Siege Campaign

Day 6

From the Journal of Elion Wyrmfang

At this morning’s Defense Council meeting, John reported that the Imperial troops were most adversely affected by his destruction of the bridge at Aluren’s Crossing. Not only will it stop them from moving their supply wagons and any siege weapons they possess north of the river, but he believes many of their troops were on the bridge when he detonated it. Though no bodies have been found in the river or bay thus far, it is possible that the stone bridge created a blockade upriver that prevents anything as large as a man from floating as far as New Sandrith. I look forward to hearing from Captain Iver’s scouts when they return today with a new figure regarding the number and disposition of the Imperial forces.

Also of importance were the magnifying crystals that Tuuli used to such effect in the rout of the canyon reinforcements. In a manner that was not fully disclosed to me and involved no fewer than 15 members of the Watch storming Acaelus‘s house, Elspeth’s and my team was able to acquire the aid of the Wizards of the Coast in procuring the spell crystal. Their aid will be valuable in many more aspects of the city’s defense, and however their help was acquired, I couldn’t be happier to finally have them on board.

Our victories have not been without cost, however. A native son of New Sandrith has been the first to fall in her defense. Nazir Grax fell in combat today against both the Talons of Tiamat and the treacherous Blue Shield mercenaries who once defended this city alongside him. Though his bravery and the unexpected aid of Lewyth Aedoc allowed our forces to carry the day, Nazir has fallen beyond our ability to restore him. I’m told his body will be taken to the Temple of Bahamut for cremation, as is the custom of those devoted to the Platinum Dragon. Though his sacrifice accomplished much, my mind is heavy with the knowledge that he will almost certainly not be the last soldier I will lose holding New Sandrith. I thought enough men and women had fallen in its taking two years ago, but it seems the gods have decreed that this city be the pivot on which Shadow’s fate turns.

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Days 4 and 5

From the journal of Watch Captain Fynwick Iver

Day 4, 6:00 AM

We gathered for another Council meeting this morning. Mayor Darvil continued his policy of non-involvement, Kellar still wants us to roll over, Arn refuses to face reality, Shirish will do whatever Elspeth and Elion Wyrmfang‘s team tell her to, Illendra has no interest in the city’s well-being, and General Charack is being even more aggressive than usual. I’m doing what I can outside of the group, but I’m afraid it won’t be enough.

Day 4, 9:00 AM

I’m still keeping an eye on Elspeth’s team. I’m not sure I trust all of them. The Blue Shield mercenary may be dragonborn, but it’s hard to say where his loyalties lie now. John is a capable fighter and seems to be a soldier by profession, but my men report he brings an inordinate amount of supplies back to his room and makes frequent journeys out of municipal housing at night. I’ve had Themis try to break into his room to see what he’s hiding, but his attempts were unsuccessful. Unfortunately, the Watch does not have access to Municipal Housing’s keys. Their viera is as opaque as others of her kind, though she seems to be gathering a lot of information around town. She may be harmless, but I can’t rule out that she may be a spy of some kind, sent to observe the changing political situation in New Sandrith. The Platinum Knights should be trustworthy, at least, though I’ve received reports that Wyrmfang has been in contact with members of the Sa’Kage syndicate.

Day 4, noon

Aluren’s Crossing is to be evacuated and all of its people sent north to camp along the river. John will stay behind and destroy the bridge as the Empire crosses, costing them many lives if their scouts don’t discover his plan. Cold but pragmatic, that one.

Day 4. 9:00 PM

I’ve just returned from reviewing the Watch. The militia’s training is proceeding well, and I’m pleased to have Oswin and the garrison of Winterhaven back under my command. Kemmler has proved himself invaluable in his training of the magekillers, but I wish I had more time to train them.

Day 5, 8:00 AM

In a midnight raid, the Platinum Knights exposed and defeated some Talons of Tiamat operatives south of the city. I have to admit a grudging level of respect for that pair, and it seems their viera friend, too.

Day 5, 1:00 PM

While waiting for John’s return or word from our scouts near Aluren’s Crossing, I’ve decided to accompany Elion’s team to a fortress of sorts they’ve discovered. As it contains one of the silver gazebos, we have to assume it was built by the same civilization that settled the lands around our city. They intend to launch an offensive against the canyon reinforcements from this location tomorrow, and I’d like to review the location for myself.

