Burning Dwarf Fortress

Battle of Werast's Folly

There was a mad dwarf in the ranks… And he needed a workshop.

Werast, Frigga, and Largos fell to arguing about how best to deal with the situation. After some conversing, they established that there was in fact a settlement, Reinemekvar, closer that Inedimsal, potentially halving the time they needed for a supply run. But Frigga wanted Largos to go with her, whereas Largos wanted Frigga to deal with the gates. All the while Werast was hoping to just get both out of the way so he could take care of business. Largos pitched in with Frigga, and the two convinced Largos to go and help on the supply mission. Largos did manage to confound Frigga with his wandering argument style… perhaps he is on to something.

With the two dwarves on the way, along with Dvar and a bear, Largos set his own plan into motion. He tried to enlist Glim into helping him train up the dwarves and executing an attack on the orcs while the others were away. Glim wanted payment if she was going to fight, and saw little point in the attack. Werast’s approach to the Ugly Truth of the situation left a sour taste in her mouth, and she went on to work against Werast’s plan. None the less, Werast successfully convinced the dwarves in the hall to train with him, and started whipping them into shape.

Largos and Frigga uncamouflaged Largos’ cart, and rigged Beary to the cart to make the journey to Reinemekvar. Largos guided from his seat on the cart, next to Dvar, and Frigga plodded alongside for the lengthy trip.

In the meanwhile, Werast, having finished the training, led the dwarves forth to assault the orc fort. In the dawn light, the dwarves steamed forth throwing rocks as they stormed towards the makeshift gate. They were received by volleys of bow fire from the orcs, and Werast was hit. The arrow drove the breath from him, momentarily forcing him to pass out. In the hasty retreat, his hammer was left behind, along with several fallen dwarves from the I’ll fated assault.

Frigga and Largos entered Reinemekvar, and were welcomed as warmly as dwarves bother with anyone. They decided to make a show of it to drum up local support, and Largos paraded around in Dvar’s company festooned with spider parts, while Frigga mingled in the scholarly circles spreading word of their deeds. To their great relief, the initial whispers of ‘adventurer’ slowly turned into respect and almost even admiration at their dwarven spirit.

Back home, recovering from his battle injury, Werast found himself ever the waryer, and began organizing the remaining dwarves to abandon the upper tunnels, and retreat into the Chasm below. Glim was not pleased by this turn of events…

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Feeding and Building

As things started settling down, Glim came to Frigga to ask that Glim’s complex be now built. Of course the one stone worker was engaged in the construction of the front gate of Dumathsburg. An argument ensued, as Largos argued that the gate should be replaced with a giant stone, while Frigga wanted Pebbles the engineer to finish it before moving on to Glim’s halls. As they argued Glim had Pebbles begin to evaluate her plans.

Meanwhile, Werast decided to round up a bunch of dwarves to shore up the city’s now dwindling food supply’s​. He led the small crew out into the wild to forage, and they began harvesting. Apparently a couple of the newcomers to the valley thought jumping the dwarves for food instead. Werast launched a counter attack, but the vicious goblins fended off his charge, and managed to drag off two of the dwarves from the expedition.

Werast returned to Dumathsburg just as Frigga and Largos gave up on their lengthy argument, with no clear winner as to what is to be done with the gates. With the new turn of events, however, everyone was galvanized into action to rescue the captured dwarves.

The company of dwarves hailed the orc fortress only to be answered by a single arrow. Eventually, an orc festooned with crude tools entered a discussion with them, speaking the common trade tongue with the same lack of mastery as Frigga, but with just enough information passing between them to establish that the orc needed food. Frigga offered them her map to the local food sources in exchange for the captured dwarves. The orc sent a scout, apparently in some amount of agreement.

Largos decided to have Beary practice his menacing pose, which with his bad luck, led to the orc warrior’s wolf to pounce. Beary swatted the wolf down, but it’s orc handler drew an axe and rushed Largos. Frigga tried to intercede with words, but those only helped once the warrior orc had his axe buried in Largos’ hip. At Frigga’s urging, the orc with the tools called off his fellow, who reluctantly walked away from Largos. Eventually the orc scout returned, and having confirmed the food source, the lead orc let the two dwarves go.

The dwarves retreated to their cave, and Largos was patched up by the khirurgeon.

