Dance of Power: Age of the Wolf SAGA campaign

This is SAGA, the Age of the Wolf. An alternative-history campaign based in the early middle ages following the collapse of the Roman Empire in Western Europe. A dangerous, troubled time. A crucible of power, politics and brutal warfare. A period of cultural and economic upheaval and decline. A time of legends and heroic deeds. A time of countless wars and internecine strife amongst the varied peoples and tribes, later to be characterised by the Italian scholar, Francesco Petrarca, as the 'Dark Ages'.

SAGA Age of the Wolf campaign system, from Gripping Beast, follows the rise and fall of individual Warlords and their warbands as they strive to achieve dominance over their rivals.


For this campaign - I have called Dance of Power for reference - the players have chosen a faction from the Western European arena and created a campaign roster detailing their Warlord's profile - his Motivation (what he desires), his Traits (his unique characteristics) and his Special skills (his abilities on the battlefield). The roster also lists all the units under his command and records what each Warlord plans to do at the beginning of each season, be that to Raid or Campaign against a rival, or simply look to his Defences and hope for peace.

Each Warlord will, hopefully, accrue additional Land, Wealth, Reputation and Campaign Victory Points as they progress through the six campaign seasons, which ultimately adds to their Power Score. Alliances can be formed and Blood Feuds a dangerous reality. New units can be recruited and veteran units bolstered with fresh blood. Mercenaries can be hired, at a cost.

When the dust has settled after campaign season six, THE WARLORD WITH A POWER SCORE OF 15 OR MORE, AND THE HIGHEST CAMPAIGN VICTORY POINTS TOTAL IS THE WINNER AND DECLARED KING!

The Campaign Leaderboard The chart below will be updated as the campaign progresses. It lists the current Land, Wealth, Reputation, Power and any Campaign Victory Points (CVP) for each Warlord. Land dictates how many Levy units a Warlord can raise, Wealth for Warrior units and Reputation for Hearthguard. There are six columns showing how many battles (*) will be fought by each Warlord for that season and the results. If they choose to Defend and no rivals attack, they have Peace this season. They can sit back and watch the taxes roll in or maybe recruit new units. But at the cost of no Campaign Victory Points.
Each Warlord chooses a Campaign Action at the start of each season, which is cross-referenced with his rival's Actions. This may result in the Warlord fighting one or more battles each season and also dictates the type of scenario to be fought. Each Warlord's Action per season is listed on their profile below this chart.


Campaign LEADER BOARD (last updated 18th April 2017 - fighting season 3!)




Warlord
Faction
Land
Wealth
Reputation
Power
CVP
1
Duke Nuquem le Batard
Normans
1
8
2
15
0
2
Orm Tostesson (Red Orm)
Vikings
2
2
5
13
3
3
Fearghas MacCoinnich
Scots
1
1
6
12
4
4
Zappa de la Rocca
Franks
2
3
3
12
0
7
Ivar Nomansson
Vikings
2
2
2
11
0
5
Ubba
Anglo Danes
2
1
2
10
1
6
Torbjorn Mjolnir
Vikings
2
2
2
10*
1

  *pending updates


Retired to drink, wench and count coin. For now...

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Rhisiart ap Ieuan
Welsh
2
6
2
12
0
-
Torstein "Hammeren" Skjeggestad
Vikings
2
3
1
10
0

 Campaign Season 3 Events


Aggressor Action /
Opponent
Event, Scenario and Result
Aggressor
 Post Battle
Defender
Post Battle
Fearghlas MacCoinnich
SCOTS CAMPAIGNING Against
Orm Tostesson
(DEFENDING)


20/3/17
INVASION
Homeland, The Burh or Sacred Ground
RESULT: Viking Victory!
Warlord slain/casualty: n/a
Unit casualties: 1 HG, 1 W, 1 Levy
Spoils of Victory: n/a
Campaign Victory Points: n/a
Recruitment: 4 W (unit 2)
Fate: Famine & Flood (-1 Land)

