Culling the Weak

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First scenario of the Dragon's Blood campaign.

Campaign[edit]

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Ordwald, your near neighbor, is the oldest lord in Nighon. Age has started to effect the old warlock, but he is still able to beat off the other young lords. Unlike the others, you have patiently waited for Ordwald to stumble before you move. Last week, Ordwald slipped. Time to take him down.

Prologue[edit]

Ordwald. I find the name distasteful. This old man has held rich Nighon lands given to him by a much greater father. He has squandered his time and done little to earn his stature. I have stood in his shadow and by his borders too long. His lands will be mine.

Scenario[edit]

Map description[edit]

Crush your enemies, but be careful not lose Mutare. Mutare will be limited to level ten, but will transfer to the next scenario. Gain the Charm of Mana from the Seer's Hut and carry it into the next scenario to access a bonus area.

Timed events[edit]

Day 1 - Day 1 Intro
My spies have brought news; two young and hungry lords have launched near simultaneous attacks on Ordwald. Surprisingly, they are doing well. A year ago he would have easily beat off the young lords' attacks. Ordwald must have lost his edge for them to do so well.
Day 1 - Day 1 Intro (con)
The time is ripe to kick out the young upstart lords and seize the old warlock's lands. Ordwald's banner is blue, while the young lords are flying green and tan. The time has come to advance my red banner. The time has come to cull the weak.
Day 3 - War Diary Red Dragons
War Diary: Today my scouts reported a small group of wild Red Dragons have built a nest blocking the most direct route to Ordwald's remaining lands.
Day 4 - War Diary Green Lord
War Diary: My western scouts report Lord Caomham's green banner is flying over Harpy's Rock Castle. Harpy Rock use to be one of Ordwald's castles.
Day 5 - War Diary Tan Lord
War Diary: This evening an out of breath scout reported Lord Preuet's tan troops have seized Ordwald's Dead Timber Castle. Dead Timber is located to the north of Death Kiss Castle.
Day 9 - War Diary Upper Caverns
War Diary: My scouts say there are at least three castles in the upper caverns. The nearest is called Sinkhole; they don't know the names of the others or even exactly where they are located. The Master of Scouts says there is some sort of random teleport system, which connects a series of upper level caverns.
Day 11 - War Diary Sage's Note
War Diary: Today I receive a note from a sage near Sinkhole Castle asking for a visit. He apparently needs help with a personal matter and he is willing to pay for my help with something that will be useful to me in the near future. I decided to visit or send an embassy when time allows. Sages have been cryptic, but useful in the past.
Day 14 - War Diary Town Revolts
War Diary: Today, a group of scouts reported that four of Ordwald's towns have revolted and are now neutral. Apparently there were so few garrison troops, the occupants of the towns chased out the remaining troops. Ordwald is known for a heavy hand with his subjects. Still, now I wonder where are the troops that were guarding those towns?
Day 20 - War Diary Missing Garrisons
War Diary: Ordwald has not yet been spotted. Whatever his flaws, he is a powerful warlock and if all the missing garrison forces are with him, he should have a powerful army. I've ordered the Master of Scouts to find him. I don't want him launching a surprise attack on me or any of my other forces.
Day 36 - War Diary Troops Need to Guard Homeland
War Diary: I received a message today from General Maih. The neighboring Lords around my original holdings have finally noticed my invasion of Ordwald. Miah says they are probing to see if they can take my lands while I am occupied here. I know these Lords. If there is any sign of weakness they will swarm across the borders. On the other hand none of the neighboring Lords have anything personal against me. Strong castle garrisons and a strong home army under a competent general, like Maih, will deter an invasion. I refuse to lose any land. I'm going to send Maih some of the low-level recruits here to strengthen the home castle garrisons.
Day 42 - War Diary Miah's extra recruits
War Diary: I received a message from Miah today. The Lords surrounding my home lands have quit testing the home defenses. Miah reports skirmishing around Lord Preuet's and Caomham's lands now. If either was a fool enough to not leave an adequate defense they will pay for it now. Miah thinks he can spare a few high level recruits now if I want them. I sent an order allowing him to release the extra troops to me.
Day 47 - War Diary Recruits arrived
War Diary: The extra recruits arrived today. I distributed then evenly over all of my new castles.
(16, 33, 0) Dungeon: Day 47 - Recruits
Additional recruits arrived here today.

