It has been five months since the Orc’s underground ambush on the Ryeldar outpost. Falcon Island has entered winter, the fourth and last season of After Radicus 15. Many efforts were made to retake the outpost, to no avail. The Orc’s tunnel system seems to break farther into Cloud State than was first believed, as attacks are being reported as far south as the Sagitar Fighting School.
Dire reports have been received from High State. There have been Orc attacks in their mining tunnels. Many Dwarves have been slaughtered. The attacks are so grievous and the number of dead is so high that Dwarven soldiers have begun creating blockades in the tunnels out of the bodies of their fallen miners. Luckily, the Dwarven phalanxes have been able to hold them off at certain choke points, but with the many complexities of the Dwarven tunnel systems, the ant-like swarms of Orcs are expected to find (or create) a breach at any moment. Lord Drakaz Paleotus, King Ashnard’s oldest nephew, now writes that King Ashnard has been missing for six months.
The Elder Council of Elves have met and have reluctantly declared High State as fallen and lost. Though the keep, Raptor Rock, remains intact and still houses the Dwarven court, all Cloud State actions in High State have been redirected to rescue efforts, despite Lord Drakaz’s insistence that his soldiers can hold the tunnels.
Either by omen or by command of the gods, it has begun to rain, and the rain hasn’t stopped in weeks. The rain and wind have rendered the northern waters impassable by boat. Three ships and a hundred and fifty soldiers and mages have perished in the water, without even the opportunity to take any Orcs with them into the deep.
The two great nations of Falcon Island, Cloud State and High State, are completely under siege by Orcs.
It has been determined that the focus for Cloud State forces is to maintain the safety of the Elder Council and the western side of the island. Rescue missions will be performed as they have been in the past year: with small parties of guides and warriors sneaking into High State, extracting the refugees, and escorting them to camps inside Cloud State borders.
Two heroes are called to the Elder Council.