Further, Glim was still demanding her hall. Pebbles was approached in an attempt to convince him to finish the gates, that being a higher priority. Instead, it was discovered that he was in a fell mood, and he demanded that a Hallmaster’s workshop be provided him, so that he may complete a project. This left the dwarves with a whole new problem…

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Finding Tori

The crew gathered together and mounted up an expedition to find Tori. Largos, Frigga, Werast, Glim and Dvar headed off into the caves again. Largos and Frigga were banking on their bears again, and decided to use them to track down the lost veteran. Beary led the way, and after some time trudging through caves, the team finally came to a cavern opening before them, with strands of spider silk hung about all over. Largos promptly hollered into the space to see who was about. Largos and Frigga matched notes, Largos using his deep sense to help Frigga map out what might be up ahead. Out of the darkness, a scuttling noise burst forth, and a horde of spiders were on top of the dwarves.

Frigga kept her wits about her while the rest of the dwarves stood drooling. Frigga commanded the bears forward, and they charged in against the spiders. A terrible battle ensued, and the spiders found themselves overwhelmed, and were scattered back into the darkness, while the bears went about consuming the fallen spider in their midst.

The party advanced and saw the main spider chamber in dim light. In the middle of the chamber, they saw the arcane spider they encountered earlier conversing with Tori. Tori yelled at them that her quarrel was not with them, but Glim hurled an axe at Tori none the less, injuring her slightly. The group decided to retreat in face of this particularly confusing scene, and return to Dumathsburg.

On the way, pondering the recent events, Glim revealed that Tori was from a dwarven city in a different dwarven kingdom. Some lore from the dwarves unveiled that Tori was in fact from a clan of dwarves that had been exiled from Inedimsal some few hundred years ago…

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Struggle for Control

The dwarves all arrived back in their main hall, Tori’s search party arriving on the scene just after Frigga chased out the orcs. Still reeling in pain, Frigga curled up hoping someone would come to her aid. Meanwhile Pebbles, one of the new dwarves, started agitating that they should chase down the orcs outside. He even estimated how easily he could move the door-rock when Largos told him he couldn’t get outside anyway.

The trio looked over their fresh rescues, hoping to find a clue that one might be a khirurgeon. Werast recognized one dwarf, Regnak Axegrinder, once a member of the 4th Owlbear Regiment. Regnak, however, was very surly, on account of his predicament being sourced from the clan Emeraldback. He was reluctant to help, but was eventually convinced that it’s to everyone’s advantage that he patch up Frigga. In the balance, he even patched up Dvar, which he was rather unhappy about, because Largos was asking.

As the group turned away from Frigga’s injuries, they noted that a group of dwarves, with Pebbles at their lead, had opened up the cave door, and were heading out to confront the orcs. Largos and Werast rushed in among them to try to block them from advancing, but before they could start dragging the newcomers back inside, Frigga stumbled forward, and stentoriously talked the lot into coming back inside.

Largos was ready to be done with the situation for a while, and started rounding up Beary to go off looking for Tori again. Werast in the meanwhile decided that something had to be done about the door, and with Frigga’s help cataloging who had what skill among the dwarves, two turned out to have some stoneworking skills. Frigga scavenged up some tools for them from among what they had with them from the mines, and Werast then put them to work building a new stone gate for the city.

Finally, the trio of founders plus the mercenaries got ready to go off into the caves and find Tori.

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Battle for the Slaves

The brave rescuers stumbled forward and crashed right into a group of spiders trying to marshal the dwarven slaves away. The group shouted out, and with stout voice urged their fellow dwarves to resist, as help was on the way. They heard the signs of conflict, and charged in themselves.

Three spiders screened a strange spider with glowing fungus patches on his skin. The monstrosity cast arcane wind at the dwarves, bowling them over, and his accomplice spiders rushed forth. A battle ensued, Frigga, Largos and Glim rushing into the fray. Werast measured up the situation more carefully. Largos got entangled with his opponent, while Frigga unleashed dwarven might upon hers. Glim expertly put down her opponent, and moved on to help. The wyrd-weaver lurched forward, and jabbed Frigga with talons bleeding shadows. Frigga was badly hurt, but Werast rushed in to fill the breach, and with combined efforts the dwarves sent the wyrd-weaver running into the tunnels.

