Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Rebuilding Glimmer|
We returned to Blue Pass with all the elves but they continued on, they were returning to Green Heart. Surprisingly only two had been killed but several had been wounded. Aveline and I patrolled south several times to guide soldiers from King’s Pass. It was almost spring and we had returned for a bit of rest.
I glanced at the commander when he and another came to our table. Aveline glanced at them when they sat and I leaned back, “we just returned.”
The commander nodded, “I know. The king is sending men to Glimmer. Both to rebuild it and to start running patrols.”
I glanced at Aveline, “the way south from Glimmer isn’t easy unless they plan to use the hidden stair and the old troll cave.”
He smiled, “which is why I thought of you. You have been in the cave and seen the stairs. Is the cave large enough to make it into a stable or barracks?”
I thought about it and nodded, “I would say yes to a barracks. You could put a stable there but keeping supplies to feed them, especially in the winter wouldn’t work.”
He nodded and looked at the other man, “This is engineer Allison. He was thinking the same but they still want to look at Glimmer and maybe try to rebuild it.”
I looked at Aveline and she smiled, “it might be fun.”
I snorted but nodded to the commander, “we could escort them and spend a little time there.”
He stood, “good. Take Mr Allison to Crossing where his men are waiting.”
The trip to Crossing was easy but leading his men who had wagons wasn’t. We had to scout the way ahead while watching for orcs. The month to Glimmer took six weeks with the wagons. I walked into the area in front of the troll cave and sniffed but the smell was old. Aveline grinned as she headed for the cave and I went after her.
She was very quiet when she saw all the bones. I turned when Allison came in and his face went white. I took my pack off and pulled out a lantern before crossing to the stairs. I set my pack aside and started up with Aveline and Allison following. The stairs went in and began going back and forth as they climbed what had once been a crack.
Most of the stairs were made from cut stone. Fifteen hundred steps later we came to where the stairs were blocked by fallen stones. Allison moved closer to look before snorting, “these are loose and will be easy to clear.”
I smiled, “it will be the climb up the men won’t like.”
He nodded and we turned to climb down. The men were already moving the skeletons out and two large pits had been dug a little way from the cave. One for the foul ones and another for the elves or men. We began to do patrols while the men cleared the cavern and then the stairs. Once the stairs were clear we move up into the ruins and began patrolling to the north.
It was a few weeks before we saw the party of dark brothers. They were scouting the edge of the mountains to the west with a lot more following. Aveline whispered in my ear, “they are migrating.”
I nodded as I watched the dark brothers but when one slipped out of the brush and pointed back towards Glimmer I stiffened. Aveline hissed as I nocked an arrow and aimed before releasing. She was right behind me and her arrow took the scout leader while mine took the one that had come out of the brush.
We kept shooting as the dark brothers scattered. We moved forward and after them and killed those we found. We finally turned and headed straight back to Glimmer to give the men a warning. If dark brothers knew they might attack but more than likely they would bring orcs. It was two days before we reached the fortress.
The outer walls were the first they had started working on and they had done away with the gates. A rope ladder hung down on one side and we climbed up before pulling it over the wall. While we had been out two more parties of men had arrived with supplies to help. Most were up here while a few were cutting trees below.
They were building a wall around the cave entrance and the area they kept the horses. I found Allison and told him and he nodded, “we have been expecting it.”
He turned to call another man and they started keeping sentries on the wall. I slipped out with Aveline and moved into the brush as we headed north again. When we reached the foothills we began to search. We moved slowly and stayed in the brush and finally found the dark elf watchers. There were four and hidden in two trees, we moved closer and killed them.
We moved out further and found the clan of dark brothers a couple of days away. They were camped beside a stream and by the look they were getting ready for a fight. We were on a low rise a few hundred paces away. We stayed for another two days before we saw the first orc army and turned to head back to Glimmer.
We moved quickly and walked day and night and made it in just two days. Allison had sent riders with spare horses to both the elves at Saladen’s Keep and another to King’s Pass. We slept for a half day before going out and to the north. We made a blind to keep watch a day from Glimmer and settled down to wait.
We were up on one of the mountains and hidden with a view that extended for leagues to the north. It was a week before I shifted and reached out to wake Aveline, “they are coming.”
She sat up and came to kneel beside me. In the distance we could see a larger army of orcs. I smiled, “I don’t see the dark brothers.”
Aveline snorted, “they might not come. They might continue to the east. They will let the orcs do their work.”
I glanced at her and turned to grab my pack, “time to go.”
We ran most of the way back and pulled up the rope ladder. The fortress was full of men and we looked at each other as Allison came towards us with two men and two elves. After we told them about the orcs they began to plan. I glanced at Aveline, “want to bet they send someone around to the cave?”
She thought about it before nodding. I sighed as we headed towards the stairs and started down. The area behind the walls was filled with horses and wagons. The walls were not even close to being tall enough to stop a force attacking it. Aveline shook her head as we pushed through and went out the gate.
They had cut trees down outside the walls which made me winch. I had thought about it and there was a rugged narrow pass to the west. We walked into the forest on the other side of the clearing and continued to the west. We reached the mouth of the pass and that was where we found the camp of dark brothers.
