Ghost Wolves

Eight Months Earlier....
pre-prelude, part one.
...Cpl. Sparrow, along with the mage, Pinch and the new local scout, Bran Harvish, are dispatched to the backwater town of Jent. Word had reached the Imperial Command at New Lyre that a plague had sprung up in the lumber and mining town to the east, and they dispatched this small squad to investigate. Assigned mounts and enough provisions to reach Jent, the soldiers set out on the seven day journey across the plains.

During the second night Pinch was bitten by a large, venomous snake that had sneaked up on the small gnome while she stood watch. Awoken by her cry of pain, the others jumped into the fray and quickly killed the plains adder.

Upon reaching the town of Jent, they soon noticed a large line out front of the local apothecary’s shop. Deciding they didn’t care to wait in line, they instead secured lodging and stables for their mounts. Once this was accomplished, they set to questioning the locals about the sickness. After talking to the innkeep, the local cleric of Iomedae and the sheriff, they soon decided to return to talk to Laurel, the herbalist.

At Laurel’s shop, Roots and Remedies, they confirmed the sickness was being caused by a nasty fungus, called Blackscour, in the town’s water supply. Once they offered to help, Laurel told them of a possible cure contained in her grandmother’s notes. She asked the squad to venture into the woods and hills to the north and seek out the rare ingredients. Laurel asked Pinch to stay behind and assist with brewing other remedies. The soldiers agreed and the next day traveled to the lumber camp to ask an expert woodsman where the ingredients might be found. Once he marked some locations on their map, they set off for the forest.

the beginning...
It's been three months since the Battle of Morn's Gates, when the Mornish defenders and the soldiers of Harn's Horde retreated behind the walls of Morn. Sine then, the Siege of Morn has dragged on, no side gaining the advantage. At least there's no marching to be done. The trip from New Lyre was a slog through spring's rain and mud and misery.

New Lyre, now there was an easy conquest. The Legions took the city by surprise, it’s defenders barely had time to put up a fight. If only they were all that easy. Now, a year later, the Legions have consolidated their control of everything south of the Orsh River, as far east as Lake Orshan, up to the walls of Morn. Even Meech, at the confluence of the Highwater and the Orsh, was under the thumb of the Imperium.

The 7th and 12th Legions had left the siege to the 4th, marching off to confront another group of Azerk Harn’s troops, said to be mustering to the south of Argent Falls. The elite 4th Legion, Rackam’s Raiders, can handle the siege by themselves, it was believed. High Marshal Karalt and the rest of the 5th Army Command had faith in Stallari Auralius Rackam and his Legion.

The camp fires of the 4th Legion shone like fireflies on a summer night against the dark hills surrounding Morn. Huddled around their fires, the soldiers of the 9th Company, the Ghost Wolves, complained as only veteran soldiers could. When was the siege gonna end, eh? Why did the the 4th get stuck holding the siege? Shouldn’t they be at the vanguard of the army, striking into the heart of Aerne? Who made this sodding slop they’re mucking out of the mess tent?

Arranged by squads through out the camps, the chain of command wasn’t nearly as fast as word of mouth. So it was that before the official runner from the messenger corps could find them, the soldiers of the 9th squad had already heard of the Stallari’s plans to make a speech that night, to the whole damned legion. Mawks, a soldier from 2nd Company, had walked by their tents, saluted them with his pewter cup, full of something illicit (both he and his cup, that is), and shouted.

“Hey wolfies! Ya hear that Rackam hisself is gonna be hav’n a word with us all? One hour, command tent, see ya there. Ta!”

Looking at each other, the soldiers of the 9th squad shared an unspoken thought. Maybe something was about to go down. Maybe there would finally be some action.


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