Session 64 – General V. and General Qi go to war – Tuesday 22nd May 2012 – by ShaunFreney and Frithhill
Elapsed time – 701 days real time, 549 days game time (7th February 1604?)
Location – Towing hulls back to southern Cathay from Formosa
Objective – To slip the bonds of General Qi’s surly gravity and fly free among, um… what now ?
From the diary and/or bragging of Pierre le Schtroumph:
“So, Pierre is covered in blood. Pierre feels dizzy. It best time to tell story now, before is too late.
“Before battle, Pierre help Capt. Truffaut to steer ship in days after leaving land village, offering helpful advice and useful anecdotes about sea-boats. He concentrate mostly on ship business and listen not to Pierre, is obviously difficult for captain, perhaps he not confident in own ability. Lucky we have Vittorio to help in supervisory manner, and Melchior for headsmarts. Thomas and Guy also useful in certain capacity Pierre not sure of at the moment, but will come to him soon no doubt.
“We head north as per poor lady’s telling when Melchior talks to her through Li Kao (spellinge?) talking in Cathese, what with her being under stress after husband and kiddiewinks not want to talk to her after she do horizontal dancing with pirate man from Cipangu. Still following? Bon. Thomas was injured saving her or something from man, makes change for once. He does bleed blood, which is surprise to all. Pierre assume some kind of ice or quicksilver in veins, lose five groats to Bad Pete in wager. Is cutting to bone, it is. So we go north as per info Melchior get with possibly occult persuasion, she not like it. Pirates are hiding in some place where natives are savage and not very cultured, we go northwards, we spy out pirate island. We do very well with reconnaisance, and sneak up like finest quiet rat in loud tavern. Everyone must be looking other way, or perhaps Pierre’s advice prove useful. Either way, he have sneaky advantage.
“General Qi boarded our ship, is ship of line and bloody massive to boot with Europaean cannon which rarely explode. He command our fleet in combination with Vittorio by signals from central position, and our ship approach on central line through front gate. Pirate island an atoll type affair, from what ship’s geologist tell me is burnt-out volcano island a little bit sunk and water harbour middle in hollow middle like letter C. Is not easy, but with
strength of numbers we could prevail!
“So we do have sneaky advantage, and Pierre go to fighting top to use cyclic rifle that Vittorio leave in Pierre’s trusty hands. Pierre take out many scouts and spymen, do very well but very safe. Vittorio and Thomas sneak ahead to get rid of seagate chain, they do to destroy and we can sail in nicely. Guy take a group on land, wander off somewhere. Pierre not sure where, Guy will turn up eventually.
“So battle go well for first couple of hours, we do very well. We sail in, bombard fortified positions, go much better than expected. Pierre have good idea, actual real Pierre idea even if other ones aren’t quite so believable. Also not stolen from Horatio Nelson Hornblatter stories, that character Albish anyway and fighting Montaigne ships and not at all applicable to current situation. “Pierre say, ’”These hills, they are very high around the C shape. We take cannon from ship and put on land, and push up slope to attain high position. We arrange to fire from place of safety from above and unable to be hit from below. Is very handy and we cause many casualties."’ We do this, and Pierre is correct. And how!
“So we charge through seagate and blow island to kingdom come where we have range. We put pirate to sword and fire shot into forts while ships attacked from behind and above by artillery and all hell break loose for wokoo. Is not good time to be pirate. General Qi press attack and blast hell to leather, and further shit hit windmill. Pierre decide valour is better part of valour today, not discretion as is usual and decide to help directly. Pierre feel very odd, and feel oddly patriotic to… well, is hard to say. Is not Pierre’s country, can’t read the writing or eat all the food without feeling funny, but we are here to find crystal jaw for occult skull and we have job to do. Pierre climbs down from crow’s nest, loads pistols and decides to seeks greater glory. He attaches himself to handy soldier unit, is gloriously useful, find many useful purses and combat advantages. The corporal, he cut down in first volley, men are trapped in building and unable to escape. Pierre feel very odd, not sure why but feeling super-helpful and a little… er, what is word? Heoric? Heroick? Is difficult to explain. However, Pierre end up charging from top of building with pistols drawn and shouting epithets. Pierre told he emerge later cover in blood up to waist. Sounds disgusting, but Pierre not remember.
“Later Pierre out with men and try to save embattled musketeers in difficult position from warkos. We charge in, is bad situation. We lose some men, but not many really in grand scheme of things. Pierre carve swathe through front line with mace and pistols, is very new experience. Eventually slip on man’s brains on floor and take head whack, we do badly in combat but win the war apparently. Eventually we report back, everyone confused to find Pierre combat-stained and looking funny and not hiding in barrel or under ehavy furniture. Apparently Pierre not frightened of fight-time anymore, but Pierre brave warrior in any case and not liking slander of this type! Still, Pierre feeling confused and very new, feeling rather contemplative and not unwilling to risk head being separated from shoulders. Pierre should investgate this phenomena in case of unfortunate side-effects such as wounding and death symptoms in future.
“Pierre end up a little richer and a little wiser. Also, feels slightly less need to wear brown-coloured britched in case of sudden shocks. Pierre feeling like he grow up as a person. Had to happen someday. Anyway, we now defeated pirate base, so hurrah! Also, lots of cash.
“Oh, Pierre not dead, by the way. Just found cellar of plum wine, feeling rather odd amd a little ill. Best have a pie to settle stomach.”