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North - Recent History of the North
the waning summer months of 1367, an immense orc horde descended from
the Spine of the World, intent on winding its way south into the trade
lands of the North. This force of orcs, led by King Greneire, surged its
way south between the Moonwood and the Cold Wood, stopping just outside
the Citadel of Many Arrows. King Obould, orc ruler of the Citadel of Many
Arrows, was terrified at the prospect of another orc horde, despite the
fact that he knew they should be working together against the humans of
the North and the spawn of Hellgate Keep.
His tribal shamans, however, had been predicting a treacherous fall of
the citadel - and they'd told the king that he'd be disposed by other
orcs. Thus, it was a dark day when King Greneire and his horde of 150,000
orcs appeared on the plains outside the Citadel of Many Arrows. King Obould
announced to his followers that this horde had been sent to dislodge them
from their home and send them out to be scavengers among the plains. He
vowed that, as Gruumsh as his witness, the Citadel of Many Arrows would
slaughter these treacherous orcs "like elves during a festival."
For four months, the 40,000 orcs within the citadel held their ground.
Assault after assault was mounted against the high walls of the garrison,
but the attacking orcs were losing far more than the defenders. Still,
the living conditions within the walls - never too good to begin with
- created losses of their own. The battle for the Citadel of Many Arrows
culminated during the first week of Uktar. As another light blanket of
snow sought to bury the gathered orcs, King Greneire threw his entire
remaining army at the citadel, bursting its gates and pitting orc against
orc in a flurry of swords.
As the two orc kings sought one another out along the ramparts, the citadel
began to burn. The orcs that survived the battle still speak of the superhuman
prowess of the two kings as they battled one another before their troops.
Finally, however, King Obould ran Greneire through with his long sword,
but Obould was severely wounded by the time Greneire had breathed his
The orcs erupted into battle once again, and no one is quite certain what
became of King Obould. It was through the smoke and snow that the victors
of the conflict emerged: the dwarves of Clan Warcrown along with a contingent
of troops from Silverymoon. Charging in through the shattered gates, these
new attackers quickly routed the exhausted orcs of the citadel, sending
them scurrying off into the wilderness. King Emerus Warcrown now rules
the Citadel of Many Arrows, though the dwarves now call the city by its
old name of Felbarr.
Most in the North still tend to refer to the city as the Citadel, however,
waiting to see if it can withstand the next orc horde. King Warcrown has
put out a call for all dwarves to help defend the citadel, and news of
a new vein of gold and silver is spreading rapidly through dwarven communities.