The Great Disaster has disrupted everything for the City of Ostia Anguis, and with the ascension of House Kaal, brought it to the verge of rebellion. Seeking to bolster it ranks to rebuild from the aftermath of the tsunami, the Lion Guard has been bringing in Irregulars. Not legionnaires, but warriors nonetheless.
Anthia, a female Human Fighter and former member of the Lion Guard,
Freidyr, a female Wood Elf Ranger,
Puck, a male Wood Elf Cleric of Sehanine, and
Raistlin, a male Human Sorceror of draconic descent.
The Irregulars were conscripted by the Lion Guard to join in an assault on the Shekelesh pirates. Thought to have been eliminated 3 months prior, reports from the Knives of Kaal indicated that they were back, and in greater force than ever before.
These pirates, the people of the sea, are the worst kind – slavers. They assault merchant galleys and coastal villages, making off with entire settlements.
An outside threat to the city that could be fought was welcomed by Decimus Hilarius, and one he desired to handle personally. Mobilizing two of his five Centuria and the Irregulars, he boarded his flagship quinquereme, the Ceres.
After two days at sea, the Lion Guard spotted a Shekelesh slaver ship attempting to sack a merchant vessel. Arriving just in time, the slaver ship halted its assault and attempted to flee, but being poorly manned, it was soon overrun by the determination of the freemen rowing the Ceres. There did the Irregulars prove themselves to be worthy of war, for they slew many of the pirates at range. By the time the Ceres’ corvus bit into the deck of the pirate vessel, the Lion Guard had but a dozen pirates to engage.
After the Shekelesh pirate captain gave up the location of the cove that served as their home, the Lion Guard put the surviving Shekelesh to the sword, for they had not the room for the rescued slaves and the pirates. A few members of the Irregulars thought this harsh, but so came the command of Decimus Hilarius.
Landing upon the island’s cove, the Lion Guard pulled the Ceres ashore, and quickly divided their forces into war parties. Each Centuria split into two groups of ten, and the Irregulars were tasked with their own infiltration. The Shekelesh were living in a honeycomb of caves up the shoreline, and so the Lion Guard went in to seek their prey.
Led by Optio Mott, the Irregulars soon came into conflict. Hastily upended tables in a torchlit cave protected a trio of crossbowmen, while swashbuckling fishwives looked to skewer those who dropped their guard. The Irregulars quickly overcame the position of the Shekelesh, and soon had slain all but one of the crossbowmen, who asked to surrender. Puck asked that he surrender to him, but the pirate had other ideas and reached for a hidden dagger. Puck easily saw through the Shekelesh’s scheme, and, with a quick prayer, smote the pirate, sending his lifeless body cascading down into a pit trap.
This showed the preparations of the pirates, having dug traps and hidden portcullises to entrap the Irregulars and Lion Guard in dangerous positions, but they lacked the training and discipline of the Legion. The Irregulars overran their positions, routed the Shekelsh warriors, silenced their wizards, and slew their Priest of Torog. They rescued 15 slaves, and rejoined with the Lion Guard for the final assault.