Today was a great day! Our buried stockpiles that were plundered from the Iron Mountains thirteen years ago were recovered, melted down, and forged into new coins. Our legion and citizens were able to fend off the bandits and deliver both carts safely to our temporary stronghold.
Stockpiles are still running low, but after our successes today in securing our newly minted coinage perhaps we can start hiring local merchants and craftspeople to replenish our weaponry, food, and magics to take back our duchy.
The news of the war is long, and so far, many have given their lives all over our lands. Last week, Legate Glenalth and a small group traveled to the Kingdom lands to seal Pandora's box. While they were away, we found one of the keeps we reside in was haunted by a Dullahan. Luckily, it has been purged, and should never trouble us again.
Today a campaign marched to Gryphon's Aerie. The many gryphons that once made their home there appear to have flown in the wake of raids and devastation. Our task was to secure a cave network, held by bandits. We routed them, and began gathering supplies into this cave network. Through much toil, we managed to secure a large amount of supply carts, despite being beset by more raiders and goblins.
While the goblins are occupied with their sacking of our castles and land, they lack the numbers to protect their villages well. We took the opportunity to launch a surprise attack and destroy one of their strongholds. The goblins seemed to have been tinkering with the Doomstaff, gaining odd magical knowledge. This could not halt us as we unlocked their door, and destroyed the goblins, the raiders, and their chieftain.
The evacuation was a success, and finally a victory has been secured. The goblins were ill-prepared as we burst from the city, loaded our citizens and children onto the escape carts, and burnt the city to the ground. They shall find no security and no wealth there. When we return triumphant, the city shall be rebuilt greater than ever before the land has been known.
Upon learning Dragonspine's forts had been seized by bandits, we quickly sent two strike teams. The bandits put up a fight, but they were routed with little loss of life on our side.
In these trying times, we must stay strong, and stick together. Death to Ogga! Long life to our Legate! And may Pegasus Valley live forever!
- Page Talifer du Brume, Primus Arcana
Fellow citizens and other residents of Pegasus Valley,
Our golem drones have found a large force of goblins preparing to attack. There is no way that we can defeat this horde and their newly acquired magics. Even with our fortifications around the capitol, all would be lost. I am issuing the order to evacuate the area.
Grab your valuables, magics, and weapons and leave immediately. We cannot afford any more loss of life or resources. There will be no help offered by the Duchy for those that stay behind.
For those that are able bodied or magically inclined, destroy all barricades, doors, and fortifications that you can. The tunnel to the archives and armory have already been collapsed.
All are to assemble at the fortified wall south of Gryphon’s Aerie to take stock of who is still alive and what resources we still possess. Prince Randall has had the forts there secured by Dragonspine’s guard, so they should be relatively safe. If you are a mason, please report to the westernmost fort to administer repairs as it has suffered some damage during the action.
Once the census has taken place, food will be rationed out to all. Food is already scarce and without the manpower to harvest our already weak crops, this winter is looking more dangerous than the horde that preceded it. If you are hiding or stockpiling food, you will be killed.
If we have enough combatants left alive, especially those skilled in infiltration, we shall use the chaos of this attack for one last-ditch mission.
- Legate Glenalth, Defender of the Black Dragon
Research continues on Talifer's "Force Wall" barrier, unfortunately several key elements required by the ritual were destroyed during the previous goblin attack. It is unknown at this time if the barrier to surround the duchy can be completed.
I dispatched the legion to recover ancient magics to use in defense of the duchy. Two control circlets were captured along with some monstrous undead things. These undead will bolster our ranks against the sheer numbers of goblins that have been encroaching upon our great land.
Once we have captured more magics, we will take this fight to the fell beasts and rid the lands of their kind forever.
Long live the duchy!
Previously our forces were routed when sent to clear out some farmlands and other outlying areas of monsters.
Some troops and supplies were left behind enemy lines and needed to be retrieved, including the court wizard, Talifer.
After gathering fresh troops and letting the monsters disperse a bit, Duchy forces attempted a rescue. All of the supplies were recovered. However during her escape, Talifer was forced to reveal our plans to convert the Shield of Reflection into a "force wall" that would keep the nasty beasts out of our great Duchy forever.
The goblins sprang into action, staging a hasty attack against the nearby keep where the supplies and the shield were moved. Luckily Talifer arrived before the attack to muster forces and begin the ritual to convert the shield.
The goblins pressed the attack and took the keep, killing most of the defenders and stopping the ritual. Fortunately Squirrel managed to grab the shield and escape.