From: Echer’Naught Ranger Command
To: Regional Command
Attn: Regional Commander — Lt. Hawksclaw
The 23rd of Red Wolf, as noted in last report, was the day we had to collect ourselves and settle in.
The 24th of Red Wolf we resumed duties as normal. That morning we were called to the Regional Headquarters by acting Regional Commander Lt. Hawksclaw. We were told that the immediate concern was the location of the missing VIPs that had been acquired by the bandits/raiders in the south. We had taken one of the encampments on our last mission but we failed to locate anyone who had been taken hostage.
We were also instructed to keep an eye out for citizens under the influence of the drug Firestorm. We discovered some clues of it during our last excursion so we had some idea. That idea, we would soon discover, was not enough to accurately prepare us for what it could truly do.
On a more lighter note, the good Lieutenant announced promotions for the Rangers of Echer’Naught as follows
- Rysak Ironblood was promoted from Ranger Trainee to full fledged Ranger
- Sarin Silverfeather was promoted from Ranger to Ranger First Class
- Alfred Wolfhaven was promoted from Ranger First Class to Corporal
- Rildrirr was given command of a Goblinesh Waystation on Farwatch Road, effectively marking his first field command.
- Evoran Que’Kasaars was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant
I must admit that I am pleased with the promotion. I did not expect, however, to receive command of Echer’Naught (although this is temporary as Sgt. Minor Longtail is still, technically, on limited duty / Paternity leave).
Still, I take the rank with new admiration and a profound sense of concern and worry. I hope that I am fit to lead this fine unit and that I do proud those who have faith in my abilities to do so.
On the 26th of Red Wolf, Rildrirr makes his departure for his command and I was summoned by Lt. Hawksclaw. He informed me he was pushing to get command to issue me a higher clearance so that I would have access to more information. That alone put me in higher spirits. Spirits I would need as my command abilities would be put to the test in a few short days.
By the 31st of Red Wolf the heat wave had begun. The protective city walls were now the cause of stagnant air that sweltered enough to cause fatigue and heat strokes. The heat escalated so bad that by the 12th of the Eternal Sun the Lord Mayor officially declared that water was to be rationed out. Due to the circumstances that had involved the city for the last year or so, they had been unable to compensate for the rapid expansion and growth of the city and, therefore, had a limited scope in regards to wells / water distribution.
We were summoned by the good Lieutenant and received a debrief of the situation. The Rangers were expected to patrol lowtown and the area outside of the city proper to make sure the rationing rules were kept to standards. We issued out patrols and hoped for the best.The situation seemed well under control. However, as word spread that the supply was to be rationed off, the people of Echer’Naught began to crowd around the wells in droves. It was at this time things began to show the severity of this situation. Within these crowds existed on a handful of citizens who were under the influence of Firestorm. For how long, we will never know.
Just to note and touch base on how strong these deranged and raving lunatics are — they were somehow able to best poor Fekla. She is well and did not entertain any discernible injuries, but they still had the ability to do so.
In either case, Thorgram, Samira, and Fekla were assigned to the Market in low town to guard the well there. Thorgram told me it only took six of them to cause the chaos they did — bodies everywhere and buildings set ablaze. They lost 2 members of the town watch. I hear one of them fought with a tenacity and strength that few ever get to see. So I commend the Watch for that.
3 other spots were hit in similar attacks and I lost about half of the rangers that had been assigned. Low Town was in flames but I thank the divines for miracles — Rain began to fall on this town. I later learned it was Nell’s doing and she summoned the rain to help fend off the fires so they did not consume the city.
All of that madness started on the 16th of The Eternal Sun.
None of the Firestorm addicts survived the encounter, and we lost about an eight of low town to the fire. The Rangers worked well into the next day making sure the fire was as contained as it could be.
On the 18th of The Eternal Sun we had a few wells that had been damaged or destroyed and lots of people without homes. Lt. Hawksclaw ordered our excess food be given out to the citizens to help with the rations and any extra canvas we had was to be turned into forms of shelter for those who needed and for stations of respite from the sweltering heat.
