A band of Franks enter the board and hasten to talk to Bishop Severinus on the road ahead
Bishop Severinus makes his way towards the Villa
Meanwhile on the other side of the board a carriage approaches bearing the the Sister in Law of the local Magistrate, Syagrius coming to visit her sister who is with child
Ellifer reaches the village and after plying the local Druid, Malgwyn, with large amounts of cider manages to persuade him to bless the apple orchard.
Unfortunately for Ellifer, Syagrius and a group of Limitanei have left the villa to visit the village
But the arrival of the Bishop now accompanied by the Franks proves a welcome distraction
Before Syagrius can reach the village he is met by a messenger from the villa who informs him of the arrival of the Bishop and the Franks
The Romans are coming!
The large Frankish force approaches the villa
More troops arrive in the civitas
The Sister in Law nears the villa
Two strange horsemen enter the table!
Ellifer manages to leave the village with the Druid and head for the Apple Orchard
As the Romans approach the villa
The Franks arrive to find the villa's owner absent and promptly occupy the buildings
Malgwyn begins to bless the Apple Orchard
The two mysterious riders approach Ellifer, they seek the whereabouts of the Holy Grail
Ellifer decides that it would be safer for Malgwyn the Druid to head for the watchtower and not return to the village
As the Romans arrive at the villa so does the Sister in Law
The Franks now hold the villa with a large force of men
A group of horsemen (Sarmatians I think) enter the table and they also begin to head towards the villa
The Romans horsemen head towards Ellifer
Ellifer and Malgwyn on the road to the Watchtower (with cider of course!)
Clodus speaks with Ellifer and informs him of events at the villa. Ellifer decides to return to protect the villagers
Malgwyn reaches the safety of the Watchtower
The Grail hunters head off towards the main road
Tensions are running high at the villa
The alarm horn is sounded from the Watchtower calling the Limitanei to arms
Ellifer deploys his forces across the village road
Bishop Severinus accompanied by a force of Franks and some Limitanei head for the village after reports of pagan rituals taking place
The Romans at the villa make an agreement with the Franks that they will not interfere in return for some items believed to be at the villa.
The Grail hunters meet with the Sarmatian Mercenaries
Events at the villa turn violent after a disturbance in the courtyard after a strongbox is discovered under the statue and both the Romans and the Franks suffer heavy casualties
Bishop Severinus finding no evidence of Pagan Rituals decides to visit the Hermit by the coast
A brief battle between the Romans and the Franks sees the Roman leader leave the field
The Bishop reaches the Hermit
At this point we decided to finish. Kevin in charge of the Franks had taken control of the Civitas from the Romans. The local magistrate, Syagrius, had played right into their hands by leaving the villa with most of the troops stationed there and therefore the Franks found the villa almost empty except for a pregnant woman and a couple of guards and servants. Jamie as the Roman commander had failed in his attempt to recover the strongbox which contained evidence of treachery in Rome. Leo playing Syagrius the local Magistrate found favour with the Franks who rewarded him with a small farmstead and loss of his position as Magistrate. As for Ellifer well his opposition to the new Frankish rulers saw him removed from his position as commander of the Limitanei. However he did manage to smuggle Malgwyn to safety by boat.
A great days gaming and I really enjoyed the Argad rules and reading some of the great AAR's on the Lead Adventure Forum they can produce some fantastic games.
Might have to keep my eyes peeled for some 28mm Dark Ages figures or maybe Hundred Years War as the rules can be used for many periods.
As always thanks for looking.