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A small village which straddles the main road, picturesque Hooge has less than two dozen buildings. A sign by the road indicates where you are. Despite the small size of the place it looks like it was a fairly rich sort of place, the buildings all well kept and seemingly homely. With the front so near, they have been mostly abandoned by all but the most diehard of Belgians.

A small chateau is recessed a little from the village in a field.

It is currently daytime.


You've been moved westwards along the line a little, such as there is. There there is a small village which you've passed through quite a few times as it lies more or less between Polygon Wood and Ypres by the name of Hooge, which is notable for a small chateau just outside. Every so often you see staff sorts loitering there, probably the retinue of a general or two.

Things have changed a little when you're brought up here though - the village looks deserted. The company splits up into platoons, and then the captain comes over in turn, giving out orders.

"Alright lads. This part of the front has been quiet up till now, but while we were holding the enemy off at Polygon Wood, the Huns have been probing all along the line. Last night they found a hole in our lines, in those forests over yonder.". He points to the south, where there is a treeline, and a small wood. "They've not had much chance to dig in yet, we believe. We need to push them out before they do.".

Corporal Turner listens to the Captain, reshouldering his rifle as he smokes a cigarette. His hand is still bandaged but otherwise he looks hale. "Once we drive them back yeh want us to dig in, suh?", Turner inquires between puffs. There's a look about but apparently he's the poor bugger in charge of this counter-attack.

Davies shoulders his rifle. He's starting to look less awkward with it. He's been at the front a decent stretch of time now, and despite many promises the war isn't over yet. He peers off to the south, where the captain points, as if he might see Huns ghost out of the trees.

«Game» The enemy is near… Ypres Salient is now a war zone!

Teamann has his rifle over his shoulder. He fidgets a little, listening. Turner gets a sympathetic look. He seems quietly concerned.

William is sitting on a rock, leaning on his rifle as he idly glances southward, waiting for the order to move out. He doubts he would see the enemy this far north, but still.

Kelly is looking a bit careworn, but he seems calm as he listens to the captain's instructions, and rolls his shoulders in preparation for the fighting to come.

«Game» Turner wields his Lee Enfield SMLE!

«Game» Kelly wields his Lee Enfield SMLE!

Captain Harris points out a few landmarks to Turner. "Alright, you're squad is responsible for this part of the line.". Which, for codes sake, is actually all of the forest! though ICly it's only a lil bit of it. "Far as we're aware the Hun barely got settled into the treeline. They pushed out our pickets yesterday, and we're being quick about counterattacking, thats why there's been a rather hurried march. Our guns are very low on ammunition though so we don't have much support. We do have these, though.". And his batman holds out a crate of jam jars, each with a lil fuse protruding from the metal screw cap where a hole has been punched.

Davies takes the jam jar, skeptically. He handles it very, very carefully, not wanting to spontaneously combust himself.

"Lovely, sir. Still got mine from earlier action …", Turner responds to Harris, tapping his person. "Right, lads. Help yoursleves and for pity's sake don't blow yourselves up. Yeh'll need something to light them with so keep a lit cigarette handy or some such." A glance to Teamann. "Maybe our mate here has something to act as a pilot light." His green gaze turns south before he motions for his men to fall in. "Time to inform the Hun that Ypres has no vacancies."

Kelly gets a jam jar as well, examining it while a mischievous grin starts to form. He mutters to Davies: "Here's a reminder, don't eat this when you get hungry."

William already has his grenade. It seems it's finally time to move out and he rises from his perch and falls in, waiting for the pointman

Teamann looks uncertain. He looks over the grenade. He already got HIT with one, he's going to be VERY careful.

Turner says "Davies. Kelly. Up front … William you watch the flanks."

Davies bobs his head at Kelly and moves to the head of the group, to take point.

Turner says "And here we go."

«Ground Combat» Turner moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» Davies moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» Kelly moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You notice William arrive at Forest.

Turner keeps low with the group, moving from tree to tree with a concentrated frown and rifle at the ready.

«Ground Combat» Bethmann fires his Gewehr 98 at Davies but misses!

«Ground Combat» Christoph fires his Gewehr 98 at Turner but misses!

Davies tries to keep in the shadows cast by the trees, his breathing quick. It gets far quicker when he hears rifle shots.

William makes a handsignal, indicating south as he takes cover behind a tree.

William holds up two fingers and then taps his rifle. Two riflemen?

Davies peers off to the south, holding up two fingers. Two Germans, he sees as well.

Turner frowns as a round lands near to him, moving to take better cover behind the tree.

Kelly tries to glue himself to a tree for cover while leaning slightly to look southward.

«Ground Combat» You are now peeking into Forest.

