Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kilborn's Army

"NO!  NO!  NO!" Kilborn shouted, "Keep your hips low and you feet apart, or the last thing you'll see is the rabid Taldor with a spear in yer guts."

Kilborn's army was growing daily.  He had lost patients with the leaders of the Morin and Tamar tribes, and decided to recruit his own army. By now he had 40 troops and numbers were growing as one or two new recruits showed up on a daily basis.

The orderly tents set up in an unused field was starting to look like a small town.  New latrines were dug and a large open air kitchen were set up to feed the troops.

Kilborn enjoyed his life as a farmer, but felt the power of the demon growing steadily.  He bore the responsibility of not killing it when he had a chance on a troubled brow.  He first made appeals to the chiefs of the warring tribes to set aside their enmities and mobilize for the upcoming war.  On subsequent beer runs, he began to talk to the townspeople as well.  Finally he realized that he must do something.  Kilborn's Regiment was founded.

It was difficult at first, but after a few recruits showed up with their families, things got easier.  T'Kalo, owner of the Haraza Axe and Sword shop set up a makeshift smithy and was busy hammering out axes.  He showed up with Yukris, a Tamar scout, a few weeks earlier.  Yukris was one of the few who had any military training, and was quickly rising in the ranks, currently holding the title of Lieutenant.

From Kafari came Bolrus, Kilborn's second Lieutenant.  Although he had no military training, his life as an explorer helped with logistics and planning in the field.  It was his idea to set up the city as a semi-circle, with a large communal bonfire at the center.  Along with him came the crossbow instructor.

From Tulara came Telana.  She was not handy with an axe or a sword, but she could sew a uniform in a day and a half.  She took charge of outfitting the troops.  It had been Yukris' idea to establish a new dress code from early on.  It also helped reduce the old frictions between the warring tribes.

Trillax, an ancient wizard from Phoroshi, also wandered in at some point.  He found two dwarves who had the potential to become mages, appropriated them from the rank and file troops, and began their training immediately.  Although they would not be trained as well as he would have liked, he knew a well placed thunderwave could turn the tide of a small battle.

Kilborn sat with his two Lieutenants and Trillax.  He hoped his message would get through to the bearers of Khamalkhad.  His coffers were running low, and he needed money for supplies and steel for weapons.

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