Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Under Siege|
We had left the horses in Crossing and continued on foot. Summer was almost over even if it was still warm. We were a half day away from Blue Pass when the first large hunting party of orcs almost walked into us. We had dropped packs and were waiting with our bows. I think we caught them completely by surprise because we were able to empty our quivers.
I tossed my bow aside and pulled my short swords before moving to the left. Aveline was moving right as I slid an old rusted sword aside and used my other sword to slice open the orc’s belly. Three came at me at once as I tried to step back. I blocked two but the rusty sword the third swung slammed into my side.
I grunted as I brought my arm down to trap it and jabbed into the orc’s throat. I blocked another sword and parried a second before lunging to stab one. I yanked the blade out and kept moving as a sword slashed into my back and I stabbed into the last one in front of me. I spun and brushed another sword away before slashing across the throat of the last orc close to me.
I moved towards Aveline as she faced the last two. She cut one open and took the arm of the other. I arrived and cut its throat before I looked around. We knelt together and cleaned our weapons before going to pull arrows out and kill any orc still alive. We broke all the weapons and cleaned arrows before shouldering our packs.
There were signs of large orc hunting parties everywhere. We watched another party several hours later. It was going out from the empty and harvested fields that were around Blue Pass fortress. I had a bad feeling as we moved to the edge of the forest and looked out at the army of orcs camped around the fortress.
We moved back and I gestured to the east side of the pass. We moved around staying in the forest until we were directly to the east of the fortress. I headed towards a ridge and glanced around when I came to what looked like a rock wall. I took my pack off and held it and stepped into a niche and turned to edge around to the left into a narrow opening.
It turned back to the right and into a dark cave. I opened my pack and pulled out a small candle and lit it. I looked around and carried my pack to the back where a shelf had been carved into the rock. Aveline had followed and set her pack beside mine, “what are we going to do?”
I grinned as I pulled my dark cloak out and started for the opening, “kill orcs and break the siege.”
She snorted but followed with her cloak. After I blew the candle out I set it on a tiny ledge above my head in the niche. I listened before stepping out and headed towards the fields, “most of the orcs are going to be asleep. I want to try sneaking into one of the command tents and cutting a few throats.”
We moved through the forest to the edge of the fields before watching the orc camp. We moved to a dry watering ditch and slipped out and into the field and started crawling. When we reached the edge of the camp I stood slowly and started walking with my cloak around me. We reached the large central tent and I glanced around and pulled my long knives.
We could hear loud snoring from inside and looked at each other before ducking in. A dozen orcs were scattered around the tent and we split up. I stabbed into the first behind his ear and into his brain. It jerked and spasmed but didn’t make a lot of noise as it died. Less than two minutes and they were all dead.
I looked at Aveline and grinned as I moved the commander’s bed to one side. I began digging where it had been until I had a large enough hole. I moved the orc clan treasure chest before covering it with dirt and moving the bed back. I used a candle wick and lit it before we left. We moved north through the camp and into the next.
Again we entered the large central tent and killed all the orcs silently before burying their treasure. We were walking away when the first tent burst into flames. We were crawling through the fields towards the forest before the camps awoke and rushed to the burning tent. By the time we slipped into the forest the second was on fire and burning.
We moved all the way around to the north side and looked at better made tents. Aveline whispered in my ear, “dark brothers.”
I gestured to the standard and she shrugged, “Frost mountain.”
I nodded and stepped out and started walking. I walked up behind a dark brother between the tents watching the other camps and the burning tents. One hand went around to his chin and the other to the back of his head before I grabbed and twisted. His neck popped and he dropped to the ground and I looked around before pulling him behind a tent.
I peeked into one tent and gestured to Aveline who followed as I went in. I used short swords as I moved through the tent killing dark brothers with Aveline beside me. We slipped out and moved back to the forest. We moved back to the east and to the cave. We drank water and rested and I thought of other things we could do.
It was dark when we came out and headed back towards the fortress. We walked across the fields, the orcs were on the far side in ranks facing the fortress. The large command tent we entered had two guards. We killed them quietly as they looked towards the fortress and the other orcs. Inside I moved the bed and we dug a hole and put the clan treasure chest in it.
We buried it and spread the dirt before moving the bed back. Like before we set a fuse to start a fire before leaving. We moved through the camps to another command tent to repeat what we had done. As the orcs attacked the fortress we ended up in the dark brother camp. It was easy to slip up on the few left to guard their tents.
Unlike the orcs who carried their clan treasure the dark brothers only brought what they needed. We set a fuze burning in each tent before leaving. We were in the darkness at the back of the camps when the fires were noticed and the orcs broke off the attack. At first they were confused and those inside the walls killed a lot as they milled around.
