A day earlier, after reaching the huge cavern where the troll encounter happened more than a month ago, the party, lead by Shavinski The Orc Slayer, decides to head east. The ranger, Davian Urthadar, is able to track more bugbear tracks.
Later in the day the party is attacked by what are 2 wandering rust monsters. The paladin, Lady Krisnda, her armor and sword are attacked. A hit crumbles them onto the floor into a heap of rust.
10 miles west of The Jewel River
The day is clear with highs in the low 80’s and a nice cool evening in the mid 60’s.
Dusk settles over the open plains. A small hill to the south goes on for more and a 1/4 of a mile
Arnulth, Royal Herald of Ulek and his army of dwarfs, humans, and elves, are less than 1/2 an hour away from the battle. He and one of his most trusted of companions, Kevmorn Ironhouse. Kevmorn, a dwarf from the Lortmils Mountains, has fought bravely for Prince Olinstaad Corond of Gryrax for many decades. He was there during The Hateful Wars, and is here now to once again serve his king. He knew Gustav and was devastated when he heard of his death. “Every orc I can kill will serve as revenge for each of my brothers and sisters that have fallen,” he says. “There have been many…”
Scouts report that the orc and goblin army are waiting straight ahead. They are being lead by an orc called Thragguk of the Salburner orcs, and a Goblin leader called Xeromn Bigtooth of the Hill Beater goblins. They are mocking Ulek by sacrificing a female slave. She can be heard screaming and pleading for her life as Thragguk, their leader, allows his orcs to rape her and then cook her alive. “Come enjoy a taste,” he screams out.
Scouts again report back to Arnulth, Royal Herald of Ulek. “The goblin army is taking over the hill. There are hundreds of them with spears and short bows,” says one of the halflings.