You greeted mother with Hoze this morning. As dawn came with its brilliant light across the valley, you heard gunfire echoing across the valley. Emmy, Wolf, Rothschild and the others made their strike in clockwork fashion. Hopefully they survive it and can make it back to the spring or the hold to help defend it.
You and Hoze pick your way back down to the spring from the hill where you sat together. He follows your every step. You dont know if he fully comprehends the enormity of what youre about to do. This fight, against an overwhelming force, when it comes down to it, this battle is over a spring of fresh water. Is it worth that stream running red with blood?
To the Grays, to Hozes weathered force, it is enough. After working for weeks, the Pryers have set up a good perimeter, the black, oil-slick trees of the surrounding forest were cut down, sharpened to spikes and set against the tide. There are only narrow passages between the thickets of man-made barriers, from the trees to rusty metal scrap and old cars, farm equipment, anything they could scrap together. These folks are pretty ingenious. You saw some of the workers from the hold actually tear down a brick house and sled-drag brick by brick to build a bit of the fortification.
All too soon, Harridans force comes through the mountains, heading for your position. His agents and scouts must have informed him about the Spring, because there is no doubt he sent at least half of his force here first. Theyve taken some casualties from the dawn attack, but theyre like a hydra, many heads left to bite and breathe firey doom upon you.
Hoze and the escaped slaves disappear into the forest, taking shelter in hidden holes they dug by hand or up trees. They refused to use anything but their own crude weapons, but you and Hoze promised them something precious for their service. What was it, Alonzo?
This force of Harridans, this huge gang, theyre led by someone you know. Youve met him on the field of battle before, and his father before him, who you killed. His name is Crags, he is a beast of a man, not much to look at, bent and twisted by some unknown and foul warped Weirdness, but he possesses a cunning and a pure hatred for you. Its entirely possible he knows youre here, that he diverted this gang towards the Spring just for you. Why did you kill his father? Why did you spare him?
Lets start off with the opening salvo with a Seize by Force against this group, to see if you can seize the opening advantage.