The rescue party discovered a group of about a dozen dwarves, several injured, a few dead routing the last of their spider guards. They also discovered several carts with them, of a strange whitish powder in the carts. The best they could surmise that it was a spice used by humans. They also found out the spiders collected a black and a yellow powder as well. After much debate, it was decided that they would dump the powder and use the carts to carry the injured dwarves back to Inedimsal.

Largos and Werast along with the mercenaries split off to try to find Tori, while Frigga, still injured, led the rescued dwarves back to Inedimsal. Largos and Werast, after careful searching, could find spider after spider slain by Tori’s crossbow, but could not find Tori in the tunnels.

Frigga, on returning to the main hall, found a group of half a dozen tallish skinny humanoids having made camp with their bears. She immediately summoned the bears to her, and they complied. The humanoids, she realized, were orcs. They seemed aggressive, but not violently hostile. In a series of mimicked interactions, she managed to convince and intimidate them into accepting the cave as being hers, and they departed.

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Lost Tales: Bad GM

The dwarves finally chased the spiders away, baiting them into the spider trap, scorching them, and then chasing them from their holds. They rescued two dwarves in the process, and made a ‘room’ aka holding cell for them just in case they had brain spiders.

A new dwarf, Werast, showed up, and delivered a message to Largos about returning to his father to help manage the business. Largos did his level best to not let on he couldn’t read, but Frigga eventually read the letter for him. Largos immediately pointed at the two miner dwarves they rescued and said, I’ll just send them… and they wanted none of it. They wanted to settle down and join the city. In the ensuing Duel of Wits, Frigga threw in with Largos, one worried about brain spiders, the other about his father. Though the rescue dwarves were outmatched, they did get out a concession that they would not leave unless their friends were rescued as well.

Largos was really hoping some proper help would show up, and in a stroke of luck, Glim and two of her fellow mercenary dwarves showed up in the hold. She wanted her set up, and a place of pride in the new city. They asked her to come and help with the rescue, and she insisted she have her hall in the city ASAP. Largos and Frigga agreed, and so the party set out to find the remaining dwarves in the spider mines.

The first challenge was finding the mines… for which they decided to get Splibprax’s help. Werast was rather unhappy about this, but Frigga convinced him it was the only option. Splibrax agreed on the condition that he be given the eggs the party had taken from the previous occupants of the caves.

Splibrax led the party through tunnels for the better part of a day until they began hearing the sound of activity in the nearby tunnels. Splibrax left them to their business. The party was almost ambushed, and only quick reflexes saved them from being overwhelmed by the spiders attacking them. Largos tried to prove he was a better fighter than Glim, while Frigga crawled into tunnels to rescue Dvar, their guide miner dwarf.

They noted that after the ambush, the sound of mining was no longer audible. Also, one of Glim’s mates had disappeared in the fighting. Despite the need to rest, they pushed on. Frigga and one of Glim’s mates then spotted a small horde of gold in a side tunnel, and almost came to blows over them. They managed to only have a brief tussle, stuff their pockets, and agreed to return after more pressing concerns. The party of dwarves headed down the halls, towards what spiders might still be around.

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Spider Invasion

Largos and Frigga slammed the door closed behind them, momentarily thinking themselves safe, until realizing they were staring into the back of their mushroom farm, and the tunnel leading back to their caves had caved in. Frigga’s work on the crypt in the alcove there had weakened the stone, and only now did it crash down.

The spiders were scrabbling at the door, and the dwarves had to work fast. Clearing the cave in was not looking like an easy task, so Largos decided to try yelling through the rubble to get Beary to come and help. Frigga, rolling her eyes, helped yelling for the other two years. By some miracle the bears heard, and began rolling rocks away from the other side. Largos and Frigga dug in, and managed to clear the rubble… Just as a rhythmic loud thumping started on the door. Largos insisted they just put a rock in the way of the door and build traps, while Frigga insisted they build a new door. Frigga of course won the argument, and a new door was quickly constructed… Just in time, as the spiders’ ramming finally payed off, and they broke through the outer door. The dwarves scrambled back, and began to build an elaborate bear-grease flame trap past their new door, but after several days of banging and construction it became evident that the spider’s were not going to be able to break through this door.

