Finbar Gullvan helps command the Engenstut County Revolt, which is defeated by the local company as soon as it starts.
December 507 ANI
Goblin couriers travel from the major cities of Hanist to all the citadels and fortresses. Soon after, ork patrols go out and confiscate food stores and livestock. Orders go out to increase the production of military supplies.
Supply ships from the western half of the Empire do not pass Hanist on the way to Zerniless.
January 508 ANI
Orks continue confiscating food stores, livestocks, and wagons. Military orders continue to be high. Regiments begin intensive training at the citadels.
February 508 ANI
Confiscation of supplies ceases. The orc regiments leave their citadels and assemble into their legions near Bergen. Thousands of peasants are forced to travel with them along with the confiscated livestock and food stores.
Military supply caravans, normally sent overland to Zerniless, are rerouted into Menkgu.
10th of February, 508 ANI
Under the light of the full moon, over a dozen children are sacrificed by the Luminals commanding the orc legions. A great portal is opened and the assembled legions and their supply train travel through it to points unknown.
1st of March, 508 ANI
Word comes to the Resistance that there was a coup in the capitol and the Dark Emperor is missing. Isenmarch has successfully rebelled. Gullvan realizes the legions are not coming back and begins agitating for a rebellion in Hanist.
In early March, The Resistance in Engenstut ambushes an orc patrol, then attacks their stronghold near the village of Trones. They recruit and expand their army and push north, taking Swartun before the end of the month. They also explore a ruined catacomb under Trones and negotiate a treaty with the Tzavarim.
In the first half of the month, the Resistance army moves west, liberating Namdalside County and encountering the Guardian under Costvud. At the same time, a Resistance strike force infiltrates and takes over Hortskink in Otern, duping the garrison there into attacking the fortified Resistance training camp at Swartun. The badly mauled orcs return to Hortskink and are destroyed.
The main army makes it to Hortskink at the middle of the month and unites with some newly recruited infantry. The army then heads south, crossing into Dorget county and conquering Duzen Iken, home of the Black Library. While exploring it, the Resistance leaders are attacked by the LuminalWhitemist, who is killed by Nayla, Himmel, Nesta, and Ariana. They discover Whitemist was an elf.
Session 10 - 1st of May to the 5th of May, 508 ANI.
Aisling, Greex, Hloomawl, Himmel, and Trahaern reunite with the southern army and reorganize commands. On the 3rd, they head west from Hortskink and fend off an Orc company that crossed the Berger. The next day, at Mayla, they defeat another two Orc companies that control the ferry. With some difficulty, they cross into Kristinsund and spend the night there.
That night, they are attacked by humans while sleeping.
Session 11 - 5th of May to the 10th of May, 508 ANI.
The Resistance leaders defeat the traitors, but not before Himmel loses Diamanter, his magic mace.
On the 6th, the army advances on the citadel of Vestning Krufe and quickly storms it. The local Orc regiment has already crossed into Otern and begun burning the northern villages.
The army pursues the orcs, and catches up with them outside of Hortskink on the 9th. Aisling and Greex trick the orcs into making a futile night assault against the strongly held walls, and on the next morning, Trahaern and Himmel lead a general assault that disperses the remaining orcs.
In the general melee, the commanders of the two forces come face to face, and Himmel leads a desperate assault to recover Diamanter.
Session 12 - 1st of May to the 12th of May, 508 ANI
The orc general retreats without Himmel managing to recover Diamanter.
The northern army returns to Elverum and investigates the mysterious walled and forested noble district. Based on what they find there, they conclude that the Empire is actually run by elves with orc underlings. It is still uncertain if Dread Emperor Karsen is an elf or just married an elf, but it seems likely that Princess Nima is at least half elf.
Meanwhile, on the southern front, Duzen Iken is invested by five companies of orcs on May 6th. A courier is set to fetch reinforcements but the fortress must hold out for days. The orc general is more competent that most.
On May 7th, Attivi finishes fixing the flying boat. The Resistance leaders sally out in it to assassinate the enemy commander.
Session 13 - 7th of May to the 12th of May, 508 ANI
Nesta and Ariana, covered by arrow fire from Mikael and Nayla, assassinate the orc general. The next day, the new orc commander stages a grandiose change of command ceremony and is killed at extreme range by Nayla. On the 9th, Pennant Zo "Bloody" Ving launches a desperate all-out charge against Duzen Iken's walls and by the end of the day the sixty or so surviving goblin wolfriders and orcish heavy cavalry flee to the west.
On the 10th, the Resistance Leaders take the flying boat to Hortskink and inform the army leaders of their successful defense of Duzen Iken. Then they return to Duzen Iken and prepare for a trip to Stinecrice.
