Gathering of An Army

Edicts and Adversaries
Session 36/37

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 30th of Arodus…

With the recent events, the council has requested an increased military presence throughout the town, as well as formal curfews, trade regulations, and residency to be regulated by the military. Residence of Newhold will apply for paperwork that will deem them official citizens of Newhold, which will be needed to leave and enter the town. Tradesmen will also need additional paperwork to bring goods in and out of the town, as well as pay a tax on goods sold to cover the increased expenditure of guards and time required at gate posts.

The council has also requested that we send soldiers into the woods to search down the hobgoblins that entered Newhold. My suggestion was to instead send a group of contracted individuals who would not put a tax on our already exhausted and expended military presence within the town. I showed them documentation from Derefeld explaining that this particular group was very helpful in ending a slew of bandit attacks on their settlement as well as merchant wagons going to and from their area. They agreed and I will be speaking with Mr. McKeon to come to an agreement.

Information gathered over the last several months from farmers and merchants will possibly assist them in tracking down this group of attackers.

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The Best Laid Plans
Session 35

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 27th of Arodus…

Reports have come in from throughout Newhold of the events from the following night. At just around midnight, a call rang out from a local businessman – a Mr. Marlan Evenor of Evenor’s Manufacturings – that he was being robbed. Guards responded in force and witnessed something fleeing the area. Initial accounts were of something brightly colored moving at impressive speeds from the shop and weaving throughout the tents and structures. While they claimed that it seemed to glow, the object evaded their capture and was soon lost. After this time, it was also reported that a hobgoblin was sighted by the guards of the eastern gate running from the town. How or when he entered Newhold is a mystery that will be investigated and must be solved.

Several other shops had been broken into or vandalized, though none had been reported until the next morning when their owner’s arrived to open for business.

Another event was not reported until the earning morning hours, when a guard was approached by a few townsfolk who reported that a few businesses had not opened; in particular Loaves & Leavenings, Aldren’s Butchery, and Willy’s Wicks. It was not until an hour or so afterwards that the bodies of William Harving, Aldren Liverston, Durran Gargus, and Jon Matthis were found within the home of Mr. Harving above his shop. It has been our conclusion that the breaking and entering and murders were done by the same individuals, and said vandals were in fact a group of hobgoblins that had managed to sneak into our town unnoticed.

From the personal journal of Warren Padilla, dated Arodus 27…

Holy shit, Gods damn us all. Ro’Dash’s planned worked – for the most part – and let’s just hope that we can return to normal after this whole shitstorm has been put to rest. I’d just like everything to go back to paperwork and training, and not have to deal with all of these damned shift reports and extra guard duties.

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Unsettling News
Session 34

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 24th of Arodus…

The former soldier known as Ro’Dash has been useful in pulling information from the hobgoblin captive as of late. We are noting all of the information that we have gathered, which will be included in a final report once we are able to piece together all of the information into something useful for our defensive – and possibly offensive – needs.

Additionally, with the recent events within the town, we have increased guard posts within Newhold from dawn to dusk. Our hope is that with an increased military presence we will be able to decrease the threat of harm to those wandering about the streets. Included will be a request for each person to stay within their dwellings or keep their time spent on the roads to a minimum. While we cannot force people to stay inside, we can suggest that they do so for their own safety until this situation is resolved.

From the personal journal of Warren Padilla, dated Arodus 24…

After speaking with Tarik Barros and Ro’Dash, it’s been determined that we both need to take out this group of turncoats as well as leading blame away from the military or any of it’s associates. After talking with the hobgoblin, Ro’Dash has come up with the plan (which he’s agreed with) of having the hobgoblin take the blame for the deaths. This will not only allow me to get rid of this prisoner that’s just been a distraction to the men, but also give us a way to cast blame on some spectral force outside of the town. Two birds, one stone and all that.

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Big Trouble in Little Newhold
Session 33

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 16th of Arodus…

As notice had informed us, the First Legion marched into our settlement today and will be resupplying and resting outside of Newhold for the night. They are apparently making their way further north to explore and settle additional territories. From what I have been told, the Fourth Legion is now the only force left in Langen proper, though from accounts there is currently in development a new Fifth Legion so that 1st Gen. Alvaredo may join the ranks of the Highlands.

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 21th of Arodus…

It has been reported to me that the one who calls himself Ro’Dash was assaulted several days ago by a group of unknown assailants in the midst of the night. From his account, he was held hostage within the basement of the candle shop, finally being able to escape his captor; evidence left to back up his statement is the broken shop window which he says he made his escape through. However, Mr. Harving – the owner of Willy’s Wicks Candle Shop – is saying that the window was broken by some hooligan youths around dusk. In response as to why he had not reported this, Mr. Harving said that he had not spotted the assailants and therefore did not see a need to report it, as there was no one to report. By the time my officers had arrived at the shop, the glass had been cleaned and the window boarded up.

