on our way back to the valley from the hobgoblin mountains we received a message from an eagle rider that the northern human village was pillaged. we send a return message to send 150 hobgoblins to patrol the northern borders. After training the southern hobgoblins for two weeks we receive a message that the 8000 other hobgoblins are on their way. we send scouts to the north to spy on the orcs. we send a messenger to the port for supplies. we send another messenger to the goat herders to train the hobgoblins in mountain/guerrilla warfare and survival in the mountains. we send another messenger to the dwarves fro supplies. at this point we were extremely low on food for the army. we assign the druids at the grove to research the food rock in hopes of reproducing it.
we receive a message from our scouts that there is lots of smoke at orc capitol. we go to investigate with a backup team of ten hobgoblins. on our second day out, we reach the foot of the mountains and kill six stirges. two days after that we find the body of a dead orc in jet black full plate armor. he has a symbol on him of a red circle with a black skull inside; he also has brass knuckles and a starstone and one weeks of rations. we loot his body. for a weapon he had a broken halberd, but it was broken. we guess the body was 3 days old. after two more days we reach the capitol. we find nothing left, it was completely burned. we also see the body of Arshak surrounded by piles of orc bodies in the black plate. we send a report to Johnny Strongman who talks to Rastafan. while there, we are attacked by 8 of the black orcs. we kill 2 of them, and the rest run away when Ryan the Druid calls down a lightning bolt. we follow them to a cave/hole in the ground. Rav uses a magic item to become ethereal and goes in. he finds a group inside that have gathered all the armor from the corpses. he doesn’t understand orcish very well, but hears the names Arugathan and vorshak and understand that they mean to attack the valley. he also hears mention of the drow. he comes back and tells the rest of the group. we cause the hole to cave in and then search for the normal orcs who were here in the past. we find useful items have been stolen from their dwellings, but not loot or treasure. we do not find anyone else. Ryan the Druid speaks with a goat kid and learns that 1,000 black orcs came from the north and made a camp one mile south from our position, and also that they seemed to fight better in daylight. we again send a message to Johnny Strongman who decides to hold a war council. we spy on the black orc camp. i thas lots of guards with torches. Ryan the Druid convinces a rabbit to spy for us. we send a message to johnny to station a northern border patrol, and then begin our journey to return to the valley.
on our third day we are ambushed by 6 human bandits.we killed four of them including a high level magic user. one ran away, and one surrendered. we interrogate the one we captured. he says that the mage was the half brother of both Rastafan and Arshak, somehow the two were related. he claims he did not know the orc capitol had been overrun. says his group came from the goat herder territory and agrees to convince them to help fight black orcs. informs us that when one of their group had put on the black armor, they turned into a creature similar to the zombies in the I AM LEGEND movie. he also agrees to scout out a place where we can fight orcs and have the advantage. we loot the dead bodies. we return to the valley after a total of a week of travel.
while we were gone an envoy from norwold has arrived. we meet with the southern hobgoblin leader , our generals, Johnny Strongman, Secaro, an elf name dsilvester, and the norwoldian ambassadors. we learn johnny has had a division trained for mountainous combat, and that there have been two reported cases of cannibalism among the hobgoblins. norwold offers their friendship and desires an embassy with us.
we learn that the leader of the orcs is an elf and claims to be the new king of norwold. he desires to conquer our valley. he is working with the drow and the deurgar. the black orcs are drones, they can see in day light without penalty and are afraid of magic. the black armor is made by the drow. if an orc wearing the armor tries to desert or be disobedient he will be killed by the armor. the thyatian empire won’t help us because they have a civil war. the enemy, or black orcs has wyverns in their control also. Norwold decides to send an expedition of adventurers to kill the elf king and his drow conspirators.
we attack and defeat the army of 1000 black orcs preparing to attack the valley. we cptured their leader and 240 prisoners. we lost 1190 troops. we killed a drow assassin who was sniping. we investigate the camp and find 25 goblin slaves, enough food for 1000 troops for 8 weeks, 10,000 gold peices, drow weapons and armor, and tracks leading away from the battle. we find the tracks lead to the hoe we found earlier and it has been cleared out. we tell the southern hobgoblins to return to their tribes and we send a drill instructor to each tribe. the rest of our army returns to the valley.
Pre Battle Dispositions
Battle of Zootem