Content of the article: "you are a genius tactician and the highest ranking general in the country. what kinds of soldiers/battle tactics do you use?"
dragon maidens get the hecc outta here!!
ok so next session, my players (level 8 wizard, fighter, druid, and bard) will be defending a small goblin village from a military attack. the village is located right next to a big, walled city whose citizens actively discriminate against these village goblins. these sister cities are based off of pawnee and eagleton from parks and rec :). the players also took some time to prepare defensive measures for the town and they also have 30 goblin archers helping them out.
my players have also heard rumors about the attacking army. their general is a genius tactician and has never been seen on the battlefield before due to the ferocity and efficiency of the troops he commands. he is seeking to destroy the goblin village and wipe out the goblins who live there.
however, i am unfortunately not a tactical genius. how can i indicate to my players that the enemy soldiers they are fighting are elite units of a well oiled machine? is there any way (mechanically and narratively) they can be a step above the usual "bag-of-hit-points-with-a-spear" type of soldier without having them be completely overwhelming in their large numbers?
EDIT: okay wow so i posted this before i went to bed and i was expecting maybe a few replies so idk if i will be able to reply to each one but i will definitely be reading through each one and taking all the advice i can!!
in terms of additional information people were asking about: the goblin village is open and the neighboring city is walled. the general does not know that the PCs are helping out but will probably be very quick to realize (i am kinda basing him off of jericho swain from LoL).
my players have also taken the day to set up defenses. the bard went into the neighboring walled city and convinced most of the guards there to station themselves out on the front line (as a prank), the wizard is using hallucinatory terrain to funnel the enemy troops, the druid has convinced the many plants of the village to hinder the enemy advance, and the fighter has helped the goblins bury stashes of explosives in the ground.
seriously though, all of these comments are super helpful and thank you to everyone and this whole community for taking the time to help me out! i really do appreciate all of the cool ideas and the links everyone has put here for me.
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