None the less, an escort for Ro’Dash and his associates was given for their return to the inn as a precaution.

From the personal journal of Warren Padilla, dated Arodus 22…

McKeon and Shai have spoken with me, and apparently I wasn’t clear enough in my discussion with the young oracle. However, she has apparently spoken with her comrades and Rusk has cleared things up for her.

They’ve also spoken with me about this apparent ring of terrorists and defectors within our town, which stretches from tradesmen to my own soldiers. At this point, I’m keeping things off the record since we have no clue how far up this conspiracy goes, but thanks to Falltu we have an idea of some of the soldiers involved. In regards to the group who assaulted Ro’Dash, we have no real way to figure out who it was. The guard who was supposed to be patrolling the area was one of the soldiers which Falltu listed, so that is most likely the reasoning behind our lack of information. They did apparently steal Ro’Dash’s weapon though – a pair of knives attached by a chain – which is rare enough that, if we were to find it, surely that person was associated with the group in question.

I have a few men who I believe I can trust, though I’ll be doing my research without overtly sharing the information with them. Meanwhile, my mercenaries will be performing their own investigation and reporting to me anything they discover.

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Seriously, Bandits
Session 32

From the logs of Gregor Dereling, dated Arodus 13th…

A group of soldiers from Newhold settlement wandered into our establishment just before gate closing this evening. They claimed to have dispatched of a dozen or more bandits on their travels here. Seeing how we have even been having issues tracking down this nuisance, so perhaps at the least they will provide us with a suitable enough track to our enemy that we will be able to take them out once and for all.

From the logs of Gregor Dereling, dated Arodus 15th…

Above even the highest of expectations, this group of rag-tag soldiers – accompanied by a small girl – were not only able to track down the bandits, but also able to dispatch of their leader and return many stolen goods back to us. Their leader, though lacking tact, was very impactful in their return, presenting a spear full of heads from the bandits. A cart full of grains, dry goods, and raw materials was returned to us, and we will be returning to their encampment to retrieve the goods that they were not able to bring back with them.

a generous sum of coin has been collected from the treasuries and tradesmen in the town who benefited greatly from the return of their materials so that we may provide them with a fund for their generous and commendable actions.

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Assisting Afar
Session 31

From the diary of Skittels, dated Arodus 9…

Dear diary,

I am hoping that all of this work I put into this amazing masterpiece of mechanika will not be in vane, though I do not know why I thought that four ex-soldiers would be able to scrounge up enough coin to pay for this magnificent appendage. However I do believe that I offered them a fair deal.

Recently, I have not heard notice from Prush in Derefeld. This is an issue since he is in possession of blueprints of my current work, along with many other prototypes currently in pre-development. If these were to fall into the wrong hands, I fear what could be devel Luckily, there is no other person who is capable of producing mechanika on such a scale as myself in these parts. The only one I’ve heard of that may even be capable of reading such artistry goes by the name of Hammerfoot, though I have only heard of his work from the eastern shores and not actually been able to lay my eyes upon any results of his profession.

Let us hope that my friend’s expedition is a successful one and that they will return safely with good news at hand.

From the personal journal of Warren Padilla, dated Arodus 12…

It’s been almost a month, and not only is Matthis still blabbering about the military and council, but now Shai and her lackeys have skipped town. Apparently, she was not the one that I could entrust with such a time sensitive matter. And while I would love to walk out there right now and slit that little fat bastard’s throat, any aggression from the army would surely only provoke the masses. We are almost assuredly royally fucked at this point.

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Progression
Session 30

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 8th of Serenith…

With the recent issue concerning our farmlands to the north and the eminent food shortage that will come of it, the council feels that it will be most beneficial to the settlement if we local a new land source for planting. To that end, I have decided to dispatch a handful of groups to the surrounding areas in search of fertile grounds. These groups will be assessed later today and will be assigned their territory by the following.

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 14th of Serenith…

Reports have come in from 4 groups that had been dispatched, two with positive results for clear land and samples for fertility. However one group has not yet returned, though the council is inclined to move ahead with the formation of new farmlands based on the current samples; the missing group at this point is presumed dead.

In other events, we have had recent disturbances in the town square and around the barracks this day and the last. The man inciting such rabble appears to be a man by the name of Jon Matthis; a baker within the settlement. Thus far, his attempts to dissuade the people from their current philosophical alignment has had only minor effect, though he does seem to be picking up sway within Newhold.

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 18th of Serenith…

The report from the final group arrived late last night, though with an incomplete map and no samples to speak of. They did chart a few rivers and what appears to be a rather angry ferret though. I requested that Specialist Pillman reimburse them for their troubles, though only for any possible foodstuffs or necessities that may have been used during their little expedition.

