IntroductionJust before midwinter, the Knights of Lyonesse received an appeal for help from a reclusive toymaker who lived in the northern wastes, near the edge of the world. It seemed that a large band of goblins was marching towards his settlement and threatening to pillage it. The Grand Duke of Lyonesse felt morally obliged to help; in part this was because the Knights are sworn to protect the weak and helpless, but also he felt a certain amount of guilt because his forces had displaced the goblins from their usual haunts and set them on their path into the wilderness (see here for that story).
On reaching the toymaker's workshop, the knights were entertained royally, with a feast of roast poultry and root vegetables followed by many steamed puddings and fruit pies. Served alongside this were copious amounts of mulled wine. Most of the knights, anticipating the oncoming battle, were restrained in their intake. However, the heroic Red Knight had a few tankards too many...
Nearby, the Red Knight was still having difficulties against a single goblin horde. Even with the assistance of some nearby snowmen, the famous hero just couldn't land a single blow on his opponents.
Goblin of the MatchProbably the southern goblin general. He killed the knight general who faced him in single combat and nearly defeated the army facing him.
Man of the MatchDefinitely the toymaker. He intervened in 3 critical fights, defeating a troll in the south and goblin warlords in the north and centre. All of these were decisive turning points!
The Red Knight gets an award for "most inept model". As a hero, he was expected to sweep through many hordes without breaking a sweat, but he spent the whole game tussling with the very first one he encountered. Even with aid, he was unable to defeat it! The popgun comes a close second; it made a lot of noise but achieved very little.
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