Hloomawl, Nesta, Mikael, Ariana, and Nayla take the Flying Boat to Stinecrice. They fly high enough that the garrison is alerted to their arrival. They land nearby and eliminate the near patrols, then enter the circle itself which transports them to an extra-dimensional space.
Inside that space, time is disjoint and they are subjected to testings and trials. The trial of stone and wood involves fighting demons on the inside of a cubic room with gravity local to each wall. The trial of water and fire involves fighting ice and fire demons on a vast checkerboard of ice and fire. The trial of air requires retrieving a gem from a tall spire in the middle of a room filled with poisonous air. Strangely, all the demons ignore Nayla until she uses her imbuement powers, at which point they all scream "She cannot be here! The wards hold!" and attack her exclusively. Though there are some rough parts, the group completes the trials without any deaths or crippling injuries.
At the same time, the team is tested for their faith and willingness to serve the gods. They are required to make a leap of faith across a wide chasm, but Mikael and Nesta take the skeptic's way and crawl along a ledge. They are asked to choose among heaps of tools and nick-nacks of varying quality to symbolize their understanding of their role in the divine plan. Hloomawl chooses not to choose and Ariana fails by choosing damaged forge tools. Finally, they are asked to lay down their lives when they are attacked by divine servitors. Only Hloomawl is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. In all cases, Nayla is not allowed to make a choice: she uses a bridge that only she can see and interact with to cross the chasm, she does not have to make a choice in the room of items, and none of the servitors attack her.
After having completed the trials and tests, the team is brought into a room with the gods. They are told of the ways they failed and succeeded the testings and congratulated for passing the trials and breaking the first of five wards that will release the Gods and the Hope that have been imprisoned by the Usurper. Destroying those wards is revealed to be only way to destroy the Usurper permanently, and they are given knowledge of the location of the other wards.
Nayla is addressed by the Gods as Harbinger, told that she has failed before, and warned not to fail again.
The team is then returned, unwounded, to the surface at Stinecrice. Ariana is despondent for her failure, but Nayla and Hloomawl manage to force her to return to the boat. Hloomawl takes the boat and uses it to hide in the swamp from the orc patrols, and after a harrowing day and night, the boat recharges and the team returns to Hortskink.
There is a council of the Resistance leadership. Aisling, Nesta, and Hloomawl put forward the theory that the leaders of the Resistance are reincarnations of the Incarnate Hope. Nevertheless, they continue their plan to finish freeing Hanist and then moving into Menkgu and the Dwarven Safeholds.
The rest of the month is spent recruiting, training, and reorganizing the Liberation Army. Scouts and the Resistance grapevine report that orc forces are withdrawing from their fortresses and strongholds in western Hanist and regrouping at the citadel of Landzby in the north and the fortress of Rundbord in the south.
Trahaern is proclaimed Counsel of the Liberation and a Ruling Council is appointed to support him.
On June 2nd, peasants from Bergen arrive at Elverum to report that 2000+ orcs left Landzby late in the morning on the 1st and are heading towards Ravenrock. Trahaern, Ariana, Attivi, and Greex form up the field army and make a rapid forced march west from Vestning Krufe toward Ravenrock. Aisling, Hloomawl, Nesta, and Nayla take the flying boat to Ravenrock; Nayla spots the orc army marching south a good 20 miles away. The army encamps on the east side of the Berger and begins fortifying.
Around 3 pm on the 2nd, Aisling, Hloomawl, Nesta, and Nayla assault most of an orc company holding Ravenrock. Aisling's experiments with aerial assault techniques and cautious, probing attacks cause severe casualties among the orcs in exchange for scrapes, and at nightfall, the Resistance has claimed one of the fortress' towers. Over the next four hours, Hloomawl and Nayla smash the orc formations while Nesta hunts down their leaders. The orc survivors flee west. The team loots the castle of any orc writings and burns all the beds in the barracks, and flee back to friendly lines on the morning of the 3rd. The orcs straggle into Ravenrock on the 3rd, and spend the 4th recovering and recuperating. On the 5th, they hold a rally and march east across the Ravenrock Bridge. Greex has thoroughly concealed the army over the past two days and there is a massive ambush. The orcs are badly out of position and suffer casualties before reforming their lines. They make an abortive attack into the face of Greex's and Trahaern's traps and fixed defenses, take even more casualties, and break. Trahaern pursues. Of the 2100 orcs that left Ravenrock, nearly 840 survive and flee west and north: 150 goblin wolfriders, 150 goblin scouts, and 300 orc crossbowmen make up most of the survivors, but even some knights and priests survive. The army spends the rest of the day reforming and begins marching to Grimstut on the 6th.
