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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patduff was killed immediately.





The pounding he'd received had knocked his arms and legs out of their sockets; a direct blow to his head tore off his skull. The goblin who killed Patduff was named Mato Hellbog.

Two other dwarves had gone to fish at the lakeside. They were Zeon and Lipbalm, and when they saw their friend die they fled in terror.







The goblins caught up with Zeon quickly. The first mace-blow caught Zeon in the gut. While doubled-over, the second attack sent Zeon flying. He died the moment he hit the ground.



By this point, the militia had already been assembled by the causeway that Sam had designed.



The militia, led by Captain Gyokuran, declined to go over the bridge and face the enemy, even as the fisherdwarves were killed.

As a precursor to the main goblin force, a snatcher skulked across the bridge. He was killed without further incident.



The main goblin force chased after Lipbalm.



Then he fell. Lipbalm put his arms up to defend himself from the attackers.



The first blow mangled both limbs.



The second bashed in his skull.

With all the dwarves on the peninsula dead, the goblins moved toward the bridge.



Mato Hellbog, who killed Patduff, was the first across the bridge. He was quickly decapitated.

Charlie Kedmeng died shortly after that.





Shinko fell shortly thereafter.



This broke the defensive. The militia fell back.



The remaining goblins pushed their way across the bridge and into the main encampment.

Spazz had joined the militia as a crossbowdwarf-in-training when he decided that he'd had enough mining for his lifetime. By this point in the fighting he was out of ammo, but he held off two goblins by bashing them with his crossbow.



One of the goblins he knocked unconscious. The second goblin's mace struck Spazz's chest, shattering the right half of his ribcage and filling his torso with a throng of ossified splinters.



Meanwhile, Finlay the speardwarf was working his way across the battlefield, taking out wounded goblins with ease. He made his way to Spazz's position and slew the goblin who had maimed Spazz.

At last there were no goblins left at the encampment. Even with only half a ribcage, Spazz was able to walk. No such luck held for Charlie or Shinko. Or Patduff or Zeon or Lipbalm.

But just as Spazz was walking past a mason's workshop, another group of goblins made their presence known. Three goblin hammermen burst from behind the workshop. Unlike the seven who had attacked earlier, these goblins had snuck into Tekkudnar through the outer stairway to the North -- the stairway that Spazz himself had dug four years earlier.



Ultimately this second ambush proved futile. Gyokuran had obtained more ammo from the stockpiles by this point, and lazily flung bolts at the creatures while they unsuccessfully tried to outflank the remaining able-bodied defenders.

When the fighting was finally over, when all the carnage could be surveyed, it was discovered that the traps placed near the bridge -- the ones intended for catching goats for purposes of domestication -- had snared one of the attackers.

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we lost because YOU WERE ALL WEAK!
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Soldiers were recruited to replace the fallen.



Shortly after the battle, Finlay was promoted to spear master.



In mid-spring Smunstu Evildragon was caught prowling around the fortress. He escaped as soon as he was noticed.



Later that month, Baron Bendy arrived with his wife the Baroness Rillaeo, his tax collector, his personal hammerer, his entourage of twenty workers and their families, and a sheet of parchment containing a declaration that Miskulet and the surrounding lands were to be made a barony.





B'man, a new recruit in the military, was wounded while sparring. It was then decided that the new recruits would need armor.



Here's a breakdown of the fort's prominent relationships as of Spring 1055:

Spazz, one of the original seven dwarves, was maimed during the goblin assault earlier that year. His friends (and Spazz has more friends than anyone else in Hazeabbey) are worried about his health.



Sun Quan is married to Mei. They have no children and no other friends.



Ecomono immigrated to Hazeabbey with his two children. He is unmarried.



Rainier, the weaponsmith, has a couple friends.



Finlay (not the spearmaster) is married to Kryslen. They have two children.



Kickflip is married to Crash. They have three children.



Aphal and Gyokuran have been together for five years but they're not married because Gyokuran is afraid of commitment. They are also good friends with the other five original dwarves. All seven original dwarves are good friends with each other, and form the most robust social group in the fort.



Married couple Tylor and Eternum arrived with the Baron and his entourage. They have no children and don't know anyone else in the fortress.



The same is true for Bendy and Rillaeo, but they have the noted distinction of being in charge of everything and everyone.



Finlay, who is quickly overtaking Gyokuran as the most important military figure, has a couple friends in the service.