Day 5, 9:00 PM

No strategy survives contact with the enemy, and this one was no different. While I explored the ruins of a fortress carved into a mountain, Elspeth’s viera apparently rained down spells on the Imperial forces and destroyed many of them. From there, Esili convinced the rest of them to retreat the way they came. Their general seems to have been some trouble, but stories of his deathless nature seem exaggerated. At any rate, they succeeded, and the Empire has been dealt a tremendous blow. I look forward to hearing John’s report in the morning, as he has arrived in New Sandrith ahead of our scouts.

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Day 4, 6:00 AM - Day 5, 12:00 Midnight

From the journal of Elion Wyrmfang

Day Four

After our retreat from Winterhaven, my defense team was in somewhat dire need of healing. Esili especially had been terribly wounded, and it took some time to get them back on their feet again.

During the morning’s meetings, the most relevant subjects of discussion were the division of Imperial forces in the south, the approaching reinforcements in the north and the impending invasion of Aluren’s Crossing. After some discussion, the Council decided that evacuating Aluren’s Crossing took precedence over other actions, though I remain under the impression that Captain Iver has been conducting activities without the Council’s approval, hence his frequent silence during Council meetings where for the first few days there was only dissent.

And so Esili with the aid of Nazir and Friday convinced the people of Aluren’s Crossing to evacuate their town and make camp north along the river. Unbeknownst to the townsfolk, however, was their plan to have John remain in town overnight to destroy the bridge. In this way, we betrayed the dragonborn people. Slowing the enemy advance and disrupting their supply wagons was necessary, but I regret the manner in which it was accomplished. I must commend John’s bravery, however, as he was then forced to swim downriver until a skiff could safely retrieve him, allowing him to finally arrive back in New Sandrith late on day five. But I get ahead of myself.

After his part in leading the refugees north, Nazir worked tirelessly to provision the battlements with stones and rubble to cast down at our enemies when they arrive. The way in which he works, seemingly without sleep, never ceases to amaze me. It’s a shame the Blue Shield got to him before we did. He would have been an asset to our order.

Belen continued reporting to Sami about the movements of the Temple of Tiamat, and a few hours after midnight, she came to my door most unceremoniously to inform me that she’d taken a Talons of Tiamat operative hostage. Apparently she and Esili had conducted a midnight raid on a location south of the city that I’m told was once a temple of Setesh. Their activities were observed and aided by Tuuli who it appears is responsible in some way for the subsequent destruction of several of the temple’s walls. Needless to say, the structure is now quite unsafe.

Despite my concerns about the Talons of Tiamat still presumably camped in the south, the party was loathe to face them without John’s help, and so they divided to accomplish disparate tasks. Tuuli seems to have disappeared for a time, Sami took her pegasus friend for a flight around the city, Nazir continued his work on the walls and Esili and her golden eagle scouted the reinforcements in the north. What Esili found there is still unclear to me.

Upon her return, Esili gathered the rest of her force (excluding John, of course, as he was still traveling downriver) and took them and Captain Iver back to a fortress of some kind that she had found. Apparently it contains one of our silver gazebos along with some other fantastic artifacts of a magical nature. When they returned from the fortress, they reported that the northern reinforcements had been routed. There was also talk of a resurrecting fire genasi and crystals that act as some kind of spell cannon. We’ll have to bring those back to the city for testing and possible use in the city’s defense.

Also of note is the defection of the Blue Shield Mercenaries. Nazir tells me that the Empire has contracted the entire Blue Shield to aid them in their conquest of their region of space, though such widespread action is unlike the mercenary organization I believed the Blue Shield to be. Regardless, Tristan and his company have withdrawn from New Sandrith, leaving Nazir behind. Fearful of treachery, I checked with the dock clerks to confirm their departure. With so many ships leaving port now, it took some time to find. But finally I was able to confirm that they departed on the Claudia not long after Nazir reported their defection to me.

I must again commend the bravery of the team that Elspeth and I have assembled. They’ve dealt a tremendous blow to the Empire over the past two days. I’m currently awaiting a scouting report regarding the Empire’s movements in the south now that they’ve been unable to use the bridge at Aluren’s Crossing, likely forcing them to leave their supply wagons behind. The only way they could continue to move their full force toward New Sandrith is on the south bank of the river, which would force them to attack from the southern end of town, though that will allow our forces to concentrate their defense on only a small portion of the walls. Only time will tell.

