Shaintar J&L Soldiers of Stahlheim

Typical night in Echer Naught.......
Not really....

They say it’s always darkest before the dawn. I truly hope so, for it is very dark. Our numbers were riven by a terrible response from Agar’s killing of a Night Master (a truly laudeble act!) I apprehended the culprit personally, but at great cost as about 1/4 of our troops perished from his poisoned blade during the night.

We shall begin pursuing these bastards with great prejudice. I feel that my reason is being beset by vengeful thoughts. I have doubts as to my ability to command, though I know I am performing as well or better than can be expected.

I long for the mountain tunnels where things are simpler. These human issues bother me to no end. Still, it is my duty as a soldier to carry on, and in truth I know of noone who could do a better job. We will flay the skin from night guard flesh if that is what it takes to cleanse this city and avenge our fallen comrades.

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Account of Nightguard Bounty
Gerard Runestrom Observations

Delved ironically into the void itself, infiltrating a pernicious ordeal where alledgely was a placeholder of contention towards criminal affairs lurking within Echer’naught. It was no wonder this city held by mostly warrior traditions needed relief from the intellectual side making up of Olarans. Dwarves had the canny demeanor and ingenious stratagem. Equipped with dossiers of the nightguards, proper numbers, and equipment we stormed in like the vengeance of a rock golem reshaping the earth of Dranak.

Innovational in an overly aggressive approach, Lieutant Grum tempararily averted her gaze from all others. I fortunately relish this opening, pragamatically neutralizing the threat with a combination of concussive force I writing this now still ponder how in the spur of the moment and a well placed hammer to the spinal column. The authoritative war academy graduate subdued the majority from running afoot and troops surrounded the bar itself.

All else I know was Specialist Agar Gravelturner discovered in the den of scoundrels that a Shayakar Nightguard leading this little operation was located. Ruffling in the spoils I heard he single handily eliminated the master without being seen, killing half their numbers, and framing them in the chaos. Despite small contact with him, its impressive how ruthless and efficient this Dwarf knife assassin can do by himself. Perhaps our company hinders him. Harrdous found something hidden and through his horrendous jowls hid it from the world. We made off like kings and they suffered none the wiser.

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Low Town patrol
We became body collectors....

We were assigned to patrol in low town by Acting Lt. Grum Goldbeard while there we had approached a large camp of folks that could have been causing trouble that were partying, we approached the leader of the camp and shared some fine Dwarven brew with him and his men, mostly to try gaining their support in the efforts to remodel low town into a fine area to live. While we were there moaning started to come from the rubble around us, then rubble started to move, becoming a moving mass, on closer look it was obvious that the moving part were actually the corpses of the fallen coming out of the rubble, raised to cause Esher’Naught more problems in the rebuilt process. We aided the leader of the large group into rallying his followers to defend their encampment.
A large fight took place, (I now know why Leonidas my War Lizard had been skittish around the rubble in the past days of patrol), I stepped forward with the blessings of Dranak on me making a buffer zone at the north edge of the camp, with the blessings I had received the undead could not close with me, but a foul person of necromantic sway met me and attempted to slay me for getting in his zombies or at least the zombies he was trying to guide. I was knocked around a good bit before the allies that were with me that night finally took the creature down. The encampment with the women crossbow wielders had fairly well handled the majority of the zombies attacking the encampment with the men keeping the zombies from getting to the women, very organized.
Through the night we worked hunting leads as to who had caused this, how was smuggling weapons into the city, and for the most part I was trying to help clean up the bodies of all that had fallen, weeks ago or this night, a grisly task I assure you, I was attempting to give each fallen the respect that the person that it had been would have liked, in that effort I encountered a Druid of Legendary status by the name of Erolith Eridor. He and I had spoke and exchanged pleasantries before I continued on with the work of helping with the bodies.
later I was summoned to the command tent of Rorauk Fyrforg, Ranger Sergeant Major, Stahlheim Army Captain finding that there had been a foul desk that had been found through the investigations of the others that had had magical wards on it of Necromantic nature and the wards had went off when Corporal Elak Lorekeeper opened a drawer in it, knocking him out and injuring Corporal Gerard Runestrom and Rorauk Fyrforg, Ranger Sergeant Major, Stahlheim Army Captain to a degree, after all were healed Corporal Elak Lorekeeper was unable to see, I thought about whom I knew could likely help him in this and thought of Erolith Eridor, so I ventured to his grove and implored him to attempt to aid my comrade Corporal Elak Lorekeeper, after some talking he agreed to attempt to help him, packing up his kit with its salves and herbs I didn’t recognize he went with me to Elak’s side, after working on him for a goodly time he told Elak his sight would return, but left the bandages with the herbs in place saying it would take some time for him to regain full use.