In the downtime Largos decided to put his mind to training Beary to ‘sit’, which he eventually succeeded at!

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Out of the Gaspocket and Into the Fire

Largos and Frigga had to think quickly to try and get out of the gas pocket, as their attempts to make their way out quickly lit gas seeping into the chamber on fire. With some quick thinking and scrounging they made a cement paste and managed to seal the leak shut, and putting out the fire. Largos then measured up the side of the wall, and excavated a hole out of the gas pocket into the chasm. Luckily they exited exactly where their handholds were carved into the rock, and proceeded to climb back up to their caverns.

Once their, they had to take stock of their food, and found they were starting to run low on food as the bears were burdening their stocks. They decided to go out into the wild again, and try and forage up a new supply. Largos insisted on taking Beary along, for whom they managed to make a makeshift harness to carry more materials. Largos’s aim was to teach Beary to follow him on command, though teaching the bear turned out to be tricky. As they combed the berry patches for a very healthy harvest, Beary suddenly disappeared, only to appear floating down the nearby stream wailing for help. Frigga tried to stop Largos from just jumping into the river, but the powerful hauler shrugged off her hand, and dove in after his bear. In a heroic effort, he hauled the soaked terrified bear back to shore. Though the foraging expedition was successful in replenishing the dwarves food supplies, Beary was clearly now terrified of water in pretty much any form.

Frigga then urged Largos to finish their foray into the crevasse, and complete a switchback tunnel up the far side in order to access the cave with the glow coming from it. Largos proceeded very carefully on this task, with Frigga helping by mapping out the area. Although the tunnel was succesfully completed, as Frigga and Largos broke through to the cave they were tunneling to, they were confronted by a pack of spiders led by Seven-Legs. Frigga was not backing down from her quest, and swinging her axe wildly sprang to grab a fistful of glowing moss after fistful of glowing moss. Finally, the press of spiders was too much, and Largos grabbed Frigga, and started hauling back down the tunnel. Frigga kept swinging her axe, keeping the spiders just enough at bay that they could not catch up. The two dwarves ended their exhausting sprint collapsing behind one of their doors in the mushroom farm cave.

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First Journey into the Crevasse

Largos and Frigga took on the task of trying to bridge the Crevasse. They considered several ways to cross. Largos insisted he could just lower Frigga by a rope, but Frigga wanted some safer setup. After arguing extensively, Frigga disassembled Largos position on the topic and instated dwarf-osha.

The two dwarves worked out a way to better secure the rope around a stalagmite, and Largos still acted as spotter while Frigga carved handholds into the rock face on the way down. After a day or so of labor, they finished, and Frigga started to climb back up. Half way up, the handholds collapsed, and a gas cloud blew out of the cliff face throwing Frigga around. Largos tried to reel her in, but went tumbling over the edge as well. Frigga slammed into the wall hard, cracking some ribs, while Largos bruised up his shoulder.

Largos tried desperately to drag the two of them back up, but couldn’t get enough traction on the wall, so opted for lowering both dwarves to the bottom of the chasm.

As the two dwarves assessed their situation, Beary the bear stuck his head out over the edge of the ledge above. Largos contemplated having Beary retrieve some medical herbs from camp, but at Frigga’s urging, realized that Beary was after all a bear cub. Instead, Largos climbed back up the rope to see what the bear was up to. Beary seemed quite agitated and kept nudging Largos in the chest. Largos ended up returning to the main chamber, only to find Beer and Danger Floof curled up on the ground, ill, and with vomit and little poison sacks all around.

Frigga, in the meanwhile, steeled herself, and inhaled several deep wiffs of somewhat anesthetic gas from the exploded gas pocket. With her mind somewhat cleared of pain, she looked about, just to spot an whitish hided spider on a ledge above across from her. The spider began climbing down, so Frigga hid in a crevice and stayed still. The spider scuttled about a bit, asking in poor dwarven where the dwarf disappeared to, and saying ‘dwarf hurt’ repeatedly. Frigga could tell from the spider’s coloration that this was an old spider.

