So it begins. The marshalling rally today went well. The militia numbers are better than expected and their fervor for battle, after Durkik Forgeheart’s compelling words, is at an all time high. As they begin their march to the walls of Bordrin’s Watch, I pray to Moradin that their lives may be spared and that they may return soon.
I have the utmost confidence that the tunnels below the Stonehome Mountains will be sealed before the main Orc forces can get through.
Meagan Swiftbladeand her Freeriders have been tasked with sealing the tunnels directly below Bordrin’s Watch. As this is directly under our main force I doubt the Orcs will attempt to infiltrate here. In the event there are no signs for Orc infiltrators, the Freeriders are first to proceed directly through the tunnels into the Orc held lands, reconnoiter the situation there and then upon their return seal the tunnels. A difficult task, but they may be able to gather additional information that could tip the scales of war our way.
That damn Edgar Sommerfieldand his group the Farstriders met with me earlier in the day and petitioned for the most difficult of the two tunnel missions left. I was tempted to deny his petition just to spite him, but given our other options, he and his group are the best choice. They are to enter the Vents, navigate the immense natural labirynth, and make contact with the Dwarven sect from the Monastary of the Sundered Chain that guard the Vent tunnels. If the Vents have already been infiltrated, as our spies have believe they have, the Farstriders will force their way through to the Nexus and seal the tunnels themselves.
Unbeknownst to most, Sommerfield also petitioned on behalf of a hodge-podge group of inexperienced adventurers for the third tunnel mission. I don’t know why he would do this, as it is out of character for him, but he did. And just as he said would happen, when the task was presented to the remaining Adventuring Groups, they were the first to volunteer for the mission. They are certainly stout of heart. As this is really not much more than a messenger task, I actually believe Sommerfield was trying to keep this group out of harms way – could the brave, coldhearted warrior have a soft spot for this inexperience group of adventurers?
All they have to do is travel to the Monastary of the Sundered Chain and advise the monks there that they need to seal the tunnels below. There is no intelligence stating these tunnels have been discovered, but we don’t want to take a chance. We provided the group with transport, a few horses and a buckboard wagon; one of the group claims horses do not do well with her; however it may actually be the other way around. Either way, they started off this morning.
Moradin be with us all.
Elder Cadrick, Overlook Council