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Lords in the Field 5

August 25, 2014

Let’s see, where did we leave off. Oh yes, Les’ and I taking back Kilburun. We bounced back from the Crimeans’ onslaught slowly, eventually gaining back Ladyzhyn and Izmail. Things held steady there for some time and it seemed like we might bounce back fully, although I never seemed to have many guys joining me. Then Giray got his full forces gathered again and took all three back. Once again, I was without any fortress or even village of my own. This time, I didn’t even bother trying to mess with his 900-man army. I went around doing quests until a couple of guys came to join me. Then two more showed up. Hmm … let’s do this! We took back all of them … Izmail, Kilburun, Kracow and Ladyzhyn. Oh, there was some back and forth with the three nearest their homeland.

I found a way to hold onto all three of my fortresses, however. Yes, three. Hmel was kind enough to give me back the three that I had been lord of in the past: Kilburun, Krakov, and Ladyzhyn. Izmail was granted to the one man that I have been unable to form any kind of friendship with, Army Chief Pavlo Gomon.

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(Oh, hey, I got Timofiy Nosach in that shot too, on the left! Nice!!)

Probably has something to do with the fact that he is the one who I am always running against in the voting for Marshal. I’m sure being Army Chief and not actually being in charge has got to be grating on his soul just a little bit. Lord knows I’ve tried to win his favor but to no avail. At least I have succeeded in not making him an enemy, however. I only have one of those. Sedjet-bey got mad every time I had a chance to capture him and let him go free. Apparently he feels that he is disgraced by such acts of kindness, so I gave up on him and just put him in my prison after that.

Anyway, back to keeping my holdings. Shortly after we re-acquired those fortresses, Sweden declared war on us. Now, we are stretched thin enough with one enemy. I don’t want my colonels running off across the map on their own to lay siege to Sweden’s towns when we have the Crimeans right next door breathing fire on us. The mayors of the fortresses will offer a quest to convince two colonels, one from your own faction and one from the faction you are at war with, to bring a peace agreement to the table. So I went around to the Cossack fortresses and visited the mayors until one gave me the quest. I didn’t care which one of the two factions he chose, just as long as I could end one of them and keep my forces focused on one. Fortunately, it was the Crimeans, and even more fortunately, the general I needed to convince was Ahmed-pasha, one of my best friends. For the low price of -3 relationship, he was convinced. The other was Ivan Bogun. It cost a bit more relationship with him, but it was worth it because I could save my thalers. Bam! Done. After so much … WAR … it was nice to have the heartland of our territory at peace. Oh, sure, the Swedes took Kilburun and I had to get it back from them. But no biggie. And once we took, um … that fortress that starts with D and is next to Lviv … we pretty much pushed the Swedes out of our area.

It’s been fun fighting Swedes instead of Crimeans for a change. And holding Krakov, I have a nice short ride straight over the bridge behind Warsaw to get to Allenstein Castle. I led an expedition up there and took that, Kovno Fortress, and Narva. The Swedes have been in a bitter war with both Poland and Moscow for some time now, so they have very few things left. The Poles hold many of their strongholds, like Vilna and Riga.

One other thing before I go, since this will be the only post this week. I’ve mentioned that I’m reading the book. Lyss can testify as to how much I am enjoying it. I freaked out at her last week, afraid to turn the page because Bogun was going to duel and I was scared to learn the outcome. Well, the story has Ivan Bogun and Jan Skrzetuski both in love with the same woman. So when I ran into this battle back when we were at war with Poland, I had to get a screenshot, because, dude … Bogun vs. Skrzetuski!

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In this battle, Bogun won and captured Skrzetuski. But we haven’t been at war with the Poles since, and I still haven’t gotten a screenshot of Bogun. Oh well, maybe next week.

Lords in the Field 3

August 15, 2014

Yes, while everyone else is writing ’bout the WoD cinematic and release date, I’m here to bring you more stuff you don’t care about!

Wednesday night I didn’t get many followers. I think it was just Lukyan Mozyra and maybe Timofiy Nosach. I don’t remember for sure. But I was determined to take Kyzykerman that night, and even though we were just three, we did it. Even if it wasn’t Tim, here’s a shot of him anyway.

