They had accomplished more than any could have guessed. The vicious and devious black horned red dragon (they would soon learn goes by the name Reggoth) was routed, leaving the orc innocents and reserves relatively unscathed. And, thanks to exceptional espionage at the bridge, the city was taken with few losses on their side. Garothmuk was gravely wounded in a duel with the hobgoblin general during a Kaumn Guk’taul but was rescued, in a sense, by the golem Glotnum’s disregard for honor. The heroes happened upon the blood spattered scene in the town hall with Glotnum at its center, a silent and still gravestone of gore towering above the dead leader.
The City of Glass outside the town hall was something truly appalling to observe as well. Dead folk tied to posts and spiked through, their faces reflecting the torture they endured before death. Over that, the slaughtered hobble women and children piled on top of the armored soldiers tasked to protect them.
Atop all of that carnage, Gorbash raises the Frost Talon Banners. Above, Tayoth took a final flight around the city before heading off to report to Tessalth, in shame, despite the victory, for him being bested by Reggoth, the black horn.
Restoration and defense work was soon underway. Bodies of the slain were burned together in great piles in the outskirts of the city. Boaz established a safe radius for some ways beyond the central city, most of which is worked farmland. His efforts at Maddiston informed him of supernatural ways to spur the growth of plants. These methods were employed to push for a new harvest before the weather becomes too inclement. Orcs were tasked at harvesting in an effort to restore some of the destroyed winter stores.
Along with the winter stores, glass lane was ravaged and the docks were burned when the hobgoblins fled the city. It was certainly an orchestrated effort on their part. Efficient, if not a bit suspicious. Did they intend to lose this city?
Sol’cas visited those half-ruined docks where he encountered several traders and fishermen essentially stranded. He learned what he could of the area from them, and ultimately convinced a few brave kin to take him overseas in the hobgoblin infested waters to fish out a pirate enterprise in hopes of taking advantage of their ships and men to take back the seas from the hobgoblin incursion. Unfortunately, more urgent needs arose.
Guthug isolated himself in the wilds one evening to commune with the nature surrounding. He brought with him the scale that detects dragons at some distance to warn of an incoming attack. The scale warned of dragonkin in mass and direction, but with some communing, he was able to improve its precision to a pinpoint, even seeing in his mind’s eye an image of the detected dragonkin in a close radius. With this, he detected the incoming Tayoth, who returns in some haste with dire news.
That news? The Bone Delta in Randewarne and Celdvel in Ashenfeld were raided by hobgoblins near the same time the assault of Shalwen was underway. The raids were quick and precise. What was lost? Many lives, including Mama Kira and Jack Mckants, along with most of the elven population of the Delta and many folk in Celdvel. Curiously, the raids retreated as quickly as they came. But not without a certain bounty. The hobgoblins took with them Amaril, Kullg, and Callimusk. But why?
Tessalth had some insight on this. A visibly disturbed empress pondered the events in her audience chamber and balcony. She confessed to her visiting heroes that she had worked with the hobgoblin ruler, Kurrlagg Grinn, centuries ago. She offered the skills of certain basic magics, and also set up for him a font of immortality. The font would stop flowing, he understood, should he ever cross the Whitestone. His interest in parallis and runecasting, as made evident by the kidnapping of select skilled individuals and the theft of some supply of parallis, can only mean he intends to break free of that agreement while maintaining the life sustaining magics she gave. And with the help of Reggoth, he just may accomplish this. He cannot be allowed to succeed! Access to the gates, let alone the potential of runecasting by itself, would tilt these coming conflicts in the hobgoblin’s favor.
Tessalth decided it most prudent to send the heroes of Maddiston to handle this affair. They are the most skilled and capable in regards to both diplomacy and runecasting. Further, she offered a dragon protector for maddiston in their stead. Boaz agreed that this would be prudent. The brass dragon Fesh’ra was introduced to Maddiston, and seems diligent in her duties. She proved quite curious in nature. Hopefully the townsfolk’s curiosity of dragonkind outweighs their fear.
As the group prepares, the warnings of Tessalth echo in their minds. If those taken cannot be saved, they must not be allowed to aid Kurrlagg. By this she means they must be killed. Alas, they cannot allow that uneasy thought to cloud their minds as they approach this great challenge. They must infiltrate Kurrlagg’s capital at the center of the Treadlands and recover them at all costs.