Minotaur Minotaur King 3 Minotaurs and Minotaur Kings, Manticore Scorpicore 2 Manticores and Scorpicores, Red Dragon Black Dragon 1 Red Dragon and Black Dragon

Harpy's Rock: Day 47 - Recruits from home
Additional recruits arrived at Harpy's Rock Castle today.

Minotaur Minotaur King 3 Minotaurs and Minotaur Kings, Manticore Scorpicore 2 Manticores and Scorpicores, Red Dragon Black Dragon 1 Red Dragon and Black Dragon

(35, 57, 1) Dungeon: Day 47 - Recruits from home
Additional recruits arrived here today.

Minotaur Minotaur King 3 Minotaurs and Minotaur Kings, Manticore Scorpicore 2 Manticores and Scorpicores, Red Dragon Black Dragon 1 Red Dragon and Black Dragon

Dead Timber: Day 47 - Recruits from home
Additional recruits arrived at Dead Timber Castle today.

Minotaur Minotaur King 3 Minotaurs and Minotaur Kings, Manticore Scorpicore 2 Manticores and Scorpicores, Red Dragon Black Dragon 1 Red Dragon and Black Dragon

Death Kiss: Day 47 - Reinforcements from Home
Additional recruits arrived at Death Kiss Castle today.

Minotaur Minotaur King 3 Minotaurs and Minotaur Kings, Manticore Scorpicore 2 Manticores and Scorpicores, Red Dragon Black Dragon 1 Red Dragon and Black Dragon

(57, 38, 1) Dungeon: Day 47 - Recruits from home
Additional recruits arrived here today.

Minotaur Minotaur King 3 Minotaurs and Minotaur Kings, Manticore Scorpicore 2 Manticores and Scorpicores, Red Dragon Black Dragon 1 Red Dragon and Black Dragon

(58, 30, 0) Dungeon: Day 47 - Recruits
Additional recruits arrived here today.

Minotaur Minotaur King 3 Minotaurs and Minotaur Kings, Manticore Scorpicore 2 Manticores and Scorpicores, Red Dragon Black Dragon 1 Red Dragon and Black Dragon

Sinkhole: Day 47 - Reinforcements from Home
Additional recruits arrived at Sinkhole Castle today.

Minotaur Minotaur King 3 Minotaurs and Minotaur Kings, Manticore Scorpicore 2 Manticores and Scorpicores, Red Dragon Black Dragon 1 Red Dragon and Black Dragon

Day 56 - War Diary ?
War Diary: Strange, still no sign of Ordwald. The Master of Scouts has not located him and cringes whenever I look at him. The fool, he doesn't realize he does too good a job for me to make an example of him. I'm starting to wonder if one of the young lords got lucky and actually had Ordwald assassinated.

Objects[edit]

Towns[edit]

Location Type Name
6, 9, 0 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
16, 33, 0 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
19, 18, 1 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
20, 38, 1 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
22, 57, 1 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon Harpy's Rock
35, 57, 1 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
37, 14, 1 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
52, 19, 1 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon Dead Timber
52, 57, 1 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon Death Kiss
57, 38, 1 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
58, 30, 0 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon
60, 57, 0 Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon Sinkhole

Monsters[edit]

Location Type Message
37, 38, 1 Red Dragon Red Dragon You see a nest of wild Red Dragons up ahead. Do you wish to attack?

Heroes[edit]

Location Hero
52, 58, 1 Mutare Mutare the Overlord

Seer's Huts[edit]

69, 53, 0
Proposal Message
I have a personal experiment which requires 13 Sulfur, 7 Crystal and 13 Gems. If you or minions supply me with these items, I will give you a magic item. I have devined this item will be useful in the next year or so on or around a Castle called No Quarter. Bring me the resources and the item is yours.

Sulfur 13 Sulfur, Crystal 17 Crystal, Gem 13 Gems

Completion Message
Charm of Mana Charm of Mana