They didn’t attack again during the night and we slipped away and across the fields. I knew the dark brothers would try to track and find us but we needed to eat. In the forest we set snares and traps. It was after the sun came up before we made our way back to the cave. We ate cold rations and slept for a few hours.
It was noon before we came out and headed back to the camp. The orcs hadn’t learned, they only had a few guards and most of those were asleep. This time we headed towards the largest orc command tent. We were watching and before we reached the tent I pointed out several dark brothers.
They were watching as they hid among the smaller shelters. We split up and silently stalked them and killed them quietly with long knives. When it was clear we moved to the large tent and I snapped the neck of both guards. We peeked before entering the tent and moved to each orc.
A knife into the brain killed them quietly and then we buried the treasure before setting a fuze burning. We managed three tents before the first burst into flame and we headed for the forest. We had just reached it when the large party of dark brothers attacked. I pulled my short swords and stepped into the pattern.
I crossed in front of Aveline and sliced the belly of the first one open as I slid his blade away with my other sword. I continued to move as I deflected swords and stabbed another through the arm and twisted as I yanked the sword free. Aveline moved smoothly and had taken two brothers that had rushed in.
I moved back to the left and she crossed in front of me. I slashed the throat of a brother that was focused on her and blocked another’s sword before taking his hand. They had yelled when they first attacked and I was afraid the orcs would come. The orcs were yelling as they watched the three tents burn so none heard the dark brothers.
I killed another with a stab under his arm and into his heart as he turned to lunge towards Aveline. I moved back and crossed in front of her after she had killed two more and wounded two others. Only four remained and they were trying to escape but were to close. I blocked two swords as one fell with Aveline’s sword in his chest.
The other one facing her attacked since one of her swords had been pulled away. She pulled a long knife as she slid his sword aside and moved in to cut his throat. The two facing me spun to flee. I plunged a sword through a back and the other sword into the neck of the other. I looked around and knelt to clean my weapons.
Aveline retrieved her sword and cleaned her weapons. We took a few minutes to break weapons before leaving. I sprinkled demon pepper dust around as we carefully moved away from the cave. We went north through the pass and then across to the west side before going back to the south.
The camps on this side had not been touched and had guards out now. I was thinking of something different and we slipped into the camps and to the supplies before sprinkling demon pepper powder over everything.
After we returned to the forest we moved back to the dark brother camp. We watched for a couple of hours before I saw something that made me move. The leader of the dark brothers wore a frost diamond studded choker. I saw him walk to the area they were using as a bathroom. I moved quickly but quietly and went around and came up behind him.
He snarled when I approached and started to turn his head. I reached around and caught the chin as my other hand grabbed the back of his head. I twisted and his neck popped as it snapped and he dropped. I knelt and stripped the choker off and took the star silver sword he wore before breaking his other weapons.
I moved away and back to Aveline who grinned as we moved back into the forest and started around to the east. Before the sun set both the orcs and the dark brothers were fighting each other. Once it was dark we moved in and began killing orcs that strayed into the dark. We stalked the edges of the camp and made several complete circles.
We were to the north when I heard the worgs howling. I glanced at Aveline before moving to the trail and pulling Reaper. There had to be at least a couple of dozen in the pack that trotted up the trail. We were wearing dark cloaks and they were not expecting us to be enemy. As the first pair reached us I stepped into the pattern, “Reaper!”
I swung up and to the side and cut the throat of the first worg and turned to bring the blade down and through the neck of another. I moved into the pack and Aveline followed to kill the orcs I left alive. I stabbed into the huge chest of another worg as it lunged and yanked out the blade. I slashed to the side and into another worgs neck before moving the other way.
I plunged the sword through a worg neck and ripped it out and swung as I kept moving. The night around us seemed to move in slow motion as we killed worgs and orcs. I brought my blade around and down into the side of the last worg and twisted as I pulled it out. I slashed across into the orc’s throat that staggered to his feet.
I looked around at the bloody battlefield before looking at Aveline who looked calm as she knelt to clean her swords. I grinned as I knelt to clean mine and then stood and started towards the forest on the west side of the trail. Aveline joined me as we entered the darker shadows, “that was fun.”
I smiled and kept moving and began to head south. When the sun began to rise we were once more watching from behind bushes. The army was moving north in groups and small fights and battles continued to flare up. Once they were gone we went to retrieve our packs and weapons and walked back to the fortress.
It was several minutes of us banging on the south gate before it was opened. Samson snorted when we walked in, “I knew it was you.”
I tossed the dark brother choker and sword, “wake us in the morning.”
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