After much delay, work on a set of burial grounds begins.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did Raven die somewhere? I thought he was a bow guy?
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Later, near the end of Spring, Chen the fisherdwarf caught Smunsto Evildragon pulling himself up from the lake onto the suspension bridge. Smunsto was carrying carrying his trademark leather sack.





Smunsto fled when he saw Chen there.

More goblin thieves were seen skulking around the fortress that Spring. None of them managed to abscond with any children, but it seemed as though the goblins were everywhere, and there was no pattern to where they could be seen.









One of the goblin thieves stumbled into one of the goat traps and became captured.



He was the second such goblin to fall into such a trap. The first was a goblin soldier who stumbled into one in the middle of an ambush a year ago. That goblin had sat in that cage for a whole year; no one was sure what to do with him.

Feeling the spies' pressure, a great wall was assembled toward the north end of the fortress, near some bluffs that held a secret entrance to the Long Hall.



In the third month of the year, a goblin strike force arrived on a lakeside peninsula. They stormed over the bridge, and killed Chen the fisherdwarf as he was fishing off the side of the bridge.



There were five goblins. The rest of the dwarves hid inside while the militia could be called up. Gyokuran the ranger and Evic the marksdwarf stood outside the cave opening and fired at the advancing force. A goblin swordsman approached Evic as he was reloading. Gyokuran turned to fire at the goblin, and his shot tore through the goblin's leather vest and pierced his heart. With his dieing breath, the goblin thrust his sword at Evic, and Evic too was mortally wounded. Evic died just a moment later.

The militia easily overpowered the goblins as they marched into the cave entrance. Those who were not killed immediately retreated.

During the attack, a run-off election was held, and it was decided that Sam would once again be the mayor of Hazeabbey.



Human traders from Xakedanath pulled their carts up to the trade depot on top of the mountain. They brought metal armor with them, which pleased Lord Bendy until it became clear that the human-sized armor was much too large for dwarven soldiers. Some of the armor, however, was too interesting to pass up.



The traders also brought with them a solution for a problem that had been bothering the fortress for over a year. Lord Bendy ordered the two goblin captives to be brought up to the trading depot and exchanged for whatever price the humans would be willing to pay.

Gyokuran wasn't going to have any of this, however. He walked over to the goblin cage, raised his crossbow, and fired and reloaded until neither o the creatures was still moving.



Banec Beruxetan, the human guild representative from Xakedanath, witnessed the slaughter.

When Lord Bendy heard about this course of events, he relieved Gyokuran the Ranger from the military, but declared him the heard of the newly established Fortress Guard.
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Most histories of Miskulet focus on the role of Sam as the town's founder and primary architect, but it must also be remembered that Sam was one of the more skilled mechanical inventors of the eleventh century as well. One of his largest public projects was known to his journals as his Stone Crusher. It was a large granite bridge, attached to the earth at one end via gigantic gears. When a lever was activated, energy siphoned from wind mills gradually raised the bridge to an upright position.



While the bridge was raised, surplus boulders were carried to the area under
the bridge's shadow.





Then, with mounds of rock piled underneath the bridge, the mechanisms locking the bridge in place were released, and the bridge was allowed to swing back to the ground, crushing the boulders and freeing up that much more storage space.



Following the crusher's disastrous initial test, new safety protocols were put into place to prevent future casualties.

In the autumn of 1055, Belmont grew up and began working in the farms.



Finlay, now in charge of the town's militia, had formed a skilled, professional fighting force in the aftermath of the invasions of the last year and a half.



At the end of the ninth month of the year, a few more immigrants trickled into Miskulet, bringing its population to 105.

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Raven is actually a planter, not a crossbow-user.



A census from mid-1055 survives and is reproduced below:








The ninth month of 1055 marks the first printing of coins in Miskulet's history.



Other notable events of that winter include the birth of another one of Finlay's (the metalcrafter, not the soldier) children, Roman growing old enough to be counted as a child rather than a baby on the census data, and a dwarf named Adamma being accidently killed by the rock crusher.

A large section of unexplored rock was set aside as a cemetery district. Work on the cemetery continued through the winter of 1055.



That winter was unusually cold. Virtually every inhabitant of Hazeabbey had been born elsewhere: in one of the other cities of The Gears of Slaughter, in the warmer deserts far to the south. In general the dwarves did not find that winter agreeable.



A particularly bad ice storm killed many of the saplings growing on top of the mountain, leading Pyyk to worry about how the town's wood needs might be met if trade relations with the Mountainhomes and Xakedanath were to be lost.

