After the reconnaissance in force, the elves came back with two full regiments of cavalry. While the entire Elvish force was defeated, they accomplished their mission - sowing chaos in the once-secure tunnels. Olin could not keep a grip on fortress discipline; mean-spirited pranks gave way to violent tantrums, and soon dozens of dwarves were dead or injured. Migrants decided to take their chances in the woods rather than risk being drowned in a barrel of plump helmet wine.
Quietly Geshud Olinshukar began consolidated able-bodied dwarves who understood the situation. When Olin had his skull caved in during one of the all-too-regular dining room brawls, Geshud stepped up and took control, and when the Mountainhomes' caravan arrived they found the fortress bloody but productive.
Four months after they left, the elves came back...
( 205 Mid Spring → 205 Mid Spring )
Two full waves of elvish cavalry, including horse- and unicorn-mounted bowmen, met their end in this choke point. Burly masons wait at the bottom of the ramp for anyone lucky enough to escape the marksdwarves above.
The friendly toll stands at 30 dwarves dead including the Founder, Olin. The elves have lost over 60, not counting unicorns and horses. The goblins have only dared attack once or twice and in no great numbers; we have perhaps a dozen of their skulls.
Shortly after this image was exported, a third cavalry regiment appeared. They probed the defenses, saw the perforated and dismembered remains of their vanguard, and fled sobbing like little girls. - Jurph
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