I also received an autopsy report from one of the addicts who had inexplicably died. It seems the drug has a tendency to cause internal bleeding. The doctors told me this would come from either long time users who someone who had an extreme dose. I would learn later that day from Miss Longtail that the drugs are magically enhanced so it would seem short term users had the affects of being long term users.
It was also later that day that we found Ranger Kyran Tam murdered only a few allies away from our Headquarters. I remember when she joined. She was only 18. Her body had on a single bloody bandanna. Two members of the Town Watch had found her and beckoned me to her. I sent them to fetch Hawksclaw who joined me on the scene. It was at this time we ordered that no Ranger was to ever go alone — the buddy system was to be utilized in strict order.
On the 19th of Eternal Sun, Longtail returned from an errand I had asked her to undertake and she brought with her a dozen Brinchie. I asked her to bring them to me so that we could utilize them as runners. They are known to be exceptionally quick and the faster we could relay messages across the city the faster we could respond. I have made a note in the coffers section to compensate them accordingly under the title of “Outside Contracting — Runners”.
The situation only continued to decline as on the 22nd of Eternal Sun the citizens, whom seemed fueled by the addicts, attacked the Sacred Grove. Treesinger was able to, with the help of the druids, a few melee forces who used very interesting gear, and 2 stone golems, defend the trees. No fires were started thankfully. She informed me the citizens of Echer’Naught thought them to be hoarding extra supplies.
I know Treesinger well enough that she was doing everything in her power. I understood her stance on protecting the Sacred Trees — If they had to kill they would. I completely supported her stance on the matter. She offered to send the Druids out to heal the injured and wounded but I made it a point to bring the patients to the Grove rather than weaken its defenders should another assault occur.
Another Ranger, Ranger Larken, was found dead just before dawn on the 23rd of The Eternal Sun by Samira and Thorgram. He had been hanged and a knife was driven into his chest to hold a note. My two Rangers took the body to Lt. Hawksclaw who summoned me to make sure it was not magical. As he read it, the exhausted Lieutenant grew even more grim and jumped into action. I do not know, even now, what exactly was on that note. I do know, however, that it had an impact on the events to come.
Because of the heat and the lockdown on the Wells, we were effectively pulling double shifts. It made any real rest a fleeting thought, even though that the attacks had stopped. In fact, we had not experienced anything until the 29th of The Eternal Sun.
I was called around noon by a Brinchie Runner who informed me that Baker Street was in flames. This was close to our base of operations, which meant things were suddenly escalating again. I called the Rangers inside to me, all six of them, before rushing out to investigate. A full scale riot had finally happened: The Citizens of Echer’Naught had been pushed over the breaking point.
I sent 2 rangers and the Brinchie to fetch riders and horses. With the few people I had with me there was no way we could even hope to stand and fight against the mob. Hawksclaw arrived on scene with the few Rangers he could find and began to form a line. We were joined by Sgt. Vasser and his Town Watch of whom formed a Shield Wall Line. Next Vallandrian arrived with the Church of Light. These Paladins likewise formed a Shield Wall, now marked two men deep. Vallandrian took charge and we were directed to look away from him.
I do not know exactly what he did as I adverted and covered my eyes. I could, however, feel it. After the flash of holy power he issued only a single command: Advance. Then, in unison, Town Watch and the Church of Light began to advance forth towards the mob. Their shields struck hard, striking down man in a safe way. The Rangers carried the rear, securing any whom the two lines stepped over.
Off in the distance I could see a few people running — people whom should be beaten and exhausted running faster than they should. It was at this time that the mounted units arrived and I gave the order for them to run down the addicts that were in the crowd. Brinchie and Calvary alike road in and made short work of them.
All in all we were able to contain the riot to a minimum, but they selected the worse place to sack. The citizens carelessness cost us half the food supply. Though, once again, Nell came through and it rained. By night the Riot was completely disbanded and the fires put out.
