The Principality of Ulek
Quick on and off sprinkles of rain throughout the day make for a muddy mess as soldiers by the thousands train and stay warmed up. The dead pile up as clerics do what they can to give them all the passages to their Gods they deserve.
Better late than never, Auron Blackmore, and a small group of elite dwarfs from the city of Gryrax, finally makes it to the battlefield.
The adventurers describe the battle against the necromancer and his army of undead. The necromancer escaped. They also describe the halfling thief they caught and the assassin that showed up and helped him escape. Shavinski is weary of Auron and insists the clerics verify it is really him.
A military dwarf, he looks battered and exhausted from war interrupts,
“It is rumored that two months ago, a strange visitor arrived from the south. He rode a monstrous skeletal drider and bore a sealed letter from Stalman Klim, High Priest of the Earth Dragon. The visitor, a necromancer named Braxem, proposed an alliance with Klim in exchange for permission to use the numerous dead bodies available in the conquered Wild Coast. In turn, the wizard would provide undead troops and magical assistance for the Slavers. Our spies have confirmed this to be true. There is no doubt that was him. May the Gods protect our pups.”
Like the others, Auron will lead an army of 200 fighters. More than 2,000 men, dwarfs, and elves will march south to The Jewel River where scouts have confirmed an army of more than 2500 orcs, goblins, bug-bears, and ogres are heading north to The Principality.
You will meet them head on.
The camps is on high alert. Just a day ago an assassin successfully pulled off helping another assassin (the captured halfling) escape. They are both still at large. The consistent rain will not allow for any real tracking.
Are there more spies? All day and night clerics cast detect evil and detect lie as they go up and down the ranks checking as many soldiers, commanders, anyone that they can. One of the human soldiers is obviously lying. He tries to make a run for it but is cornered. He takes out several others before being knocked unconscious. He is barely alive and immediately taken to the prison cells of Havenhill. His forearm bares the mark of The Brotherhood. He will be questioned before hanging in the City of Gryrax.
When asked by the priests if there are any more spies he answers no. You know he is not lying because of the detect lie spell. More than likely an assassin or spy is sent in with little or no knowledge other than what his mission is. When asked if his mission was to kill the Prince he answers yes. Other than when under a spell he does not speak at all.
Because it is not safe The Prince only surrounds himself with his most loyal of guards. Prisoners are chained inside their cells. Double watch for everyone. The troops are exhausted. Barely sleeping.