Sins of the Fathers

The Storm Cometh...

The story so far…

In the sleepy, backwater town of Saurapfel lived the halfling Saigram Fief. On one fateful spring day he received word from a crazed looking old man named Max, an acquaintance of old, that his uncle, Hillberry Stillburg had been killed during the on-going siege of distant Middenheim. Hillberry had been the owner of the famous Dragon Ale brewery located in that once great city, and the keys to which he had instructed to be passed to his nephew in the event of his death. Dragon Ale was renowned throughout the Empire and beyond for its crisp, refreshing hoppy taste, and its mythical restorative powers. Saigram, a master thief in his day but now advancing in years, was curious as to why his distant uncle, with a reputation as a crotchety old miser, would leave him such a prized gift, especially as they had never even met. However, the ageing Halfling was now happily settled in the comfort of his Mootland tavern, The Cat’s Trick, and the thought of trudging through war-torn, chaos marauder plagued Imperial provinces did not fill him with enthusiasm. But on the other hand, a famous brewery did mean one thing. Gold. Lots of gold. Yet Saigram still didn’t like the thought of the perilous journey to Middenheim, with all the horrors and dangers to be had along the way. So he sent his son Talin instead…

Talin, through sheer naive determination and no small amount of Ranald’s luck, made it as far as the human town of Untergard unscathed. But the town’s strategic location astride the river Taub, with its ageing stone bridge, mean’t the fighting there was extremely fierce, and even the young Halfling, with slingshot in hand, was forced to assist the town’s defenders in their desperate attempt to repel the beastmen and followers of Archaeon. In the darkest hours, Khazrak, the most powerful Beastman warlord of the Drakwald and the arch nemesis of Count Todbringer, led a surprise night time attack against Untergard. Khazrak’s Beastmen assailed the walls, broke inside and completely overran the eastern half of the town. Talin was caught up in the panic stricken flight of the terrified townsfolk as the beastmen began their slaughter. And it was during this flight from certain butchery down cobbled streets slick with gore that Talin first encountered the grizzled mercenary Muenchbek van Der Haag, and the Wood Elves Siluvain and Ravandil. The ageing, gruff mercenary had been fighting for coin ever since the Storm of Chaos had erupted, and had witnessed at first hand the daemonic might of Belakor The Dark Master at the battle for Ursun’s Teeth far to the north in the frozen lands of Kislev. He had arrived at Untergard seeking a rest from the front line, with the intention of spending his hard fought shillings on cheap ale and cheaper women, but trouble had inevitably followed in his wake. The elf Siluvain, a fey, raven haired beauty was an envoy travelling to Middenheim to deliver a message from her mistress, Naith of Athel Loren, to a scholar of the Collegium Theologica. Siluvain’s protector, though she proved to be a sorceress of no small power herself, was a brash, reckless young elven warrior by the name of Ravandil, quick to prove his skill with sword and bow. The four were among the defiant defenders that rallied at the bridge, preventing the beastmen from sweeping through the rest of the beleaguered settlement. The nine-day battle for Untergard began. Thousands of Imperial troops and Dwarf allies reinforced the town and the bridge became a scene of unbelievable carnage. Stymied, Khazrak destroyed the eastern half of town and took his forces north. The focus of the campaign soon shifted back to Middenheim itself and Untergard seemed safe. Regiment after regiment was called away from Untergard to strengthen Imperial forces elsewhere. The survivors began to rebuild.

The eastern half of town was so thoroughly destroyed that it had to be temporarily abandoned. Untergard natives, plus many refugees from even less fortunate settlements, went to work in the ruins. The task of burying the dead took weeks and the rotting corpses caused a contagion that further reduced the survivors’ numbers.

The population of Untergard was reduced to around seventy five people, mostly peasants and burghers. All able-bodied residents including Talin and his new found companions were expected to contribute to the town’s defence, standing guard duty on the town walls and the river-front palisade for a few hours a day in addition to their normal activities. The was effectively under martial law, run by Gerhard Schiller, the Captain of the Watch.

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