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Wood Elf [BC] Cedarwood Cricket Club

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  1. Silfir

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    "'When the wildflowers sing true, and the morning light roams free, on the twentieth day of the twentieth year, we shall depart to test our mettle.'"

    Sajeynten sighed.

    "'As sons and daughters of the forest, beautiful and pure, we shall prove ourselves as the greatest sportsmen of the greatest sport that has graced this world with its presence, and we shall not rest until we truly stand unbeaten and proud at the top.'"

    "Dun-"

    "'Never shall I waver, never shall I stray; by the sweat of my brow and the swiftness of my limbs you shall know me-'"

    "Dun!"

    "I'm just saying," said Duneld testily. "We swore an oath."

    "I know. I was there. And so was Viv. He will be here. Stop muttering."

    Dun looked ahead, over the clearing that had been the center of their lives for all that time. In the middle of the neatly cut grass, there was a rectangular patch of dirt, with lines painted at both ends. He sighed.


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    Vivyen walked slowly, feeling the soft forest floor on the soles of his feet. Familiar. Welcoming. It was not too bad.

    "Viv!"

    Viv looked up and sighed. He had reached the gathering place after all. Dun and Saj, his dear friends and comrades, were running at him with outstretched arms. They were clearly happy to see him, but he wondered for how long.

    "I have good news and bad news," he said, once they had reached each other and stood in a triangle on the center of the field. "First the good news. I've searched the world, went to all the places where sentient races dwell, even the particularly unsanitary ones, and I can conclude that there is no one in the world whose cricket prowess outmatches ours."

    Dun and Saj exchanged triumphant glances. "Excellent!" said Saj. "Now all that's left is to go out there and prove it!"

    "That's where the bad news come in." Viv sighed. "There is no one."

    Silence.

    "No one what?" asked Dun.

    "No one. We outmatch the rest of the world in the sport of cricket, because there are no others who play it."

    "But we swore an oath."

    "And technically, come tomorrow, we'll have fulfilled it. We will stand at the top of the cricket world. Because there is no one, Dun. Anywhere. At all."
     
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    Awesome, nice start
     
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    Love it! :D
     
  4. Silfuin

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    Keep the good fluff up!

    Maybe we'll meet on the pitch ...
     
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    Looks likely since you're in the same division? ;)

    Great intro Silfir, looking forward to play your cricket boys.
     
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    "No one?"

    "That's right. And what serene spirits of the trees and bushes are currently keeping me from strangling you after you asked me for the fifteenth time, I shall never know."

    Dun desperately rifled through his luscious elfin hair. "What are we going to do?"

    Viv shrugged. "Frolic in the meadows, dance in the moonlight, join in the idyllic hymn of balance that interweaves nature, as is our birthright. Or get totally wasted."

    "You don't understand, Viv. We don't have a choice. We have to go."

    "Why?"

    "Remember when Saj hit that one six ten years ago? The one that ended up hitting the village elder on the head?"

    Saj had a sheepish look. "I thought you got that sorted pretty well, Dun."

    "I sorted nothing. He banished us."

    Sajeynten and Vivyen stared at Duneld, then at each other, and at Duneld again.

    "It's effective tomorrow. We've got to be out of the forest by then, or he's going to set the treemen on us. The old crank has lived for millennia. He can wait for us to die. And the splinters!" Dun shuddered.

    "So, with 'us', you mean you and Saj, right?" said Viv hopefully.

    "He banished the entire cricket team. I'm really touched by that display of team spirit, by the way. You're a real mensch."

    "No need to get nasty."

    "So, if no one's playing cricket, what do they play?" asked Saj with a thoughtful look.

    Viv sighed. "You just had to ask."
     
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    Humankind has always pondered the question: "How many trees make a forest?" It is considered somewhat of a philosophical conundrum, or maybe an issue of the meaning behind words. (What is a "tree"? What is a "forest"? What is a "what"?) They generally treat it as an universal example of a question that does not have a clear answer.

    In the end, of course, the only reason humans have not found a clear answer to the question is that they're humans. Wood elves know exactly how many trees make a forest, in much the same way as an architect knows how many bricks make a house.

    It took a while, nevertheless, for the cricket team from Cedarwood to find themselves a new forest to live in, way up to the North, in the frigid wastes of Ostland.

    It did not, however, take long for them to leave.

    "Dwarf this!"

    "It's too dwarfing cold!"

    "What about unity with nature?" Dun cried after them, helplessly.

    "Nature can go dwarf itself!"

    "Let's find one of those dwarfing human houses and heat it up with some dwarfing trees!"

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    In the end, even this logistical problem was not beyond solving. In the outskirts of a town in a central location in Ostland, the Cedarwood Cricket Club was able to rent an old farm with enough space surrounding it to get in at least some basic degrees of practice while they wait for news of their first matchups.

    Introducing the team:

    Bearing the number 1 is Duneld Bradmyn, captain of the Cedarwood Cricket Club and perhaps the greatest natural cricketing talent the world was to ever know, closely followed by Sajeynten Duylkar, 2, and Vivyen Ryhardys, 3. Of course, none of their immaculate cricketing-related skills are applicable in Blood Bowl, so they possess the skills and draw the salary of a mere lineself.

