Aron reported to Utenar, “Sir, we have advance scouts ready and can be ahead of the march at your request.” Standing at the fore-front of one hundred heavily armed cavalry troops, horses braying and restless. The clanking of armor and arms filled the early morning air. Jaroo felt uncomfortable on the horse but knew the animal would soon forget its objections. The dwarfs rode upon smaller steeds although any fall from the saddle would certainly bruise. Sturn and Atiasi summed up the party with equal awe of, “…what the hell are we doing?”
The chief siege engineer, Aron, was immediately fond of the dwarven duo. He spent most of yesterday’s introductions asking about their history and what brought them to Kenabres beside the festival. Inquisitive for a human rogue. Aron introduced Nurah and Sosiel in turn. The later was a dark toned human and follower of Shelyn. The impeccably dressed cleric formally explained he would be taking on the administrative and logistics of the march, as well as any healing duties. Stout in his conviction and the purpose of their quest, Sosiel Vaenic pledges service to the Heroes of Kenabres in the recovery of the artifact. The halfling, Nurah Dendiwhar, does not share the same confidence. Having just been released from the Queen’s garrison, she explains that her knowledge of the worldwound and Drezen will help keep their losses down and troops alive long enough to lay siege on the citadel. Still, the adventurers seem hardy enough to impress Galfrey so she regards the endorsement as good company.
Sosiel informed the commander and group of their provision status. The timetable permitted them light rations, enough to make it to Drezen but nothing long enough for a lengthy siege. Requiring provisions along the way and following the queen’s route direct would be wise. In further counsel, Nurah explained that the lands north of Kenabres were not as infected with the abyssal energies as those to the east but to expect no help from the land, as it’s taint held plague and death for even the heartiest soul. For those who could, she recommended creating food and water daily as purification did not seem to work.
As Utenar called forward, the unit of well trained paladins took rank and file. In a disciplined display, the new Army of Kenabres moved out of the city gates and into the nearby forest towards Valas’s Gift, a small farming community within a day’s march due north.