Griffin, and I'm an angel of the Host! You're lucky I wasn't ordered to kill you for what you tried to pull! I have two questions, you better answer them!"
"Where's the Realiser Ray now?"
"The main galley cupboard below deck. You'll need to turn the handle to open the door."
"Got it. Now for the more important question... Who gave you the Realiser Ray in the first place?!"
"Belladonna! Her name is Belladonna!"
"What does Belladonna look like?"
"You wouldn't believe me!"
Griffin sighed "Mate, I became an angel as the result of a near-death experience. And trust me, those aren't as 'near' as you'd think. I've seen things you'd never believe! I ask you again, what does Belladonna look like?"
"She's a purple whippet wearing a spiked collar and leather vest! And she has bat-like wings! If you saw her, you'd never forget her! When she's calm, she can be very seductive. When she's angry, you know how much trouble you're in!"
"A supernatural whippet, you say? I actually know someone who can tell if you're telling me the truth. I'm going below deck, be back in a minute." Griffin hid his wings, picked up the lightsabre and descended below deck.
Griffin saw the galley and proceeded to check the cupboard, finding the Realiser Ray. It resembled a raygun from a bad 50's sci-fi, but it is one of the most powerful weapons ever seen on Earth, beaten only by the Power Ring of the Green Lantern Corps. And he had just experienced exactly why Annabelle wanted this gun off the streets.
He then used the mirror in the boat's only berth, saying "Annabelle, it's Griffin. I have the Realiser Ray!"
Annabelle appeared in the mirror, saying "You have it? Pass it through."
"Okay. I'm also handing over my sword and a lightsabre. The police will be coming soon, and I don't want them to confiscate it.
"I understand. And what in Mother's name is a lightsabre?"
"It uses an energy blade. There's a button on there that turns it on and off, try not to press it. And I need to ask you something, Annabelle."
"I just asked that Man Without Standards about the Realiser Ray, and you'll never guess who he said helped him get hold of it."
"Who did he say helped him?"
"He said that a whippet by the name of Belladonna helped him out. Purple fur, spiked collar, leather vest. Does the name or description ring any bells?"
"It does! Belladonna is my cousin! She works for the other side!"
"Now I'm asking myself if this is just Belladonna raising merry hell or if she's having a go at you!"
"Belladonna would do both if she could."
"I'm heading off now. See you later."
When Griffin got out of the boat, he told West "The Ray is where you said it was and my commanding officer just confirmed Belladonna’s ID. What on Earth do you think you’re doing, working for a hellhound?! It’s obvious you don't know how stupid that is! And you didn't ask yourself the obvious question. The one question anyone who encounters the supernatural and the mythical must ask themselves."
"And that is?"
"If this is real... What else could be real?"
"You... make a good point."
"I have one question to ask before the police get here."
"Don't tempt me. The question I want to ask is… Why?! Why would you do this?! Why would you want to spark World War Three?!"
"I only wanted to bring back the Cold War, and said out loud to myself that I’d do anything for it. That was when Belladonna came out of my bedroom mirror and gave me the ray."
"I can see why she’d want it back. I mean, a cold war can escalate to a real one in the right conditions! And you wanted it to happen?! You're lucky I can't do you for treason! I'm leaving you here for the police. You won't be going too far with a broken leg."
Griffin got his wings out and set off for London.