«Ground Combat» Christoph fires his Gewehr 98 at Turner but misses!

«Ground Combat» Bethmann fires his Gewehr 98 at William but misses!

«Ground Combat» Turner fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Bethmann and hits!

Bethmann suffers 5 wound damage to his left chest.

«Ground Combat» Bethmann has been mortally wounded!

«Ground Combat» You notice Teamann arrive at Forest.

«Ground Combat» Davies fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Christoph but misses!

Turner pops out from behind the tree, bringing his rifle up and shooting Bethmann through the chest.

«Medic Code» Christoph attempts to stabilise Bethmann but fails and Bethmann expires…

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Christoph but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Christoph with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 40 percent!

Turner says "Take them down, lads."

«Ground Combat» Turner fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Christoph but misses!

Christoph doesnt have much of a hole to hide in. He sees his friend get shot and naturally he tries to help him, but there's no helping a guy shot through the heart…

«Ground Combat» Davies fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Christoph and hits!

Christoph suffers 2 wound damage to his abdomen.

«Ground Combat» William snipes Christoph and hits!

Christoph suffers 3 wound damage to his right arm.

Davies starts popping off shorts, from the very nominal cover of a tree.

«Ground Combat» Christoph tries to fire his Gewehr 98 at William but his weapon is jammed!

Turner says "Davies! Kelly! Move up while we cover!"

«Ground Combat» Turner fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Christoph but misses!

William fires off a calm shot at Christoph and hits him in the arm. The return fire is non-existant, as the enemy's rifle jams. He smirks as he aims down the ironsight.

Kelly nods and breaks forward from the safety of the tree!

Davies takes a deep, shuddering breath and nods to Turner. "Move up. Aye. Right. Going south, then." Which he sounds less than enthusiastic about, but he prepares himself in any case.

Christoph finds as much cover as he can, slides the rifle over the muddy parapet… but no. Jam. Too much mud.

«Ground Combat» Kelly moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Christoph but misses!

«Ground Combat» Turner fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Christoph but misses!

«Ground Combat» You notice Davies arrive at Forest.

«Ground Combat» Christoph tries to fire his Gewehr 98 at Kelly but his weapon is jammed!

Kelly runs forward, keeping as low to the ground as possible. It helps that Kelly is short?

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Christoph but misses!

Davies runs forward just a little behind Kelly, toward the German.

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Christoph but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Christoph with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 24 percent!

«Ground Combat» Davies moves to engage Christoph in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

«Ground Combat»You move to engage Christoph in close quarters combat.

Christoph is aware of your presence.

«Ground Combat» Kelly moves to engage Christoph in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

«Ground Combat» Christoph attacks Davies in melee combat with his Gewehr 98 but misses!

«Ground Combat» Davies attacks Christoph in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but Christoph blocks it!

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Christoph but misses!

«Ground Combat» Bullets fly through the air!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Davies but misses!

«Ground Combat» You notice Turner arrive at Forest.

Kelly gangs up on the German. It's an unfair fight, but… somehow he doesn't feel too bad about it. At least until the Machine gun starts up. "Christ, where was that from?"

Davies fixes his bayonet and dives at the German. He almost misses the machine gun fires, in the excitement of that.

«Ground Combat» Davies attacks Christoph in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but Christoph blocks it!

«Ground Combat» Kelly attacks Christoph in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE and hits! Christoph suffers 4 wound damage to his left arm.

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Kelly but misses!

Christoph finds himself run down by Tommies with rifles. He's already pretty badly wounded… but he has buddies, as a nest opens up from the west.

«Ground Combat» Bullets fly through the air!

«Ground Combat» Christoph attempts to disengage from close quarters combat with Davies, and does not succeed..

«Ground Combat» Kelly attacks Christoph in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE and hits! Christoph suffers 6 wound damage to his left chest.

Davies grapples with the German, trying to keep him from escaping. "I think it's coming from east of us. The machine gun fire!"

«Ground Combat» Christoph has been mortally wounded!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Davies but misses!

Turner shouts, "GET TO SOME BLOODY COVER! MACHINGE GUN! WEST!".

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Davies but misses!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Kelly but misses!

«Ground Combat» You notice Teamann arrive at Forest.

Davies has a terrible sense of direction, it seems. "Might be west of us."

Kelly swings his bayonet to stab Christoph through the back, then … "We heard it just as well, sir!" He dashes for the trench.

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Teamann but misses!

«Ground Combat» Kelly moves into Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» Bullets fly through the air!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Davies but misses!

«Ground Combat» Turner fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Teamann but misses!

Turner hits the dirt as the machine gun opens up, taking a shot at the MG before he continues to crawl along.

«Ground Combat» Davies moves into Slit Trench.

