Battle for the White City 

The eighth game and finale of the Naming & Binding War campaign, run on 11th June 2005 by Richard Griffin. Most of the photos are unfortunately of very poor quality, my camera was playing up.

Monsters doing what they always do best: relaxing, sparring, and poncing about in foolish purple cloaks.
Monsters doing what they always do best: relaxing, sparring, and poncing about in foolish purple cloaks.
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Red Gryphon soldiers preparing for battle.
Red Gryphon soldiers preparing for battle.
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Carnage. Oh, the carnage. So much carnage.
Carnage. Oh, the carnage. So much carnage.
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Sirius Panastra, the champion of the Red Griffin's army. He was Scary.
Sirius Panastra, the champion of the Red Griffin's army. He was Scary.
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The defenders of the White City gather round and try to decide which of them is suicidal enough to take on Sirius. (The answer was: Captain Matteus!)
The defenders of the White City gather round and try to decide which of them is suicidal enough to take on Sirius. (The answer was: Captain Matteus!)
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Hope nearly dies.
Hope nearly dies.
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Matteus prepares for battle. His arm is made out of gold, because of an unfortunate mishap which possibly involved Light Magic.
Matteus prepares for battle. His arm is made out of gold, because of an unfortunate mishap which possibly involved Light Magic.
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Xan as Matteus goes into bullet time. This shot is not the result of trick photography; Xan can actually do this. It's jolly impressive.
Xan as Matteus goes into bullet time. This shot is not the result of trick photography; Xan can actually do this. It's jolly impressive.
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The duel continues to rage. Sirius was wielding a sword named Vengeance, which made him even more ludicrously hard than he was already. If not for some chea^H^H^H^Hcomradely support on behalf of the White City, we would have been *so* dead.
The duel continues to rage. Sirius was wielding a sword named Vengeance, which made him even more ludicrously hard than he was already. If not for some chea^H^H^H^Hcomradely support on behalf of the White City, we would have been *so* dead.
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More Sirius. Raaaaaah!
More Sirius. Raaaaaah!
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At this point a discernible aura of "We should be helping him!" fell over the players.
At this point a discernible aura of "We should be helping him!" fell over the players.
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Sirius is finished off.
Sirius is finished off.
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He really did take some finishing...
He really did take some finishing...
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...in fact, there was a worrying period where we weren't quite sure just how dead he was...
...in fact, there was a worrying period where we weren't quite sure just how dead he was...
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...but the forces of Good (amply represented by Matteus) won out in the end.
...but the forces of Good (amply represented by Matteus) won out in the end.
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The looks of relief were palpable.
The looks of relief were palpable.
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...but that didn't stop us wanting more carnage.
...but that didn't stop us wanting more carnage.
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Richard stroking his nipples. Or possibly his lorica.
Richard stroking his nipples. Or possibly his lorica.
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Insert lascivious comment re: Richard's Big Shiny Red Helmet here.
Insert lascivious comment re: Richard's Big Shiny Red Helmet here.
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Peter doing the twiddly thing with the mace.
Peter doing the twiddly thing with the mace.
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...there was more carnage. Then there was death.
...there was more carnage. Then there was death.
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Joff prepares the music for the next fight. Thanks to a battery-powered speaker and an IPod, this LARP was fully orchestrated. And it sounded right lovely.
Joff prepares the music for the next fight. Thanks to a battery-powered speaker and an IPod, this LARP was fully orchestrated. And it sounded right lovely.
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Peter grinning smugly at the players while Richard blissfully contemplates the stress-free existence of a carefree Campaign GM.
Peter grinning smugly at the players while Richard blissfully contemplates the stress-free existence of a carefree Campaign GM.
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Julian wonders if perhaps hiding behind the sound guy might be the safest place on the battlefield.
Julian wonders if perhaps hiding behind the sound guy might be the safest place on the battlefield.
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Shiny happy Light Sorcerors holding hands. Well, they would be, except that the Light frowns upon that sort of thing.
Shiny happy Light Sorcerors holding hands. Well, they would be, except that the Light frowns upon that sort of thing.
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