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 )
Geshud's next priority was taking care of the few remaining wounded. Anyone with any compassion or good sense had been grabbing an empty bucket and heading outside to avoid the frequent and dangerous brawls in the tunnels. Long walks to the brook were a safer alternative, it seemed... but spring is when the Elves send raiders, and they would not take kindly to dwarves wandering around carrying blood-spattered wooden buckets.
Olin's complicated plumbing system was ambitious, but the surface pool he had planned to use to prime the pumps had dried up. By the time the rains came it would be too late. Geshud made a command decision: he would place a well near the archers' barracks. - Jurph
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