On the 7th, the scouting party surveys Rundbord and counts 32 pennants, including a company from northern Groanridder that is still marching to assembly. With no serious expectation that the orcs will march before the 9th, Trahaern continues to maneuver the field force to Grimstut with plans to defend the Imperial Bridge across the Helin river.
Trahaern turns the army southwest and heads toward Avvinsee, planning to ambush the orcs there.
On the 9th, Aisling, Himmel, and Hloomawl take the flying boat to Genude-cho near Avvinsee and recruit militia. Aisling and Hloomawl take the flying boat to persuade some orc survivors of Ravenrock Bridge to switch sides on the 10th. At the same time, Himmel leads the militia on a march on Avinsee. They are attacked by the orc garrison before dusk and both sides take heavy casualties before the orcs break contact.
On the 12th, Trahaern arrives at Avvinsee with the main army and trivially overruns the walls. Aisling heads south to Rundbord to report the assault to the orcs there, but discovers they left for Grimstut on the 11th. After a harrowing overnight wolf ride, she catches up with them and convinces Tusked Banner Taeza Prulo to dispatch half his army to deal with the "handful" of rebels in Avvinsee. The rest of the orcs continue on to Grimstut and cross the Helin on the 14th, keeping in contact with the other force by courier.
On the 14th, Banner Taezas Rigar and Krag attempt to relieve the siege of Avvinsee, only to be ambushed by the entire Resistance army. Nearly 1000 orcs are killed and 600 broken survivors flee to Rundbord. Tusked Banner Taeza Prulo learns of it without hours and halts his army.
Session 19 - 14th of June to the 20th of June, 508 ANI
On the 15th, Tusked Banner Taeza Prulo returns to Grimstut and begins setting up his defenses. He dispatches his cavalry under Banner Taeza Kilar to Kristinsund with orders to tax the city and warn him if the Liberation army approaches from the north. Trahaern marches the army east, planning to deal with the orcs. Pegasii are used as couriers and scouts against the orcs. Aisling, Hloomawl, Mikael, Nayla, Nesta, and Sven fly south to Buctun and meet up with the local Resistance.On the 16th and 17th, the direct action team capture Buctun, Mortilbaser, and Soroverstine, freeing Cape Sood for The Liberation. Sven's cavalry force unites with Trahaern's force at Elvby.
On the 18th, the direct action team captures Groanridder. Banner Taeza Krilar skirmishes with Sven's cavalry and then attacks and is annihilated by Trahaern's army. The survivor flee to Grimstut with Trahaern in pursuit. Kristinsund is recovered but thousands are dead in the streets after orc purges.
Session 20 - 20th of June to the 22nd of June, 508
Zarathras insists on being allowed to kill and eat the orcs who tormented them. Aisling is willing to see them executed, after Rigar Gloomfang acknowledges he has no use for them, but warns Zarathras that eating sentients will get him labeled a monster. With some whining, Zarathras backs down. Pennant Zo Vurgdush of the 7th Iron Fangs objects to the execution of his knights and is summarily cashiered and executed.
The next morning, the direct action team flies to meet the Liberation army on the road to Grimstut. Zarathras can't keep up with the boat at full speed and so they fly slowly, and Magnus deliberately flies circles around Zarathras to show off (though he claims he is keeping an eye out for airborne enemies). At Grimstut, the combined armies realize that Banner Taeza Prulo has impressed the militia survivors and other humans into his armies and positioned them such that any assault will cause plenty of deaths among those humans.
Trahaern attempts to parley, offering to let the orcs retreat to Menkgu, but Prulo believes he has a strong enough position to hold the Liberation army. He is also backed by Pennant Zo Murzush of Stinecrice, and the infamous orc champion is fanatically opposed to the Resistance. Nayla attempts to assassinate Prulo at the end of the parley, and the Resistance leader are chased off by a volley of crossbows and several are badly injured before being magically healed.
Ariana leads a prayer to Volundr, and gets a miracle: arrows and bolts will not harm the humans. With that in hand, Trahaern prepares to assault the castle at dawn. Zarathras attempts an overnight scout, but is chased off by massed crossbowmen after getting too close to the castle.
At dawn, Trahaern leads an all-out assault on the gates and breaches the south barbican. In a brief struggle after the gates fall, Sven badly wounds Prulo and Ariana is wounded by Murzush, but an orc counterattack drives off the Resistance leaders. Trahaern feigns a retreat, drawing out a large force led by Murzush that is subsequently surrounded and annihilated. Trahaern renews his assault on the castle, crushing the remaining orcs. Surrender is not granted and the survivors are executed.
With the final defeat of Prulo's armies, Hanist is effectively liberated, though 14 orc fortresses remain to be dealt with.