Three Pines Ford was under attack by orcs. A massive number of them came only minutes behind a mere two scouts from Vigil bringing warning.
The orcs made their way past the gate and moat into town before the party new anything was going on. When they moved towards the fray a magical darkness covered the fight. They pressed inward, and found the orcs uncountable. Combat was intense, but the party’s ability to push through the tide of green and steel to the leaders of the orcs won the day.
After combat, Faydra had a chance to examine one of the leaders, and saw a familiar banner. A bloody fist on a black background. The symbol not of her former orc clan, but that of her disposed uncle, Barabus Manslayer. When she found an orc who was breathing, she requested healing long enough to question it.
“Who do you serve?” she asked, holding the orc up by his furred vest.
“Barabus.” was the only response from the confused orc.
Faydra dropped the orc, and removed its head with her scythe. She feared that Barabus had returned and displaced Kromaz, turning an already vicious clan of orcs into an enraged, empowered source of terror.
She spoke with Harris Warren who was looking for someone to investigate Belkzen while he took his surviving paladins to support Vigil. He had word that this was only a small section of the invading orcs, and that their spies had suspicions of an orc shaman planning a great magical ritual to darken the skies for the orcs final attack on Lastwall.
Tavius knew of a solar eclipse coming soon, and Faydra knew of a demonic ritual that would hold an eclipse longer than its natural duration. They discussed this amongst each other, then Faydra volunteered to investigate Belkzen. The rest of the party agreed to accompany her.
The party set out the next day, before they could leave Lastwall territory the came across a small scouting party of orcs. The scouts were well trained and had the support of other warriors, but not enough to dispatch or escape the party. The bodies had symbols of several small clans amongst the orc horde, confirming that this was the work of allied clans.
Now they continue towards Belkzen, with time right behind them.