Toward the end of the year, the first child of Baron Bendy and Baroness Rillaeo was born. This child was named Kad.



The long winter finally ended as Spring of 1055 broke. A mere week after all the ice melted, an elven diplomat named Arile Elifaanova arrived unannounced and insisted upon meeting with Lord Bendy.



The meeting was very short.



The military, with Finlay (the speardwarf, not the goldsmith) in charge, trained constantly throughout the winter and into the spring.



Shortly after Arile's departure, a fully stocked elven caravan appeared on top of the mountain.



The trade depot had been moved indoors (to near the top of the Long Hall), so the traders had to descend a few stories into the mountain before they could unpack their goods.

As the elves were unpacking, a cheese-maker named Vash was taking a brisk walk in the sunshine out by the lake. He was ambushed by a group of spear-wielding goblins.



He was killed almost immediately, but his screams were enough to alert the artisans at their workshops further along the coast.

The military was summoned to the coastline, but at the same time a goblin thief attempted to sneak into the fortress through the Long Hall. This was Smunsto Tormentyear. Smunsto was a very popular name for goblin thieves.



Mayor Sam was designing a road near the top of the Hall when the goblin approached, however, so he was able to scare the creature away.

Back on the coastline, a miller and plant processor named Tylor was running from the goblin marauders when he literally tripped over a goblin thief skulking behind a rock. This goblin was Smunsto Evildragon, a master thief and leader of the local goblin encampment.





Smunsto Evildragon had been tormenting Hazeabbey for years. For years he had tried to sneak into Hazeabbey. Each of his attempts had ended in failure, as none of the fortress's children had ever been carried away in Smunsto's trademark leather sack. But Smunsto was clever enough to always leave an escape route, and for all of his failed kidnapping attempts Smunsto had never come close to being captured.

Macedwarves B'man and Slider were standing near the raised bridge waiting for the rest of the military to assemble when Tylor tripped and discovered Smunsto. They saw a haggard figure stand up and flee carrying a dark sack. Knowing that it was Smunsto, knowing that it wasthe Smunsto, they charged.

They weren't fast enough. Smunsto led them directly into the squad of advancing goblin soldiers. Smunsto ducked between two of his spear-wielding brethren and vanished from the battlefield.



Greatly outnumbered, B'man and Slider turned and tried to flee. Slider made it back to the bridge, but B'men was overtaken, and was killed in a flurry of spear thrusts.

Finlay decided that it would be best for everyone to pull back and regroup at the fortress entrance.

As dwarves at the base of the mountain were ushered back into the fortress, a large amorphous shadow passed over the beach. Knot the tanner squinted his eyes and looked to the sky. A glinting green shape, beating its leathery, bat-like wings, circled in the sky. The beating of its wings grew louder as the creature approached, until it finally set foot on the peak of the mountain, twenty stories above Hazeabbey and just a few feet from traders road leading into the Long Hall.

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At the lakeside, while fighting the goblin aggressors, Goten the marksdwarf entered a martial trance.



This proved his demise. He refused to fall back when ordered to do so, and when he left the trance, he was overwhelmed by the goblins.



Captain Gyokuran stood behind the workshops on the shoreline and fired a slew of bolts at the invaders, killing several and driving the rest away.



With the goblins routed, everyone's focus turned to the dragon. Three more recruits were drafted to help shore up dwarfpower in Slider's division.



Meanwhile, Batan Kathilsodel had walked over to the entrance to the Long Hall.



A group of goblins followed behind the dragon. No one is entirely sure why the goblins and dragon attacked together, but it is generally accepted that the goblins convinced the dragon to join in on the attack in the understanding that it would be able to use the dwarf-hewn cavern as its own lair after the goblins had extracted all the treasure and slaves that they wanted.

The goblins that followed the dragon were lashers, and were armed with iron scourges. This much is known absolutely. Historians are absolutely certain that all or almost all of the goblins who attacked died. Exactly who killed them is still not absolutely clear, but most authorities agree that they were killed by Batan Kathilsodel as soon as they all entered the relative confinement of the Long Hall. It is reasoned that since Kathilsodel now knew Hazeabbey's location, the goblins were no longer of any real use to the dragon, and she didn't want to have to share the dwarves' horde.



If this is the case, if the goblin lashers were killed by the dragon and not by the unarmed, untrained elven merchants as some have foolishly suggested, then it would have been a short battle.

Not far below the site of the goblin slaughter, Kathilsodel tore into the base of the trade depot, razing the building and exposing the elven traders and their donkeys who had been hiding within.