Davies hastily crawls into the trench, coughing as he inhales bits of dirt. It tastes like cover, though, so he's not going to complain too much.

«Ground Combat» Teamann moves into Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Turner but misses!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Turner but misses!

Turner continues crawling as shots ping around him. He silently prays someone starts shooting at that machine gunner.

Kelly hunkers down in the trench. He gives Davies a relieved look upon seeing him enter, and Teamann too. He takes a breath and tries to wrestle himself into a good position to start shooting.

«AngelOfDeath» Christoph breathes his last…

«Ground Combat» You are now peeking into Forest.

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Davies and hits!

Hits hard cover.

Davies suffers 3 wound damage to his left hand.

«Ground Combat» Davies shoots in the general direction of West <W> with his Lee Enfield SMLE!

Teamann wriggles his way into the trench and starts looking westward to aim.

«Game» Riedel assists Riedel!

«Game» Riedel assists Lorenz!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Teamann but misses!

Davies blindly fires his rifle in the general direction of the machien gun fire. "Christ!" he curses, as a bullet rips across his left hand.

«Game» Riedel assists Lorenz!

«Ground Combat» Davies fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Riedel but misses!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Teamann but misses!

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Riedel but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Riedel with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 41 percent!

Riedel can't really shoot much with an arm like that so he busies himself messing with the ammo on the machinegun, and pointing out tommies.

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Kelly but misses!

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Turner moves into Slit Trench.

«Game» Riedel assists Lorenz!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Teamann but misses!

«Ground Combat» Davies fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Out of ammo! +reload!

«Ground Combat» Kelly reloads his Lee Enfield SMLE!

«Game» Riedel assists Lorenz!

Lorenz continues working the machine gun. "They're entrenched now!" he says. "It's gonna be a long day…"

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Kelly but misses!

Turner rolls into the trench and begins moving westwards towards that damn machine gun. "Come on, lads! Hun to bag!", he says confidently.

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Teamann fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

Riedel fumbles with bullets. The Fatherland saw fit to supply them well, at least.

Kelly can't see the MGer very well from his vantage point, so he takes aim at his helper, then grimaces at having to reload. "Sir," he greets Turner, ducking as another round of bullets fly. "You have a nice walk here?"

«Ground Combat» Davies fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Teamann but misses!

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Lorenz with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 11 percent!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Kelly but misses!

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Davies fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Teamann but misses!

"Right peachy.", Turner remarks, keeping his head low as he continues to move along the trench. "They never run out of ammunition do they? Bugger."

The stress of having all fire directed at Lorenz begins taking its toll. He wipes blood and sweat from his brow and continues working the machine gun.

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Kelly but misses!

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Lorenz with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 6 percent!

«Game» Turner tries to inspire the troops!

Davies spreads some rifle fire around at the enemy. None of it lands anywhere, but maybe it'll startle them. "Maybe tonight they will, Corporal!" he says, enthusiastic about the idea of the enemy running out of bullets. Not hopeful, but it's a happy sort of thought.

«Ground Combat» Teamann fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Davies fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

"How many north?" Lorenz shouts, his own ears deafened by the constant chatter of the machine gun.

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Davies and hits!

Davies suffers 7 wound damage to his left arm.

Davies suffers 2 wound damage to his left arm.

Teamann frowns, watching the Germans. He winces as poor Davies gets hit.

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Lorenz with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 7 percent!

«Ground Combat» Riedel reloads Lorenz's MG 08!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz fires his MG 08 at Kelly but misses!

Davies gets his left arm almost entirely torn apart by the many machine gun bullets that fill the air. He screams and throws himself on the bottom of the trench, bleeding a lot.

«Ground Combat» Turner fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Davies fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» William snipes Lorenz and hits!

Lorenz suffers 5 wound damage to his left arm.

Riedel feels woozy, the world goes a bit wibbly. "Uh… one…" he gets out, as he attaches a fresh belt to the existing belt of bullets.

Turner says "Gunner took a hit! Move up!"

«Ground Combat» Teamann fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz and hits!

Lorenz suffers 7 wound damage to his left arm.

«Ground Combat» Lorenz has been mortally wounded!

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Riedel but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Riedel with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 6 percent!

Lorenz cries out as a round zips through his arm. He fumbles for a rag and fashions a makeshift bandage, then gets back to the machine gun. But then another round turns it into a stump below the elbow, and there's a red spray everywhere.

Davies gulps and props himself back up, shaking as he prepares to move. He eyes the top of that trench warily, but he crawls in that direction.

«Medic Code» Riedel attempts to stabilise Lorenz and succeeds! Lorenz is gonna make it!

«Game» Lorenz unwields his MG 08!

