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Episode: High Hill Crossing

Posted by Story on 08/11/19
Details are still very scarce about the Battle of High Hill Crossing, but what's known is that well over a thousand Oathlander troops are dead, and elements of Arn's force were completely destroyed. Prince Caius Valardin, leading the column, was killed first by the Abandoned attackers. His Valardin cavalry was cut down, as were nearly all the Blackram pike. It's said that in the initial assault, ruinous losses were inflicted upon the Telmar forces, but Duke Arn personally led a daring charge on the attackers. He was mortally injured during his counteroffensive, but still managed to land a fatal blow on the enemy commander, and his troops rallied around him.

Further details are sketchy and confused. A few wild reports claim that it was the work of a single attacker that caught them off guard, but that's presumed to mean an enemy Abandoned commander that led the Telmar forces into an ambush. It is said that Caius was killed by some sort of siege weapon, as there's not really anything left to bury, unfortunately. The attackers were killed, so the Battle of High Hill Crossing could be considered a victory, but it was a remarkably costly one, if the earliest reports are any indication. And for Telmar and other Oathlander houses, it's time to mourn, and hope that was the last of them.