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Party Formed and the Taking of Winterhaven
Days 1 - 4

From the diary of Esili

Day One

I arrived at the council meeting a little late and was seated between a large dragonborn and someone else I am sure was important but I cannot remember. Friday mimicked the various servants and seconds and stood behind me.
After a slow start reiterating that the Empire was coming to attack, the members of task force to which Friday and I were assigned was introduced: Tuuli a brilliant, white elementalist Viera, Nazir the Towering dragonborn next to whom I sat, Sami an Air-genasi, and a Kyton.
At first the council debated whether to hold Winterhaven or not. We then got into a debate on if the Empire was hostile, and if it were if we should fight. After a while of debating all these together, I advised that we attempt negotiations, and if those failed (as I already knew they would), we would slow them at Winterhaven then hold them at New Sandrith until reinforcements arrive.
With some debate, my idea was accepted although many council members seemed to not want to devote their resources to assisting us. My task force was asked to escort Council woman Shirish to the parley with the Empire’s forces and assist in defending Winterhaven.
We left right away after Friday got Tobias’ Hound. We arrived and informed the outpost leader that 25% of the city watch would be coming to bolster the fort. After talking, we set out to parley.
Sami had split from our party and flown on a pegasus and joined us a little after midday and pointed us toward the army. We made first contact with scouts at about dusk. They sent a man to get a commanding officer. The commanding officer was a well decorated man named Quinn who claimed to be the leader of the Imperial army. Whether he meant all of the army or only the part of it on Shadow, i am unsure. I tried to open negotiation – Shirish had frozen at the first sign of weapons -, but he was unbending in his insistence that Shadow was already part of the Empire. Funny, because I don’t remember them helping free the dragonborn from the cult of Setesh.
The “diplomatic” party let us go with our weapons, and we marched most of the night to get back to Winterhaven.
When back at Winterhaven Tuuli, Sami, and the Kyton went back to New Sandrith to inform the council to apprise them of the situation. Nazir, Friday and I stayed in Winterhaven to help prepare for the siege.

Day Two

This morning, Nazir led a few of the men in getting some logs to roll on the enemies when they approached. Due to the lack of man power we were only able to get three 15-foot logs. Later in the day, the rest of our party returned with bad news. We did not get reinforcements, and our garrison was going to be reduced to 20. I was displeased at this news, but being mad at Tuuli would not be any use. She then went to commune with the earth spirits to see what they could do to help.
The Kyton brought through some casks of gunpowder to blow up the outpost should we not hold it. Again, not my something I wanted to do, but others thought it necessary.
That night after a rather drab party, I went out to see if the enemy had any evil monsters or undead that they were using. I determined they did not.

As expected, the Kyton ate only meat at the party, showing himself to be a strict predator. I will have to keep my eyes on him.

Day Three

The morning was tense. We did our best to impede enemy movement and make it easy for us to get to the gazebo should we need to.
The enemy army came at midday and after only four minutes of fighting, their mages let loose a wall of magic missiles that nearly killed the majority of us. From what I’ve been told, those that did not go down carried the rest of us through the portal.
Those that were awake sought healing and reported the loss. The rest of us were taken wherever to be healed.
Our party getting healed was made difficult due to Elion Wyrmfang ordering those that knew about the impending siege to keep it quiet against the council’s orders. Apparently he has forgotten the importance of propaganda since the Liberation War.
Sami and Friday made a scene in the Temple of Bahamut because they refused to help heal her. I cannot say I blame her for her displeasure – an order founded on order and structure must also have a basis in loyalty – but she ought to have appealed the order before resorting to violence.

Day Four

The priest that healed me in the morning were talking about Sami’s outburst. I did my best to hold my tongue and not tell them that they acted as cads when they refused to help.
Friday came and told me that we were expected in the Council chamber for another planning session.
When we got there Sami seemed less upset, and Tuuli’s arms were stained brown. According to Nazir she spent the whole night meditating with her arms burred in the ground.
The council bade us go and find people to help defend from the siege – apparently we were then allowed to tell people about it. The representative of mages Illendra Shardfall was still not being cooperative.

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Before We Get Started...
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Secret: [Each character needs a secret that the other PCs (and players) don’t know. It can be fairly inconsequential to the story (“I killed a man in Reno just to watch him die,” “I’m a man trying to pass as a woman”) or of great importance to the task at hand (“I’m actually just here to kill the mayor of New Sandrith”). This should not be shared with any of the other players, and with a little bit of creativity and a lot of secrecy, this stands to be lots of fun.]

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