Riedel tourniquets the stump hurriedly! "Time to get out of here!".

Lorenz is pale, eyelids fluttering.

Kelly knocks off a shot at the remaining German before heeding Turner's words. He glances back sorrowfully at Davies, hesitating.

«Game» Turner unwields his Lee Enfield SMLE!

«Ground Combat» Davies moves out of Slit Trench.

«Game» Turner wields his C96!

«Ground Combat» Teamann moves out of Slit Trench.

"Drop that thing, lets get outta here!".

«Ground Combat» Riedel moves out of Slit Trench.

«Equipment» Lorenz has dropped MG 08.

«Ground Combat» You notice William arrive at Forest.

«Game» Your combat stress is currently 67.

William runs in holding a grenade. "SAY HELLO TO MY LEETLE FRIEND!"

Riedel hauls ass back to friendly lines. He bandaged Lorenz, but thats as far as hes' going!

«Ground Combat» Kelly moves out of Slit Trench.

Turner slings his rifle over his shoulder and starts forward with his pistol, charging forward with his men to drive the Germans back.

Lorenz sways on his feet and shrugs off his gear. He tries to scramble out of the trench.

«Ground Combat» Lorenz moves out of Slit Trench.

Davies runs, weaving between trees. It's both an attempt to maintain some cover, and natural weaving from the blood loss.

«Ground Combat» Turner moves out of Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» William fires his Jam Tin Grenade at Lorenz but misses!

«Game» William wields his Lee Enfield SMLE!

«Ground Combat» William reloads his Lee Enfield SMLE!

"Wait for me," Lorenz gasps, stumbling after Reidel. He flinches as a grenade goes off, somewhere, but doesn't bother looking to see where the explosion came from.

«Ground Combat» Riedel moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» Turner moves West <W>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Turner arrive at Forest.

«Ground Combat» Davies moves West <W>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Davies arrive at Forest.

William points his rifle at Lorenz as he basically charges at him, ready to unload on him.

Davies drags himself along after the corporal, holding his wounded arm and gasping for breath.

«Ground Combat» Kelly moves West <W>.

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz and hits!

Lorenz suffers 1 wound damage to his left chest.

«Ground Combat» You notice Teamann arrive at Forest.

«Ground Combat» Davies moves to engage Lorenz in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

Kelly moves forward uncertainly, unable to see the other German after he disappears into the trees.

Lorenz gets tagged in the chest, but continues shambling south.

Davies tries to tackle poor Lorenz.

«Ground Combat» Turner fires his C96 at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat»You move to engage Lorenz in close quarters combat.

Lorenz is aware of your presence.

«Ground Combat» Kelly moves to engage Lorenz in close quarters combat, but fails.

«Ground Combat» Can only engage at short range. Try +engaging your target, or +joining if they are in a sub-room.

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz and hits!

Lorenz suffers 1 wound damage to his right hand.

«Ground Combat» Davies attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE and hits! Lorenz suffers 1 wound damage to his left hand.

Turner fires a shot at Lorenz at a sprint with his C96 but realizes that there's no more Hun. Out comes the Rifle.

«Game» Turner unwields his C96!

«Game» Turner wields his Lee Enfield SMLE!

William points to the South, "One went that way."

«Ground Combat» Lorenz attempts to disengage from close quarters combat with Davies, and does not succeed..

«Ground Combat»You move to engage Lorenz in close quarters combat.

Lorenz is aware of your presence.

«Ground Combat» Kelly moves to engage Lorenz in close quarters combat, but fails.

«Ground Combat» Davies attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but misses!

Lorenz tries crawling away from Davies, trying to bat the other soldier off with his non-stump. He slips in the mud at the right time, barely dodging a bayonet thrust.

«Ground Combat» Turner moves to engage Lorenz in close quarters combat, but fails.

William peers to the south and then says, "He's gone, it seems."

«Ground Combat» Davies attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but misses!

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz and hits!

Lorenz suffers 7 wound damage to his right arm.

«Ground Combat» Teamann fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Lorenz with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 16 percent!

«Ground Combat» Turner moves to engage Lorenz in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

«Ground Combat» Davies attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but misses!

Teamann looks a bit sad. The poor German is alone and dying. That's never fun. But Teamann fidgets, and takes aim.

"Please!" Lorenz sputters in German. "Mercy! Mercy!" He holds up his right arm and it gets a hole shot through for his troubles.

"Surrender!", Turner shouts, bringing his rifle up and brings up his bayonet.

«Ground Combat» Lorenz attempts to disengage from close quarters combat with Davies, and does not succeed..

Lorenz blindly tries crawling away from the soldiers.

«Ground Combat» Turner attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE and hits! Lorenz suffers 4 wound damage to his head.