From the personal journal of Warren Padilla, dated Sarenith 18…

I do believe that our former oracle might finally come to some use. I have requested that she eliminate this Matthis fellow to ensure that no more resentment and hostility is built up against the military and the council. I hope that my trust has been placed properly and that she can solve this problem before it escalates.

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Freedom of Movement
Session 29

From the official journal of Major Lieutenant Harrold Trumble, dated the 1st of Sarenith…

Following their return to Newhold, the former guard unit of Shai has been offered a demotion, though from what 1st Gen. Padilla has told me they instead offered their resignation from the military. At this moment, her former guards have been released from our custody while the location of Shai is unknown. However, seeing how at this point there was no laws broken or harm done to any soldiers or citizens, her whereabouts or well being are inconsequential to us from this moment on.

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 1st of Sarenith…

After a brief discussion with McKeon, Ro’Dash, Barros, and Arfen, it has been decided that they will be leaving the ranks of the military to pursue their own endeavors within the settlement.

From the personal journal of Warren Padilla, dated Sarenith 1…

I’ve talked with the former guards of the former Oracle and decided that it could be beneficial to us all if they worked in a more unofficial and as-needed capacity. Their services will be called on whenever I don’t feel the need to put my own men at risk. I’ve offered them a relatively low stipend for their troubles, a measly 5 silver each per job, which will be kept off the books in an official capacity and simply marked down as a market expenditure. I’m certainly interested to see where this collaboration goes and precisely how long they’ll survive without the roof of the military over their heads.

From the personal journal of Warren Padilla, dated Sarenith 3…

The 1st chance for our little merc group popped up, when I sent them to scope out some possible issues with orcs in the western farmlands. Quite late in the night, they returned with literally the heads of their enemies, though instead of orcs they turned out to be hobbs. They also returned with a prisoner who is now being kept underneath the barracks for further interrogation. Ro’Dash has shown a particular interest in speaking with this goblin, and while I’m inclined to let him I’m also weary that he’ll feel a need to help those which he shares blood with. I’ll most definitely have an extra eye kept on him while this creature is settled in our custody.

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Running Away
Session 28

From the official journal of Rear Captain Ambrose Bair, dated the 12th of Desnus…

An incident involving the Oracle occurred today at the northern gates around noon time, according to privates Huff and Bowers. Not wanting to risk the “wrath of the Oracle” – as stated in their notes – they instead risked letting her leave the boundaries of Newhold, though taking some security in the fact that two of her litter guards were accompanying her. However, private Huff was ordered by one of said guards to locate and inform any of the Principle guards that he could, thus returning with the majority of said soldiers. In his notes, Bowers states that, after well over an hour, the Oracle did eventually return with Principles McKeon, Ro’Dash, and Barros. No further incident followed this.

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 13th of Desnus…

I have been informed by Cpt Bair that the Oracle and his principle guardians made an unscheduled departure from our settlement this afternoon, despite my rejections of such a journey by officer McKeon just one day prior. I have a general concept of where they may have traveled, however at this moment in time I do not have the manpower nor the will to send soldiers to rescue them from their own stupidity locate and return the Oracle to Newhold. However, I have been informed by Mj Lt Trumble that there will be severe repercussions for their actions, and apparently Cpt Peter and Thornhill are to be at the ready for their return.

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Bringing in Wealth
Session 27

From the official journal of First General Warren Padilla, dated the 19th of Gozran…

I have received notice that we are to be expecting a rather sizable upcoming delivery. Master General Sarras has informed me that three of my units will be traveling south to the meeting post – headed by the goblin chief – in order to rendezvous with a large shipment of gold and other valuables. I have chosen sergeants Loyalar, Vortigern, and Cerberus as the best candidates for this mission, whom Sarras has signed off on. They will be notified and briefed on this assignment tomorrow morning and will be departing early the morning after.

From the personal journal of Sergeant Lucan Vortigern, dated Desnus 10…

Our victory was one somewhat hollow and ruinous. While we did succeed in meeting up with the shipment, we encountered an ambush of orcs on our return trip through the valleys. We hadn’t seen hide nor hair of them in several weeks, so our scout’s assumptions was that they had fled the area finally. Apparently though, this bounty was too good of a target to pass up. We lost many men in the attack – nearly all of my unit was killed, most of the light infantry, and Sergeant Cerberus was nearly slain. A handful of our soldiers showed great resolve – namely soldiers Ro’Dash and Arfen (whom has made me personally proud of her actions). From reports I have read, soldiers Barros and McKeon were also instrumental in saving the life of their commander.

Because of the heavy loses of troops and the need for redeployment within the units, I have been given command over a new principal infantry group consisting of these standout soldiers, whom will in turn be given priority missions to guard the Oracle during any missions or diplomatic journeys which take her beyond the walls of Newhold.

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