Kathilsodel attacked indiscriminately, sending plumes of flame throughout the room.





Those who did not die immediately retreated to the surface. Kathilsodel followed, and showered the retreating elves with fire.









By the time Kathilsodel was done with the elves, the landscape was covered in ash and rich with the stench of burning donkeys.

The dragon turned around and re-entered the fortress.
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Holly shit, we're fucked.
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Hahahaha holy shit.
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maybe we can kill it with the ballista.

we have a ballista right?
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It was Nutty the woodcutter who stumbled into the trade depot room where Betan Kathilsodel (by now known as Betan Kathilsodel Semor Nosim) was waiting. This angered Kathilsodel, who followed Nutty down the Hall and deeper into the fortress.



Finlay had set up the military forces at the main floor of Hazeabbey, just outside the entrance of the Long Hall and its 25 stories to the surface. It was a staging point that had several tactical advantages. It was close enough to the heart of the fortress, and far enough from the dragon, that enough people could be assembled in time. And assuming that the dragon couldn't breathe fire around corners, in theory their location would let them jump out and attack the creature at close range without having to pass through a wall of flames.

The dragon chased Nutty down ten flights of stairs, then lost interest when it saw a secret passage leading to the bluffs outside.



Behind the bluffs stood the wall built to keep out the goblins.



Kathilsodel smashed the gate on the wall open.



No one has yet proposed a satisfactory explanation for why she did this. Kathilsodel could fly, and did not need to destroy the gate; in fact doing so would only weaken Hazeabbey as a potential lair. One possible explanation is that this was done to allow a group of goblin attackers inside, but no such force arrived, and this explanation is inconsistent with Kathilsodel's decision to slaughter the squad of goblin lashers at the top of the Hall.

With the gate destroyed, Kathilsodel returned to the Hall and continued her descent. Within the cavern, she encountered Bog, an early immigrant and arguably the greatest artisan in the history of Miskulet.



Kathilsodel grabbed Bog's leg in her jaws and thrashed him around the room until he stopped moving.

Deeper, in a relatively flat, open region of the Hall, the dragon caught up with Nutty and some other fleeing dwarves. Plumes of flame extended throughout the cavern.






(In screenshots, any item that is enclosed by double exclamation marks (e.g. !!mule leather cloak!!) indicates that that particular object is burning.)



Nutty's cloak and hood quickly caught fire, and as he fled the flames grew to encompass his whole body.



Jane, a leather worker, also fell victim to the flames.



Fortress broker Maark fell, as did Finlay the metal crafter.




Finlay's daughter, Raven (the baby, not the recruit) crawled out of her mother's smoldering arms and further down the Hall.





Kassad, a skilled carpenter and one of the original dwarves selected by Sam for the expedition, had seen enough. He made a stand against the dragon. This would end here.



This did not work out as well as he'd hoped.



Baidol, the fortress's other trader, was similarly hacked to bits.





At last, after all of the carnage caused by the creature's trek through all twenty-five stories of the Hall, Kathilsodel emerged from the tunnel and entered the heart of Hazeabbey. Fleeing dwarves were in front of him, and behind the next corner the fortress's army was assembled, ready to attack.









The two squads of dwarves charged Kathilsobel.

Treppenwitz, a fisherdwarf, was coated in flames. He died in the hallway.



Belmont, the first dwarf to come of age in Hazeabbey, burned to death.



Elgee, a single father of two, was burned horribly.



Smoke filled the hallways, making it impossible for anyone to get a clear idea of what was going on.



In the fighting, someone pierced the dragon's heart and lungs. No one is sure who landed these fatal blows, as the thick smaug prevented anyone from getting a clear view of the fighting.



No one is entirely sure what happened next, either. It is thought that, upon dieing, Kathilsobel exploded, spewing fire throughout the caves and horribly burning all of the soldiers who'd killed it. This is the view that's most popular in most of the sagas, but others decry this as impossible, and claim that Kathilsobel had merely breathed fire on the dwarves it was fighting just before it died. We do know that Kathilsobel's body was burned to blackened ashes and bones, but this is hardly conclusive evidence that the creature exploded. In any event we are unlikely to find out what happened; no one in this century knows anything about dragons.

Despite all of the disagreement over the exact nature of the eruption, everyone agrees about the fates of the soldiers who'd killed the creature.





Many were killed in the final blast. Among them was Finlay, champion of Hazeabbey.

Embers were spread through the fortress by panicking dwarves. As many dwarves died after the slaying of Kathilsobel as died when she was alive.