Kelly keeps trying to sneak up on Lorenz and apparently is sliding around in the mud too. He frowns and backs off a bit. "Let's take the blighter back, prisoner."

Davies stops flailing about with his bayonet when the German starts to beg. "Aye…aye! Right. Surrender…" But then he keeps crawling away.

«Ground Combat» Davies attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but misses!

Turner stabs at Lorenz, the bayonet doing giving a sickening crunch as it drags along skull. "Stop running yeh bugger.", he tells the Hun. Still he's not going to let the machinegunner get away.

«Ground Combat» Turner attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but misses!

«Ground Combat» Davies attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but misses!

Lorenz is too dazed to even cry out. He blinks a few times and his eyes glaze over. His limbs move randomly, uncoordinated.

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz and hits!

Lorenz suffers 2 wound damage to his left hand.

«Ground Combat» Turner attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but misses!

«Ground Combat» Davies attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but Lorenz blocks it!

«Ground Combat» Lorenz attempts to disengage from close quarters combat with Davies, and succeeds!.

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Turner attacks Lorenz in melee combat with his Lee Enfield SMLE but misses!

Lorenz continues his slow crawl south, groaning. He leaves behind a dull red trail in the mud.

«Ground Combat» Davies moves to engage Lorenz in close quarters combat, and succeeds!

Kelly stands off to the side, looking green at the gills at the spectacle. "Turner, Davies! Get ahold of yourselves, and let's take him prisoner and go back."

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Lorenz and hits!

Lorenz suffers 4 wound damage to his right arm.

«Ground Combat» Lorenz has been mortally wounded!

William fires off the bullet that puts an end to the crawling, and with a maddened grin says, "He wasn't gonna take any of us prisoner."

«Medic Code» Teamann attempts to stabilise Lorenz but fails and Lorenz expires…

Turner walks over to Lorenz as William takes him down and puts a merciful bullet into the Hun's head.

Lorenz stops crawling as his other arm gets reduced to a nub.

Lorenz just lays there.

Davies moves to keep the German from fleeing, before the fellow finally suffers a fatal wound, courtesy of William. He then, gratefully, backs away from the bleeding corpse. "There was another that ran off…you think he's coming back?"

William shakes his head, pointing south. "He was there, but he's gone. Seems like he ran for it."

William adds, "Knowing the german, he will start shelling us now."

"Right. Get your arses in the trench - watch for a counter attack.", Turner remarks, fury in his eyes. He removes the cigarette he had stored near his air and takes a puff.

«Ground Combat» William moves into Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» Turner moves into Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» Kelly moves into Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» Davies moves into Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» Teamann moves into Slit Trench.

Teamann was trying to help the man, but poor Teamann can't staunch the bleeding. He just sort of - frowns.

William lights a cigarette as he leans into the back of the trench and exhales, "That was all manner of screwed up."

William adds, "Is everyone okay? That was a lot of MG fire."

Kelly scowls at William… well, pretty much everyone. He silently obeys Turner, stepping over the body towards the trench. "What a real show of the finest of the BEF," he mutters, hunkering down.

Turner says "Someone help me with Davies … need to make sure he doesn't bleed out. Took a burst …"

Davies mutters, "I'm…err…" He looks at his arm, and doesn't answer William's question. "Aye, yeah, medic might be grand…thanks…"

William laughs at Kelly's words and says, "You must be new to the BEF. When you get enough of the Trenches, you'll understand." He spits to the side. "Yeah, when you wake up to the stench of burning corpses, you'll change your mind."

«Game» William assists Turner!

"Also someone watch the eastern flank.", Turner remarks, tearing off a bit of bandage as he approaches Davies.

Davies stares at William, wide-eyed and blinking, though he hasn't really the heart to argue with that just now. It's too much of an effort to stay conscious.

Kelly decides to do just that as he stalks off a few steps and settles again, looking eastward.

«Ground Combat» You are now peeking into Forest.

Turner frowns as he looks over Davies arm that resembles hamburger.

Turner says "No worries, Davies. You'll be back with the pretty nurses in no time …"

Teamann fidgets his way to greatness, and moves to look over poor Davies' arm.

Davies groans. "Thanks, mate…" he mutters to Teamann, as his arm gets patched a little. It's still pretty torn up, truth be told, but he won't die of blood loss in the trench.

«Ground Combat» You look around for hidden targets in your line of sight.

«Ground Combat» William reloads his Lee Enfield SMLE!

«Ground Combat» Davies reloads his Lee Enfield SMLE!

Kelly ignores the chatter behind him as they patch Davies up. He's hunched over his rifle, gazing at the trees east.

"Right, Davies. You're no good to us - think you can make it back to town?", Turner inquires of the man.

