Battle of Red Axe Pass

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Battle of Red Axe Pass
Location Naggarond
Outcome Victory for High Elves. [1]
Combatants
High Elves. [1a] Night Goblins. [1a]
Commanders
Anaryll. [1a] Gorrfang Ratbreath. [1a]
Strength
Losses/Survivors


The Battle of Red Axe Pass was fought between the High Elves and the Night Goblins. [1a]

History

Prince Tallanquine had led a highly successful campaign against the Dark Elves, his goal, like those of previous similar campaigns was to distract the warlords of their enemy and make them defend their own lands rather than prepare to raid Ulthuan. However at the conclusion of the raid, the prince was wounded in combat with an enemy lord and later succumbed to the magical injury. [1a]

His second in command, the mage Anaryll was informed that substantial forces were moving in pursuit of his now depleted army and he decided to retreat across the Red Axe River to evade them. Although he was aware that the area was infested with Night Goblins, he decided that the greenskins were the lesser of the two risks and set off on the long march through the bleak, rocky hills. Goblin scouts quickly spotted the column and a local warlord, Gorrfang Ratbreath prepared an ambush. [1a]

The Battle

The goblins attacked the rearguard of the column, Stikkas raining a storm of arrows down on the elves with their short bows but too little effect and [1c] sounding their horns to alert the rest of the column, the rearguard prepared to defend themselves. The vanguard had already crossed a bridge across a river and on hearing the horns began to reform to lend aid to their comrades. [1d]

As they charged at the goblins, the Emerald Company suffered heavy casualties asa fanatic hurtled through their ranks but then cut down the inital force of gobbos facing them, chasing them off and causing panic in others nearby. The fanatic continued on and into the Silver Arrows, causing more deaths but at the same time to stop his forces from routing, Gorrfang was forced to use the Horn of Urgok. [1d]

A mob of goblins attempted to prevent the Silver Helms from crossing the bridge and aiding the rearguard, unleashing another fanatic into the oncoming cavalry. Although he caused carnage, a well directed blast from the Doomfire Ring of Anaryll dispatched him before he caused further damage. [1e]

The Emerald Company continued to pursue the goblins into the trees whilst the remaining Silver Helms charged into other goblins even as Anaryll used his Doomfire again to incinerate Gorrfang himself! [1e] The Silver Helms overextended and only Arathalle survived the screaming goblins but all over the pass, the elves were shooting the greenskins with deadly volleys of archery. [1f]

Using the final charge of his ring, Anaryll consumed Grobgut with a burst of fire and then charged into the nearby Worm-Eyes but they did not break even as he slashed left and right. Less successful was the Sapphire company who came off worst in a brutal clash with the Toad-Eyes but managed to escape the murderous greenskins. [1g]

The Toad-Eys continued their rampage and attacked nearby High Elf Archers whilst Anaryll was still surrounded by goblins, his Unicorn being wounded. [1h] The Emerald company came to his aid however and drove the goblins off, who were then ridden down by Anaryll. [1i]

The surviving goblins lost heart and faded away into the woods, stragglers being picked up Elf arrows. The Elves tended the wounded, buried their dead and then reformed to continue their march across the Rex Axe River and to the coast for extraction. [1j]

Order of Battle

High Elves

Night Goblins

Sources

  • 1: White Dwarf 155 (UK)
    • 1a: The Battle of Red Axe Pass, pg. 23
    • 1b: The Battle of Red Axe Pass, pg. 25
    • 1c: The Battle of Red Axe Pass, pg. 26
    • 1d: The Battle of Red Axe Pass, pg. 27
    • 1e: The Battle of Red Axe Pass, pg. 30
    • 1f: The Battle of Red Axe Pass, pg. 32
    • 1g: The Battle of Red Axe Pass, pg. 33
    • 1h: The Battle of Red Axe Pass, pg. 34
    • 11: The Battle of Red Axe Pass, pg. 35
    • 1j: The Battle of Red Axe Pass, pg. 36
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