Our trip back was subdued and uneventful. Both White and I busy mulling over the events in the caves. Both of us had successes and failures that set us to considering ourselves, our course, our knowledge. White glowed in the dark then entire journey, disconcerting on this side, it must have been doubly so from his. To have your magic fail and backlash so badly you are draining off the residual for days… But. I digress. At the Umakazi Obalaho plantation we learned that reinforcements had finally arrived at Nahru. Ironically enough, their arrival came after the Celestial had declared the war over. It irks me to think about how much the town could have used the fresh troops and the supplies moons ago in the dark of winter even though I am pleased to see that the people here have not been completely forgotten. Perhaps, with an entire battalion in the garrison someone will see fit to send soldiers out to clear the Dawn Caves and release the captives. This knowledge, along with good exposure to open air and the sun heartens my spirit… and the fact that two divisions worked their way out to all the plantations with a measure of those new supplies to share out heartens me even more. Perhaps a new Celestial, a female Celestial is what these islands need.
We waited to escort the Obalaho foreman and twenty barrels into the city, it slowed our travel, but it was the least we could do to repay their hospitality. When we arrived the town looked like a beehive someone had whacked with a stick. At the Sun and Shade we discovered there was not a room to be had, that The Little Bear had replaced The Shouting Fox and… that The Lord General of the Golden City had been through.
I miss all the fun.
Banners were everywhere, streets had been cleaned, windows and doorsteps wiped down, decked out with black cloth. In the Barracks of the All Father we found beds and more details. Seems Her Most Excellent Lumarina Danshar, Lord General of Tet’shir, The Lord General of the Armies since the assassination of her father at the beginning of the war. Word of distant places comes far and few between during times of war and although the Golden City of Tet’shir is our protectorate, here in Nahru we had heard very little and even less as the war waged on. With the only news and orders coming from Lumarina’s brother, Ebbreth Danshar the Generals of The Fox stopped looking for word from across the channel believing the city lost long before she was officially declared so. However. Several days ago word came from the Ukisada plantation that The Lord General had arrived with a handful of her army of The Tiger… in a fishing vessel no less, and was en route to Nahru. Turns out we only missed her by a day or so. Short tempered and agitated she stormed through like a tempest taking over the garrison, selecting members of The Fox to add to her handful of Tiger making a detachment, and heading off in what was described by the Leader here as “a huff”… didn’t even bother with the banquet or parade the City Fathers had hastily planned. Bet that ruffled the knickers of the local “royalty”… I miss all the fun.
Anyway. Staying at the Barrack here I have added myself to the roster, and as I am the only Hammer in residence am standing guardian for the services as part of my duties. It was after dawn service yesterday that I met a solitat and Godiem Garret, who apparently likes my smile and knows me from over the course of the winter. From them I learned little more than gossip about The Lord General’s activities, however, Garret did offer to take me to see his Letat. As there is no one I know, or who knows me as an irregular in charge any longer I was finding it difficult to get any sort of access or audience to plead my case about the Dawn Caves. I would take this opportunity and hopefully manage to convince the officer that there was indeed need.
In actuality, that didn’t turn out to be too hard. The Captian that Garret introduced me to was polite, listened, thanked me for bringing her the intel, promising to send soldiers out to clear the place. At this point I refused to be dismissed and managed to work myself and White into the agreement. She sent me on my way to wait for my “orders” with reminders that I am not military, that I go along as guide, that the soldiers get looting rights and most importantly, the ranking soldier would BE IN CHARGE. Now, I’m proud, but, I spent many moons dealing with this mentality before I was accepted and trusted for my own merit and worth so it was easy enough to swallow any comments and agree. I had my soldiers, half a detachment to be precise and two seven day to route the denizens of the cave. I may not be in charge of it, but, the captives inside those caves were going to be found and released.
Now we wait for two days it will take for the half detachment to be organized. I plan to use that time to do maintenance on my kit, things are looking a little worse for wear… and I think it is time for four legged friends again, perhaps feelers out for good dogs would not go amiss either.