There were at least fifty and they were wearing chain shirts. I looked at Aveline and she shook her head as she took her quiver off. We hid our bows and quivers before pulling our short swords and starting around one side to come in behind them. One dark brother stepped out from behind a bush and I lunged and stabbed up under his chin and into his head.
He jerked and spasmed as I lowered him to the ground. I glanced towards the camp but they had not heard. Once we were in place I glanced at Aveline and nodded before walking out of the brush and into the camp. I stabbed into the throat of one and slashed around and down into the back of another’s neck.
Aveline had stepped into the pattern and killed two more as I yanked my blades free and shifted and stepped while bringing one around. I cut a throat and stabbed into another’s thigh before ripping the blade out and cutting the arteries. I stepped and turned and slid a sword away and into another dark brother as my other sword took a hand.
I spun and moved forward and right towards Aveline and stabbed a dark brother in the back of his neck. I ripped the blade out as I stepped and deflected another sword to the side and down on another dark brother. I stabbed into the exposed groin of one that turned from Aveline and put my sword through the forearm and wrist of another.
I twisted and yanked both free as I continued to follow the steps. I crossed in front of Aveline who attacked those following me while I went after those attacking her. I stabbed my right sword through one’s mouth and it was ripped away when he turned and fell. I slid my left sword towards another as I pulled my long knife.
I impaled the wrist of a dark brother and twisted. I brought my sword around to strike into his throat as I turned and stepped back towards Aveline. It was only moments before she lost one of her swords in a dark brother. I lunged and left my knife in the throat of another trying to throw a spike.
I deflected another sword and buried my sword in his groin as I reached up and back to pull Reaper. I moved to the side and turned as I brought it around and down. The blade sliced into a neck as I turned and brought it back and brushed a sword away. I continued to move and step as I brought it back and up into the inner thigh of a dark brother.
Blood fountained out as I brought Reaper back and lunged to sink the point into another’s throat. I twisted and slashed to the side to deflect another sword as I reached Aveline. I crossed in front of her as she turned and lunged into one of the dark brothers following me. That was enough for them because they turned to flee back into the pass.
I looked around before we moved through the ones on the ground and made sure they were dead. We took their weapons and the chain shirts they wore and hid everything. We cleaned our weapons before going to get our bows and quivers. We headed into the pass and stopped a few hours in, both sides were steep with loose shale rock.
I grinned and nodded up and to the left and Aveline snorted as she began to climb. We only went up about forty paces and stopped between two very large boulders. We took our packs off and sat to wait for the dark brothers to return. It was a few hours before we heard something and stood with our bows ready.
Tall orcs like we had seen in elvenhome marched in the front. In the moonlight we could see they were not wearing armor. They were carrying the ancient spears and I looked at Aveline before I pulled the string back. Once they were below us we fired and I pulled another arrow. We had fired six each before the orcs saw us and tried to attack.
Of course it was up a steep sloop with sliding shale and we emptied our quivers before they got close. I pulled my throwing spikes and threw and Aveline copied me until we ran out. I tossed my bow behind us and pulled Reaper since it had a longer reach. Once they got closer we began to push the spears aside and lunge down and into their throats.
Before long orc bodies were underfoot or rolling down the steep slope. Finally they turned to run and we followed. Once they reached the very narrow and jagged trail they went back into the pass. We cleaned our swords and began pulling out arrows and then spikes. I looked at the white spears and grinned before I started picking them up.
Aveline looked at me before picking up more. We moved deeper into the pass and crossed to climb the steep side and move into several large boulders. I put the armful of spears down and we began to wait. It wasn’t long before more orcs appeared but they were watching the other side with several files scrambling along the slope.
When they came into range I put an arrow into the chest of the one leading. Like before we emptied our quivers long before they could reach us. Once I ran out of arrows I set my bow aside and began to throw spears. Aveline laughed as she joined me and when we ran out we used throwing spikes.
The orcs turned and fled before we ran out. Once they were gone we started picking up spears and pulling arrows and spears out of bodies. We went a little deeper into the pass before climbing back on the side we had started on. This time we were in a crack in a cliff. When they came again it was with a dozen trolls in front.
Aveline groaned but I grinned and lifted my bow and shot one. She hissed but I only waited with another arrow nocked, “when they climb the sloop aim at an eye.”
She laughed and began jeering as the trolls started up the slope with the orcs following. They were within a few paces when Aveline put an arrow through the eye of one troll. It rocked back and fell into those following and two went down. They rolled into the orcs as the body of the troll spasmed and slid.
I shot another from two paces and it roared before Aveline put another arrow through the other eye and it fell. We shot two more and then I set my bow aside and grabbed a spear. When Aveline put an arrow in the next it bellowed and I lunged and stabbed the spear into the open mouth and into its skull.
We killed eight before the trolls turned to leave and smashed through the milling orcs. That was when I went back to using my bow and then we threw spears. Once they were gone we collected the arrows that were not broken and the spears. We started into the pass and the orcs continued to flee.
The sun was up when we turned back to the west and climbed towards Glimmer. The whole area in front of the walls was littered with dead orcs and a dozen chard bodies of trolls. I grinned and we turned to head back to the pass. When we walked up to the gates in the wall it was dark and we had our arms full of weapons and chain shirts.
We stayed another month doing patrols to the north before returning to Blue Pass.
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