I hope one day to be able to spread the blessings of Dranak to the extent that I can heal serious injuries like that too.

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Account of Investigation
Gerard Runestrom Observations

Exerting ourselves after the episode with the horde of undead, preparations needed to be made for the aftermath. A Shaya’Nor vampire of venerable age led the brutal attack on Echer’Naught’s low town with luckily only minimal losses. This initiated an investigation I was reluctant, though its was my duty nonetheless to assist in this endeavor with Corporal Lorekeeper. My efforts were involving the criminal underworlds and his on the vampire. To my disturbance Mattias Yeager and his entourage disappeared prior to the attack. Sodding corrupted Olaran was in league with that racist Adolf Stockhausen and Reiner Wassmuth another person connected to the black market. Probably did not help this racist was dealing with Camon. By conclusion through their territory we found something ominous. Needless to say people almost died from it and a translator is warranted. Bad news was realizing Shaya’Nor agents lurked from Elak’s report and by the trap implanted blinded him. All in a few days work……

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Mission Log: Forest Dance the 13th.
Specialist Agar Gravelturner, Stahlheim Army Scout.

To Stahlheim Command

I regret this late mission report, on the matters of the bandit clearing, south of Stahlheim.
Duty after the events, prevented me from delivering my mission report.

But on the 13th day of Forest Dance, after returning from the skirmish with undead forces in the White Silver mines, which mission report of 12th Forest Dance, describes in detail. We met our illustrious Captain Rorauk Fyrforg, leading a detachment of troopers and mercenary druids of Dranak’s Hand. Who were tasked with clearing bandits to the South of Stahlheim. He ordered us to form up.

Having seen the group im attached to in action, and spotting no scouts in his detachment, I could only agree on the Captains decision to reinforce his forces, with the magical support, added leadership and special operations capabilities we would provide.

At the bandit camp site, our superior forces tactics and magics quickly made short work of the bandits guards. Which did have detrimental effects on the rest of the bandits morale, making it possible for Elak Lorekeeper to make many of the enemy bandits surrender. Which saved many bandit lives, and possible our soldiers lives too.

This also rightly deserved gave Elak Lorekeeper a battlefield promotion and a medal.

As our forces moved north and subdued the bandits, I scouted out the southern parts of the caves and structures the bandits had occupied. Which was empty, they had not even secured the place with alarms or traps. I also located the bandit leaders office and bedroom. where I found some very fine boots, that seemed to emanate strange powers. I picked them up and turned them over to Sergeant Grum Goldbeard. Who again turned them over to the Captain.
I believe the Sergeant was rewarded with the boots, that apparently have magical properties. Enhancing his allready impressive array of abilities and skill.

The whole incursion took less than two hours, including managing the prisoners for transport back to Stahlheim. Hopefully they will appreciate there lives, as they get to toil in our mines for there transgressions.

Unfortunately the Bandit leader got away, apparently he had magical means to escape.
He must have powerful connections, as the boots I mentioned earlier wasn’t the only things of magical nature, in the Bandits arsenal.

I personally was awarded some magical Dice, A set of Lucky blue dice, that apparently make me luckier and well faster in my desicion making.
And a powerful silver ring, that turns me invinsible, im not going to lie, is awesome for my line of work.

This was a textbook incursion, where every dwarf, fullfilled his role perfectly with great presicion and discipline. And everyone present should receive due praise for upholding dwarven martial tradition and simply just being awesome.

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Patroling Low Town

With the reconstruction commencing all we could do is keep our eyes and ears open on our patrols and wait for reports to trickle in. It is always wearing on people who are used to action to have to wait upon fate to bring in proper information.

We received word that smuggling was taking place through the broken walls to the North but repeated spy attempts turned up nothing. Finally we had a break and received word from some of our turned gang members that a certain ex-Olaran soldier called Graystone was having a gathering. We attended bringing gifts of stout Dwarven ale. Unfortunately those gathered were already a bit tipsy and didn’t understand our proposal. Liberal applications of the “succor” power brought them to consciousness just in time as a veritable army of undead sprang from the rubble led by a foul necromancer.

The fight was stiff but we prevailed with nary a casualty. These humans may prove to be doughty allies if negotiations go well.