Warlord slain/casualty: n/a
Unit casualties: 1 W
Spoils of Victory: +1 Reputation
Campaign Victory Points: 2 (Skald’s Song)
Recruitment: 8 W (-1 Wealth)
Fate: Good harvest (+1 Wealth)
Fearghlas MacCoinnich
SCOTS CAMPAIGNING Against
Ubba, Anglo Danes
(DEFENDING)

6/3/17
INVASION
SCENARIO: The Burh
RESULT: Ubba Victory!

Warlord slain/casualty: n/a
Unit casualties: 1xHG, 1xW, 1xL
Spoils of Victory: n/a
Campaign Victory Points: n/a
Recruitment: +2 Warriors
Fate: Reinforcements D6 Warriors: 4

Warlord slain/casualty: n/a
Unit casualties: 2xW
Spoils of Victory: +1 Reputation
Campaign Victory Points: 1
Recruitment: 2xW
Fate: Reinforcements 2D6 Levy: 11

Fearghlas MacCoinnich
SCOTS CAMPAIGNING Against
Duke Nuquem le Batard
(DEFENDING)
17/04/17
INVASION
SCENARIO: The Burh
RESULT: Scots Victory (just!)

Warlord slain/casualty: Heroic Wound! (+1 Rep!)
Unit casualties: 4xW
Spoils of Victory: +1 Land
Campaign Victory Points: 1 CVP
Recruitment: 2xW
Fate: Poor Harvest, -1 Wealth

Warlord slain/casualty: n/a
Unit casualties: 1xHG
Spoils of Victory: n/a
Campaign Victory Points: n/a
Recruitment: 1xHG
Fate: Fame, +1 Rep

Fearghlas MacCoinnich
SCOTS CAMPAIGNING Against
Zappa de la Rocca
(DEFENDING)

Game tba
INVASION
Homeland, The Burh or Sacred Ground
RESULT: tba

Warlord slain/casualty:
Unit casualties:
Spoils of Victory:
Campaign Victory Points:
Recruitment:
Fate:

Warlord slain/casualty:
Unit casualties:
Spoils of Victory:
Campaign Victory Points:
Recruitment:
Fate:

Fearghlas MacCoinnich
SCOTS CAMPAIGNING Against
Torbjorn Mjolnir
(Campaign Action pending)
tba
Warlord slain/casualty:
Unit casualties:
Spoils of Victory:
Campaign Victory Points:
Recruitment:
Fate:

Warlord slain/casualty:
Unit casualties:
Spoils of Victory:
Campaign Victory Points:
Recruitment:
Fate:

Fearghlas MacCoinnich
SCOTS CAMPAIGNING Against
Ivar Normansson
(CAMPAIGNING)
24/4/17
PITCH BATTLE
The Hazel Wands, Clash of Warlords, Sacred )Ground
RESULT: tba

Warlord slain/casualty:
Unit casualties:
Spoils of Victory:
Campaign Victory Points:
Recruitment:
Fate:

Warlord slain/casualty:
Unit casualties:
Spoils of Victory:
Campaign Victory Points:
Recruitment:
Fate:

Ivar Normansson
VIKINGS CAMPAIGNING
Against
Ubba
(Defending)

TBA
INVASION
Homeland, The Burh or Sacred Ground
RESULT: tba

Warlord slain/casualty:
Unit casualties:
Spoils of Victory:
Campaign Victory Points:
Recruitment:
Fate:

Warlord slain/casualty:
Unit casualties:
Spoils of Victory:
Campaign Victory Points:
Recruitment:
Fate:

Torbjorn Mjolnir
(Campaign Action pending)




Duke Nuquem le Batard
DEFENDING





Ubba
DEFENDING



Orm Tostesson
DEFENDING



Zappa de la Rocca
DEFENDING





Campaign Season Two Events:



Faction
Opponent / Defender
Scenario/Event
Scenarios to be rolled
Date Battle scheduled
Orm Tostesson
VIKING CAMPAIGNING (AGGRESSOR)

Torstein "Hammeren" Skjeggestad
VIKING

Danegeld

Sacred Ground
RESULT: Draw
Torstein offers Danegeld to Red Orm; it is accepted for 1 point of Reputation.
Torstein "Hammeren" Skjeggestad
VIKING CAMPAIGNING (AGRESSOR)
Ubba
ANGLO-DANES

AMBUSH
The Escort

01/08/16, RESULT: Draw!
Fate rolls: Vikings - upgrade Warriors, Anglo-Danes - Poor Harvest
Ubba
ANGLO-DANE RAID (AGGRESSOR)
Orm Tostesson
 VIKING

AMBUSH
Battle at the Ford
18/07/16, RESULT: Viking victory!
Viking Fate roll: Upgrade Warriors
Anglo-Dane Fate roll: 2D6 Levy
Ubba: Severe Wound (Defending season 3)
Torbjorn Mjolnir
VIKING RAID (AGGRESSOR)

Zappa de la Rocca
FRANKS

ENCOUNTER
Scouts
27/02/17, RESULT: Viking Victory!
Zappa de la Rocca
FRANK RAID (AGRESSOR)

Rhisiart ap Ieuan
WELSH

Danegeld
Scouts
The Challenge
Battle at the Ford
RESULT: Draw
Rhisiart’s bones are too old and weary for all this fighting. He offers Danegeld and retires from the campaign.
Zappa gains 1 Reputation.
Rhisiart ap Ieuan
WELSH RAID (AGRESSOR)

Fearghas MacCoinnich
SCOTS

RAID
The Escort
Harry and Burn
Sacred Ground
18/07/16, RESULT: Scots Victory
Scots Fate roll: Famine & Flood
Welsh Fate roll: 2D6 Levy
Fearghas MacCoinnich
 SCOTS DEFENDING

n/a
DEFENCE
No battle. Defender gains +1 Wealth and may recruit once (8 levy, 4 warriors or 2 HG) before the season’s battles start.
n/a
Duke Nuquem le Batard
NORMANS DEFENDING

n/a
DEFENCE
No battle. Defender gains +1 Wealth and may recruit once (8 levy, 4 warriors or 2 HG) before the season’s battles start.
n/a

Campaign Season One Events:



Faction
Opponent / Defender
Scenario
Scenarios to be rolled
Date Battle scheduled
Fearghas MacCoinnich
SCOTS RAID (AGRESSOR)
Duke Nuquem le Batard NORMANS
DEFENDING

RAID
Harry and Burn
Monday 6th June @ FDWC
RESULT: Draw!
Torbjorn Mjolnir
VIKING RAID (AGRESSOR)

Fearghas MacCoinnich
SCOTS

ENCOUNTER
Scouts
Monday 30th May 2016 @ FDWC
RESULT: Scots Victory
Ubba
ANGLO-DANE RAID (AGRESSOR)

Fearghas MacCoinnich
SCOTS
RAID
The Escort
Wednesday 8thth June @ The Battleshed
RESULT: Scots Victory
Orm Tostesson
VIKING RAID (AGRESSOR)
Ubba
ANGLO-DANES

Danegeld
Ubba offered Danegeld not to fight this season
Danegeld accepted by Orm Tostesson for 1 Reputation from Ubba
Rhisiart ap Ieuan
WELSH DEFENDING
DEFENCE (no battles)
+ 1 Wealth



Zappa de la Rocca
FRANKS DEFENDING
DEFENCE (no battles)
+1 Wealth



Torstein "Hammeren" Skjeggestad
VIKINGS DEFENDING
DEFENCE (no battles)
+ 1 Wealth




 For faction rosters, see the campaign faction page