Hi all and welcome to fightnight!, well, Friday night which happens to be when I try to produce statistics for meaningful combat.
Tonight we are looking at the vicious pirates who are boarding the Red Fleets Dancing Drake, Kyoko’s ship. To save time and conserve my writing reserves I will kick it off without much pomp or fanfare.
As the silver dragonborn strode across the gangplank he deflected arrows, bolts, blades and clubs that launched at him with not even the slight shimmer of his curved sword moving to intercept the weapons.
Those who ran around him seemed to dance across the planks, float effortlessly through the air on corded rope and glided around the waves that crashed around them. If they weren’t stabbing, cutting and swiping at the crew and party the way they moved across the ship and between them could almost be considered beautiful.
Born on the seas and pledged to the lord of the waves Milligan grew up with a connection to the weather and to the pirates he called family. After several years he grew so used to the rough seas to the west of Faerun that his proficiency went from something inherent to something mystical and those who fought with him also became like water and wind across the decks of those they sought to plunder from.
The crew that follow Milligan Silverborn are more accustomed to life on the waves and amongst the storms than others and believe that their captain and the sea itself will protect them. As such they rarely wear any armour so their movement can flow across their prey like waves spilling over a deck
For this fight let’s assume that the party is Level 4. For this fight Milligan wont appear on deck unless his crew look to be having trouble, which they will with our party, and when he does fight he will bring 3 to 5 of his crew into the fray with him. He uses them much like a sailor uses knots, to hold things in place while he can make the most out of the situation at hand and control the flow of the battle. For this encounter I would have 2 to 3 pirates attacking every 2 rounds, roll a d6 and add the number of pirates that are left fighting the party on the Dancing Drake if the result is 4 or Less then another 2 or 3 pirates will also join the fray.
Once 10 pirates have been dispatched then Milligan and his crew will join. If Milligan drops below 20 HP he will retreat to his ship and if the party look like they will dispatch the rest of his crew easily he will cut the lines (if not already cut) and will flee with his remaining crew to not return. He will plead a parley if he cant escape and is injured.
Thanks for joining me tonight for a glimpse at the pirate Milligan Silverborn and his crew. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a special Saturday writeup. Don’t forget if you have a submission for a 30 minute challenge please send it my way in the way of a single word and any restrictions (or mandatory elements) you wish to challenge me with and I will do my best to come up with a one shot adventure within 30 minutes (or a designated time frame..)
Oh, and as always, don’t forget to roll with advantage,
The Brazen Wolfe