On the 30th of The Eternal Sun I was summoned to Lt. Hawksclaws off late in the afternoon. On his desk sat a letter bearing the official seal of The Lord Mayor. It was as I expected to come: Marshall Law. I had warned Hawksclaw that we would, unfortunately, have to fight the citizens of this place. The Riot made that clear. They were murderous. With Marshall Law declared, it was going to happen again.
It was passed down to the Rangers who had not passed out from heat stroke or fatigue that any person found outside of their homes from Sunset to Sunrise were to be considered enemies of the state and to be incarcerated if possible. If not possible they were to be killed.
To keep with our charter and serve the people as best as we could we once again lowered our rations. We were now down to the minimum that we could function off of. I expect grumpy Rangers and, unfortunately, some to have their decision making process impaired. Lack of sleep and stimulation are going to take their told if they have not already.
Still — Two rangers have been murdered under my first command as messages to us and we now have a town that could boil over again any moment.
The next few days seem to go over as well as expected. From the 31st to the 34th of Eternal Sun we have a few skirmishes and minor situations. Most of the people seem to deal with the Marshall Law, understanding the why behind it, even if they absolutely loathed it. I can only be thankful for the upstanding people here for making our lives that much easier. Not that it made much of a difference in the grand scheme of things, but any little bit helped.
On the 1st of Thunder Hawk we had a meeting with Hawksclaw. Before I made my way to this meeting I was crossed with a personal representative of the Lord Mayor. It seems he has heard through the grape vine that I am interested in working close with him. He is interested in establishing this partnership but to do so it requires a favor. Echer’Naught is the Lord Mayors crown jewel — it is what keeps him in power. He suspects that the good Lieutenant does not understand its importance. He would like us to beckon resources and reinforcements from neighboring outpost to help bolster its defenses and ease some of the logistical strain on its supplies.
This was the break I had been hoping for. A relationship like this with The Lord Mayor will make certain things here in the city much easier for the Rangers. It will be a mutual benefit, for sure, with both of us leveraging and using once another for the influence it has. The Lord Mayor will be seen as strong with an influence over the Rangers (which, while not true, is certainly a perception to be seen. And in politics perception can be a true reality). For the Rangers it means we can cut through a lot of the bureaucracy and red tape that limits things with us. I just had to convince Hawksclaw to do it.
At the meeting my heart sank. Alfred and Sarah had been taken captive by the bandit lord of the south. He demanded an immediate audience with Hawksclaw or he would kill them both. Likewise we had a group of Rangers from Sun’s Crossing who reported that the city and Ranger Outpost had been obliterated by the Kalinar army. They were on the march. Only a handful of them made it out alive at the cost of their commanders life to get us this message. The Army was on the move, heading straight to us.
Thorgram, who has been the foreman of the Wolfhaven Estates and in charge of keeping it tended, reported that the Barony was at risk of being taken over. It was a straight path from where the Kalinar army was matching and if we lost it we will probably lose the city as well.
Hawksclaw had three choices, none of which were easy. Protect the Barony. Protect Sarah and Alfred, or Protect the city.
I informed Hawksclaw of my conversation with the Mayor’s representative earlier that morning. I told him what was requested and I told him my perspective on it. We are a regional command. If the city that the Regional Headquarters resides at falls, the moral drop across the region could be devastating.
Apparently I was convincing enough as Hawksclaw decided to create an army and bolster our forces here in the City of Echer’Naught. At my suggestion he decided to sack the Barony — pull what can be removed. Anything that can not is to be burned to the ground to prevent the enemy from acquiring resources.
We have acquired a powerful friend in Echer’Naught. A great thing. But at what cost? We have most assuredly condemned Alfred and Sarah. I know the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. That does not, however, make this any less bitter to swallow.
I’ve lost too many Rangers under my command already. How many more will I lose? I can only hope that the answer to my question is this: “Less than I expect.”
As a note to the report I do apologize for its quality. The lack of sleep has taken its toll on me. I’ve been awake for far too long. In truth I am not sure how I managed to pen this. Still, I shall adhere to my logs and document what I can.
Here is to victory. May it come swiftly in our favor.
Sergeant Evoran Que’kasaars
Echer’Naught Ranger Commander (Acting).