The following dwarves were killed in the attack:

Goten, Bog, Mr. Nutty, Finlay (metalcrafter), Finlay (spearmaster), Maark, Raven (the baby), Kassad, Baidol, Ghost, Treppenwitz, Belmont, Domingo, Ellgee, Rtil, Tenchi, Alfonso, Shinchuck, Raichu, Pissed Booger, Edrick, Mage, Xhokusmak, Ratman, Jane, Finlay, Porthos, Mirabel, Elcian, Kilaghant, Glory, Bio Dragoon, Zitron, and Pink.

Most died from the fires that spread throughout the fort.

Prior to the attack, Miskulet's population had numbered 105. After the attack, it had dropped to roughly 70.



Much of the armed services had been depleted in the fighting.



Both of the experienced traders had been killed, and the only replacement broker that could be found had absolutely no experience or relevant skills.



Worst of all, the fires in Hazeabbey could not be immediately quenched. The fortress itself was made of stone, so it was in no danger of burning down, but all of the leather and cloth belongings of the fallen, as well as the fallen's own flesh, fueled a smoldering that lasted for weeks. Entire passages of Hazeabbey had to be closed off until the fires could burn themselves out.

Later that Spring, while the fires still smoldered, nine immigrants came to Miskulet.



One can only imagine what they would have thought.
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Was that an intentional Hobbit reference?

And so my Raven survived? That's badass.
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Even after Kathilsodel's death, the fortress was littered with burning clothing and rife with unplanned, involuntary cremation. Entire hallways had to be closed off to prevent people from picking up stray embers as they walked through. Hazeabbey became filled with smoke, and the sound of coughing echoed through the sooty mountain walls. Soon the abandoned bodies began to rot, and clouds of miasma swirled alongside the smoke clouds. The fortress, Sam mused, had been named more appropriately than any of the original seven could have known.



More deaths followed.



Shinzo, one of the first children to immigrate to Hazeabbey, died. He was survived by his parents Crash and Kickflip, and his siblings Roman and Silver.

Motosada, an immigrant who arrived at Hazeabbey shortly after the battle with Betan Kathilsodel, died just minutes after reaching the fortress.



As Motosada walked down the Long Hall, he stepped over the still-hot embers of a fallen dwarf. His shoes were enflamed, and Motosada panicked. He died from his injuries. He hadn't even been in the fortress for long enough for anyone to know his name; the mysterious dwarf's identity was only determined decades later.

Some of the other immigrants were put to work making coffins. Half of the rest of the immigrants were drafted into the army.



The crisis was distressing for the newly re-elected Mayor Sam. That the last mayor had been killed by Kathilsodel didn't ease matters.



Ranger-Protector Gyokuran became more irritable, and grew insular. Kassad's death had haunted him, as had the death of Finlay the spearmaster.



Aphal later recalled that Gyokuran had been gradually becoming more peevish and brooding for years, but after the attack the change became much more dramatic. The prisoners log which Gyokuran kept grew angry and bizarre; Gyokuran was scrawling records of how he was the enemy of not just The Whimsical Dungeons (the goblin civilization), but also The Vice of Sinews and The Doctrine of Flickering. With each declaration Gyokuran grew more mad, and eventually his practiced stoicism cracked.

Gyokuran wasn't the only upset dwarf in Miskulet.





Starwind's father was Kryslin; her mother Finlay the metalcrafter; her younger siblings were Raven (the baby) and Totalterminal. Finlay was killed by Kathilsodel, and Raven died shortly after that. Totalterminal burned to death near the end of the battle. The only surviving relative of Starwind was her father, Kryslin.

Her lungs filled with smoke, Starwind howled at other dwarves as they passed through what few hallways were still accessible.



One day, while waiting in the underground farm, Starwind snapped. She went berserk, fiercely attacking anyone or anything that came near.



In her rage, she swung at some nearby dogs. The dogs fought back, and she died from her wounds.

A month ago, Kryslin was married and had three children. All four members of his family had been killed in a matter of weeks.



A few days later, a group of dwarves sitting in the dining hall was astonished to see the northern door open. That door had been roped off, and the dwarves instructed to not enter that hallway. A burning Ranger-Protector walked through the door with a deliberate stride. The emblazoned figure took a snaking path through the dining hall. The other dwarves, the dwarves who had come to the dining hall to sit and pass the time as no work could be done as long as the fortress was filled with burning corpses, were dumbstruck. Gyokuran opened the door on the south end of the dining hall, took a few steps through the corridor, and died.









