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Snorri O’Dubda flicked through the pages of the holds great book of grudges wearing a disturbed expression upon his troubled brow. He pondered upon the dark thoughts of all the grudges that would not be avenged if this forlorn attempt did not succeed the thought of him being the last in the line of his hold and for no heir to take his place to right the wrongs done to the O’Dubda clan sent a shiver down his spine. With that thought Snorri poured himself another stein of Bugman’s finest vintage, he had held one of the finest stocks of the ale in his ale cellars in the whole Dwarf realm. This became one of Snorri’s finest treasures since the destruction of Bugmans Brewery. Snorri knocked back the entire tankard and poured another knowing that it may be the last night that he could taste the smooth exquisite ale it also had a profound effect of reducing his qualms with each sip.
For the past year, O’Dubda’s hold had been besieged by a vile host of Skaven, a vermintide said to be led by a warlord known as the Head Taker to the few that have survived his previous campaigns to tell the tail. He has also been very well known to the dwarfs taking up more than his fair share of space in many books of grudges spread across the dwarf realms. This Skaven army had continuously attacked Snorri’s hold killing many of his loyal clansmen with each assault; they had tainted the dwarfs’ water supply, poisoned a number of food stores and ravaged the populace with plagues and poxes. For twelve months, the dwarfs had endured. However, the hold would not be able to hold out on another assault and Snorri knew from past sieges held with other holds by the vile rat men that the assault in the thirteenth month would be the most brutal and violent. This was predictable due to some notion the Skaven have of thirteen being lucky or even spiritual to them.
With this information, Snorri knew that to survive drastic action was needed and he called upon his advisors and opened the war council. The Dwarfs discussed the situation for two days without rest until a decision was made. The hold would empty and meet the Skaven head on in open combat. The Skaven were at their weakest when in the open field of battle above ground yet this is where they had to be positioned to keep up this siege, the tactic would also take the Rat men by surprise while they are unprepared.
With this, preparations for the assault were begun. The warriors of the clan were called to mass in the main hold abandoning the defensive outposts for the last ditch assault. All the Dwarfs answered the call clansmen, the veteran long beards and the Iron breakers of the hold made up the vast bulk of the holds military might.
Stocks of black powder was very low and Snorri was unwilling to use it for the holds cannon he decided it would be of better use in the organ gun which in these conditions could cause more damage with the application of less powder. For the rest of their artillery support Snorri decreed that the relics should be used stone and bolt throwers dating from the war of vengeance were raised to the battlements, old admittedly yet their runes still holding the power they held when they were first wrought.
The army was ready to march and drums and horns were sounded and the holds banners were raised high all the hopes and honour of the clan then marched out too meet the verminous hordes in the last battle of their time.
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Class work there as it fits your battlefields army am i to take it this is your prologue, if so i will write one up and tie it in some how.
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CRUSADE
The battle against the vile rat kin had raged for the past three years. The dwarfs had valiantly fended off attack after attack from the chaotic tide of vermin but slowly and surely the dwarfs had be pushed back deeper and deeper in to the hold.
Many good dwarfs had been lost and it was soon clear that the hold was lost, but the deaths of those brave warriors would not be in vain.
Word spread lord Snorri O’Dubhda had had sent orders to for all surviving warriors to fight their way to the great hall, it is here that they will make their last stand and make the skaven pay for the grudges they had made.
Soon the throng was formed tightly packed in to a square formation in the hall waiting for the inevitable tide to wash over them while each dwarf sat ready to sell his life dearly for their honour and hold. Grungni will surly welcome each and every one of them in to the hall of ancestors.
The skaven arrived in their thousands, a chattering hoard of evil red eyes and sharp teeth. The sound of the skavens charge thundered around the hall filling each dwarf heart with equal amounts of dread and hatred.
The skaven hoard hit the dwarven line hard but to the dwarfs’ credit they did not budge, the vile hoard broke against the dwarfs like the tide against the cliffs, however, with each attack a score of dwarfs died to the serrated blades of the rat kin and soon the dwarven wall would be eroded and the line would break.
The situation was becoming desperate now less than fifty dwarf warriors stood against the endless skaven, surrounding Lord O’Dubhda who turned rat after rat to smoking ruin with each stroke of his rune axe.
O’Dubhda prepared him self for the end, waiting for the final wave that would drown the surviving dwarfs in a surge of fur. O’Dubhda despaired at the fact that none of the other holds had come to their aid, the messages that were sent must have been intercepted, and now other clan would know of the plight of these brave dwarf kinsmen, and that their clan hold will soon become their tome.
Then far in the distance can a familiar sound… a faint thump. O’Dubhda thought he was hearing things but suddenly it became clearer and with each passing second louder. It was dwarven drums and the stout song of dwarven was songs. Was it the ancestors welcoming them in to the after life? Was it some cruel skaven trick?
No, the answer came as the doors to the hall were thrown open as a dwarven throng marched in to the room flying the banner of Lord Durgin Brunnison- Keeper of the silver gate. Durgin had been a kins dwarf of Snorri since his daughter had married Snorri’s cousin twice removed on his mothers side, Thane Ulli Ranekson , and since the wedding party and over a whole cellar full of best ale Snorri and Durgin had become oath brothers and cemented the bond between their hold.
Now surrounded by two dwarven forces the Skaven became scattered and confused, each mound of vermin bodies were piled between the two throngs. Soon the surviving skaven fled the battle leaving the dwarfs a brief respite, seizing their chance the dwarfs fought their way out of the hold and in to the safety of the world edge mountains. Snorri felt the anger against the rat kin and in front of all surviving dwarfs of his hold made an oath to retake the hold.
50 years on and Snorri had settled new lands 25 miles north of peak pass. Over the many years Snorri had rebuilt much of his former strength though the trade of his Dwarven Stout to the rest of the dwarven hold and had been using the profits to rebuild his armies. He was now ready and with the oath of Durnin to follow him in righting his grudge, Snorri ordered the throng to be mustered. He declared Crusade; at the head of his throng with book of grudges in his hand he marched to retake his hold and honour.
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This is new prologue for battle filelds what do you think??
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Bloody brilliant, lovely work. I will write Durgins view and post it up soon.
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