    At number 5, next is Shewyn Warunn, the Cricket Club's most skilled bowler. He had always wondered if cricket would not be much easier to play and understand if you could actually throw the ball instead of having to sort of chuck it with an outstretched arm in a weird windmill motion, have only one batsman at a time and maybe not have to count to hundreds to keep track of the scores, and maybe get rid of the wickets, too. But Duneld had dismissed these concerns as entirely baseless.

    Bearing the number 7 and 8 are the Cricket Club's two female players, the Wardancers Wilien Gilbereth the Graceful and avid teetotaler Garefiel the Sober, respectively, who were perhaps the only players to react with solid delight at the news. The main reason they had joined the cricket club was that there were really not a dwarfing lot of things you could do in a forest. Their training in the arts of dance and war is now paying dividends.

    Starting at 12 and ending and 16, these are the Cricket Club's remaining lineselves, all highly skilled batselves, and completely helpless on a Blood Bowl pitch, at least to start with: Rahuyl Deravyd, Rhee Kipontinn, Berian Larah, Giac Calys and Alawen Borudyr. I would not expect a lot of them to have long and illustrious careers.



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    Of course I know jack dwarf about the Big Crunch, its standard of play, or how to play Wood Elves properly. The starting roster is picked along the doctrine of two re-rolls being the bare minimum, and the vague hope that doing crazy shit with Wardancers will somehow make up for my or the team's deficiencies. That left 30k, of which I spent 20k to upgrade a player to a Thrower, because apparently I really want to roll Dead on my Wardancer in match two and hate myself.

    A lot of the teams will be quite developed and have lots of hitting skills, as far as I can tell, against which my current plan amounts to "dodge away a lot and do elf stuff, plus roll eight injuries off my Wizard". Against the undeveloped teams, it's probably going to be that plan minus the wizard, and the additional humiliation of knowing I'm losing because I suck, not because my team is not developed.

    In the end I'll be happy if I can scrape enough elves off the floor at the end of the season to form a volleyball team, and maybe even get some skills.

    If anyone is wondering about the design principles that went into my logo and kit, I chose red because it's an aggressive color and it might trick my opponents into confusing my players for Bloodthirsters, and I chose the lyre because if you squint your eyes, ignore the curved handles and can't count, it kind of looks like a wicket.
     
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    Oh, I can't wait until coachman reads this latest installment :D
     
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    Good stuff Silfr. Very enjoyable to read...if short lived however.

    The Cats will enjoy destoying your scrawny little team. :skull:

    Oh and welcome to the Big Crunch mate!
     
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    Really enjoying this so far good stuff!
     
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    Do you know how to foul? You'll do just fine. :D
     
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    In the one other league I play in, I faced a High Elf team with a +1 Strength, Strong Arm thrower who got actually used in defense. Third attempt on turn 5 or six or so, he left the field Badly Hurt. So I have some basic knowledge of how to foul.

    Of course, that was Amazons with a 13 roster that includes more rookie linewomen than I know what to do with. Do I dare risk sendings-off with this overpaid bunch...?
     
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    It was just a joke, personally I seldom foul with Elves unless I'm in a good position and/or it's a very annoying target. I'm considering getting a DP Lino at some point, but until then it's not a very good option with expensive players.
     
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    With Pros it would be an easier decision, there are plenty of coaches going "hell yeah" when it comes to the question of fouling with Pros, due to the low cost of their Linemen. Dark Elf and High Elf Linemen are as expensive as Woodies, but both teams have the benefit of having much more stable rosters, they don't risk getting depitched as easily. With Woodies, you often start with 11 only, and many times when considering a foul I find myself thinking "but I might need him later in the game".

    That being said, what Barristan said is absolutely true: If the opponent has a juicy target, a player whose absence would greatly benefit your team, go for it!
     
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    I got a dp with my woodies in OFL, he was pretty effective but I'm still not sure I'd do it again.
     
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    Dear Cousin, a welcome in Ostland from your fellow Woodies from Darkmyst.
    It's the first time also for us in Ostland as we experienced only Averland and Nordland of these human congregations.
    From the neighborhood it doesnìt seem bad, probably on par with Averland, where we enjoyed our stay due to the large amout of forests which surround the city.
    Absolutely avoid Nordland at all cost: it's full of dwarves there, and people who don't give a damn about the ball but only chases you to smash your face under their boots.
     
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    I got a DP early on in OFL this era (still woodies) and some games she simply rules (and some games she's sent off). Being a DP did mean I didn't have to sack her for getting a niggle, so there's that too.

    And I've been running below eleven on that team since day 1 (but plan is to get to 12+ for the first game in the second 16-game season). Having a DP also meant being able to take a bribe and feel "this might come in handy" (it did ;))

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    Also: Great blog. :D
     
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    It's a Dwarfing great Blog. Although it could do with Ash Le Giles as a lineelf. :eek:
     
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    He's a spin bowler, right? If Shewynn Warunn bites it or I get to the point where I can afford to hire the second Thrower, why not?
     
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    He was a spin bowler who specialised in putting it in the right place and not spinning it that much. For reason lost in the mists of time and beer he became my hero. He could always be relied on to make thirty with the bat in tight situations as well cos he was great.