I had a situation come up in which I had no idea how to deal with the combat rolls.
Two persons, one mage one soldier are standing at a shoreline with a river to their back and roughly 60 to 70 common peasants circled around them.
Within a few rounds the soldier has been swept over and is laying prone with at least three perhaps even as many as six peasant holding him down and striking him with whatever weapon possible.
The complication was that the maga turns invisible, and while it is nighttime and the peasants are tired from having fought a huge fire all day, they are angry and fanatically driven to kill the Christian sorcerers who plague them with demons. ((Your basic story of Greeks go to a town ruled within a Islamic Caliphate.... ect.))
Now my problem was, that while the mob would have penalties to attack and defend if it was a open combat and the maga was invisible, in such close quarters, being invisible would be a hinderance. The mob would not be keeping their distance from you, because there is nothing there to see in which for them to be cowed. Instead they would simply try to shove towards the soldier on the ground.
So what is the roll in such a situation?
For the record, for the most part the story is about at the end and the scene nearly resolved, but in case a future situation arise, I would not mind a good rule or dice roll in which I can fall back on to make the scene seem fair and less complicated.
And no... the mass combat rules of the core book were not helping. I admit on later reading I could have used them more efficiently but it was nearly impossible to be convinced they should be using combat rolls to simply walk thru a invisible person, while at the same time, the difficulty of determining the outcome with simple dice roll was quite cumbersome.
I basically just let the maga swing away with the crowd who were jumping on the soldier having no defense rolls at all. Of course I made the invisible wizard make defense checks to ward of random blows from the untrained group attackers.
Also the maga had a large broad sword which I suppose I should have penalized once the mob grew to be standing shoulder to shoulder, but I was not inclined to make the combat THAT intensive.