Sergeant Desario’s Notes and Observations:
Mission objective: Get to Meech and regroup with 12th legion.
At breached wall in Morn opposition forces became overwhelming. The 9th Company fell being led by the Old Wolf and the 4th legion was surrounded. Despite our best efforts we were surrounded and outnumbered.
Made a personal decision, our best chance now is to tactfully retreat and send word back to Imperial allies of what happened at Morn, details of opposition numbers and of our own defeat. It was not easy to see fallen comrades or to walk away from our allies still in the fight, but I felt it was most beneficial for the overall war effort.
Said a silent prayer as Old Wolf fell in battle.
There was a human female wearing blue war paint in battle. She rode a horse and had excellent archery skills. Not sure who she is, but she didn’t appear to be part of Harn’s mercenaries.
There was a famore who wore a topknot that spoke with the blue lady. He also did not appear to be a simple merc. Both were killing anyone who tried to retreat from the battlefield.
Made our way to the War camp, got as many supplies as we could grab. I personally took everything of importance from the commander’s tent. Set fire to the rest of the supplies, making it impossible for opposition to use them.
We headed North.
Overall plan is to make it to Meech. There is a 12th legion stationed there. We need to recon with other Imperial forces to debrief on current situation in Morn.
Are followed by 4 horseman as we head North into the woods. I ask Sparrow to make an ambush as I lead our horses further North, making it appear as if we are still fleeing the city. Sparrow set up ambush flawlessly to neutralize enemies.
Got 4 more horses and numerous supplies.
Camped that night, no fire. Commend Bran for setting us up great spot to camp.
During downtime Sparrow came to me to ask about our actions and if they were grounds for desertion. I explained to her that getting word of our defeat to our allies was more important than fighting to the last man. However the thought of being branded traitor and deserter has crossed my mind. I explained if it comes to that I will take full responsibility. I gave the orders, as privates no one else would be blamed for such actions except me.
Sparrow made it clear if things did come to that I would not take the blame alone.
Note: Sparrow is showing her loyalties, even with disagreeing with me. I am very thankful for that. It seems as if during this whole crisis the team has gotten closer rather than pulling apart.
Next day we head out West over open plains. The plan is to head West until we hit the river and then take it South to Meech.
I send Zadok and Ben to linger behind to see if we are being followed. They discover 6 riders about half a day behind us, on our trail.
New plan. We slowly traverse through the open plains west, using outcroppings and hill crests to our advantage. Bran will make sure our trail is covered up as much as possible. Ben and I will ride back behind the group to see if the rider’s are still following us.
After a day I see the riders have apparently lost our trail and wandering further north.
Group encounters a twisted ogrekin in a lair. It was easily neutralized. Giant centipede in our path was also neutralized.
During the night we were ambushed by 3 gnolls. They were neutralized easy enough. They were strange gnolls however. They looked more like wolves than hyenas. Bran explained these kinds of gnolls were local to this area.
Note: Commend Bran for his exceptional skills in the wilderness. He was able to find places to sleep, hiding our tracks as we cross the plain and had various pieces of knowledge during our retreat. Without Bran this would have been infinitely harder.
Additional note: These plains are deadly! Centipedes and gnolls and ogrekin? I hope I didn’t make the wrong decision in taking my team into a deathtrap open plains. We keep passing farmlands all around here. How can people plant crops and raise animals with such monsters everywhere? I’m hoping this is just a fluke and we’re hitting a bit of troubled luck.
We are still 2 days away from Meech.