Nia doesn’t even hear the initial attack. The Varou is too fast and attacks from the rear left flank.
Suddenly Squall makes a panicked noise and Nia feels Yag fall from behind her. She whirls around but it’s too late. Yag lays on the ground, her neck at an ugly angle and the Varou crouched over her, it’s claws and teeth exposed.
“Yag!” Nia shouts and wheels Squall around. She draws her sword.
It growls something in its own language. It’s wide wolfish eyes a mix of contempt and bloody rage. Nia feels movement to her side and at the last second sees a two more Varou drawing in.
[Enter the fray. I’m ambushed so its a roll plus Wits. And this is a pack of dangerous foes making them Formidable. Blimey, this might be the end! I roll 7 vs 7 and 8. A miss. On Pay The Price I get 46, a new danger or foe. More enemies is boring. I think the problem is something to do with Yag’s body.]
As the Varou outflank Nia neither of them notice as the body of Yag slowly and subtly begins to shift on the ground.
[Clash. I roll Iron with +1 for my shield. (Edit – this is an error). 3 vs 9 and 10. On Pay The Price I’ll take 3 harm. That leaves me on 2 health. I need to Endure it. Roll with Health. I roll 3 vs 2 and 6. Weak hit. I press on.]
Varou leap at Nia from different angles, claws extended, rending against her. She staggers under the assault barely able to keep her shield and her balance.
The situation was dire now. Nia took a moment, looking for a gap in the Varou’s circling. She wants a chance to escape.
[I am fucked! Gonna try this and just let it. Secure an for advantage with Wits. I roll 8 vs 10 and 1. A weak hit. +1 momentum but the Yag situation gets worse.]
Nia sees a gap in the circling Varou. As she moves Squall to take it there is a sound from Yag’s body like wind through dry leaves, her corpse shifts and a stench of death fills the air. Nia feels something on her back, as if some intangible thing suddenly clings there.
She ignores the feeling and rides for the gap.
[Face danger with Edge, but with a +1 from Squall. Roll 4 vs 2 and 8. A weak hit. I’ll take -1 supply]
Squall rears up and takes off through the gap in the circling Varou, off out across the countryside. Nia doesn’t remember until later that Yag had one of the supply packs.
For now the Varou give chase, barking and snarling. Nia presses Squall on as hard as she can. Hoping to reach Rich Fields where sure can lose them in the long grass.
[Another Face danger with Edge I think. With the +1 from Squall. I roll 7 vs 6 and 3. A strong hit. What a relief, that was close!]
At last, after a tense chase, they reach Rich Fields. Nia and Squall run deep into the grasses and eventually the sound of the Varou gets further and further away. Then nothing.