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Account of LowTown Squabble :Harvest Moon 33rd
Gerard Runestrom Observations

A murky atmosphere festered the very city Stahlheim thanks to the creatures of the Abyss and its followers. A thorough investigation definitely became warranted, Elak Loremaster fastening the process through some of the seeder individuals lurking within Lowtown. A list of names and their crimes listed, spelling potential conflict towards stabilizing Echer’Naught. Thus the Sergeant…or should I say acting Lieutenant took advantage of the resources at our disposal. Granted prior to this information a few association members were killed by accident. Uncovering the organization of this group by a retired Olaran knight, called Graystone. A meeting would be beneficial for we needed more quivers to dispel the darker elements of the city.

Meeting them intoxicated made their comprehension of our intent difficult. A few sounds kept being uttered throughout the weeks. By the stone I did not expect darkness to have a role suddenly after the attacks from the flame. Sprung from the debris were the corpses of the fallen villagers. Swarming us by the number with a darked skinned necromancer later learned to be a vampire, it was lucky we succeeded. Oddly a few blows did nothing, yet our own kept it in bay. Citizens here fought off the creatures and loses were nonexistent….. I wished that was true as reports later sprang up regarding other accounts of undead in lowtown. Suppose it explains the placid couple of weeks.

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Grum's Thoughts on Re-Building Low Town

First some assumptions:

1) of the 3000 remaining citizens of Echer’Naught roughly 1000 reside in Low Town.

2) Many Low Town buildings were completely destroyed.

3) of the 3000/1000 citizens only a small percentage will be true “criminals” (gang members and such). Therefore regular patrols of 4-6 stout Dwarven soldiers should serve to dissuade random crime, especially if food, water, and health care (though I understand healthcare is being provided by the druids?)

So…

1) win the hearts and minds of the citizens of Low Town with kindness and generosity wielded with a stern hand. anything wanted will be purchased with cash giving an influx of money to the shops.

2) Re-build the destroyed buildings first and then move in families based on criteria to be named by those above me (I would personally remcommend a “need based” system to be chosen by non-locals thus removing any potential perceived bias.

3) Demolish those buildings vacated by people moving into their new digs and re-build the demolished buildings.

4) establish a sewage system leading to a “grey water” lake that the druids will cleanse and create a park area for the citizenry (recommend the park be open to all and maintained by the government, allow fishing for supplemental food, etc.

As to the buildings:

1) 3 story stone structures containing an appropriate amount of apartments. I recommend the apartments be “lease to own” after a pre-determined time (10 years?) the apartments will be wholly owned by the families living in them.

2) every third building (can vary based on need) will have stores on the first floor, restaurants, bars, bakeries, etc. Preference for the apartments above the stores will be given to those families working/maintaining the stores.

3) Taxes will be paid both during the lease to own phase as well as after. these taxes will first be ear-marked for building maintanence. A discretionary fund will be set up for emergencies funded by these takes.

4) the roofs of these buildings will have crenalations for city defense where archers and crossbowmen can have cover from which to fire down upon block by block invasions.

5) a set of 4 rails will be set up on the roof with a Cistern holding rain water in the center. the cisterns will provide water for fighting fire, plumbing, drining, and…

6) cistern defense. the cisterns will be made with heat transmitting bottoms (copper?). Thi9s will allow the water to be brought to a boil. In the event of an invasion the cistern water can be brought to a boil and, using the pre-installed rails, moved to any of the 4 sides and there dumped down upon invaders (par boiled Malakaran anyone? :) )

7) It shall be the apartment owners duty to perform quarterly drills to maintain and use the cisterns.

8) the 4 quarters of the roof seperated by the rails will be used for laundry drying, gardening, building parties, etc.

These ideas are presented for your consideration.

Yours in service,

Acting Lt. Grum Goldbeard.

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Elak's Log: Harvest Moons the 1st - 15th
The journey to Echer'Naught

Elak’s Log

Forest Dance the 33rd
I was summoned to the office of Rorauk Fyrforg, Ranger Sergeant Major, Stahlheim Army Captain where the rest of my squad was gathering. We were given a order to back up a convoy of peace bound for Echer’Naught, we were given the night to rest before we were to set out for Stone to meet up with the convoy.

Harvest Moons the 1st.
Grum Goldbeard gathered the squad on the parade grounds where Rorauk Fyrforg, Ranger Sergeant Major, Stahlheim Army Captain had gathered the troops who were going to escort the convoy and we marched out without ceremony. Our trip to Stone was without confrontation and we gathered the wrights and shipment on continued on towards the Fey Nation.