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EyeOfTheRaven wrote:

Was that an intentional Hobbit reference?

Maybe.

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Yeah. There are two Ravens. One is a baby who died in the attack; the other is a marksdwarf-in-training.
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The fires claimed another victim.



Not all of the fires were in the hallways. Some dwarves ran into their bedrooms when they caught on fire and perished inside; the flames spread to their beds but the rooms were more easily sealed off than were the hallways.



Most of the flames in Hazeabbey burned for three months--until early summer. Very little was accomplished in the spring of 1056. The nobility, who had moved into Hazeabbey a year earlier, used this time to shore up a wide net of support among themselves and their supporters.



Their supporters grew to include an orphan who had lost both of her parents to Betan Kathilsodel.



It has long been rumored, and only now can I safely print these rumors, that Lord Bendy developed a penchant for stealing clothing from the tombs of dead dwarves, starting in 1056with a vest belonging to the late Kassad the carpenter.



A human diplomat from Xakedanath preceded the annual caravan by a few weeks. He was Rilstud Ellozbusbel, and Lord Bendy's notes reveal that he had very little to say that summer. Lord Bendy ended his notes for their meeting by wondering why Ellozbusbel had bothered to travel such a great distance to discuss so little.



Another landmark event of the summer was the recovery of Spazz. Spazz had recovered from the injuries he suffered in the spring of 1055. He'd been lying in bed for the whole year and a half between these times.





Kryslin, as you may remember, was a hammerdwarf whose entire family had been killed by Kathilsodel.



Other changes were made to the leadership positions, as well. Aphal the fisherdwarf replaced Drekenloka as town broker, and Raven the marksdwarf took up the Captain of the Guard position left vacant by Gyokuran's death.
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In mid-autumn, while smoothing the rock walls of the Long Hall for the benefit of the human traders, Moonkenzie the engraver noticed that a figure was moving past her. At first she thought it was one of the traders who had reached Miskulet earlier that day. It was actually Smunsto Evildragon.



Smunsto was a master thief and the leader of the local goblin tower, and had made several attempts to infiltrate the fortress and steal children, as I have described above at length. Each time he had been spotted he had conveniently escaped, even going so far as to draw pursuers into the hands of waiting marauders.



The traders' horses knew about Smunsto, however. They knew enough about goblins to be afraid, and the horses spooked. They tried to run around, but since they were hitched to a wagon and stuck inside a tunnel barely wider than that wagon, they could only run forward. As they ran, they trampled Smunsto, who luckily emerged from under the horse's carriage with only a single leg battered.

But by now Moonkenzie and the traders knew that Smunsto was there. Moonkenzie pounced onto Smunsto, holding him down and beating his legs and lower body.







By this point one of the human guards, a mace-user named Sodel Anvilidol, had charged down the tunnel.



He delivered the death blow to Smunsto, knocking him backward, further down the tunnel, until he collided with the tunnel's sloped ceiling and died. Smunsto was no more. The leader of the goblin tower, the goblin who had been harassing them for years, was dead.

A few days later, a goblin hunting party turned up on the shores of the lake. There were five goblins (and two goats): four armed with crossbows, and their leader armed with a heavy iron scourge.



They fired a volley of bolts at Eternum, the first dwarf they saw. Two of the bolts found their target. Eternum lost blood as he ran and soon fell unconscious.





The goblins kept firing until Eternum was dead. He was survived by his spouse, Tylor.



The dwarves didn't think it wise to face so many crossbow-armed goblins in the open, so they stood at the fortress entrance and waited for the attackers to approach.



The fighting proved especially gruesome.



Captain Raven took a shot to the torso early in the fighting and promptly died.



Yangn, the swordmaster, took an arrow to the arm, dropped her weapon, and spent the rest of the battle trying to bash goblins' heads in with her shield.



Sique lost an eye in the fighting.



Bababaa permanently lost the use of one of his lungs.

Slanesh the baby was also killed mysteriously.

After the fighting, dwarves were allowed to leave the fortress again. While walking outside, Erizo the hammerdwarf spotted two goblin mace-users huddled in a passage.



Erizo slew one of the goblins with his hammer. The other fled.

All of this, it seems, was retribution for slaying Smunsto Evildragon, who was no longer counted among the goblin rulers.

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh god damnit... and I was just promoted too!!!
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some views of the mountain in 3D.


From the bottom of the mountain looking up.


A view of the whole mountain. The beginning of the stairs are in the red circle
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