A little writing style change for the sake of the siege.
The Dwarven Town of Metalfrills was one of moderate wealth in comparison to many other mountainhomes. The Shedim have no cares for material wealth, however. They live only to feed, and Metalfrills seemed like a suitable snack for a small force of them.
The Dwarves within the fort closed off the main entrance, forcing the Shedim to funnel through what they referred to as The Path, leading to the room where the Dwarven warriors massed. Half paved in gold, the room represented the dwarves well: grand ideas, often interrupted by the unexpected, and worst that the world has to offer.
The Shedim flanked the town, taking those working outside by surprise. Beard Imp, an herbalist, was among the first struck down while she tried to flee into the fortress. Many others were caught off guard by the flanking smaller force. A single hammerdwarf, Shem, charged the hordes of beasts and fought valiantly, striking many blows, though not killing one before he was struck down.
A detachment of Shedim entered the fortress.
Alud Emeraldpaths, disobeying the order to stay within the fortress, was caught off guard by a Shedim Currant and dropped her baby as she fled, the infantís cries haunting the army of dwarves standing by. Only Erib Coalboars broke ranks and charged in an attempt to save the baby, not knowing it was already dead. The fight was going back and forth until the Currant finally overwhelmed Erib. He shouted once before slipping into unconsciousness.
ďHold your ground!Ē Keshan shouted, ďThis foe has no fear! No emotion! We must respond in kind! We are the only hope for the dwarves of Metalfrills, and will stand as strong as steel to preserve their lives! Our fortress is young, but our military tradition spans back to the era of the Old Ones! Let us draw on the power of our ancestors, and fight back the horde!Ē
The Gold Room echoed with dwarven roars and the bashing of weapons on shields. And the Shedim retreated. An inspection of the surface led the dwarves to discover why: the larger complement of Shedim fell in on itself for reasons unknown and eventually broke apart. Without support of the bigger force, the small group that had entered the fortress fled.
It was a relatively lucky day for Metalfrills.From the Journal of Man of Paper, CFO and Overseer Extraordinaire
18th of Galena, Year 163
The Shedim retreated, thankfully. We will return to our operations presently. The Hallowed Halls will be finding itself inhabited sooner rather than later.
19th of Galena, Year 163
Okay problem: Dwarves wonít obey burrows. The combination of Shedim and lizardmen sieges are totally screwing us up. Iíve never had the burrows problem before. Weíre losing a lot of dwarves due to dwarven intelligence, and itís starting to piss me off. Military has decided to ignore the move order as well and are instead charging up the ramp and into the Lizardmen.
Yep, Lizards sent in a good 40 dudes, wound up cutting everyone down through a combination of stupidity and bad luck. Not a very good way for me to start my night of relaxation. Anyone have any clue why they were disobeying everything? I even went so far as to cancel all job orders. Iím miffed and more than a little frustrated. My forts are supposed to die because I
suck, damn it!
So yeah, I guess the next person can go now. I tried to get this Succession Fort on it's feet again, but I guess it didn't work out too well, what with the everyone being eviscerated by a bunch of dirty tribal scaleskins. Good luck, next person.