Largos, having assessed the bears, returned to the ledge to find a spider circle Frigga. Largos repeatedly threatened the spider, while the spider kept insisting that the dwarf nearby was hurt. Finally, as Largos was about to zip down and murder the spider, Frigga stepped out and confronted the spider what it wants. It responded that it wants to help the hurt dwarf (Frigga). Frigga asked why a spider would want to do such a thing, and the spider responded that it was a vegetarian. On further questioning, the spider said he ate many dwarves until it realized dwarves, like Splibrax were people. Frigga then let the spider have a look at her injury. Largos, zipping down the rope, immediately tackled the spider off of Frigga, and was about to kill it. Frigga told him to stop, and said toet Splibrax help. The spider investigated the wound further, ran off, came back, and patched Frigga up with herbs and spider silk.

Largos then relayed his concern about the bears, and an argument broke out over whether to let the spider help the bears. Frigga, with help from Splibrax, won the argument, but conceded that the spider could most certainly not stay with them. Splibrax managed to patch the bears up as well. Largos asked, reluctantly, what he could give it in exchange, and Splibrax asked for thanks, which Largos only muttered out once the spider was finally out of earshot.

Frigga’s health began to rally, though a permanent injury was just barely averted.

The two dwarves decided to complete their initial task by mining out switchback tunnels down to the bottom of the crevasse. Half way there, after two weeks or so of work, as their tunnel broke into the gas pocket area, the tunnel collapsed. Both dwarves dove into the gas pocket before they were crushed, but now they sat trapped, half way down the cliff side, in a gas pocket.

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Bear adventures

The dwarves found themselves in the middle of a rainstorm, which was showing the unfortunate drainage situation in the entry hall to their dwelling. As the chamber was filling up, they debated which of their doors to open… the one to the outside, or the one leading back to their farm. In the end, they decided to open the front gates while Largos excavated out a cistern off to the side of the entrance cave. This was going smoothly, and Frigga and Drahkar were pushing the water out of the chamber until a bear and her cubs wandered in. Frigga jumped on Drahkar’s shoulders and they tried to scare the bear off, but being protective of her soaked cubs, she just became more aggressive.

Drahkar pulled a throwing axe, and threw it as the bear charged. The axe grazed across the bear’s shoulder, and the bear bowled Drahkar over. Frigga’s swing made another scar across the bear’s side. Largos jumped in to try to wrestle the bear down, and managed to stagger the beast before being pushed back. The bear swung its giant paw at Largos, and Drahkar, from the ground, still managed to use his shield to push the bear off balance enough that the swing missed. Largos then jumped back in, burying his new dirk hilt deep in the bear’s chest. The bear reeled, and tried to run for it, but with another expertly executed swing, Drahkar struck the bear across the hind leg, nearly bringing it down. The dwarves moved quickly, and overwhelmed the stunned bear, killing it in short order.

The bear cubs milled around confused and distressed. The trio of dwarves looked upon them, and saw great opportunity. They carefully approached, and went about calming the bear cubs to get them to be handleable. Once calmed down, Largos went on to carve a bear cubby for them. In the meanwhile, Drahkar and Frigga went about butchering the mother bear to increase their stock of bear meat. This operation went awry, however, and the bear meat was ruined when they knicked the intestines while trying to remove them.

With the bear situation handled, the group decided to do some further exploration. This began by securing the routes out of the mushroom farm by replacing the walls there with doors. Frigga recalled about spiders that they are inexpert at dealing with doors, so with minimal security they can be fairly reliable to hold spiders at bay. They explored the two remaining tunnels, and found one to lead to the same chasm as the first tunnel. The other, however, had a side branch where a pool of water was sitting with strange spherical objects at the bottom.

Largos tried to swim to the bottom to recover the globes, but like a proper dwarf, could not bear the thought of immersing his head under water. Frigga, caring less for dwarven hang ups, dove in and pulled out six spheres in short order. They looked similar to the egg sacks from earlier, but was not tacky and was significantly harder. Although she recalled that in fact water spiders do exist, these did not seem to be their eggs. They cracked one open, to find some scroll cases with maps, though Frigga could not quite tell to what place. They then proceeded to open the other eggs. Within were:
~a dozen steel spheres with ropes
~3D cash
~maps (the first of the six cases)
~squishy sacks that almost made Largos sick
~candles and powders and ointments
~dwarven keys

With their newfound items in hand, the dwarves returned to their home cave to check on the bears.

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