Planning for Pelycor
Played on November 18th, 2012
August 22, 21 Years After the Departure (Atd)
During the last two days of our visit there Soniah was questioning
a lot of elves about their view on the use of magic, and whether it
was possible to use magic without the goddess. Lots of elves were
confused; as they held the belief in the singular goddess, they found
it hard to combine the softer core values of Hareke with Soniah’s
apparent hard fire based magic. Even when Soniah pointed out that fire
did occur as a natural phenomenon, this was a hard pill to swallow,
and so she emerged not much wiser. It seemed that a trip to the famous
elvish library would be made in the future.
Meanwhile, Tharen, Taithir and me busied ourselves cleaning up
an old shrine (an Arnsach in elvish) to Hareke; it was overgrown
and neglected. While doing so we did attract a lot of attention,
but I was too absorbed by the feeling of this forest to really try
and convert some of the elves in joining us. I did notice that most
of the elves fascinated by our progress looked pretty young; there
even was a mother and son who visited a few times a day.
On the morning of the 22nd of August, Zalyna visited us and
announced that they were ready to move out. And so we returned to
Northmeadow. Luckily for me, Boulder planned to take the same route
back, and I would see the waterfall again.
While traveling we sure did not see how many elves had joined
us. Aside from the occasional rustle, and Zalyna checking in on our
progress we did not see much. That is, until we came to the site of
the waterfall; there even our unseen companions showed themselves and
witnessed the profound serenity of the place. The moment we had to
leave again, most of the elves again disappeared from sight. Their
ability to hide was uncanny, rivaled only by Tharen.
That did change however once we arrived at the edge of the
forest. Immediately we were surrounded by the group of Elves who did
not appear to have heard of any marching order or direction. Soniah
discussed this with Zalyna, who thought it strange that we would think
of a frontal assault on a city; she much preferred doing quick stabs on
the enemy. I could tell that Soniah did not like this fact at all.
The moment we arrived at Northmeadow we were greeted by some bad
news. Apparently the greyskins in Griffinvale were sufficiently annoyed
at our regular raids on their supplies from our base in Sowend forest,
that they had begun to strike back. Our forces there did not manage
to keep control of the highways.
This news sent Boulder in an outrage. He slammed the door on his
war room and spent the next hour cursing so loud that we all heard
it through the wooden door. That did seem to do the trick though,
as next he invited us in to discuss our next plans.
Vaal had received reports of the scouts sent to investigate Pelycor;
they told us that the city had four gates. It was surrounded by a wall
of earth with a palisade on top, and lots of spikes extruding such
that it would be impossible to scale the walls from the outside. The
scouts had not seen much greyskin activity, other than the regular
supply wagons entering and leaving the city.
After a lengthy discussion during which multiple paths of attack
were considered, including setting fire to the wall, or entering from
the south entrance, we settled on a frontal assault on Pelycor while
the Elves busied themselves with harassing Caranthor. We hoped that the
greyskins would sent most of their army from Pelycor to Caranthor as
long as the Elves started the harass before our army was visible.
That elicited a comment from Zalyna who was not that amused at having
to travel all the way to Northmeadow before having to travel back
again, but she did see the value in planning the attack this way.
The elves quickly said their goodbyes and were off; we would have
to move our armies in position before we started to move, so Boulder
made sure that the bulk of our army was on the move and would be
ready to go in a week.