«Ground Combat» You look around for hidden targets in your line of sight.

Davies shudders, and nods. "Back to town…? Aye. Yeah. Think so. My legs are alright." And he sets off.

«Ground Combat» Davies moves out of Slit Trench.

Turner nods faintly as the man sets off and exhales before looking around. "William you want to move to the Eastern emplacement? Take Teaman with you."

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage rips through Forest to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

Turner says "… after the bloody artillery."

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage rips through Forest to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

Kelly is about to light a cigarette when the arty starts falling, and downward goes the smoke out of his fingers. Grumble grumble.

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage rips through Forest to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!

«Ground Combat» Davies moves North <N>.

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage rips through Forest to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage rips through Forest to deadly effect, landing near Slit Trench!

Kelly suffers 1 wound damage to his left leg.

Kelly suffers 6 bruise damage to his left hand.

Turner suffers 6 wound damage to his right chest.

William suffers 6 bruise damage to his abdomen.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Ground Combat» Turner has been mortally wounded!

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

«Medic Code» Kelly attempts to stabilise Turner and succeeds! Turner is gonna make it!

«Game» Turner unwields his Lee Enfield SMLE!

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage rips through Forest to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage rips through Forest to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

Turner is nailed by a piece of shrapnel that drags across a lung and knocks Turner on his back.

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» Artillery barrage at Forest has lifted!

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage batters Forest ineffectually.

«Artillery» Artillery barrage at Forest has lifted!

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (6 2).

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

Kelly squats down in the trench, instinctively covering his head with his hands. There's some swearing under his breath when suddenly something hot and pointy nicks his hand. "Ahhh, FECK!" That's more due to seeing Turner go down.

William points south, and holds two fingers up.

William … and then a third finger.

«Ground Combat» You are now peeking into Clear.

It seems the Germans had reserves, as a bunch of green clad soldiers clamber out of holes to the south, and advance across the field as soon as the thump of mortars ends.

Turner is patched up by Teamann. As he looks up at the man he blinks, instinctively keeping pressure on his wound. "Hold lads. Hold.", he coughs out, a bit of blood coming with it.

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage rips through Forest to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

«Ground Combat» William snipes Johann and hits!

Johann suffers 1 wound damage to his left arm.

Kelly does a crawly walk towards William in the trench, glancing southward. He nods, to both William's observation and Turner's orders, then rolls his eyes as the artillery comes down again. "We heard you the first time…"

«Artillery» Minenwerfer artillery barrage rips through Forest to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!

«Artillery» Artillery barrage at Forest has lifted!

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Forest (5 2).

«Ground Combat» Johann moves North <N>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Johann arrive at Forest.

«Ground Combat» Fritz moves North <N>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Fritz arrive at Forest.

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Fritz and hits!

Fritz suffers 1 wound damage to his abdomen.

Kelly blinks as William starts firing, but then realizes the Huns are almost on top of them… can almost smell the sauerkraut.

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Fritz and hits!

Fritz suffers 2 wound damage to his left arm.

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Johann but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Johann with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 7 percent!

«Game» Turner tries to inspire the troops!

Johann thinks that the fire is quite slack, as it turns out that the Tommies are milling about in confusion. Shell shocked?

William says "One guy is staying back it seems!"

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Bittner but misses!

«Ground Combat» You notice Dierk arrive at Forest.

William says "That guy came from the east?"

«Ground Combat» Johann moves into Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» Fritz moves into Slit Trench.

«Ground Combat» You notice Oscar arrive at Forest.

Kelly swears under his breath. "There's another one to welcome…"

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Johann but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Johann with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 9 percent!

«Game» Teamann unwields his Lee Enfield SMLE!

«Game» Teamann wields his Jam Tin Grenade!

«Ground Combat» William fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Oscar but misses!

«Game» Kelly unwields his Lee Enfield SMLE!

«Ground Combat» You notice Erlinger arrive at Forest.

Dierk jogs in, gleaming bayonet fixed to his rifle.

Kelly tosses back his rifle and reaches for his jam tin. Strawberry flavor!

«Ground Combat» William tries to fire his Lee Enfield SMLE at Dierk but his weapon is jammed!

Turner has propped himself up against the trench, barely coherent but encouraging the lads. "Hold …", he mutters. "Hold."

«Ground Combat» Johann reloads his Gewehr 98!

«Ground Combat» Oscar fires its Gewehr 98 at William but misses!

William tries to shoot at Dierk, but, click.

«Ground Combat» Dierk moves into Slit Trench.

Dierk slides into the trench.

«Game» Turner tries to inspire the troops!

«Ground Combat» William reloads his Lee Enfield SMLE!