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Last night I got a bit more response and had anywhere from 2 to 5 other colonels following me at one time. They come and go. But it worked out great because we took Kilburun, Izmail, and Akkerman. Of course, we lost Akkerman soon after when the Muscovites came in full force to take it while we were running off the Crimeans who were trying to take the others back. But that’s ok, we’ll get it tonight.

With all the action around those others, they have left my Ladyzhyn alone, and the garrison is built up quite nicely now. I haven’t asked for any of the others as a reward. I’m quite happy to let Hmelnitski distribute the wealth amongst all of our comrades. Although I’m not sure that keeping Kilburun for himself counts as sharing. hehe. No matter. I may ask for one down the road if we take one that I especially want, but for now, my single fortress and village are enough to keep my finances secure.

I really like Vasil Zolotarenko’s black thoroughbred.

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In one of the battles, I followed him around and waited until he got knocked out, then I quickly swapped my horse for his so I could ride it for a bit. I later saw one for sale in Izmail after we captured it, but I don’t like the stats on it as much as on the bay one that I have. My big bay has the highest charge rating that I have seen (how much damage it does when you run over an enemy with your horse). I also have a heavy courser with the highest speed rating, and a spirited steppe horse with the highest maneuverability rating.

One other exciting thing happened yesterday. My DVDs of the Jerzy Hoffman films came. I watched the first half of With Fire and Sword (Ogniem i Mieczam in Polish) last night. It was so exciting seeing these characters come to life. And kind of fun hearing it all in Polish and learning how some of these names are actually pronounced. Skrzetuski had a beard in the book, but not in the game, but seeing him in the movie, now I see why he looks like he does in the game. And Pan Longin, oh my! The actor’s portrayal of him is so spot on! And Bohun (Ivan Bogun in game), poor cursed Bohun with the pretty eyes and beautiful voice (and terrible temper, count on me to fall for the bad boy amirite?). Come on, I dare you to tell me he’s not pretty.

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My First Siege!

August 7, 2014

Last night, I noticed that Minsk had been besieged enough recently to severely deplete its garrison. It was down to less than 100 defenders. I had 120 men or so in my army, but I was afraid that would be cutting it too close. After all, my personal specialty is cavalry, and while that extra long Hussar lance is superbly effective when mounted, it is a clumsy hindrance on foot. So I rode back over towards Cossack lands in hopes of finding assistance. As I drew near Chernigov, who should I see but my favourite buddy Les’ Gritsenko patrolling the area. In the past when I had chosen the dialog ‘Would you follow me? I have some ideas …’ the answer would be ‘That would hardly be appropriate, why don’t you follow me instead.’ But my renown has grown to the point where it is higher than many of the other Cossacks, so this time, he said something like ‘Lead the way. Together we will bring mayhem to our enemies.’

So, with Les’ following, I rode back to Minsk and blew a hole in the wall. We entered the city and fought off all of the defenders. The fortress was ours! Or rather, mine. I was given the option to request that it be awarded to me. Since my relationship with Hetman Hmelnitski is 100 and I led the attack, I had faith that he would give it to me anyway, so I chose not to ask for it. Within a few minutes, I received notice that he awarded it to me … although I was also given the option to accept or reject it. Of course, accepting it meant I was expected to defend it, which … well … 900 Poles showed up to take it back before I could even begin to get the garrison built back up, so it was only mine for a day or two. But still … now that others will follow me, I will be able to lead more of my own sieges! Well … once Colonel Jan Skrzetuski releases me from captivity, that is. /sigh

Wow. Just …. Wow!

July 24, 2014

Up until now, as far as new models go, I was like … hmm. Yeah cool, they look better than they did before. But THIS …

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(images directly from the official Blizzard Artcraft post announcing the new model. Go there for the full scoop!)

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My first reaction was ‘omg I am switching mains, my hunter is going to look SO.AWESOME AND.CUTE!’

My second reaction, was ‘race change! Tauren paladin!’

I mean really, think about it … I have a male belf DK, and 3 male belf paladins. On the same server pair. I’ve got plate-wearing male belf covered four ways to Sunday. Surely I can change one of them, possibly even the main one, right? (I get attached to my characters, changes are hard.) But man … I am super tempted. She’s so adorable!


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