Harvest Moons the 8th
As we crossed into the Fey Nation I was in the back of the group conversing with my friend Harrodious Highwall (Double H) about the intricacies of Corilisia, the Powers and the creation of our planet when a Dwarf popped out of the ground and started attacking Harrodious Highwall (Double H). My friend fending off the attack with ease but could not get the momentum to counter-attack, I quickly got off my War Cave Lizard and proceeded to lead a counter-attack with several soldiers who saw this Dwarf attack our group. The Dwarf was relentless in his attack on Harrodious Highwall (Double H) and focused his all on his hatred of the Druid. I felt a surge of power as I slipped on a ring of time-control, and I tripped and quickly knocked the Dwarf out. We rode ahead to Rorauk Fyrforg, Ranger Sergeant Major, Stahlheim Army Captain and presented our prisoner and told him exactly what happened when Harrodious Highwall (Double H) felt a wave of Darkness come from the unconscious Dwarf that alluded to the fact that he was a Necromancer. We saw a Elvish patrol scouting from afar and I suggested as a act of goodwill to the Fae Nation that we should turn this Necromancer over to their authority as we are in their lands. Rorauk Fyrforg, Ranger Sergeant Major, Stahlheim Army Captain gave us a go ahead and I rode forward with the squad as back up and turned the Necromancer over to the Fae, we told them our suspicion of our prisoner and told them what happened, they thanked us for turning a dangerous criminal over to their authority and quickly and quietly slipped out of sight.

Harvest Moons the 15th
We arrived at Echer’Naught to see total devastation, the walls that our Wrights came to repair was our priority but the city was in shambles. A bustling metropolis of 30,000 reduced to 3,000 soul’s. We pull the caravan around to the gaping hole in the northern wall where we were met by the Honorable Baron Colonel Alexander Wolfhaven Lord Mayor of Echer’Naught, Order of the Hammerfall Riders, Commander of the Legios Heroes, Chosen of Horn, Stormwalker, “Silver Fang” of the Northern Tribes. He greeted our Honorable Captain as one would a close friend or brother, and told us of the plight of Echer’Naught since that fateful day three months prior and thanked the gathered Dwarfs for their willingness to help in his city’s time of need. He invited the command group of Dwarves to a feast in Stahlhiem’s honor, we happily accepted. After we settled our group in the old storage yard the command team dressed in our feast clothes gathered in the feast hall. Baron Wolfhaven gave a rousing speech to the assembled nobles about his plan to revitalize Echer’Naught to rebuild it not with wood but with stone! To curtail the crime problem they have been experiencing with renewed vigor since the Demon attack and to build a sanitation plant using their Druids. After a while the Colonel beckoned the Captain and his team to follow him, we went into his office to view the official plans and to figure out how to utilize our resources to their maximum. In attendance was a Unshadowed Shayakar, a Storm Legionnaire along with other high officials, the Colonel told us of his desire for us to stay and to help him build the city the way it should be. The captain readily agreed and we poured over the plans. After awhile the Colonel and Captain wanted to be alone to talk privately. So the Sarge suggested to his troop that we should make our presence known to the criminal underworld by augmenting the crippled police force, we quickly got a few willing soldiers to start fanning out throughout the city and be as helpful as they can. After a few minutes the Captain came up to the Sarge who told him what he had done, the Captain thought it a good idea and gave the Sarge a battlefield promotion to Lieutenant.

Elak Lorekeeper

P.s. I made a friend in the court Bard, who I found out had previously ran the entire underworld of this city! I hope to make good use of him.

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Accounts to Echer'Naught: 10th of Harvest Moons
Gerard Runestrom Observations

A splendid stroll to a new city outside our territory definitely sparked some excitement. The operation involved marching with the military into this Olaran city of Echer’Naught. From what I hear this is the supposedly headquarters to the Grey Rangers to the North. Procrastinating about the masterful designs of these clockwork engines animating movement on the carriage less horses enthralled me deeply. Plenty of Wrights, Singers, Soldiers, and others accompanying all of us. A troublemaker of sorts slowed us slightly, though I heard surprisingly that Elak was the Dwarf to subdue him. Later learning he was a necromancer, temptation lingered to finish him off. Unfortunately we were in Fae lands. Leaving the responsibility to them, I shrugged it off before we continued.

From Stone to Rhion in Olara, the trip was burdensome. My complaits held no merit the moment my eyes glanced at war torn Echer’Naught. Stahlheim was quite charitable for these stalwart nation of warrior needed every stone and copper we offered. We met with this Mayor who ironically also was its Colonel of the allied military in the area to police. Change was coming and we would be instrumental towards all of it.

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