Kelly keeps hearing Turner say 'hold'. His arm hesitates, wondering if they can lure a few more Germans into the trench.

«Game» Fritz unwields his Gewehr 98!

«Ground Combat» Erlinger fires his Gewehr 98 at Teamann but misses!

"Granaten!" Dierk cries out.

Turner says "Blow em to hell lads …"

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Jam Tin Grenade at Fritz but misses!

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Jam Tin Grenade at Johann but misses!

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Jam Tin Grenade at Dierk but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Fritz with your Jam Tin Grenade! Your accuracy is 5 percent!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Johann with your Jam Tin Grenade! Your accuracy is 5 percent!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Dierk with your Jam Tin Grenade! Your accuracy is 5 percent!

«Ground Combat» Bittner fires his Gewehr 98 at Teamann and hits!

Teamann suffers 2 wound damage to his left arm.

«Ground Combat» Dierk moves to engage Teamann in close quarters combat, but fails.

«Ground Combat» William tries to fire his Lee Enfield SMLE at Fritz but his weapon is jammed!

Erlinger takes a few pot-shots at the Tommys while his mates raid the trench.

«Game» Dierk unwields his Gewehr 98!

«Game» Dierk wields his Stielhandgranate!

«Game» Kelly wields his Lee Enfield SMLE!

«Ground Combat» Oscar fires its Gewehr 98 at William but misses!

You say "GRENADE! Out of the trench, mates!"

«Ground Combat» Fritz fires his Stielhandgranate at Teamann and hits!

Teamann suffers 8 wound damage to his left arm.

Teamann suffers 8 wound damage to his left chest.

Teamann suffers 8 wound damage to his left hand.

Teamann suffers 2 wound damage to his head.

Teamann suffers 5 wound damage to his left hand.

«Ground Combat» Fritz fires his Stielhandgranate at Kelly but misses!

«Ground Combat» Fritz fires his Stielhandgranate at William and hits!

William suffers 4 wound damage to his left chest.

William suffers 7 wound damage to his right leg.

William suffers 7 wound damage to his left arm.

William suffers 5 wound damage to his left hand.

William suffers 8 wound damage to his left leg.

«Ground Combat» Fritz fires his Stielhandgranate at Turner and hits!

Turner suffers 3 wound damage to his abdomen.

Turner suffers 6 wound damage to his abdomen.

Turner suffers 5 wound damage to his left leg.

«Ground Combat» Teamann has been mortally wounded!

«Ground Combat» William has been mortally wounded!

«Ground Combat» Turner has been mortally wounded!

Dierk slings his rifle and pulls out his stick grenade.

«Ground Combat» Kelly fires his Lee Enfield SMLE at Dierk but misses!

«Ground Combat» You shoot at Dierk with your Lee Enfield SMLE! Your accuracy is 7 percent!

«Ground Combat» Erlinger fires his Gewehr 98 at Kelly but misses!

«Ground Combat» Dierk fires his Stielhandgranate at Teamann but misses!

«Ground Combat» Dierk fires his Stielhandgranate at Kelly but misses!

«Ground Combat» Dierk fires his Stielhandgranate at William and hits!

William suffers 1 wound damage to his right hand.

William suffers 6 wound damage to his left leg.

William suffers 5 wound damage to his right arm.

William suffers 3 wound damage to his left leg.

William suffers 6 wound damage to his right leg.

«Ground Combat» Dierk fires his Stielhandgranate at Turner but misses!

«Ground Combat» William has been taken out!

«Game» Dierk wields his Gewehr 98!

«Ground Combat» Oscar fires its Gewehr 98 at Kelly and hits!

Kelly suffers 7 wound damage to his right chest.

«Ground Combat» Kelly has been mortally wounded!

Kelly realized he was still standing after the first grenade exploded, thanked his lucky stars - then - not anymore.

Dierk lobs his stick grenade. After all the explosions and the debris rain subsides, he looks around at the carnage in the trench. Scratches his head.


Some time passes. The fighting over the forest goes back and forth, luckily for you lot. Having been left in a hole by Ze Germans - bandaged up, in fact, by Ze Germans - eventually some more British troops turn up and recapture the edge of the wood. And then you're all brought back to Hooge, which has taken a few shell hits it seems by the German artillery.

You are laid down in the churchyard, amidst a lot of wounded, lying amongst the gravestones. Judging by all the other wounded, things aren't going according to plan…

Kelly comes out of a deep haze to realize… he's in a graveyard. His brain crickets for a minute until the pain starts to sear his arms and legs. Burns, it seems. But proof he's still alive. Then the memory of the past hours returns. "Arrrgh."

Well, either way, some time passes, and you're all loaded into an ambulance, which heads off to the northwest. There, along the road, it is shelled by the dastardly Hun while out in the open. But it's not hit, and you make it back to Ypres despite the best efforts of the enemy. And there, decanted into the aid stations.


Coordinates : 1 6

A fine example of a French town. The buildings are ancient, some dating from centuries ago, and very pretty, the architecture as beautiful as any town in this part of the world.

It doesn't look very peaceful though, as at least half of the population here seem to be military these days - mostly French and British, judging by the uniforms, but with a smattering of people from all four corners of the earth - Canucks rubbing shoulders with Kiwis, Senegalese sharpshooters marching past beturbaned Sikhs and Hindus and more besides.

It is currently daytime.

Sub-Rooms :

1. Hospital

Contents

Kelly - 1. Hospital

Alise - 1. Hospital

West <W> East <E>

South <S> North <N>

Teamann is quiet, unable to fidget much. His head is fuzzy, and for once, he seems - well, kind of groggy. He's likely carried out on a stretcher, staring blankly upwarsd.

Kelly is mummy-like in his hospital bed, burns bandaged and eyes peering stonily ahead. His eyes a bit red. Every now and then his chin drops and then snaps back upward.

The hospital has just been inundated with a new batch of wounded. As happens all-too-frequently these days. Alise is working triage, as is also all-too-common. Presently she's engaged in bandage wrapping, and trying to keep as much blood in the boys as possible until a doctor can get them into surgery.

Kelly blinks himself out of a stare into nowhere and tries to resettle on his bed. The pain comes in waves with every move, causing the black-haired soldier to shudder out a breath while shifting. "Nurse," he calls to Alise, even though she's engaged at the moment. "Might I bother you for something, for this pain?" He looks away, just slightly.

Alise finishes sewing up Teamann and stands, brushing her bloodied hands over her apron. It's stained red in so many places right now that another one barely matters. She hears Kelly's request and moves to get a needle and a morphine bottle. "Yes, certainly," she says, heading over to him, with some relief. "You will be all right in the morning." Or so she hopes. "This will help you sleep, at least. You are one of Corporal Turner's men, yes?"

"Aye… one of his men." Kelly mutters, his blue eyes shifting over to Teamann yet looking very far away. He pauses in his restlessness, going quiet again, perhaps in anticipation of whatever relief the shot will bring. "Have you seen him, then? Is Turner alright?"

"Hold out your arm," Alise says, once she's got the needle prepped. She prepares to stick Kelly once he's somewhat ready. "He was brought here as well with the rest of you, yes. He shall be all right. All shall be better when the morning comes." She tries to sound like she believes that. "This will not hurt at all…" She'll stick him, with that. Morphine works fast and sweet.

Kelly gives a nod, welcoming the needle. At least it's not a bloody bayonet. But until the morphine kicks in, Alise's reassurances of a better tomorrow don't seem to have an effect on his dark expression. His blues are still staring towards Teamann's shape, off to the side. "Why didn't they just leave the Jerry bastard to bleed out, there? Better to take 'em out right away with one punch, than to go on and on… what good did it do us, anyway?"

"I am sorry, Private," is all Alise can say, though she does sound like she means it. She doesn't specify who she's sorry for. The men who come in and out of this hospital, likely. Perhaps even the German he speaks of. "Try to rest." Most of the emergency cases have been taken care of, so she'll sit with him until he manages to sleep.

Finally Kelly's eyes skip over to Alise, though they're beginning to grow heavy-lidded as the morphine hits. "I can't, though. I keep seeing faces. Turner's face, Jack's face, even that bloody German's face. Doesn't the same happen to you, seeing all this."

Alise is quiet for a long beat. Before she admits, slowly lowering her own eyes to meet Kelly's, "…yes. I feel guilty at times. Seeing the men come in here. We heal them as best we can, only to send them back. All the soldiers, I do not see their faces. They all look like my son. He is a private, in the Belgian army. He just finished training. I am not sure where he will be sent. Back here, perhaps. I pray I will see him again. And yet, I pray he will be somewhere, where the fighting is not so bad. So…I do not know what I pray for."

"You're just praying that it's himself who won't be suffering somewhere, that you can't reach him." Kelly says quietly. He leans back into the pillows now, starting to relax. "You don't need to know what to pray for. It'll be heard, or at least that's what my own mam used to say." He tries to smile for her sake, a tilted droopy thing. "Whatever you gave me is turning the lights down. I think I'll be good, now."

«Game» It is now dusk.

"My grandmother used to say the very same," Alise says, with a tired smile. "God willing, they were right." She folds her hands into her lap and closes her eyes for a beat. Trying to pray for something in that moment. What, she doesn't say. She'll sit there like that a moment longer, before resuming her grim duties.

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